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Book Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Reneé Ahdieh

Title: The Wrath and The Dawn

Author: Reneé Ahdieh

Series: The Wrath and The Dawn #2

Genre: Ya, retelling, fantasy, romance

Source: ebook, Amazon


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?


I think this book is slightly overrated.

I definitely enjoyed it, but there are many other retellings like this that are just as good as this, if not better. I found it odd that other books such as Cruel Beauty, with almost the exact same story (heroine suppose to kill hero but ended up falling in love with him) had much less positive rating than this book. Although Cruel Beauty is a Beauty and a Beast retelling, it still had many factors that are basically the same with this book, but still received more mixed reviews than this book’s positive ones.

Yeah, I’m a little bit confused about that.

I don’t usually critique the story or the characters in retelling such as this, because they’re retellings. But generally again, I really enjoyed this book. I read it more as a guilty read, and because this book, as a retelling, has one of my favorite tropes which is when heroine is supposed to kill the hero, but ended up falling in love with him.

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