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Beyond Words- The Wrath & The Dawn

The Wandering Weekenders- Beyond Words A Blogger's Book Club

Well Chris and I might be working our way through Europe right about now, but that doesn’t mean that I would miss the opportunity to link up with Carolann and Christy for this month’s Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club linkup! This month we read The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and I loved it so much and I can’t wait to talk about it!

The Wandering Weekenders- Beyond Words: The Wrath & The Dawn

In the kingdom of Khorasan, a young boy king named Khalid has become notorious across the land for marrying a new bride every day, only to have her murdered at dawn the next day. When Shahrzad’s best friend is murdered by the king, Shahrzad volunteers to become the next Calipha so that she can seek revenge on the king.

To survive the first night, Shahrzad tells the Caliph a long winded tale that he cannot resist hearing the ending to. When dawn arises, he let’s her live until the following night so that he can hear the end of the story the following night. This continues for several nights until it is apparent that Shahrzad will be allowed to live. As she continues to meet the king every night, their feelings start to grow towards each other, and suddenly Shahrzad asks herself if she can really follow through with the act of murder that she originally had planned for the king.

If you’ve heard of the story A Thousand And One Nights, and think that the premise of this story sounds familiar, you would be correct. The storyline is very similar, especially the storytelling part between Shahrzad and Khalid and the killing of the brides at dawn. Having never read the story myself, I can’t say whether or not that’s where the similarities end or not. I would assume that they stay pretty similar, but I’m not sure. That being said, after reading this book I’m really interested in reading the original story now.

If you read my reading update from April, you know that last month was definitely a slow month of reading for me. While I haven’t been doing that much better for the month of May, this was one of the books that definitely helped to break my slump that I was in. This book immediately grabbed me and pulled me in, and I couldn’t put it down! I loved how the author alternated points of view for the different characters and it definitely helped me to stay interested. Even though I wanted to hear more about Shahrzad’s storyline, I still wanted to learn more from her friend’s point of view as well, and even Khalid.

The other thing that I really liked about this book was how you really felt for every character and their situation that they were in, even if you didn’t think that you should like them. For example, the king who is murdering young women every morning you think that you should hate, but at the same time you can’t help but feel bad for the situation that he’s in and hope that he turns over a new leaf.

I have to say that even though I loved this book very much, the one thing that I didn’t like was that it basically ended leading right into a sequel. I guess that it’s the thing now with YA books now, they all have to be more than one book or triologys. I seriously don’t understand why authors can’t write just one solid book. Anyways, I guess I really should stop my complaining because the sequel was on sale the other day for just $2.99 from Barnes & Noble, so now I’ll be able to know what happened!

Overall, I thought that this was a solid 4 out of 5 stars, and I probably would have rated it a 5 out of 5 stars if it had been a stand alone book. Next month we’re slated to read The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, and I might be even more excited to read this one than I was to read some of other books. Ever since Hulu released the series I’ve been dying to read the book so I can watch the series. I just hope that I end up loving it as much as I think that I will.

Have you read any good books lately? Have you read The Wrath & The Dawn? 

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Beyond Words: A Bloggers Book Club- A review of The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, a great twist on a modern tale!

Show Us Your Books- What I Read In April

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In February

It’s Show Us Your Books Day, It’s Show Us Your Books Day with Steph and Jana! While I definitely didn’t have a too stellar of a reading month, I’m hoping that I’ll still be able to add some books to my TBR list, and maybe y’all might find something that interests you in my list even though it is quite short.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In April

While You Were Mine by Ann Howard Creel ★ 3 stars

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

While WWII definitely tore apart the continent of Europe, there were also things going on back home in America that tore some families apart as well. Gwen moved to NYC to escape her life back home in Colorado. She became a nurse and loved her life in the big city, but what she didn’t expect was that her roommate, a wife of a solider serving in Europe, would up and leave one day, leaving Gwen without a roommate but also in charge of her young daughter, Mary.

Gwen decides to make the most of the situation and instantly falls in love with the young girl. On VJ Day the celebrations are going strong in NYC, but Gwen’s world instantly falls apart around her when Mary’s father returns that night. What follows is a love story that will throw Gwen’s life through the ringer.

It took me a while to get into this book, and after about half way through I really started to enjoy it. I really thought that there’d be more discussion about WWII, but I did enjoy the discussion about how people got along after the war. How people tried to put the war behind them.

Overall, I thought that this was a good love story that talked not only about romance, but a mothers love and the love between friends as well. Nothing extremely special, but still an ok read.

The Wandering Weekenders- Show Us Your Books- What I Read In April

Always Something There To Remind Me By Beth Harrison ★ 3 stars

We’ve all had a first love, and while most of us don’t end up with that first love in the long run, for Erin her high school sweetheart Nate will always be the one that got away. Even 20 years later, after having a daughter and raising her, Nate is still on the forefront of Erin’s mind, even when her boyfriend proposes to her. So when a chance meeting with Nate happens, Erin’s whole world is thrown into tumult.

More like 3.5 stars. I thought that it was a cute book and I was fully invested in Nate and Erin’s story, but at times the book felt slow. I did like that there were flashbacks so you got to see how their story started off, how it ended, and why they were at the point that they were in their lives. Not my favorite book of all time, but still a cute little chicklit.

So there you have it the whole two books that I read this month. Definitely not my best month for reading, but hopefully May will be a little bit better. We do have a nice long flight to Europe coming up, so I’m hoping that I’ll get some reading done then! I also didn’t finish Erin’s challenge this time around, but there’s always hope for the next time around too!

Have you read any good books lately? Did you participate in Erin’s Book Challenge?

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Show Us Your Books- What I Read In April: Reviews of While You Were Mine and Always Something There To Remind Me.

My Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 Choices:

My Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0 Results:

5 points:  Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages.
The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney (320 pages, 4 stars).
10 points:  Read a book that starts with the letter “W”.
While You Were Mine by Ann Howard Creel (301 pages, 3 stars).
10 points:  Read a book with six words in the title.
Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler (320 pages, 4 stars).
15 points:  Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover.
Always Something There To Remind Me by Beth Harbison (358 pages, 3 stars).
20 points:  Read a book with a homonym in the title.
I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh (371 pages, 4 stars).
20 points:  (Submitted by Linda) Read a book by your favorite author.
My Not So Perfect Life by Sophie Kinsella (400 pages, 5 stars).
30 points:  (Submitted by Peggy) Read a “Rory Gilmore” book.
The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (256 pages, 3 stars).
30 points:  (Submitted by Stef)  Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read.)
Are You There Vodka, It’s Me Chelsea by Chelsea Handler (264 pages, 4 stars).

PREVIOUS POINTS: 115
TOTAL POINTS: 140

Beyond Words: I Let You Go

The Wandering Weekenders- Beyond Words A Blogger's Book Club

It’s seriously so hard to believe that April is already over and done with and that we’re pretty much in full swing of summer down here in the South. But the end of April also means that it’s time for another Beyond Words: A Blogger’s Book Club with Carolann and Christy. This month we’re discussing probably one of the best thrillers that I’ve read in a long time, I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. I did receive an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

The Wandering Weekenders- Beyond Words: I Let You Go

It’s amazing how life can change in an instant, and that’s exactly what happened to Jenna Gray one very rainy evening. In a horrific hit and run accident her whole world is turned upside down when young Jacob is struck by a car and instantly dies. In order to escape her feelings and the life that is laying in ruins, Jenna flees to the Welsh coast and tries to begin another life, although as Jenna soon finds out, it’s very hard to escape your past.

While I really loved this book, I will preface this with the fact that it took me quite a while to get into the book and to the point that I couldn’t put it down. While I Let You Go is a thriller, it’s kind of a slow thriller that takes some time to really set up the storyline before you mind is just completely blown! So if you haven’t read this book, just make sure that you give it until about 45% of the way through before you officially decide that you can’t read it anymore.

Another aspect of the book that I really enjoyed is the fact that the chapters were alternating between Jenna’s point of view and the police officers that are still trying to solve the hit and run accident. While I didn’t particularly care for reading about the detectives all the time, it totally set everything else up for the rest of the book and the thrill at the end of the story!

There are some big spoilers at the end that I’m not going to talk about, but I have to admit that one of the twists, or what I think one of the twists is I kind of guessed at the beginning of the book. Something about the start of the book didn’t gel well with me, and I even remember turning back to read the prologue again, but then I just continued reading. It all made perfect sense once I got to the middle of the book!

Now this really doesn’t have anything to do with the story that much, but I absolutely love that the author chose Wales as the setting for the book. The way that she described it as rustic and harsh yet beautiful being set near the coast made me want to hop on a plane and spend some time at the welsh coast! But let’s face it, I usually love any book that’s set in Europe or the U.K.  

I know that I didn’t give too many details about this book, but I really just don’t want to spoil anything for those of y’all that haven’t read this book yet. Which by the way, if you haven’t read this book yet, what in the world are you waiting for? Go and pick it up right now because you definitely won’t regret it! It’s a great thoughtful thriller that will definitely have you hooked, although it may end up being towards the end of the book instead of the beginning!

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A book review of I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh. I solid thriller that starts off a little slow, it's one to not be missed for sure!

 

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