Review: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Review: Flame in the Mist by Renée AhdiehTitle: Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1)
Series: Flame in the Mist #1
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: May 16, 2017

four-half-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.

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Review: Flame in the Mist

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh is an amazing Mulan retelling. This story is about a girl who disguises herself as a boy to get revenge on a group of men who attempted to assassinate her. The main character is brave and intelligent, and I adored the Feudal Japanese setting. This book is just so original and I definitely encourage everyone to read it. Continue reading

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose and the Dagger

 

Waiting on Wednesday

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

This week’s book: The Rose and the Dagger

The Rose and the DaggerTitle: The Rose and the Dagger
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 26, 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever.

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive.

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again. 

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Thoughts

I have been dying for this book since the release of The Wrath and the Dawn! The first book is so original and so well-written. I am very intrigued by the magic carpet mentioned in the summary as well. I can’t wait to have this book in my hands!

About Renée Ahdieh

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Renée Ahdieh is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renée enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog.

Review: The Wrath & the Dawn

Review: The Wrath & the DawnTitle: The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn #1)
Series: The Wrath & The Dawn #1
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: May 12, 2015

five-stars
Summary (from Goodreads):

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. 

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Review: The Wrath & the Dawn

The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh will take the reader’s breath away! It is a beautiful written retelling of One Thousand and One Nights that has such an intricate plot. This book is a definite must-read! Continue reading