This review contains spoilers for The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
“My soul sees its equal in you.” – Khalid (Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn)
I had heard many things – mostly good – about The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, so when I stumbled upon it at the Book Outlet, I knew it was finally time to pick it up and give it a read. And honestly, I loved it. For those of you who have read my other reviews/book discussions, you know that I am not a fan of YA Fiction where the romance overshadows the plot. In this case, however, the romance was the plot, and I found the entire thing very endearing. The Wrath and the Dawn does not try to be anything other than what it is, a romance peppered with secrets and betrayal, and for that reason, it is exceptional.
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.
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The review contains some spoilers 0 read at your own discretion.
I’ll be honest, I was hesitant about this book, unsure of what to expect. I was immediately worried by the fact that half of the book synopsis focused on the “handsome young men” Henrietta would meet and her relationships with them. Yet the intrigue of magic and an alternate Victorian England was simply too much, so of course I picked A Shadow Bright and Burning up, despite my reservations.
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers. Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?
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I received Vassa in the Night as part of my September FairyLoot box (featured at the end of this blog post for anyone interested!). While this may not have been a book I would have purchased for myself (likely I would have borrowed it from the library as a light read this summer), I still found myself intrigued enough to pick it up shortly after receiving it. And to be quite frank, I was not overly impressed. I walked into Vassa in the Night blind, and walked out disappointed in the experience, and still slightly confused.
In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now-but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters-and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission. But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair….
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You can find my review for Six of Crows here. In addition, you can also find a series review for Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy here.
“No mourners, no funerals. Another way of saying good luck. But it was something more. A dark wink to the fact that there would be no expensive burials for people like them, no marble markers to remember their names, no wreaths of myrtle and rose.” – Leigh Bardugo (Crooked Kingdom, page 266).
Crooked Kingdom has been one of my most anticipated fall releases (along with Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas), so of course I picked it up as soon as it hit shelves. I did, however, force myself to read this one more slowly than I would have liked, simply because I know I’ll be waiting awhile for anything else of this quality, or anything else from Bardugo for that matter. Crooked Kingdom was everything I wanted from the second book in this duology, and then some. As with it’s predecessor, the characters were perfect, and the story was so twisted and unexpected that it was hard to put the book down.
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets-a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
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You can check out my review for the first book in this series, Snow Like Ashes, here.
This entire series has been a love-hate relationship for me, and Frost Like Night was no exception. I truly wanted to love this book wholly and completely – the premise is so interesting, the plot finally building towards a peak that has been promised since the beginning – and yet, in the end, it still fell short for me. The writing didn’t fit the tone, the story felt rushed, and the conclusion simply felt like a cheap cop-out, if I’m to be blunt.
Angra is alive, his Decay is spreading—and no one is safe. Meira will do anything to save her world. With Angra trying to break through her mental defenses, she desperately needs to learn to control her own magic—so when the leader of a mysterious Order from Paisly offers to teach her, Meira jumps at the chance. But the true solution to stopping the Decay lies in a labyrinth deep beneath the Season Kingdoms. To defeat Angra, Meira will have to enter the labyrinth, destroy the very magic she’s learning to control– and make the biggest sacrifice of all. Mather will do anything to save his queen. He needs to rally the Children of the Thaw, find Meira—and finally tell her how he really feels. But with a plan of attack that leaves no kingdom unscathed and a major betrayal within their ranks, winning the war—and protecting Meira—slips farther and farther out of reach. Ceridwen will do anything to save her people. Angra had her brother killed, stole her kingdom, and made her a prisoner. But when she’s freed by an unexpected ally who reveals a shocking truth behind Summer’s slave trade, Ceridwen must take action to save her true love and her kingdom, even if it costs her what little she has left. As Angra unleashes the Decay on the world, Meira, Mather, and Ceridwen must bring the kingdoms of Primoria together…or lose everything.
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The first portion of this review will be spoiler free. However, for those of you who have read the book (or who are simply looking for spoilers), be sure to stick around to the end, as there will be a spoiler filled portion!
As one of the most anticipated YA releases of the year, I felt that I could hardly afford to miss out on what was sure to be a fantastic read in Three Dark Crowns.
In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.
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I’ll be honest here – the cover of this one caught my eye, and I picked it up on a whim because I couldn’t get over how gorgeous the cover was. Beyond the beauty of this cover, the story itself also sounded intriguing – Debutante by day; Murderess by night. Except Aileana Cameron is hardly your typical debutante, even during the day. Whispered about behind her back, accused of murdering her own mother a year ealier, Aileana is just short of a social pariah. But with hordes of faeries threatening the city, and with a beautiful, immortal faery warrior by her side, Aileana hardly cares. Action-packed, emotionally taut and brilliantly written, The Falconer is definitely worth a read!
Edinburgh, 1844. Beautiful Aileana Cameron only looks the part of an aristocratic young lady. In fact, she’s spent the year since her mother died developing her ability to sense the presence of sithichean, a faery race bent on slaughtering humans. She has a secret mission: to destroy the faery who murdered her mother. But when she learns she’s a Falconer, the last in a line of female warriors and the sole hope of preventing a powerful faery population from massacring all of humanity, her quest for revenge gets a whole lot more complicated. Now in paperback, this electrifying thriller-the first volume of a trilogy from an exciting new voice in young adult fantasy-blends romance and action with steampunk technology and Scottish lore in a deliciously addictive read.
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It’s once again that time of month (being the first of a new month, of course), so it’s time for another booklist! I did pretty well on my September booklist (surprisingly), although my blog posting has dropped off (sadly), as work, school and tutoring slowly consume my life.
Throughout October I’m hoping to stick to a posting schedule of “Mini Monday” posts (these posts will have minimum to no spoilers, and be about 500 words long) and Thursday posts, which will be about 1200-1500 words, and have a spoiler free section to start off, but a more in depth, spoiler-loaded section at the end for those who have read the book and are looking for discussion!
And as always, you can keep up to date with my latest and upcoming blog posts by following me on Instagram (@onepageatatimebooks)
Now, onto my To Be Read List for October (personally, I’ve read a couple of these, so I would highly recommend them! *Indicates books I have not read yet.):
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- Frost Like Night by Sara Raasch
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
- Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas
- A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess *
- Vassa In The Night by Sarah Porter (I just received this one in my FairyLoot box and I am very excited!)*
- Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King (it is Halloween season after all!)*
- The Swan Riders by Erin Bow*
- Like a River Glorious by Rae Carson*
- Gemina by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (releases October 18th)