Review of The Wrath and the Dawn

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?

Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
I received The Wrath and the Dawn in my first Uppercase box. The cover is so beautiful, I was so excited to add it to my bookshelf. I am glad that I enjoyed it as well - like the saying goes, you can't always judge a book by its cover.

  • The story is a re-telling of an old fable. I didn't even realize it until they started quoting the story on an episode of Criminal Minds. I love that I was introduced to the story the way I was.
  • The writing in the book was poetic. I really enjoyed Renee's style and thought it brought a unique life to the book.
  • Shahrzad was an awesome main character. I cannot imagine how hard it would have to be to walk into a situation where you are fairly certain you will die. She did it for her family, her country, but it is a crazy patriotism that would have been a hard first step to take. She was so strong and skilled. She was smart and I really enjoyed how badass she is. I am excited to see her character growth in the series.
  • The location of the story and the descriptions of the living arrangements and the culture were so vivid. My step-grandparents were from Syria and I have been immersed in the culture a little bit. I love the colors, the foods, the smells. The book really brought the culture to life.
  • Khalid was one of those characters you hate at first, but want to love. I always fall for those strong boys with a teddy bear hearts. I am most excited to see how his character arcs in the next book.
  • I just felt a little let down when the story ends. I am almost wishing that I waiting to start this one until at least the second book was out. I read the ending a couple times because I was surprised how abruptly it ended. I am not one who loves cliffhangers.

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  1. My fave! I loved everything about this book! But the wait will be a killer. The sequel is definitely one my top 2016 must haves
    Happy reading!
    Brittany @ This is the Story of My(Reading) Life

  2. I had be pining over this one for a while, and then it came out--and I didn't care anymore. I think I might pick this one up next year--when I feel like I'm more into it. Nice review!

  3. Great review, I saw this book popping up on everyone's pages, but your review is the first I've read. I love that in your "likes" you hit on all the things that are important to me when I read a book. Definitely adding this to my TBR list.

    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

  4. This one has been hyped so much, because of that, my curiosity is definitely piqued! The cover is pretty and the story sounds really unique. Thanks for sharing, Missie. :)

  5. I have been seeing this everywhere but I honestly did not think it would be for me but having read your review I think I will give it a shot, thanks for sharing your review!

    Heather | Random Redheaded Ramblings

  6. I love how there's only one thing that you had a problem with - this book has been getting so much great praise around the blogosphere! I'm planning on buying myself a copy next time I go book splurging, hah.

    Lovely review, Missie <33


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