Feudal Japan, Magical Writing & All The Swoons — Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh {Book Review}

flame-in-the-mist-by-renee-ahdiehTitle: Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist #1)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Book
Release Date: May 16th, 2017
Standalone/Series: Duology
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked it!

What it’s about:

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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Ten Authors I’d Love To Meet {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Hi guys, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!  Today’s all about authors we’d love to meet.

Now, I haven’t met any author yet in real life.

Scratch that, that’s a lie. There is one Belgian author I ‘met’. I say ‘met’ because the story is just a little embarassing. There was a Belgian author I wanted to meet, so when I heard he was signing at a book fair, I took my book and dragged my husband to said fair to get an autograph. I was expecting a big line and that I could just stand in line until it was my turn, get my signature and go. You know, not stand out in any way, because that’s how I roll. Unfortunately, by the time we got there, there just happened to be no one in line and the author in question was having a chat with his neighbour. Obviously, I didn’t want to go up and get his attention because it would defeat my whole ‘don’t stand out’ strategy, so I devised a whole new strategy: ‘pretend to be browsing nearby and wait until there is a line’. Solid strategy, right? I thought so!
Except my husband is NOT a fan of waiting and had already exhausted his patience watching me browse books for the previous two hours already, and thus not in agreement with my impromptu strategy. So in the end, he basically just went and got my autograph for me while I trailed awkwardly behind him, red as a tomato.

So with that in mind, I give you a list of other authors I’d love to meet, without being an awkward, anxious little tomato if possible!

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Shining, Shimmering, Splendid — The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh {Book Review}

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee AhdiehTitle: The Rose and the Dagger (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date:  April 26th, 2016
Standalone/Series: Duology
Genre: Young Adult – Fantasy

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My rating in stars: 4 stars
My rating in words: I really liked it.

What it’s about:

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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Most Anticipated Releases For The First Half Of 2017 {Top Ten Tuesday}

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Now that the year has almost come to an end, it’s time to to look ahead… at all the books we’re anticipating in 2017!

Since the list is way too long if we want to have the complete year, let’s just split the year in two and see what books are exciting in the first half of 2016! (And even this was tricky. I managed to get it down to 12 and even then I had to make some tough cuts – Wayfarer, Windwitch, Lord of Shadows and all the others I had to cut – I still love you too!)

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