Sheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksy—stories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditions—at least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leads—until she realizes she’s falling for him...even though he wants her dead.When Aleksy allowed Sheri and her sister into his compound, he didn’t know about the zombie bite on her back. It's only a matter of time before she turns into one of the rising dead and threatens their existence, but Aleksy has a secret need for Sheri and her stories. For everyone’s safety, he chains her to his bedroom wall, hoping for just one more day. But how long will the community allow Aleksy to ignore his own rule: always kill the infected. Always.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 68 pages (E-book)
Expected Publication Date: September 30th 2013 by Entangled: Ever After
Now that I've finally got my Kindle up and running I've been speeding through a lot of ARCs I've requested from NetGalley and I've been able to request a bunch of new ARCs just like One Thousand and One Nights.
One Thousand and One Nights was my first read from the Entangled Ever After line and while I'm always a little wary of reading anything under 100 pages in length something about this one screamed "READ ME" (I suspect it was the funky cover). So there I was reading it in the doctors office and I got the whole thing done before the doctor showed up.
Lately, and I suspect it's because the new season of The Walking Dead is just around the corner and I've been craving something, anything really with zombies in it but I wanted something light and quick to read as well so this little novella was just what I needed.
I really liked Sheri, she was spunky, passionate and completely devoted to her sister and she was willing to die for her and in fact put herself at the mercy of those who wanted her dead just for the sake of her sister. The only thing I didn't like about her was how free she was with her goods. But, she quasi redeemed herself by having such a fond affinity for books.
Alex, or Aleksy, was a but of a conundrum for me, I never really got a true feel for him. I felt sorry for him because like 99% of the human population he lost a loved one to the zombie apocalypse but he was far to arrogant, closed off and rude for me to ever form a bond with. However, I suspect that's because of the length of the novella more than anything.
Overall, I did enjoy One Thousand and One Nights quite a bit. It really ended up surprising me since I have such a strong dislike for novellas but Ruth Browne is definitely a talented story teller because the only reason I'm not giving this a higher rating is due to the length and wishing that the story as quick and hot as it was burned out too quickly for my tastes. I really hope that the author continues writing books about Sheri and Aleksy because of the cliffhanger like ending we were left with. I can totally see the two of them in a full length novel and their chemistry together was great. Plus I liked that the novella had more than just sex in it and had an actual story line. I'm looking forward to giving more of this author's stuff a try in the future.
I would highly recommend One Thousand and One Nights to fans of novellas, zombies, updated fairy tales, women who can kick ass and the strong, silent type sort of men that pine after women like that. If you love your ladies snarky, cheeky and witty and are looking for a quick read check this one out as soon as you can.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
I read this book for the following reading challenges:
2013 150+ Reading Challenge
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