I’ve been listening to “Because of You” by Kelly Clarkson for the past hour, and it accurately describes my relationship with this masterpiece.

I don’t know how to stop crying, and now that I’ve thought about it some, it seems a little irrational, but I can’t stop. I don’t understand why I keep torturing myself with doomed romances, but here we are. If you’re in the mood for crying, read The Wrath and the Dawn. (Also, if you’re not in the mood for crying, read The Wrath and the Dawn.) There is no doubt in my mind that you will love it, but, you know, prepare yourself for the body-wracking sobs. I did not prepare myself for the weeping, so when it happened, I was just crying quietly into my bookbag while I sat in the bus. It was not ideal.

And oh my, Khalid. I love you, a thousand times over. Cue the sobs.

This book was FANTASTIC. The writing was beautiful, the characters well-formed, the relationships tear-worthy. Divine, absolutely divine.

The Wrath and the Dawn is about a girl named Shahrzad and a boy named Khalid. Khalid is the Caliph of ???, and he keeps killing his wives because he wants to protect his city from this curse he was placed under and blah, blah, blah.

Anyway, Shahrzad’s best friend becomes one of Khalid’s wives and is then killed at dawn, just like everyone else. Naturally, Shahrzad is pretty pissed that her friend is dead, so she goes into Vengeance Mode and volunteers to be Khalid’s next wife.

Her goal is to kill him and end his reign of death and stuff, but she has to stall first, so on the first night, when he comes to visit her, after they do stuff

Shahrzad tells him a story, and at dawn, when she isn’t finished, Khalid is like, “Fine, I’ll let you live,” and stalks off like a baby.

On the second night, Shahrzad pulls the same stuff, and it continues. At some point (either after the third or fourth night, idk??) Shahrzad is escorted to the Death Courtyard (that’s not what it’s called, it’s been a while since I read this book, forgive me) and they put the silk thread around her neck that she’s supposed to be strangled with.

But then Khalid comes and is like

and then he’s like

with Shahrzad.

So yeah, stuff happens, they fall in love, whatever, but THE ENDING.

I guess it made sense or whatever, but MY HEART HURTS.

Up until that, though, this book was fantastic. I recommend it to all, but read it with several boxes of tissues nearby because you will cry.

Five stars:

five stars