I think this book is kind of where the retelling of the stories truly started within the Young Adult community. I could be wrong, so don't quote me, lol. But this book is when I first started really hearing about A Thousand and One Nights. I had no idea what the tales were truly about. I kind of just figured Aladdin was it. Boy was I wrong. This book is a really good retelling of the tales. Each night the main character tells the King a new story in an attempt to save her own life. And with each of these stories the King becomes entranced and wants more. There is a second book that is coming out and I believe it has to do with the story of Aladdin. I am not entirely sure though.
This book is pretty much another retelling of the book. It came out shortly after The Wrath & The Dawn but this was the first one that I read. I think I liked this one a little bit more. Both of the books are amazing and beautiful but something about this book just stuck with me a little bit more. Retellings are all about making your own twist on a very well known story. This specific retelling kind of gave me a Hunger Games-esque feeling because the main character puts her life on the line in order to save her sister. I would suck if I had to live in this world as the girl telling the stories. I can't tell stories to save me life it seems.
Now this book. I picked it up at Costco because it is a twist on Aladdin. Aladdin is ONE of the many stories that the girl tells the King in order to live for just one more night. I have always loved Aladdin. The Disney version, obviously. Because I didn't know about all this 'telling stories in order to not be killed' crap when I was 8. But I had all the blankets and VHS tapes and everything else. Aladdin was MY JAM. So I picked this up not really knowing it was actually part of the A Thousand and One Nights things but I have since done my homework and learned a thing or one thousand.
Now, this book, I haven't read yet because it isn't out until the end of February BUT it is an Aladdin retelling and it sounds really good. I do kind of feel like people keep jumping on bandwagons when it comes to retellings or specific topics in the YA genre. But I am willing to give this one a chance.
So... while I was writing this entire post up I came to the conclusion that I am special as hell. LOL. I thought, for the longest time, that A Thousand and One Nights was just a bunch of stories. That's it. I figured this tale of a king killing girls was just one of those stories. Weeeeellll. After thinking about it I finally REALIZED that the book is ABOUT a girl and this horrible king and the stories are the ones she has told him in order to stay alive. HOLY CRAP. I am so special sometimes, hahahaha. I have been in love with Aladdin for so long and I never knew anything about its origin. I am glad I know now. It's a lot less confusing.