The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 26, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: borrowed

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The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Christina read and loved the first installment,
The Wrath and the Dawn.
You can read her 5-star review here.

Quick Thoughts and Rating: All the stars! The Rose and the Dagger had a little something for every reader: action and adventure, swoony romance(s– yeah, plural, but not how you’re thinking so chill out!) and flail-inducing kisses, witty banter and sensational dialogue, lush descriptions and detailed world-building that really pulls you in to the story and invites you to become a part of it, mystery and betrayals, epic plot twists and wonderful pacing, and lastly, amazing characters! It managed to capture my attention just as intently as The Wrath and the Dawn did, but held it in a completely different way. It was a compelling finish to a duology that I felt privileged to read.

Review: This won’t be too long or crazy in-depth because it’s still more than a month away from publication, but I can’t contain my feels any longer. I also don’t want too much time to go between reading and reviewing because I don’t want to lose that post-amazeballs-book-glow. Now, let’s get into this, shall we?

I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous to dig into this book because of how much I fell in love with the characters, world, and romance with the first installment, and even though I had every faith Ms. Ahdieh’s talent was the real deal, I was worried I wouldn’t be able to capture the magical book-love the second go-around. But my fears were unnecessary because this author delivered in a big way, one that rivals the first even though they had vastly different “feels” to them. I felt like TW&TD really focused in on introducing these amazing characters and each of their important roles in this incredible tale of love and magic, but TR&TD really pulled back and gave us a broader scope of them and instead centered more on the action of the plot. I felt like a whole lot happens in this novel, especially toward the end when I didn’t know what the hell was going on and I devoured chapters at a time because plot twist after betrayal after holy-hell-what-is-even-happening-right-now plot twist was delivered. I think I may have even actually gasped for air at one point. (There was no thinking, it totally really happened because jeez, lady! Give a girl a break!) I fell back in love with old characters and the love that they shared, and I even fell in love with a couple of new people and new romances as well. (Don’t worry, you’re Shazi-Khalid ship is absolutely safe! This review would be going so very differently if that weren’t the case, trust.) Hmmm, what else? So much happens in this book, it’s hard to focus my attention while not giving away one of 39082374 possible spoilers. OOooooh, I know. Pissed-off, protective Khalid is extremely attractive. *taps chin* What else? Basically, the best summation I can give you of this book is to expect flails, magic carpet rides, stunning betrayals (No seriously, I. Was. Stunned.), kisses and swoony words that will leave you feeling quite faint and flutter-hearted, tears (so many sobs!), and pretty much overall general epicness that will leave you slap-happy and downright giddy. I got the adventure I so very much craved!

If I were to be completely honest, I’d say that the resolution of the curse was a teeny tiny bit underwhelming, but that’s probably just my personal opinion and perhaps it was even changed before publication. Even still, it wasn’t even bad or anything, I was just confused that so much of the first book was centered around the curse and it was resolved just like *snaps fingers* well, that. But in the grand scheme of all the other action that takes place in this novel, maybe it wasn’t as insignificant as it seemed to be in the moment, it just lacked in comparison to everything else that was happening all around it, too.

Teaser Quote: Honestly, the whole damn chapter that this teaser quote came from was PHENOMENAL, and I if I were to ever highlight books, I’d literally highlight the whole damn chapter! Yes, it was that great!

 “Since you can’t say it, will you at least tell me how much you love me?”
     Khalid ran the tip of his nose beside her ear, a grateful smile upon his lips.
     “From the stars, to the stars.”
~quote taken from the ARC of The Rose and the Dagger, pg. 183

BE STILL MY SWOONING HEART! *dies a thousand deaths, happily and filled with Khalid-induced feels of bliss*

Book Rating Breakdown
General Book Feels

Rec it? A thousand percent yes! I’m not one to freely give up my sleep–in fact, I wake up in the morning daydreaming about the moment I get to lay down in my cozy bed again–so for me to say that I fought off slumber with every fiber of my being so that I could consume this sequel wholly in one sitting is no small measure of merit. It was worth every sleep-deprived moment the next day when I couldn’t function like a normal human being.

I can’t wait for more of this author’s words, worlds, characters, and feels because this lady can. Bring. It! Gimme gimme gimme!

♥ A very special thank to my friend (You know who you are and I heart you big!) for letting me borrow your copy of TR&TD!

*Disclaimer: All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of an ARC version and not of the published edition.

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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