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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Review! The Rose & The Dagger By Rene Ahdieh

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.
The sequel to one my of my ALL time FAVORITE books! This book answers every question throughout the series. Khalid and Shazi’s tale is almost of epic fairytale proportion. The plot twists and turns surprises and answers. The love the selfless acts amongst all of the characters. The loss of life the betrayal. All to end the tale in the most beautiful of ways. I feel as though the 420 pages of this book went by too fast and even thought the ending is all I dreamed it would be. Every character was built for you to love or loathe trust or question. I felt confused as the twists of deception took place just as the characters did. You can tell the authors natural story telling ability in the way she weaves the tale throughout the book.

I will say the love and emotion from the first book is not front and center in this book. The budding romance and emotion and love between Khalid and Shazi takes somewhat of a backseat to the lies, deception and impending war. This is an epic conclusion but the warm love I felt in the first book was noticeably absent for me. I still loved this book and the series but wished for more “tender” moments to give me the warmth of the fairytale love story that is Khalid and Shazi.

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