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
Also by this author: The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn #1)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: May 16, 2017
Rating: four-half-stars
Series Rating: five-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 by Renée Ahdieh

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

Book vs. Movie: The 5th Wave

 

Don't Judge a Book By Its Movie

Don’t Judge a Book by its Movie is a feature on The Candid Cover spotlighting and reviewing book to movie adaptations.

Book vs. Movie: The 5th WaveTitle: The 5th Wave
Author: Rick Yancey
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Cast: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston
Director: J. Blakeson
Screenplay: Susannah Grant, Akiva Goldsman, and Jeff Pinkner
Genres: Sci-Fi
Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Rating: four-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother-or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up

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The 5th Wave: Book vs. Movie

Comparing the book vs. movie of The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey is quite interesting. The book is an epic dystopian novel that is gripping, well-written and makes the reader think about the world around us. How excited do you get when one of your favourite series is optioned for the big screen? It seems that so many young adult novels are being adapted into screen plays these days and some are definite hits, while others seem to miss the boat completely. While the movie absolutely contains many incredible scenes that are captivating and well-acted by its fantastic cast, there is so much deviation from the story that I felt annoyed at parts of the film. Continue reading

Review: The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Review: The Young Elites by Marie LuTitle: The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1)
Author: Marie Lu
Also by this author: Warcross (Warcross #1)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: October 7, 2014
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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Review: The YOung ELites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites by Marie Lu is definitely up there with as one of my favourite reads of all-time! Having had this novel staring at me from my bookshelf for so long has been totally worth the wait. This book has an action-packed concept, a whole cast of flawed characters, and different perspectives that reveal so much about the events in the story. Continue reading

Review: Nightfall by Jake Halpern

Review: Nightfall by Jake HalpernTitle: Nightfall
Author: Jake Halpern
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Dystopian
Publication Date: September 22, 2015
Rating: three-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours—it comes every twenty-eight years. Now the sun is just a sliver of light on the horizon. The weather is turning cold and the shadows are growing long.Because sunset triggers the tide to roll out hundreds of miles, the islanders are frantically preparing to sail south, where they will wait out the long Night.Marin and her twin brother, Kana, help their anxious parents ready the house for departure. Locks must be taken off doors. Furniture must be arranged. Tables must be set. The rituals are puzzling—bizarre, even—but none of the adults in town will discuss why it has to be done this way.Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing—the twins’ friend Line. Marin and Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling. Their island is changing.And it may already be too late. 

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Review: Nightfall by Jake halpern

Nightfall by Jake Halpern is a dystopian novel set on an eerie island where the sun only rises every twenty-eight years. This book definitely has potential to be terrifying and seems like an impressive survival novel. However, the horror aspect in this book is pretty much non-existent and the plot is not as fast-paced as one would expect in a dystopian book, definitely affecting my overall reading experience. Continue reading

Review: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

Review: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée AhdiehTitle: The Wrath & the Dawn (The Wrath & the Dawn #1)
Series: The Wrath & The Dawn #1
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Also by this author: Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1)
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Genres: Fantasy
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Rating: 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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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃


Review: The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

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