Thursday, 11 February 2016

"The Wrath and The Dawn" Was Breathtakingly Beautiful

Title: The Wrath and The Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and The Dawn #1
Publication Date: May 12th 2015
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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? (Source: Goodreads)

Review


One word. Breathtaking. That's pretty much how The Wrath and The Dawn made me feel whilst reading it. I was in a massive reading slump, but when I delved into this book I was immediately drawn into the intricacies of the mystery and the setting. I pretty much fell in love with this book!

1. Ahdieh's writing is vivid and captivating. 
It painted brilliant imager of the characters, setting and even emotions each character experienced. At times it was quite flowery, but the prose was still beautiful and invoked so many feelings. The pace was fast and intense, meaning I wasn't left bored or felt like it dragged. I think the number one thing was that I read this in one day and I would say it was due to Ahdieh's writing.

2. There was an even mix of romance and mystery.
I knew that this was going to primarily be fixated on Shahzrad and Khalid's relationship development, but I'm so glad that there was development with the mystery behind the deaths of each wife. There was also a mix of magic, which opens up so many more possibilities for the next novel and I hope is explored more as well. I'm not a massive romance reader so I'm glad there was a balance and it was done well!

3. The premise kept me heavily involved. 
I know this is a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights but even so, it's a different take, combining modern ideas with an interesting past - especially with the setting. I found both Ahdieh's world and character building to be creative and ingenious, boosting the quality of the read. Not only that, but I was also 100% involved with Shahrzad and Khalid's relationship. It's strange that I was rooting for such a dysfunctional couple but the ship has sailed so far for me to jump off.

I am super excited to get my hands on the next book and continue on with the adventures. I am worried that by setting the bar so high for the first book, the second might not live up to standard. Fingers crossed though!!

The Wrath and the Dawn is engrossing and addictive. It created storms of emotions in me and was the best read to start the year off.




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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Celebrating Valentines Day


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here!

Top Ten Favourite Romantic Quotes
I'm not a crazy romance reader but I am a sucker for beautiful quotes, especially those that express feelings of affection - and in celebration of Valentines' Day I wanted to share them with you guys!





















What's Your Favourite Romantic Quotes?


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Thursday, 4 February 2016

January Wrap Up

On The Blog


First month of the year done and dusted! This month I got back into blogging, for the millionth time, so these are the first few posts for the year!

Top Ten Tuesday 

 I talk 3 months of absence on the blog and what I've been up to!

February new releases I'm excited for!

What the past year has looked for me reading wise!

I revamped my blog as well, which actually hasn't been publicly announced or "gone live" but TAH-DAH! It's not 100% what I want it to be, but progress will be perfect right? Let me know what you guys think!


Reading Time


The year has started off quite well, if I do say so myself! Watch what I've read for this month.


Favourites



     



Reviews


      


What Was January Like For You?



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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings I've Loved

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish, where we list our top ten according to a topic of the week. Check out future topics here

Top Ten Historical Settings I Love
I am a massive history buff, and it excites me when authors incorporate historical events into their novels - real or not. Any setting that is vivid, memorable and enticing immediately become my favourite to visit over and over again. 


1. The Tudor Period; 15th - 17th Century England
Hands down, any novel that is set during the Tudor era immediately peaks my interest. I don't particularly love all of them but for the most part I have enjoyed majority of those I've read. In particular, Philippa Gregory novels have fed my obsession. Maybe it's how scandalous and thrilling the setting is written as but the Tudor Period stands as my favourite setting to read about. Ever. 

2. The Roaring Twenties; 1920 America 
Books like The Great Gatsby, The Shifting Fog and The Diviners series are set during this booming period of gorgeous fashion, upbeat music and prosperity. There was an edge to everything, although what I love most is probably the flapper fashion - The Great Gatsby movie does a stellar representation. I mean it's referred to as "roaring" for a reason. 

3. Greek Mythology Era 
I don't have a specific date/era for this so if you do, please let me know! I've read The Odyssey by Homer and it cemented my love for Greek Mythology - anything to do with the gods and heroes. It's fascinating, at times exaggerated, but makes it so much more entertaining. 

4. World War II; 1939 - 1945
The standout for this period would be The Book Thief for me, because although it's set during this period, it isn't overpowered by the war only. My Brother Jack is also a great read during this historical period because it portrays the affect the war has on Australia, not just for Europeans. 


5. Bombay 1980's
This is a little different but I was drawn to this period through Shantaram. It was a rough house for sure, but for some reason the period was also bustling and exciting - seemingly bringing in a lot more foreigners and possible growth for the country. Definitely different to India that I've seen portrayed these days. 

6. 19th Century England
The quaint, simple lifestyle of England during this era is perfectly demonstrated through a vast number of literature, although my favourite would be Pride and Prejudice. I love the charm it has, as well the mannerisms and speech. Not to mention countryside England would've been such a picturesque scene. 

7. The War of The Roses; 15th Century England 
This is pretty similar to my love for the Tudor times. I think I'm very much fascinated by the evolution of England's monarch and this is a setting drenched with constant bloodshed and wars. It provides a backdrop that is scary but sets up for the Tudor Times. 

8. Russia 1920's
This stems from reading Tsarina as well as my interest in monarchs again. It's fascinating to read about the fall of the Tsars, the set up towards it happening and what Russia was like, which led to the events. If you have any other novels you've read in this era, leave a recommendation!


Which Periods Do You Like Reading About?



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Sunday, 31 January 2016

Waiting On February

The Waiting List is a feature hosted by PrintedWordsAnd, where I list some upcoming releases for the month that I'm most excited about! 



1. He Will Be My Ruin by K.A Tucker
Thriller written by the author who actually made me enjoy New Adult? This must be good.
3. These Vicious Masks (These Vicious Masks #1) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Vakas
4. Why We Came To The City by Kristopher Jansma
I wasn't particularly interested by the synopsis to this, but there's something that makes it seem like it'd be a great contemporary to read. 

5. The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine 
6. After The Woods by Kim Savage
7. The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury
Retelling of Aladdin, but with a very surprising twist!

What Books Are You Excited For?



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