Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh || Not Fiery Enough for Me

“Sometimes we must fall forward to keep moving.”

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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 her 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.

2 STARS

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Friday for Funsies || Blog Party!!!

Friday for Funsies

“What the heck is a blog party?” you might be asking yourself right now. I honestly asked myself that question when I came up with the idea. Thankfully, it’s easy to answer, and keeps today’s post short and sweet (and fun)!

When I say blog party, what I really mean is that I’m asking you to get excited about blogging. What’s your favorite thing about it? What are you looking forward to for upcoming blog features, whether on your blog or someone else’s? And (most important!), which blogs do you recommend? Today is about what you think, not what I think, so put it all in the comments, and let’s go! We’ll get some blog appreciation going on here, share the love, rec some good blogs, and have a good time!

Short, sweet, and fun, like I said. Happy Friday!

Not a Book! Thursday || How I Write Reviews

Not a Book!

Okay, so cut me some slack on this one. It’s sort of bookish, given that it’s reviews, but it’s not exactly bookish, and that’s good enough for me.

Anyways, I figured I’d explain how I go about reviewing books, since I’ve noticed my review style isn’t quite like others I’ve seen (which is also kind of nice, you know?). It’s not a huge process, but it does give me some structure, and wow does that help.

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Buddy Read and Review || Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne

A couple weeks ago, I had the chance to do a buddy read with my wonderful excellent incredible friend and brain twin Áine, and we ended up reading Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne! We had a fantastic time, I discovered she’s a faster reader than I am (SHE’S SUPER FAST, GUYS, IT’S AMAZING), and we both ended up writing reviews, which you can check out under the cut. Hopefully, if you pick up this book, you’ll enjoy it as much as we did!

Rosemarked Cover

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A healer who cannot be healed . . .

When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art—until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.

A soldier shattered by war . . .

Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule—even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.

Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.

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