The Wrath and the Dawn. Renee Ahdieh. Young Adult/Fantasy/Romance/Retelling. 2015. 395 pages. [Source: Bought]
“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.”
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.
This book is exquisite. It’s a gem. I absolutely adored it. I kinda need the next book now. It had me crying and laughing and smiling and crying again. It was so beautiful.
This is a romance book, and that aspect is beautiful. I don’t want to spoil you about it because it’s the best part, so I’ll just leave it to that and talk about the other amazing things.
One of the reasons why this book was so fabulous was the characters. Shahrzad is a mature heroine. She’s smart, silver-tongued, and fantastic. Khalid is mysterious and complex. Jalal was witty and charming. Despina is a fine companion. I did not find any character to be immature, which is such a relief given that that is the norm in YA.
Since this is a fantasy book, I did want to explore some more of the magical elements of the book, but hey, the book was gorgeous so I’m going to forgive the fact that it did not explore the magic as much as I’d like.
If you like beautiful, heartbreaking romances and fantasy, then this book is for you.
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