After finishing The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh, I could hardly wait to pick up The Rose and the Dagger. I had been blown away by the simplistic, yet simultaneously complex nature of the plot, which revolved around Shahrzad (Shazi) and Khalid’s love, and the curse which had brought them together. The Rose and the Dagger is much of the same, yet now, as Shazi and Khalid struggle to find a way to be together and break the curse, the aspect of political intrigue has heightened.
In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan. While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love. (Chapters.Indigo.ca)
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It’s that time of month again (a.k.a. the start of the month) which means another book list, and another pile of books to add to my never ending TBR pile! I’m slowly falling behind on my TBR’s as school consumes more and more of my life (if I’m being honest, I’m spending most of my time reading textbooks nowadays!), but reading, writing and photo taking remain fun hobbies of mine. Basically, writing this is my break from the daily grind!
If you missed my October Reads, be sure to check out my Instagram page (@onepageatatimebooks) or visit my Book Reviews page to see a summary of my most recent posts!
This month, the following books are on my TBR:
- The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby (released October 25th)
- The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid (released November 1st)
- Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (released November 22nd)
- Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosemund Hodge (released September 27th)
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (released October 18th)
- A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (released January 19th, 2016)
- The Reader by Traci Chee (released September 13th)
In addition, I’ve decided to add a little section to these monthly Reading Lists wherein I list my Top 3 Books from the previous month as recommendations! Please be sure to let me know what you think of these books! Links lead to my reviews of these books – please be aware not all reviews are spoiler free!
- Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
- Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
What’s on your November TBR?
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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