I fell in love with the retelling of the Arabian prince who would marry and the bride never knew if she would survive the night. The first retelling of this story that I read was The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. This book portrays the prince as a monster. It isn't until he is presented with a bride who has volunteered to die that he begins to feel something. But, wait, that is only the surface story. There is so much more to our prince, and there is so much more to a bride who volunteers to die. When I started reading this book, I could not put it down, and I could not wait to pick up volume two, The Rose & the Dagger.
Now, half a year later, I am presented with a new version of the story. A Thousand Nights is written by E.K. Johnston. Where the The Wrath & the Dawn drew you into the relationship being built by the prince and his bride, this book has a much heavier feeling of mysticism. You know from page one that there is a force controlling the prince and he is compelled to murder his brides. Some only survive the night, others for a month of nights. But, they all die. I'm still reading this one, but I am being drawn into the story and am anticipating the ending.