Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

roseanddaggerTitle: The Rose & The Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016

From Goodreads:

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.

Why I am waiting:

I have to admit that I didn’t love The Wrath and the Dawn. I enjoyed it. But I didn’t love it. I had some problems with the pacing and the romance felt a bit forced in places, but those are minor complaints coming from me. In the end the book was a solid 3/5 stars on Goodreads (since I don’t give star ratings here on Weezled).

3 stars is risky territory for me these days. I gave Red Queen 3 stars and we let down by the disastrous sequel Glass Sword. But, I can’t let that get me down. I have to believe that sequels can be just as good as the first book in a series, or even better in some cases. Especially since most of the books I read come out around 3 stars. Meaning, I liked it fine, but there is room for improvement. Wow me with the sequel.

I think The Rose & The Dagger will do just that. Most of my issues with the first book happened in the first half of the book. By the end I was hooked. If the author rides that momentum this sequel could amazing.

So, what do you think? Are you looking anxiously awaiting the release of The Rose & The Dagger? Or are you on the edge of your seat over something else? Please share in the comments!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

13206900Title: Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4)
Author: Marissa Meyer
Genre: Science Fiction / Fantasy / Fairy Tales
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: November 10, 2015

From Goodreads:
When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series.

Why I am waiting:
I know, I know. I have a while to wait for this one, but I couldn’t help choosing it for my inaugural “Waiting on Wednesday” post. After devouring the first three books of the series in January, I was devastated to find that this book wouldn’t come out until November. Maybe I would have waited and devoured the entire series in one sitting, but I doubt that. For now I will just have to fill my time with equally fantastic fiction until I can get my hands on this gem. I still have to read Fairest, after all.

What book are you dying to get your hands on? 

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