2-Review Tuesday: Daughter of Deep Silence & The Wrath and The Dawn

Daughter of Deep Silence, by Carrie Ryan & The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh

Daughter of Deep Silence, by Carrie Ryan
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I devoured this book in one sitting. One of the characters admits to being afraid of Frances; I was too. Do not, I repeat, do not make an enemy of Frances Mace. I thought the blurring of Frances's two identities as the story progresses, as she tries (poorly) to reconcile her need for revenge with the girl she was before the attack on the ship, is successful.

The ending of this novel is intense. The lengths Frances goes to in order to exact revenge after what she lived through on the Persephone are frightening but understandable, to an extent. Like Libby, I'd have just given up on the life raft. Ryan's use of flashbacks is a great vehicle to up the tension and divulge the backstory without infodumping. Overall, I highly recommend this book!

The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh
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The Wrath and the Dawn is light on fantasy and magic, focusing more heavily on romance while avoiding the dreaded instalove. What begins as hatred & a desire for revenge (on Shazi’s part at least) grows into a tender love story. While this story is a take on The Thousand and One Nights, I like how it incorporates different fairy tales as well, such as Bluebeard. The writing is beautiful and the setting is lush. It depicts some well needed diversity in the YA world of fantasy.

I listened to the audiobook version and while I wasn’t crazy about the narrator at first, she grew on me and I'm glad I stuck with it. Eventually I got swept up in the story and the ending completely crept up on me. The stakes get higher and the tension develops near the end of the book when the action really starts happening. I hope that momentum carries over into the sequel, which I can't wait to read.