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The Moth and the Flame by Renée Ahdieh
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it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy

An engaging short with a bit of witty banter. But like in The Wrath and the Dawn, Ahdieh seems incapable of weaving deeper reasons for love than the simple fact that a pretty girl was particularly defiant. As if many would not have risen to the same challenge; people do many things for their pride, and will do far more for their dignity.

It's all terribly clichéd, without even any self-awareness (after all, clichés are clichés for a reason, and can still be powerful if spun well). I did like finding out just how their relationship came to be, since Despina seemed to me to be too pragmatic to begin even a fling with the Captain. But in the end, I found her conversation with Ava a lot more intriguing, if only because it offered an elusive glimpse into Khalid's undoing.

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Reading Progress

June 2, 2017 – Shelved
June 3, 2017 – Started Reading
June 3, 2017 – Finished Reading
January 20, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy

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