Sunday, January 17, 2016

Book Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


AUTHOR: Renee Ahdieh
PUBLISHER: 
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
PAGES: 388
STAND ALONE/SERIES: Series
SOURCE: Bought
OUTLINE:

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 NightsThe Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
 

MY THOUGHTS
I put off reading this for almost a year because I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it. I mean I liked the synopsis, but I had never heard the story from which this one is being re-told, A Thousand and One Nights. Not only that, but I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the characters and the setting of it. I know now that I shouldn't push books like this a way.  I should really try and be more open minded to new cultural and diverse books. It did take me a few pages to really get into it though, but as soon as I did I wanted to learn as much as I could about these characters.

SETTING
The setting was something new to me so I enjoyed reading about it. I love how the author described these places so vibrantly. 

CHARACTERS
There were a ton of different characters in the book, but only a few I care to mention.
Shahrzad or Shazi as I will call her is the main herione in the book she volunteers to be married to this boy-king who is known for killing his wives at dawn the day after they marry. So why is she taking on the responsibility because she wants revenge for the murder of her best friend Shiva. What she doesn't know is that she will be the one falling....falling for this boy. As strong and independent as she is she is also weak and emotional. I don't think I would be so forgiving and involved with the monster who killed my BF. Yes, she learns a bit of Khalids story as to why he is this way, but that should not matter. 
Khalid was the boy king who was known as this monster to the people in his country/town. He did not bare his soul to very many,and therefore no one knew the real reason behind the killings. I won't lie I had a soft spot for him when I learned of his past, and  how he begin to treat Shazi not like a thing, but his mate.
Tariq, Shazi's old friend was hell bent on saving her from the monster and killing him. Soon he learned that time changes things.
Despina was such a fun character. I loved her banter and wit, and I'm glad that Shazi and her became some what close. It was their back and forth conversations I loved. Despina acted as a friend more than a handmaiden.


DOWNFALL
I had a few downfalls with this book.
The main downfall I had with this book was the names. This may seem like a stupid reason to put on here, but I get so tripped up trying to say the names and read it right that I sometimes get frustrated. 
Another downfall I had was how Shazi so quickly fell for this boy-king who murdered her best friend. Why? This person has taken away so many lives, and yet you have this connection with him. 

ENDING
In a way I'm glad I took this long to read it because now I won't have to wait so long for is sophomore book The Rose and the Dagger. I can't say that I enjoyed how it ended. I'm very much looking forward to one of the characters journeys.

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