Elemental

Basking in the light I cannot see 

I relish the heat, the tenor, the scent of morning times

The soft dirt beneath my feet 

The tap tap of a bird pecking a tree 

Then the coolness of a summer breeze 

I bask in the light I cannot see

I live in the dark I always feel

No difference between night and day except how it tastes 

A different wine, a different food, the heat drifting into cool

I bask in the light I cannot see

-Till next time!

Love And Vodka: A Book of Poetry for Glass Hearts: A Review 

Love And Vodka: A Book of Poetry for Glass Hearts by Christina Strigas


My Rating: 3/5 Stars 

Publisher: Christina Strigas 

Published: November 18, 2016

Recieved: an ecopy from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis:

Love & Vodka is Christina Strigas’ third poetry book. This book is written for all the hearts that shatter, that are transparent, that crack, rebuild and see truth. This is for the souls that connect through words. The poems in this book will make you breathless from their honesty. This poetry collection is full of poems that will make you contemplate the magic of connections disconnections, rejection, love, drinking, pain, marriage, loneliness, honor and the perils of living so many lifetimes in one. Delve into poetry head first and read passages over again to connect. This book has a modern feel with an ancient way of writing. Inspired by Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and modern poets such as Mary Oliver and Billy Collins to name a few, Christina Strigas uses stream of consciousness to devour themes and words and spurt them forth into a poem. A contemporary poetry book that will not disappoint you and that will restore your faith into the power of poetry again.

Musings: 

I want to say that I was really excited to read this poetry book at first. The reviews were all pretty good and I thought I would really enjoy it. Sadly, while I did enjoy some of the poems, most others I couldn’t connect to. This is not at all the fault of the poet but more of a fault of my own experiences or lack thereof with different aspects of life. 

This book would be wonderful for a person who is married or in a deep relationship in a later point in their lives. At the age of 18 the subject matter of this book fell flat for me, especially since I have never been in a relationship before. 

However, there were a few poems that connected to writing that I really loved, and while a few of those fit the poetry book a few others felt a little random, but definitely welcome. I wish I could have gotten into this collection of poetry more, but it just didn’t happen for me, and I think that’s ok. 

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this review. This is the book I read for Day 2 of the Book a Day challenge and I’m sad it just wasn’t for me. 

-Till next time!

Zenn Diagram: A Review

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant 

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Published: April 4th 2017

Recieved: Netgalley provided an e-arc copy in exchange for an honest review

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: 

Eva Walker is a seventeen-year-old math genius. And if that doesn’t do wonders for her popularity, there’s another thing that makes it even worse: when she touches another person or anything that belongs to them — from clothes to textbooks to cell phones — she sees a vision of their emotions. She can read a person’s fears and anxieties, their secrets and loves … and what they have yet to learn about calculus. This is helpful for her work as a math tutor, but it means she can never get close to people. Eva avoids touching anyone and everyone. People think it’s because she’s a clean freak — with the emphasis on freak — but it’s all she can do to protect herself from other people’s issues. Then one day a new student walks into Eva’s life. His jacket gives off so much emotional trauma that she falls to the floor. Eva is instantly drawn to Zenn, a handsome and soulful artist who also has a troubled home life, and her feelings only grow when she realizes that she can touch Zenn’s skin without having visions. But when she discovers the history that links them, the truth threatens to tear the two apart. Zenn Diagram, Wendy Brant’s sparkling debut novel, offers an irresistible combination of math and romance, with just a hint of the paranormal. Readers will swoon over Zenn and connect instantly with Eva, the most fully drawn prodigy in teen fiction today.

Musings: 

Cute, adorable, and completely nerdy this book was such a lovely magical realism contemporary that made my heart feel warm inside. Eva sees fractals whenever her hands make contact with anyone or anything that has any attachment to a person emotionally. This makes for some interesting situations as Eva tiptoes around people and gets thought of as a major germaphobe. 

In comes Zenn who is both your typical bad boy, but also not bad at all. He is respectable, hardworking, kind (especially to Eva’s adorable siblings) and is one hell of an artist. It turns out that Eva and Zenn stir up a connection that because of dramatic circumstance may either keep them tethered together or hurl them further apart. 

There is so much beauty in this book that comes along with the fractals. 

Here is what one looks like: 


They are infinite patterns that continue on and on and they are all so complex but in a mathematical sort of way simple. I love that that’s how Eva learns about others with her gift, because the artistic nature of it makes me want to bask in just the thought of it. 

In a way it perfectly describes the relationship between Eva and Zenn, hopelessly complex yet gorgeous in simplicity. It also reminds me that love at its core is simple, but as things collide and add on to it the complexity can be overwhelming and what once was love could shift to grow stronger or to fracture apart. 

I love how imperative family was in this novel. Both on Eva’s and Zenn’s end. Eva’s parents do their best to be as involved in Eva’s life as they possibly can and a lot of Zenn’s actions and beliefs as a character are due to how he had to grow up and survive without a dad and with a mom who doesn’t really know how to be a mom. 

This novel was beautifully done. It surprised me how delighted I was to read it. It filled me with a happiness that I will fondly keep in my heart.

Thanks for reading! Today is Day 1 of the Book a day challenge and I finished Zenn Diagram for today. I was already half-way through it, but with having to work for 8 hours and doing my best in all other regards I call this a win. Let me know your thoughts on Zenn Diagram! This was such a fun read. 


A Book A Day for the Rest of the Year?


This may be one of the best ideas I’ve ever had… or one of the worst ideas I have ever had, but I’m going to try it anyway. 

So here’s the plan, it’s pretty simple. All I have to do is finish a book every single day for the rest of the year. Sounds pretty straightforward right? Well… not with the way I read. I tend to read a bunch of novels at one time. Which makes it so that I finish books sporodically and go at a relatively slow pace. I never read one book all the way through… well most of the time (cough cough Song of the Current cough cough) 

I want to see what would happen if I really dedicated my time differently and read one book as a whole in a day. I’m not sure if this is sustainable or not. I’m not really sure how I’m going to pull this off. I’m probably going to find a way to read more then one book at a time anyway, but I just want to dip my toes in and let my bookworm heart devour some amazing novels! I have a physical tbr of 58 books, but new with new books coming into my life so steadily.. and with Netgalley books catching my heart left and right, I think I’ll be able to sustain this the rest of this year. 

Weather stupid or not, no matter how tired I am, I will get through this. There are too many amazing stories in this world to read and I want to enjoy as many as I can. In a way I just want to see if I am capable of it or not. We shall see. 

Thanks for reading! If you have any tips or suggestions let me know in the comments! I’m honestly really scared now, but I’m inspired so let’s do this! 

-Till next time!

An Inspirational Quote for your Week

I am a person that always says I will do something the next day and it never happens. This quote inspires me because sometimes the answer is simply to let go of all excuses and just do it. To finally do all the things you want to do and stop doubting yourself. One of these tomorrows will be the last tomorrow, so why not so what you want to do today?

I hope you have an inspiring week!

-Till next time!

Celebrating 1000 Followers!! + A Giveaway 


The time has come and I always felt that I would never get to this point, but now that I’m here I am forever grateful. I don’t have words for how much this community means to me. How much the friendships and discussions I’ve had with so many fellow readers and writers have made my heart soar. 

These past 9 months of blogging have been some of the best months of my life even though so many things have happened to put a damper on the sheer amount of good it all is worth it. 

I want to share with you all on of my favorite pieces of my own writing. This piece is very personal and completely true. It means a lot to me to share it with you on such a momentous occasion. 

It was written in response to a prompt about signposts and movement in our own lives. Somehow that transferred into colors to me. 

Here are the colors of my beginnings: 

In my mind’s eye I go back to the place where I began. I see the street where I grew up, the green expanse of the trees that surrounded my home. Then, finally, the interior that housed my family. The people I owe all my love and gratitude to. That is where my true journey began, in that apartment surrounded by trees and plants grown by my Godfather. My signposts were the color changes in the carpet, walls, and curtains. A beautiful psychedelic flash that marked my growth. 

There were also signs that I remember in a grey dullness that matches the gloom I felt during my short passages through. Flashes of roads and mileage signs to Sacramento, Vegas, and places closer to my colorful true home. Grey memories of driving from new house to new house, new school to new school, each a new prison to keep me from the color I longed for. 

The moving was constant. Every two years like clockwork. Every time my mother saw I was getting too attached it would be time to pack up, leave, and move on. We always came back, but every time we left was a new crack in my heart. I was too young to understand then why she kept taking me away, all I knew was that it hurt, and I wished it would stop. 

Jealousy and want of control should never be in a mother’s heart. 

That is what a journey is, a passage in which you change irrevocably, hardening and softening to the point that the person you were and who you are is so different that the only thing you can do is look back, but never touch those memories of how you used to be, even, how you used to think. 

For me, even the light colors of the home I grew up in tinted off to a grey at the loss of it. So much warmth, love, and life that came to an end cumulating to a short travel to an apartment one city over. That travel is remembered in blue. The road leading up to the for­rent sign tinged in the sadness of losing the one home in my life that had always been stable. 

Now my life in that new apartment has gained a new color, the color of hope. Colors of travels to the zoo, walking serenely with my God Mom and sister, reading the various signs to the exhibits 

leading up to the chimpanzees; this is where we would sit enjoying the astonishing similarity of the play of the young chimps, and the play of the children that were always there. 

That is where my journey is now. In happy colors full of life and happy joys shared with the family that raised me. 

The places and roads may change, but the people are the signs that I hold the most dear. They are those that lead me, changing me as they themselves change. They are the colors of my memory, their hands I hold into the light of my future. 

Also it wouldn’t be a 1,000 celebration without a Giveaway so here is what you could receive: 

$15 to spend on Book Depository and A unique poem written by me about a topic of your choice.

Really it’s all about your choice in this Giveaway. 

The Specifics:

This Giveaway is international so long as The Book Depository ships to you. 

Must be 18 or have parents permission to enter.

This giveaway is not endorsed in any way by rafflecopter or WordPress.

Click the link here to enter. 

Thank you all for reading! Also thank you all for being here. I wish you all the best and I hope to speak with you all down in the comments. What an amazing day this was. 

-Till next time! 

Narnia Book Tag


Do your eyes deceive you? For me to do a tag is like finding a rare unicorn in the wild. I don’t even remember the last time I sat down to put together a tag and for that I am terribly sorry. I have a HUGE backlist of awards and tags to do and yes, eventually I will get to all of them! 

Right now the oldest of these is the Narnia Book Tag and I’m excited to finally complete it! 

I was tagged by the amazing Book Shelves and Biros as well as the wonderful Creative Minds 101! Go out there and give them some love, they definitely deserve it! 

NARNIA – A magical world you would like to visit


I’ve said it before and I will say it again, The Night Circus’s world is absolutely gorgeous and to be able to visit it would fill me with so much joy! Something about that Circus takes me by my heart and makes me believe in Magic once more.

THE MAGICIAN’S NEPHEW – A book you think is underrated


The Ship by Antonia Honeywell only has a Rating of  3.20 on Goodreads and I have to admit I’m pretty appalled. This book was stunning and I had rated it 5 stars and loved reading it. I’m actually kinda salty that the average rating isn’t at least a 4.0. 

THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE – A classic that you love


Jane Eyre is such a lovely and enjoyable classic. I really adored it when I read it in high school. 

THE HORSE AND HIS BOY – A book you picked up without knowing what it was about


I picked up Song of the Current without knowing anything except that their was ships and oh my was I pleasently surprised by this amazing novel. I adore it to pieces!

PRINCE CASPIAN – A sequel that you loved


The Mime Order was such an awesome sequel to The Bone Season. The action and feriocity of it as well as the fear and revolution made me very very happy. 

THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER – A quest you’d like to be a part of


Mask of Shadows and the quest to be one of the queens personal assasians was a really cool quest to read about. I would like to be a part of it by being a helper on the side lest I be targeted and ruthlessly killed. 

THE SILVER CHAIR – A book you didn’t expect to love


And I Darken was a book that I didn’t expect to love when I found that it was completely different from the story I had thought it was to be. I never thought I would love a book with so much brutality. By all accounts I feel like I shouldn’t have loved it, but every dark part of that novel calls out to me and I adored it. 

THE LAST BATTLE – A perfect ending to a series you love


Bitterblue is also a book that pleasently surprised me. It was so different from Graceling and Fire, but in a really fantastic way. Let alone that it is home to one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I have ever read.

THE PEVENSIES – A siblinghood of friendship you’d love to be a part of


Zenn Diagram is a book of many adorable siblings in this novel fill my heart with joy. I still haven’t quite finished this novel, but I know one things for sure.. I love the little ones in this novel and how family oriented this book actually is.
EUSTACE SCRUBB – A character who grew on you


Celeste from The One by Kiera Cass. She was so evil to me for so long, but in this book she became human and I loved this book more for it. I know have an appreciation for Celeste as a character. 

MR. TUMNUS – Your favourite mystical creature


The Dragon of Course! Image credit to the interweb.

CASPIAN – A character with regal qualities


The Bone Season’a Paige Mahoney is 100% regal and she would probably will never notice or even think about how good of a leader she could be. She is one amazing MC.

THE WARDROBE – Your favourite hideout/place to read

Anywhere is a good place to read. I feel like my special place hasn’t been found yet and I look forward to finding that place in the future. 
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed this swirly unicorn of a post. Hopefully I don’t wait so long to post a tag next time. Since this post was done so late I have no idea who has participated so I’m going to leave it to you to decide if your interested in participating in this tag. 

-Till next time!

Magical Realism: A YA Genre TBR

Painting created by Rob Gonsalves 

Magical Realism, the genre that confounds me. I have not delved into this genre and I so desperately want to…. no I need to. This is a genre related to fantasy that deals more the ethereal meeting the mundane in very magical ways. I’m sorry to say I don’t think I have read a single magical Realism book, but that needs and will change as soon as possible. 

Without further ado here is my magical realism tbr of books I wish to read in the near future: 

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender By Leslye Walton

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.
Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration.
That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.
First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human. 

This book just sounds gorgeous. I don’t know how I could ever not want to read a book like this. The prospect of it is utterly fascinating and almost sorrowful and I know I would devour this book. 

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby 

National Book Award Finalist * Printz Award Winner for Best Young Adult Book of the Year
“Ruby’s novel deserves to be read and reread. It is powerful, beautiful, extraordinary.”—School Library Journal
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps.
So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. But Finn knows what really happened to Roza. He knows she was kidnapped by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a tale of the ways in which the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Bone Gap and I have wanted to read it for what feels like ages now. Something about this book calls to me. 

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys. In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.
On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.
But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

This novel is infused with vodou culture and I need a book like that in my life. I’m utterly fascinated by the prospect of this book and I need it in my hands as soon as possible!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. 
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting– he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd– whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself– Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.

This book is beloved by so many readers and I want to read it for myself because it sounds so enticing and wonderful in the darkest of ways. 

Dreamology by Lucy Keating 

Vibrantly offbeat and utterly original, Lucy Keating’s debut novel combines the unconventional romance of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with the sweetness and heart of Jenny Han.
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He’s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn’t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough? 

This book sounds adorable and light and just the sort of fun magical realism that could show me just how varied the genre can be. 

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.
On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.
Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries…
What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?
In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other. 

Words that come to mind when I think about this book: Mysterious, strange, and lovely and I desperately want to see if those words meet the bill for this book. 

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

The intrigue of The Raven Boys and the “supernatural or not” question of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer coalesce in this young adult mystery, where nothing is quite as it seems, no one is quite who you think, and everything can change on a dime. 
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. 

The cover for this book is gorgeous… as all the covers on this list are.. I’m convinced that magical realism has some of the best covers out there. This book sounds quirky and lovely and I am so excited to eventually read it!

The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller 

More Happy Than Not meets Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future in this gritty, contemporary YA debut about a bullied gay teen boy with an eating disorder who believes he’s developed super powers via starvation.
Matt hasn’t eaten in days.
His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal. But Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.
Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space. 
So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe?
Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger… and he isn’t in control of all of them.
A darkly funny, moving story of body image, addiction, friendship, and love, Sam J. Miller’s debut novel will resonate with any reader who’s ever craved the power that comes with self-acceptance. 

This book sounds emotional and hard and so many degrees of sad. This is one of the ones on this list I’m most anticipating reading, because it feels like it will be one that breaks my heart. 


The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

A beautiful and evocative look at identity and creativity, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls is a stunning debut in magical realism. Perfect for fans of The Walls Around Us and Bone Gap.
Mercedes Moreno is an artist. At least, she thinks she could be, even though she hasn’t been able to paint anything worthwhile in the past year.
Her lack of inspiration might be because her abuela is in a coma. Or the fact that Mercedes is in love with her best friend, Victoria, but is too afraid to admit her true feelings.
Despite Mercedes’s creative block, art starts to show up in unexpected ways. A piano appears on her front lawn one morning, and a mysterious new neighbor invites Mercedes to paint with her at the Red Mangrove Estate.
At the Estate, Mercedes can create in ways she hasn’t ever before. But Mercedes can’t take anything out of the Estate, including her new-found clarity. Mercedes can’t live both lives forever, and ultimately she must choose between this perfect world of art and truth and a much messier reality.

I have a feeling about this book, a really good feeling and because of that I believe I would be dazzled by this book. There are so many elements of it that I love and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Thank you all for reading! Have you read any of these books? If so what did you think? Do you have any magical realism recommendations for a baby of the genre?

-Till next time!

WordPress Issues: What is Happening?

I love WordPress and the community that surrounds the site, but sometimes it can be a bit frustrating, from unfollowing you from people you want to keep up with, to loosing posts, and not being able to like other’s posts… the site can be frustrating. 

My latest confuzzelment with this site has been that my last few post haven’t been reaching the audience that they normally would. Every day I publish a post and talk about books or write some poetry or even talk about writing and I will get about 40 or so likes by the next day. However when I published my usual, it’s Wednesday, what are you reading? post it only gathered about 9 likes, to which I was thinking… did that post particularly suck or did the WordPress algorithm change or what’s going on?

Then I published yesterday a review of The Wrath and The Dawn (a book that is on the same level of popularity with And I Darken) which only gathered 12 likes when compared with my review of And I Darken only two days before which gathered about 52 likes and quite a few comments. So I am wondering, why is this the case? Is there a decline in the quality of my posts? Is their something weird going on with WordPress? Is the tagging system ineffective? Or are my readers simply not enjoying my content anymore? 

It’s really unsettling to put so much work daily over so much time, for me 9 months, into something and have grown so much, I’m almost hitting 1,000 followers and to all of a sudden feel like everything is back peddling to how it was when you first started blogging. It’s also a bit disconcerting when a lot of doors that have opened because of my blogs success (like being able to receive arcs off of netgally, talking to authors, and being asked by authors to review their books) might be hurt by a spiral downhill. Especially because as a book blogger I want to make sure that the books I love reach the audience I normally would, because showing your support for a book is invaluable to its success. 

Let me know down in the comments if you are experiencing or have experienced a similar issue or if you have any ideas or thoughts about what is going on. 

Thank you all for reading! I truly appreciate all the support I’ve been having on this blog since the very beginning. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below. 

-Till next time!

The Wrath and The Dawn: A Review 

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh


My Rating: 4/5 stars

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books

Published: May 12, 2015 

Recieved: Purchased off of Amazon

Purchase: Amazon

Synopsis: 

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets? 

Musings: 

I knew well before I began to read this book that I would love it. However, I thought I would love it more then I actually do. This book was built up so much in my mind from around the time The Wrath and The Dawn was first published and I think that made me more critical while I was reading then I normally would be. 

One of the biggest things about this book was the insta-love, which is a trope that usually wouldn’t bother me, but it bothered me here. (Although the relationship grew much more organically later on and I fell in love with the Shaz’s and the Caliph’s relationship and had so many feels!) Pretty much all of my hiccups with this book were at the beginning of the story until those feelings away into how much I was enjoying the story. One of the other things about their relationship was that it is hate to love, but it I feel like the hate was there and gone with the wind, all I wanted was more explosions between the two, more drama, more flourish (again the buildup talking). The hate felt so temporary and it made me sad. 

I loved Shaz as a character. She is such a spitfire. Plus her aptitude with a bow made me really want to take archery lessons (I wish the archery had more to do with the actual storyline, but in another way I liked how it was included). As the story progressed I loved her interaction with the boy king. So many of their moments together towards the end of the book made my heart pound and my mouth smile from ear to ear. They both have this ease with one another that felt right and I was so happy to see how much they built off of one another and made each other stronger. I especially enjoyed how much our boy king encouraged Shaz to be simply who she was. His love for honesty and Shaz’s unapologetic nature made them both really compatible with one another. 

The Caliph himself is such a brooding, but surprisingly compassionate male lead. He is so dark and self-depreciating (and sadly for good reason.. I know I’d feel the same in his situation). He is force to be reckoned with and when he cares for you, you better believe he would move mountains for you. He is also a really quiet male lead, which was an interesting choice for his character that I actually really liked. 

The storytelling in this book was also a lovely touch. Especially the one that made the Caliph angry, (why I enjoyed these parts I don’t know, maybe it’s because they felt more real as characters to understand their triggers and getting them to express more emotion) I also really enjoyed the magical elements. Especially the magic carpet (I squealed when I read about the Magic carpet) I hope that it all plays a more important role in book two. 

The general consensus is this: 

  • I loved this book
  • I wish for a lot of things to be a bit different 
  • I should have read this a long time ago
  • Sometimes hype is murder 

Thanks for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments. Have you read this book? What did you think about it? What do you think about what happens when hype kills a book for you?

-Till next time!