Mirage

Mirage

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Title: Mirage
Author: Somaiya Daud
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: 320 pages
Year of Publication: August 28th, 2018
Genre:Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Romance
Rating:3

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synopsis

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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I love how this book was inspired by North African culture and history, it really adds the color to YA fantasy books. There are so many exciting things to discover about this new (to me) culture and history, about how they live, their tradition, inheritance, and the impact of colonialism. And I love all of the ideas but unfortunately it was not well executed.

I love the body double idea but I didn’t expect that this WHOLE book is basically Amani trying as best as her could to be Maram. I mean literally nothing happened except Amani went to parties, meetings, and family gathering as Maram which is boring and dull. Well it does has a climax, for a really short moment in the last few pages, but I didn’t feel any tension, in fact I didn’t feel anything at all.

The worldbuilding is the one thing I didn’t like the most. It’s so weird, like super weird. The story is set in space and they have all the futuristic technologies like droid, air space, and all the super techs but they still lives like ancient history. Empire government? Horse carriage? Please, the space thing and futuristic techs didn’t contribute to the story in any way at all so why can’t it be the normal, ancient, fictional kingdom like most YA fantasy? It’s like this book is trying to be unique but instead turn out to be a weirdo.

The writing is beautiful though, it’s actually pretty great considering it’s a debut. I love that this book included some beautiful and breath-taking poetry. The pace is so slow and there’s not much happening in this book. It makes it hard for me to be fully engage with the story, it’s dragging so much I even dozed off several times! It was entirely my fault to expect so much. Well I admit when I first read the synopsis I kinda expected some thrilling adventures and nerve-racking rebellion acts and uprising scenes but hey, it’s only the first book!

Now let’s talk about the characters, Amani is a scared girl when she was kidnapped but she quickly recovered and try her best to be tough, or at least pretend to be. She plays the role of Maram perfectly just for the sake of her family and her people. Princess Maram is a teenage brat who actually confuse with her life (hey, we’ve been there too!), which made her all moody and indecisive, but also real and relatable. I love her character and the development of her character throughout the story, and also love the ups and downs relationship between the two of them. Idris is Maram fiancee, I think he’s totally insignificant in this story. The romance feel forced and I hate the insta-love, but luckily the romance was not the main point of the story.

I’m not saying the book is bad, it’s an okay read for me, it’s just didn’t lived up to my expectation that’s all. But if you love a more strategic and political fantasy with a little bit of romance, character driven story, a tough heroine, and a villain who you could relate to, then you have to give this book a try!

Thanks to Aimee, Always for organizing this blog tour and gave me a chance to be one of the host! And thank you to NetGalley, and Flatiron Books for providing me an eARC in exchange for an honest review! 

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author

Somaiya Daud author photoSomaiya Daud was born in a Midwestern city, and spent a large part of her childhood and adolescence moving around. Like most writers, she started when she was young and never really stopped. Her love of all things books propelled her to get a degree in English literature (specializing in the medieval and early modern), and while she worked on her Master’s degree she doubled as a bookseller at Politics and Prose in their children’s department. Determined to remain in school for as long as possible, she packed her bags in 2014 and moved the west coast to pursue a doctoral degree in English literature. Now she’s preparing to write a dissertation on Victorians, rocks, race, and the environment.

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Scythe

Title: Scythe
Author: Neal Shusterman
Publisher: Simon Schuster Books for Young Reader
Pages: 435 pages
Year of Publication: November 2016
Rating:2,5
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lineWOW. Just wow, you guys. And this ‘wow’ is not in a good way. I mean wow, I didn’t know that I could even finish this book in the first place, but I did it, after 3 weeks of reading. That’s right, I read this book for 3 painful weeks. I know I always power through every book but this one is really testing me, seriously, I didn’t even remember how many times I considered to DNF this. I was so ready to gave this book 2 star but the last few chapters are surprisingly not so bad, so 2,5 star is my final verdict!

WARNING: This review contain spoilers because I need to rant and vent about this book. So if you want to read this book and don’t want to be spoiled please don’t read this!

plot

I’m sure you’re already know what this book is about but I’ll still write them down for you in case anyone doesn’t. So this book is set in the world where human has reach the highest achievement, there are no war, hunger, disease, even death. The only way human could actually die is to be “gleaned” by the chosen people who called themselves Scythe, this has to be done to avoid overpopulation. And in this book we follows Citra and Rowan as they are chosen to be an apprentice to a Scythe called Faraday, to master the ‘art’ of killing.

You know what? The blurb is kinda interesting right? But here’s the thing, the blurb is the only thing that’s good, the rest of this book? Not so much and definitely not worth my 3 long weeks.

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Children of Blood and Bone

Title: Children of Blood and Bone
Author: Tomi Adeyemi
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Pages: 525 pages
Year of Publication: 2018
Rating: (1)
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lineI just woke up from a decent sleep that I haven’t had for three days because I was flipping the pages of this book like a mad woman. And guess what, I have a new favorite series and a new favorite author! Is it too early to give this book “BEST READ IN 2018” title? Because I just did!

Seriously guys, this book has everything you love in a fantasy book. It has bad ass female characters, complex male characters, a great West African mythology, a rich worldbuilding, heartwarming relationship between siblings and friends, heartbreaking events, and ONE HELL OF ADVENTURE that remind me a lot of Percy Jackson series but in a Young Adult way!

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The City of Brass

Title: The City of Brass
Author: S.A. Chakraborty
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Pages: 533 pages
Year of Publication: 2017
Rating:  (1)
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lineThe City of Brass is hands down my favorite book of 2017 and has become my new favorite series!

When I was younger I was so captivated by the world of Djinn, thanks to Bartimaeus Trilogy and The Children of the Lamp series. And when I found out that this book is a Young Adult book about Djinn I was sold right away!

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Strange The Dreamer

Title: Strange The Dreamer
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Book for Young Childre
Pages: 536 pages
Year of Publication: 2017
Rating: 4,5
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WOW. I. NEED. MUSE. OF NIGHTMARES. RIGHT.NOW.

I have a habit to join the party very late, so my excitement probably won’t affect you anymore. However, I’m still gonna rant about how great this book is.

This book is about an orphan of unknown origin, found by a monk and raised as one, his name is Lazlo Strange. When he was a child, one of the monk always told him stories about Weep, a forgotten city that people haven’t seen again for almost two hundred years. People say it’s just a fairytale, but not to Lazlo. He believes the city was real and the curiousity led him to years of research with hope that someday he could find The Unseen City. Seventeen years of research later, he was given the opportunity to see it himself, but it’s nothing like he ever imagined.

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The Crowns of Croswald

Title: The Crowns of Croswald
Author: D.E. Night
Publisher: Stories Untold Press
Pages: 314 pages
Year of Publication: 2017
Rating: 4
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lineThank you Stories Untold publisher for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book is about Ivy, an orphan whose unknown origin, who has lived for 16 years as a scauldron maid in a palace. Until one day, an incident forced her to leave the palace. When she crossed the border, the magic inside her awaken and it made her end up at a magic school called the Hall of Ivy. Her adventures started in this place, when she discovered something unusual about her that nobody even noticed, she was determined to find out the secret that had been long forgotten.

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