Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Wrath and The Dawn

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn, Book 1
Number of Pages: 388 
Date Read: 11/25/15 
Genre: Fairytale Retelling

Synopsis (Found on

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?

My Review: 

I loved this book. 

This book is a retelling of the thousand and one arabian nights fairytale. The king (caliph) of Khorasan, Khalid, takes a new bride every night and every morning the bride dies. One day Shahrzad volunteers to become Khalid bride. She does so because she wants to kill him in revenge for him killing her best friend when she was his bride. What Shahrzad doesn't expect is to fall in love with the person she believed to be a monster. 

The love story in this book was beautiful. Shahrzad and Khalid slowly fall in love with each other. At first Shahrzad hates Khalid and Khalid is only interested in finding out why Shahrzad volunteered to become his bride. As the story goes on these two fight each other in the beginning but as they slowly spend time together they begin to fall in love. For Shahrzad, the love she feels for Khalid, in her eyes is wrong because he killed so many other girls and he killed her best friend. She became his bride to destroy him and she feels guilty for loving him until she can't take it anymore and gives in. Khalid doesn't believe or trust in love in the beginning but the more he spends with Shahrzad the more he believes in love and something more than love. Their romance was awesome and I loved every minute of it. I loved the hard times and the secrets between them until their love for each other erased their secrets and they trusted, forgave and believed in each other. 

I loved Shahrzad. She is so feisty and sarcastic. She is very beautiful and has a very sharp tongue. She is also very intelligent. She is very caring for the ones she loves and is loyal to them. She is also very brave and selfless due to her sacrificing her life for a chance to kill the boy who she thought was a monster. Before she fell for him, to her Khalid was a monster and a murderer so becoming his bride was very dangerous but she did so to avenge her best friend. Shahrzad knew how to say things and answer people back that insulted them but sounded nice. I loved it when she did that. She is very strong and independent. She is not one to be trifled with. She is able to hold her own intellectually and match wits with others. 

I loved Khalid as well. He is a very mysterious character and we don't find out much about him or why he kills his brides until near the end of the book. At first he is cold and stoic but after awhile he is very loving and caring to Shahrzad. His expression of love and basically all of his emotions can be found in his amber tiger eyes. I totally love the way his eyes are described. He is a strong king and a strong person to do what he has to do for his kingdom. There are good reasons for why he does what he does and it takes a strong kind of person to do them and not fall apart. He is very brave and very protective of Shahrzad. He also has an anger problem and he argues/fights with Shahrzad but he never hurts her physically. He totally melts around her and gives her anything she wants, which just happens to be him. 

There is another character Tariq who I started out liking but by the end, can't stand. He is Shahrzad's first love, childhood friend and the cousin to her best friend who was murdered. They were supposed to get married before Shahrzad volunteered to become Khalid's bride. He is very determined to get Shahrzad back and goes out of his way to find the means to start a war with Khalid. He will do anything to get her back. I liked him in the beginning and I felt bad for him that the girl he loved was married to another guy. But once Shahrzad fell in love with Khalid, I completely shipped that romance. The thing that bothered me about Tariq was his inability to accept that Shahrzad didn't love him anymore and wanted to be with Khalid. She basically almost outright says it but he won't hear it and he thinks she was brainwashed or something like that. He still wants to take her away from the palace and rescue her when she clearly does not want to be rescued. It's like get a grip man. I feel bad for him but he still pushed her to leave with him, when she is clearly happy with Khalid. What a tool. 

This is the first book in a duology, I believe and I need the next book NOW! The story left on a cliff hanger and everything better be fixed in the next book or I will have a cow!

Rating: A

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