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As you know from time to time we will share with you some reviews or musings from the “Non Indie” world so here are Gladys’s thoughts on The Wrath and the Dawn,
Melanie V””V #NerdGirlVamp
Title: The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Published Date: May 12th 2015
Genre: YA Fantasy
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
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.
Let me first say that this book has stayed with me since I closed the cover of the book. Now a lot of books give me the feels, but this one deserves everything and more. The characters pulled me in. I felt Khalid’s pain and anguish. I felt Shahrzad’s vengeance, anger and the pain that ultimately melted with within her. It’s often lost in some books, but this particular book had me crying just from the words alone.
I will also provide a slight disclaimer, there are lots of talks of death, but don’t be swayed by that. It is a subject not taken lightly and it is sad but not overwhelmingly so. It adds the depth to Khalid’s anguish. You feel his heaviness and take it with you. It spurs you to push forward and read even though your eyes strain for one more chapter.
I enjoyed the retelling of Arabian Nights and can honestly say it’s one of the best retellings I have read, and I learned a ton. I also love that it is introducing us to a different culture. I often looked up some of the words they said so I could imagine their clothes and styles. It brought me great joy to expand my horizons.
5 stars to you Renee Ahdieh, your story kept me up at night and now has a spot next to my bed. I will be opening the pages over and over again.
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