Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag. 

Hello guys! I Hope all is well with you! I saw this book tag done by Emma from Emmmabooks from you tube and it was so interesting to me. The premise is basically your thoughts and feelings for the books you have read so far this year. So there’s a bunch of questions and then I just answer them. So enjoy!!

  • Best book you’ve read so far in 2017?

Flame In The Mist By Renee Adieh. I thought it was a Mulan retelling and although there are similarities, the story comes into its own! I loved the metaphors. I also love Mariko’s strength and cleverness. I can’t wait for the next instalment.

  • Your favourite sequel of the year so far? 

I am going to be obvious here but I did only read this in March. It’s A Court Of Mist And Fury by Sarah J Maas. I loved it so much! I still fan girl over this book just thinking about it!! Maas has such a talent for fantasy and world building that she makes you feel like you’re in Velaris. Also, Rhysand. I don’t need to say more…

  • A new release you haven’t read yet but want to? 

Following on from the previous question, A Court Of Wings And Ruin by Sarah J Maas. This is the conclusion for this part of her series. I have had this book since the 2nd of May (release day) and I was super excited to get it but I haven’t picked it up to read.  There’s absolutely no reason for it but I do plan to finish it by the end of this month!

  • Your most anticipated release for the second half of the year?

I guess this could be because I’ve met him but my most anticipated is, They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera. The concept is so cool and I love the idea of speculative stories. The idea that you get warned about your death is actually quite intriguing to me in this novel. So I’m really excited about it.

  • Biggest disappointment for the first half of the year?

I was really disappointed by Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella. I really thought I would like it but it just seemed a little over simplified for my taste and the book was a little too short considering the subject matters brought up in the book. This is obviously my own opinion. There are others out there that like this book. It just wasn’t for me.

  • Biggest surprise of the year so far? 

Both of Becky Albertalli’s books were such a huge surprise for me. I ended up loving both of them! They were funny, relatable, serious and thought provoking all at once! I cannot fault her!

  • Favourite ‘new to you’ or debut author?

Sarah J Maas is new to me this year and once I read it A Court Of Thorns And Roses, I was hooked! I am currently reading Throne Of Glass and loving it. She’s an amazing writer and I definitely recommend her.

  • New fictional crush?

Rhysand from A Court Of Thorns And Roses Series. I really can’t say why because I really do not want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the books. Going in blind is the best thing you can do when starting these books.

  • New favourite character?

Simon from Simon Vs. The Homo Sepians Agenda. He’s so cute and sweet and sensitive and funny. I really would love to be friends with him! Cheesy I know but he’s actually great to read.

  • The book that made you cry?

I’m still here by Clelie Avit. It’s about a woman who ends up in a coma and a guy that happens upon her room in the hospital. This is a dual perspective story that is so heart wrenching. I finished this book crying and wanting so much more. This book is far too short!!

  • The book that made you happy?

Again I’ll mention Becky Albertalli’s books. Both The Upside Of Unrequited and Simon Vs. The Homo Sepians Agenda. They made me so happy and they’re so funny! I really really recommend them. I can’t say this enough!

  • Book to film adaptation or program that you liked?

I don’t know if this counts as it is originally a comic but I love Riverdale. It’s just so bad that it’s good!! The story line is just so cool. There’s great fandom that comes with it too so you feel like you’re part of something.

  • Favourite review you have done so far this year? 

I like all the reviews I’ve actually been doing this year. It’s given me a chance to really focus on my reading and pay more attention to detail. Reviewing books is so much fun! The bookish community has also being so lovely and welcoming that I just feel like I belong.

  • Most beautiful book you bought or received this year?

The UK edition of Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor. I mean all that blue and gold is just divine. It was a present from my fiancé for Easter. Love it.

  • Some books that you need to read by the end of this year?

This might be like it’s cheating  but I have so many to list here and I don’t think I have the space for it all. This is definitely what the book blog is here for though. I’ll keep it updated with all my reading progress and everything in between.

Hope you enjoyed the tag!!

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Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh. A Review. 

Helllllo guys!!!

 I’ve been away for too long I know! I feel like I keep getting back into a reading slump for some reason (I’m sure it’s something to do with ACOWAR’s release date looming!) So I haven’t being reading as much as I’d like to. So far this year I’ve read 10 books, my ideal amount would have been 16 (averaging 4 a month). Oh well! 

Let’s get into this review!! 

4/5 stars from me

Synopsis as in on Google Books: 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.

My review: So this is my first book by this author Renee Ahdieh. I know she’s famous for her other series The Wrath and the Dawn. Which is a retelling of A Thousand And One Nights. I’ve not read this series. I didn’t have any interest for it, before Flame In The Mist. 

As soon as I had heard that there was a Mulan Retelling, I was so excited! I just had to get my hands on this book! As it isn’t out until the 18th May, I requested it from NetGalley and I was approved so thank you to them! 

I was not disappointed. This book was amazing, descriptive and full of Japanese folklore, magic and metaphors. Mariko was really relatable as it reminded me of my younger years. I, too was stubborn and sharp tongued! What I was surprised about is actually liking the co protagonist too! Okami, he was the possible love interest to Mariko but I was finding myself intrigued my his character and his actions! I wouldn’t mind reading a book just based on his history. 

There were many protagonists in this book but not so many that it was confusing to follow. They had a few paragraphs each. It was nice to dip in and out of their stories. The only thing that sorely disappointed me was finding out it was a series! I actually audibly sighed when I finished reading it! How is it I’m going to have to wait a year or so for the next installment?! Argh! 

That’s the thing with authors who captivate you with their stories. They pull you in and you try to get out. You try to act like you don’t care that there isn’t a satisfying conclusion but you do care!!! Excuse me whilst I cry into my pillow in frustration haha. 

All in all the book was great to read. It was nice to have a retelling of a story that doesn’t get spoken about as much as the other Disney fairytales. Mulan is my favourite and always will be. The author did this story justice. 

Ps: The cover is beautiful. Who would have thought that throwing stars fashioned into flowers could look so pretty!