Book review: The Wrath & The Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh

Book cover from Goodreads

A shared history does not entitle you to a future..

 

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. Goodreads.

Ugh..

really want to like this book. I do. I’ve always have a soft spot for retellings or stories that were inspired by old fairy tales and whatnots. And sure this was a story clearly inspired (and/or partially a retelling of) 1001 nights (or something, at this point I’m not sure what the correct title was).

But, I just can’t, okay?

The first few chapters were pretty interesting and enjoyable, and although there were some trope that caused my eyes to roll around, I still think this was a pretty solid story.

But.. wait!!!

Then there’s the, “oh the male main character (who we all assume to be the evil guy) don’t usually see the girl on his wedding night, you are the first..”

YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!

This is like reading a fanfiction of some OTP that we had from a story that we love, but was never going to the OTP in its original story. This is not the kind of material I want to read outside of fanfiction. No, siree!

Oh and then theres the, “aah I think our female main character has a hidden power that will surely come handy in the future..”

NO! JUST NO!

I had one too many of these trope, I am not reading any more of that.

Oh and what is up with the, “I must save this girl that I truly love, even though I know she is not a damsel in distress, but hey, I must do it for if I don’t do it, then there would not be a love triangle where I would not be chosen because I have been longing for this girl for too long and surely she’ll love the other guy..”

NO! JUST NO! OKAY? ENOUGH!

UGH!

Having said that, I don’t think the book was entirely bad, it just had too many predictable plots that were used on other YAs. I kinda feel bad for hating this book, but (sorry!) the writing is just too predictable, the characters were not interesting, literally not one character in the book was even mildly interesting. Suffice to say, I’m not reading the next book.

<slowly and low key shaking my head>

Sorry mate, but I just didn’t enjoy this book. But, if you’re a fan of YAs, go for it. I ain’t stopping.

Title: The Wrath & The Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Young adult

⭐️☆☆☆☆

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