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Book Review | The Rose & The Dagger

This is a beautiful conclusion to Shazi’s and Khalid’s story! I am so sad it’s over! 

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How do write a review about this book!?! It was a simply brilliant ending to this duology and one I couldn’t put down! I feel in love with Shahrzad and Khalid in The Wrath & The Dawn, and I fell in love with them even more in this book.  I don’t know that I can accurately describe how much I love this duology!

Renee Ahdieh’s writing is so beautiful and so poetic! Seriously, I will buy anything she writes! You can just tell me she’s coming out with a new book, don’t even tell me what it’s about, and I’ll buy it! I loved that we learned more about the other characters from the first book—Despina, Tariq, Jalal (he sort of pissed me off in this book), and Shazi’s sister, Irsa.

I had found a new favorite couple in this book, and something happens (I won’t spoil it for you) and this was basically my reaction:


This book was everything I wanted and more! Can we just talk about the end!?! PLEASE????


“He felt nothing. He only saw it.

Because nothing hurt like missing her.

He suspected nothing ever would.”  -Pg. 28


“Love speaks for itself.” -Pg. 36

“Cut the strings, Shazi.Fly.”Pg. 58

“You’re better than beautiful. . . . You’re interesting. Never forget that.” -Pg. 90

“She was the water in the tumbler, swirling and dancing to a music she alone could hear.” -Pg. 125

“Shahrzad knew it was Khalid. She sensed rather than saw him.

As always. As ever. As a rose to the sun.” -Pg. 166

“I want a life with those I love around me, safe and happy. What do you want?

To live … fiercely.

What else?

To taste every breath.” -Pg. 173

“True strength isn’t about sovereignty. It’s about knowing when you need help and having the courage to accept it.” -Pg. 181

“Destiny was for fools. Shahrzad would not wait for her life to happen.

She would make it happen.” -Pg. 187

“Her heart was as boundless as the ocean. As vast as the sky.”

My Rating: 5/5 stars



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