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A Thousand Nights

(A Thousand Nights #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  13,149 ratings  ·  2,618 reviews
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.
And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous pa
Hardcover, First edition , 325 pages
Published October 6th 2015 by Hyperion
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Emily May
Apr 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
“For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.”
― Virginia Woolf

3 1/2 stars. A Thousand Nights is almost certainly going to be compared to the other YA 1,001 Nights retelling published this year - The Wrath and the Dawn - which is not a good thing. Because, even though their premises and foundations are identical, these two books could not be more different and they really do deserve to be viewed as completely separate creatures.

The Wrath and the Dawn is a lusty, romantic drama that makes our heart
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to my village looking for a wife.

She that he chose of us would be a hero. She would give the others life. Lo-Melkhiin would not return to the same village until he had married a girl from every camp, from every town, and from each district inside city walls—for that was the law, struck in desperation though it was. She that he chose would give hope of a future, of love, to those of us who stayed behind.

She would still be dead.
This book is
Elle (ellexamines)
My sister is no fool and she is not tender-hearted. My sister fights for her home, and takes what risks she must. That is why I put myself before her today—why I would not let you have her. My sister burns, and she does not burn for you.

It's been over two years now since I first read this book, and I still credit it as one of my original favorite YA books, and yes, I still think anyone who shares a book taste with me should read it.

So A Thousand Nights is a more feminist, more themat
Emma Giordano
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
Update 2/20/17 - Lowering my rating from 3 stars to 2 for I feel 3 stars was too generous.

Full review to come on my Youtube channel tomorrow! Unfortunately, I wasn't the biggest fan of this book. I ultimately felt that this book had a severe lack of plot and no character development whatsoever. A lot of my time spent reading was wondering when SOMETHING was actually going to happen and jumpstart the novel, but that didn't come until exactly 100 pages were left in the book. I was kind of disappo

“Watch your world burn,
light of my heart.
Tomorrow we will find another one
and burn that too.”

I just want to put this out there: most of my reviews are negative because i don't know how to review books i like. There are some positive reviews but it takes me way too long to work on them. There is so much i want to say!! I HAVEN'T EVEN REVIEWED THE RAVEN CYCLE SERIES! My favorite books are the ones that tend to leave me speechless. Alright, here we go.

Remember this book? Less attract
♛ may
So, you should know that I’m partial to books set in the desert or retellings of “Arabian Nights” so naturally, I expected to LOVE this book :)
Do I gotta story for you


Sit tight fam, we got a wild ride ahead.
A v coherent list of my thoughts during this book . . .

- This chick doesn’t have a bloody name
- Or if she does, she’s NEVER referred by it
- In fact, NO ONE has a name
- Except the freaky but hot and brooding king guy
- The writing is so weird, you’re never sure if its talking about pa
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars. Review first posted on

When the dust rises over the desert, the villagers know that Lo-Melkhiin is coming with his guards to choose another wife. He always takes one wife from each village, or each district within a city. And she always dies.

E.K. Johnston’s A Thousand Nights is a young adult fantasy retelling of the Scheherazade framing story for One Thousand and One Nights, the famous collection of Persian, Arabic and Middle Eastern folk tales. Lo-Melkhiin i
Jun 10, 2018 rated it liked it
i almost didnt read this - i was very worried it would be too similar to ‘the wrath and the dawn’ (which i love with all my heart). and although the premises are quite alike, there were enough differences that it was easy not to compare the two. my only problem with this book was that not a lot happens. i think that had there been more substance to it, the characters and relationships could have been developed more, and i would have been more enthralled with the story. but the writing was lovely ...more
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always
*Decided to round up, but my actual rating's still 3.5!

They were burning up, and they didn't even know they were afire.

An elegantly written novel with a lovely story, A Thousand Nights is a book perfect for all readers looking for an engrossing read.

If I'm being completely honest here, I'm not familiar with the original tale and had to look it up on the internet. So now I know it, and that totally counts. Anyway, A Thousand Nights gives us a unique spin on the original story, mainly summarized b
Simona B

"There was great beauty in this qasr, but there was also great ugliness and fear. I would not be like those men who turned their eyes from one to see the other. I would remember what those things cost."

•First thing you need to know: this is not your typical ya. All the genre tropes you are accustomed to -Mary Sue-ish protagonist, instalove, love triangle, you name it- are happily, blissfully, totally absent, and this is why I don't get the readers' eagerness to compare it to The Wrath and the
Oct 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always, it seemed, men would overlook unpleasant things for the sake of those that went well. The statues’ eyes for the melodious sounds of the fountain. The deaths of their daughters for the bounty of their trade.

There was great beauty in this qasr, but there was also great ugliness and fear. I would not be like those men who turned their eyes from one to see the other. I would remember what those things cost.

Amidst the dozens of YA fairy tale retellings, A Thousand Nights stands o
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
"My sister is no fool and she is not tender-hearted," I said. "My sister fights for her home, and takes what risks she must. That is why I put myself before her today-why I would not let you have her. My sister burns, and she does not burn for you."


Seriously, this was really awesome.

A Thousand Nights is a feminist retelling of the Arabian Nights. I've read a bunch of these recently (Uprooted, Cruel Beauty, The Wrath and the Dawn) and all managed to contribute somet
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
What was everyone's issue with this one? Yes, it is similar to The Wrath and the Dawn, in that they are both retellings of One Thousand and One Nights. But... this book was completely different. And I liked it!

***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Source: eARC from NetGalley

Summary (from Goodreads):

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a

Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky
A whole new world
Don't you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see
Hold your breath - it gets better
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back to where I used to be

- Tim Rice (lyrics from Aladdin)

Do you familiar with a feeling when you open a fine bottle of wine and pour in your glass, and, at first, your wine touches with the air and you feel the bouquet of flavors, a

Kat Kennedy
I have SO MANY thoughts about this book. Can't wait to share them all. ...more
Lauren (Shakespeare & Whisky)
I have written a review for this twice and it keep showing up as tbr aarrrggghhhhh!

It's bloody good. That's all I'm writing this time.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I kind of missed the fairy tale component (no endless stories told every night here). However, it is very atmospheric, and the language is lovely.

One thing though that bothered me. The main character's dress/robe called "dishdasha" plays a large role in the story, but when I tried looking up pictures of dishdashas, every search came back with some white prayer robes for men, and dishdasha is defined as a male dress everywhere...
Nina (Every Word A Doorway)
Oct 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nina (Every Word A Doorway) by: Chantal
“My sister is no fool and she is not tender-hearted,” I said. “My sister fights for her home, and takes what risks she must. That is why I put myself before her today—why I would not let you have her. My sister burns, and she does not burn for you.”

A Thousand Nights is a tale of love. Not the blossoming love between a woman and her captor, but a love so deep like it can only run between sisters. This is a testimony to sisterhood, to the strength of women, and to the magic of belief. Though
Sara Rebotim
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
Definitely expecting so much more of this book , the entire book I was so confused 🤷‍♀️ and the characters have no names 🤔, just the king is called Lo-Melkhiin, the girl he married they call her as “Lady-bless “ or “ Daughter of mine “.
It was very slow , felt so bored and I’m glad it’s finished 😬😬
Katrin D
Full review at: my blog

''I was done with murdering little girls. This one would be my queen.''

I understand why this book isn't as popular as The Wrath and the Dawn. Comparison is inevitable since they both revolve around the same subject and came out at approximately the same time. And where the TWATD became a huge hit, A Thousand Nights was left more or less in it's shadow.

Which, to be quite honest, is why it took me so long to read it. I didn't have high hopes for this one. And I was so w
Apr 11, 2015 rated it it was ok
Long Review To Come Closer To Release. Needs another 1001 nights to develop character depth.

Very atypical of me to be doing a mid currently reading review, but I've got to be a bit vocal here. You see, this whole retelling wave that we're all riding on is not my favourite. Why? Because shit like reading back to back stories playing homage to the very same classics in the same year can be fucking confusing. And whether you like it or not, it causes comparisons.

I have just come off a The Wr
Mar 27, 2015 rated it liked it

I'm not quite sure how to feel about this book. It's certainly different. Very different. But did that make me love it?
Not really.
I appreciate this book, I really do. The writing is beautiful, the world is interesting and the story is magical. This book is definitely not your typical YA love story. So when it comes to all these things, this book deserves 5 stars.
I was bored. I didn't feel the need to pick this book back up and even though I loved how the main protagonist focused her thou
Now this is a (feminist!) retelling that truly had me spellbound. A Thousand Nights is a story written in gorgeous prose and with a charming atmosphere, that tells the tale of how (two) women fight against the power of men and his believes.

In a Middle Eastern land, the king Lo-Melkhiin is known for taking a new bride each day, for all the girls strangely die fast after the marriage. When the king comes to their qasr, one sister is determinate to save her older sister’s life, and so she disg
Rusty's Ghost Engine (also known as.......... Jinky Spring)
Review first posted on my blog

What a magical musical ride! I'm so glad I read most of this while on holiday and I already want to get my hands on the next one :P

It is not often that a book totally enthralls and enchants me from the first page, but that’s what this book did. I just fell right in love with this author’s writing style, setting and of course her characters. Right now I will mention that one of my favourite scenes was when our main character was watching the star fall over the desert
Taylor Knight
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I really loved this book. It was written in a way that was really beautiful and it felt like a story. Not like I was reading a book but an actual story and it reminded me of why I love reading so much.
I wasn't totally into the main character though. At the beginning of the book she was saying how much more beautiful her sister was but she had never actually seen her own face. I always find it annoying when characters degrade themselves. She did get a little better though the book but she never
Sarah Churchill
I'm really sad not to be giving this book 5 stars. I'll start off by saying that I have the UK hardback which is one of, if not THE most beautiful book I've ever seen. Everything down to the purple ribbon bookmark (which does have references in the story) is stunning. Unfortunately I'm not as enthusiastic about the story itself.

I haven't read any Arabian Nights, on which this 'retelling' is based, but I do know that the point of the original was that the girl managed to stay alive by telling sto
Alex ☣ Deranged KittyCat ☣
I'll start by saying that I ate a lot of olives while reading A Thousand Nights. Every time they mentioned them, I went and got some myself.

Now, I'm not quite sure about E.K. Johnston's book. I find it a bit slow-paced for my liking. At least the first half of it. After you pass that 50% things start to get a bit more interesting.

I liked the female characters very much. The lack of female viciousness was a breath of fresh air. Our heroine truly loves her sister and it's only because of her love
Jul 22, 2015 rated it liked it
ARC Review Copy, more @ Literary-ly Obsessed

A Thousands Nights is a magically written story with a vidid world making it easy to become lost in. In addition to a gorgeous cover US edition, the writing is completely unique in which it refuses to reveal secrets, leaving you with constant ‘what if’ questions, I dove into this book and was completely enamored with this world from the first few chapters… however it wasn’t able to contain my interest throughout.

We begin with Lo-Melkiin who marries you
Mikee (ReadWithMikee)
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
"For one thousand nights, I lived a nightmare in the dark, but when the night numbered a thousand and one, the nightmare was ended."

I'm just going to start off by saying that if you're interested in reading this book, do so with an open mind. To be honest, I read A Thousand Nights knowing that I'll be comparing the book to The Wrath and the Dawn, and because of that, I feel like it took away from the experience.

I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn so my expectations for this book were v
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E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.

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