Mirage by Somaiya Daud – Blog Tour

Rating:  ★★★★
Publication Date
: August 28th 2018
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Source: ARC from Raincoast Books
Link to the author: http://www.somaiyabooks.com/

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Review

Mirage was a very unexpected experience; as beautiful as it was brutal. The story begins in Amanis village – I wish we had more time to get to know her in that setting but I did appreciate how fast paced the action was. The setting was unusual but enjoyable and I liked that there was futuristic tech but I did find a lot of the names and terms of the cultures to be confusing. The world building could have been a little more thorough. Amani is quickly taken to act as a body double for the Vathek Princess Maram. Maram is a vicious girl that you despise right away and yet I came to like her by the end of the book. Her story was perhaps the most complex and intriguing. Amani goes through a horrible ordeal as she acclimatizes to life in the palace where she is forcibly molded into a copy of the princess.. She is very compliant because she fears if she doesn’t cooperate her family will suffer. She wasnt written as homesick as I think she would have been though. Amani does a brilliant job of immitating Maram at social engagements but it doesn’t fool Idris, Marams fiance. I really liked Idris because he didn’t follow any of the male stereotypes in YA. He was quite vulnerable and even though you think their relationship is surely doomed you really want it to end otherwise.

Mirage had a lot of unexpected surprises that kept me on my toes and I enjoyed the story over all. I have high hopes that the sequel will be even better and think Somaiya Daud is an author to watch. 


Thank you for reading my review of Mirage by Somaiya Daud, I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

 

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From Twinkle, With Love – (Spoiler Free) Review

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

 

Rating: 4 Stars
Publication Date
: May 22nd 2018
Genre: Contemporary
Page Count: 336
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: eARC from Netgalley

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THOUGHTS:

I enjoyed From Twinkle, With Love Almost as much as When Dimple Met Rishi, Sandhya Menon is definitely an auto-buy author for me now.

Where Dimple was all about coding, Twinkle loves everything about film. That’s probably why I found her harder to relate to, that and she felt younger (more immature) than Dimple. In the beginning, I loved her character, she’s a wallflower and she’s passionate about becoming a voice for women and minority in the industry. Towards the middle of the story, she became a little unlikable and her decisions were cringe-worthy. As an adult, I was very judgemental but I reminded myself that it was an accurate portrayal of high school maturity and experience.

I think I liked the male main character Sahil more than Dimple. He had his insecurities but he was just the sweetest guy. He was always kind and incredibly supportive of Twinkle. Definitely book boyfriend material.
As for the romance, I loved it and I hated it. There was a really weird, awkward and uncomfortable love square? At the same time the two that end up together I was rooting for the whole time and they are so cute together!

I also really enjoyed the writing style. There were e-mails, texts and Twinkle told the story in a diary/letter format, writing letters to her female film idols. That format and the film references throughout really brought Twinkle’s character and her passion to life. Menon’s characters always feel like real people and that’s why I find her stories so enjoyable.

In conclusion, the pacing and my enjoyment was up and down, however it was due to the character and not Menon’s skill as an author. For that reason I gave From Twinkle, With Love: ★★★★

Thank you for reading my review of From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon, and also to Simon & Schuster Canada for this review opportunity. I  hope you enjoyed my insights and look forward to more reviews from me in the future.

 

A (very) Late TBR for the #OWLsReadthon2018

This Readathon actually happened from April 2nd – April 29th, but I heard about it last minute and decided not to participate. I had so much homework at that time, but I was really disappointed because I love Harry Potter. Then I heard that the N.E.W.T.s Readathon was announced for August, so I decided to take some make-up exams if you will.

This is my O.W.L.s In July TBR:

Arithmancy: A book with a number on the cover
Giant Days Volume 5

Astronomy: A science fiction novel
Obsido by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Care of Magical Creatures: A book that features magical creatures
Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Charms: A Fantasy Book
Ruin of Stars by Lindsey Miller

Defense Against the Dark Arts: A book that features a secret society
The Lightning Theif by Rick Riordan

Herbology: A book with a nature word in the title
Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen

Muggle Studies: A non-fiction book
The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lockhart

There are also challenges for Transfiguration, Potions, History of Magic, Divination,  and Ancient Runes. I couldn’t find books to fit the challenges and I could only read 12 books in a month if I had more prep time. That’s my plan for next years O.W.L.s!

The Grading for the O.W.L.s is as follows:

Outstanding: at least 5 OWLs
Exceeded Expectations: at least 3 OWLs
Acceptable: at least 2 OWLs

If you’d like more information you can click on the picture below to watch the announcement video from BookRoast.

#tometopple Wrap-Up

My very first Tome Topple Readathon has come to an end. Was it successful? Yes! Even though I only finished one book – Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. WHICH WAS AMAZING and I wish my TBR wasn’t a skyscraper because I would sit down and re-read the whole series right now.

I did make progress in The Name of the Wind but I never started The Magic String of Frankie Presto. I know, shame on me.

I definitely want to participate in the readathon again and my goal will be to finish two tomes next time. If you participated, I’d love to chat about what you read or would read if you participate next round!

Top Ten Books of 2018 (So Far)

TTT: Top Ten Books of 2018 (So Far)

It has been a really great reading year for me, I’ve enjoyed a lot of 4 and 5 star books. I’m also on track for reaching my 100 book goal. First, I’m going to talk about the five, pre-2018 released books I gave 5 stars then, the 2018 releases.

  1. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu
    Incredible story about girls taking a stand #moxiegirlfightback!
  2. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
    -I could relate to a lot of what the author wrote about and found her journey to be very helpful with my own
  3. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
    -This was so fun and perfect for summer; I can’t wait to read more of this author.
  4. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds
    -Powerful. Beautiful. Heartbreaking. Eye-opening. Everyone needs to read it, and if you liked THUG you will love All American Boys.
  5. Obsidio by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufmann
    -This is one of my favorite series of all time. I loved the conclusion but I’m also sad it’s over. I can’t wait to go back and re-read them all

  6. Nice Try, Jane Sinner by Lianne Oelke
    -Had me in stitches the whole time I was reading. While it is incredibly funny it also handles sensitive topics really well. I also enjoyed it because the character is attending community college rather than high school.
  7. When My Heart Joins The Thousand by A J Steiger
    -Some very heavy topics on the pages of this book but they were handled beautifully. The whole story is a tangle of beauty and sadness. It isn’t talked about enough and I really urge you to pick it up if you get the chance.
  8. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
    -The best fantasy I’ve read in a very long time. It has a great magic system, hate-to-love relationships, animal companions, rebellion – all the things I want in a book and then some. The sequel is already my most anticipated book of 2019.
  9. Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
    -Best historical fiction I’ve read maybe ever. The characters are these fierce, complex little warrior cinnamon rolls – I just adore them. I was so happy when I learned there would be a companion novel to this stand alone.
  10. Little Do We Know by Tamora Ireland Stone
    -After I finished it, it became my favorite contemporary ever. It is the best story about friendship I’ve ever read and I found it to be the most realistic portrayal of how easily we can fall apart and what it takes to come back together.

What made your list?

 

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