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3.42  ·  Rating details ·  65 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Sheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksystories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditionsat least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leadsuntil she realizes shes falling for him...even though he wants her dead.When ...more
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Published September 30th 2013 by Entangled: Select Otherworld
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Sep 12, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm not even sure where to start with this. I requested this book for review because I loved the idea of a Scheherazade retelling. Sometime between when I requested it and when I opened the file on my Kindle tonight, I forgot it was in a post-apocalyptic setting with zombies because I was very confused at first. My own fault though, and quickly rectified when I glanced at the blurb again.

I'm going to start with the biggest problem for me: Aleksy's been keeping Sheri CHAINED in his bedroom, by
3 1/2 stars. Beautifully written but not completely satisfying.

My review at Dear Author:
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
***Received from Entangled Publishing for an honest review***
(This is a short story/novella. This review is not based on story length but story content as length has very little to do with how much I enjoy a book.)

This was an interesting twist based on an old Middle Eastern fairy tale with the same title. I love that this is a zombie tale, that Sheri reads, that she risks her life to find books, that she does this to ensure her sister remains protected in the camp. I love her bravery, her
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One for the weirdos, like me.

If you were a bookish kid like I was you probably know who Scheherazade is, if you don't you probably won't follow the story enough to really enjoy the coolness of it. So look her up if you don't and give this one a whirl.

In this delightfully dark retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, suitably titled the very same, our heroine is not the clever girl of the original but rather a victim of a new world filled with monsters. Many times bitten and scarred by zombies
Laura Greenwood
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of One Thousand and One Nights from Netgalley in exchange for my review.

In the years since the zombie apocalypse, Sheri and her sister survived hand to mouth, until they found Alex's compound. But Sheri has a bite, and that alone should have killed her. But Alex sees something about her, so she spends her nights telling Alex stories while chained to his wall, all the time trying not to fall for him.

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Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC through NetGalley.

I really liked the idea behind One Thousand and One Nights: a zombie apocalypse retelling of the original. Unfortunately, I just didn't like it. It follows Sheri, who is our modern day Sharazad. She's being held captive at a compound of survivors, since she's been bitten by zombies and no one can be sure whether she'll turn or not. The only thing that keeps her alive is King Alex's obsession with fairytales, which Sheri reads to him every night. And Sheri only
Jess the Romanceaholic
{Full review will be available on The Romanceaholic on October 2, 2013}

Combining the classic tale of Scheherazade with zombie horror was a brilliant move, appealing to both the zombie lover and the bibliophile in me like nothing else could have. Perhaps a library isn't one of the first places one might go during a zombie apocalypse, but I loved that it was high on the priority list for Sherri (and in some ways, Alex) to gather books along with other, more immediately needed supplies.

Eva Millien
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
This is a short post apocalyptic tale of fairy tales, romance and zombies.

Sherri is kept chained up in the bedroom of Aleksy, she stays in order to keep her sister safe. Aleksy is leader of the few remaining humans that havent been bitten by zombies. He should kill Sherri but finds himself intrigued by her story telling.

The story is interrupted by fairy tales, so its kind of like a bunch of stories in one. The story is already short so there is not a lot of story to the plot, but at the same
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
Sheri is a zombie fighter but only by day. At night Sheri is a prisoner. Her captor is named Aleksy. The only thing that Sheri has going for her at night is all her stories. She entertains Aleksy with all her stories.

I am into zombies. I like that they are making a showing with the vampires and werewolves. However the zombies did not make a strong showing in this book. This was sad as I thought the zombies would be mean and more menacing.

What did surprise me was the romance between Sheri and
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog-review
This dystopian novella was a pleasant surprise, and I really liked that it was something so unique. A woman, bitten by a zombie and feared for what she might become, is chained up to share stories with her captor every night? It may sound like the makings of a Fifty Shades spoof, but in actuality this was a rapid-fire but chilling and sexy spin on the genre that has me excited to see more from this author.

To say that Sheri and her sister had a rough life would be a massive understatement.
Books A-Brewin'
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it

I received an e-copy of this book from the publishers at NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

While perusing the vast selection of NetGalley ebooks available for me to read, I stumbled across this gem. Anything zombie-esk makes me want to read it. I have a worrisome obsession with zombies and will read virtually anything within the genre. I did not even get through the first sentence of the synopsis before I requested it. All I had to see was the word 'zombies' and I was done for. I
A Voracious Reader (a.k.a. Carol)

*Book source ~ Many thanks to Entangled for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Sheri and Dani have been in the foster care system since their parents were killed. Sheri is a bit of a rebel who loves stories and shell do anything to protect her little sister. When the zombie apocalypse begins Sheri packs up supplies and a shotgun, steals her foster brothers motorcycle and takes off with Dani. For five years they survive until one day Aleksy comes across the mountain cabin
Nicky Peacock
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it

I loved the idea of Arabian Nights mixed with end of the world zombie uprising. The protagonist, Sheri was a cool character and reminded me of Katniss from the Hunger Games only with an edge to her that a YA character would be allowed.

I really enjoyed the book and managed to read it within 2 days. My only gripe is that it was over way too quick. Im just hoping that this is the start of a longer series and that we might get a few more childrens classics tied into the zombie plot line maybe a
Stephanie Ziegler
Sep 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
It has been five years since the infection spread throughout the world. Sheri and her younger sister were invited to join other survivors at an impenetrable fortress in a Midwestern mountain range. Sheri was unique. She was "[b]itten, corrupted, but still living." The community was afraid of her and thought "the King of the castle" was "weak for letting Sheri live."

But they kept Sheri on a short leash, literally. She was chained to walls, moved with shackles, never able to get close to anyone,
Oct 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Halloween is not complete without a story involving zombies. This was a good story, and if you like your romance to include zombies you will enjoy it. I think this could have been a really great story if it was longer. Even though it does contain some important details that bring them to the point in this story, I feel a lot of details were still missing which left me with quite a few unanswered questions at the end. Hopefully, this will continue with another book or become a series because Id ...more
Sep 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who read zombie stories.

Many thanks to Entangled Publishing for a copy to review.

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Everybody enjoys a gory zombie book every once in awhile, right? I know I do. Unfortunately, this wasn't gory enough. Now, I know this is a romance book, so it's not supposed to be too scary. But, from my point of view, there wasn't much romance either! Except at the end there was a sex scene, but it wasn't all that romantic either, and it kind of just popped out of the blue.

I have to be honest and say I wasn't in love with this
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paranormal
In a world where the undead roam the streets, there are very few people who are still alive. Sheri is one of them but because she's been bitten previously, no one trusts her. Even though she hasn't changed yet, doesn't mean that she won't. So, she's sent out on dangerous missions by herself and upon arriving to her "people", she's chained to the wall of the "King's" chambers.

I was really hoping that this would be a good gritty zombie story. Yeah, I know, the girl who's all about romance wanted
Oct 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Sheri will do anything to keep her sister safe. When they are lead into a community safe from the zombies lead by Aleksy she will do whatever so her sister stays. That includes being chained up at night because she was bitten. Never knowing when she will turn that is the best place for her. She tells Aleksy stories every night to help make them forget the world around them. Aleksy has already ignored his rule to kill anyone who gets bit. The community wants Sheri killed before she turns but ...more
Maghon Thomas
Nothing like a Zombie book with a cool twist and an excellent love of fairy tales :) This isnt really a long one but itll take you one a ride thatll make you forget time! So when the worlds ending, and zombies are taking over You find someone who can kill zombies, and mesmerize you with their story telling to forget about all the bad things happening around you.

Sheri is your main character, and shes a zombie hunter, but shes got a secret. And most importantly, shes a story teller. She was alone
Heather  book whore & shifter slut extrordinaire
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I am not a fan of zombies. AT ALL. I don't watch them on TV. I don't usually enjoy reading zombie/apocalyptic books. AT ALL. Having said all that, I signed up for this and one other zombie/apocalyptic book. Why? Why would I do this? What made me think that I would enjoy these zombie books? The answer - the side story.

In this post-apocalyptic world it is everyone for themselves except for the few people that
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sheri is very protective of her younger sister and endures zombie hunting during the day and being inhumanely chained to a wall at night to make sure Dani is taken care of. The man that has imprisoned her, Aleksy, finds her nightly storytelling relaxing and is a reminder to him that, although Sheri has zombie bite marks, she is still human. The day may eventually come where Aleksy has to make a decision that ends Sheri's life, prevents the protection of Dani, as he succumbs to an existence of ...more
Tory Michaels
Sep 28, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really did like this quick little read. I liked the inclusion of the Scherezade-type story-telling and how Sheri keeps herself and her little sister alive throughout the course of the book. I get the paranoia that surrounds the compound, given the whole zombie thing. What I never fully understand, and maybe its not really explained anywhere, is just why Sheri never is consumed by the zombie infection despite the bites she has taken.

Aleksy is a bit of an ass, keeping Sheri chained up the way he
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
This was an interesting zombie romance that had a lot of potential, but kind of fell short. The zombie part was great, the romance part was pretty good, but the storytelling part kept pulling me out of the overall story. I know that it was supposed to be a part of the romance, but I didnt really feel like it contributed as much to it as I think it was supposed to. In fact, any time we got brought into story time, whether it was with Alexsy or when Sheri was remembering her life before meeting ...more
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sheri has been bitten by a zombie - many times over - but the infection has never materialized like it would with anybody else, and no one knows whether it is just lying dormant, or if she is somehow immune. For a few months she lived in a remote cabin with her sister Dani, but they knew that would not last forever.

Aleksy stumbled upon them and told them about a compound where there were other survivors and took them in. Upon arriving, Sheri's bites were discovered and she was immediately
Madison Warner Fairbanks
One Thousand and One Nights by Ruth Browne

"Night was falling as the roar of the Kawasakis powerful engine drifted up from the ravine below. The approach to the compound was steep, snaking along a narrow tarred road with crumbling brick margins. Above, the bowl of the blue sky was deepening to indigo, and the vanished sun had left pools of shadow thickening under the pines."

Sheri is a zombie hunter, survivor, and story teller. She and her sister Dani are living in a secure compound under the
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was ok
Blarg. This cover of this book is very tantalizing and I ran to pick up this book. Zombies, end of the world, storyteller for the main character duh! The first few portions of the book take off in action and are interesting. I wondered what the heck was going on and why the heroine, Sheri, was so desperate to find stories. Flip though the storyline a bit more and shes an anomaly trying to protect her sister, but hated by the compound they found refuge in. Okay. I can go with that.

Then the book
Tiffany Oharriz
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
"I received an eARC from the Publisher (Entangled Publishing, LLC) via NetGalley for my honest opinion."

So I plan on making this one short and simple much like the book itself. One Thousand and One Nights was in fact a good read if not a bit on the slow side. I was initially drawn to the book description... A female zombie hunter and an avid reader, so needless to say being a zombie anything aficionado and a reader I jumped on the opportunity to read this one and review it.

The book had its
Betsy (Bookcrastinators in Wonderland)
See my review directly on the blog here .

ARC provided by Publisher for honest review.

I love all things Zombies so I was sure I would love this short story. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me. In general, I find short stories to be frustrating because I'm always left wanting more and this was no different.

I really liked the characters and how we really got a sense of their lives before the Zombies but I felt like we needed more NOW. There were gaps in the story and I felt like it could
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Sheri loved telling stories and getting in trouble. Taking care of her sister Dani after going from home to home. They packed up everything they could when the plague hit and zombies were all around. They made a home as best as they could to keep safe. When one day Sheri happen to come to an empty store for supplies but there was a human there named Alex. Sheri took Alex back to the cabin where they were staying at and Alex was telling them about the compound he was stating at with other humans. ...more
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was ok

When I read the blurb for this story I was intrigued about reading a story about a zombie killer and the storytelling was good. What I couldnt grasp was Sheri falling for a man who locked her up in a cage, chained her up like a dog and even tying her hand and ankles together and leaving her there for hours. That does not scream romance to me.
There are only a handful of survivors after a disease starts turning the humans into zombies. Sheri and her sister are living in a compound ran by Aleksy
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