Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Sins of Zahrah by Rosalind Scarlett [Review]
The Sins of Zahrah (Anam Céile Chronicles #1.5) by Rosalind Scarlett
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: January 6, 2014

The Anam Céile Chronicles
0.75. Donovan's Struggle
1. Cailín
1.25. The Awakening of Celeste
1.50. The Sins of Zahrah - Kindle
1.75. The Falling of Katja
2. Soeis
2.25. The Submission of Giuliana
3. Leannán

Rosalind Scarlett
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
When her beautiful imported French mother could not cope with life in the harem, Zahrah— the stunning daughter of the most affluent sultan in Morocco— grows up cynical, vehemently refusing to follow in her footsteps. Nonetheless, Zahrah is nothing like her weak mother. In fact, she has every intention of doing whatever it takes to escape the palace altogether. She will take charge of her destiny. And it will not be to surrender herself to the will of a man.

And yet, for the time being, while she is there, Zahrah manages to have anyone she wants wrapped around her finger— men and women alike. Her thirst for carnal pleasure and manipulation seems to know no bounds. After all, what sultan in their right mind would want a ruined female as an addition to their harem? She hopes her plan will spare her, at least from being traded away to another harem.

But then, an enigmatic fair haired stranger with icy eyes visits her father’s palace from a faraway land. Zahrah thinks she has surely found the method of escape she has so desperately sought. Still, she just may have met her match. Especially when he informs her that the only way out is to trade her soul into a world of darkness.
Thoughts on The Sins of Zahrah: I have to admit that Zahrah is one of those characters you love to hate. She's just so... arrogant. And selfish. And psychotic. In her mind, her depraved desires take precedence over everything. Whether it's sleeping with her sister's lover or forcing men to do things they wouldn't normally do. She's relentless and amoral.

Honestly, I can't say I like her any better after reading her story. She's not a nice person. Period. Other than the burden of being born with a wicked sexual streak, she has no excuse for the way she acts. This is Zahrah. It's what she is and she's not concerned if anyone looks down on her for her appetites.

While I can appreciate that, I still didn't like her much. But she does tell a good story. If you're looking for sex that pushes boundaries, Zahrah delivers just about as often as she takes. Which is again. And again. And again.

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