September 11, 2015

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn
Renée Ahdieh
388 Pages
Published May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Young Adult | Fantasy | Fairytale Retellings
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5/5 Stars
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.

The Wrath and The Dawn was undeniably a 5-Star book. I already know this book will be one of my favorites of this year!

Lets start with the writing. It was exquisite. That’s the first word that comes to mind when I think of it, then elegant, eloquent, and finally sesquipedalian (I really hope I used that right - I had to Google “word that means uses lots of advanced vocabulary - and this was the closest match.) Ahdieh's writing just captivated me right away. I truly do not think I can explain how fantastic it was. Every single sentence was a work of art & I was clinging on to every beautiful last word.

“Please. Give me the rope from which to hang you.”
“And loving someone like you is near impossible. Like holding something shattered through a raging sandstorm. If you want her to love you, shelter her from that storm."
"It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. to want something so much—to hold it in your arms — and know beyond a doubt you will never deserve it.”
“Love is a force unto itself, sayyidi. For love, people consider the unthinkable...and often achieve the impossible. I would not sneer at its power.”

Then we have all these amazing amazing characters that say wonderful things. Let’s just do a quick recap of some of the gold that came out of Khalid's mouth.

“You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow”
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
“This dangerous girl. This captivating beauty.
This destroyer of worlds and creator of wonder.”
“How right you are. You are not mine.” He dropped his palm from the door. “I am yours.”
AAAAAGHHHHHH. Okay, I'll stop with the quote vomit now.

Then we have our main girl Shazard. She is so tough, so independent, so strong. I LOVED HER SO MUCH. She knows what she wants & she won't let anyone own her. I was like YOU GO GURL. YOU SHOW THEM.

Tariq. UGH. He was Shazi's friend/boyfriend and I know Shazard liked him but he was driving me nuts. Basically, anyone who stood in the way of Khalid and Shazard drove me insane. LIKE, YOU ARE TEARING THE OTP APART. GET OUT. Despina and Jalal were some of our other side characters. YAY FOR AMAZING SECONDARY CHARACTERS WHO I HOPE TO GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT.

Of course I have to address the romance. THE ROMANCE MY GODDDD. Shazard and Khalid’s romance is one of the best I have ever read.
Actual GIF of me reading this entire book. 
I can't even explain how much I loved this book. This is barely a review, it's more of a caps lock fangirl session, but please read this book. PLEASE. (And thank you (◠‿◠) )

For all my foodie followers…keep your eye out for a Bookish Food based on The Wrath and the Dawn!


  1. I hate the cover of this book... ugh those holes, but I really want to read it! It sounds amazing and I honestly can't wait to get to it!!!

  2. I didn't like this quite as much as you did (for some reason I just couldn't click with it emotionally as much as I wished I could have), but I do agree the writing and the romance were absolutely amazing. Thanks for sharing Sam and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

    ~ Zoe @ Stories on Stage

  3. Aahaha I love this review! I had some issues with the fantasy - like it wasn't quite developed enough - but I 100% agree with you about Ahdieh's writing! SO gorgeous, especially the food descriptions. ;) and the romance between Shazi & Khalid definitely grew on me. Awesome review, I'm so happy you loved this one!


  4. I loved loved loved LOVED the writing in this book. I also loved Sharhzad and Khalid, and Despina was very intriguing. It definitely is one of the best retellings I've read this year. I'm so glad you liked it and great review.

    Vane at Books With Chemistry

  5. Khalid is pretty much the world's greatest smooth talker haha. This book and its OTP was SO AMAZING. I wish there was more magic but the worldbuilding was so grand. Can't wait for the next book :D

    Aentee at Read at Midnight

  6. I have wanted to read this for so long! Luckily, I spotted it at my library today! I hope I love it as much as you did. Those quotes are seriously beautiful. Lovely review! :D

  7. WELP. Now I need to reread this book. THANK YOU FOR THAT. But seriously, I adore this book so much and those quotes destroy my soul but make me so happy at the same time <3


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