THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Ahdieh

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5 out of 5

*SPOILER ALERT*

Let me start off by saying that I was so mad at the ending but I’m so glad there’s going to be a second book. I loved, loved, LOVED this book. As a retelling of the Bluebeard fairy tale, I was torn about my feelings for Khalid, but I was very happy with the reason the author created for his murders. Did I ever think I’d find myself crushing on a character who was a murderer? No, but Ahdieh is such a great writer that I don’t think anyone reading this story can help it.

Everything about this book was what I wanted in a story; I was never disappointed and found complete satisfaction in every aspect of the storytelling, except for the various perspectives. At times, I didn’t think they worked. There were a few sections in other characters’ points of view that could have been shortened or skipped over all together, and I think the novel would have been slightly stronger for it.

Otherwise, The Wrath and the Dawn is perfect, and is so rich in world-building and culture. I highly recommend this book to everyone.

-Ember Book Reviews

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P.S. I have read other Bluebeard retellings before, and this one is by far the best and most well-rounded. I always love a sympathetic villain.

ROOK by Sharon Cameron

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5 out of 5

[For the sake of time, I will temporarily be omitting the synopses on my book reviews, as I am trying to balance school with book reviewing and, considering the wealth of places where book synopses can be found online, do not think it worthwhile at this point in time. If anyone has any objection to this, please let me know, and I will try my best to give brief plot overviews.]

First of all, this book is so elegantly written. The various perspectives are interestingly handled, with each character only getting what page time is absolutely necessary to tell their part of the story, which I appreciated. I love that we are taken back to the time of the French Revolution, but it’s a dystopic version of it. That is incredibly unique, and the references to our current culture as “ancient” are fascinating. The action was also incredible, and this book is a true page-turner.

My only disappointment came with the love story. In and of itself, it was great. However, I was severely disappointed with the lack of a love scene. (See my post on sex in YA.) It led right up to it, but cut off right before anything happened, and it’s anyone’s guess whether or not their love was consummated or not. It was annoying, to say the least, and I felt it to be a waste of time.

Even still, Rook is currently tied with Legacy of Kings for my favourite historical fantasy novel of the year, though Legacy may be edging it out just slightly. In both novels, the landscape is absolutely spectacular, and I could get lost in Rook’s world over and over again.

-Ember Book Reviews

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One Month Later…

Ah! I am so sorry, everybody, for my absence. Some of you may be aware that I started my final year of university and things have been pretty hectic on that front. So much work to do! But have no fear—I have about four or five book reviews waiting to be posted that I hope to get up soon.

In other news, I have also been published. Two of my essays can be found here and are called, “‘It’s not what we’re doing’: Sherlock Holmes and the ‘Problem’ with Fan and Slash Fiction” and “Sexual Performance in Jane Eyre: Questions of Identity and Status.” (For those of you that didn’t know, I’m a Victorian English major.)

So please keep checking back as I start to put up more book reviews! Again, I’m very sorry for the absence and delay.

-Ember Book Reviews