Book club review

In book club in term 3 we’ve read The Wrath and the Dawn, by Renee Ahdieh, which we finished over the holidays.

For months, the King of Khorasan has killed his new wife every dawn. No one knows the reason, but when Shahrzad’s best friend falls victim to a silk cord around her throat, she volunteers to be the next wife to seek revenge.

She distracts the young King with stories and tales until each dawn breaks. Though after a few weeks living in luxury and curiosity, she begins to uncover the secret to the murders and finds herself falling for the young King.

But danger awaits everyone in the palace as the angered people of Khorasan organise to overthrow the King. Soon, Shahrzad is stuck between a long-ago lover and the King of Khorasan himself…

Commentary

It was exciting and suspenseful. We liked that it was set in an exotic place, an Arabic country somewhere. And we liked the main characters. The end really makes you feel like reading the next book.

But we found this book difficult to follow because of the names of the characters, often impossible to pronounce.

Also, as the plot is obviously based on “The Thousand and One Night”, we might have expected more allusions to these richly woven and imbricate fables, yet only a couple of tales are told within the story.

We rated it …                      Wrath&Dawn rating

Book Club term 2 book

This year, MAC Book Club students are fans of Skulduggery Pleasant and the first term was happily spent creating a trailer for the series. Unfortunately, most of the footage went lost when a device died and the project aborted.

Term 2 has been enlightened by the reading of the Young Elites, by Marie Lu, which also features a strong adventurous female character in a hostile fantasy world.

Adelina is a malfetto scarred by blood fever many years ago. But when she is accused of her father’s murder and sentenced to death by Teren, the King’s inquisition leader, she is rescued by a mysterious Enzo, the Young Elites leader who seems even more dangerous than her jailers. Not knowing who to trust, Adelina must manipulate Teren in order to save her sister and the Young Elites.

It’s a story of family, love and loyalty and ultimately a rebellion against prejudice, a quest for justice and freedom. Full of surprising special powers and action, this fantasy thriller is also a suspenseful romance.

It is difficult to relate to the heroine as she holds as much good as evil. We rated the book 4 out of 5.

Guess!

MACLIC BOOK CLUB had to read it! We loved it and we discuss at length its popularity. Half of us has seen the film. Half not. 

What we liked in the book:

It is a fairy tale with a twist, realistic with very extraordinary things.
It is a love story, we are all in love with beautiful perfect loving Edward, not an evil vampire;
We liked the well described characters.
The writing is easy.
We like the different layers, some light stuff, some more complex issues;
Things that happens in the book has consequences.
It relates to us:

Stephenie Meyer
Stephenie Meyer
–        Plain/normal narrator – Bella
–        Divorced parents
–        Teenage feelings
–        Normal life/realistic

Why is it so popular?

The first publication in 2005 by a small American company had a cover with a pale girl in a blurred school corridor, and did not stand out then, although booksellers acknowledged Stephenie as the “most promising new authors of 2005” (Publishers Weekly).

However when Atom published it in 2006, with the apple in the hands on the cover, the second book was written and the next of the series were planned so it was launched as a series, and was a success. The film was planned and advertised (it came out in November 2008). When the third book was released on August 2, 2008, 1.3 million were sold in the first 24 hours of its release!

What makes it stand out from other vampire books? It is indeed an agreeable easy book, but there are many other great vampire stories. We would conclude that the success of the series has quite a lot to do with the launching…

If you want to know how the author go the idea of the plot and much more, visit Stephenie Meyer’s official website http://www.stepheniemeyer.com/

We’re sure you’ve guessed which book it is!

PS. Here are suggestions of books to read after the series