Double Feature! 1001 Nights Retellings – ARC Review vs. Subscription Box

A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston vs. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

A Thousand NightsThe Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Rating

2.5/5 vs. 4/5

I received a copy of A Thousand Nighst as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I received a copy of The Wrath and The Dawn as part of my subscription to Uppercase Box.

Goodreads Descriptions

A Thousand Nights

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.

The Wrath and the Dawn

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

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Two Mysteries! or Agatha Christie is Queen.

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (Hercule Poirot, #4)Murder on the Orient Express (Hercule Poirot, #10)

Rating

4.5/5 for both

Goodreads Descriptions

Roger Ackroyd was a man who knew too much.

He knew the woman he loved had poisoned her first husband. He knew someone was blackmailing her ― and now he knew she had taken her own life with a drug overdose.

Soon the evening post would let him know who the mystery blackmailer was. But Ackroyd was dead before he’d finished reading it ― stabbed through the neck where he sat in his study…

“The murderer is with us – on the train now…”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again…

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The Essence of Aptitude by Esha Bajaj – Review

The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles #1) by Esha Bajaj

The Essence of Aptitude (The Corpus Chronicles, #1)

Rating

3/5

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

The Great Empire of Corpus thrives by the hand of a system that monitors their citizens from birth. Their inclination towards logic is calculated into a finite number that is branded onto their wrists on their ranking day at the age of sixteen, and they are separated into one of six colored categories.
Juliet and Gwendolyn Fenn spend the beginning of their lives bound back by the Grey status of their parents, residing at the utmost bottom of the hierarchy. On ranking day, agents of a mysterious unranked sect, the Conscience, snatch Juliet from her home. They take her to the Cerebrum, the capitol of the land and the dwelling place of the Metallic ranks, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Once there, Juliet is informed that she has not only been ranked as a Gold, but as the First, and will be groomed to be the crowned ruler of the nation.
Gwendolyn, ranked into Blue, only one step higher from her origins, soon becomes sick with resentment as the depths of her sister’s arrogance come to light. She decides to take matters into her own hands and joins the Fracture, an insurgent group lead by the notorious Tyus Zraa, who’s true colors Gwendolyn fails to discover until she is in too deep to turn around

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Mildred’s Resistance by Katie Cross – ARC Review

Mildred’s Resistance by Katie Cross

Mildred's Resistance (The Network Series, #3)

Rating

4/5

I received a copy of this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

Absolute Power Corrupts Even the Best of Friends.

Mildred Graeme is a witch that knows what it’s like to fail. She loathes small talk, struggles with magic, and grew up wretchedly poor. What’s easy for her best friend Evelyn, a wealthy, powerful socialite, is difficult for Mildred.

The two lifelong friends reunite at Chatham Castle where they fight together for the dream of a better world. Mildred wants to save the Network from political elitism, while Evelyn encourages it. When Evelyn gains power and threatens to obliterate the Network, Mildred realizes that she must overcome her fear of failure to save the lives of those she loves, even if it means betraying her best friend.

Mildred’s Resistance is the prequel to The Network Series and a gripping tale of intrigue, betrayal, and unexpected romance that defies all odds to rise above the ghosts of failure.

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Rage’s Echo by J.S. Bailey – Review

Rage’s Echo by J.S. Bailey

Rage's Echo

Rating

2.5/5

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

He longs for heaven…and revenge.

Jessica Roman-Dell, a paranormal investigator from small-town Ohio, wants to find a ghost to prove that life continues after death. Little does Jessica realize the danger she’ll face when the spirit of a murder victim named Jerry Madison follows her home from a graveyard one night and refuses to leave.

Jerry says he is lonely. He wishes to go to heaven because watching the world pass by without him is more unbearable than death itself. But Jerry is there for another reason that will hit closer to home than Jessica ever could have imagined.

For Jerry is not as innocent as Jessica thinks. Like his murderers, he, too, has killed–and he will stop at nothing to send those responsible for his death to the grave.

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Department 19: Darkest Night by Will Hill – Review

Department 19: Darkest Night by Will Hill

Darkest Night (Department 19, #5)

Rating

5/5

Goodreads Description

The brave men and women of Department 19 have fought Dracula at every turn, but now Zero Hour has passed and the ancient vampire is at full strength.

Inside Department 19, the Operators are exhausted and fractured. Jamie, Larissa, Matt and Kate are each struggling with their own demons. When the friends need each other most, they are further apart than ever.

Outside the Department, the world reels from the revelation that vampires are real. Violence and paranoia spread around the globe and, when it finally comes, Dracula’s opening move is more vicious than anyone could have imagined.

A final battle looms between the forces of darkness and the last, massed ranks of those who stand against it. A battle that will define the future of humanity. A battle that simply cannot be lost…

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The Hunted by Charlie Higson – Review

The Hunted by Charlie Higson

The Hunted (The Enemy #6)

Rating

4/5

Goodreads Description

The Hunted is Charlie Higson’s sixth terrifying installment in the thrilling The Enemy series. The sickness struck everyone over fourteen. First it twisted their minds. Next it ravaged their bodies. Now they roam the streets – Crazed and hungry The others had promised that the countryside would be safer than the city. They were wrong. Now Ella’s all-alone except for her silent rescuer, Scarface – and she’s not even sure if he’s a kid or a grown-up. Back in London, Ed’s determined to find her. But getting out of town’s never been more dangerous- because coming in the other direction is every SICKO in the country. It’s like they’re being called towards the capital and nothing is going to stop them…In the penultimate book in The Enemy series, the survivors’ stories cross with chilling consequences.

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Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray – ARC Review

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)

Rating

5/5

I received a copy of this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

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And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – Review

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

And Then There Were None

Rating

5/5

Goodreads Description

 And Then There Were None

The World’s Bestselling Mystery

“Ten . . .”
Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U. N. Owen.”

“Nine . . .”
At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

“Eight . . .”
Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by a nursery rhyme counting down one by one . . . as one by one . . . they begin to die.

“Seven . . .”
Which among them is the killer and will any of them survive?

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Kate Fox and the Three Kings by Grace Pulliam – ARC Review

Kate Fox and the Three Kings by Grace Pulliam

Kate Fox & The Three Kings

Rating

3/5

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Goodreads Description

Kate Fox is the social leper amongst the notorious Blood of Christ cult, whom Kate affectionately refers to as W.H.O.R.E. (We Hate Outsiders, (Your) Religion, and Everyone). While most 17-year-olds prepare for college after their high school graduation, Kate is wedged between obnoxious picketing, spreading God’s hatred like confetti, and her host mother’s relentless body shaming. She finds herself the target of the church’s cruelty as something wicked stirs behind the pews and courses through the veins of the church’s most beloved members. When one of Kate’s only friends, the pastor’s son, starts acting strange, she realizes that W.H.O.R.E. is safe no longer.

After Kate is attacked during a long day of funeral picketing, she discovers that the cult members are not the only folks with power, and she escapes into Daniel Boone’s National Forest, garnering an unexpected ally while trekking through the wilderness. Kate’s grandparents are dead, so she heads for her last option: a tiny Florida town, covered in Spanish moss and home to her aunt and cousin. Under her cousin Billie’s direction, Kate attempts to forget the past six years living in a cult, and braces herself for a normal college experience: skipping classes, learning how to shotgun beers, and navigating her thorny attraction towards her boss at the Olde Time Soda Fountain, a peculiar and mutilated man named Hemming, but crippling insecurity and ancient lore thwart Kate’s transition into normalcy.

The same evil that resided within Brushy Fork, Kentucky, has followed Kate to Florida, threatening her happiness and the safety of her family. Kate must rise as the Final Fox if she wishes to escape the tendrils of W.H.O.R.E., and every Fox is required to play the ancient and deadly Three Kings Game in order to harness their power. Lose and die. Win and live. It’s time to play.

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