The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book is strangely hard to review.
I loved the setting. I loved the premise. Renee Ahdieh is clearly a masterful writer. I thought the characters were interesting, well written, altogether well rounded but... I'm not sure I buy into the romance.
It seems impossible to me that Shazi would feel the way she did for Khalid before she discovers that he's not quite the monster everyone believes. I wanted to chalk it up to Stockholm Syndrome but that's clearly not the case. (view spoiler)[She's there to kill him for murdering her best friend and even before she finds out about the curse, she's falling all over him and thinking she's in love. (hide spoiler)] It rattled me a little, well... a lot, to the point that I almost quit mid-book because it just didn't feel write.
Having said that, I did enjoy the book and I usually NEVER read anything that has a love-triangle in it. I will be reading the second book because I'm anxious to see how Tariq's psyche holds up.
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