4-star rating

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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