Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Title: The Wrath and the Dawn

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Publication Date: May 12, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Have you ever read a book and didn’t realize how much you were loved it until the book was almost over? This book grabbed me so quickly and so strongly that I was left stunned.

Shahrzad has just married the Caliph of Khoresan, Khalid, and she plans to murder him. Every day, Khalid takes a new bride and kills her the next morning. As it turns out, the only reason Shahrzad volunteered to marry Khalid is due to the fact that Khalid murdered her best friend. She is out for revenge.

Khalid does not enjoy murdering these girls, but he has no other choice. A curse was placed upon him years ago, stating that if Khalid does not kill every girl he takes as his bride, the curse will come activate. Khalid has always abided by this rule, until now. Shahrzad is the first to survive the dawn.

The romance in this book was beautiful and perfect. Swoon on top of swoon on top of swoon. I couldn’t get enough of Shahrzad and Khalid. Shahrzad initially hates Khalid very much, but her feelings begin to conflict when she realizes Khalid isn’t what she expected. While her mind tells her she should hate Khalid, her heart is telling her the opposite. The romance was paced exquisitely. It was realistic, but it was never boring in the slightest.

This book is told in multiple perspectives: first our main character, Shahrzad, and others such as Khalid’s, Tariq’s, and Jahandar’s. Honestly, the only perspectives I wanted to read from was Shahrzad’s and Khalid’s, especially when they were together. It’s not that these other perspectives were boring, I just wanted more of Shahrzad and Khalid.

This book ended so quickly! I was intensely reading along and BAM! Ending and plot twist at the same time. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, but I know I wasn’t expecting that ending!

This is the BEST book I have read this year and I do not state that lightly. This book is now at my all time favorite books ever read! I also cannot wait until the second book is out. If you haven’t read this book yet, you seriously should. If you have already read it, then you should read it again. That’s what I’m thinking about doing right now…

5 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Renee lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her Young Adult fantasy novel, The Wrath and the Dawn, is available wherever books are sold. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She is also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and her website.

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Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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Title: Everything, Everything

Author: Niolca Yoon

Publication Date: September 1, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Huge thanks to Random House Kids.

Everything, Everything is about a girl named Maddy who has a very rare disease. Her disease is called SCID. SCID is what causes Maddy to be allergic to everything in the outside world. Her life is very structured and dull. She has done the same things every week for almost her whole life.

Until Olly. Olly changes everything. When Olly moves in next door, Maddy can’t help but be intrigued. Soon they become online friends and Maddy even convinces her nurse to sneak him in her home for face to face conversations. When Maddy’s mother find out that she has been sneaking around with Olly, she quickly ends it. This causes Maddy to makes some rash decisions. What Maddy doesn’t know is that these decisions are about to drastically change her life.

I seriously loved this book! I’m such a fan of romance, especially when done right and this romance was done perfectly. I couldn’t get enough of Maddy and Olly. I loved their conversations and interactions! It was all so perfect!

This book also includes some of Maddy’s drawings, IM conversations, invoices, and lists! Although I love words, I really enjoy when a book includes images along with the story. I feel like it adds a little some special to the book! And boy, is this book special.

This book wasn’t under my radar much until recently, but I am so, so glad it caught my attention. It’s hard to me to find a contemporary I really love because I feel like many contemporaries are so similar these days! I love finding a fresh, new story!

Everything, Everything ended with a serious bang. There was also an insane plot twist that I DID NOT see coming! I love when this happens, because it doesn’t happen often for me! If you are a fan of contemporary, please pick up this book. You’re going to love it!

4.5 out 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and her website.

Waiting on Wednesday: Poppy Wink Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.  “Waiting on Wednesday” spotlights upcoming releases that I’m eagerly anticipating.

Title: Wink Poppy Midnight

Author: April Genevieve Tucholke

Publication Date: March 22, 2016

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Synopsis from Goodreads:

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

I’d being lying if I said I wanted to read this book before I even read the synopsis. That cover though! BUT once I did read the synopsis, I just knew I had to add this to me TBR! I’m super excited for this one!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Fantasy 101

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because they are particularly fond of lists at The Broke and the Bookish, and I decided to share my list with all of you also!

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is…Top Ten Books That Would Be On My Syllabus If I Taught Fantasy 101. Shall we?

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1. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This book is easily one of my favorite books this year. A wonderful read if you love fantasy.

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2. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

I was seriously obsessed with Lord Of The Rings movies when I was younger. When I finally got around to reading the books, The Hobbit was easily my favorite of them all. Funny enough, I have yet to watch the movies for this book.

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3. The Syrena Legacy Series by Anna Banks

Mermaids anyone? I haven’t read a ton of books with mermaids, but this series knocks it out of the park.

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4. Off The Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer

This book is a mix of contemporary and fantasy, which makes it very believable. I had so much fun with this book and the illustrations inside were to die for!

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5. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

This dark retelling of The Wizard of Oz is a must read in my opinion!

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6. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This book was so much fun and it handled issues that many young adult novels avoided at the time.

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7. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Because duh, it’s a classic.

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8. Shatter Me Series by Taheren Mafi

If you follow my blog pretty regularly, then you know that I am obsessed with this book! It is beautiful and perfect in every way! Plus, it’s going to be a TV show!! *SQUEALS*

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9. The Madman’s Daughter Series by Megan Shepherd

This dark, gothic novel is beautiful and such a thrilling read! I have read the first two installments in the series and plan to read the third and final installment soon!

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10. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

My mom has told me that I have always been a reader, even before I could actually read! But I believe that this series, The Chronicles of Narnia, is really what fueled my passion for reading! I have read Price Caspian four times already!

What are some books you would include in your syllabus if you taught Fantasy 101?

Review: Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider

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Title: Extraordinary Means

Author: Robyn Schneider

Publication Date: May 26, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.

Told in alternating points of view, Extraordinary Means is a darkly funny story about doomed friendships, first love, and the rare miracle of second chances.

I received this book in a giveaway hosted by Epic Reads. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Latham House is a place for people like Lane and Sadie. People with an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Some people with this disease will live, while others will die. When Lane first arrives at Latham, he couldn’t feel more alone. Then he happens to see Sadie. The same Sadie that went to the same summer camp as he did when they were younger. Suddenly, Lane doesn’t feel so alone.

My interest was definitely peaked when I first read the synopsis to this book. I have never read a book that has dealt with tuberculosis and I was curious to see how this disease was handled. While I don’t know much about tuberculosis, it is obvious that Robyn knows her stuff.

This story is told between the alternating point of views between Lane and Sadie, which is my point of view for stories including romance! When done right, I feel like alternating points of views improves the depth of the story for the reader. It was definitely done right in this book.

While this book is on the heavier side when dealing with the character’s diseases, this book does have its light moments. The kids still make the most of their situation and even though some people might not make it, there are plenty of people who have overcome the disease.

This book ended on a rather bittersweet note. And by bittersweet, I mean realistic. I didn’t particularly enjoy the “bitter” ending of the book, but I appreciate when an author doesn’t write a “perfect ending” just for the sake of pleasing everyone. I’ll spare you the details, as to not ruin the book for you. If you have been thinking about picking up this book, I would definitely give it a try!

3 out of 5 stars


Meet The Author

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Robyn Schneider is a writer, actor, and online personality who misspent her youth in a town coincidentally similar to Eastwood. Robyn is a graduate of Columbia University, where she studied creative writing, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she studied medical ethics. She is also the author of the middle grade Knightley Academy books, written as Violet Haberdasher. She lives in Los Angeles, California, but also on the internet.

You can find her on Goodreads, Twitter, YouTube, Tumblr, Instagram, and her website.