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review 2017-04-27 16:21
The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn, #1) by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

By: Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Series: (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

Publication Date: May 12th 2015

Format:  Hardcover

Pages: 388

 
 
 
 
 
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.

 

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My Review:

 
growing up Arabe , I remember being a little girl and my mother telling me stories of “One Thousand and One Nights” ,
and i used to listen to those stories every night , each time more charmed and bewildered by the magical events , years went on and the stories stayed with me as i’m sure they’ll stay when i’m no longer here .

 

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The feeling of hearing those stories … it came back again while reading this book .

As shahrazad (shazi) told the stories to the Caliph at night , i started remembering the ones i heard my mother tell .

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Shahrazad is my favorite character, her strength and intelligence are interesting for a girl her age , and her silver tongue with her snarky remarks made the book so fun to read.

Even though each one in this book was special , the Caliph was a surprise , because i always pictured him as evil and ruthless , the same as Shazi used to see him , but we got to see his real story now.

i’m not a big fan of Tariq in this story , but i want to see what he will do next , especially with the way the book ended .

The writing was absolutely beautiful , made the book that much worth it , here are some of my favorite quotes :

“Some things exist in our lives for but a brief moment. And we must let them go on to light another sky.”

“The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most.”

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This was such a great read and i would recommend it to YA and Fantasy fans , i didn’t want it to end! i want more!

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4-stars

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-12-28 02:21
DNF Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

WARNING: Angry. Spoilery. Beware.

DNF at 55%. After the mass hype surrounding this, I was expecting to be disappointed by this but for completely separate reasons than I am.I listened to the audiobook while knitting and have thrown my phone across the room twice.

 

I must be missing something here. This is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights (haven't read it) which immediately intrigued me. The main character volunteers herself to marry this horrible murderous Caliph so she can kill him, as he married and murdered her friend. That's his thing - marry a girl, fuck her, kill her the next morning. Kill him. Good.

 

So Shazi keeps herself alive by telling stories, plots his death, he has sex with her without her consent. This is horrible, but expected. And then he kisses her and suddenly this person she has referred to as a monster, who has raped her and treated her like an object, this is the person she has sudden conflicting feelings about. Then it is night, and the next scene is written in such a way that I think I'm expected to swoon that Khalid has actually asked for Shazi's consent.

 

And here we are. Book returned to the e-library. Me ranting on here like the good old days. What on earth am I missing here? I have read the other reviews (to see if she poisons him at the end) and this is apparently a swoon-worthy romance and

they end up together. ??????? I don't get it. No stars given due to my own rule about not starring DNFs but this may change in future. :|

 

For your amusement, here are my reading status updates of this book. I can almost see my eyes rolling into the back of my head and starting on fire.

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text 2016-12-23 01:51
Reading progress update: I've read 23%.
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

So far the main character has stared into the mirror and described herself (while describing generally attractive features and simultaneously moaning about how plain she is), describes her outfits each time she has a wardrobe change. Eyes have also been referred to as "topaz orbs".

 

However... shoot me if this isn't a really entertaining story. I'm so hooked! This serves as a reminder to me that YA can be a bit cringey and fun at the same time. Normally I blame myself for being picky.

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review 2016-12-18 22:27
Dull dull dull.
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

This sounded like such an intriguing book. A retelling of the classic 'One Thousand and One Nights' where the storyteller Shahrzad tells a long tale to buy time and to extend her life for another day to complete her plan for revenge. What she did not expect, however, was to learn the reasons for her new husband's reasons for killing a new bride every night and how she ends up falling in love with him. That was not part of the plan at all.

 

What seemed like a great concept is just...dull. Initially I was willing to go along with it but the plot is lackluster, the characters are not interesting AT ALL, and the love story that drives the entire tale is boring. There is the bond between Shahrzad and Khalid (Caliph who kills a new bride every night) and then there’s one between her and Tariq. Yawn.

 

There isn’t much more to say as other reviews cover the criticisms of the book pretty well. The book is entirely too long and it just felt like the author had nothing to say but used a lot of words to say it. It was excruciating to get through. It wasn’t necessarily bad writing either. There could be an excellent tale to tell but it doesn’t work well in the hands of this author.

 

I really regret buying it. The author has a new book (‘Flame in the Mist’) coming out that’s supposed to take place in feudal Japan and has been described as “’Mulan’ meets Tamora Pierce” which drew me to finally pick this up. I’ll read ‘Flame’ but will be skipping the sequel to this.

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review 2016-09-26 03:29
Book 72/100: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge Item: A book set in the Middle East

 

This is a first novel, and it feels like one. The prose is overwritten and tends toward the purple, and it resorts to using the same descriptions far too often. Like, we don't need to know that Jalid has "tiger eyes" each time he looks at Sherzhad, do we? Or that Sherzhad has luscious, waist-length hair? There also seemed to be something weird going on with transitions, because I often had to backtrack to figure out how we got from one scene to another, or from one point of view to another, etc.

 

It's hard to redeem the caliph who murders a new bride every night, and this book puts forth a valiant effort. But in doing so, it sort of lets him off the hook for his crimes, which is a little off-putting. The tumultuous love story between Jalid and Sherzhad probably would have captured my interest if I read this as a teenager, but as an adult it felt a bit on the melodramatic side. Plus, whenever I started to get into it, there was, "Oh yeah, but this guy has killed a bunch of women," and that sort of killed the mood for me.

 

The world-building is pretty shaky and doesn't seem to be firmly rooted in Middle Eastern history or in a new, magical world. It ends up being a sort of mashup of the two, but the magic plays such a tangential part in the story that it feels a little out of place. There are curses and random powers inserted mostly for the sake of convenience and without feeling as though they are truly woven into the fabric of this time and place. And, like, why was there a magic carpet that never even did anything? I could have done without the half-baked love triangle, too.

 

I gave the book three stars, so obviously it wasn't all bad. It held my interest well enough even if it annoyed me at times, and there are far too few retellings of fairy tales outside the European canon. It ends on a little bit of ambiguity/cliffhanger which seems to set it up for a sequel, in which the love triangle is destined to take center stage. I don't think I will be reading it.

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