Title: The Wrath & the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Published: May 2015
Summary: Each dawn, the young, cruel Caliph Khalid executes his newest bride. No bride has lived to see a second dawn. Shahrzad’s best friend was one of these young brides and she vows to avenge the senseless murder by volunteering as the Caliph’s next bride.
Why I Am Recommending: I immediately liked this book. Ahdieh describes such a beautiful world full of fragrant flowers, spiced foods, and colorful clothing. I loved her writing and found it to be like unwrapping a decadent dessert. Shahrzad (Shazi) is a great character. She is a strong, independent female with a strong devotion to those she loves. She is also a story-teller, and I was swept up in them along side Khalid. Khalid is another great character. He is misunderstood, brooding, and sensitive, and I loved getting to know him. I completely relished the tension of Shazi and Khalid’s complicated relationship. I wouldn’t change a thing about the pacing or Ahdieh’s approach in telling this story. I will be diving directly into the second installment!