The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Total Pages: 388
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Read By: Ariana Delawari
Length: 11 hours and 43 minutes
A retelling of A Thousand and One Nights.
My Reaction to Each Book
The Wrath and the Dawn: This book was inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, which I knew nothing about, and I’m glad for that. That let me go into the book with no expectations, which I think helped me to enjoy it as much as I did. The layout of this book, I was such a big fan! When it comes to bad guys who aren’t really bad guys, the point of the story is normally to prove you wrong and then at the end is the aha! moment when everyone realizes bad guy isn’t all that bad after all. The succession of events for this book was flip flopped, though, and I think that helped me to connect to Khalid as a character a bit more without immediately hating him for being a murderous boy king. There was a little “behind the scenes” moment at the beginning which made me realize that there was a reason behind Khalid’s actions, so I didn’t make snap judgements about those actions because I didn’t have all the details. Shazi as a main character was wonderful, I loved her sassy personality and she was a fun point of view to read. The overall story was intriguing – I mean the description alone of a murderous king who takes a new young bride each night and kills her at dawn pretty much drew me in anyways, but the story delivered. While I was a little skeptical of how quickly the whole love thing went down, I still got behind it because I liked Khalid, and he needed love too, so I shipped him and Shazi pretty hard. I’m indifferent on the various point of views that were scattered throughout the story. I usually love watching a story unravel through the eyes of various characters, it brings depth that is hard to achieve from just one point of view, but my biggest struggle with them in this book was that there was no organization for it. One chapter was Khalid, the next four where Shazi, the next one was Shazi’s father, the next ten were back to Shazi. It was madness, I tell you, madness! Overall, this was a really great introduction into these characters, this world, and this story. Also, there is magic, and I love magic! The ending was wild, it left me a little confused, a little shocked, a little heartbroken, and a lot excited to read the next book.
The Rose and the Dagger: This book was okay. Yes, just okay, and I’m mainly only giving it some stars because it finally wrapped everything up and gave some closure to the story. After loving The Wrath and the Dawn so much, it hearts my heart to admit that I’m pretty disappointed with this sequel. I think I was about 60% into this and still, NOTHING HAD HAPPENED. All we were getting was some fluff about what the characters were up to (spoiler alert: a whole lot of nothing!) and a new couple, whom I felt were the new focus of the book, that is how much they were talked about. I just kept thinking: Hello, does nobody remember the shit storm that was the ending of book numero uno? WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT, EH? Why is everyone just going about their lives like nothing happened? Like, IS THERE A WAR OR IS THERE NOT A WAR? Anyone still concerned about that little CURSE that caused the King to kill a bunch of innocent young girls? No? Did we just forget that? Oh okay… GAH! You can see how furious this book made me. Moving on… I do have to admit that it picked up at the end and things started to get interesting. I felt like certain things were glossed over a little bit too much, things happened and that was the end of it, we were just expected to accept it and move on. There was a few things that I didn’t see coming, so that was a nice silver lining in a book full of boring. Meh, unfortunately that is pretty much all that I have to say about this book. Sad face.
I normally don’t say this, but I think I would recommend for people to read The Wrath and the Dawn, but maybe just skim over some reviews and recaps of The Rose and the Dagger. I think you’d get the same amount out of the book that way as if you’d read the whole thing.
What were your thoughts on the second book – did it live up to your hopes and expectations?