The Wrath & the Dawn

The Wrath & the Dawn

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In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, Shahrzad plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.
Publisher: New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
ISBN: 9780399171611
0399171614
Branch Call Number: YA AHDIEH
Characteristics: 404 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Wrath and the dawn

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WoodneathAlexa
Jul 24, 2018

If you enjoy fairy-tale spin offs then this is the duology for you!! Renee Ahdieh took the idea of the original 'A Thousand and one Arabian Nights' story and made it all her own. The main character, Shahrzad, mirrors Disney's Princess Jasmine with her strong willed attitude. Throughout the story she continuously takes matters into her own hands and refuses to let anyone decide her fate for her. Among the action and mystery there is also a beautiful love story with a lot of "swoon worthy" scenes in this book. I suggest you have book 2 (The Rose and the Dagger) on hand when you finish this one!

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RebelBelle13
Apr 03, 2018

This is a retelling of 1001 Nights- or, if you're familiar with Disney's Aladdin, the Genie's reference in his Friend Like Me song, "Sharhzd had a thousand tales." It was tough to get into at first, since it takes place in the Middle East- an area I'm not familiar with, and the strange names and honorifics did confuse me for awhile. As soon as I got a handle on it, I really began to enjoy myself. There's only hints of magic here- a floating carpet, a curse, and the ability to light candles. It isn't central to the story, like so many YA fantasy novels, and this magic takes a backseat to the romance, which certainly takes center stage. I quickly became wrapped up in Sharhzd and Khalid's relationship, and was not happy when the story shifted to her father or Tariq. Had I been reading the actual book instead of listening to it on Audiobook, I would have just skimmed through those chapters. Tariq comes off as whiny and petulant, and acts like a 3 year old who has had his favorite toy taken from him. Shazi and Khalid's relationship progresses at a believable rate. I really felt for both of their struggles- neither of them wanted to fall in love, it simply complicated things. I was happy to see that the book started off with them being married, and having sex right away- something you don't often see in YA novels, and it was refreshing. It set the stage for them actually making love at the end of the book, and showcased that there is an obvious difference between the two. Shazi is the strongest leading lady in YA that I've seen in awhile, and that was also very refreshing. She fights with her words and actions. She is unafraid to do what is right. She's spunky, brave, and demands the truth. I will most definitely be reading the next, as this ends on a cliffhanger.

OPL_AutumnH Feb 13, 2018

One of my favorite folk tale retellings. The characters are engaging and multifaceted and the story never drags. And the setting details are gorgeous - I want to be in those places and most especially eat all the amazing food described.

ArapahoeLaura Feb 07, 2018

A loose retelling of A Thousand and One Arabian Nights with an epic romance

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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ
Jan 22, 2018

This book is a poorly written retelling of Scheherazade. Khalid marries a new woman every day and then his wife is killed in the morning. Shahrzad is determined to avenge her best friend who was one of Khalid’s wives. She volunteers to be Khalid’s wife with the intention of killing him, but she doesn’t have a plan. Shahrzad considers herself independent and strong, but she is weak and indecisive around both of her controlling love interests. I think the author wants us to be sympathetic to Khalid, but curse or no curse, he’s a terrible person. There are really disturbing consent issues, and I think the author meant it as a compliment to Shahrzad that Khalid forced himself on her on their wedding night. It was disgusting. There are also numerous plotlines that don’t go anywhere, and are probably just setting up the second book. I won’t be reading that.

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PinesandPrejudice
Jan 10, 2018

Here's my simple assessment of this book: the main character was badass. She was amazing, witty, intelligent, sharp, and brave. I admired her and wanted her to succeed in all the things. But the story surrounding her was not well done. I felt like a character like that deserved more -- I wished for more intensity, more depth. But I just got a love story with a weak love triangle and I was disappointed. I think it had a lot of potential but it could have been better.

Also, the audiobook of this book is crap. The character doesn't change voices and makes it difficult to keep track of who is speaking what and when.

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Nymeria23
Nov 26, 2017

It really was a fun read. I may have seen some of the plot twists coming, and had a hard time in the beginning keeping some of the character names straight in my head, but overall it was a novel about looking past a person's reputation or actions and searching for their emotions and motives.
The main character is a fiery, independent woman who hates letting other people make decisions for her. I loved her, honestly. I thought in the beginning that her strength would visibly sizzle out as the novel went on and as she fell in love (like many other books I've read), but I was thankfully wrong. Shazi kept her stubbornness and tenacity strong throughout the entire book and I was incredibly happy for it.
Some side characters I wish I knew more about, and could delve a bit into their stories more, but otherwise I could feel their need in the plot.
Not sure how I personally feel about Khalid yet, but I can understand Shazi's feelings towards him.
Also, I loved the stories she told, and was very grateful that they weren't overlooked and paraphrased to save time.
Great read, nice one to relax and kill time with.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 04, 2017

This book blew me away. The Flame in the Mist was good, but this was even better. A twist on “Arabian Nights”, we are introduced to a fierce and strong young woman named Shehrzad on her wedding day as she is married to the caliph of Khorasan. Her destiny is to die at dawn, like the dozens of brides before her, but she will not go down without a fight. This mantra and her fearless will to sacrifice and survive remain a constant message throughout the novel, and make this main protagonist extremely likeable! I did, however, have issues with the world building; I would classify this as a romance because other aspects were overlooked and distant. Nevertheless, the romance is so worth it and the ending leaves you itching for the next installment! Rating 4.5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

5 STARS AWEE I loved this book so much. Thank you, Renee Ahdieh. “I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it." “Love is—a shade of what I feel.” ― Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn. This book was amazing and I couldn't put it down. The characters were perfect. The plot was perfect. The everything was perfect. I was so sad when I flipped to the last page. I also loved that it wasn't instant love AT ALL. Shahrzad actually hated Khalid with everything she has ever lived for. Throughout the book, so much awesome and heartwrenching stuff happens and I adore it all. I especially love Khalid. He seemed so unloved before Shahrzad came and it broke my heart. But as the book went on he opened his heart and it was so sweet. Sorry, this review was short but I didn't want to spoil or hint anything that happened in the book because it's so GOOD. LOVE LOVE LOVE this!
- @bibliophile of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

This is a beautiful retelling of the classic story: "A thousand and one nights." For those that do not know, it speaks about a newlywed man and woman who are caught in a well told story. The man needs to kill his wife, but cannot as she never finishes her story before dawn and he never finds the end. This continues for a period of, well, 1001 nights, and she lives. I liked how it was fleshed out and a backdrop of other people came to life. By volunteering, the protagonist had to leave behind all that kept her rooted. In this, she was captured but also set free.
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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mightyminnie
Jul 03, 2017

Loving these books and the characters... can't wait to see where this story leads :)

martha_w Jun 21, 2017

The tale of Scheherazade is a tricky one to retell, especially if you want to attempt to redeem the murderous king, so I applaud Ahdieh for such an ambitious attempt. It was largely successful – I loved all the details of Middle Eastern culture, and I found the characters to be layered and intriguing. However, the fact still remains that the ethical quandary at the center of this book cannot be satisfactorily resolved – the caliph is drawn as a sympathetic character, but the fact is that even though he was forced to murder his previous wives for a good reason, he then abandons that perfectly good reason as soon as he falls in love with Shahrzad, so…. I don’t know! Tricky morality, and it’s hard to know what, precisely, to root for in terms of outcomes. Needless to say, I’ll be interested to see how Ahdieh resolves all of it in the sequel.

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rozanowak
Mar 29, 2016

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rozanowak
Mar 29, 2016

Sexual Content: A couple scenes. Nothing too vivid

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