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The Wrath & the Dawn, Book 1

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Hint of magic in absorbing 1,001 Nights-themed love story.

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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
age 13+

Suspenseful, mysterious and romantic!

4.5 Stars I didn’t expect to love this as much as I did. The writing is beautiful (especially those chapter endings: poetry). While the focus is on the romance and character relationships, it's got a bit of everything. Love, action, mystery, revenge, magic, secrets, murder… I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. The tension and angsty romance is masterfully executed. I say “angsty” but I want to assure you that vibe is primarily due to the situation, not the way they treat it other. There’s no “bad-boy” trope going on here. The romance blossoms slowly and feels genuine and lovely. I appreciated how the emphasis of their relationship was based more on their everyday interactions and not on physical attraction/touch. That tends to be an issue in some books and this was a much better example of love for young readers. I love the Arabian inspired, fantasy setting and the colorful side-characters. They all have wonderful Arabic names and I am glad I was listening to the audiobook because I would never have pronounced them all correctly in my head. The narrator is really good too. It was a little tricky to tell when POV's were switching (since the author does that in the middle of chapters sometimes) but you get used to it. The language the characters use is more casual than I expected. Initially I was very unhappy with the snarky, casual way people talk to Shazi (especially her handmaiden) it just didn’t feel like how a Queen would be spoken to in this culture but that evolves a little over time and when you get to the end it makes sense. There were other small flaws of course but I barely noticed them because I was enjoying our story so much. Overall it was an amazing ride that I’m ready to get back in line for. Recommend for fans of: - Slow burn, hate-to-love romance - Rich world building - Powerful characters - Desert Fantasy CONTENT NOTES: Since the main characters are married, this does deal with some more mature themes than most YA. Parents will be happy to hear it’s written very appropriately. Sex scenes are "fade to black" style. I think both adults and teens will enjoy it.

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With "1001 Nights" as the inspiration, this magic-tinged tale only had to be a little melodramatic and escapist to draw in the romance fans, but it's so much better than that. Shahrzad is a fabulous character full of strength and brave intentions. She's very believable as a survivor and someone who would seek out the kind of trouble she's in. The caliph's secrets and the softening of Shahrzad's heart also roll out in a steady and believable way. First-time author Renee Ahdieh has a knack for good story pacing and well-placed character reflection. It's pretty hard to take a character from seething hatred to love in a few hundred pages without the readers scratching their heads a little. Ahdieh manages this challenge well.

The story stays so focused on the romance, though, that the subplots lack some depth. Shahrzad's father flits in and out of the story as a mystery figure more than the force he ends up to be. And Tariq's side of the story is more banter with his friend Rahim than true understanding of who he is beyond a handsome guy with good archery skills. These are mere quibbles in an otherwise big success for a first-time author. From the looks of The Wrath & the Dawn, readers have much to look forward to from Ahdieh.

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