Title: The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: May 12, 2015
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A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights
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 consumed me from the beginning to end. The writing pulls you in immediately into this intricate world that you just don't want to put the book down! The Wrath and the Dawn was one of my most anticipated books of this year because it is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights (Arabic stories) with a beauty and the beast twist. I need the sequel right now!! The story is told from Shazi, who lives in the land that is ruled by the boy king, and marries a girl every night only to be killed when dawn arrives. Shazi is then thrown into the royal world and starts to fall in love with the boy king that could also derail her plans to revenge him.
The Wrath and the Dawn is diverse and exotic because it has a Arabic feel to it. Many readers will be able to picture what Renee Ahdieh has written because the descriptions were perfected with every outfit, meal and the hallways around the palace. It was a great feeling to experience while reading it. There aren't enough diverse books out there and this one is unique and refreshing. Shazi is a fantastic main character who is smart and fierce. She knows how to play this game and get what she wants.
The romance between Khalid and Shazi was adorable as it started as a hate to love romance but by the end you will be fangirling and wanting to jump up and down for these two characters. While there is a small love-triangle with Tariq (Shazi's boyfriend before she married Khalid). It was very interesting to see the dynamics of all the characters + secondary characters with each having a role in what will happen next. This entire world was brilliant and well-detailed and I am already craving for more!
Overall, this book will be one of your favorites! I loved every page of this book, and it I just devoured the entire book in a day. If you are looking for a great fantasy with an awesome storyline, characters and a lot of twists this is the book for you! Pick up this amazing book that will make you crave for more!!