Friday, June 19, 2015

BOOK REVIEW + GIVEAWAY: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh *Non-Spoiler*

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.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all. 
One Thousand and One Nights is one of my absolute favorite stories, and I'm ALWAYS up for a new retelling, so when I saw that one was being released, and with a cover LIKE THIS, I did not hesitate to pre-order it. And I did not regret it. This book is told from the perspective of Shazi, a determined, smart, and witty young lady who is absolutely determined to get revenge for her best friend. And she goes about it in a really interesting way. Obviously, if you're familiar with the original story, you know that Shahrzad weaves tales to keep the king interested in keeping her alive, and this book starts off much the same way. But Shazi has her own tale and there is a lot more to the story.

I absolutely adored the way Shazi's storytelling was done, and it added so much to my overall experience within this world. I liked how the stories and these moments between Shazi and Khalid were emotional, and almost magical to read. The writing in this book overall was fantastic. I could visualize every moment.

As for the side characters, I also really liked Despina and the humorous, honest relationship between Shazi and Despina were some of my favorite parts of the book. Their sort of friendship was great. I felt that the minor characters from Khalid's household were interesting, and their relationships were well-written and made sense.

The only flaw that I found in this book was with the side story following Shazi's previous love interest and family. I understand why these portions were important, but I felt that they dragged the overall pace of the story down. Also, I didn't truly understand how they all came together to mean anything to the main story. I felt that these chapters could have been shorter, but like I said, I understand why they were included.

Overall, I gave The Wrath & the Dawn 4.5/5 STARS!

Also, I had this book pre-ordered, and this was the month that I decided to give the Uppercase Box a try, and I ended up getting another copy of this book. So, lucky you guys! I'm giving away a copy of the book in the Rafflecopter below! Enter! Win! Get excited for a great read!! :)

1 comment:

  1. I'm not sure if this giveaway is international or not, but I entered anyway. Great review. I have almost finished my library copy of this book and am thoroughly enjoying it. Would love LOVE my own copy =)