I have officially decided, thanks to this book, that I either need to marry a man named Khalid or name my son that if I have one. And if that Khalid doesn’t take after Khalid’s character in this book, then I have failed in life. Truly and utterly failed. Because I need a real-life Khalid in my life after reading about the one in this story 😭 Everyone does!
One of the things that I admired the most about his character is that he was honest. Brutally honest and always, unfaltering spoke nothing but the truth. I could really relate to that trait in him. I’m like that too. And he valued honesty on such a high scale, which is something I have a lot of respect for. AND HE LIKED POETRY. If that’s not already reason enough to love him, then that’s okay, because he’s got about 28237283 other good qualities that you’ll see in the book 😉
Sharazad’s character was literally a perfect fit with Khalid’s. While he tended to be more quiet, she was quick to run her mouth. Where he hid his emotions, she was expressive. It was such a perfect balance. Opposites, but still so alike. And it made their chemistry even more pulling. It dragged you in. This was probably one of my favorite slow-burn, enemies-to-lovers stories EVER. And I don’t say that lightly.
I also really loved the whole idea for the story. It still baffles me how Renée Ahdieh took the original story and made an entire elaborate fantasy story to go with it. That’s surely not an easy task and yet she did it flawlessly and seemingly effortlessly. There was so much intrigue too with the multiple different point of views! You got to keep up with everyone and it wove the story together so well. Like puzzle pieces clicking into place.
The ending of this book left me so shocked. I genuinely didn’t know what to do with myself after reading it. I wanted to simultaneously erase it from my mind and dive headfirst into the second book so I could figure out WHAT IN HECK JUST HAPPENED. To this day, I still don’t know if I liked that ending or not.
Actually, I do. I did love it, because Khalid did a little something that made my heart melt right before the story paused to make way for the next one.