YOU Convinced Me To Read…. The Wrath & the Dawn // And I Finally Read It!

YOU Convinced Me To Read…. The Wrath & the Dawn // And I Finally Read It!The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers on May 12th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Retellings, Romance, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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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?

Hype 1-1/2, Me 1/2. (LOL)

Dang, took me long enough, right? Only 3 months overdue, hmm?

I’m picky about retellings as a standard rule. Which now that I think about it, it is kind of dumb excuse in this case because I am not wholly familiar with the story in which this stems from. Have I heard of it? Yes. But I only know the basics of the story. Anyway, besides hype, I think this is the reason I held off for so long but I do believe this was one I would have eventually picked up.

What convinced me

Well, mainly the numbers. Comments were VERY mixed on this go around, so it was really the twitter poll that sealed the deal. Again, I was really surprised by the votes!

My Thoughts

I see the appeal and I see why SO many are head over heels in love with The Wrath & the Dawn. It’s a magical story; with love, magic, and the setting! But, I didn’t love it.

For starters, I think it would have had a HUGE impact on me as the reader if the story was in 1st person. Even though I fully understand the reasoning writing it the way it was written. We get different pieces to the story; with multiple POVs, so we are able to see the bigger picture. However, this created a level of detachment with the characters, and there were parts I felt were less to me because my emotions weren’t involved. Not to mention, the voices were not unique in the slightest.

The characters were another aspect. Don’t get me wrong; I loved Shazi. I think she is amazingly brave for what she did. Not only that, she is witty, smart and I loved her do not mess with me attitude all around. But, I wasn’t sold on her… indecisiveness. She sounded like a pissed off kitten when it came to Khalid, not a woman filled with hate and set on revenge. I also didn’t feel the transition from hate/love, even though I knew it was happening. That being said, their interactions were rather entertaining and I do love Khalid. Speaking of Khalid, I adored his character. I have a thing for the damaged ones.

I was confused too, regarding the intentions of Shazi’s father. I mean, besides the obvious, what was he doing!?

One more thing and this is a personal THING, I hated having to flip to the glossary all the time! There were many terms I knew but there were some I had NO IDEA what they meant and I would easily forget. >.<

Does it deserve the hype?

Well… yes? I mean, I really enjoyed it – but I wasn’t OHEMGEE wowed by it at all. It deserves recognition, for sure, but I’m glad I waited to read it. I have the sequel, The Rose & the Dagger, and I will be reading it soon!

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Thank YOU, everyone, who voted and/or participated! Another convince me to read is coming soon and I can’t wait to see what book WINS!


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11 thoughts on “YOU Convinced Me To Read…. The Wrath & the Dawn // And I Finally Read It!

  1. Nick

    YEP. I felt the same way about this one.Like I got the appeal too, but why all the hype? I liked the idea of Shazi, but she was so lousy with her revenge plan. She was so quick to abandon it too. And I agree about the romance too. I couldn’t feel the chemistry and I couldn’t understand why they fell for each other in the first place. Also the sex scenes made me very uncomfortable. She literally had zero reaction to it…
    I’m planning on re-reading this one so I can finish the duology, so I’m hoping I’ll have better luck this second time around.

    1. tonyalee

      Yes exactly. Like, her plans of revenge went right out the window without a second glance! What even?

      The sex scenes made me kind of indifferent? Some have no reactions to it at all – but I thought it was odd that it was included, especially since he never visited any of his wives? So why have him visit and sleep with her, for her to die? IDK!

  2. Eva @ All Books Considered

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE this series on your blog because, seriously, all the books you pick are ones I haven’t read yet and that are SO freaking hyped! This does sound good but I totally get why you didn’t love it. Great review!!

  3. Danielle

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one, I bought a copy not long ago. Luckily, I didn’t notice much hype about it and I still kinda don’t know what to expect from it lol so hopefully it’ll take me by surprise and be a winner!

  4. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    YES! For someone as arrogant and fiesty as Shazi, her indecisiveness felt so out of character. It ended up being quite annoying for me, and I felt like it was a bit of an insta-love thing as well. I was one who had quite a few problems with the book, even though I ended up giving it 3 stars.

  5. Morgan @ Gone with the Words

    I still want to try this but the hype scared me as well! And it seems like people were loving Wrath OR A Thousand Nights, not both. And I loved A Thousand Nights :/ Soooo. Haha. But I’m glad you enjoyed it and I do want to give it a chance! (I really liked Sin Eater’s Daughter btw, I saw that on your poll!).

  6. Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    I felt detached from the characters too! I just felt like they were paper cut outs – Why was Despina there and why was she mentioned as a spy? She didn’t DO any spy stuff! I hated how indecisive Shazi was as well, it didn’t feel like she ever intended to kill Khalid, she fell for him two weeks after meeting him.

    I enjoyed this book but I don’t see the hype like everyone else does, it was pretty meh to me :/

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