The Wrath & the Dawn, Book 1

Book review by Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

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

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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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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