This Saturday, Moana and I are reading The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh!
So like, I know this is Stuffed Animal Saturday and Moana is cute and all but is decidedly not a stuffed animal but like...by the time I got around to taking this photo, I was already on my bed, which had no stuffed animals on it, and 0% of me wanted to go back down my ladder and retrieve one so...gotta do the best you can with what ya got, right????
So far: I actually have not started yet! I just ordered the book a few days ago (probably putting off a paper or something smh) and it arrived in the mail yesterday (along with two poetry books, which I read first since they were shorter, but that's neither here nor there). I'll probably start after this weekend -- gotta catch up on the school readings, ya know -- but I have high expectations because I absolutely fell in love with the first book (review here) and I know I say this all the freaking time but the second book is always the strongest (or like...90% of the time)!!!
Sneak peek: Like I mentioned, I haven't started so I don't know the juicy bits yet, but have the blurb -- straight from Goodreads.
The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.
Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.I fully expect to devour this within hours like I did its predecessor and then cry for ten years about how there are only two books.
Are you and your stuffed animal reading anything interesting?
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