Book: Flame In The Mist

Book: Flame In The Mist

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Synopsis: 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 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.

Rating:

Review (Spoiler Free): Everyone talked about this book and how good it was, so I had to high hopes for this book. Sadly, it didn’t reach those expectations. There was a lot of confusing things and the world building was a little too far fetched.

Characters: ⅗ Mariko seemed like she was going to be a strong character. She didn’t seem to have her priorities straight, and she didn’t even start to put together a plan. Mariko’s motivation was strong and nor was it the best decisions. I had seen loads on how much feminism there was, but to me the feminism wasn’t put there for any gaining factor. It was forced, and didn’t impact her character at all.

Plot: ⅗ The plot was confusing. It seemed very choppy and not smoothly connected. I wish there would have been more world building to help make sense of the things that went down. It was very dull, and I wish I could have been more drawn into the story,

Writing Style: ⅖ A lot of the things mentioned didn’t have an explanation. There was a glossary, but not all of the words were there. The first time something is mentioned there should be a sentence to describe what it is. Instead we have to guess or go to the glossary. Her sentences weren’t overly flowy, preventing me from really connecting to the story and the characters.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy this book. I wish it had more world building, and less focus on the relationship that blumes out of nowhere.

Autumn Reads

I’m not typically a seasonal reader. I also live in Texas, so there isn’t really a Autumn season. I really want to move somewhere the leaves change colors, it snows, and there is a temperature below 80 degrees. There are quite a few books that do remind me of Autumn, or what I have seen of Autumn online. The goodreads will be linked below if you want actual summaries of these books.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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This one is one everyone thinks of, and I started rereading them to immerse myself in some version of Autumn. The way the seasons are described are represented makes you really crave for a Hogwarts. The meals, the classes, the quidditch, and everything to do with the wizarding world gives me feelings.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Last year, my wonderful friend gave me this book for my birthday. I started as soon as I got it, and it was mid-December. The writing was so atmospheric. It was nice to read during school because the beginning and part of the middle is set in a University. This book was perfect to read while in bed while drinking tea.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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This book was set in a small town, and it had a lot to do with friendship, love, and an underlying creepy vibe I didn’t expect. We follow Finn, the main character, as he finds out and goes through a lot of stuff. I found the writing very emotional, and I would definitely recommend getting a cup of tea for this one.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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Now this wouldn’t be a Autumn recommendation post if I didn’t put my favorite read of the season. The Raven Boys is probably the best thing to read while cuddled up with tea, a candle, and the rain falling on your window. You go through the adventures with these themes of ghosts and death always hanging around the corner. This series is one I will ALWAYS associate with Autumn.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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I love this series a lot (I am also siked for the Shaw Confessions coming out in a few months) She does a great way of tying in a very creepy element. You are able to feel scared, uncontrollable laughter, happiness, sadness because she toys with every emotion you have. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who is looking for a book in which you are kept in the dark, but you don’t realize it.

September Wrap Up

This month was especially good for me because I read a lot whilst balancing my studies. I read a lot of new releases because so many good ones came out this fall, and even more new releases are coming out this fall.  I also know I haven’t been consistent with posting, and I promise to try this week.

Trails of Apollo by Rick Riordan 3.5/5 Goodreads

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I really did enjoy this book. Uncle Rick is very good at connecting to my childhood and pulling its strings.

Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo 5/5 Goodreads

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My favorite author back at it again. Even though I didn’t feel it was her strongest book, it was good. She really had a different take on Diana’s story.

Girls Made of Glass and Snow by Melissa Bashardoust 4.5/5 Goodreads

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THIS BOOK WAS SO GOOD! The characters were so on point. I could feel a book slump coming on and this book demolished it.

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sánez ⅗ Goodreads

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This did really blow me away. I was laughing, I was in tears, and I felt on edge the entire book.

Warcross by Marie Lu 5/5 Goodreads

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Marie Lu has blown me away, once again. She has this way of twisting and breaking your heart, and it’s wonderfully painful. I can’t wait to see how the rest of the story unfolds.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke ⅗ Goodreads

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It was very tough to get into, but it was very mysterious and different to what I was normally reading.

Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh 3/5 Goodreads

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While I am excited to see how this story unfolds, I did find it a bit slow and confusing. We didn’t have a very firm grasp on the world.

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ⅘ Goodreads

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I was really feeling down on a sick day, so I decided that I could start the Harry Potter reread over again. (It’s still going strong.)

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling ⅗ Goodreads

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Easily, this is my least favorite. It’s funny because growing up this was my favorite growing up. I just find Lockhart and Dobby’s characters over the top and annoying.

The Hush by Skye Melki-Wegner ⅗ Goodreads

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I haven’t read a book quite like this in a while. It reminded me of Six of Crows with the whole heist idea.

Book: Girls Made Of Snow and Glass

Book: Girls Made Of Snow and Glass

Author: Melissa Bashardoust

Synopsis: At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone. Her heart has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that normal-she never guessed that her father had cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: Win the king’s heart, become queen, and finally know.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: A magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do-and who to be-to win back the only mother she’s ever known.

Rating: 4.5/5

Review (Contains Spoilers): I received this book as an arc after winning it in a giveaway. I was so excited, and I’m happy to say it didn’t disappoint. The characters were so complex, and I couldn’t help but love and hate them.

Characters: 5/5 My favorite part of the entire book was the relationships. The relationship between Mina and Lynet was so hard to understand. There wasn’t the basic stepmother trope which was refreshing. I couldn’t begin to think how much changed between them. I WILL BE SCREAMING ABOUT LYNET AND NADIA. I didn’t expect it at all, yet it seemed so fitting. Throughout the book they went through so much, and I loved them just being there for eachother all the time. Not too long ago I read a post about lack of F/F relationships, and this book represented it very well.

I didn’t like Mina as much as I liked Lynet. Obviously she had that more villainy side that came out in the way she talked. For some reason, she reminded me of Kaz Brekker. I think it was the “Can’t love” trope going for them, but also in the way they represented themselves. Mina was constantly thinking about presentation and ways to maneuver her way to the top. She was still so well written even if she wasn’t a good character.

Lynet on the other hand was amazing to read from. I don’t know why, but I found her more interesting and more human. She did feel more childish than her age. Yet Lynet sacrificed so much for her own happiness to help her dad. Lynet did almost everything her dad told her to, and even though she was scared of becoming like mother, she tried to disappoint her father as little as possible. Such a pure soul, and the ending she really had changed. After all of this, she had realized her duties and what she needed to do.

Plot: ⅘ This plot was seemed unoriginal, but it was still shocking. Every betrayal felt real even though sometimes it wasn’t. I felt that it was a little fast, but I was eager for more, and it fed that need. There was some parts that I wish was expanded on like their powers because it felt a little skimmed. Large gaps of time threw me off because so much time passed, but the scenery or seasons never changed.

Writing Style: ⅘ There wasn’t a lot of dialogue which is different from most books. My only problem with the writing was the way it skimmed over monumental parts. Big parts of the story were wrapped up in a few sentences. That was another factor that contributed to the pacing.

In the end I loved it. This was such an amazing book, and I will recommend this until the day I die.

Book: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

Book: The Inexplicable Logic of my Life

Author: Benjamin Alire Sańez

Synopsis: The first day of senior year:

Everything is about to change. Until this moment, Sal has always been certain of his place with his adoptive gay father and their loving Mexican-American. But now his own history unexpectedly haunts, and life-altering events force him and his best friend, Samantha, to confront issues of faith, loss, and grief.

Suddenly Sal is throwing punches, questioning everything, and discovering that he no longer knows who he really is- but if Sal’s not who he thought he was, who is he?

Rating: 3.5/5

Review: (Spoiler Free) I really do love this book. Most of it hit my heart so hard, and I cried like a baby the entire time. I don’t think I liked it more than Aristotle and Dante, but I still did very much enjoy it. It did seem a little repetitive at some points.

Characters: ⅗ Salvador didn’t feel original, but I still felt a very strong connection to him. Every heartbreaking moment I was crying. Sal and Sam’s relationship didn’t feel very real to me. I couldn’t find in what way it was similar at all to my best friend. Of course, the circumstances were very different. They were the only relationship that really fit. Sal and his dad were supposed to have this great relationship, but it didn’t feel right.

Plot: ⅖ There wasn’t much of a plot. It felt more like a collection memories and moments. There was also very large gaps between these small moments. The conflict was a little too drawn out too.

Writing Style: ⅖ There wasn’t much depth, which what the author was trying to get. A lot of the dialogue seemed a little over the top in terms of the jokes. No one seemed to have basic conversations.

That was a very short review, but overall I did enjoy it. I wished I loved it as much as Ari and Dante.

The Seven Deadly Sins Tag

Greed- What is your most expensive and inexpensive book?

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Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare is probably my most expensive book at almost $20.

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\My cheapest would probably be The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne at $2.

Wrath- What author do you have a love hate relationship with?

Sarah J. Maas because I have so many memories loving her books, but now I see how problematic her books are.

Glutton- What book have you devoured over and over with no shame?

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Obviously Six Of Crows, I love it so much.

Sloth- What book have you neglected reading because of laziness?

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Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson is going to be hard to get through, so I’m trying to put it off.

Pride- What book do you talk about most in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

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I really don’t know. I’m careful not to talk about a book too many times. As a kid, I used to use Harry Potter to brag because most kids my age hadn’t read it yet.

Lust- What do you find attractive in male characters?

I like them being dark, but I don’t want them being mean to their other. I want them to be protecting, but know that the other can handle themselves. They can’t be strong all the time, they need to be a little human.

Envy- What book would you most want to receive as a gift?

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I really want Every Heart A Doorway right now.

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I’m also looking forward to Secret For the Mad by dodie, but that is not out yet.

Favorite Books of 2017 So Far

I have read a lot of books this year. I have loved so many, but I have decided to narrow to my top twenty. This doesn’t include rereads of my favorite books. The second half of the year is coming out with so many new releases I am hoping to love so many of them.

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

“You see things nobody else sees. You can’t talk about it because no one will understand. You have to keep secrets, and secrets-they break you apart. Cut you open. Make you vulnerable.”

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My rating was 5/5 stars. I loved this book so much.

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

“I’ll tell you a secret… The really bad monsters never look like monsters.”

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My rating was also 5/5 stars. It was a wonderful way to end this amazing duology.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

“Dream up something wild and improbable. Something beautiful and full of monsters.”

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I rated it 5/5. Laini Taylor has a way with words and turning her worlds into magic.

Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

“Remember this feeling. This is the moment you stop being the rabbit.”

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This was also rated 5/5. These books are so underrated. Foxhole Court is just happiness for me.

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

“I gave up practically the whole world for you, the sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you.”

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5/5 stars, this book had me laughing, crying, and feel. It was so good and recommend it to everyone.

Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

“Sometimes the most ruthless heart speaks the most truth.”

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This book was amazing, 5/5 stars, I’m so excited for the third book to end it all.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

“Humans were so circular; they lived the same slow circles of joy and misery over and over, never learning. Every lesson in the universe had to be taught billions of times.”

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5/5 stars, this book took us deeper into this world and characters.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

“In new situations, all the trickiest rules are the ones nobody bothers to explain to you.”

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I rated this book 5/5. Cath was super relatable and I loved Levi.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

“Words were different when they lived inside of you.”

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This book was so cute. 5/5 stars from me.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

“Plenty of humans were monsters, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.”

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⅘ stars. This book took me awhile to get into, but I loved it.

Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

“Well, I’m a lovelace. My family quit Shadowhunting due to laziness in the 1700s.”

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⅘ stars was my rating . Reading about my bean Simon was amazing.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.

“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”

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I rated this ⅘ stars. It was very good and Noah is my son.

And I Darken by Kiersten White

“The last time she was up here, she had been…staring up at the sky and dreaming stars. Now, she looked down and potted flames.”

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The characters and world in this ⅘ star book were amazing.

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

“He was a book, and he was holding his final pages, and he wanted to get to the end to find out how it went, and he didn’t want it to be over.”

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My rating was ⅘ stars. It was an amazing ending to this series that I will dearly miss.  Check out my Review here

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

“You can be noble and brave and beautiful and still find yourself falling.”

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⅘ was given to the underrated book. It was very good and made me very emotional for a while.

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

“Mental health is usually the last place people go when they think about sick.”

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I rated it ⅘ stars. It had very good mental illness rep and cute romance story.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

“This is our life. We get to decide the rules. We get to say what goes and what stays, what matters and what doesn’t.”

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My rating was ⅘ stars. It was a very cute contemporary including some Indian culture.  Check out my Review here

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

“Knowledge is dangerous. Once you know something, you can’t get rid of it. You have to carry it. Always.”

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This book got a ⅘ stars from me. It had great characters and an amazing world.

Check out my Review here

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

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I gave this ⅘ stars. It was a fluffy summer contemporary with the cutest love interest.

Everyday by David Levithan

“If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish for so much as fantastic or marvelous or outstanding.  We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”

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My rate was ⅘ stars. This book makes your eyes water so much. It has such a deep meaning, and I would really recommend.

That was my 20 favorite books of the year so far. What are some of yours? What are you excited for?

Meet the Bookstagrammer/ Book Blogger

Many moons ago I was tagged by my friend, @myfictionalshelf with the Meet the Bookstagrammer Tag. I decided to make it the Meet the Book Blogger Tag.

  1. Where are you from? The United States, Texas
  2. When did you start your account? My blog I started about 2 weeks ago. My instagram I started August 16, 2016.
  3. Would you rather been an author or publisher? I love to write, but I would logically make a better living as a publisher.
  4. Standalone or Series? Series because I always want more from characters and plots.
  5. Which author has been your biggest inspiration? Cassandra Clare
  6. Where in the world do you wish to travel? Everywhere. Definitely Spain, London, Paris, and Ecuador.
  7. Cats or dogs? Dogs because I love my baby, Moose, and I’m allergic to cats.
  8. What’s your favorite movie(s)? My best friend asked me this today and I don’t know. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Signs, The Mummy (original), and Speed because my dad and I had a movie night watching it and had a lot of fun.
  9. What’s your biggest fear? Inclosed spaces, getting into a car accident, dying, insects, and etc. because I could go on forever.
  10. If you got stuck on an island, what 3 books would you take with you? Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, and Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.

That was interesting and I hope you learned something about me. Answer your favorite question below. I will make a separate post on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.