I took a break from contemporaries this past week because the next book on my library hold list was this story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. Meet, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh.
Summary (from Goodreads):
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.
Why I read it: This book was showing up on Twitter a lot in May, with a lot of the readers/writers that I love posting about it. Obviously I had to add it to my hold list at the library.
ZOMG Yes! You guys, I really loved this book. The love story not only moved me and forced me to keep reading, keep reading, keep reading, it also inspired me in my own writing. Any book that can do that almost always get five stars from me when it comes to a five star rating system.
I think one of my favorite things about this story is that the love story felt real. It made sense. I, too, fell in love with Khalid. At first I was a little nervous it was going to feel a little Stockholm Syndrome-esque, but not at all. The love story makes sense.
Aside from the love story, I really got into Shazi and Khalid's characters--as well as the side characters. I loved Jalal and Despina. I loved how snarky and sarcastic everyone was while all still feeling very stand alone in their personalities.
kthxbai Warning: This is a two-part series. I did not know before getting into it that there was a second book. I sort of wish that I did, because I would've liked to read them back-to-back rather than being stuck here worrying about these characters I've come to love. Still, I highly recommend this book!
All the chiweenies to Renee Ahdieh!