ARC Review: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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ARC Review: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
The Rose and The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
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Pages: 432
Source: Publisher
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Pubilcation Date: April 26th 2016
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy, Magic, Retellings, Romance, Young Adult

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as "a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance."

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn't yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh Review

It is so hard to write a coherent review when all I want to do is fangirl and scream and run around in circles because this book is complete and utter perfection, in every sense of the word. I loved The Wrath & The Dawn, and I loved this even more. I’m totally blown away. Renee Ahdieh has done it again and I will forever insta-buy anything she writes. She could literally write something about a piece of bark and I’d still love it. I even made image collage, which we all knows means I’m fangirling like a headless chicken. Oh, and I’m using romantic Aladdin GIFs because I AM NOT OKAY.

Shahrzad Khalid Rose Dagger Wrath Dawn Renee Ahdieh Fanart Reivew

I actually read this as slow as possible to try and savour it because it was so rutting good. My heart swelled — I shed tears of sadness and happiness. This book is basically everything that I have ever wanted and more. Once I finished reading this I almost reread it, and I hardly ever reread anything – that’s how good it was.

“Do you know why I adore roses? I’ve always loved them for their beauty and their scent, but–”
“It’s because of their thorns. Because there’s more to them than first meets the eye.”

Enthralling story and rich descriptions

The Rose and The Dagger picks up straight up where The Wrath and The Dawn ended. I’m not going to go into much detail about it, but there was new locations, elements, and characters introduced and I adored all of it. I couldn’t get enough of it all.


Characters are unforgettable

Shahzard is actually one of my idols. I forgot how much I loved her and this just made me fall in love with her all over again. She is strong, clever, caring, fierce, and loving and is basically all I have ever wanted in a heroine. Khalid is ever the same perfect love interest.

“You’re better than beautiful.” Rahim took a careful breath. “You’re interesting. Never forget that.”

Relationships are perfection

If you’ve read my review of TW&TD or know me, you know I ship the shit out of Shazi and Khalid because they are actual couple goals. They are in every way equals, and I love how much you can really feel their love, it was bursting out of the pages. There was more than 2 other romances too – my swooning heart almost burst, I swear.


This is one of my all time favourite series of ever. It is just so incredibly beautiful. I do wish that there was a bit more to the story, as I’d love to know more about the new characters and read more about Despina and Jalal. At least there are the novellas: The Moth & The FlameThe Crown & The Arrow, and The Mirror & The Maze. Thank goodness they are there, otherwise I’m not quite sure if I would survive.

Now, please excuse me whilst I go and pick up all the pieces of my heart.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.9 / 5

About Renee Ahdieh

Renee Ahdieh

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and her dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, is available wherever books are sold. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

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    Lucia @Reading Is My Breathing
    April 4, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Ooh, you have new blog layout/design! I love it 🙂
    Now onto your review. I am not that big fan of first book (it is probably the only book on which we do not agree 100%) and I was undecided whether I should read sequel or not. BUT your passionate review is making me to pick it up asap! Awesome review, Anissa 🙂

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    Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things
    April 4, 2016 at 11:41 am

    YAY so glad to hear that you loved the sequel, gosh I need this book in my hands right now though or I might just explode! Lovely review 🙂

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    Alyssa @ The Devil Orders Takeout
    April 4, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    !!!!! So eager for this. I admit I didn’t think TWATD lived up to the hype — it’s a solid book but more quotable than touching — but I reread it recently and the characters are just so great. Excited for this!

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    April 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    I’m so glad you loved this one! I really enjoyed TWATD, and I’ve heard only good things about this too, so I’m so excited to read it. I was super happy to found out the release date had been pushed earlier… something that hardly ever happens! I love the setting, so I can’t wait to slip back into the glorious world. I loved Shahrzad too, so I’m excited to read more about her! I haven’t read the novellas yet, so hopefully I’ll be able to read them after this incase I get too sad that I have to wait a whole other year <3

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    Kristyn @ Reading to Unwind
    April 4, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    I haven’t heard of this series of books, but it looks really interesting. Great review!

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    Zoe @ Stories on Stage
    April 4, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    The “hot hot” label tells me all I need to know. 😉 xD

    But YES! I am so glad you found this to be such a great sequel. I really liked The Wrath and the Dawn and am so glad to hear that the sequel is just as good. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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    April 5, 2016 at 7:05 am

    Your review makes me even more pumped to read TRATD! It sounds even more amazing than TWATD, and I’m pretty sure it would break my heart to pieces. I can’t wait to come back to the beautiful and rich world Renee has created for us, and I’m glad she doesn’t fail to deliver in this book. Also, Sharzhad and Khalid<33 Amazing review Anissa!

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    April 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I like the covers of this series, they are unique and pretty! I’ve not read these ones, but have heard about them. Not sure if they’re my thing, but they’re definitely at the back of my mind, saved up for a rainy day. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! 🙂

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    April 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    I’m so excited for this release!! I really enjoyed The Wrath and the Dawn, and can’t wait to read the sequel. I’m glad you really enjoyed it. Your thoughtful review makes me that much more excited to read The Rose and the Dagger. Great review!

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    April 8, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    I saw this and I went coocoo and in a way I am also sad because I want this book in my hand right now. Your review is just adding to the craze in my head and that is just perfect.

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    April 11, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Hell yes. I can’t wait for this one, I’m definitely going to preorder it-so excited. The romance sounds it was even better than the last book which is next to impossible because I shipped them so much! Can’t wait to see some new faces too. Great review ;D

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    May 31, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Hey Anissa!!! (Same name of my little Sister! ) I totally agree with you:this book is awesome!!! I loved it, the characters, the places, the food, the fights, the love…it was perfect! The more i was turning the pages, the more i didn’t want to finish this bbeautiful story!!! But now i don’t know how i’m gonna do to read another book! Renée Ahdieh is an amazing author who writes beautifuly and i hope she won’t stop! Kisses from France! Sabrina

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    June 7, 2016 at 1:04 am

    You loved this one even more?? Ahh I freaking LOVE the romance , characters, and writing. I haven’t read this book yet, but your review has convinced me to push it higher on my TBR.

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