Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (May 12, 2015)
Rating: 3 stars
Cover Love: ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
There is no magic within this book. Reading The Wrath and the Dawn I was expecting way too much so naturally I’m disappointed when the book isn’t how I expected it to be. Without re-hashing the synopsis, TWAD is a retelling of 1000 Nights. The only problem is that there were maybe two stories actually told in this book—the most popular ones.
I get it, Renee Ahdieh is not supposed to tell all of the stories (you can read 1000 nights) but I was expecting more than two. On top of that I was expecting magic. Okay there’s a little but it’s mentioned so loosely I don’t understand how this is fantasy.
Sorry hate me if you want but The Wrath and the Dawn is nothing more than a glorified romance novel pretending to be fantasy. What’s worse is the fact that there is insta-love within this book. Yeah after just two days Shazi and Khalid love….rather have deep meaningful feelings for each other.
She wanted to kiss him.
It was one thing to return his kiss; she been prepared for that. But it was another thing entirely to want to kiss….another thing entirely to desire his affections. To melt into the arms of Shiva’s killer at the first sight of adversity.
I don’t know about you but I doubt I would have feelings so easily for a person that you considered a monster. The same person that you are there to kill. Which by the way Shazi does a horrible job of hiding.
“You’ve shot a bow and arrow before?” Jalal inquired, observing her with a surprising amount of keenness for someone so seemingly blithe.
“Not really.” She attempted to sound dismissive.
“So can I ask what you’ve doing with the arrow, then?”
Yes real subtle. The girl is about to blow her cover. Hell her cover is blown.
“It appears you might not need my tutelage, after all,” Jalal commented in an airy tone.
“No, no—“ Her mind scrambled to conceal her misstep.
Take the wheel this book was a hot ass mess.
Hmmm….maybe not that hot of a mess but close.
One thing I will say is that I loved the world building and the descriptive details that is present in The Wrath and the Dawn. It was enchanting and beautiful. Renee Ahdieh has a way with words. I felt like I was standing there within a stunning oasis surrounded by the fragrance flowers and the warmth of the desert sun. Pure magic. That’s the only magic that is TWAD. Yet at times I felt that Renee Ahdieh overwrote some scenes that left me shaking my head. I don’t know if it was because some of the metaphors flew over my head or if I just thought it was too much. Maybe I’m slow but the over wording was just not for me.
Overall, The Wrath and the Dawn is an okay book. It was mind-blowing like I wanted it too and it wasn’t anything special. Sadly, I will have to place this on my disappointed reads of the year. I truly wanted to like this but I couldn’t deal with the romance aspect of this book. Insta-love is a no, no in my book. Plus I don’t see the attraction between Khalid and Shazi. Nor do I see the attraction between Shazi and her long time best friend Tariq. Also there is the problem with one the characters–Despina. I did not like where her side story was going.
Minor spoiler but Despina is pregnant yet she won’t tell the baby’s father because one she doesn’t think she’s good enough for him. Secondly, she doesn’t want to ruin his life. Yet I ain’t down for that shit. It’s takes two to tango and make a baby so step up and be a man and take responsibility. I seriously had a problem with that.
Anyway, The Wrath and the Dawn is for all the romance lovers out there. If you’re into a good love story with a hint a magic sprinkle in, I highly recommend this book. Fantasy lovers take this for what it is–romance pretending to be fantasy. I caution you when picking up this book.
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