The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
I’m not really sure what I expected from The Rose & The Dagger.
I read The Wrath & The Dawn some time ago in the summer. I go much longer before reading a sequel, usually because said sequel isn’t out yet, and then I have the serious problem of not remembering the exact plot of the first book, or characters names.
It’s only been a few months since I read the first book, and yet I still don’t really remember what happened. Is that my poor memory? Probably, but I also think the first book just didn’t make that much of impact on me. I’d already realised I wasn’t that on board with the romance plot (which, let’s be honest IS the plot), and so reading The Rose & The Dagger meant that I had to at least try and get behind this romance because…it’s established now. These characters are in love and there’s nothing I can do about it.
So that was hard.
I feel bad. I love stories like these, but maybe just ‘Indian/Middle Eastern inspired’ isn’t enough to go on. That makes sense, I like plot and characters too; I can’t just read that a fantasy has Middle Eastern elements and assume it’s going to be amazing (I do that a lot). I genuinely think I would have liked this story if the romance hadn’t moved so quickly, or maybe just not so sudden. One minute they were wary of each other, and then I turned the page and they were soulmates. Reminds me of a trope of a well-known YA fantasy author, and that ain’t my thing.