The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 12th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Pages: 395
Format: ARC
Source: borrowed
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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.

**Special Note:** My KP, Stacee, from the wonderfully fabulous Adventures of a Book Junkie, let me borrow her ARC of this title. All quotes and opinions will be of this version and not from the published edition (which you should totally go and buy as soon as it’s available).

♠ Quick Thoughts and Rating: 5 stars! Everything about this novel and the author’s writing will tantalize your senses from beginning to end. Loosely inspired by A Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights, anyone?), it’s easy to get swept away in this world of high stakes, impending doom, lush culture, and slow-burning (but oh-so-very-hot) romance. My only complaint is that I can’t completely wipe my memory clean and experience this novel for the first time over and over again, though it’s re-readability potential is limitless. Consider me hooked and (not-so-patiently) waiting for more!

This may be a bold proclamation, but because of this book alone, I’ll be reading anything and everything of Renée Ahdieh’s that I can get my greedy little hands on!

The Lowdown: There is not a single sentence more that I can disclose here that’s not already in the Goodreads Summary above without spilling all the beans. Just know this: A girl with a revenge plot and clever way to stay alive entices a boy-king who has his many secrets and layers. There is action, there is love, and a whole lot of other incredibly captivating things in-between that will hold your attention and keep you turning the pages as quickly as possible. Good luck putting this one down after you start on page one.

♠ My Thoughts: So, this is the actual “review” portion of this so-called review, and well… I’m a bit flummoxed. I mean, my initial reaction to actually putting my thoughts about this book in order is to flail and scream wildly, “MY LOVE FOR THIS BOOK CANNOT BE CONTAINED BY SOMETHING AS TRIVIAL AS WORDS! ESPECIALLY IN COMPARISON TO HER WORDS, WHICH ARE AH-MAY-ZING! THE FEELS! MY EMOOOOTIONS! THE.CALIPH!” But, alas, I shall try to be reasonably tamed. Here goes…

I’m still beyond capable of making words after days (Weeks? Months? What is time in the absence of more of this book? Without more of Shazi and Khalid together? *sobs inconsolably*) of sitting and thinking on this novel. Brimming with fully realized characters, both main and secondary, Ahdieh wove an enchanting tale that kept me riveted until the very end. Her compelling prose perfectly captured this story with ease and I fell headfirst into her tale of magic and mystery, lured even further into my descent because of this supposed madman tyrant that whispered words that melted my heart and had me swooning out of my chair. There are layers upon layers to this story and as you peel them back, I dare you not to fall prisoner to this book and its enigmatic characters, alluring romance, and detailed setting.

I’m very wary of breaking down this portion more than the above thoughts at the risk of too many spoilers. Just know that our heroine is sassy and fierce and vulnerable and lovely. Our hero has so much depth, exudes power and strength, but when he’s alone with her and allows himself to be honest with Shazi, be still my ever pitterpattering heart. And the secondary characters are nothing to snub your nose at either. I loved so very many of them. Then there’s Ahdieh’s descriptive words and magical storytelling, a prose so rich and lush that you want to wrap yourself up in their magnificence and just stay in her world forever. Le sigh.

Also, the author, you guys! I know I’ve already talked about her book and her writing, but from what I “know” about her on twitter (follow her here) and instagram (follow her here), she’s pretty and funny and personable and super sweet! And okay, so I definitely maybe have a bit of a ginormous tiny fangirl crush. #NoShameInMyGame

♠ Swoons & Swoony Teaser: I could honestly list so many here. So. Many. But I’ll limit myself to the least spoilerish one with major impact possibility.

“My soul sees its equal in you.”
~quote taken from a print ARC of The Wrath and The Dawn, pg. 354

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Rec it? Oh, you sweet sweet people. Why are you even still here reading this drivel and not off to add this to your TBR or pre-ordering or running off to buy it already?! Go, go now! Do not walk, do not pass go, do not collect that $200 unless you’re using it to buy multiple copies of this book. And if you plan to do this, we should probably be best friends. Do you like hugs?

Oh, are you still here? Let me put it this way, if this novel was a dish placed before me, not only would I inhale it immediately, I’d lick the plate clean, too. (It’s not an exaggeration, I’m being quite serious, people.) Go, fall in love with this book and meet me back here so that we can flail about it together.

Now, one last thing: Who do I have to know to get my hands on the sequel, The Rose and The Dagger, as soon as humanly possible? Seriously though, if it fell in my lap yesterday, that still wouldn’t be quickly enough. Khalid, my body is ready!

♥  A very special thanks to Stacee for letting me borrow her copy. Make sure you go check out her blog because she’s my most favorite person ever to see what awesome authorly adventure she’s been on recently.

Full of giggles, flails, snark and Southern endearments. Avid Reader. Lover of swoony boys, kickass heroines, yummy kissing scenes, and pretty prose.

I like to draw hearts in the sky (eternal optimist) and wish on stars (forever dreamer). Documentaries, sweet tea, sleep, and brightly colored knee-socks are a few of my favorite things. ♥

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