Published – May 12th 2015
Classification – Young Adult Fiction
Summary – In this re-imagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan. But Shahrzad discovers everything is not as it seems within the palace.
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! SOOOO GOOD.
I honestly do not remember how I first heard of The Wrath and The Dawn. But now I feel like it is rare if I don’t see it on a to-be-read book list. It is #11 on Popsugar’s Best-YA-Romance-Books-2016 and #6 on Buzzfeed’s Young Adult Novels To Diversity Your Bookshelf.
The Wrath and The Dawn was AMAZING!
I finished the last page and closed the book…and looked around for someone to gush to that second.
I loved that this book is so different than what I have been reading lately. The Wrath and The Dawn takes the concept of One Thousand and One Nights, also known as Arabian Nights, and retells the story with a spin. I personally heard about the tale but was not too familiar with it.
Basically, the ruler found his wife guilty of being unfaithful. Assuming all women are the same, he takes a new bride every night and by morning they are dead. In this story, the ruler is Khalid, the caliph of Khorasan. This cycle has been going on a while and he took Shahrzad’s best friend as wife and murdered her as expected. Deciding that the cycle has to be stopped, Shahrzad offers herself as the next bride.
It took me a bit to grasp the plot, culture, and names. But once I got that all straight, the rest of the book went faster and drew me deeper.
I had to check a couple different sources to confirm this book is indeed a YA book because at times I felt like I was reading an adult novel. Not that the content was for an older audience. Just that sometimes YA novels are simplified for the reading level.
I love Renee’s writing style. The writing of the suspense, action, magic, and emotional friction is astounding. When certain characters enter the story, Renee gave me goosebumps and jerked my little heart around. These two goodreads reviews here and here can vouch for me.
I don’t want to include any spoilers here, but my favorite scenes include parts of the plot that her family and childhood friend (ahem…romance?) deviate a plan to save her. Also, as you can guess, the caliph’s reason for killing the brides is heart-wrenching. Seeing his raw emotions and growth through the story was swoon-worthy.
And of course so much more I wish I could share with you…but I won’t spoil anything! Just get to reading!
I’m so glad the story continues as it is part of a series. I will be picking the sequel up soon. But not too soon…I don’t want it over too quickly. It is one of those stories that I DO NOT WANT TO END!
Highly recommend picking up The Wrath and The Dawn. Go ahead – enjoy!
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