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text 2017-08-06 12:09
#52 - The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

Another really popular book that I had to read, I enjoyed this story and its characters and Shazi is really badass!

 

This is a retelling of A Thousands and one night where Shahrzad decides to volunteer to become the Caliph’s wife to avenge her best friend, killed by him on one dawn. But Shahrzad will discover that Khalid, the Caliph, is not exactly who he seems to be....

 

Like always with books from Middle Eastern inspiration, I struggled with the names. I cannot pronounce them in my head and I keep mixing them, because they are so different from what I know. But I love it: it makes me travel far away and makes me dream about beautiful exotic countries. It is a part of the world I’m not familiar with at all and it is such a shame. The descriptions in this book were just magnificent.

 

You don’t have any introduction or world building, you’re thrown into this world and it’s a really bold choice from the author, but it was also really well done. After all, it is a story that everybody is familiar with so it was not a problem. I just felt like the middle section of the book was too slow, but the ending was amazing.

 

The characters are so mysterious, even after one entire book, you still don’t really know Shahrzad, she makes decisions you really don’t expect. Khalid is even more mysterious and you can’t help but love him, even if he seems to be a monster.

 

This first book was so mysterious, I have many questions and many expectations for the second book (which is currently sitting on my shelf!), I can’t wait to read The Rose and The Dagger!

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review 2017-07-29 11:05
Rache und Rosenblüte
Rache und Rosenblüte - Renee Ahdieh,Martina M. Oepping

Jeden Sonnenaufgang sollst du mit einem Leben zahlen. Widersetzt du dich, wird es tausendfach genommen.

Es handelt sich um den zweiten Band von Renée Ahdiehs Märchen aus tausendundeiner Nacht: fliegende Teppiche, arabische Nächte, heißer Wüstensand und eine leidenschaftliche Liebe, die von einem schrecklichen Fluch heimgesucht wird. 

Shahrzard und Chalid haben sich gefunden, nur um wieder voneinander getrennt zu werden. Während sich Kalif Chalid in seiner Stadt Chorasan nur widerstrebend seinem Schicksal fügt, entschwindet Sharzhard in die Wüste, um den Fluch zu brechen und damit nicht nur ihre Liebe sondern das Leben ihres Volks zu retten.

Ich mag die Märchen aus 1001 Nacht sehr gern. Schon als Kind waren sie meine liebsten Erzählungen und noch heute steht ein schöner Schmuckband von damals in meinem Bücherregal. Daher habe ich mich gefreut, als Renée Ahdieh mit dem 1. Band „Zorn und Morgenröte“ Sherezade auferstehen und sie als Shahrzad in ihrer Dilogie Geschichten erzählen lässt.

In dieser Fortsetzung kommt Shahrzad allerdings nicht mehr als Geschichtenerzählerin zu Wort, sondern es geht um das Schicksal von Chorasan, den Kalifen und der Liebe zu seiner Königin. Shahrzad und Chalid sehen sich unbändigen Mächten gegenüber, haben es mit Intrigen und atemberaubender Magie zutun, die den Leser in ein abenteuerliches Märchen versetzt.

Die Handlung wird in erster Linie gemeinsam mit Shahrzad erlebt. Sie verlässt Chorasan um ihre Familie zu retten und einen Ausweg aus der Misere zu finden. Dabei entführt sie den Leser in die magische arabische Wüstenwelt, die mich von Beginn an verzaubert hat.

Dem jungen Kalif Chalid machen seine Jugend und die Verantwortung als Herrscher schwer zu schaffen. Noch dazu kommt, dass er von einem dunklen Fluch heimgesucht wird. Obwohl der Herrscher von Chorasan als schreckliches Monster gilt, weiß er sein feuriges Temperament zu zügeln und man merkt, in seiner Ruhe liegt die größte Gefahr.

Beide Protagonisten mag ich sehr gern, weil sie für mich mit ihrem schillernden Temperament, das Wesen dieser Märchen spiegeln. Sie strahlen vor Lebendigkeit wie die Morgensonne, sind fein wie der Wüstensand, und störrisch, wie Kamele, wenn sie nicht ihren Willen kriegen. 

Außerdem liebe ich diese arabisch angehauchte Sprache, die trotz gnadenloser Schärfe immer blumig und schön zu lesen ist:

„Erst bist du die eine, dann eine andere. Und jetzt tut mir der Nacken weh, weil er sich so schnell wenden muss.“(S. 382)

Die Handlung wurde meiner Meinung nach einen Hauch zu überkonstruiert. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass sie der Autorin nicht ganz so flüssig von der Hand gegangen ist und sie sich manchmal schwer getan hat, die Kurve zu kriegen. Ansonsten entspricht sie dem üblichen Märchenaufbau, genau, wie ich es mir erhofft hatte. Es gibt einige unvorhersehbare Wendungen, große Schlachten, geheime Zusammenkünfte und allem liegt ein orientalischer Zauber inne, den ich sehr genossen habe. 

Renée Ahdieh erschafft die Märchen aus 1001 Nacht neu. Mit ihrer Protagonistin Shahrzad haucht sie ihnen neues Leben ein, verbläst sanft den Wüstensand, klopft den fliegenden Teppich aus und lässt den Leser in die arabische Nacht entschwinden.

Source: zeit-fuer-neue-genres.blogspot.co.at
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text 2017-07-19 21:31
Booktube-A-Ton TBR
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna & the French Kiss 1) by Stephanie Perkins (2014) Paperback - Stephanie Perkins
Saga, Volume 6 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
Written in the Stars - Aisha Saeed

If you don't know, Booktube-A-Thon takes place from Monday 24th till Sunday 30th. You can check the Youtube channel for any information. Just know that you do not need to be a youtuber to participate.

 

I really love this readathon and I love readathon in particular, so I decided to join!

 

Here are the challenges as well as the books I chose to read to complete those:

 

#1 – Read a book with a person on the cover: The Wrath and the Dawn (430p) 

#2 – Read a hyped book: Anna and The French Kiss (384p) 

#3 – Finish a book in one day: Saga vol 6 (152p) 

#4 – Read about a character that is different from you: Written in the stars (304p)/ Les âmes grises (280p) 

#5 – Finish a book completely outdoors: Saga vol 6 (152p)/ Three Dark Crowns 

#6 – Read a book you bought because of the cover: Written in the stars (304p) 

#7 – Finish 7 books: Journal d'hirondelle

 

The books not in italic are the optional one. I'm almost sure I won't have time to read 7 books, so I chose books that fit multiple challenges, then add one when required to complete all the chalenges, we will see how it goes!

 

Are you participating in Booktube-A-Thon? 

 

Thanks for reading,

 

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text 2017-06-12 06:41
Stop Misassigning The Original Stories in Retellings
Romancing the Throne - Nadine Jolie Cour... Romancing the Throne - Nadine Jolie Courtney
Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh

Hello everyone! I've been away for a long time dealing with my personal life. I normally only post book reviews and musings here, which is why even though I've been blogging on my main blog for a few weeks now, nothing's been posted here, because I've only been doing memes and tags for that, and I'm still not reading anything. But here's a musing I feel pretty strongly about and I wonder if anyone else cares as much as I do?

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review 2017-05-29 19:25
Terrible book.
Flame in the Mist - Renee Ahdieh

A story inspired by the story of 'Mulan' set in feudal Japan? I'm intrigued. 

 

When I read about the premise of the book I knew I had to read it. I had not been thrilled with the author's previous work 'The Wrath and the Dawn' (I didn't read the second book of that duology) but I thought I'd give author Ahdieh another go. This seemed like such a neat concept and I thought maybe she'd improve with another book.

 

Not so much. Young Mariko is on her way to her arrangement marriage when her convoy is attacked by the Black Clan, an obviously evil group of evildoers who are there to do evil. In order to survive Mariko disguises herself as a young man and infiltrates the Black Clan, to learn their ways and to seek vengeance. But as she trains with them, gets into personality conflicts with them and gets to know them, Mariko finds that her mission is not as easy as she thought it would be.

 

Meanwhile Mariko's twin brother Kenshin believes his sister cannot be dead and goes on the hunt to find his twin.

 

Much to my disappointment I did not know that this was another duology (I think when I first read about the book there was no hint that it would be but it's clear by the ending that it is). And then everything all goes downhill from there. The same problems that were present in Ahdieh's work seemed to pop up here again.

 

She's just not a very good writer. The concepts and stories she wants to tell sound really interesting. And this book began (like 'Wrath') with a good bang: in this case it opens with Mariko's convoy and the attack. Then the story just drags and drags. None of the characters are particularly interesting or stand out (I had trouble telling who was who in the Black Clan). Mariko is a poor substitute for Mulan.

 

Which gets into other points. When I first heard about it I felt somewhat uneasy by putting the story of Mulan (which is a Chinese one) reset in feudal Japan but wanted to give it a chance. I cannot speak to the historical accuracy of the setting, the story usage, etc. but there are several reviews that point out errors on those topics. There are also several comments about the problems of a young woman disguising herself as a young man from LGBT reviewers/perspective and how it's handled by the author. That is also something I cannot speak to but would urge readers to at least keep that in mind or seek out those reviews.

 

I loved the idea when I first read about it and thought it could have worked but Ahdieh most definitely wasn't the author for it.  I wouldn't recommend this book at all, unfortunately and will be skipping her future books.

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