Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Teaser Tuesday: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh.

The Wrath and the Dawn –
G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books
for Young Readers

“Are you a good spy?”
“The best.”
“A good spy would hide her identity.”
“The best spies don’t have to.”
— Chapter 5

“You can’t foresee the future. And there’s nothing you can do about the past.”
“You’re wrong. I can learn from it . . .”
— Chapter 9

Potentially leading question: Have you ever been to an Arabian style palace or its remains? My family took me on a trip to southern Spain when I was younger where we visited the Alhambra palace. I vividly remember that my imagination was running wild in that amazing place and I was thinking how life must have been there. I also remember that I was fascinated by the idea that women were this prized possession that had to be kept away from prying eyes ... and I remember wondering if all those women actually liked being such a possession. All these and many more memories came to mind during this book which is so refreshingly located in a culture so very different from my own but still has this incredible mix of inspiring characters.
There are a few aspects that make this story great but not awesome. I would have liked a little more emotional insight in certain moments instead of a tactful fade to black or character cut. And if the retelling of some of the Arabian Nights myths is such an important part of the story, I wish it would have had more prominence regarding Shahrzad spinning those tales. But apart from that I have to say that I absolutely adored how she slowly but surely dug through the caliph’s defences ... and her own reservations as well.
I also really liked the side characters. I want a Despina and a Jalal ... and possibly a Tariq, but I’m not quite convinced that he isn’t a stubborn and possibly blinded fanatic. I’ll have to see what happens in the continuation of the story ... which won’t be out until next year. Oh cruel world!

Are you going on any summer travels? This might be via books or in person. Share your destinations and teasers in the comments!


Shazziecar said...

Interesting teasers, thanks for sharing.
Here's mine this week: http://www.sharonsbooknook.com/2015/07/07/teaser-tuesday-september-sky/

Karen and Gerard said...

I like your teaser and your synopsis--too bad you have to wait until next year for the next book. I really prefer stand alones or series that are already completed so I don't have to wait so long. By the time the next books come out, I feel I need to reread the first ones to refresh my memory!

Beth F said...

Good teaser. I've been wondering about this book ... now I'll add it to my list.

My teaser (w/ a giveaway): Beth Fish Reads

Nadene @Ttly Addicted 2 Reading said...

Interesting and though provoking. Here is mine

Kathy Martin said...

Great teasers. This book is on my wishlist. My YA teaser this week is from Battlesaurus: Rampage at Waterloo by Brian Falkner. Happy reading!

Literary Feline said...

Those are awesome teasers. I've been wanting to read this one.

Tanya @ Girl Plus Books said...

Great teasers! I really love the first one. I rarely read fantasy (I'm a contemporary lover) but I've seen nothing but rave reviews for The Wrath and the Dawn so it has me intrigued. My teaser is here: http://bit.ly/1fkO4Ft

Vicki said...

Love both teasers!

Vicki said...

Love both teasers!

Tribute Books Mama said...

Two good teasers!

HeatherAnne said...

Those teasers are GREAT! I would have added this to my TBR pile without your thoughtful additions to the teasers. And the pile grows larger. LOL

I am reading Interview with the Vampire at the moment so my teaser is from it. I can't believe I've never read it before as much as I like fantasy fiction!


Unknown said...

Both of those are great teasers. This is on my wish list.

My TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/07/07/teaser-tuesdays-121-morrigans-shadow/

Anonymous said...

LOL Funny teaser.

mine: https://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2015/07/06/teaser-tuesday-stories-of-the-raksura-volume-2/

karen said...

I love the snark! Definitely one I'll be looking into!
My TT: http://wellreadpiratequeen.blogspot.com/2015/07/teaser-tuesday-18-anything-but-civil.html

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