Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Title: The Wrath and The Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and The Dawn #1

Published date: May 12th 2015

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

Goodreads Synopsis:  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.

AJ says:  I can’t quite remember when was the last time I’ve read a book of a retelling story, but all I can remember is that how I enjoyed reading this one even though this first book of the series is a bit of a cliffhanger.

The characters have strong personalities and have their own charms. I find Shazi and Khalid’s actions were confusing sometimes. One moment Shazi hated Khalid so much and the next she’s so into him. ( Don’t get me wrong I totally ship them! Plus Jalal & Despina) And as for Khalid, his actions were all cleared at the end and was able to understand Khalid better but those were not enough to quench my curiosity.

I’m so excited to read the next installment, I was hoping to get a clearer picture of Shazi’s family history and to see the development of her magic as well. And of course to know what will be the end of Shazi and Khalid’s story.

AJ’s rating:  I loved this book that’s why I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars!!! If you’re a fan of retelling this book is a must read.