The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)
One Life to One Dawn.In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad's dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph's reign of terror once and for all.Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she'd imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It's an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid's life as retribution for the many lives he's stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1) Details

TitleThe Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1)
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 12th, 2015
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN0399171614
ISBN-139780399171611
Number of pages388 pages
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Retellings

The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1) Review

  • Khanh (the Grinch)
    May 9, 2014
    She wanted to kiss him.No.It was one thing to return his kiss; she’d been prepared for that. But it was another thing entirely to want his kiss . . . another thing entirely to desire his affections. To melt into the arms of Shiva’s killer at the first sign of adversity.Weak. Retellings should light my imagination on fire. They should take the original story, add a twist to it, make it so that we don't feel like we're reading the same old, same old. The only twist, the only imaginative reimagini She wanted to kiss him.No.It was one thing to return his kiss; she’d been prepared for that. But it was another thing entirely to want his kiss . . . another thing entirely to desire his affections. To melt into the arms of Shiva’s killer at the first sign of adversity.Weak. Retellings should light my imagination on fire. They should take the original story, add a twist to it, make it so that we don't feel like we're reading the same old, same old. The only twist, the only imaginative reimagining to this book is the addition of a fucking love triangle and the rewriting of the should-have-been mysterious, brilliant, Scheherazade into an astoundingly stupid chick.The Scheherazade of the original 1001 Nights is a woman to be admired. Brave, smart, fearless. She used her intelligence to survive when countless others have died, enchanting the king by weaving tales so mesmerizing that the king could not bear to kill her. This book's main character Shahrzad doesn't hold a candle to the original.Seriously, there was no point to this book. I could have read the original and been satisfied, because there was very little variation. We have a king who marries a woman and kills her after their wedding night. We have a main character who tells stories. She really does tell stories. I swear it felt like 1/4 of the book was devoted to the story she tells. It was astoundingly dull. I didn't read a retelling to read yet another freaking rendition of Aladdin, among other tales. Spare me, please. I don't need to summarize what happens because everyone knows what the premise is. Insane motherfucker gets wronged in some way. Decides to marry a girl and kill her the next morning for some weird reason because COMMON SENSE Y'ALL. Girl decides to sacrifice herself like a sheep to the slaughter by marrying the dude herself, and secretly plots to stave off the executioner's axe by telling him a story and leave it on a cliffhanger every night. And the truth? I don't know why she's not dead. I don't know why he lets her live. Her charms are entirely hidden to me. I cannot comprehend the attraction she holds. Her stories bore me to tears.I digress, but isn't that so intensely annoying? As book lovers, don't we hate cliffhangers? If I were the king, I would have just strangled her myself instead of waiting the next night to hear how the story ends. IMAGINE 1001 NIGHTS OF CLIFFHANGERS. DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE BITCH.D:The main character is stupid. So dumb. She talks big, fo' sho. She's all like I WILL KILL THE KING!!!!! I WILL AVENGE MY FRIEND'S DEATH AT THE HANDS OF THE MURDEROUS MONSTER. “Wife.” He nodded.“My king.”I will live to see tomorrow’s sunset. Make no mistake. I swear I will live to see as many sunsets as it takes.And I will kill you.With my own hands. And then like literally 2 days later she feels a pull on her heartstrings when he glances at her. I despise him.She tried to ignore the flutter of uncertainty in her stomach. She is so dumb. Like she has ZE GRAND PLAN TO KILL THE KING (as previously stated). Only it fails pretty miserably. You see, in order to form a competent plot, you can't fucking reveal your hand . WHICH SHE DOES. Like showing that she's a highly accomplished archer...because surely knowing she can kill will make the Caliph feel so safe with her. Fucking idiot. She exhaled slowly.As soon as she opened her eyes, she loosed the arrow. It flew toward the target in a perfect spiral.And struck exactly where she intended.“Amazing. Despite never taking care to aim, you actually hit the target that time,” Jalal intoned drily. “In a fashion.” She's defiant. She takes unnecessary risks, given her plot. I can't headdesk hard enough.The love story is absolutely atrocious and unbelievable. There's not only ZE GRAND LOVE TRIANGLE between her childhood friend... Tariq continued, the silver in his eyes flashing. “But understand this: no matter how many perfect young women you put in my path, there is only one Shahrzad. But there's also zero chemistry between the main character and the murderer love interest. A love interest who is pretty fucking smart and vigilant. His eyes, which were usually vigilant, appeared even more watchful than before.She sighed to herself.He notices everything. This will be even more difficult than I thought. Which begs the question... why her? Why this stupid, incompetent, bumbling fool of a revenge-seeker?So, my dear friends, don't hop a carpet and fly to this Arabian night. Because this book's main character is more of... A fool off his guardCould fall and fall hardOut there on the dunes
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  • Emily May
    November 18, 2014
    “Make sure they never forget. You are the Calipha of Khorasan, and you have the ear of a king.” She bent forward and lowered her voice. “And, most important, you are a fearsome thing to behold in your own right.” My original plan was to finish this book tonight and then write up a review tomorrow, but after that ending, I just can't stop thinking about it and I need to get my thoughts down right now. In short: I enjoyed this book very much. Way more than I expected to, to tell the truth. And I “Make sure they never forget. You are the Calipha of Khorasan, and you have the ear of a king.” She bent forward and lowered her voice. “And, most important, you are a fearsome thing to behold in your own right.” My original plan was to finish this book tonight and then write up a review tomorrow, but after that ending, I just can't stop thinking about it and I need to get my thoughts down right now. In short: I enjoyed this book very much. Way more than I expected to, to tell the truth. And I guess you should know that, though there are many elements of fantasy and action, it is primarily a romance. And yet...It completely melted my cold, unromantic heart.Where should I start? The Wrath and the Dawn was a deliciously angsty, sexy romance inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. If you know me, you know how often I complain about romances - either the guy's a jerk, the girl's annoying or they fall into some crazy instalove that just leaves me bored. Well, I finally found a romance where I just loved the characters, totally obsessed over what would happen, and finished the final page with a pounding heart.My god, what has this book done to me?This story is about Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan, who takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. When Shahrzad's friend becomes the Caliph's victim, Shazi volunteers herself with a plan to outwit the evil ruler and exact revenge. In a similar way to Keturah and Lord Death, Shazi extends her date with death by telling Khalid a story and promising only to reveal what happens next if he should let her live another day.As it turns out, of course, nothing is as it first seems and Khalid is hiding many secrets. The relationship between the two develops from seething hatred (on Shazi's part) to reluctant companions to something much more. I've been craving a romance that feels genuine in its development and actually has me wondering how things will turn out (and, god help me, the jury's still out on that last point). The dialogue between them is addictive and feels natural... and don't you just love stories within stories?Though I said this book is primarily a romance, there are many other things that need mentioning. There are some beautiful descriptions of the palace, for one thing, and a wonderful cast of secondary characters that all feel important to the story and not just throwaway. Jalal is charming and hilarious, Despina is a source of much-needed female friendship for Shazi, Yasmine is intriguing and bitchy (but kinda in a good way) and Tariq inspired a mixture of love/hate feelings in me.Sure, it's not a perfect book. I definitely think Shazi didn't try so hard to get her revenge and missed a bunch of opportunities, and I was a little frustrated with how long it took Khalid to trust her with his secret. But, oh well.If you're partial to a bit of romance, then hear me out. A book which contains lines like the following and manages to make me swoon instead of rolling my eyes must be something kind of special: “My soul sees its equal in you.” and “What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.” God, I love the two of them. And I need book two.Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr
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  • Sasha Alsberg
    July 3, 2015
    You can watch my review here: https://youtu.be/ngTWMqYuT6c !!:)
  • Renee Ahdieh
    December 21, 2013
    Obviously I'm biased . . . BUT THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE ;-)
  • Regan
    February 27, 2015
    SoooOOOoo GoooOOOOdd
  • Natalie Monroe
    May 18, 2015
    1.5 stars "How can I desire him? After he killed Shiva. After he killed so many young girls, without explanation. What's wrong with me?" A three-sentence summary of The Wrath and the Dawn:Shahrzad: I will kill Caliph Khalid to avenge my best friend!Khalid: *eye smoulder*Shahrzad: Lol, nah. That is literally what happens. I'm not joking. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of the classical One Thousand and One Nights tale. Every day, the Caliph of Khorasan marries a new bride and by dawn, he ha 1.5 stars "How can I desire him? After he killed Shiva. After he killed so many young girls, without explanation. What's wrong with me?" A three-sentence summary of The Wrath and the Dawn:Shahrzad: I will kill Caliph Khalid to avenge my best friend!Khalid: *eye smoulder*Shahrzad: Lol, nah. That is literally what happens. I'm not joking. The Wrath and the Dawn is a retelling of the classical One Thousand and One Nights tale. Every day, the Caliph of Khorasan marries a new bride and by dawn, he has her killed. Shahrzad marries him to get revenge for her best friend and within three days, she's putty in his hands. Three fucking days. Where's the fire? Where's the hate? Where's her brain? "It's because he's not the monster I thought he was. There was so much more below the surface, and she had to know what lay at the root of it all." The book tries so hard to convince readers Shahrzad is Katniss by making her a master archer and spout promises for vengeance. But it'd be nice if she actually carried through with her plan. Her attempts at sniffing out Khalid's weaknesses are poorly thought-out and completely disappear after she falls in insta-love with sunlight-scented Hay Boy. I mean, Khalid. There's a scene where she directly confronts Khalid on why he kills his wives and he leaves because she has the subtlety of a hippo in a tutu. She then spends the whole day fretting she hurt his feeeeelings and apologizes. Apologizes. For wanting answers. For demanding an open relationship. For understanding why her best friend had to die.I'm confused to what the intended message is. That if you stick it out long enough in an abusive relationship, you can change him? That violent jerks with short tempers are precious cinnamon rolls with hidden depths? Keep in mind Shahrzad falls for Khalid before she discovers the real reason behind the murders (in which he's totally blameless because God forbid he's a morally grey character). She is in love with someone who murdered her best friends and hundreds of other girls. At one point, she calls him her "beautiful monster". Young girls are reading The Wrath and the Dawn and forming their idea of love from it. Do I need to say how dangerous that is? Isn't Fifty Shades of Grey enough?Speaking of Fifty Shades, let's address the elephant in the room: The Wrath and the Dawn is the Arabian Twilight. There's insta-love like I mentioned and a love triangle with Shahrzad's childhood friend Tariq. Khalid is a gorgeous male specimen who's secretive, hates himself, and a brilliant fighter. He even has amber eyes.Another thing that bothered me are the rape scenes. Their marriage consummation and the night after was rape, okay? Just like Drogo and Daenerys' marriage was built on rape. Shahrzad didn't want it. She just went ahead with it to earn Khalid's trust. Later, we discover Khalid had never entered any other bride's bedchamber except hers. Which begs the question: Why? If he loved her from the start, which he does, why would he violate her like that? Why would he perform on her one of the cruelest crimes you do to a person? Or is it supposed to be romantic and special because she's the exception? That's a prize I don't ever want to fucking win.Then there's the plot itself. Or should I say lack of plot. For a story about murder and mind games, it is surprisingly slow. Nothing really happens until the climax, which abruptly cuts off just when the story ball starts rolling. They cheated me out of a decent climax. Most of the storyline is devoted to the romance, people traveling, and descriptions of clothes.So. Much. Descriptions. "She was dressed in wide silk trousers and a fitted top stained a deep violet color, with think straps that banded over each shoulder. The necklace and thin chain at her waist contained amethysts surrounded by tiny, pale pink diamonds. At her ears and along her brow were large teardrops of purple and gold." I estimate 25% is describing what Shahrzad is wearing at any given time. There are a lot of foreign terms, too. Not just for clothes, but weapons and titles and such. Qamis, sirwal, shamshir. I appreciate the research that went into writing this, but there's a point when it gets annoying. It feels like the author is showing off instead of telling us the damn story. The writing itself is overblown and jammed with unnecessary metaphors.By far the worst YA book I've read in a long time.
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  • Hailey (HaileyInBookland)
    May 21, 2015
    SPOILER FREE REVIEW: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IA4zN...Reread: April 2016STILL AMAZING can't wait to read the next one! First reading: June 2015Holy crap. What a fantastically captivating tale.
  • Wendy Darling
    January 5, 2014
    Hm. People are loving this much-hyped book, but I have rather mixed feelings about this one. Things I liked:-- awesome premise, obviously-- a world very different from what we're used to-- a few intriguing conversations between women (Shazi and Despina, Shazi and Yasmine)-- diversity, yay-- a few nice action scenes towards the end-- the romance, which eventually sparked and got me very invested in what's going to happen next!Things I wanted more of:-- Magic (perhaps this will come in the next bo Hm. People are loving this much-hyped book, but I have rather mixed feelings about this one. Things I liked:-- awesome premise, obviously-- a world very different from what we're used to-- a few intriguing conversations between women (Shazi and Despina, Shazi and Yasmine)-- diversity, yay-- a few nice action scenes towards the end-- the romance, which eventually sparked and got me very invested in what's going to happen next!Things I wanted more of:-- Magic (perhaps this will come in the next book)-- Complexity of emotion-- development of character, particularly in secondary ones-- showing versus telling (the writing feels a bit...mannered?)-- less glossing over/quickly moving past important scenes (view spoiler)[such as consummation of their union. It's fine if it's not explicit, but to relegate this major life-changing event to a couple of sentences--particularly when she gives this as sacrifice for the greater good--is incredibly disappointing. No internal narrative or emotional reaction? Really? (hide spoiler)]-- more interesting recounting of The Arabian Nights. I mostly skimmed those parts, tbh, since we were already told so much of the main story, and Shazi's "telling" of the tales didn't have a unique spin/evocative writing/subtext-- explanation for why the two main characters are drawn together, particularly why Khalid is so intrigued by Shazi that he continues to spare her life. Honestly, I was keenly interested throughout this entire story, but I didn't feel particularly swept away by it, or moved until closer to the end. Until the last few chapters, the whole thing needed more complexity and subtlety and subtext and mystery. When there's finally an outpouring of emotion, however, followed by the scenes when everything's finally on the table and the betrayal and sacrifice as a result of that? That's when the story catches a little fire and made me genuinely invested in the characters, and anxious to see what happens to them. Here's hoping the sequel continues the momentum and delivers in the promise implicit in the last few chapters of The Wrath and the Dawn. Okay, 4 am ramblings are at an end. I will probably come back and tinker with this a bit to finish it off.An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.
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  • Katerina
    November 26, 2016
    I loved it beyond words.I'm in awe. This beautiful journey, this journey of longing, magic and love sang to my soul, gave me wings, spilled vibrant colours in a bleak routine and made my heart burst.Renee Ahdieh is a rare storyteller. “One hundred lives for the one you took. One life to one dawn. Should you fail but a single morn, I shall take from you your dreams. I shall take from you your city.And I shall take from you these lives, a thousandfold.” The Caliph of Khorasan, the King of Kings I loved it beyond words.I'm in awe. This beautiful journey, this journey of longing, magic and love sang to my soul, gave me wings, spilled vibrant colours in a bleak routine and made my heart burst.Renee Ahdieh is a rare storyteller. “One hundred lives for the one you took. One life to one dawn. Should you fail but a single morn, I shall take from you your dreams. I shall take from you your city.And I shall take from you these lives, a thousandfold.” The Caliph of Khorasan, the King of Kings, is a monster. Every day he takes a new wife. And every dawn, he executes her. One of those unfortunate girls was Shahrzad's best friend. Blinded by her grief, her hatred and the desire for revenge, Shahrzad volunteers to become the Caliph's next wife, with one goal in mind; destroy him. Kill him and rid Khorasan of a bloodthirsty tyrant. When the dawn comes and she's still alive, the speculations begin. Why did the Caliph spare her? Is it possible that the monster has a heart after all? And indeed, the enemy turns out to be just a boy, a boy with the weight of his sins on his shoulders. Torn between her promise for revenge and her traitorous heart, Shahrzad might be the only one that can make Khalid care again. But what is the cost? “I will live to see tomorrow's sunset. Make no mistake. I swear I will live to see as many sunsets as it takes.And I will kill you.With my own hands.” When I started The Wrath & the Dawn I was cautious. Later, I was fascinated but a little detached. But as Shahrzad 's story progressed, as I fell deeper and deeper into a world of intrigue, secrets and lies, I was bound. To Shahrzad's fierceness, to Khalid's tragedy, to the sheer magic that engulfed me like it was a living and breathing thing. Because that's what I felt while reading The Wrath & the Dawn. Alive.Enchanted. “You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow.” Renee Ahdieh's writing is exquisite. Whether she described luscious palaces, delectable dishes and lavish clothes or a love so palpable that ripped your insides open, devastating truths or heartbreaking choices, she captivated you. She trapped you in a world painted in yellow, orange and red, a world where you could touch the sand and feel the heat burn your skin. She invaded your life and with her flying carpet made you a part of a rich eastern culture, a part of a fairytale you wished it would never end. “My soul sees its equal in you.” Shahrzad was a fierce heroine, determined and stubborn, a plague of a girl that brought change to a lifeless palace. I was afraid that there would be love triangle drama that would ruin this remarkable reading experience, but Renee Ahdieh knew exactly how to handle it. Yes, when Shahrzad married Khalid she was in love with another boy. But the connection, the trust and eventually the love that was built between the boy-king and his wife left no space for doubt that they belonged together. Khalid was prepared to kill Shahrzad. Shahrzad was prepared to kill Khalid. But none of them was prepared to find their equal, their perfect match, the air that filled their lungs. Their relationship would be angsty, sweet or painful, but the bond that was forged was unbreakable. And Khalid, oh my darling Khalid, he was a mystery, a troubled king with good intentions, aloof but caring, a beautiful monster I came to cherish deeply. “There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.” There is no one I would rather spend my precious free time with than Khalid, Shahrzad, Jalal and Despina. They made me smile, tear up and dream, travel and love, and for that I am forever indebted to Renee Ahdieh. If you haven't read The Wrath & the Dawn yet, don't waste another minute. A mesmerizing world of deception, curses and powerful feelings is waiting in the form of paper and words.Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | BookNest
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  • Maureen
    May 29, 2015
    *dies*I think this just replaced ACOTAR as my number one book of the year....YES YOU HEARD ME RIGHT. There is so much right about this book. The world building is great, the smaller magical elements are phenomenal, and the characters are ON PAR. I loved it so much and I'm SO PUMPED THERE WILL BE MORE STORY.
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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 18, 2015
    FIRST READ: June 2015REREAD: May 2016Still obsessed with this <3----------------------THIS HAS OVERTAKEN EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING AS MY NUMBER 1 SPOT OF MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR. I CAN'T EVEN. EFKHSBFKHSBDFKAHDBFKSDHABFKAHSDBFKASJBKAHBGKAFHBKV SO MANY ALADDIN FEELS
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  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    March 10, 2017
    <3 <3 <3This. Book.How dare it end where it did.
  • Angela
    January 20, 2015
    The Wrath and the Dawn is every recently amazing YA book thrown into one read. Red Queen meets An Ember in the Ashes meets A Court of Thorns and Roses . The main difference it has between those books is the amount of action. The Wrath definitely set aside action packed scenes for a slower more lyrical literature depth.Sharhrzad (Shazi) is out to seek revenge for the murder of her best friend and decides too volunteer to be the next wife of the Caliph of Khorasan. The Caliph is known for being The Wrath and the Dawn is every recently amazing YA book thrown into one read. Red Queen meets An Ember in the Ashes meets A Court of Thorns and Roses . The main difference it has between those books is the amount of action. The Wrath definitely set aside action packed scenes for a slower more lyrical literature depth.Sharhrzad (Shazi) is out to seek revenge for the murder of her best friend and decides too volunteer to be the next wife of the Caliph of Khorasan. The Caliph is known for being ruthless, heartless, and cruel. But the thing he is most known for is the fact that every day he takes a different wife and every following dawn he kills her. Shazi doesn’t care why the king does this she only cares about righting what has been wrong and insuring that this fate doesn’t come to another girl.Since this is told from a 3rd person point of view us as reading know that there is clearly more to the story than meets the eye. As Shazi gets to know Khalid (The Caliph) she learns he is not what she thought he was. She beings to become conflicted between doing what she set out to do and listening to her heart. Things only get more complicated when Shazi pre suicide mission boyfriend, Tariq, sets out to get her back.I'm usually am not the biggest fan of the 3rd person pov but in this case I found myself falling in love with it. That was not the only thing I fell for, the characters won me over. Shazi is our leading lady and the character I connected most with. Having to see her go back and forth on what she should do had me struggling along with her. She is a fierce lead and her silver tongued attitude is a forced to be reckoned with. Her take no crap ways and honesty will win you over. Can't help but love a girl with so much street smarts. Khalid is our leading male and I can’t express enough how much I loved his character. He isn’t a man of many words, and the ones he uses he chooses wisely, time and time again had me swooning. Though I connected more with Shazi without a doubt Khalid was my favorite character. He has definitely made his way onto my list of fictional book boyfriends. I loved the mystery surrounding him, his intelligence, and his ability to read people. This is also the only negative feedback I have on the book. The romance, though amazing, I wanted more of it. I wanted more “screen time” with Shazi and Khalid. The moments we get with them are so perfect that it made me want this book to be longer. I think it says a lot if your only real complaint is that something was so good you wanted more of it. This is a very very minor issue in the grand scheme of things.  Both Shazi and Khalid are complex and well built characters. The fact that we are given so much back story and tells from their childhoods also gave these characters something that a lot of other books miss. Tariq is the only character I felt I didn’t really connect with or understand in this book. though I see his value and what he brings to the table I just think Khalid won me over and had it so I wasn't even glancing Tariq way. “Love is a force unto itself, sayyidi. For love, people consider the unthinkable...and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at its power.”  As I stated above The Wrath is a book that can be compare to others that have been released lately but it has something so different to it. Though most of it's action packed scenes are left towards till the end of the story, Renee's writing had it so I was still on the edge of my seat either way. She manages keeps a steady pace throughout the whole novel. Renee's writing is so beautiful and gripping. The brilliance behind how she survives through the night is what got me so hooked right away and every wonderful sentence after kept me there. This novel brought a whole new meaning to stories having power. Waiting so long to give us the true answer to the riddle yet giving us little bits and pieces really worked so well for this book. The action scenes in this book are perfectly placed along with their delivery.The Wrath and the Dawn surpassed any expectation I had for this book. It brings something so new and diverse to this genre while still managing to fit in so well. The perfect start to a series. It’s a fresh retelling with and amazing band of characters, perfect amount of romance, and the perfect mystery surrounding it. Finding out this is the first book and that there will be a sequel has me beyond giddy! READ THIS REVIEW AND OTHERS OVER ON OUR BLOG: Southern Bred Souther Read Southern Bred Souther Read Originally read- may 2015Re read- March 2016
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  • Victoria Aveyard
    December 28, 2014
    sequel now pls
  • Natalie
    February 24, 2016
    “I’ve been told a good storyteller can trap an audience with a single sentence.”This review contains *spoilers*.I picked this book up completely on a whim, and I’m so glad that I did. I was completely entranced by The Wrath & the Dawn. The setting was just right, the writing was engaging, and I thought every character brought something important to the story. This book felt like it should go on forever, and I was really disappointed when it didn't. The Wrath & the Dawn follows Shahrzad o “I’ve been told a good storyteller can trap an audience with a single sentence.”This review contains *spoilers*.I picked this book up completely on a whim, and I’m so glad that I did. I was completely entranced by The Wrath & the Dawn. The setting was just right, the writing was engaging, and I thought every character brought something important to the story. This book felt like it should go on forever, and I was really disappointed when it didn't. The Wrath & the Dawn follows Shahrzad on a quest to avenge the death of her dearest friend, Shiva. Her friend was executed at dawn by Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. Shahrzad is determined to stay alive.“You said you understood; your life is forfeit. That was clear from the very beginning.”Shahrzad rose to her full height. She pulled back her shoulders and lifted her elfin chin.When she spoke, she matched the biting softness in his tone.“All our lives are forfeit, sayyidi. It is just a question of when. And I would like one more day.”The slow romance that developed between Shahrzad and Khalid had me on the edge of my seat. I needed wanted them to KISS already. “You were saying?” He was so close, his words were more breath than sound.“How—how dare you say that to me?” she whispered.His eyes glittered with something akin to amusement.“How dare I imply you caused this mess?”“Me? This is not my fault! This is your fault!”“Mine?”“You and your temper, Khalid!”“No. You and your mouth, Shazi.”“Wrong, you wretched lout!”“See? That mouth.” He reached up and grazed his thumb across her lips. “That—magnificent mouth.”When they finally did kiss, it was heartwarming and heartbreaking. This is the first book in a long time that has managed to make me feel so many emotions all at once. I knew what Khalid was, a beautiful monster, but he had this perfect way with words and he was so sweet with Shazi and and and...“How can I desire him? After he killed Shiva? After he killed so many young girls, without explanation?What’s wrong with me?”I felt just as perplexed as Shahrzad, but Khalid was so good that it hurt me. My favorite parts of this book were always with the two of them together.But he’s not the monster everyone perceives him to be, he’s just a boy with secrets. “Just one boy and one girl.”And when Shahrzad found his letters of apology to the families of the girls murdered at dawn, especially the letter addressed to Shiva’s family, I had tears streaming down my face.This book is too good.I also really cared about the secondary characters, they all added something special to the story.The friendship between Despina and Shazi reminded me somehow of Cinder and Iko’s friendship, which I truly enjoyed. They made me smile with their daily conversations.And Jalal had me laughing every single time he opened his mouth. “Would you be willing to teach me how to use a bow and arrow, Captain al-Khoury?” she asked.“That depends on a few things. The first being that you dispense with the formalities and just call me Jalal. The second being that Khalid never discover my part in this transgression.”Khalid? He calls him by his first name?“I can meet those terms. Gladly. If you’ll return the gesture, on both parts.”“Jalal leaned forward conspiratorially. “Then follow me, Jalal.”Shahrzad laughed.”I really hope we’ll get to see more of Jalal and Despina together in the next book.But I’m not quite sure how I feel about Tariq— I definitely didn’t want him to be with Shahrzad— whenever he did try to persuade her to be with him, I got really mad. There’s just something about him that I don’t quite like. I can’t seem to put my finger on what exactly. He reminded me a bit of Adam from the Shatter Me Series. So there’s currently more hate than love in my feelings towards Tariq. He frustrated me a lot (especially towards the end).“I know this isn’t you. I know something must have happened. But we can fix it. I can fix it. Come home with me. Every day we are apart is a day closer to death. A day wasted on what might have been. I can’t stomach it any longer. Come home.”“But,” she whispered, “I am home.”(I was so relieved when Shazi told him that.)All I can think of right now is that I need the sequel. This story is captivating, beautiful, and definitely a favorite of mine. I can’t believe it’s over. I want need more. *Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying The Wrath & the Dawn, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
    December 19, 2014
    MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR. PERIOD. (and one of my favorite books EVER.) The Wrath & The Dawn is a lush retelling of 1001 Nights. It follows Shahrzad as she seeks revenge for the murder of her best friend by The Monster King of Khorasan, Khalid. So I had just read ACOTAR, and I wasn't expecting another book to top for a long time this year. I was actually thinking that it would be my favorite of the year. WRONG. The Wrath & The Dawn hit it it out of the park for me! I was actually r MY FAVORITE BOOK OF THE YEAR. PERIOD. (and one of my favorite books EVER.) The Wrath & The Dawn is a lush retelling of 1001 Nights. It follows Shahrzad as she seeks revenge for the murder of her best friend by The Monster King of Khorasan, Khalid. So I had just read ACOTAR, and I wasn't expecting another book to top for a long time this year. I was actually thinking that it would be my favorite of the year. WRONG. The Wrath & The Dawn hit it it out of the park for me! I was actually really excited for this book before it came out, but I honestly wasn't expecting it to be THIS fantastic. Basically this is what TW&TD done to me: Ok ok let's get to the actual review. The premise really grabbed me from the beginning, and it completely exceeded my expectations. It was perfectly paced and felt unpredictable. I was at the edge of my seat the entire time. The writing is lush and gorgeous. "She was drowning in sandalwood and sunlight. Time ceased to more than a notion. Her lips were hers one moment. And then they were his. The taste of him on her tongue was like sun warmed honey. Like cool water sliding down her parched throat. Like the promise of all her tomorrows in one sigh." Now if THAT doesn't make you want to read it, idk what will bruh. And yes, maybe some can say it's bit flowery and overdone, but my god how can the beautiful use of the english language this way not make you read this. Renee Ahdieh's writing is my kind of writing. Poetic, flows well, lush, and just downright lovely. It makes me want to be writer and I've never had that desire...ever until now. SO BRAVO RENEE BRAVO. The plot is mysterious and intriguing. Yes there's this fantastic romance, but there's also this mystery as to WHY is khalid marrying a new bride every day and killing them off by dawn the next day. It hooked me from the get go as well as Shazi's plot for revenge. I also like this mysterious magic system, but I won't lie I wish I got a little more out of this aspect. I have to say the magic is till a complete mystery to me, but I hope that this will be fixed in book #2, The Rose and The Dagger.Now let's get to the good stuff. THE ROMANCE AND THE CHARACTERS. I'm a sucker for romance. I'm gonna be straight up say I prefer all my books to have some sort of romance...even if it's subtle. This is by far one of the BEST romances I have EVER read. I ship Khalid and Shazi so hard. Ahdieh's ability to captivate the readers with her words and the development of Shazi and Khalid's relationship is astounding. Did I feel conflicted over the fact that Shazi was falling for the man who killed her best friend? YES, duh. But did I believe it? ABSOLUTELY. And did Ahdieh make me root for them? WHOLEHEARTEDLYOk let's just talk about the characters themselves. These characters are so damn loveable. So many of these characters became some favorites of mine. Shazi is favorite MC of mine. I rolled my eyes just a tiny tiny bit at the parts where she was like I need to get revenge on this evil king, but OMG my heart is racing over him, but that's kind of the fun part of it all right? I liked that she acknowledged her conflict and struggled with it. I just love her. FAVORITE. I just wish there I got more from my side characters because I loved them. Jalal, Despina, Tariq, Rahim, Jahander, and more. I'm thinking this will be addressed more in future books because yes the romance did outweigh the development of side characters but I totally get it because this is the first book in the epic story of Khalid and Shazi. Also holla to Renee Ahdieh for putting the prologue of The Rose and The Dagger at the end. YOU DA BEST. AND I NEED THIS SEQUEL.Overall I recommend you pick this up ASAP. Hands down, this is my favorite book of the year. Read it before it gets SUPER POPULAR. Just sayin.
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  • Cait (Paper Fury)
    January 5, 2015
    HELLO. I AM NOT OKAY. THIS BOOK IS A BILLION PERCENT INCREDIBLE AND AJKLFDSAQTQEQQQQQJKLQ. Words?! WHAT WORDS. I'm just absolutely dancing from the proverbial rooftops that I fell in love with this book. I've had such a slack year for reading. All my highly anticipated reads have splattered like mayonnaise on the wall. But this?! They hype is completely justified. It's beautiful and visual and delicious (seriously, so much delicious food) and the characters were absolute perfection. I cannot rig HELLO. I AM NOT OKAY. THIS BOOK IS A BILLION PERCENT INCREDIBLE AND AJKLFDSAQTQEQQQQQJKLQ. Words?! WHAT WORDS. I'm just absolutely dancing from the proverbial rooftops that I fell in love with this book. I've had such a slack year for reading. All my highly anticipated reads have splattered like mayonnaise on the wall. But this?! They hype is completely justified. It's beautiful and visual and delicious (seriously, so much delicious food) and the characters were absolute perfection. I cannot right now. I CANNOT. I AM JUST SO HAPPY I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Ahem.Okay, but let's scroll backwards a little and let me tell you the story of how I have history with this story. When I was 12 I was obsessed with Shadow Spinner. It was the book of my LIFE. I reread it nine trillion times and pledge to myself I would write a retelling of Shahrazad one day. THEN I SAW THIS BOOK WAS COMING OUT. I was half disappointed (dang, I missed my opportunity) and half elated because I GET TO RELIVE MY CHILDHOOD LOVE. I'm so grateful The Wrath and the Dawn really stuck to the original story and embellished it beautiful and in a more YA way (Shadow Spinner is, obviously, a children's book). I had mega high expectations: AND I WAS NOT LET DOWN. So it's a fantasy, but with a pinch of magic and a lot of Persian culture. I love this. I ADORE THIS. I kind of wished it had been an historical fantasy? But the magic was very subtle and while it impacted the finale, it wasn't like "OH SUDDENLY WE CAN MAGIC GENIES OUT OF LAMPS." Although there was hints of a magic carpet?! I really hope they do something fantastic with that. But omg, the food! THE FOOD. I love books that use food to its full glory. It slips in culture and it's freaking delicious to read about. I nearly died of starvation just reading the foodie descriptions. Basically this book gets a whole extra star for FOOD....setting plates of food in front of each guest -- aromatic rice with fresh dill and split fava beans, lamb simmered in sauce of turmeric and caramelized onions, skewers of chicken and roasted tomatoes, fresh vegetables garnished with mint and chopped parsley, olives marinated in fine oil, lavash bread with rounds of goat cheese and seemingly endless sweet preserves...(pg 252)Excuse me while I die. This is beautiful. This is art. Yum.And of course the rest of the description was JUST as perfect as this. Okay, just all of the writing was beautiful and brilliant. It was sharp, edgy writing. Every word MATTERED. And the sentences were short and biting. When it used detailed description, it went for words that packed a punch. And the outfits?! AFJDKL THEY WERE BEAUTIFUL. It's also narrated by a LOT of people. I loved this. I love fantasy that comes from more than one POV. The most important one, obviously, is Shahrzad's. But we get to see from Khalid (the monster boy-king) from Jalal (his cousin) and from Tariq (the childhood sweetheart) and even the father (who possibly is insane, jury's out). I liked how this rounded out the story SO MUCH. And a quick peek at the characters?! Because I am in love with them. IN LOVE. I SHIP MY SHIP SO HARD I MIGHT EXPLODE. *ships aggressively*+ Shahrzad: She was so small and sassy and had a big mouth and a sharp wit. I LOVED HER. She reminded me of Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass but with less viciousness. Shahrzad could be sweet...if she wanted to. BUT HER SPUNK. She was a billion percent awesome.+ Khalid: Ah, the monster-boy-king. So, since he kills a girl every night, he's got to be EVIL, right?!! WELL. I figured there'd be more to that story than meets the eye. I figured there'd be a horrifying truth that made it okay. And I was basically right. So I got on Khalid's side pretty fast...because omg, he's adorable. He's angry and violent BUT ADORABLE. He's unwanted and he's been abused. (Hello, his father (view spoiler)[murdered his mother (hide spoiler)] in front of 6-year-old Khalid THAT IS KINDA DAMAGING.) I ship him and Shahrzad so so hard I possibly might explode.+ Jalal: He's Khalid's cousin and next commander-of-the-guard. He was sort of smooth and slick and sassy, and his relationship with Khalid was "I WANNA BE FRIENDS" while Khalid is like "GET AWAY FROM ME I AM A MEANIE". So they were adorable. Everything is adorable, dammit.+ Depsina: OMG I LOVE HER MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. She's the handmaiden, and so sassy. She's also plump and downright gorgeous and can do her makeup like a dream and has a mega crush on Jalal. Qjfadsklqouqqqq I love her. She gives Shahrzad so. much. lip. It's amazing and their friendship is one of my favourite things.+ Tariq: UGH I HATE TARIQ. I was terrified when he was introduced and started his campaign to get Shahrzad back because I HATE LOVE TRIANGLES WITH A FIERY PASSION. They are hellish. So there is sort of a triangle, but Shahrzad doesn't spend the entire book trying to choose between two boys, thank the bookish heavens. But Tariq was brash and violent and didn't ever LISTEN. he didn't even care what Shahrzad wanted, just that he wanted her. That ain't love. But I love how the book calls him out on this:"Why do you love her?""Because --" Tariq rubbed at the back of his neck. "All of my most cherished memories are of her. I've suffered alongside her. And...we've laughed at nothing together."Omar's hand fell from Tariq's shoulder. "A shared history does not entitle you to a future, my friend."Bless the ground Omar stands on. HE IS A WISE MORTAL. Ahem.OH OH HOW COULD I FORGET TO TALK ABOUT THE STORY ASPECT?!! As you (might) know, the original tale of Shahrazad is about a girl who is married to a Sultan who slays his bride every night. But Shahrazad tells a story and it lasts past the dawn and then she cuts off, and, in order to hear the rest, the sultan has to let her life. OKAY SO THE WRATH AND THE DAWN TOTALLY DID THIS YAY!. But possibly my only squinty-ness is because there isn't that much emphasis on the stories. It's in the first 50% of the book, and then basically extinct in the last. This saddens me. But there WERE stories, so I won't complain too much.And the romance?! IT WAS PERFECT. I HAVE EXACTLY ZERO COMPLAINTS BECAUSE IT'S GORGEOUS AND BEAUTIFUL. AND I SHIP IT SO HARD I CAN ONLY SHRIEK. It was a slow attraction and it was so sweet, and Khalid was just bursting with this absolutely incredible soliloquies at the end. Omg. There goes my heart. Basically it is the most perfect book in the universe. It was everything I wanted. The writing was DELICIOUS. And the characters all stole my heart and I would read nine thousand books about them. Persian fantasies have such a special place in my heart. AND THEN THERE WAS ALL THAT GOOD FOOD. That helped. It did, I won't lie. So if you're torn about trying this: jUST READ IT. I'M GONNA JUST GO WAIL BECAUSE THE ENDING WAS SO HEART RENDING AND I HAVE TO WAIT A WHOLE YEAR FOR BOOK 2. *hyperventilates**** Khalid had to answer for such vile deeds. Such rampant deaths.Even if he was her air.Even if she loved him beyond words.One hundred lives for the one you took. One life to one dawn. Should you fail but a single morn, I will take from you your dreams. I shall take from you your city. And I shall take from you these lives, a thousandfold.
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  • Lola Reviewer
    February 12, 2016
    I will live to see tomorrow’s sunset. Make no mistake. I swear I will live to see as many sunsets as it takes. And I will kill you.With my own hands. Here’s what happened: I was halfway through this book when I realized that it was slightly late, that the next day I had to go to work early in the morning and that we humans need sleep in order to survive through the day. So, as a farewell to the book and because my curiosity took over, I decided to open the book to a random remaining page and re I will live to see tomorrow’s sunset. Make no mistake. I swear I will live to see as many sunsets as it takes. And I will kill you.With my own hands. Here’s what happened: I was halfway through this book when I realized that it was slightly late, that the next day I had to go to work early in the morning and that we humans need sleep in order to survive through the day. So, as a farewell to the book and because my curiosity took over, I decided to open the book to a random remaining page and read the first quote my eyes would lay on. Of course, it had to be that quote. You know what I mean; the kind of sentence that you just feel would be a turn point for the story. You probably already know what I did next, don’t you? I couldn’t just stop there, when I stumbled across such determinant action! And that’s how I finished this book in a single night. (Pssst, I’m glad you couldn’t see me the next morning.)THAT SAYS A LOT.I personally don’t just go around sacrificing my sleep for any book. It has to be worth the tiredness we usually feel the next day. I regret nothing. FULL REVIEW TO COME!
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  • Riley
    June 8, 2016
    Actual rating: 1.5Do you ever just hear about a book and know without a shadow of a doubt that you will love it? That’s how I always felt about this book. I had seen rave review after rave review. Everyone I know LOVES it. So I always just knew that I would love it too. I was wrong. This book was painful to get through. From the forced writing style to the lackluster plot and flat characters. To say I am disappointed with this book is an understantment. I know a lot of people praise the writing Actual rating: 1.5Do you ever just hear about a book and know without a shadow of a doubt that you will love it? That’s how I always felt about this book. I had seen rave review after rave review. Everyone I know LOVES it. So I always just knew that I would love it too. I was wrong. This book was painful to get through. From the forced writing style to the lackluster plot and flat characters. To say I am disappointed with this book is an understantment. I know a lot of people praise the writing style but for me it did not work. At all. I am all for flowery writing, but this went beyond that and actually took away from the story being written. I had a hard time seeing past metaphor after metaphor after metaphor. If I have to see the phrase “flashing eyes” one more time I am going to scream. What does flashing eyes even mean?? Why are everyones eyes flashing?? All it did was build a wall between me and the story and caused me to feel no emotional connection to the characters. My biggest problem regarding the writing was the fact that she kept TELLING me things and not SHOWING them. Another thing that really bothered me about the writing was the use of foreign language. I fully appreciate that the author made an attempt to add foreign language to the book but she would just casually thrown these words in with absolutely zero context clues to decipher what the heck they mean. I had to constantly keep flipping to the back of the book and look up words in the glossary and every time I did it would stunt the flow of the book. Shazi was such an annoying main character. First of all, she volunteered to be the kings bride and willingly went to the palace with no plan as to how she would kill him and knowing nothing about him. Then as she is there she talks a big game in her head about killing him and getting revenge BUT SHE NEVER EVEN TRIES. And the one time she even thinks about doing it they end up making out instead. SERIOUSLY? Her thoughts and actions do not match up and that was so infuriating. Which leads me to the romance. Why do Shazi and Khalid like each other? When did their love happen? Did they meet of page and develop this relationship because it sure as hell didn’t happen on page. One second Shazi wants to murder him and get vengeance for him murdering her best friend and the next page she is talking about her fluttering heart. Seriously? TWO DAYS! Two days is all it took for her to fall for her friends murderer. And as for her friend, we never see their friendship. So I don’t get the emotions behind Shazi wanting revenge. I don’t care her friend died. I don’t feel the feels. If there was just one scene of her and Shiva I would have understood more, but alas we were just TOLD they were friends and not SHOWN. The only character I cared about in the slightest was Shazi’s bodyguard who never spoke. Other than him I couldn’t care less about these characters and their problems. Until about page 340 nothing happened in this book plot wise. It was just chapter after chapter of Shazi having conversations in her bedroom. For as much as I didn’t like this book, I will be reading the sequel. Maybe not anytime soon, but I need to know if it gets better. I’m really hoping it does.
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  • Andreea Pop
    November 15, 2014
    “I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.” The Wrath and the Dawn is, simply put, amazing. Breathtaking. Stunning. My sappy, romantic heart was joyous with this love story, swooning and falling head over heels in love with the characters. Thrilling, seductive and incredibly enchanting, this book will have you devouring page after page filled with literary deliciousness. One enigmatic boy-king, the caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride every day only to have her kil “I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.” The Wrath and the Dawn is, simply put, amazing. Breathtaking. Stunning. My sappy, romantic heart was joyous with this love story, swooning and falling head over heels in love with the characters. Thrilling, seductive and incredibly enchanting, this book will have you devouring page after page filled with literary deliciousness. One enigmatic boy-king, the caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride every day only to have her killed at dawn. Madman, they call him. A ruthless, cold-blooded killer. But when Shahrzad, a sixteen-year old girl, volunteers to become his new wife, and afterwards manages the unthinkable of living the deadly dawn's arrival, things start changing pretty quickly. Especially when Shahrzad desires the caliph's head on a silver platter. Shahrzad joined my personal squad of favorite MCs. She's a feisty, fierce, silver-tongued heroine. I adored her reckless demeanor, her passionate heart and her cunning, sharp mind. And her sarcastic personality was truly a joy. Strong-willed, stubborn (but endearingly so) and clever, she was a refreshing main character. Loved her to bits. “This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.” Khalid, the caliph of Khorasan, the King of Kings, was swoon-worthy. You probably figured out that there's a reason he's killing his brides and the motive is absolutely soul-wrenching. But Khalid is alluring. Mercurial. Enigmatic. He's every shade of intensity known to human kind and under his cold façade, he's broken and utterly alone. His way of loving is a force to be reckoned with, one that will pretty much leave you in a pile of goo at his feet, a blubbering mess or a hyperventilating fangirl. Regardless, you will feel goosebumps and butterflies in every scene he's in, just like Shazi (a testament of the author's writing skills). “What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.” The actual romance was just wowza. Allow me to say it's been a while since I've read something so seductively dark in a YA book, but I'm glad this happened because HOTNESS OVERLOAD. These two transcended the enemies incognito phase only to reach the boundless state of mutual adoration, if you like. Because they end well past love and straight into worship land. Together, they're every bit of a royal couple, a tiger king with his queen ready to pounce on their prey. They're strong, daring and unique. Dangerous and sexy. Not to mention all-consuming. Perfect for each other and so so in love with one another that I could not suppress -- for the love of all things mighty -- a happy sigh whenever they were together. “Love is—a shade of what I feel.” And oh my goodness, they're sizzling, smoking hot. You'll blush, you'll drool, you'll feel your heart going bazinga at some (actually, most) of their scenes. The award for best chemistry is, hands down, theirs. I know I basically gushed only about the romance, but there are some other elements in the story, equally enrapturing. There's a drop of magic that I really hope the author will continue to harness. Then there's the plethora of attacks at Shazi's life, just enough to put us on the edge and trigger some intriguing political repercussions. Captivating, magical and emotional, the story will pull at your heartstrings instantly and will keep you gripping the book at the same time. Despite the attention on their peculiar relationship, we meet other characters that have key roles in the story's development. Tariq, for instance, is such a love-sick puppy it hurt, but lovable nonetheless. Rahim and Jalal were wonderful friends and also LOL-inducing characters. And Despina was just awesome in every possible way. “So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?”“Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.” The ending was something along the lines of OHMYGOD THIS ISN'T HAPPENING MY POOR BABY NOOO. I seriously don't know how the story will be continued -- since the series is a duology -- because all kinds of dangers are threatening Khalid, his relationship with Shazi and the kingdom he's ruling and I'm afraid they'll be too much of a burden. I can stomach all the heartbreak in the world if it means they'll get a HEA. “My soul sees its equal in you.” Renee Ahdieh crafted this amazingly well-written debut novel in a masterful manner. She used Arabian wonders to create lush settings. She used quick and short dialogue (the type I like the most) to create realistic banter. She used different POVs to expand the story to its vast potential. And finally, she used original elements to put a glorious new spin on A Thousand and One Nights. Her writing-style was truly spectacular and I cannot wait to see with what she astounds us next. “Get up, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. You kneel before no one. Least of all me.” I beg you to abandon your endless TBR and pick up The Wrath and the Dawn. Lose yourself in its mesmerizing tale, have your heart crushed in between its pages and witness Shazi and Khalid become the epitome of romance. I promise this exquisite and soul-wrenching story will be among your new favorites. Just don't kill me for waiting a year for the sequel -- I am agonizing by myself quite alright. ENJOY! <3
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  • Kainat Ijaz 《UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT》
    July 6, 2015
    Ohh, i am going to get so much hate for this! I am perfectly aware that I am in the minority here. Most of my friends adore The Wrath and the Dawn, all of my teachers (yes, I share my books with my teacher. I'm that kid) even my grandma's sister has read it AND raves about it. I honestly do not understand why, i'm afraid to ask her so i'm asking you guys. Help me please, and try not to hate me. I'm don't even know how to rate this. I don't want to give it 2 stars, because 2 stars is Queen of Sha Ohh, i am going to get so much hate for this! I am perfectly aware that I am in the minority here. Most of my friends adore The Wrath and the Dawn, all of my teachers (yes, I share my books with my teacher. I'm that kid) even my grandma's sister has read it AND raves about it. I honestly do not understand why, i'm afraid to ask her so i'm asking you guys. Help me please, and try not to hate me. I'm don't even know how to rate this. I don't want to give it 2 stars, because 2 stars is Queen of Shadow and i HATE that book! But i feel like it does not deserve 3 stars either. 2.5 it is then? Again, i don't hate this book, let's just say it's not what i expected, or wanted it to be. And if you love this then please don't let me ruin your day. I have nothing against you or your precious book, i promise. :)I can tell most of the time if a book is for me or not, and when i saw The Wrath and the Dawn i just knew it wasn't. Especially after reading all those lovey dubby quotes made want to throw up. But my friends kept recommending this to me. I'm still not sure why. Maybe because they think i'm middle eastern (i'm Pakistani) . . . i just don't know. Finally i did some digging and came across this quote, that made me think maybe this book is for me and i should at least give it a try. “I will live to see tomorrow's sunset. Make no mistake. I swear.I will live to see as many sunsets as it takes. And I will kill you. With my bare hands." The thing i absolutely hated was all talk and no action. She kept repeating this again and again and again and again and again! But she never even tried to attack him! Mind you this is the man who has killed her best friend. And she cared for her friend enough to put her life is extreme danger and married a king who will kill her in a few hours... for what? So she can tell him some bedtime stories? And they could cuddle? Also, why exactly Khalied (did i spell his name wrong? Oh, well) likes her? When did they "fall in love"? To me it was like they absolutely loathed each other the first night, and the next thing you know, BAM! He is all over her and her love for her dead friend has flown out of the window. And i'm sitting here in utter confusion and disbelieve like, what the fuck am i reading ? I was actually quite disgusted with the romance. It was so wrong (not in a good way) and everything was sugar-coated and super convenient. “So you would have me throw Shazi to the wolves?”“Shazi?” Jalal’s grin widened. “Honestly, I pity the wolves.” Why does every single person in this book thinks so highly of our snowflake? What exactly did she do to earn this reputation? I never saw her doing anything heroic. She was arrogant, unreasonable, and foolish, sure. But I wouldn't go as far as calling her headstrong or even smart, based on what I read. I'll be honest, i knew she wasn't actually going to kill him, but i expected her to at least try! She did nothing. Literally nothing! I was so fed up with her whining and empty threats: I will kill him when i'm done drooling over his hot body. I couldn't care less about Khalid. I love dark characters, as long as they don't turn into love-struck puppies. *YAWN* He killed all those girls, but how can we hold that against him?! After all, he wrote letters to their families that he never even posted, so everything is fine. He has redeemed himself. Yayy! Thank god! Seriously? WTF was that?Every time they started talking about "love" and all that crap, i wanted to scream at the book you were supposed to be trying to kill each other!!! Come on, people. The other guy (forgot his name) was slightly better than these two, i guess. (how freaking adorable is this gif?)I really enjoyed Renee Ahdieh's writing style. I loved how the images she painted were so clear. I just didn't like WHAT she painted. Do i want to eat the food she painted in my head? HELL YEAH! Do i want to live in their houses? Um.. Where do i sign? I will not be continuing this series. What's the point, it's pretty obvious what's going to happen next and i am not interested. I will check out her other future books. Overall thoughts:
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  • Mohammed Arabey
    September 29, 2015
    للألف ليلة وليلة سحرا تخطي حواجز الزمان والمكان..ألهم الكثير من الروائيين العرب والأجانب بإعادة حكيهوإذا كان طه حسين حكي "أحلام شهرزاد", نجيب محفوظ "ليالي الألف ليلة".. فإن رينيه أهديه هنا لم تعيد حكي ألف ليلة وليلة فحسب وإنما ربطتها برائعة الأول "دعاء الكروان"..بإطار رومانسي وطراز أنثوي جذابفهنا شهرزاد تطوعت للزواج من الخليفة المتوحش فقط لتنتقم منه لقتله اعز صديقاتهاوهناك سحر..وهناك لعنة..وهناك أطماع علي السلطة..وقليل من قصص شهرزاد ولكنها مرتبطة بشدة بالأحداث..والكثير والكثير من الرومانسية النس للألف ليلة وليلة سحرا تخطي حواجز الزمان والمكان..ألهم الكثير من الروائيين العرب والأجانب بإعادة حكيهوإذا كان طه حسين حكي "أحلام شهرزاد", نجيب محفوظ "ليالي الألف ليلة".. فإن رينيه أهديه هنا لم تعيد حكي ألف ليلة وليلة فحسب وإنما ربطتها برائعة الأول "دعاء الكروان"..بإطار رومانسي وطراز أنثوي جذابفهنا شهرزاد تطوعت للزواج من الخليفة المتوحش فقط لتنتقم منه لقتله اعز صديقاتهاوهناك سحر..وهناك لعنة..وهناك أطماع علي السلطة..وقليل من قصص شهرزاد ولكنها مرتبطة بشدة بالأحداث..والكثير والكثير من الرومانسية النسائيةفالبتأكيد سيكون هناك وقوع في الحب..والمشكلة هنا أن لشهرزاد أيضا حبيب أول..يريد أيضا في الأنتقام من ذلك الخليفة..لتتعقد الأحداثفي أعادة حكي بشكل مختلف ، ملحمي ، رومانسي..معتني بالأزياء والمأكولات والطراز السحري للألف ليلة وليلةلا أنكر أنني كنت أعلم أن الرواية رومانسية في الأساس.. تشعر انها مقدمة لجمهور من الفتيات بالأخص..ولكني لا أستطيع مقاومة أعادة حكي حديثة للألف ليلة وليلة "لأسباب شخصية شرحتها في الريفيو المبدئي في السبويلر بأخر الريفيو"ولكنها كانت ممتعة بحق..بها نضج واضح غير موجود بالكثير من الروايات الرومانسية الاجنبية الحديثةوعند تقييمها راعيت ان اقيمها بجانب هل اعجبتني ام لا ان اراعي هل قدمت فكرة جديدة..كيف كان الأخراج..الشخصيات..هل قصة الحب مقنعة..كيف السحر بالرواية واذا ما كان مبالغ فيه ام لا..وهل تليق فعلا للجمهور المقدمة له؟حسنا لنبدأ بالتعرف علي الأحداث والـحكـايـةبلغني أيها القراء الكرام..اصدقائي من لهم عندي عظيم المقامأن الخليفة الشاب "خالد" ..خليفة هذه البلاد..يتزوج كل يوم فتاة, ليكون أخر يوم لها في الحياةحيث تشنق عند مطلع الفجر..بقماش من الحرير والتبركل يوم بمدينة راي المسكينة..يتم أختيار فتاة جميلة..الا اليوم تطوعت لأول مرة فتاة حزينةتطوعت بكامل إرادتها..لتحاول الأنتقام لأعز صديقاتها"شـهــرزاد"ِشهرزاد "شاذي" تزوجت الخليفة المتوحش قاتل صديقتها..فقط لتحاول البحث عن نقطة ضعفه وتستغلها لصالحها لتقتله كما قتل صديقتها "شيفا"..وغيرها من بنات البلدة الشريفةولكن لتعيش يوما أخر عليها أن تدبر لخطة..فتقرر لألهاءه بأن تحكي له قصةقصة "عجيب" وجزيرة "جبل العناد"..الجزيرة التي يتحطم بها كل سفينة وعتادّقصه عن كم يمكن ان يبذل الأنسان في سبيل الحب ... ألهت الخلفية وشغلت له اللُبلتتطور الأحداث ويقع المحظور..تتورط شهرزاد في الحب وتتعقد الأموربالأخص عندما تعرف السر الغامض للخليفة..واللعنة العجيبةوتتعقد الأمور أكثر بشكل مفاجئ..بتحالف كل الأمراء مع حبيبها الأول طارقلمحاربة الخليفة القاتل..وتخليص البلاد من حكمه الباطلومعهم بقوة السحر أبيها..الذي يشعر بالخزي لانه عن قرارها لم يثنيهافيساعد طارق وابو صديقتها التي قتلها الخليفة..في بدء الحرب التي لن تكون علي البلاد خفيفة~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~الأسلوب والشخصياتكغير متابع جيد للروايات الرومانسية -لدرجة تكاد ان تصل لكراهية الروايات الرومانسية الساذجة- يجب أن أشيد بأن بناء القصة بين الخليفة خالد وشهرزاد الفتاة التي تبغي الأنتقام جاء جيدا جداالمشاهد الحميمة كان لا مفر منها , واي متابع لسلسلة ألف ليلة وليلة يدري جيدا انها كانت تمتلئ بتلك المشاهد بشكل مبالغ فيههنا رينيه قدمت وصف تلك المشاهد برومانسية وبدون اي تلميح لمشاهد فجة او تخدش الحياء.. بالضبط كأنك تشاهد فيلما لديزني يمكن تقييمها ك+12 بعكس روايات كثيرة اخري وهذا في حد ذاته امرا جيداولكن وصف الطعام هنا كان شهيا بحق واسال لعابي فعلا..وصف الأزياء كان مبهجا وإن كنت لا اهتم به كثيرا -ولكنه ايضا كما قلت يناسب جمهور الرواية :) -والوصف الأهم والذي اعجبني فعلا هو العيون..سواء عيون الخليفة الشرس التي تشبهها بالنمر..او عيون حبيب شهرزاد الأول منذ صغرها "طارق" التي تشبه عيون الصقر.. التشبيه هنا كان بديعا بالأخص بإختلاف وصف لون العيون من وجهة نظر شخصية لأخريوهذا امرا اخر..حيث ان هناك 4 شخصيات رئيسية تدور الأحداث من وجهة نظر كل منهم "شهرزاد - خالد - طارق - جلال" بالأضافة لشخصيات فرعيةرسم الشخصيات والانتقال من وجهة نظر لأخري كان جيدا لحد كبير..ولكن باقي الشخصيات الفرعية كانت تتراوح بين جيدة وبين سطحية للاسف , شخصية والدها يحيط بها غموض وعدم وضوح ولكن بالتأكيد سيكون له دور بالجزء التالياما الألقاب فكانت عجيبة , لم أفهم كثيرا هل هي لها اصول عربية ام تركية ام هندية..حتي القاموس بالنهاية لم افهم منه كثيرا اصل تلك الكلمات..ولكن المعني يظهر من خلال الرواية بلا مشاكل علي اي حالوواضح تأثر المؤلفة بالتراث العربي , وإقتباسها لجلال الدين الرومي بمقدمة الرواية خير دليل~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~قصص شهرزادربما خيبة الأمل بالنسبة لي هو عدم وجود قصص كثيرة لشهرزاد ..القصة الأولي قصة عجيب وجبل العناد" لم تبهرني بالبداية" وعندما بدأت في قصة علاء الدين ظننت انها ستوضح كيف ترتبط القصتين سويا ولكن هذا لم يحدثولكن علي كل حال الميزة هنا هو كيف ربطت المؤلفة نفسها قصة عجيب وجبل العناد بقصتها الرئيسية وتشبيه الخليفة لشهرزاد بجبل العنادلم تحكي قصة علاء الدين بالأحداث -بالطبع لانها ستكون مكررة- ولكنها قامت باضافة مشهد جميل يحاكي القصةاما القصة الأخيرة الخاصة بالمفاتيح فقط ربطتها تماما بقصة الحب واللعنة التي بالأحداثوالسحر عاما موجود سواء في قصص شهرزاد او في القصة الرئيسية ,كالبساط الطائر والقدرات العجيبة لبعض الشخصيات بشكل غير مبالغ فيه لحسن الحظلهذه الأسباب لم اجد مانعا لتقييمها ب"4 نجوم" او ثلاث ونصف النهايةإذا كنت -او كنتي- من هواة القصص الرومانسية اللطيفة وشئ من السحر .. وعقدة الحب الثلاثيةLove Triangle وقصص الحب التي تبدأ بكراهية ثم تتعقد ويتغير كل شئ - -كالمسلسلات التركية ,لا ادري لم تخيلت كريم وفاطمة ,ربما لأني كنت ابحث عن الشكل الشرقي لتخيل الأحداث ReTelling و إذا كنت من هواة إعادة الحكيّذلك النوع المنتشر مؤخرا بالخارج عن روايات شهيرة قديمة يتم أعادة حكيهاأو كنت مثلي تعشق الألف ليلة وليلة وترغب في معايشة اجواءها بشكل مختلف-كما اوضحت في الريفيو المبدئي هنا(view spoiler)[ريفيو مبدئي - مذكرات خاصة جداألف ليلة وليلة لها سحر خاص جذاب..وذكري خاصة ليفاكر وانا عندي 11 سنة في اولي اعدادي بداية 1995 ,طلعت بفكرة كتابة "مائة ليلة وليلة" بشكل حلقات ,طفل بقي مجنون قراءة وتليفزيون وبيهذي , وقتها كتبت اول 30 حلقة وتوقفت لأسباب مجهولة..عن شهرزاد اللي رسمتها علي غلاف الورق بنفس الصورة في مخيلتي , شبهه الرسم المتحرك اللي في فوازير شيريهان ..بتحكي حكاية لشهريار ﻷول 100 ليلة -المفروض بعد كدة في أخر الليلة المائة تقوله انها تنتظر ولي العهد ليبقي عليها ولا يقتلها وقررت أن اول 30 حلقة من المائة تبقي عن علاء الدينمكنتش ناوي أغير قصة شهريار لأنها كلاشيهلكن علاء الدين اللي بتحكيها شهرزاد كنت مخليها ملحمة علي قد ماافتكر زمانمزجت علاء الدين لكامل الكيلاني اللي درستها في خامسة أبتدائي وفتنت بهامع فيلم علاء الدين لديزني في العام السابق ايضا اللي مكنتش شفته لكن اتخيلته من ألبوم "بانيني" بتاع تجميع الأستيكراتوالأهم كان في مسلسل مفتون بيه وبفكرة مزجه لحبكات مختلفة وهو علي بابا والأربعين حرامي ليحيي الفخراني ..اللي كان أعادة حكي مبكر عملها يسري الجندي المؤلف واخرجها جمال عبد الحميدمزجت فكرة الجن الأحمر ومملكة النحاس اللي كانت ملكتها "شيرين" في الف ليلة وليلة سابقة مش فاكرها بشكل ضعيف علي ان ارجع له في جزء تاني من قصة علاء الدين من تأليفي ...للاسف محصلتشبقولك كان عندي 11 سنة ...سن الأحلام والطموحات المرتفعةوقف اكيد المشروع مع انشغال الدراسة..المراهقة .. فكرة ان مين حيقرأ الهذيان ده "وان كنت قدمته للمكتبة هو ورسومات وابحاث مش فاكر انهي اللي كسبت عليه شهادات الأستثمار بعدها بسنة"لما اروح ادعبس في كراكيب البيت حلاقي ان شاء الله الغلاف ونسخة الحلقة الاولي وارفع صورهم المهم بقي اكتشفت ان مؤلفين عظماء بتفكر دايما في بداياتها بأعادة الحكي بالذات ألف ليلة وليلة أو حتي في مرحلة من حياتها زي عمنا نجيب محفوظ وطه حسين، وكمان كان مشروع المؤلف المختلف بحق "محمد امين راضي" مؤلف مسلسلات نيران صديقة,السبع وصايا,العهد هو تطوير واعادة حكي ألف ليلة وليلة للتليفزيون اللي ظهر لها أعلان منذ عامين ليتوقف المشروع للاسفماعليناأما في الأدب الغربي فإعادة الحكي موجودة من زمان للقصص الخيالية...علاء الدين نفسها لديزني كانت اعادة حكي..اللي كنت بهذي وبحاول اعادة اعادة حكيهلكن حاليا في طفرة جميلة في اعادة الحكيبدأت مرة اخري انتشارها بديزني وتحويلها لبعض افلام الرسوم المتحركة لأفلام حقيقية تتميز بعمق أفضل للشخصيات والقصة كفيلمCinderella 2015وفي أدب النشء نجح بشكل ملحوظ سلسلةThe Lunar Chronicles seriesلمؤلفتها ماريسا ماير واللي مزجت قصص الخيالية العالمية كسندريلا ورابونزل بالخيال العلمي والديستوبيا بشكل مثير-احتمال اقرأها قريب ان شاء الله-(hide spoiler)]وفي إنتظار الجزء الثاني بإذن الله لنري تعقيدات تلك القصة كيف ستنتهي محمد العربيمن 30 سبتمبر 2015إلي 5 أكتوبر 2015
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  • Steph Sinclair
    May 5, 2014
    Actual rating is somewhere around 3.5 stars.The Wrath and the Dawn has all the elements of an amazing story. It has a strong heroine, intriguing plot, moral ambiguity, a complex cast of characters that inspire all sorts of internal emotional turmoil. Basically, set phasers to LET ME LOVE YOU. Even for those like me who haven't read A Thousand and One Nights, can appreciate the rich setting and visually stunning descriptions. And I can't tell you how happy I am to say that I really enjoyed The Wr Actual rating is somewhere around 3.5 stars.The Wrath and the Dawn has all the elements of an amazing story. It has a strong heroine, intriguing plot, moral ambiguity, a complex cast of characters that inspire all sorts of internal emotional turmoil. Basically, set phasers to LET ME LOVE YOU. Even for those like me who haven't read A Thousand and One Nights, can appreciate the rich setting and visually stunning descriptions. And I can't tell you how happy I am to say that I really enjoyed The Wrath and the Dawn and I'm hoping many of my friends will give it a chance.Sharhrzad (Shazi), desperate to avenge her best friend's murder, decides to volunteer as tribute to be the next wife of the Caliph of Khorasan, Khalid. He's known as a ruthless ruler, who kills all his wives at dawn the day after he weds. Why is a mystery to everyone including Shazi, who really doesn't care either way, and I don't blame her. Of course, as the reader can surmise from the synopsis, there's something more going on than meets the eye. As Shazi gets to know Khalid, she learns he's not what she thought he'd be and is conflicted that she finds it increasingly difficult to hate him, and more importantly, to kill him. And while that is all going on, we have Tariq, who, for all intents and purposes, was Shazi's boyfriend/betrothed before she took on the suicidal task of killing the Caliph. He struggles with his own feelings of Shazi's impending death (really, no one expected her to live to see the day after her wedding night) and is determined to rescue her at all costs. Little does he know, Shazi falls in love with Khalid and things get a little... messy.Told in a 3rd person point-of-view, The Wrath and the Dawn seeks to cover a lot of story, which it both succeeds and fails at. I'm not usually a fan of 3rd person because it makes me feel detached from the characters and their feelings, but in this case, it worked out well for me. The reader is able to get a good feel on all the characters' intentions and struggles, and that's a feat consider how many characters are introduced over the course of this novel.The downside to this is that I wasn't able to fully connect with any characters on an emotional level, let alone the romance, because it simply didn't get much page time. For that reason, I would have preferred for this book to have been longer OR less page time for the supporting cast for at least the first half so that I could see Shazi and Khalid's interactions more. I didn't have enough build up to have the emotional response lines like these should have set off:“My soul sees its equal in you.”And...“Love is—a shade of what I feel.”Believe me when I say these were beautiful scenes, but I didn't swoon, and that makes me rather sad. Currently, the romance is getting huge praise from other reviewers, so your milage may vary, but, I felt it lacked a certain spark.The writing itself is very lovely and flows in a magical fashion befitting the setting of the novel. Ahdieh's set the perfect tone with her descriptions and the dialogue was both thought provoking and witty a good portion of the time. Some of my favorite lines came from Despina, Shazi's handmaiden:“We women are a sad lot, aren't we?""What do you mean?""Strong enough to take on the world with our bare hands, yet we permit ridiculous boys to make fools of us.""I am not a fool.""No, you're not. Not yet.”This is probably why 3rd person worked so well in The Wrath and the Dawn. The characters and their interactions always felt genuine and personable and not flat like cardboard. They weren't always likable, especially Khalid with his tug-a-war like personality, but he was consistently complex. I would guess that my feelings toward him mirrored Shazi's frustration at his lack of trust. He spends much of his time trying to atone for what he's done, but can't bring himself to fully trust her with his secret and the reason behind the deaths of his previous wives.Yet, while beautiful and lush in its own right, The Wrath and the Dawn is not without its faults. You do have your obligatory mentions of the love interest's eyes and how the female main character seems to be the only one to ever truly bring the love interest out of his broken shell. The former is what bothered me the most throughout the novel simply because I couldn't really see what it was about Shazi that he was drawn to. Was it her snarky bluntness? Her beauty? The fact that he didn't understand why she volunteered to be his wife, knowing what her fate would be? I have no idea. I was also a bit surprised (and disappointed?) that Shazi's only plan to survive the dawn was to tell the Caliph a story and deliberately end it on a cliffhanger as the sun rose to generate anticipation from Khalid. Well, okay. It certainly gives new meaning to stories having power, that's for sure. [Again, I haven't read A Thousand and One Nights]Then there were times when Shazi felt deliberately obtuse when it came to Khalid and his secrets. When there were multiple attempts on her life and Khalid himself jumps to save her and reprimand those who tried to do her bodily harm, she still continues to blame him for the attempts. That seemed odd and out of character for Shazi since she is written as very observant and sharp. To her credit, she does start to question happenings shortly after, but this misstep felt too contrived and forced.The final 30% is where this novel truly shined for me since all chips are laid out on the table and characters' true intentions are revealed. I admit to being pleasantly surprised and saddened by one in particular. The stakes will definitely be higher in the sequel, The Rose and the Dagger  and I look forward to seeing things get complicated. Also, I'm really hoping for a magic carpet ride.All in all, The Wrath and the Dawn is a strong start to a promising new series. The pros in the novel far outweigh the small cons, which could admittedly be attributed to my cynical mind and lack of a functioning heart. Don't let that stop you from picking this up.ARC was received from the author in exchange for review.More reviews and other fantastical things at Cuddlebuggery.
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  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    June 28, 2015
    I actually liked this book. Khalid, the so called King of kings marries often. He seems to have a shortage in the bride department. Maybe because after their wedding nights the brides are put to their death.Then enter Shahrzad, after her best friend loses her life because she was one of Khalid's brides Shahrzad volunteers to be his wife. She has plans on being his last because she is going to off his butt. Once married she survives the marriage by telling him stories. She leaves him with a cliff I actually liked this book. Khalid, the so called King of kings marries often. He seems to have a shortage in the bride department. Maybe because after their wedding nights the brides are put to their death.Then enter Shahrzad, after her best friend loses her life because she was one of Khalid's brides Shahrzad volunteers to be his wife. She has plans on being his last because she is going to off his butt. Once married she survives the marriage by telling him stories. She leaves him with a cliffhanger each night to keep his interest going. I'd have offed her just for that but what do I know? Anyways, Shahrzad is a pretty decent female main character. She speaks her mind, can shoot a bow, distrusts everyone (I like that in a girl) and is not even the prettiest girl in the whole book. The romancey part of the book didn't make me want to gag. The marriage comes before the romance so it builds up afterwards, which is a different way of doing things and it actually sustained my interest. I think I probably gave this book an extra star just for the dang food. *starving*I didn't get all the answers I wanted with this book but there's always that chance when the book is a series. PLEASE for the love of all the makes sense in the world people PLEASE quit making every book have to be a series.Frigging library book to those that have to know where I get my books.
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  • Clau R.
    August 29, 2015
    Really a 4.5 because I had some minor issues with it. But wow, I loved it!!!I'm going to speak about the story with more depht in my wrap up, but for now I just want to speak of one character.KHALID. He is so precious, I just want him to be happy! Really, he is something special. It's been a while since the male protagonist of a book didn't made me roll my eyes with his cheesy lines, but Khalid managed to melt my heart with some quotes that normally would've made me cringe. I was smiling like an Really a 4.5 because I had some minor issues with it. But wow, I loved it!!!I'm going to speak about the story with more depht in my wrap up, but for now I just want to speak of one character.KHALID. He is so precious, I just want him to be happy! Really, he is something special. It's been a while since the male protagonist of a book didn't made me roll my eyes with his cheesy lines, but Khalid managed to melt my heart with some quotes that normally would've made me cringe. I was smiling like an idiot, and he gets away saying stuff like:“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”“My soul sees its equal in you.”“And how will you know when you’ve found this elusive someone?” Shahrzad retorted.“I suspect she will be like air. Like knowing how to breathe.” I'M SWOONING, you hear me!?I also loved Jalal, I think he was the best character in the book.
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  • Christine Delilah (Maramochabooks)
    August 13, 2015
    "He was stronger than she was. Of that, there was no doubt. She could not best him physically. But I'm not here to fight. I'm here to win." This is going to be difficult to review... You see, there wasn't anything wrong with this novel. It has an interesting plot, beautiful writing, and great characters.The main problem was me. Maybe I've grown tired of plots going in the same direction: MC goes to kill the monster, only to discover things aren't as she thought they were. I don't think I can wr "He was stronger than she was. Of that, there was no doubt. She could not best him physically. But I'm not here to fight. I'm here to win." This is going to be difficult to review... You see, there wasn't anything wrong with this novel. It has an interesting plot, beautiful writing, and great characters.The main problem was me. Maybe I've grown tired of plots going in the same direction: MC goes to kill the monster, only to discover things aren't as she thought they were. I don't think I can write a proper review for this one, simply because I can't complain and I can't rave about it either. There was no connection between the love interests for me, which is an important part of the story. If you can't feel the connection, then this is automatically going to lack for you. The only connection I felt were to the MC and writing. The MC started off as the witty, strong, get-what-I-want, type of person. Towards the middle, she started waiting for things to come her way, waiting for the answers rather than snatching them. She did make a turn for me, because originally Shahrzad knew exactly how to play her cards, then suddenly, we had to wait for the love interest to hand things to us. Quotes like these were supposed to derive emotion, but I was left with reactions like these: "If you are just one girl, I am just one boy." Ya, okay buddy, that's sweet and all, but I seriously don't care. "I expect you to be stronger than that."Shahrzad's features softened. "But ... there is nothing stronger than this." Her hold on the dagger was gone. It clattered to the floor. If anything I enjoyed simple quotes like these: "But even the moment when the leaves fall from their boughs- even that moment- has a beauty to it. A glory of its own."This was a body of water and a soul of ash" Maybe I'll get back to this review later when I can gather my thoughts, for now I honestly don't know what to say. I'll leave you with a lovely lesson of a quote from this novel(it's gorgeous): "On a clear night, many years ago, I watched a thousand stars fall from the sky. I was only a small boy, but I possessed a very curious heart, so I decided to chase them into the desert, far beyond the horizon. You see, I wanted to know where the stars went when they fell. I ran and ran until I could run no more. And still I could not see where the stars went.Did I ever tell you that, to this day, I fight the urge to chase falling stars?- Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky." Overall thoughts:
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  • Chantal (Every Word A Doorway)
    February 26, 2015
    Dear Ms. Ahdieh,I’m unsure of how you did it. Whatever magic you used to pry open my brain and look inside, I'd like to have it as well. Because this book was written for me, it is, in many ways, my dream book and encompasses everything I want in a novel. So, I would really like to know how you did it.You may have other people fooled but this is not a debut novel. This CAN’T be a debut novel because, well, THE WRITING IS PERFECT.Again, I ask you to give me some of your witchcraft. I promise not Dear Ms. Ahdieh,I’m unsure of how you did it. Whatever magic you used to pry open my brain and look inside, I'd like to have it as well. Because this book was written for me, it is, in many ways, my dream book and encompasses everything I want in a novel. So, I would really like to know how you did it.You may have other people fooled but this is not a debut novel. This CAN’T be a debut novel because, well, THE WRITING IS PERFECT.Again, I ask you to give me some of your witchcraft. I promise not to abuse it.(Also, thank you for writing such an amazing book.)Sincerely,Chantal The The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015. Just reading the premise made me want to put everything else down and just READ THE BOOK ALREADY. I love A Thousand and One Nights. I love Middle Eastern culture. I love YA Fantasy. As mentioned above, this sounded like my dream book.But here’s the thing about hype (both the one in your head and the one outside of it): You tend to get disappointed. BUT I’m happy to say that this novel truly deserves and lives up to all the hype it gets. FINALLY. This book has restored my faith. The Wrath and the Dawn is not without its flaws. I would easily be able to criticize some of the elements in the story, e.g. underdeveloped magic system, a certain predictability, a hint of insta-love etc. But I don’t want to because I FREAKING LOVED THIS BOOK. Can you tell I liked it yet?Alright, so let us get into the actual review. I’m going to discuss the different elements separately because it’s the only way I’ll manage to gather my thoughts.Setting & Writing:Undoubtedly, the setting is one of the best parts about this book. For one thing, it’s quite unique simply because there aren’t many YA novels out there that have this element of Middle Eastern culture. However, it’s also wonderful because it’s real. You aren’t reading about taking a stroll through a souk, you actually are walking through one. The author’s ability to bring the culture to life with her vivid descriptions of architecture, clothes, people and food is astounding. Everything felt tangible and the imagery was some of the best I’ve ever read. In addition, we have Renee Ahdieh’s gorgeous writing style that is so lush and emotive yet very easy to read and get into. It’s the kind of book that makes it difficult to take quotes from it because every single sentence could be used as one. The dialogue is fantastic as well.Characters:Kestrel and Eliza, I love you, but please move aside. I have a new favorite female protagonist. Enter Shazi. Seriously, Shazi is amazing. Fierce and feisty, clever and determined, but yet caring and compassionate. She made me smile throughout the novel and I was rooting for her the whole way. She is both a realistic and an admirable character and her slight arrogance only added another layer to her. “Shahrzad al-Khayzuran!” The muscles in his jaw constricted. “You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.” I also loved Khalid. He really won me over over the course of the book. Broken and guarded, Shazi struggles to find out what truly lies beneath Khalid’s aloof exterior. He was a complex character and his self-hatred was heartbreaking yet understandable. He’s confronted with choices that are pretty much impossible to make and his internal turmoil was depicted beautifully. The side characters were also amazing. Of course, I adored Despina, Shazi’s handmaiden who becomes her friend throughout the story. In many ways, she is just as fierce as Shazi and I thought that the two women complimented each other wonderfully. It was great to see such a friendship in a novel that is primarily a romance.Jalal was great too; he provided the needed comic relief while still being kick-ass in his own right. Seeing his interactions with the King was fantastic.And Tariq…oh Tariq. I kind of hated him yet understood where he was coming from. Plot:What can I say? It’s a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, obviously I’m going to love it. Sure, some parts were slightly predictable, but honestly, I didn’t care one bit. The novel was perfectly paced and had me at the edge of my seat the entire time. The story felt mysterious and intriguing and I didn’t know how it was going to end.Romance:I have very mixed feelings towards novels that are primarily about romance. I love them if they are done well, but more often than not, they leave me cold. Not this one. The chemistry between the two main characters was incredible. What I loved most about it, was how equal the two of them were. In a way, Shazi is completely at her king’s mercy and yet her strong will and character caused her to not be inferior to him in any way. With exchanges like this “Get up, Shahrzad al-Khayzuran. You kneel before no one. Least of all me.” And this “My soul sees its equal in you.” How can you not love them together? Did I feel conflicted at times? Sure! But that’s the beauty of it. The romance is sexy and angsty and I loved it all the more for it. Bottom Line:Basically, read it. Seriously, everyone should read this book. It will melt your heart. Also, I need book 2. Like, right now.
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  • Navessa
    October 8, 2015
    2 stars? 3.5 stars? 5 STARS?!?!Fucked if I know. I'm...torn. So I guess I'll leave this at three stars for now. This book made me feel a lot of feels. But they were conflicting feels. On the one hand, this is a beautifully written, atmospheric 1001 Nights retelling rich with imagery. On the other hand, a lot of that gorgeous prose is dedicated to showing the reader, over and over again, how indecisive the female lead is. You see, she's chosen to marry the king out of vengeance. He married and ki 2 stars? 3.5 stars? 5 STARS?!?!Fucked if I know. I'm...torn. So I guess I'll leave this at three stars for now. This book made me feel a lot of feels. But they were conflicting feels. On the one hand, this is a beautifully written, atmospheric 1001 Nights retelling rich with imagery. On the other hand, a lot of that gorgeous prose is dedicated to showing the reader, over and over again, how indecisive the female lead is. You see, she's chosen to marry the king out of vengeance. He married and killed her best friend, along with countless other young women, and she's bent on putting an end to his bloody reign by sticking a knife in his chest. Or a sword in his gullet. Or by bludgeoning him over the head with a mace. Or by slipping a bit of poison into his...well, you get the picture. That's all well and good, if you actually CARRY OUT THE DEED. But our female lead doesn't do that. Instead, she spends the first half of this book being a whiny, wishy-washy pain in the ass, failing to kill him even though she's provided with multiple opportunities to do so. All because he's pretteh. -_____-So was Stalin. It doesn't make him any less of a murderous bastard. I would have enjoyed her character so much more had she remained stalwart. Had she remained loyal to all those dead women and simply tried and failed to kill him. Repeatedly. Until she was forced to look past that pretty face and that cold facade to the troubled soul beneath. Because only in the latter half of this book do you begin to understand Shahrzad's unfortunate attraction to him. Only then do you begin to wonder why he's done the things that he has, and want, no, need to know the truth behind his actions. Still...I'll be reading the next one. The writing alone makes it worth it. Even if I spend the entirety of the second installment trapped in the same frustrated emotional state that I was forced to endure throughout this one. And that should tell you something. This review can also be found at The Book Eaters.
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  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ (of badger and SNAKE)
    April 5, 2015
    ➸ BR with my broken boys' favorite specialist, Chelsea (click to read her review)✘ Useless horrible love-triangle : now, that's an addition to the original tale that doesn't appeal to me. Indeed it was unnecessary and resulted in predictability for the plot. Plus, Tariq is an asshole. A stupid one at it.✘ Fast forward in Shazi's feelings : what is it with the fluttering in the stomach after one night? So Khalid listened to her story, so what? At this point he never showed anything to prove that ➸ BR with my broken boys' favorite specialist, Chelsea (click to read her review)✘ Useless horrible love-triangle : now, that's an addition to the original tale that doesn't appeal to me. Indeed it was unnecessary and resulted in predictability for the plot. Plus, Tariq is an asshole. A stupid one at it.✘ Fast forward in Shazi's feelings : what is it with the fluttering in the stomach after one night? So Khalid listened to her story, so what? At this point he never showed anything to prove that there's more to him than his fucking murderer caliph's status. More generally, I'm sorry because I know that many of my friends loved her, but Shazi annoyed me something fierce, especially because her inner monologues were always in contradiction with her acts and well, grew old after several chapters. I despise him. I WILL take revenge. I WILL stop my heart from fluttering (again with this word, godammit, I don't even know how many times she used it), I WILL kill him. Oh, come on. We both know you won't. Just stop it. "The tightening in her chest... would have to be ignored.At all cost." It remains to be seen.The truth is, I was told during the whole book that Shazi was badass and fierce but I'm still not convinced. What I saw is a beautiful, immature and ill-tempered girl who never even tried to fulfill her quest. There. I said it. Actually she reminded me of Frances from Daughter of Deep Silence, as to me her behavior never justified who she was supposed to be and what she was supposed to do. ✘ Can somebody explain to me why Khalid is interested in Shazi in the first place? Why does he seek her after the wedding? Huh? Oh, yes, he does explain it at some point, but his reasons are far too close to instalove for my taste, sorry. So, no, I'm not mad because it is mostly a romance, because I do like romance and that it could have been beautiful. Yet sadly, as it is, I didn't buy it and therefore never felt enthralled nor captivated.✘ It was boring : So much that I struggled to go on and felt the urge to skim some parts - I didn't, but damn, how I wanted to! I'm pretty sure that I can explain this by the fact that I didn't connect with the characters : I didn't care about them one bit before the last 30%, therefore it was pretty hard to feel involved in their story. Moreover, let's be frank, almost nothing happens during most of the book, but I do feel like I read an eulogy of Shazi's PERFECTION in all things. Good for you, girl. Now show me. I'm waiting. And don't even get me started about the parts in Tariq's POV. ✘ I have to admit that I am on the fence about the writing, since there are some features I loved (I'll come back to them later). However, mostly I found it over-descriptive, with several similes which made me roll my eyes, and in my opinion I wasn't shown enough. ✘ Overly fade-into-black sex scenes, as in, I wasn't even sure they had sex at first. Of course I know that it's YA and I don't mind fade-to-black, but here I got the impression that the author didn't really want us to realize that they were having sex. Why, I have no idea.✔ The settings : I felt like I was there, either in the palace or the market or anywhere the characters go, really. The writing was evocative and if sometimes on the purple prose side (as I said earlier), it did make a great job as creating the world-building.✔ I liked Khalid's character for the most part, who was complex and interesting, even though his eyes-opening changes thanks to Shazi are rather clichés - who don't like a broken King, tell me? His inner turmoil moved me, especially in the last 30%. ✔ If most of the story failed to pull me in, I have to admit that the last 30% hooked me (well, kind of) and were way better in my opinion (except for everything linked to Tariq. Really, what an useless prick). Is it enough to make me want to read book 2? Frankly, I don't know. I guess I'll see. ► Here I am, disappointed and in the minority. The only thing I can say is that unfortunately I didn't like The Wrath and the Dawn how much I thought I would (I'm the queen of understatements), now do whatever you want with it. For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Sue (Hollywood News Source)
    September 25, 2014
    Believe the hype because The Wrath and the Dawn are everything someone could ever ask for. The moment I finished and closed this book, my feelings are all over in America. I want to relive it over and over.  It is almost a crime not to love it. FYI, that was my words, they are hyperbole and it is certainly not a universal law, but you could freely consider that if you gladly wish so.The Wrath and the Dawn follow the story of Shahrzad who volunteers to be a bride to the boy-king Khalid, who takes Believe the hype because The Wrath and the Dawn are everything someone could ever ask for. The moment I finished and closed this book, my feelings are all over in America. I want to relive it over and over.  It is almost a crime not to love it. FYI, that was my words, they are hyperbole and it is certainly not a universal law, but you could freely consider that if you gladly wish so.The Wrath and the Dawn follow the story of Shahrzad who volunteers to be a bride to the boy-king Khalid, who takes a new bride every night only to execute at the dawn. How little did they knew, Shahzrad only presented herself because she vowed to avenge the death of her best friend.But as time progressed. Shahzrad are starting to realize, he is not everything what he seems to be.The Wrath & the Dawn proved itself to be worthy of every praise.  I was initially worried because the plot took almost sixty pages for it to move forward, but after that everything fell into pieces.  I was intoxicated.The world building is ethereal, and lavish, from fabric to food and to its picturesque surrounding. The story itself is rich and diverse. Even though it is fictional and set in a fantasy world. Ahdieh said it is based in Ancient Persia and has a few influences from India. This book also brought new folk tales to the table. I am not quite familiar with it, but regardless of that, I practically devoured it anyway.Ahdieh’s writing is mystical, uncanny and eloquent.  I love all of the terms and honorifics that were used. It’s so refreshing and it makes the story even more authentic.This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty. This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.All of the characters are so full of life and consuming. Everyone compliments each other. We have our usual banter and plenty of swoon worthy momentsThe author also skillfully entwined the danger and alluring, sensual romance aspect of the novel. It is everything I ever wish for.  And I’ll leave you to this favorite passage of mine, one that made me writhe in pain and sing hallelujah.“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy Me.”The Wrath and the Dawn easily become one of my favorite books. It is simply addicting and mesmerizing.Listen to my The Wrath and the Dawn fanmix in 8tracks. You can also see the full tracklist here. Full review also posted at Young Adult Hollywood.
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