The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee AhdiehTitle: The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Publishing Info: May 12, 2015 by Penguin
Source: Edelweiss
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: April 11, 2015
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    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.  

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THE WRATH AND THE DAWN was our selection for April to read together for our On the Same Page monthly read along. I have to admit… I was a bit intimidated by this book before I even began. I heard SO many amazing reviews and reactions for this book that I was already afraid the hype would get to me before I even started. And then I started the book. I’m not going to lie to you guys — the beginning was rough for me. As in, I probably would have DNFed it if I wasn’t reading with my best friends. Thankfully the great thing about being a part of this book blogging and reading community is that along with my BFFs, I had great support to encourage me to keep reading. See, when I had heard all of this hype, I hadn’t heard anyone who had struggled with the beginning so I was wondering if it was just me. Thankfully, we all read on and with reassurances from Alyssa and Amy (who were ahead of me) and pretty much everyone who saw my reading updates on Goodreads, I continued reading and they were all right. It got MUCH better.

I kind of had a hard time shaking off that rough start. I felt a bit dropped in the middle of an unfamiliar setting with a head-strong female lead. Head-strong and willful isn’t a bad thing but characters like Shazi do take some time for me to get to know sometimes. Once I know them, I’m usually all about the determination and ferocity, but I usually need to explore the setting and the plot (you know, make sure I should be on board with their cause) before I start to love them so that was something that took me a while to appreciate. Once I did get to know Shazi though (make that all of the characters), I really did love them and I’m so glad I got to know their stories.

I had a lot of fun once I really started to get into the thick of things. The world-building was quite fascinating, full of rich descriptions, interesting magical elements, and just had a great overall feel. All of the characters really started to shine and I really loved every single one of them — well aside from the baddies, of course — but even the antagonists were incredibly interesting. It took a little time for things to develop but I like how natural it felt to let these things unfold, especially in the case of the romantic elements. Renee Ahdieh’s writing was quite beautiful and it was just lovely to let myself really feel out this world and sort of develop around me.

THE WRATH AND THE DAWN concludes with punch after punch and it turned out to be just as thrilling as everyone had promised! Lives on the line, relationships in jeopardy, kingdoms at stake, and really everything reaching its pinnacle all at the right moments. It definitely had me wanting more which is both good and bad since I really enjoyed the conclusion but now I have to wait for book two (which is a ways out considering I read this book even before its publication date). All-in-all, I really enjoyed THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and how Renee Ahdieh adapted 1001 Nights into the storyline. It was a great original story with a hint of that something familiar (even reminded me of Aladdin in a specific marketplace scene!) and although I had a bit of a tough time in the beginning, I do think it’s quite worth the read and recommendation!

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“The View from Goodreads” is a featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!

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Shazi // Character Obsessions: Revenge, freedom, love, justice.
I had a bit of a hard time with Shazi at first. Not because I disliked her but sometimes it’s hard for me to jump right in with characters and she happened to be one of them. Since she’s our main character, I figured her reasons and actions were justified but it took a while for me to warm up to her before I really started appreciating her. I think it’s hard for me to meet a character at a point in their life where they’re just angry, even if their reasons are justified so yes, I did end up loving Shazi but it took me just a little bit!
Khalid // Character Obsessions: Honor, ruling, protection, survival.
Khalid is my favorite character of this book… and it so did not start that way. I really ended up loving his character, appreciating his conflicts and struggles, and really sympathizing with him. I just loved getting to know him and finally understanding all of his interactions with Shazi. I can’t wait to read more about him!!

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Kept Me Hooked On: Middle Eastern influences. I actually don’t think I’ve ever read anything taking place in this region/with these influences! (Have I? Nothing comes to mind right away.) I really enjoyed it! I hadn’t written it off or anything but the region and culture are just so unfamiliar to me that it’s not something I normally gravitate towards. I’m really glad that I enjoyed it so much and Renee Ahdieh really did a fantastic job with all of the world building and lush descriptions of scenery, food, characters — everything. I was totally entranced.
Left Me Wanting More: Interest in the beginning. It wasn’t just that it was a slow start for me. There was something that was actively turning me off when I started the book. I mean, I’m definitely glad that I kept reading and once I understood the plot and why the book started where it did, I was totally okay with it but for some reason it was really hard for me to read with the book starting at that point in the characters’ stories.

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Read it!

This book was really good! I’m definitely anxious for book two. If you struggle with the beginning, I really hope you have a situation like I did where it really picks up shortly after that. I ended up really liking the book a lot!

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OtSPcirclebanner250I read THE WRATH AND THE DAWN for the On the Same Page monthly read along with my two friends Alyssa & Amy! They have great posts ready for you today to so be sure to check out both of these, especially if you’re excited for the book!

Alyssa (Books Take You Places): The Wrath and the Dawn Quotes
Amy (Tripping Over Books): The Wrath and the Dawn inspired Pinterest board

15 thoughts on “The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee Ahdieh

  1. Kelsey

    I’m hoping to read this one soon! I’ll keep in mind that if I have trouble with the beginning, to just keep reading it. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Brittany Post author

      Yay! I hope you enjoy it! I think I was just really lost in the beginning but once I got settled in the world, it was just magical 🙂

    1. Brittany Post author

      Yesssss! And the ending was so awesome!!!! Gah, I need the next book. It’s gonna get CRAZY

  2. Alexa S.

    I’m seriously SO excited to read The Wrath and the Dawn, but I’m glad to have a bit of warning about the start being a bit slow for you. It does speak to the book’s excellence that it eventually won you over though. Glad you wound up liking this one, even with a shaky start!

  3. Kathy

    I noticed this one the other day and wondered about it. There was both something that grabbed me about it and something that put me off. I can’t put my finger on just what it was, though. Maybe I should give it a shot…sometime this year.

  4. Zoey @ Uncreatively Zoey

    SO many books seem to start off super slow and finally kick into high gear later. I feel like I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but it’s just the truth! I really want to know what’s going on; I don’t think it was always this way, at least not for me. Regardless, I’m definitely excited for this! It sounds so cool, and definitely unfamiliar for me as well. And I can’t wait to see what made you love Khalid so much!

  5. Kristen@My Friends Are Fiction

    I am SO glad you were reading it with friends and stuck with it! I really loved this book and felt it was such a strong debut and I HAVE to read the next one as soon as humanly possible. I neeeeed it. I’m so happy you ended up loving it too. Yay!

  6. Nikki

    This is so crazy, because I actually did DNF this. O_O I do think that was the right decision for me, because I really didn’t click with the writing (lots of phrases that struck me as being used incorrectly, and I didn’t feel much emotion at all from it), BUT all that to say, you definitely weren’t alone in not feeling the love at first! And I’m glad I’m not alone in that feeling, either. Everything else I’ve seen has just been singing its praises start to finish so I thought I might be crazy! lol

    I’m really glad it got better for you, though, and that you were able to enjoy it!!! <333

  7. Ashley @The Quiet Concert

    I am really looking forward to picking this one up, I do have a tendency to get worried about hype and I push books down my list . I will keep in mind to push through if I struggle with the beginning!

  8. Olivia

    I have read The Winner’s Curse but I wasn’t really into it… so I hope this one isn’t too similar to that kind of book. I do expect a lot from this book because of these wonderful reviews – now including yours as well! I was never interested but all this positive opinions of it are going to make me have to consider it. I will think some more :3

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