by Renee Ahdieh
Released: May 12th 2015
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Narrator: Ariana Delawari
Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
“It’s just beautiful and transported me to this wonderful world with the pictures it painted.”
~ Under the Covers
I wanted to read something different and when I read a few of the reviews for this book I knew this was it. This is a young adult book but to me it felt a bit more mature. The story revolves around a romance so even though this is a fantasy as well, the romance element is the biggest thing in this particular book. And yet, it leaves me itching to know more about the world developments in the end.
Our hero, Khalid, takes a new bride every night and then has her executed at sunrise. Shahrzad volunteers to be his next bride after her best friend was chosen to be his bride and was executed. She now wants revenge from the evil ruler. How she plan on surviving? By telling him a story and withholding the ending of it if he lets her live. Their connection grows with each passing day, but also Shazi’s feelings. Because things aren’t always what they seem, and Khalid is keeping a secret she wants to uncover.
But I digress from the couple because I actually did like them both very much. I also really liked the side characters, though. There’s a loveable cast that fills up this story. The setting… I LOVED! It’s depicted beautifully and I’m a sucker for it. I do think the story was a bit slower paced than I would’ve liked and when we finally get to the meat of things closer to the end then it’s non-stop action at fast pace and then the book ends. And leaves you sort of hanging.
Overall, this story kept me interested in its characters and its outcome. There is a tiny bit of a love triangle that I’m sure we will explore more of in the next book. And the writing… well the writing truly kept me riveted to the pages. It’s just beautiful and transported me to this wonderful world with the pictures it painted. It made me want to uncover Khalid’s secrets just as much as Shazi. And it definitely whet my appetite for book 2.
“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
“The world itself should fear me if it stands between us.”
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