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
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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)

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Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I’m Looking Forward To

Top Ten Tuesday is original feature/weekly meme that was created at The Broke and The Bookish. 

It’s hard to do a top ten for this topic, because everyday I discover a another book that’s releasing in 2016 and sounds amazing! But these titles are ones I’ve recently discovered that have stuck out to me because of its plot or cover or genre. The titles are listed in no particular order, though. Click on the title to link to it’s Goodreads page. Enjoy!

 1.  Revenge and The Wild by Michelle Modesto

This book is described as a ‘wild west urban fantasy’ novel, a combination that I have never read before.  In the words of Goodreads, it’s about an orphan girl who must prove that the wealthy new family in town are the cannibals who killed her family years ago. Interesting, right? Also, the main character Westie sounds tough and badass – and she has a powerful mechanical arm.

2. The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

The setup for this book seems similar to Throne of Glass as it’s about a king who holds these ancient magical duels to decide who will become the Imperial Enchanter and his most trusted advisor – but in a Russian setting. I love the Throne of Glass series, so I’m excited for this one too! It has fantasy and magic and romance and is set in Imperial Russia, so what’s not to love?

3.  Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

As someone who often also wishes her life was like something out of a YA fantasy novel, the title and blurb for Bookishly Ever After had me hooked immediately. It seems like a cute contemporary romance – and its coming out in January, so its not too long of a wait!

4. The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude

Superstitions. Old traditions. A missing girl. I found the cover really eerie and it’s what caught my attention first. This is categorized as mystery/thriller/horror – and I’ve not read much of this genre, so I’m looking forward to this one.

5. The Heir and The Spare by Emily Albright

The Heir and The Spare’ was inspired by the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton! Can’t wait to read it.

6. Daughters of Ruin by K. D. Castner

“Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses…and they are enemies.” Need I say more?

7. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

‘Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end.’ This one looks so interesting. It has time travelling pirate ship – and romance!

8. Into the Dim by Janet B. Taylor

This one’s involves time travel as well, but I couldn’t help but include it! This one blends fantasy and historical fiction and has been described as ‘Outlander’ for teens. Sixteen year old Hope gets trapped in the twelfth century after finding out that her mother was part of secret society of time travellers, and seventy-two hours to get back to her own time. Sadly, it’s only coming out in March!

9. The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

“In this honest and affecting tale of friendship and first love, Emily Martin brings to vivid life the trials and struggles of high school and the ability to learn from past mistakes over the course of one steamy North Carolina summer.”

10. Underwater by Marisa Reichardt

From what I got of the author’s website, Underwater is about ‘seventeen-year-old Morgan Grant who struggles with agoraphobia after a tragic incident at her high school’. It seems like a heart breaking yet ultimately heart warming and uplifting story.

   So those are my top ten 2016 debuts list. What do you think? Were any of these on your list too? Let me know and have a lovely Tuesday!

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
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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.

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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
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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.

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Review: Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Queen of Shadows

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Published:  September 1st 2015
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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.

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