The Moth & the Flame // The Crown & the Arrow // The Mirror & the Maze by Renee Ahdieh | Review

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The Moth & the Flame by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #0.25
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Retellings
Release Date: March 22nd 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Format: eBook, 26 pages
Rating: ★★★★☆
Find it here: Goodreads || Amazon

The Moth & the Flame is about Despina and Jalal, and somewhat of an origin story of the relationship of theirs that you see in the main series. Personally, I think it was my favorite out of the three short stories.

Despina was one of the most interesting characters, in my opinion, so it was great to have a set of chapters from her point of view to get a better idea of what was happening in her head. I would like more, especially after what happened in The Rose and the Dagger!

the crown and the arrow

The Crown & the Arrow by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #0.5
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Retellings
Release Date: March 1st 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Format: eBook, 9 pages
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Find it here: Goodreads || Amazon

Too short! Much, much too short! I adore Khalid, and while it was really nice to get a little snippet of his perspective from when he met Shahrzad, I wished this had been longer than it ended up being. I guess it was just intended to be a small little piece, just about the one subject of Khalid and his side of the meeting, but I would like there to be more of these. I want to be inside Khalid’s head, and this one (and the following one) are not enough!

the mirror and the maze

The Mirror & the Maze by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1.5
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Retellings
Release Date: April 26th 2016 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Format: eBook, 9 pages
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Find it here: Goodreads || Amazon

Augh, still too short! This one was my favorite of the two Khalid stories, though. I loved seeing how differently Khalid had become between the first story, The Crown & the Arrow, and this one. I enjoyed the interactions Khalid had with Jalal (I love Jalal), and the fact we were able to understand how he felt coming back to ruins, but I just wish it had been longer!


Good shorts, even if they were, well, short. More, please!

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