While I found some problems within this piece (pacing and world-building mostly), I did quite like it. I think I might wait till we get the second copWhile I found some problems within this piece (pacing and world-building mostly), I did quite like it. I think I might wait till we get the second copy at the library before making up my mind....more
I AM 100 PAGES IN AND I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT EVERYTHING. THIS BOOK IS GREAT. THAT IS ALL.
I can be a weird kind of reader at times. I like fast-paced acI AM 100 PAGES IN AND I HAVE FEELINGS ABOUT EVERYTHING. THIS BOOK IS GREAT. THAT IS ALL.
I can be a weird kind of reader at times. I like fast-paced action oriented adventures, but also like slow paced building beautiful pieces of nothing that enchant my mind. See my reviews for The Night Circus and Pegasus if you need further proof of how weird I am. It's probably the reason I like a lot of middle books. I like lingering with characters and worlds.
This is one of those kinds of books. It's slow, it requires your patience, but also your attention. It's a soft novel of magic, a lingering quiet that slowly envelops you while you're reading. Does that mean it doesn't have action? Or freaky things that are still haunting my dreams? No. But you shouldn't expect to have that off the bat. It's a novel to be savored, not eaten quickly.
And that's my kind of thing. So yes, I loved it. I loved it for its words, its characters, its story. I loved it because it's something I wish I could've written. Do I recommend this for everyone? No, absolutely not. But if you like slow novels, if you like that kind of fantasy, then absolutely give it a shot. I know I won't stop dreaming about this one for a long, long while....more
I was delighted when I found this gem (and another copy for the library!) in the children's section. WhenI find the weirdest stuff at Value Village.
I was delighted when I found this gem (and another copy for the library!) in the children's section. When I opened it to Aslan coming out of a stone tablet I knew.
Since then I've been playing with all the interactive tabs like a happy five year old. Being an adult is great.
Additional notes after reading:
This was a lovely little addition to the Narnia series. While it doesn't give you much in terms of extra info, it's a nice summary of the series and is definitely appropriate for younger readers of the series.
That being said, I'm still going to gush over every little interactive piece in this book until someone pulls it out of my hands. ...more
I really, really did not expect to like this book. I definitely didn't expect to love it as much as I did. Or4.5
I know. I'm as surprised as you are.
I really, really did not expect to like this book. I definitely didn't expect to love it as much as I did. Or devour it in 3 sittings.
(What is really funny is that I put a hold on this at the same time I did An Ember in the Ashes a book I expected to love and completely hated, while I expected to hate this and completely loved it-the book gods are playing tricks on me again.)
TWATD is definitely a swooney, gooey, lingering romance. Let's not lie, for all the magic, intrigue, and historical setting, this is a gushy romance. It's dramatic, it's sometimes over the top, but it's...well if you like that sort of thing (which apparently I do) it's great. Just don't expect to fall into a fantasy. This is a romance. It has fantasy elements, but it is romance through and through. If you liked things like The Winner's Curse or, even, Kushiel's Dart (though downplay the intrigue and up the romance/love talk), you will probably enjoy The Wrath and the Dawn. If you're looking for a revenge novel a la Retribution, Part 1, I would suggest something else.
There's more dawn than wrath is what I'm getting at essentially.
Which is fine, because the original Arabian Night frame story is kind of about redeeming a murderous psychopath through love and storytelling. Thankfully Ahdieh decided not to provide us with a psycho we could all fall in love with (I'm looking at you E L James), and instead molded the story to her own purposes. Which I'm very much fine with-retellings are much more interesting when they're picked apart and put together again with different glue.
I really don't have much to say regarding this book. I loved it. I loved the romance. I loved the protags. I loved the portrayal of friendship. I loved the elements of magic slowly seeping in. I loved the language-have we talked about this yet? because the language is really nice in here. Ahdieh really knows how to write a slow, enticing burn of a novel. And even if it is a little bumpy at points, there's so much good here you know it will only improve.
A fairly typical vampire love story, but just cute and honest enough for me to love it.
I also liked how when I finished the story, I noticed the adsA fairly typical vampire love story, but just cute and honest enough for me to love it.
I also liked how when I finished the story, I noticed the ads at the back were for Vampire Knight, Vol. 1 and Millennium Snow, Vol. 1 respectfully. My thought was "oh, I own those two, what a coincidence-wait how much vampire manga do I own?"