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I gave one star as this book did not meet my expectation. I was expecting a story about Despina and Jalal but instead it's 37 pages that leave you wanting more; the story of Despina and Jalal is so much more than this. It feels incomplete. So disappointed.
Where do I begin? There is so much that is horribly wrong with this book! This short story is an estimated 27 pages of the worst writing that I have read in quite some time. Absent are scene settings, character backstory, character development; perceptions of time, emotion or passion which pulls a reader into the story (regardless of length), and, yet, drives the story forward (leaving the reader wanting more). To have examples of excellent writing re: short stories, the author should, perhaps, read "Young Goodman Brown" by Nathanial Hawthorne (a timeless classic) or ANY short story by Steven King for scene setting, glimpses into a character's psyche as she or he interacts with her or his environment and other characters. Writing classes, some research and proper development on the culture, history, and socio-economic systems of your characters' country, whether actually existing or contrived from an actual country; a good editor, a copy of "The 1001 Arabian Nights" and a copy of a standard on grammar should be ever-present at this author's writing desk. Ms. Ahdieh failed miserably at providing a short story prequel to her "Wrath" series.
I purchased another book ("The Wrath and the Dawn") from the same author at $1.99. Having commenced reading said book on the train to Manhattan this morning, I soon stopped reading at the conclusion of the Prologue. It is equally as horrible. No matter the cost, bypass this author's short story and series books. I recommend, instead, Barbara Taylor Bradford's "A Woman of Substance" and "Hold the Dream" as a glimpse of single-minded female protagonists throughout a family's history in Great Britain and United States of America. Revenge, survival, love, bitterness, mistakes, blessings, curses, identity and inheritance-- the novel has it all. Note, I read Bradford's work at twelve and sixteen. Today's tween, teen, and YA audience should enjoy them both without issue.