Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12, 2015
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One Life to One Dawn.
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.
Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?
After the death of her best fried, Shahrzad marries the Caliph with the intention of killing him; but in order to survive long enough to do that she must tell him tales that will captivate him long enough to spare her life.
I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book. I was captivated from the very first page.
First of all, I really enjoy reading the enemies to lovers trope so if you can’t stand this trope then don’t even both with this book. I say this because the love story in this book is a HUGE part of it. This is very much a love story and I really enjoyed it.
While Shahrzad is accidentally falling in love with Khalid, her former love interest, Tariq, is busy trying to find a way to rescue her. I didn’t really like Tariq very much. His chapters were kind of boring and I’m glad they were short. Tariq was a tad annoying and I could have honestly done without him.
Watching Khalid and Shahrzad’s relationship develop was frustrating and fun in the best way. Learning more about Khalid through this process was really interesting and I did not expect the explanation we were given for his character at all. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the explanation behind Khalid’s actions was really interesting and I’m excited to see how it’s resolved in the next book.
The writing in this book pulled me in the moment I started reading it. Before I knew it, I was 80 pages in and utterly invested in the story. I will be picking up the sequel. Renee Ahdieh is definitely an author I will be reading more books from.