Waiting on Wednesday: Flame in the Mist

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine which spotlights exciting up and coming releases.

My pick for this week:

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

Release date: 18th May 2017

Synopsis:

Mariko has always known that being a woman means she’s not in control of her own fate. But Mariko is the daughter of a prominent samurai and a cunning alchemist in her own right, and she refuses to be ignored. When she is ambushed by a group of bandits known as the Black Clan enroute to a political marriage to Minamoto Raiden – the emperor’s son – Mariko realises she has two choices: she can wait to be rescued… or she can take matters into her own hands, hunt down the clan and find the person who wants her dead.

Disguising herself as a peasant boy, Mariko infiltrates the Black Clan’s hideout and befriends their leader, the rebel ronin Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, Okami. Ranmaru and Okami warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. But as Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets that will force her to question everything she’s ever known.

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I absolutely adore Renée Ahdieh’s writing – she’s one of my favourite authors, so I CANNOT WAIT to read Flame in the Mist! It sounds amazing and I think I’m already in love with it! 

What releases are you waiting on?

Release Day Blitz: The Rose and the Dagger

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I am so excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an amazing giveaway!
If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to check out all the details below, including an excerpt!
This blitz also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only! So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About the book:

The Rose and the DaggerTitle: THE ROSE & THE DAGGER
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover, eBook & audiobook
Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust. In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan. While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Praise for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the shattering, triumphant catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist

Excerpt:

Click here to read an excerpt!

About Renée:

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Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

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Giveaway Details:

1 winner will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.

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Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!

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Review: The Wrath and the Dawn

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Title: The Wrath and the Dawn.
Author: Renee Ahdieh.
Links:Goodreads, Amazon, Book Depository.
Synopsis:
In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

Review:

The Wrath and the Dawn was an enthralling tale, packed full with romance and intrigue. Shahrzad is one of my absolute favourite characters of all time — she is so witty, strong and fiercely loyal, and is certainly not afraid to stand up for herself and what she believes in. She is filled with hate for the Caliph of Khorasan, the man who killed her best friend, and she has sworn to get revenge. Shahrzad doesn’t know why Khalid kills his wives — no-one does, but what she does know is that she will be the one to kill him. But, of course, that doesn’t turn out EXACTLY as she planned. She begins to unmask the monster that is Khalid piece by piece, learning as she does that he is not who she thought he was. Her relationship with Khalid grows slowly but surely, and in a way that is believable — she comes to love him as she sees past the monster and realises that what is behind that mask is something completely unexpected, and not quite as hideous as she originally thought. What I love the most, though, is that she doesn’t just accept that fact and forget all about what he did. She still knows what he has done, still wants him to pay – she stays loyal to her friend – but she finds herself torn. Torn between finding out who he is and why he does what he does, and making him pay for what he has done. Torn between her love for her friend, Shiva – and her childhood sweetheart, Tariq- and her growing love for this mysterious man with a cruel past. And the effect is completely compelling and wholly intriguing.

The world building in this book is spectacular; the world is beautifully described in such a way that you are transported right into Khorasan with Shahrzad and Khalid, you can see what they see, hear what they hear. You forget all about reality. All that exists are the buildings, people, clothes, food and the little hints of magic (something that I hope to hear more of in the second book!) in this world. Seriously, with the way that the food is described, don’t be surprised if you find your mouth watering and your stomach gnawing in hunger. And the clothes are all so gorgeous and richly described – it all makes me so envious!

Each and every chapter is wrought with suspense and told in different point of views to convey the different emotions and thoughts of each character- the whole effect is utterly breathtaking and wholly alluring. The Wrath and the Dawn is a stunning debut and I cannot wait to read the sequel, The Rose and the Dagger. Seriously, I might make a countdown on my phone. 😀

Rating: I absolutely LOVED this book. Renee Ahdieh did a spectacular job, so it’s no surprise that I’m giving this book a big ★★★★★