Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

The Rose and the Dagger Renee Ahdieh The Wrath and the Dawn
The Rose and the Dagger Renee Ahdieh cover The Wrath and the Dawn

Title: The Rose and the Dagger 
Author: Renee Ahdieh 
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2 
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, YA 
Publication date: April 26, 2016 
Rating: ★★★★ 

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars. In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever. Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

Review: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath And The Dawn Renee Ahdieh
The Wrath And The Dawn Renee Ahdieh cover

Title: The Wrath and the Dawn 
Author: Renee Ahdieh 
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #1 
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling, YA 
Publication date: May 12, 2015 
Rating: ★★★★ 

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?

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Upcoming Releases: July 2016

The motto 'better late than never' is starting to become all-too personal these days. But hey, it's still true. Here are July's releases for all those who - like me - like to discover new books every month. Obviously I am OVERLY excited about J.K. Rowling's HP and the Cursed Child. I am dying to know what will be in the book and if it is actually HP8. I am also terribly afraid to get disappointed. The struggle is real. Are any of these books on your TBR? Which ones are you excited about?

June Wrap Up

June Wrap Up
This is coming awfully late, but as tradition wants it - June was CRAZY. The end of the school year is always full of obligations, stress and tons of work. As if in order to deserve vacation, we have to go in overdrive first. I didn't get to a lot of reading. Nor to watching tv shows or writing for that matter. I didn't do anything besides working.. Well, that and watching football. Yes, yes. I admit. The spare time I had went fully to euro 2016. There's just something about big tournaments that I can't resist. The Belgian national team was part of it this time, but I love the competition and the sense of people joining behind a common cause most. Rooting for a team together. And I just enjoy football. Following euro this closely was very time-consuming so it wouldn't be fair to blame everything on work. (Although it was still a really huge part!) And there is also the fact that I had to bring my laptop in for reparation so the blog schedule I had put up fell apart completely. I should have written tons of posts, but I couldn't. I will make up for it! 

Summer TBR - 2016

Summer TBR
Now that the insanity that was June has passed, I'm ready for a well-deserved vacation. And blogging. So you'll be hearing more from me the coming weeks. I have some book reviews ready, a June wrap up and of course the upcoming releases for July! Including HP and the cursed child! In the mean time, here is my summer TBR. It would be very optimistic to assume I will be reading all of these. But most have been on my list for a long time and I do intend to read as many of them as possible. Are there books that made your list as well? Any suggestions in case I don't stick to my tbr?
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