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review 2017-05-26 16:05
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath and the Dawn - Renee Ahdieh

Full disclaimer I bought this on a whim because I thought the cover was pretty. I honestly didn't know much about it, but I had seen it a lot online. This was a couple of years ago so when I decided to pick it up the other day I went in remembering really nothing about it. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It was a good way to really get back into reading. I finished it in nearly a day because I was just so intrigued by the story. 

I really loved the entire premise of the book because it was so different from anything else I've read from what I remember. I immediately wanted to know what exactly was going on with Khalid. It was just so fascinating. I enjoyed the depth the character had and I really enjoyed how Shazi didn't immediately think that everything was ok after she unlocked his Tragic Backstory. 

Truthfully I didn't like Shazi at the beginning. I understood her motives, but I don't get why she started telling Khalid a story her first night. I feel like it was risky and how could she have known that it would work. It just seemed odd to me even though I enjoyed the stories. After awhile her character did grow on me because she's very headstrong and people respect her for that. 

I really loved the story and the characters, but the book wasn't without flaws. The romance between Shazi and Khalid was classic insta love. Honestly I'm surprised I didn't have an issue with it. I usually can't stand it when books have this, but I was able to look past it because after it happened the story was just so good. It kept me wanting more to the point where I didn't want to put it down. 

I can't wait to read the next book in the series because the end of this one left me wanting more.

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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 .



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 .


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.”


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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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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