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Book: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K Johnston
Publishing: Disney Hyperion   
Pages: 336
Rating: ★★★  (3.5/5)

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Synopsis:

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.
And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments.  She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.
Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.
Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

Thoughts:

My many thanks to the author, publisher, and to NetGalley for providing me with a copy of A Thousand Nights in exchange for an honest review.

I was absolutely thrilled when I found out I had been approved to read a copy of A Thousand Nights before its release date (October 6th) because it has been on my list of most anticipated releases for 2015 for quite sometime. I’m not joking when I say I was on the verge of tears when I had learned of my granted approval. With my high anticipation came my high expectations. What I loved most about A Thousand Nights was it’s stunning, and I mean undeniably stunning, writing.

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Review: The Duke is Mine by Eloisa James

“The cruelty of Olivia being taught to loathe an aspect of herself that -to be frank- he thought was perfect made his heart feel as if something had broken loose inside.”

3 out of 5 stars

Summary:

Destiny will be decided between the sheets in this all-new tale of The Princess and the Pea.

For Olivia Lytton, betrothal to the Duke of Canterwick—hardly a Prince Charming—feels more like a curse than a happily-ever-after. At least his noble status will help her sister, Georgiana, secure an engagement with the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce, a perfect match for her in every way … every way but one. Tarquin has fallen in love with Olivia. Quin never puts passion before reason. And reason says that Georgiana is his ideal bride. But the sensual, fiery, strong-willed Olivia ignites an unknown longing in him—a desire they are both powerless to resist. When a scandalous affair begins, they risk losing everything—Olivia’s engagement, her sister’s friendship, and their own fragile love. Only one thing can save them—and it awaits in the bedroom, where a magnificent mattress holds life-changing answers to the greatest romantic riddle of all.

My thoughts:

There was a lot in this book that really worked for me. I thought it was funny and I enjoyed the banter. I liked that Olivia was unconventional and plump. She was everything she thought she shouldn’t be and Quin loved it all.

One of my favorite aspects of this book was Olivia’s relationship with her sister, Georgie. We don’t often get to enjoy a strong (and loving) bond between the heroine and another woman. There tends to be too much competition. I usually find myself highlighting a lot my favorite scenes between the heroine and the hero. I realized when I finished this book that the majority of my notes were of scenes between Olivia and Georgie. Here are a few of my favorites:

“You have the prettiest eyes I’ve ever seen. I can’t think why I got plain brown eyes and you have those green ones.” She peered at her. “Pale green. The color of celery, really.”

“If my hips were like celery, then we’d have something to celebrate.”

“You’re luscious,” her sister insisted. “Like a sweet, juicy peach.”

“I don’t mind being a peach,” Olivia said. “Too bad celery is in fashion.”

“I start to babble when I’m miserable. I know it’s a fault, but I can’t bear to cry, Georgie. I’d much rather laugh.”

“You have a wonderful laugh, Olivia. I’ve always thought that was one of the saddest things about Mother and Father. They were so busy trying to make you into a duchess that they never laughed with you.”

Yup. I loved Olivia’s relationship with her sister.

I also loved this book’s epilogue. I really appreciate getting to glimpse so far into Olivia and Quin’s future.

If I had any complaints, it was with those last few chapters before the epilogue. While I appreciate the tie in to the original fairy tale, it all felt a bit too far fetched. I still enjoyed the ending enough but my enjoyment was dimmed by one specific point. It’s a spoiler so I’ll discuss it below the cut.

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