REVIEW: Wrath & Dawn Short Stories – Renée Ahdieh

 

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Below are my individual reviews of the Wrath & Dawn Short Stories I read after finishing TWATD. Overall rating: super like!! 👍


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The Moth & the Flame (#0.25)

by Renée Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release date: March 22, 2016
Format: eBook
Pages: 40
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Short Stories
Rating: ★★★★☆
Goodreads / Amazon

This was a very nice and light story focusing about Despina and Jalal’s relationship: their first meeting, their interactions, and their secret moments. They were really so cute! Despina was one of the admirable characters in this series; and reading this only made me like her personality more. It also featured her few quick encounters with Ava, the first calipha of Khorasan. But, I wish I could’ve read about more of Despina and Jalal! It felt like it wasn’t enough, but I’m satisfied. It didn’t fail in making me smile and my heart melt.

“Anything is possible so long as there is a strong will behind it.”

 


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The Crown & the Arrow (#0.5)

by Renée Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release date: March 1, 2016
Format: eBook
Pages: 9
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Short Stories, Romance
Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads / Amazon

OKAYYYY. I definitely absolutely loved this a lot! I read this while in car and before we even arrived to our destination I’ve already finished it. Totally not enough! I loved every bit of it and ughhhhh what would I give to have more of this?!?! My interest level was at the highest at the whole duration of reading it. This is Khalid’s POV when he first met Shahrzad, and it is no doubt that this is a very good short read with its beautiful writing. Thank you so much, Renée, for creating these lovable characters. They’ll always have a special place in my heart; I really ship them so much! #OTP

“Do not fear what the setting sun may bring. Where there is a setting sun, there is also a rising one.”

 


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The Mirror & the Maze (#1.5)

by Renée Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release date: April 26, 2016
Format: eBook
Pages: 11
Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Goodreads / Amazon

I honestly didn’t understand what is the point of this that much because it’s literally just a scene of what chaos was happening to the city (in Khalid’s POV—which is kind of important, of course), which I think could’ve been acceptable to put it in the first book instead as an epilogue or a bonus or something. I liked the last part though, it’s like a trailer of its sequel and I’m really excited about it! GIMME!!!

“His responsibilities had always been here. He did not deserve to hold anything he loved in his keep.”

 

REVIEW: The Wrath & The Dawn – Renée Ahdieh

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The Wrath and The Dawn

by Renée Ahdieh

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Release date: May 12, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 388
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance, Retelling
Rating: ★★★★★
Goodreads / Amazon

I started reading this while I’m in a plane on the way to Japan, because what else is there to do during the 4-hour travel than to read? Personally I love reading in planes, because I feel like I’m ‘somewhere and nowhere’ at the same time. I’m ‘here but also there’.

This book is a traveling book that was lent to me by a fellow reader. I was excited not only to participate but also to finally read this ever wonderful novel that I’ve been wanting to read two years ago! And so yes, I was allowed to write notes in the book as well 🙂

Now, I’m going to talk about how this book is super amazing and how I easily fell in love with it. First, the plot. Seriously? A seventeen-year-old badass who wants to kill the caliph by volunteering because her best friend is murdered by him? Those are my type. And come onnnn, for the first time I’ve read something about a non-white character and isn’t that interesting enough? The narrative was never dull nor boring that’s why I simply cannot put this book down! I struggle whenever I have to sleep already, and I’m almost tempted to get the ebook so I can still read in bed. That’s how awesome this is. Second, the admirable characters. Shahrzad, the main character, can shoot arrows and punch boys. I admire her bravery and honesty. That’s what gave her the chance to survive. Like, can I be her friend? Please pretty please?? Then there’s also Khalid, the caliph. I’ve said this once and I’m going to say it again: I have a thing for villains who has a troubled past. Because guess what, they’re actually just a little cupcake who needs a second chance, who needs to be loved. Okay? Come here Khalid, let me love you. But of course, I’m not forgetting the other amazing characters like Despina and Jalal, all of them are unique in their own way which makes the story even better.

Lastly, this is one of the best books ever because IT IS JUST THE BEST. So wonderful, so beautiful, soooooo fantastic! There’s not a single chapter or a single line that I disliked in this book. I promise. Literally there are so many good reviews about this out there. I still can’t even get over it! I just got the novellas, and I can’t wait to have the sequel in my hands! I NEED IT SOOOOON. I really really love it beyond words. I write it to the sky.

I recommend this to everyone. If you haven’t read this yet, go get your copy in your bookshelf that’s been waiting to be picked up. I have my own copy of this book in paperback edition (which I won in a twitter giveaway), so I can reread it anytime I want hehehe. I assure you all, you’re going to enjoy as much as I did! ❤

2017 Reading Challenge

New year, new books to read! We’d bet our bottom dollar that every proper human being on this planet (fictional characters may or may not be included) create goals or resolutions to accomplish within twelve months for a better year. In Goodreads, we set a specific number of books we want to read in the whole year, and that’s what we’re going to talk about.

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Since 2014, I started doing the reading challenge and have completed them for 3 years straight. I had begun at 15 books then, and by the end of the year I’ve managed to read three more. The following year, I had tried to double it to 30 and succeeded too soon that I got to read a total of 53 books. Last 2016, I challenged myself to 60 books and was so confident that I’m going to achieve it. However, it didn’t turn out to what I expected because I was always several books behind especially during the last months of the year. College got me very buys and helk was I so pressured! I binge-read novellas, poetry books and audio books to catch up. And on the last day of December, I have read three books. I completed the challenge, I did it. 😎

Sooo, anyway, this year I lowered it down to only 45 books. Better first complete it and exceed rather than not succeed! With that, I’m aiming to get more diverse books in my hands; the community is growing larger and I want to be a part of the advocacy, to support and spread the wonder of these novels. I’m also planning to read all the books off my shelf first before buying new ones. NovelKnight’s #BeatTheBacklist inspired me and therefore had me joining the club. This is to prevent the mighty TBR list from getting longerer and help readers actually read what’s on their shelf (that’s probably been stuck in there for ages), before buying the latest releases. It may be a “new year, new books to read”-kind-of-year, let’s also not forget about our book darlings that were published earlier. If you’re determined like me, I encourage everyone to participate in this challenge!

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This year, I’ll be reading at least 30 books! I was planning to go for 45, like Kristen, but she suggested that I should try to double what I’ve read last year, which was 15. To give a brief history, I started my Goodreads Reading Challenge because of Kristen. When we started to know each other, it was January of last year when she suggested that I should join the reading challenge. So basically 2015 was not my reading year, because I got to read only around 5 books that year (probably less). That statistic was pretty awful, and I wasn’t even busy that year. And believe me, telling a girl (that you really like, and who read 53 books) that you read 5 books that year was not a good way to impress her (but I still did, didn’t I? 😎). So I wanted to improve myself in 2016 and set a goal of reading 15 books! Though I was pretty busy because of college, I still completed my reading challenge just in time. And this year, it will be a bigger reading year for me. 

So I’m planning to read more this year because I want to explore more stories, some of which I haven’t read before. I’ll continue some of the series I’ve put on hold, and welcome new ones in open arms. I plan to not stop reading even if I’ve reached 30 books already, so I’ll read as many as I can! Also, I’ll also be joining the #BeatTheBacklist challenge (like Kristen), which means that I won’t be reading books published this year (or at least read less books that will be published this year). I have so many unread books from my shelf, and I want to finish them all before I buy new ones. But I will buy books which were published the previous years – books that I need to continue, or finish a series. I also plan to read more classical books this year, more than what I’ve read the previous years. So that explains what I’m planning to do this 2017 in terms of reading. So for now, I’ll be starting to read my first book of 2017 – Extraordinary Means, by Robyn Schneider (A review on that soon!).

Behind the Cover

Hey there! It’s us. And our first post will be… well, about us! We are both 17 Communication students from the tropical and sunny Philippines, and no, we don’t go to the same university although we’re taking the same major in college. It is fate that brought us together despite the (short) distance between us. 😜 We’ve known each other for over a year now, more than we individually know ourselves. That’s why here, we chose to tell things we know about each other rather than describing our own selves that’ll result to … nothing, probably. 

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This is Gio. He fell in love with books since 5th grade and stayed in love until now. From The 39 Clues to Matthew Quick novels, books have kept him company as an only child. Young Adult Fiction, specifically fantasy and contemporary, is his favorite and most-read genre. He’s a dork and a big nerd. He usually spends his free time playing video games, collecting toys (he has a hundred of ’em!), capturing Pokémon here and there, making origami and watching TV shows or movies which are nerdy (i.e. Star Wars, Sherlock, Doctor Who, etc.) aside from the seasonal football games.

He’s a huge fan of Owl City music and recently he listens to Capital Cities too. He also found his way to the world of writing; so far he has a couple of unfinished storieshandwritten and typedhidden in his drawer. Besides that, he has a collection of poetry as well in which some of them have been featured and published in folios and school newsletters/magazines. He’s currently a Literary Deputy Editor of their college publication. Being an introvert, words are his best friends. I’ve never met nor known someone like him before because of his uniqueness. For me, he’s a book being written everyday. He’s a living compilation of stories, never ending. There’s a lot more to discover behind those glasses (which he looks so adorkable with them) and I’m always in the mood to explore every page of him.

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This is Kristen. She has a beautiful smile and she loves reading Fantasy novels that bring her into her own wonderful world. I’d want to join her someday there, wherever she takes herself. She is the most brilliant writer I’ve ever known, and all of her works—her short stories and poetry—are works of art that will someday be published for their wonders. Her love for Disney is one of the things that makes her lovely; she’d spent the entire day watching Disney films as she sings along to their soundtracks. She has  a beautiful voice, though she claims that she doesn’t have, that makes me smile every time I hear it (she’s singing right now as I type this down, and I really can’t help but smile), and also makes me feel alive and well, if I’m not fine. She’s a big fan of Taylor Swift, and she also listens to country music, which is another thing that’s unique about her.

She adores ice skating and plans to improve on her skills in the future when the time comes. She’s silent, timid, and a demure type of girl, but inside her is a universe filled with thoughts, ideas, and imaginations that I cannot wait to hear when we converse in the night before we sleep. She’s really special, and she’s the best person to be with, and she never fails to make me happy, which is one of the infinite of things that’s wonderful about her.

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So, this is us, Kristen and Gio, and that’s all we can share about our personal characters (at least, for now!). Expect to hear from more of us soon! Book reviews*, book recommendations and discussions, literary works, and other varieties of reading- and writing-related stuff will be posted on our blog! Perhaps we’re going to share occasional life stories, too!

We can’t wait to travel through the tales with all of you, fellow loving readers!  After all, this is just a prologue… 😉 

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