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58 Thoughts While Reading The Wrath And The Dawn – NO SPOILERS

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I finally got around to reading this duology by Renée Ahdieh and I’m so happy I did! I suspected I would enjoy it because I’ve yet to hear a bad word about it. But you never know with this these things. Also it may seem like I really hate it in the beginning, but things change! Anyhow, I decided that since this has been reviewed fairly often that I would do stream of thought reviews for both books. The post for the second book will be out, not next week, but the week after.

58 Thoughts While Reading The Wrath And The Dawn…

  • Part of the name of the title is in the first line! I don’t know why this excites me but it does
  • I’m just gonna come out and say it. I hate prologues. Epilogues I’m on board with. But with prologues I’m just like “can we get this over with already?”
  • Omg this is the worst. I don’t know who anyone is, and I’m confused and annoyed. Can we get this started already?
  • Magic! A strange time based magic apparently. I still don’t know what’s going on but I’m not annoyed by it this time.
  • Ohhh is this a revenge story? Or just a plain ol’ I don’t like you very much story?
  • I might be too impatient for this book. I know it’s only the third chapter. But by now I’d like to have some idea of what’s going on. Characters are being introduced left and right and I keep getting lost in the descriptions.
  • Where are they? What’s happening? I HAVE NO IDEA WHATS GOING ON 
  • Yes. You helped an old man gather his fruit that never would have fallen in the first place if you hadn’t been horsing around. I suspect this moment is supposed to make you like Tariq but I am unimpressed
  • When is the genie stuff happening?
  • Is it bad that I immediately want her to love the guy she so clearly doesn’t like?


  • There’s so many characters in this. I can’t tell who’s related and who isn’t with the exception of Tariq and Shazi. Sigh. I sound so whiny about this but I’m legitimately so confused.
  • Ohh okay they just said older sister. That’s so helpful. I’m relieved.
  • I’m intrigued about why this particular marriage is such a death sentence.
  • A mysterious book! Maybe this is how she becomes a genie? Or Jinni? Or Djin?
  • And there’s the consummation of marriage. I always feel somewhat uncomfortable about sex scenes in YA. Clearly it happens in real life, but it still always feels strange to me. Maybe if I had, had a more ‘adventurous’ life as a teen it wouldn’t hahaha
  • Hmm this is an interesting premise here. Also I love little myth stories getting mixed into a novel. As long as we stay in Shahrzad’s POV I’ll be happy
  • And another potential love interest enters the foray. I kind of like him better because he has a turban which just screams class to me. And he’s a guard so it would be forbidden loveeeeee
  • I think Jalal is the love interest? I probably should have looked this up so I wouldn’t have to guess constantly
  • I’m starting to feel like there’s no genies in this and I’ve actually confused it with The Star Touched Queen…
  • So the tale is about Aladdin! Okay, so I haven’t gotten my books mixed up. Chapter titles are so useful.


  • I am curious about what’s up with her dad. Like is he already a genie? Or some sort of witch?
  • I’m loving the image of this genie in the story. I will admit that part of me was expecting blue skin!
  • I like the twist on the three wishes that’s here. It’s still as twisted/unfair but it’s an interesting take on it
  • It’s on! Okay I’m like 100% sure Khalid is the love interest now and I’m all about it. Hate to love is the way to go
  • I’m finding it very difficult to be interested in Tariq and Rahim’s ‘rescue mission’. Like, can we get back to Khalid and Shahrzad?
  • I really hope the only genie in this story isn’t just the genie in the story she tells. Like… She’s gonna become a genie right? Right???
  • I’m baffled by Despina’s motives. She’s not like the typical handmaiden friend. I feel like she has an agenda. But I’m probably also paranoid and jaded from a lack of positive female friendships in books
  • Is Jalal coming back? Could do with a dose of comedic relief
  • So romanticccccccccc I love it. I just dissolved into a puddle of goo. Shipping Khalid and Shahrzad like crazy right now. Assuming he’s not a terrible murderer after all
  • Alright, I think I’ve accepted that Shahrzad is probably not going to turn into a genie. Disappointed? Yes. But I guess it’s not really necessary to the story. I’m not counting this as a spoiler cause I’m 99% sure I’m the only person that thought this would be a thing


  • All the food in this is making me drool all over myself. It all sounds delicious
  • I honestly have no idea what the point of Tariq and Rahim’s story is. I kind of wish they didn’t exist
  • Rahim is suffering from some serious sidekick syndrome. He makes like he’s putting up a fight, but in the end he always gives in.
  • I don’t know what to think about Shahrzad. She’s a different type of character. I suspect that because for all of the strong female protagonist archetypes, most of the time they have a bunch of people helping them, but Shazi is decidedly independent.
  • Yay another story! I suspect this might be annoying to people but I’m really enjoying these stories within a story #storyception
  • They’re talking about magic! Maybe she will be a genie. Sigh I need to stop hoping for this
  • He just gave her a carpet. If that carpet doesn’t fly I will lose my shit
  • Anddddd now “a whole new world” is stuck in my head. Fantastic
  • When you read too fast and think that dude just said he was skinning camels alive. Not the case thankfully
  • There’s just wise old men around everyone corner here. I would appreciate having a random spirit guide show up. Or maybe I wouldn’t.

wise older man

  • I love how much they say words from the title in this. It’s just delightful
  • Romanccccceeeeeee. It’s pretty adorable in every way. I’m still not sure why he came to her at all that first night, like what made her special right from the get go?
  • Ohhhhhhhhh some major drama is going down right now
  • Awwwww yay for female friendships
  • Things are getting good now that it’s mostly Khalid and Shazi POV. I’ve given up on her being a genie. I know I said that before but I’ve really given up this time
  • Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned…
  • Oh Kahlid, romantic and kind one minute and then aloof and rude the next. You’re starting to become a Katy Perry song
  • Wait what just happened? Did they just fight and makeup all in one paragraph?
  • What is going on with Shazi’s dad? He’s so crazy right now
  • Shazi is so sassy. I would have just kept my head down and shovelled food into my mouth at dinner, but she’s kicking verbal butt and taking names

stop it

  • Stupid, stupid, stupid.
  • Omg Tariq go away, nobody wants you here
  • I like that Shazi basically saved herself. And then she got to be romantically carried. It’s a win-win
  • I like that everyone gets married so often. It would be more remarriage/blended family positive though if it wasn’t because their wives kept dying…
  • Adorabllllllleeeeeeeeeeeee. Khalid and Shazi are pretty much like the best couple of ever. Believe the hype.
  • I don’t know why Shazi’s dad is so super cray right now. Like he seemed normal in the beginning. And now like he’s so super crazy and power hungry for no reason.
  • And that’s the end! Sadly it seems like Tariq and Rahim are still going to be in the next book. But I suppose I’ll get over it.


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What are some thoughts YOU had while reading The Wrath and the Dawn?


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  • Mara @ Mara Was Here

    June 10, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Omg, I LOVED this post! xD “Omg Tariq go away, nobody wants you here” <– THIS. As much as I love Tariq, Shazi and Khalid obviously gets more priority so STEP ASIDE, BOY, SORRY.

    Also sorry the book didn't have genies. xD I was honestly really excited for that flying carpet because FLYING CARPET, DUH. Though sadly it didn't get much of an exposure in TWATD. Sigh. I NEED MORE MAGICAL CARPETS IN MY LIFE. (Or genies. Now I also want genies.)

    • ltlibrarian

      June 10, 2016 at 9:32 AM

      OMG, so far I think you are the only person I’ve chatted to that likes Tariq. There are Tariq lovers out there, now he won’t feel as shafted as a character 🙂 Not that he feels anything because he’s fictional but you know what I mean

      Yesssss genies would have been so cool. I honestly wasted so much time getting excited for genies that were never coming. WE ALL NEED MORE MAGIC CARPETS. For real though.

  • Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    May 30, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    I actually didn’t enjoy this book as much as everyone else did! I thought Shazi never had any intention of killing Khalid which really annoyed me, because who volunteers to be the next wife of a king that kills all his brides, for no reason?! I guess the plot holes annoyed me more than how good the story was.

    I’m really excited to see where this story goes next though! I hope the magic makes more of an appearance! Like that carpet? I want to know what it’s for!!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

    • ltlibrarian

      May 30, 2016 at 8:46 AM

      Yeah, that was one of the things that you could say was a bit “too easy”. You knew from the beginning that she likely wasn’t going to go through with her plans. It would have probably been better like if she was slowly poisoning him, then halfway through changed her mind so we could feel like she actually had the resolve.

      The carpet does make an appearance in the next book! There’s a bit more magic, though honestly not as much as I hoped. I ended up liking the first book more. But my thoughts for the second book are up if you’re curious. Only possible spoilers for the first book, no spoilers for the second 🙂

      • Anonymous

        January 1, 2017 at 6:59 PM

        It’s a retelling of A Thousand Nights. Sorry, no genies

        Buuuut, in the original tale, I think that she volunteers because he usually comes and marries the prettiest girl, and her sister is the prettiest girl, so the main character wants to save her or something.

        (^^so descriptive^^)

        In this book, she volunteers to avenge her Best Friend’s life.

  • Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

    May 28, 2016 at 11:51 AM

    Haha now this was an INCREDIBLE way to review that book! I read it just a few days ago, and I feel like I was reading it again with all of these thoughts 😀 Tariq kind of annoyed me, especially at the end of the first book…I haven’t read the second book yet but I CAN’T WAIT.

    • ltlibrarian

      May 28, 2016 at 6:10 PM

      I’m glad you like the review! I think Tariq might be the most disliked character of the year haha. And I can definitely understand being annoyed with him at the end of the book, like he just can’t get his head around the fact that people can change.

      Omg read it!!! That’s the great thing about a duology, 2 books and you’re done 🙂

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    May 26, 2016 at 7:46 AM

    I SO AGREE ABOUT YOUR THOUGHTS ON TARIQ. XD Hahah, omg, I would’ve been happy if a camel ate him probably. 0_0 But TW&TD is a 1001 Nights Retelling actually. 😉 So all those Arabian stoires you hear (like anything about Aladdin and genies and things) all are stories the real Sharahzad told the king to stay alive. If that makes sense! 😀
    <3 Except for Tariq. I hated him. hehe. But eeeeeeep. It was so marvellous and fun and exciting and I HAVE THE SEQUEL BUT I'M TOO NERVOUS TO READ IT. I have problems, I know. hehe.

    • ltlibrarian

      May 26, 2016 at 8:54 AM

      I think most people would have been happy if he just disappeared somehow. I learned that in the end! These are the things that happen when I don’t properly research a book before reading it >___< so I literally spent the entire book thinking it was a retelling of Aladdin. But I didn't realize even Shazi's character name is the same. I clearly need to read these stories. READ IT! There's character death so you'll like it hahaha Though I will say I thought there was a definite lack of Khalid and much more Tariq than preferred.

  • Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    May 25, 2016 at 1:29 AM

    Hahahaha, those thoughts made me laugh and I totally agree. It took me a bit to get into this one because of all the names and different storylines going on. I ended up shipping Shazi and Khalid so well. And man, I LOVED ALL THE FOOD!! Just read the finale and it was so incredible. I am sure you will love that one too. 🙂

    • ltlibrarian

      May 25, 2016 at 8:47 AM

      Exactly! There’s so much happening in the beginning, I can fully understand it taking a while to get into things. The food is so good! It’s hard not to be distracted by it.

      I did love it! Though I’ll admit it was a bit slow getting there and I could have used waaayyy more Khalid, but I’ll share the full extent of my thoughts on the weekend haha

  • Sarah K

    May 24, 2016 at 12:19 PM

    OMG HAHA. This is the BEST review I’ve ever seen for this book. I actually didn’t like this book (gave it 2.5 stars). I was anticipating it so much but didn’t love Tariq at all. Like you, I just wanted him gone. The food was definitely my favorite part! This was so much fun to read, thank you!

    • ltlibrarian

      May 24, 2016 at 1:38 PM

      I literally cannot think of a single reason why anyone would even like Tariq, much less love him. I’m sorry you didn’t end up liking the book though 🙁 Though seriously Tariq probably didn’t help. I suspect the entire point of him is just to screw things up. Like a jinx. If there’s a favourite part to be had, the food is a fantastic choice!

      Thanks for visiting!

    • ltlibrarian

      May 24, 2016 at 1:35 PM

      I’m glad to entertain!

      It’s so true, the series is like 90% romance and sass, and like 10% magic. And even then Shazi doesn’t really do any flashy magic. And quite honestly there’s not even any serious magic until the second book. So yay for romance fans, less so for magic fans 🙁

  • Tasya

    May 24, 2016 at 11:46 AM

    I guess we have the same thoughts while reading, because I know EXACTLY which part you’re referring to! XD ((except for the Shazi-being-a-genie)) Maybe you’re a bit confused at the beginning because you’ve never read the original 1001 nights story before? 😀 I really wish Tariq and Rahim would just go away because they’re so freaking annoying! Can’t they stop deciding what Shazi has to do and actually ask what does she want?? AND SHAZI AND KHALID IS MY NEW OTP. *flails* They’re really adorable! And yeah when the whole carpet thing shows up I was like “YES. Now go sing a whole new world” but sadly it didn’t happen 🙁 Anyways this is such a great and entertaining post! I can’t wait to see your thoughts for The Rose and The Dagger!

    • ltlibrarian

      May 24, 2016 at 1:31 PM

      That’s probably it, it’s a good rule of thumb to actually check out what the book is based on. Which I should have done instead of going in blind and being confused as hell.

      Right?? By the end of the second book I was fine with Rahim, but Tariq is the most useless and terrible character. It’s like he’s just there to mess everything up! I know, she’s like clearly in love with Khalid and Tariq is like “hmm yup, stockholm syndrome. I know best because I’ve known her for awhile and clearly have access to all her thoughts” arggg

      They are so adorable! Like once you get past the murdering thing… But I just like to push that to the back of my mind.

      Thanks for visiting! Rose and the Dagger thoughts are going up this Sunday 🙂


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