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Review - The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Expected Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genre: Fairy tales/fantasy/romance

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by "A Thousand and One Nights"
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi's wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she's falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

It’s rare that a book so vividly fantastical comes along. A book that captures your mind so completely that you miss your train stop, weep furiously in public, and sigh in anger as soon as the last page is turned. The Wrath and the Dawn is one of those books. A new spin on the classic 1001 Nights tale with a Beauty and the Beast twist, The Wrath and the Dawn is a beautifully crafted story that twists and turns itself into something that leaves you breathless and wanting more.

Shazi sets out to right the wrongs that the 18-year-old Caliph of Khorasan has done to her people. She seeks revenge for her best friend, taken by the Caliph and murdered in the same fashion as the other girls. Every night the Caliph takes a new wife, and in the morning she’s dead, found with a silken rope around her neck. The Caliph is a cruel ruler, feared by his people, but Shazi does not fear him. Her strength and unwillingness to back down to this mysterious king is admirable, and her stubborn nature keeps her alive. Throughout her time at the castle, Shazi discovers that things aren’t as they seem. Is the Caliph really as cruel a king as the people think, or is something more sinister going on?

Renee Ahdieh has taken classic fairy tales and given them new life. She’s written a story so real you can feel the sand of the Khorasan desert beneath your feet. Perfect, sensual, brilliant – just read it.
Reviewed by Anna, Not Your Mother's Book Club Coordinator

Highly Anticipating - Thor's Serpents by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr and Bear and Duck by Katy Hudson

Thor's Serpents by K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr
Expected Publication Date: May 19th, 2015
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 368 pages

For fans of "Percy Jackson and the Olympians," the thrilling conclusion to The Blackwell Pages, written by "New York Times "bestselling YA authors, K.L. Armstrong and M.A. Marr.
Thirteen-year-olds Matt, Laurie, and Fen have beaten near-impossible odds to assemble their fellow descendants of the Norse Gods and complete epic quests. Their biggest challenge lies ahead: battling the fierce monsters working to bring about the apocalypse.
But when they learn that Matt must fight the Midgard Serpent alone and Fen and Laurie are pulled in other directions, the friends realize they can't take every step of this journey together. Matt, Laurie, and Fen will each have to fight their own battles to survive, to be true to themselves, and to one another - with nothing less than the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Why we can't wait: Book 3 in the Loki's Wolves series!!!! Kids love it, parents love it, we love it. Yeah, we want it now.

Bear and Duck by Katy Hudson
Expected Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 32 pages

Bear is sick and tired of being a bear. Who wants to sleep all winter? His fur feels so hot in the summer. And the bees . . . there are just too many angry bees! Bear is done being a bear. But when he sees a line of happy yellow ducklings, he has a thought. What if he could be a duck?

With a few duck lessons from Duck, Bear learns that being a duck is fun; but as it turns out, Bear realizes he makes a really good bear . . . and he makes a really good friend along the way. Young readers will delight in the hilarious relationship between Bear and Duck.

Why we can't wait: I mean this just looks absolutely adorable. And really, who doesn't want to be a duck?!

Highly Anticipating - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Expected Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Page Count: 464 pages

I WILL TELL YOU THE SAME THING I TELL EVERY SLAVE.
THE RESISTANCE HAS TRIED TO PENETRATE THIS SCHOOL COUNTLESS TIMES. I HAVE DISCOVERED IT EVERY TIME.
IF YOU ARE WORKING WITH THE RESISTANCE, IF YOU CONTACT THEM, IF YOU THINK OF CONTACTING THEM, I WILL KNOW
AND I WILL DESTROY YOU.
LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
ELIAS is the academy's finest soldier-- and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he's ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
When Laia and Elias's paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Why we can't wait: Basically who isn't excited about this book?!!? Because seriously it sounds AMAZING! MORE HIGH FANTASY PLEASE AND THANK YOU!

 

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Expected Publication Date: April 21st, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 320 pages

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench.Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior.Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images.Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny.Caden Bosch is torn.

Challenger Deep is a deeply powerful and personal novel from one of today's most admired writers for teens. Laurie Halse Anderson, award-winning author of Speak, calls Challenger Deep "a brilliant journey across the dark sea of the mind; frightening, sensitive, and powerful. Simply extraordinary.

Why we can't wait: HI NEAL SHUSTERMAN BYE.

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