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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Retelling I Actually Liked? #Shocked

Andye speaks... 

I hate retellings. 

If there is a retelling written. I basically hate it.

Ok, that's going overboard. I don't usually hate them, but they seriously just don't do it for me, and I really have no idea why. I find them boring.

Like, name a retelling. Just name one.

Nope. Didn't like it.

Cinder? Nope.


Of Metal and Wishes? Cruel Beauty? Dorothy Must Die? The Fall? Masque of the Red Death?

Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope.

So I wasn't even going to try this book. I've basically given up on liking any retelling ever.

But those audiobook people are tricky. "Just try it," they say. "It's so easy to download," they say. "The narrator is fabulous," they say.

Turns out they say true things.


I did listen to it on audio, and the narrator was awesome. I highly recommend it if you're into audiobooks.

This story is full of tension, turmoil and mystery. With a strong, courageous female main character, and a romance that is dangerous and forbidden, The Wrath and the Dawn is exactly the kind of book I love. 

If you don't normally do retellings, or if you've been on the fence about this one, JUST DO IT!

You will not regret it!


A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Are you a fan of retellings? Is there anyone out there that has as much trouble with them as I do? Is there any hope for me?



  2. You remind me of how I am with mermaid (or sea creature, etc.) books! I tend to get bored or have big issues with them. I started The Summer of Chasing Mermaids the other day, and I immediately disliked it. It's contemporary, yet it STILL doesn't work for me.

    Anyway, it's awesome that you finally found a retelling that you loved!! I don't read retellings often, and I'm not really sure if I tend to enjoy them or get bored. But I will definitely read The Wrath and the Dawn. :)

  3. Well, well, well. Look at you finding a retelling that works for you! This is definitely one I need to read!

  4. I KNOW! I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! I'm surprised you haven't given it a go yet. I'm definitely interested to hear what you think. We're not always on par in the fantasy realm. :P

  5. Yay! I hope you love it too! There was a tiny bit of boredom for me when the alternate viewpoint came into play, but other than that I really loved this book.

    Oh, I'm the same way with mermaid books too. They just never seem to work for me. :/

  6. Right? RIGHT??! I'm so glad you loved this too! Maybe there's hope for us after all! <3

  7. Retellings are practically my favorite thing to read. XD I've yet to read this one though so I'm super excited for it!

  8. OHHH! Yaaay :D I'm so thrilled that you ended up loving this book Andye :D That is aaamazing. <3 And ugh, now I'm more excited about reading it soonish, hih :) Thank you for sharing your awesome thoughts sweetie. <3

  9. I bought this right before BEA and it has taken a back seat to everything else. I am excited to pick it up when I finish 2 review books.

    I like some retellings but they are hard to get into.

    Books Buying Beauty

  10. I'm listening to it now!!! Going really well :) Oh, and I love retellings, both in fairy tales and mythology.

  11. Oooh YAY!! I hope you end up liking it all the way through. Do you like the narrator?

  12. You'll have to let me know what other retellings you like. Maybe I'll have some luck with them. Yeah, luckily I got this on audio, or it probably would've gotten lost in the BEA shuffle too.

  13. Yeah, you'll definitely have to let me know your thoughts. You read so fast I'm sure you'll get to it soon :D

  14. I feel like I SHOULD like retellings. I get so excited about them, and I love the concept, and it's not like the writing has been bad. I really wish I knew what my problem was with them. Luckily this one was an exception. I hope you love it too!

  15. YES. THIS BOOK. Okay, so, I'll confess: I ADORE retellings. I LIVE for them, haha ;) But I also have to say that I did have my misgivings about this one--probably because there was so much type around it you know? But I ended up loving this! (Although I was reading it, not listening to it--I might have to give it a chance!) Lovely review :)

  16. You are not alone! The retellings camp is a big camp, haha. I know I'm the oddball out. But at least this one was a hit for me!! I'm so relieved.

  17. I'm having trouble with the voice for the male characters :(


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