Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Title: The Wrath and The Dawn 

Author Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

Standalone or Series: Book 1 of a duology

Published: May 12th, 2015
The Wrath and The Dawn Cover

One Life to One Dawn.
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 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 break the cycle once and for all.

“It’s a fitting punishment for a monster. To want something so much—to hold it in your arms — and know beyond a doubt you will never deserve it.”

I now have a new addition to my list of favourite books.

I absolutely ADORED The Wrath and The Dawn.

THE STORY: Each night, Khalid ibn al-Rashid – the Caliph of Khorasan – takes a new bride and has them killed at dawn. When Shahrzad’s best friend is killed, she vows to get revenge and in order to do so, volunteers to be his next bride. She keeps herself alive by spinning tale after tale every night, so that Khalid is forced to spare her life for another day. Soon, she realizes that Khalid isn’t a murdering madman, but rather a boy with dark secrets, which Shazi is determined to find out – even while she starts to fall in love with Khalid.

Why I Loved This Book (And Think You’d Like It Too)

Continue reading “Review: The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh”

Review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Title: To All The Boy’s I’ve Loved Before

Author Jenny Han

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Standalone or Series: Book 1 of a duology

Published: April 15th 2014
To All The Boys I've Loved Before Cover

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

“My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I’m not longer consumed by my all-consuming love…My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was a hard book to review, because I have such mixed feelings about this book. I loved the cover and the title, and a story of secret love letters being sent out not to one, but five people sounded really fun to read. However, I felt that this book was a bit of a let-down. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy parts of it, but the story wasn’t what I really expected.

Firstly, the letters weren’t the main focus of the story. They were more of set-up for another plot point to take place – and then they just sort of took a back seat for the rest of the story. Which disappointed me, because I picked up this book for the letters!

I also felt that there was a lack of plot. The story and the romance sort of meandered a bit here and there, and the ending wasn’t really satisfying. I found it anti-climactic. I know it’s meant to be part of a duology, but most of conflicts were left unresolved.

Lara Jean Song was a confusing character. Confusing because she could be endearing at times, but also annoying. I empathised with her at parts – her love for books, her relationship with her sisters, her desire to be a better older sibling. But there were also moments where she acted really silly – and that frustrated me. As for the romance, there were cute moments sprinkled throughout the book – the trip that Lara Jean and an unnamed character take – but at the end,  Lara Jean does not change or grow as a character, and neither does the love interest. AND AGAIN, I didn’t like the ending.

But I did enjoy reading about the three Song sisters. I liked that the sisters were half-Korean, because it’s always nice to read about diverse characters. It was interesting to read how Lara Jean’s relationship with her sisters shifts as changes came into their life. There are fights and snarky moments and tears and sibling love. But I didn’t like Margot, Lara Jean’s older sister. She was very patronizing toward Lara Jean. And okay, maybe the ending made me slightly more sympathetic toward her, but still. I felt certain actions were unjustified, and she was one of my least liked characters.

Will I be picking up the sequel? Yes. ‘Cause I want that proper ending, darn it!  Also I’ve made a pact to finish the series I start, unless I absolutely HATE the book. 

Who would I recommend this to? People who don’t mind a slow read and at times annoying characters. People who like contemporaries or stories about sibling relationships. 

 

The-Verdict-Graohic

Gold-Star-Gold-Star-Gold-Star-

Have you read this book? If so, were you disappointed by the ending too? What did you think about Lara Jean? Let me know in the comments!

Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner’s Crime

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance

Published:  March 3rd 2015
The Winner's Crime Cover

Book two of the dazzling Winner’s Trilogy is a fight to the death as Kestrel risks betrayal of country for love.
The engagement of Lady Kestrel to Valoria’s crown prince means one celebration after another. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement… if she could only trust him. Yet can she even trust herself? For—unknown to Arin—Kestrel is becoming a skilled practitioner of deceit: an anonymous spy passing information to Herran, and close to uncovering a shocking secret.
As Arin enlists dangerous allies in the struggle to keep his country’s freedom, he can’t fight the suspicion that Kestrel knows more than she shows. In the end, it might not be a dagger in the dark that cuts him open, but the truth. And when that happens, Kestrel and Arin learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

Continue reading “Book Review: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski”

Book Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Title: The Winner’s Curse

Author: Marie Rutkoski

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance

Published:  March 4th 2014
Queen of Shadows Cover

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love. As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

Continue reading “Book Review: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski”

Book Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Title: Finding Audrey

Author: Sophie Kinsella

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Published:  June 4th 2015
Finding Audrey Cover

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family..

Continue reading “Book Review: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella”

Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Published:  September 1st 2015
Queen of Shadows Cover

The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

Continue reading “Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas”