Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh Blog Tour | Playlist + Graphics! Part 2

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Hello everyone!

Today I’m continuing from my first post around Flame in the Mist a week or so ago (you can find it here!) to finish up with Smoke in the Sun, the stunning sequel to Ahdieh’s newest duology. You can find my review of the first book over here. This follow-up story is packed with action, betrayals, secrets, and a drop of lovely romance. It’s everything a reader ever wants in a sequel as well as a conclusion. I can’t wait for more readers to finish this one, so we can rave about that ending!
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Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh Blogger Campaign | Playlists + Graphics!

Hello everyone!

I am SO excited to be part of this blogger campaign for Renee Ahdieh’s recent series, Flame in the Mist! This book takes place in the heart of historical Japan, where samurais and dangerous clans lurk the land. The main character, Mariko, escapes her fate to become married and disguises herself as a boy after being ambushed by a group of bandits. Thus starts the tale of a girl who finds courage within herself to take her fate into her own hands. You can check out my review of the first book here! Continue reading

ARC Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh (Flame in the Mist #1)

23308087Flame in the Mist
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: Flame in the Mist #1
Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: GP Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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Thank you Cat from Let the Pages Reign for letting me borrow your ARC!

I have some conflicting thoughts about Flame in the Mist, and will try to write out my review from someone who is ignoring hype for this book, but also as a reader who has previously loved Ahdieh’s previous duology, The Wrath and the Dawn. Although set in another setting, there are some similarities between the books that I can’t help but notice, that might have detracted from my reading. I would say that what people found tiring in Ahdieh’s previous books – perhaps the distracting descriptions of minuscule topics, the flare for the dramatics, or even a complaint in the romance – will probably be repeated in this book as well. Ultimately, I enjoyed reading this book, but it won’t be one that I’m shouting my love about. Continue reading

Book Review: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn #2)

23308084The Rose and the Dagger
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn #2
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: GP Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Get it Here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:

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.

One-Way-Or-An-Author-Review

Disclaimer: Will contain slight spoilers for the first book. Because if you haven’t picked up The Wrath and the Dawn yet, what are you doing?

“It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone.
It was about belonging together.”

I held myself from writing this review for so long because for me, the book was close to perfect. (Which I know many people would disagree with, but I stand by my love for this book) Ahdieh continues on from where we left off in the previous book, with Khalid and Shazi separated. Rest assured that it does not last long, and of course this determined couple ends back together to plan how they will save the city.

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Renee Ahdieh – The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1)

18798983The Wrath and the Dawn
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Get it here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository

Synopsis:
A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One NightsEvery 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.

Sooo these gifs pretty much sum up how I’ve been recommending this book:

What’s it about?

What’s it like?

Um, what the heck was that?

(Minus the book throwing, because they’re way too precious to handle like that.)

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Waiting on Wednesday (#5)

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is calling my name. It comes out May 12, 2015, but there are arcs out that I will probably never get ahold of. (Doesn’t stop me from entering giveaways still.) Seriously, I’ve always been in love with the idea of 1001 Nights. A YA retelling? Count me in!

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