Part Beauty and the Beast, part One Thousand and One Nights, and wholly amazing, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renée Ahdieh blew me away. It’s the best fairytale retelling I’ve read since the Lunar Chronicles series and promises a sequel just as entertaining as the first book.
Here’s the Goodreads, non-spoiler summary:
Before we jump into the details, can we just all bow down to the writing goddess that is Renée Ahdieh? Seriously. Her words read with the rhythm of a beautiful song, all velvety smooth and immediately attention-grabbing. Even the dialogue, which is so specific to each character I think I could tell you who’s speaking without attribution, manages to fit within the flow of the narration. It’s such an outstanding feat that even writers and readers who aren’t as obsessed with YA literature as I am would benefit from reading this book. Three cheers for Renée Ahdieh, we are not worthy!
OVERALL RATING: 4.5/5.0