Bright We Burn by Kiersten White

Released on July 10, 2018, Bright We Burn is the tumultuous, edge-of-your-seat conclusion to the New York Times bestselling And I Darken series by Kiersten White. This has been an epic saga set in the Ottoman Empire that pits sister against brother, lover against lover, and country against country… with high stakes and terrible odds.

Haunted by the sacrifices he made in Constantinople, Radu is called back to the new capital. Mehmed is building an empire, becoming the sultan his people need. But Mehmed has a secret: as emperor, he is more powerful than ever . . . and desperately lonely. Does this mean Radu can finally have more with Mehmed . . . and would he even want it? Lada’s rule of absolute justice has created a Wallachia free of crime. But Lada won’t rest until everyone knows that her country’s borders are inviolable. Determined to send a message of defiance, she has the bodies of Mehmed’s peace envoy delivered to him, leaving Radu and Mehmed with no choice. If Lada is allowed to continue, only death will prosper. They must go to war against the girl prince.  But Mehmed knows that he loves her. He understands her. She must lose to him so he can keep her safe. Radu alone fears that they are underestimating his sister’s indomitable will. Only by destroying everything that came before–including her relationships–can Lada truly build the country she wants.  Claim the throne. Demand the crown. Rule the world.

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And I Darken by Kiersten White

“I will not be ruled” – Lada (Kiersten White, page 120)

After reading rave reviews about And I Darkenthrough the Instagram book community (Bookstagram, as it has been aptly named), I was very excited when I finally got my hands on a copy of And I Darken just a couple of days after its release. And while the book did have a rough start, it eventually recovered and lived up to expectations.

No one expect a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets. Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion. But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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July 2016 Reading List

Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians out there! There’s no better way to kick off the summer than in red and white, and maybe with a good book in hand?

My must reads for the first month of the summer (yay!) are:

  1. And I Darken by Kiersten White
  2. Paper and Fire: The Great Library by Rachel Caine
  3. The Shadow Hour by Melissa Grey
  4. Rebellion by J.A. Souders
  5. The Dragon Round by Stephan S. Power
  6. Black River Falls by by Jeff Hirsch
  7. Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy (I know, it’s not my typical read, but once you read the summary, you’ll understand!)

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And if you haven’t already read them, but you’re looking for some light summer reads, be sure to check out:

  1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (you can check out my review of the book here)
  2. The Selection Series by Keira Cass (you can check out my review of the book here)
  3. The Siren by Keira Cass
  4. The 100 Series by Cass Morgan (which also has a wonderful TV series adaptation, if you’re interested)
  5. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (or any book by John Green really, although this one is about a summer road trip)
  6. the curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon
  7. The Cold Awakening Trilogy by Robin Wasserman

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And of course, let us not forget that this is the month that we finally  get the sequel we’ve all been waiting for, because we never left, not really. So mark July 31st, 2016 on your calendars, because Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is finally hitting shelves.

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