Hi ForeverBookers, I'm sorry it's taken me so long to post again. I was ill at the end of October and I don't like reading when I'm ill so I lost a week of reading because of that...anyway I've just finished The Wrath And The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh and it was fantastic!
The first 100 or so pages were slow but after that I couldn't stop reading. The book has lots of Asian elements which I appreciated, although I wish the index for all of the Asian words had been at the front of the book instead of at the back as I only found it after I'd finished reading.
There are some small spoilers below but there is more to this book than I have written below. I feel that if I write the whole story out - like I've done sometimes before it would spoil the plot. Something which I don't want to do as there are lots of surprises.
The book tells the story of Shahrzard, a girl who is chosen to be the next wife of Prince Khalid. This comes with fear as well as hatred as all of Khalid's previous wives have met their fate and died the morning after marriage. Shahrzard's best friend, Shiva was Khalid's wife previous to her until Khalid killed her. This makes Shahrzard want to kill Khalid even more. That is until the moment where Shazi (Shahrzard's informal name) sees Khalid for the man he truly is. Khalid reveals secrets and some side characters in the book have more to do with the story than we first think.
This book kept me guessing up until the very end. I never knew what would happen. I love stories with twists and turns as it always keeps the reader on edge and actively involved with the plot, always guessing what's going to happen next.
I hadn't heard of A Thousand And One Nights (the story on which this is based) before I read The Wrath And The Dawn. I'm not sure if I would have enjoyed the book as much if I had of known the story.
I give this book 4 stars because the first 100 or so pages were slow and one character and what they did in the story annoyed me, even though I think they and it were/was meant to. The rest of the story kept me intrigued and I liked most of the other characters.
I can't wait until book 2 comes out May 2016.