Title: The Rose & The Dagger
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers (April 26, 2016)
Rating: 3.5 stars
When will I ever learn? I always do this to myself but after reading ACOMAF I was sort of in a romantic mood so I decided to read The Rose and The Dagger. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t what it cracked up to be. It has a beautiful cover thought. Absolutely gorgeous but that’s not enough for me to rate this no higher than 3.5 stars. I mean this book could have been easily a 5 star read but like The Wrath and The Dawn this book fell apart at the halfway point.
With a war looming over head, and her father playing with ancient and dangerous magic, I was intrigue by the rift and tension between Shahrzad and her family as she tries to find a way to break the curse of her beloved Khalid. To prove to everyone that he is not the monster that everyone think is he. To be the strong-willed woman that I know Shahrzad is can be. I was looking for more magic, since this is considered fantasy. And the main character does in fact possess magically abilities. I mean you do get a sense of it but it’s so faint that you wouldn’t have known it was there to begin with in the first place.
Instead the book focus more on the politics of war and the budding relationship between secondary characters. While Renee Ahdieh writing is beautiful and lush it just wasn’t enough to fully grab my attention. On top of that I didn’t care for Khalid and Shahrzad relationship. As in The Wrath and The Dawn it never rang true for me. It was therejust to be there.
While I know a majority of people enjoy and rave about this series it was just okay for me. But if you’re more of a romantic I highly, highly recommend this series for you. Not only will you fall in love with the stunning covers but also with the colorful, lavish writing that Renee Ahdieh brings to the table.
P.S. I really didn’t see any growth between the characters in book 1 to book 2. Shahrzad is still bullheaded. Tariq is still a love hurt asshole and Khalid is still….Khalid. Take that whichever way you want to.