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Haiku Review: Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

Haiku Review: Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

(Lots of spoilers ahead – beware!)


Song of the Nile	Stephanie DrayWhat happened here, Dray?
Your first book was so very good.
This one screwed the pooch.


In first book, Selene
takes control of her own fate
ends on happy note


this book takes that book
and pretty much destroys it
I hated each page


On her wedding night
to Juba, Selene is raped
by Octavian


She tells her new spouse

He says, I know, I let him

do it. Sorry ’bout that.


Me: What the fucking
fuck just happened in this book?
Seriously now.


If that were not bad
enough, Selene runs from this
to her brother’s arms


They have sex. A lot.
This plot goes from bad to worse.
Hero is her BRO???


Plot continues down
Octavian offers her
Egypt if they fuck.


Selene must decide
Egypt or her new kingdom?
Whore to her rapist?


This plot is just gross
Entire book is about
“Will she or won’t she?”


Selene wants Egypt
So very bad. She teases and leads
on Octavian


Would rather read a
book about a strong queen or
historical stuff


Not brother love. Not
flirting with her rapist. Not
any of this. At all.


I am so, so sad
I love your writing and voice
WHY did you write this?


I loved your first book
Cannot recommend this one
Wish I could. Sorry.


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Haiku Review: Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

Haiku Review: Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

We briefly enjoyed regular haiku reviews and then our haiku-ist retired.   Over Christmas, I found this in my inbox.   How fun, right?   Bring back the haiku review.

Lovely cover art
Plus Cleopatra’s daughter
Equals auto-buy

Lily of the Nile by Stephanie DrayYou know your Romans.
Wikipedia research?
Not here. The real deal.

Young orphan Selene
The Isis cult sees her as their
savior, last chance

Goddess speaks through her
But is Selene brave enough
to defy Caesar?

Subplot with brother
Kinda reminds me
Flowers… Attic…Ick.

Lucky for readers
Does not go VC Andrews
Grateful for sidestep

There’s hints of romance
But the plot is all about
Selene’s survival

Really enjoyed this
Ending is a cliffhanger
Sets up for sequel

Would I recommend?
As Mama Grizzly would say
You betcha I do!

My grade: B

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