OVERALL : ☆☆☆☆☆
As someone who hasn’t read A thousand and one nights, I don’t know if I can judge this book against the original. But I honestly loved this book heaps. I loved reading about characters with names I hear and associate with my culture and society, with issues that (were a little exaggerated) but I would not mind a Tariq of my own. I loved the writing style of Renee Ahdeih, and I cannot wait to read the sequel and the short stories she’s written.
(very little mild spoilers if you squint below, so be warned!!!)
I did not like Khalid at the beginning, and I was honestly wanting her to go along with her plan and end him. Though that changed as the book went along. One thing I would’ve loved is for Shazi to be stronger. To be more fierce and to have interacted with more female character other than Despina (whom I LOVED btw, she was great even though we barely saw of her or of her relationships)
the beginning of the book was quite nicely paced, but I feel like the second half of the book, especially the last couple of chapters were very rushed. nonetheless, I give this book a 4/5