“You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.”
Rating: 4/5 stars
Format: Physical copy
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?
The flavor of this book was IMPECCABLE.
Who in their right mind thought it was okay to let me wait so long before picking this up?!
What I Liked
❤️ Romance. What’s that? The smell of forbidden love, you say? Send all of it my way because I am an absolute sucker for it. Shahrzad willingly chooses to become Khalid’s next bride after he kills her best friend but this time it will be Khalid that’s dead before dawn and not another innocent woman. However, after Shazi charms Khalid and lives to see the sunrise she starts to realize there is more than meets with eye with the man she thought was a monster. Soon one sunrise turns into another, and another, and another, and before Shazi and Khalid know it they’re both head over heels for each other. Ugh, it’s just so well written and the tension between the two characters was everything I could have hoped for and then some.
⁉️ Mystery. The author did a fantastic job of creating so many other exciting elements to this story besides the romance. One of them being not telling readers why Khalid had to take a new bride every night and kill her come the morning until later on in the book. This had me flying through the story because I needed to know the reason behind it all. And when you finally get to hear the reason it’s very well worth the wait and will have you picking up the next book right away.
👨👩👧👦 Kickass side characters. While Shazi and Khalid definitely steal the show there are so many other characters to love throughout this. There are characters you know you’re not supposed to like but can’t help being charmed by them anyway, strong women who aren’t afraid of being snarky and standing up for themselves, childhood friends and perhaps a lover coming to the rescue, and parents who will do anything for their children. Seriously, I mean what’s not to love about all of the above?
🔮 A touch of magic. While there isn’t much discussion in this book about magic the author definitely alludes to the fact that there is more than meets the eye with Shazi. I’m so excited to dive right into the next book to see more of what the author has planned for not only the characters and the romance but also a deeper look at the magic as well.
What I Didn’t Like
🔺 Love triangle. I’m not a fan of love triangles to begin with plus when it comes to forbidden love it will win every single time for me. So, even though this was a very well written love triangle it was probably the least appealing part of the story for me. I think that a lot of readers will still enjoy it but for me it just comes down to a personal preference.
“We women are a sad lot, aren’t we?”
“What do you mean?”
“Strong enough to take on the world with our bare hands, yet we permit ridiculous boys to make fools of us.”
“What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.
“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.
“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”
“The more a person pushes others away, the clearer it becomes he is in need of love the most.”
All in all, if you’re like me and late to the game of picking up The Wrath and the Dawn do yourself and favor and read this one sooner rather than later. I am so incredibly excited to see where the story goes in the next book and I just hope that all of my favorites makes it out alive and together – Shazi and Khalid I’m looking at you.
Until next time,