Date Published: May 12, 2015
Published By: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Dates Read: 6/28-7/3/16
Edition Read: Hardcover
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
My Thoughts: I finished this earlier this afternoon and I waited to write this so I could gather my thoughts. First of all, I LOVED our main character Shazi. She is so freaking sassy and doesn’t take crap from anybody. I really feel like she developed well over the course of the story as well. Now let’s get to the boys of the story. First we have Tariq…not his biggest fan. Then we have Khalid…I like him a whole lot. He grew so much as a character. The story itself was great. I didn’t see one of the reveals coming so that was nice. I was a huge fan of the side characters as well. Everything progressed in a pretty natural way to me. Nothing felt rushed which was nice because I was a little worried about the romance coming on too quick, but it was timed very well. It took a little adjusting to the way things were pronounced in terms of names and items, but I got there! As for the writing, Renee has such a beautiful writing style. It was so easy to just keep turning page after page because everything flowed so well. This book definitely lived up to all the hype and praise I have been hearing about it and I am beyond excited to pick up the conclusion to this duology and see what happens next.