by Renee Ahdieh
Book: The Wrath and the Dawn #1
Pub Date: May 2015
Genre: Young Adult
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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?
Inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, The Wrath and the Dawn is a sumptuous and enthralling read from beginning to end.
My Review: I loved this book! I was very ify about it at first, I just saw it and took a shot. Well it just so happened to suck me in pretty quickly.
Khalid, oh boy I really really wanted to beat him. He's just a monster. Every day gets married and then kills the wife later that night. How bored and evil can you be? Who has that much time to get married everyday? And at some point, the people would have done something.
And that someone just happens to be Shahrzad. Her best friend ended up a wife and dead all on the same day. Shahrzad couldn't take it anymore, and its time someone taught Khalid a lesson. So she volunteers to be his wife. Everything is going just fine, as dinner arrives, she starts to tell him a story. A story which won't be finish right away, and because Khalid is curious, he lets her live. So Shahrzad goes walking around her new home. Meets some people, shoots a few arrows. Things are going well, and she makes a new friend.
After some time, she grows to know the truth about Khalid. He slowly starts to unfold, secrets are being revealed. And things take a turn that you didn't expect. But oh my it was so worth it! The book just forces you to sink in deeper until the very last word. One of the best YA books I've read this year! Can't wait for the next book!