Thursday, June 25, 2015
2:43 PM | Posted by Emily Alfano |
Title: The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Release Date:May 12th, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 388 pagesRating: 5 Cows
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.
And I can now say, I have read a book that had magic carpets in it! Take that, YA bucket list! This debut novel by Renee Adhieh is the tale of Bluebeard met by the Arabian Nights. In this fairy tale retelling, I noticed the parallels to Bluebeard almost immediately. When I was little, I read this fairytale and to this day it has been one that has always fascinated me.
THREE CHEERS HOORAY FOR DIVERSE YA! It’s so nice to see diversity finally making a steady appearance in YA this year! That was one of my favorite things about this book, as well as the gorgeous world building that Adhieh managed to create. Besides the fact that each of her characters had beautiful and unique names, I thought each of them were well-thought out, and I absolutely loved the main character Shazi. Fans of The Hunger Game’s protagonist Katniss Everdeen are sure to love Shazi, who volunteers to be the new wife of the Caliph of Khorasan, who has a horrible reputation and is known throughout the land as a killer, who always outlives his wives. In her plot to gain revenge for her friend’s death, Shazi knows she is likely to face her doom by the hands of the caliph. What she doesn’t see coming though, is falling in love with the man she perceived as a monster.
Now I have to admit, while I live for plot twists, very seldom do I find myself surprised at the outcome or ending of a book. In all honesty though, one of the biggest secrets in this book completely threw me. All my theories were proven wrong once I got to this part in the book, and it’s one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. Adhieh’s explanation in the book as to why everything happened is spectacular, and it sets up so much action for the next book!
The only issue I had with this book, is that I had a hard time getting into it at first. The beginning of the book was extremely confusing for me, and had it not gotten better about 100 pages in, I likely would have put the book down. I have to thank a few friends on twitter who convinced me to keep chugging along, because otherwise I probably would not have finished it! It sounds like I wasn’t the only one who thought the start of the book didn’t begin so fluidly, but I promise you, it’s worth it once you get past this portion of The Wrath and the Dawn.
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