Book Spotlight & Giveaway: A Thousand Nights

Top Three Reasons This Looks Like a Great Fall Read:

1. Magical tales with good vs. evil spins are always fun in the fall.
2. The novel has some dark themes which is perfect as the weather changes.
3. The setting seems more exotic than most YA novels.

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 palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time.But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

About the Author
E. K. Johnston is a forensic archaeologist by training, a book seller and author by trade, and a grammarian by nature. She spends a great deal of time on the Internet because it is less expensive than going to Scotland. She can probably tell you, to the instant, when she fell in love with any particular song; but don't ask her, because then it will be stuck in both of your heads.

Check out the first four chapters of A THOUSAND NIGHTS here.

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The awesome people at Disney-Hyperion have offered our readers an amazing prize pack! You must be 16+ years old to enter. Those under 18 must have parental permission to enter. You must be a resident of the United States to win. All prizes provided by Disney-Hyperion; Reading Lark is not responsible for prize delivery. This giveaway runs from 10/2 - 10/9.

The prize pack includes:
- a copy of A Thousand Nights
- Tea Bag Dispenser
- Nail Polish


  1. I like good re-tellings and haven't read one of this type before!

  2. I would love to win to read the book and use the other prizes too! :)

  3. I love YA with a little grit, and magic and fantasy reads. The other goodies are just a bonus! Thanks! :)

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! The synopsis reminds me of a tale my mom told me when I was young, so I want to read it to relive my younger years. ;)

  5. This book sounds like a modern version of One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. I have always been keen to these stories

  6. Ooh, I am so desperate to read this book! I love the cover art, too.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  7. I would like to win to read the book, as it's outside my normal genres.

  8. I collect books and this is one book I really want. The other prizes are like icing on a really lovely cake. My daughter and I will have fun with the nail polishes and I'll hoard the rest. :)

  9. Love the nailpolish and I have heard great things about the book!

  10. I love retellings and this one sounds awesome!


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