by: Renee Ahdieh
Published: May 12th 2015 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
From Goodreads: 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 is one of those books that I just randomly found. I wasn’t looking for anything particular, I was just casually scrolling through Goodreads. This book captured my attention because everything about it seemed beautiful. I was right. Not only is the cover gorgeous, can we talk about the title? It’s like everything I ever look for in a book. I want to get swept away in a dream like world, every time I read. I rarely find something that truly satisfies my desire for that, but as long as I’m entertained that’s okay. This books completely gave me everything I look for in a book. It was so well written that I never felt myself wandering, even when there were long backstories or descriptions. I loved absolutely everything about this book and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one. If you’re looking for a book that feels dream-like and lets you escape somewhere far away and foreign, then look no further. The characters in this book are rich and wonderfully portrayed, making you care about them, even if you think you’re not supposed to. This is a retelling of folklore that I am not familiar with, but I enjoyed it even without any background knowledge. I wish I did have some and I’m going to look into it. I seriously cannot rave enough about this book and I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of it before now. I think anyone looking for something new to read should pick this book up, it’s truly one of the most beautiful reads I’ve experienced in a long time. I also can’t believe this is considered young adult! You could have fooled me. I guess that’s because the characters are young, but wow! This book is so, so good.