Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780399176654
Pages: 395
Read in: December 2016
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Goodreads Summary:

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.

I loved it. Struggled for a little bit but then once I got into it, I couldn’t stop, simply because it was so damn good. (Also, I was unable to sleep but that’s an entirely different matter).

The writing was brilliant – it took me a while to get settled in but after about 100 pages I was fully immersed. Continue reading


Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases I Meant to Get to But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme held by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s post is about books released in 2015 that I meant to get to but didn’t. And there’s quite a few of those. Actually that’s an understatement. Anyway, I present to you, ten books I don’t know why I haven’t gotten around to yet but I really should have.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh


I don’t know why I haven’t read this yet! It came out mid last year and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it yet. This is the one I’m probably the most shameful of, because I’ve been wanting to read this for ages. Although now I’ll probably until the sequel is released so I can read the first two books in one go. Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under the Tree

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by the lovely The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic is a Christmas themed one: Books I wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under the tree!

I’m the kind of person who will either buy books after I’ve read them, or I’ll buy a book because it’s part of a series I love. Recently, however, I’ve started impulsively buying books because I want to get around to reading them, and now my TBR pile has increased at a faster rate than I can actually read them. I’ll save that’s a story for another time.

For this post, I’ve picked out books I haven’t read yet (because my wishlist also contains books I have read but don’t own). So I present to you, ten books I wouldn’t mind Santa leaving under the tree this year!

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaria

This has been on my TBR literally forever, and I haven’t gotten around to buying it because I have yet to seen a physical copy at a physical bookstore. I also can’t bring myself to buy it online because Continue reading