by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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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.
I honestly really really liked this book. Like really liked this book and I was not expecting to. When I first picked it up, I was super excited for it but then I put it a side for so long that I kind of lost the excitement I was feeling. So I went into it feeling pretty normal. Don’t know if that makes sense.
Anyway, I loved pretty much everything about this book. First of all I want to say that I am a told sucker for these type of love stories, like you guys have no idea. I love the whole girl loves a man even tho she shouldn’t and the conflicted guy. I am TRASH for that type of romances. Honestly the romance for me is the part that sold me. I loved the characters separately but together they were beyond amazing. Khalid is easily one of my favorite male characters. *swooning*
Now I did have trouble with the first part of this book and I think this is something that is very common among the people that have read this. For me I think it had to do a lot with the names and some terms. Since I’m not used to them it took me a while to realize who was talking or was being talked about. So it took about a good 60 pages to get fully into it. And I do have to say that it is kinda of slow, in terms of pace and the action but honestly I was so into the romance that I didn’t mind.
I’m a sucker for stories like this one so I may be a little biased but I really enjoyed this book and I absolutely recommend it. And I have to say that I am beyond excited for the next book. Ugh. I need it now.
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