Book: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Published: May 12, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Retellings
Summary: A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
My Review: This was honestly so much better than I thought it was going to be. I finished this at least a week or two ago, probably longer, but I just couldn’t bring myself to write this review. I don’t know if it was because I was just lazy, or I just didn’t know how to put all my feels into one post, but either way I’m finally here and writing this thing.
When it comes to retellings of any kind, they all sort of follow the same outline. The girl is stand offish because she doesn’t want to admit she’s in love with the guy, or insert whatever lame reason here, and the guy is a total jerk. It’s all the same, yet I still read it over and over and I don’t know why.
But this. This story is not that. Just thinking about it makes me all stupid happy inside again.
I don’t usually put in little snippets of the book or anything like that, but I have to for this one. I just do.
“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
THE FEELINGS THESE TWO GIVE ME. UGH.
So if you’re used to the romance in any sort of retelling making you roll your eyes because of how instant it is or how just incredibly cheesy it is, this one is totally going to win you over. It is set at the perfect pace, with the perfect amount of everything.
I just need the second one asap. Right now. Lets do this.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading and happy reading!
Rating: 5 pumpkin cats