Book Review: The Wrath And The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath And The Dawn was inspired by A Thousand And One Nights. When this book came out I was not interested in reading it but I was interested in A Thousand And One Nights. I remembered after about this new YA retelling of the story and I got sort of interested in it. What really got me into reading it was reading all the love and fangirling from my book blogger friends, specially from Josie and Brittany (click on either name to view their reviews). I trust their tastes so I was expecting this to be a great book.

Overall, it’s a swoon-worthy experience. I love this kind of love story, where the girl loves the man she shouldn’t love, and her heart is troubled and all that. I loved all the characters, except towards the ending that I began to hate Tariq and it will remain that way. Apart from him and a crazy character, I won’t mention because of spoilers, I loved them all. Each character is very unique and each one has their own story.

Shahrzad and Khalid are the main character. Shahrzad is the girl who sacrifices herself to marry the man who killed her best friend and risks her life for it. Khalid is, your new book boyfriend, the King who kills each new bride each dawn. They have a chemistry I don’t know how to describe but they feel like they are made for each other. Their scenes were so perfect for this story that I had to stop sometimes and say “OMG I can’t keep reading! This is too much!”

“If you would, give him the love that will enable him to see it for himself. To lost soul, such a treasure is worth it’s weight in gold. Worth it’s weight in dreams.”

This book felt like a fast read. It is mostly about trying to figure out secrets and the romance. Once you start to discover secrets, you start to have questions then it all leads to an ending that will leave you wanting more.

“There is no one I would rather see the sunrise with than you.” 

When I finished reading this book I was speechless for while. I couldn’t express any feeling, I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t swallow. It was crazy. I have no idea what’s going to happen next but, I can’t wait for the second book!


  1. This sounds wonderful and eerie. The original story gave very little insight into the characters for me, and didn’t develop them in a way that felt human. Originally, it seemed they were just a framing device for all the stories, but I like how this dives into who they are and how they might fit together as people. Thanks for the review!

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  2. I’ve seen this book all over instagram but didn’t know much about it. Thank you for the review. That’s funny, I’m also reading a book about a thousand and one nights, called two years eight months and twenty eight days. It’s quirky like Neil Gaiman, though.


  3. Aw I feel very flattered that you trust my opinion! 😘
    I am over the moon that you enjoyed this book. It was so swoon worthy and Tariq really was a pile of poop amidst a field of lavenders (or whatever you prefer). I wanted him to give up already and get out of the picture. Alas, he is quite necessary to the plot. *sigh*.
    Lovely review and I am glad you enjoyed it xoxo 💋

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