“The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh -Book Review

 

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About:

The story follows a girl who decides to volunteer to be the wife of the king. Doesn’t sound so bad, but there’s this thing where’s he’s already been wed quite a few times, and each time the bride ended up dead… One of these deceased wives was the best friend of Shahrzad (*the heroine of the book whose name I probably mentally mispronounced), and is the reason she’s volunteered. After all, Shazi (*her nick name I think I correctly pronounced) wants revenge for the death of her friend, and what better way to get it then to get close to the king as his bride?  But not everything is what it it seems, and Shazi soon finds herself second guessing herself.

Oh, and there’s also some political stuff where people want to take over the kingdom (not too much, though) and this thing where Shazi’s first love does a lot of stuff in order to get her back from the king.

My Review:

I’ve been wanting to read this book since before it released, which was almost two years ago. Yikes! Where did the time go? Thankfully, I was browsing through the best section YA section of my library and found that they had it. How I did not know this is beyond me (I’m usually pretty good at knowing what the library has), but I did not spend much time pondering whether to pick i up. Nope, it quickly made it to my hands, I took it home and, long story short, I can now say I’ve read it.

My thoughts? First, I loved how the setting had an “Aladdin” feel to it. Which makes sense, as this is a retelling of “A Thousand and One Nights.” But, still, it is not the usual forest/mountain setting that is prevalent in many fantasies I’ve read, so it was a nice fresh of air to “visit” a place that felt less familiar.

Secondly, I found most of the characters were well written (I almost wrote well done, but that made them sound like a steak :-P). I like how flawed they are, yet the author still managed to wedge them into my heart, including *gasp* the king.

Third, there was a magic carpet! No one rode it, but THERE WAS A  MAGIC CARPET!

I also liked the aspect of the story that dealt with revenge not being a good answer to pain that others have caused. It was nice to see a story that portrayed a message of forgiveness instead of holding onto a grudge.

As I’ve mentioned, the story did have a few things that kept this book from being perfection to me (seriously, it was close). I won’t rant and rave, but would just like the mention the two things that I wasn’t a big fan of. One was the foul language, and two was that some of the romance between certain married characters was a bit much for my taste.

I’m giving “The Wrath and the Dawn” by Renee Ahdieh  a rating of four.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

Stolen Songbird- Book Review

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Ah, this book has given me feels. Good feelings…Bad feelings…Whyyyy feelings. Yeah, it’s given me quite the emotional mix.  I  know I’m probably weird for it, but I like stories that have human-like goblins/trolls (You know, not the monstrous trolls that attack poor Hobbits in The Lord of the Rings). Add in a human girl who is forced to live in their underground society , and you get a lot of interesting  scenarios.

Things I liked about this tale? Well, first, there’s the world of Trollus (Ah, the originality of this name…). It was depicted so well that it seemed like a real place. A somewhat dreary place, but still, a real one. I especially liked how the story had be guessing—and still guessing— how and why the once powerful Trolls and their city ended up being buried underground (not to mention cursed to remain that way). The story also dealt a lot with the unstable relationship the “noble” Trolls have with the “lesser” Trolls/Part-Human Trolls. The unfairness of the social system and an ensuing rebellion really gave this aspect of the book a Hunger Games vibe despite this being a fantasy.

I also liked the characters. They were all so well developed, and seemed just as genuine as their world. I also have to say that the hero, Tristan (save for his potty mouth) was quite amusing.

There were also some surprising moments that kept the book from being dull. And that’s a good thing, wouldn’t you agree?

However, there are some things that keep this book from being a five start read. For one, the foul language. The language was not necessary and just…Bleh. Secondly, the romance between a couple got a little too steamy. They were married, but still. 😛

So, while there were parts of this book I quite enjoyed (it reminded me a bit of The Hollow Kingdom, a book I love), there were other parts that make me frown inside. Because of that, I’m giving “The Stolen Songbird” a rating of three and a half.

Book Review Ratings:

5.Great Book!

4.I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.