The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. Before I give you my opinion on this book, here’s a summary from Goodreads, because I think it’s very good, and it’s what got me interested in this book.
Summary: 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?
My opinion: So after reading this synopsis, I was really excited to read this story. I had heard nothing but good things about this, so you can expect that I was very disappointed when I finished this book, and didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good book, but it wasn’t incredible like everyone said it was. I think the problem was with the way the story was written, not the story plot itself. I thought the plot idea was super cool, and it was in the story, I just didn’t like the author’s writing style I guess.First, I didn’t like how this book started, because it started with Shahzrad already in Khalid’s palace. I was hoping for some more background before she actually got to the palace. I also didn’t like that this story was told in third person, because I think that made it hard to connect with Shahrzad and what her feelings were. I also wasn’t a huge fan of the romance. I didn’t like the way it was built, and I thought it was awkward, and I just wasn’t attached to it. I felt like the author just didn’t go into detail enough in the places that needed detail. I don’t know if she did that to make the story shorter or whatever, but I would’ve rather read a long, fantastic story, than a short, okay story. I did like the ending of this book though, so I will most likely continue this series when the second book comes out in May. I don’t know, these are just my thoughts on the book. Let me know in the comments below if anyone had these same thoughts.
4 out of 5 stars