The Wrath and The Dawn (Renée Ahdieh)

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.

This book will be stuck in my head for quite sometime, and it should, because it’s beautiful and wonderful.

First off, Renée Ahdieh has such a way of writing that it is almost poetic… the way she uses words… wow, I fell in love with the writing before I even fell in love with the story. I will, from now on, buy and read everything that she writes!

The first few pages were a bit of a torture to get through though and it had to do with the terms I was not familiar with, and those weird long names (some, I still don’t know how to pronounce… I’m looking at you Shazi!). But then I decided to stop pretending that I could enunciate the names anyway, and the rest of the book just flew by. On that note, be aware that there’s a glossary at the end of the book, so you don’t have to wonder for 90% of the book (like I did) what effendi, delam, jan, jonnam, mankalah, qamis, rida’, sayyidi, shamla, …, means. Most of the word’s meanings I got pretty fast due to context, but others are harder, so check that glossary.


Now onto the characters… Shahrzad is now one of my favorite female characters ever! She’s so fierce and determined, brash, stubborn… she knows what she wants, and she doesn’t play, she wins!


From the epilogue we know that what happens to the Caliph’s wives is not really because he’s a monster, so when Khalid is actually there, it’s impossible to hate him. More, the more the book advances and we get more glimpses into his real self, the more I loved him. But I think that what I love most about him is the fact that he sees an equal in Shahrzad and he doesn’t underestimate her, not even for a moment. He knows what she’s capable off, he respects her for it, and loves her even more.


Let’s just say that that scene in the room, with the dagger and the kneeling, almost killed me…

I loved Despina, seriously, she’s amazing. I loved that she called Shazi “Brat-Calipha”, this girl has balls! I also loved Jalal, Khalid’s cousin, the way he protects both his cousin and Shazi, and the relationship he develops with her… amazing, when he calls her delam (my heart) towards the end, I was smiling at myself, because he loves her just like he loves his cousin, she’s family.

Right at the beginning I was really enjoying Tariq and Rahim, I liked their banter and they both seemed like fun. But then Tariq started to get a bit on my nerves, he’s not a bad person, but he needs a reality check… NOW!

I thought the plot was well constructed and I didn’t find it slow at all. The romance itself, yes, slow, deliberate, they truly fall for each other, step by step, and honestly it’s magnificent. I need them together, always, because they are better together!


There will be SPOILERS now…

Now some final considerations. That ending broke me, it left me completely heartbroken… I just wanted and needed one more chapter, a few lines from Shazi to know that she wants and is trying to get back to him. I can’t wait a year to know that, it’s torture.

I have a feeling that Shazi’s father will be the greatest villain in the upcoming books, his callous use of magic will bring all sort of problems, considering that he’s already seeing himself as a king. Ultimately I think he’ll have to die, and the only way that I can see it happen is if Shazi does it – because Khalid would never forgive himself if he has to do it.

People, I need Despina and Jalal and their baby together and happy. Like, now! Seriously, I ship them HARD! Jalal and Despina are great alone, but I need them together, it can only be more greatness.

Tariq’s uncle… WTF?! I knew he would use Tariq’s information about Shazi and Khalid, but I didn’t think he would be willing to kill his daughter’s best friend.

I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book…

One last thing… all those descriptions of food left me so hungry! I wanted to jump into the book and start eating everything that Shazi was describing.

Rating: 4.7 Stars


The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge #26

Welcome back for the 26th day of The Harry Potter 30 Days Challenge! As you know by now, Leannaatc @Short Story Long had this idea of a month full of Harry Potter and you can find the prompt for each day here here.

the hp 30 days challenge

– Day 26: If you could be able to work one spell without a wand what would it be? –

If I could do a spell without a want… Hell, I wish my wand would work, I would gladly take it everywhere (yes people, I do own a wand).

But I would like to be able to apparate (as awful as Jo made it sound in the books), because being in one place in one moment, and in another place in the next would be pretty amazing.

It would solve a lot of problems for me, and I would be able to attend to every birthday for every member of my family and friends. I could pop home to have diner with my dad, or visit my mom in Africa. I wouldn’t miss my niece’s dance recitals. I wouldn’t take 1 hour and a half to get to the cinema each time I want to watch a movie (with subtitles)… It would be dreamy.

– Day 1: Favorite Book? – 

– Day 2: Favorite Movie? –

– Day 3: Is there anything in the film adaptations that annoyed you? – 

– Day 4: Who’s your least favourite female character and why? – 

– Day 5: Who is your favourite male character and why? –

– Day 6: Which house would you want to be in? –

– Day 7: Who’s your favourite female character and why? – 

– Day 8: What’s your favourite lesson from the series? – 

– Day 9: Who’s your least favourite male character and why? – 

– Day 10: Horcruxes or Hallows? – 

– Day 11: Which character would you say you are most like? – 

– Day 12: Favourite ship? –

– Day 13: Least favourite movie? – 

– Day 14: Team Voldemort or Team Harry? –

– Day 15: Pick three characters to be your best friends at Hogwarts? –

– Day 16: Expecto Patronum! What form does your Patronus take and why? –

– Day 17: Favourite Harry Potter Fan adaptation?

– Day 18: Least favourite book? –

– Day 19: Do you prefer the books or films? –

– Day 20: If you got to meet one member of the cast, who would it be? –

 Day 21: Pick one character to bring back from the dead –

– Day 22: Would you rather read only Harry Potter for the rest of your life, or never know it existed? –

– Day 23: Which scene (book or movie) made you cry the hardest 

– Day 24: Which scene did wish was filmed, but wasn’t –

– Day 25: Nineteen years later. Are you happy how it turned out, or do you wish something was different? –

Top Ten Tuesday: Perfect Male Specimens 101

It’s Tuesday again! Where is the time going?! o_O … So it means, it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday, and today’s theme is: Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught X 101. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Tuesday

I have to admit that I was a bit at a lost here, I had no idea what to write about, but luckily Kat @Life and Other Disasters, gave me a fantastic idea, she said “Or books that have the perfect fictional crush in them.” and I LOVED IT! With that in mind, welcome to my Top Ten Books with Perfect Male Specimens 101.

1. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

By now it comes to no surprise to anyone, but I have a huge crush on James Carstairs. But these books have multiple sources of perfect (or close to it) male specimens, being Will Herondale a perfect example of a man who makes most of the book community swoon (am I right?). Other perfectly good example, for me, of a swoon-worthy man in this series is Gideon Lightwood (the scones under the bed… wow). Between Jem, Will and Gideon, a lot of crushable guys here.

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Levi is as crush-worthy as they come. I couldn’t stop myself from loving the hell out of him in Fangirl, even when he kind of messes up, because his character feels so real and so absolutely perfect. He always sees the bright side of things and people, he’s always happy, and the poor guy can’t stay away from the girl he loves for one single day… wow.

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

77493_originalWe (all of us who have read Sarah J. Maas books) can all agree that she’s a master at creating men, especially Fae hunks. Now, all the 3 main males from this book are pretty swoon-worthy, and I’m not even mentioning how gorgeous and hot they are, but I’m super partial to Tamlin…

Poor Tamlin, who has forgotten how to flirt, who thinks that “your hair is clean” is enough for… something… oh, but he learns! Soon it’s all “let’s go for a swim” “dance for me” and all those other stuff, so yeah, pretty crushable (especially from all of Feyre’s accounts of their intimate moments).

Then we have Lucien (the red hair kills me), who left his family and all he had for his love. WOW! And then Rhysand, the most beautiful man that Feyre has even seen – and she lives with Tamlin and Lucien. Rhys is kind of amazing and full of potential, I just want to see more of him.

4. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Romance is never the main plot of this book, but the perfectness that is Elias is hard to ignore. This guy, who has trained to be a ruthless killer for years on end, has so much more to him… he’s kind, compassionate, he doesn’t want to kill, or fight, he just wants to be free. He’s attracted to his BFF but doesn’t act on it because he doesn’t want things to be weird and he doesn’t want to lose her. He helps a slave (and something more than help…)… The whole time I was reading about him, I couldn’t help but sigh and swoon.

5. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

It will be weird if you haven’t read this book before, so you really need to take this class seriously and read it, only then will you understand why a guy who has all his wives murdered at dawn can be so perfect and honestly, one of the most perfect male specimen that I found in any kind of books.

But trust me, Khalid is perfect, truly perfect! Again, once you ignore the fact that all his brides die. But the relationship he has with Shazi, and the kind of love he has for her, is seriously relationship goal.

6. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han

One name people, Peter K.! This guy is seriously swoon worthy – I feel kind of weird saying this because he’s definitely way too young for me. But he’s so sweet and he cares so much, that it’s impossible not to fall a bit in love with him while reading these books.

7. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Remember when I said in point 3 how amazing Sarah J. Maas is at creating fictional men? It doesn’t end there. Throne of Glass is full of amazing men, all of them are pretty hot and pretty great. I’m a bit more partial to Dorian (prince, fights for what he loves, etc) and Rowan (200 years suffering for a lost love), but you might like Chaol better and that’s totally ok, because he’s pretty amazing as well. Or maybe Aedion?! I know Aedion rocks my boat, but that’s just me… Not even going to mention Sam, because I haven’t read The Assassin’s Blade yet.

8. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Come on, a list of books with perfect men, you couldn’t really expect that I wouldn’t include the one fictional character that has been driving women crazy for more than 100 years, right?! Oh Yeah, the one and only, Mr. Darcy! I don’t think I need to explain this one…

9. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I just find Lincoln pretty perfect, because I relate so much to him. The way he loves is so full and complete…

And I think Christine and Beth say it best:

“Every woman wants a man who’ll fall in love with her soul as well as her body.”

“I didn’t know someone could love me like this,” she said. “Could love me and love me and love without…needing space.”

10. The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis

Mason Milton, people! Read this book, for real, as soon as it is out. It’s so worth it!