Mirage by Somaiya Daud

The fifth and final book I read during my March Break Read-a-Thon was Mirage by Somaiya Daud, which was released in North America on August 28, 2018. Mirage promises to be a refreshing and unique coming-of-age story that fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Children of Blood and Bone will love.

In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated home. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty-and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.

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Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram was released on August 28, 2018. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA. And what’s more? Darius the Great is Not Okay is the Indigo Teen Staff Pick of the Month for September! The Indigo Teen Staff Pick of the Month (Teen SPOTM) is a fun program that Indigo launched last September that highlights a great title chosen by store staff every month.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram from Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s a Fractional Persian—half, his mom’s side—and his first-ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he’s sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn’t exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they’re spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city’s skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab.
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Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas

Released in North America on August 7, 2018, Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas is sizzling with action and suspense. In Catwoman: Soulstealer, Maas delivers a coming-of-age Selina Kyle who will steal readers’ hearts. Catwoman: Soulstealer is the third of a series of DC Icons books, inspired by some of the most well-known DC Superheroes of all-time. This new series features megastar young adult authors Leigh Bardugo (Wonder Woman), Marie Lu (Batman), Sarah J. Maas (Catwoman), and Matt de la Peña (Superman).

When the Bat’s away, the Cat will play. It’s time to see how many lives this cat really has. Two years after escaping Gotham City’s slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Gotham City looks ripe for the taking. Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove that as Batwing he has what it takes to help people. He targets a new thief on the prowl who has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn. Together, they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman is clever–she may be Batwing’s undoing. In this third DC Icons book, Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that’s closest to her heart?

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Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson is a new novel in the New York Times–bestselling Remnant Chronicles universe, in which a reformed thief and the young leader of an outlaw dynasty lock wits in a battle that may cost them their lives—and their hearts.

When the patriarch of the Ballenger empire dies, his son, Jase, becomes its new leader. Even nearby kingdoms bow to the strength of this outlaw family, who have always governed by their own rules. But a new era looms on the horizon, set in motion by a young queen, which makes her the target of the dynasty’s resentment and anger. At the same time, Kazi, a legendary former street thief, is sent by the queen to investigate transgressions against the new settlements. When Kazi arrives in the forbidding land of the Ballengers, she learns that there is more to Jase than she thought. As unexpected events spiral out of their control, bringing them intimately together, they continue to play a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives in order to fulfill their own secret missions.

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These Rebel Waves Sara Raasch

Released in North America on August 7, 2018, These Rebel Waves is a thrilling new fantasy series – full of deadly magic, double crosses, and a dangerous quest in a new world – from Sara Raasch, the New York Times bestselling author of the Snow Like Ashes series.

Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Agrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something dangerous is at work. Devereux is a pirate. As one of the stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he scavenges the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war. Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre. As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.

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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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August 2018 Reading List

So here it is – another month of trying to tackle (and overcome) my forever growing To Be Read pile. For every book I finish, it seems like a new one just … appears (I swear, I’ve barely bought any new books this summer!).

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

Well, after a crazily busy July, I have a lot of catching up to do; I am setting some more reasonable reading goals for myself, and hoping that the few weeks that I do have off in August can be used for some quality reading time! That being said, I am going to be working full-time and taking an online course for most of August, so I’ve definitely got another busy month lined up!

MY AUGUST 2018 READING LIST IS:

  1. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Release Date: February 27, 2018)
  2. Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (Release Date: April 10, 2018)
  3. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Release Date: June 12, 2018)
  4. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  5. Catwoman : Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: August 7th, 2018)
  6. Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (Release Date: August 7th, 2018)
  7. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (Release Date: August 7th, 2018)
  8. Nightblood by Elly Blake (Release Date: August 21st, 2018)
  9. Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Release Date: August 28, 2018)
  10. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)

Please note that all release dates reflect release dates in North America, as listed by Indigo.

WHAT WILL YOU BE READING THIS MONTH? LET ME KNOW!

Mini Review Mania (July 30 – Aug 3)

Hey Bookworms! So after a bit of a blogging hiatus, I decided that I am going to try something new this week! I’m calling it “Mini Review Mania”, and I will be posting a minimum of one Mini Review (250-500 words) each day (maybe even more if I’m feeling up to it)!

Intrigued?
Here’s the books I hope to be reviewing this week:

  • Monday: Legendary by Stephanie Garber
  • Tuesday: The Defiant by Lesley Livingston
  • Wednesday: Whisper of the Tide by Sarah Tolscer
  • Thursday: They Both Die at the End (Audiobook) by Adam Silvera
  • Friday: Stormcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

What other books would you like to see me review in the coming weeks? Let me know!

 

Vox (ARC) by Christina Dalcher

Set to release on August 21, 2018, Vox is Christina Dalcher’s stunningly haunting debut novel. Set in a near-future United States in which half the population has been silenced, Vox is the harrowing, unforgettable story of what one woman will do to protect herself and her daughter.

On the day the government decrees that women are no longer allowed more than 100 words daily, Dr. Jean McClellan is in denial–this can’t happen here. Not in America. Not to her. This is just the beginning. Soon women can no longer hold jobs. Girls are no longer taught to read or write. Females no longer have a voice. Before, the average person spoke sixteen thousand words a day, but now women only have one hundred to make themselves heard. But this is not the end.  For herself, her daughter, and every woman silenced, Jean will reclaim her voice.

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