Published: May 12, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
Honestly, I had no idea what this book was going to be about. I kept seeing other YA authors and such rave about this book, so I picked it up.
Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid the Caliph of Khorasan knowing that in the morning she will die. BOOM BABY! Are you hooked? Good!
Oh man what do I say without any spoilers! okay Shahzad only volunteered to marry the Caliph because she plans to kill him and end the suffering of her people. This king who kills his brides the morning after their marriage needed to stop and she decided she would be the one to do it. With a heart full of hate and a desire for revenge Shahrzad marries the Caliph.
I really liked Shazi, she a great protagonist who feels so strongly even at sixteen. I liked watching to struggle and wage war with herself has she tries to discover the cause of so much bloodshed.
However this is not just a story of a girl and prince. No, there are other things going on behind the scenes that Shazi and Khalid know nothing about, things that could put their whole lives at stake.
Overall I couldn’t put this book down and loved every minute of it. This does have some steamy scenes in it that may not be appropriate for a younger audience though-just a warning.
Sexual Content: moderate (knowledge that two characters had sex, some passionate kissing, and a steamy sex scene that isn’t too graphic)
Violence: moderate (fighting scenes)