— BLURB —
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?
— MY REVIEW —
I have mixed feelings on this one. I know tons of readers loved it and it’s got so much positive reviews on Goodreads and yes, I liked it too but I can’t say it was a book I loved.
I’m going to try and keep this review short because I’m currently reading the sequel (The Rose and the Dagger) and feel like once I finish reading that one I can really do a full review on the whole story.
The Wrath and the Dawn ends mid story. It’s actually one of the worst cliffhangers I’ve ever encountered in a storyline. Quick tip: Since this is duology, I suggest reading them both one after the other because if you’re like me; you’ll hate waiting and wondering what happens next.
Okay, to try and keep this review as brief as possible, I’m going to do a typical pros and cons list 😉
- I started getting into the story once Shahrzad makes it through the first night and Khalid (the boy-king) is instantly intrigued by her. I immediately wanted to know the reason behind why Khalid killed so many innocent girls for no apparent reason.
- The feelings Shahrzad starts having on Khalid is what got me hooked throughout the book. You can see the struggle she goes through in her head about her initial thoughts of Khalid and her plans for vengeance to then slowly getting to know him and having genuine feelings for the guy.
- When I read Khalid’s thoughts (POV) in this book, it cemented my views on him. Even though I initially knew what the story was about (based on the description provided in Goodreads) – I knew Khalid was never the villain. I liked him and never hated him just because of what Shahrzad, her family and friends thought about him at the beginning of the book that makes you automatically assume he’s the bad guy.
- The overall book is an easy read with short chapters, which I always prefer because I think it keeps the story from dragging on for too long.
- I found myself a little disinterested in some parts of the book (in particular, any parts involving Tariq and his quest to get Shahrzad back) I mean, I get that she’s his first love and that he needs to save her from the “murderous” boy-king…but c’mon… there’s only so much I can take about his need to get her back no matter what anyone says or how Shahrzad feels. I was just not having it after the first few chapters. He irritates me lol.
- As much as I like to see Shahrzad and Khalid end up together; I did find her feelings turn quite quickly from hate to love. I get that the longer she stayed alive and at the palace that she got to see an insight to him more and more but I don’t know.. I was just maybe hoping for her to fight off her feelings a little bit longer? It made the death of her best friend seem insignificant? (Just my opinion).
- With the whole curse that got Khalid and Shahrzad and all the girls into this deathly mess.. what happened to it? He has all these girls killed in hopes of breaking the curse and the minute he cares for Shahrzad, he completely stops trying to break it!? I hated that the previous girls’ deaths were in vain. Pointless. This story really had me torn. I couldn’t decide if I was happy for them or angry that all those deaths were meaningless. *sigh*
- Throughout the book, you get unfamiliar words (shown in italics) that’s from another language. This is not really a con but I didn’t realize there was a glossary at the back with the meanings of each word and when I was reading it, I was curious to know what they meant. So keep in mind when you’re reading it to check the back. 😛
- As I mentioned earlier, this book ends abruptly – like right smack in the middle of the story, so if you don’t have the sequel yet to read after this one, I recommend you hold off unless you’re big on cliffhangers. 😉
It’s a great read and I recommend it to YA readers and those who like book retellings or books inspired by other stories.
📚 Read my review for the second book in the duology!
Happy reading, guys! Catch you in my next one! Xo