19 July, 2018

18 July, 2018

17 July, 2018

REVIEW: FLAME IN THE MIST by Renée Ahdieh

Title: Flame in the Mist
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Series: Flame in the Mist #1
Genres: Fantasy, YA
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release: May 16th, 2017
Source: Kindle Edition
Pages: 416

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BLURB: From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Tamora Pierce.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.
Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

16 July, 2018

15 July, 2018

SUNDAY PORTRAIT: Laurent of Vere


Happy Sunday, friends! Welcome to Sunday Portraits, where we give a face to our beloved book friends!

 Today we have: Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat:

Laurent of Vere
Laurent's physical beauty is often drawn attention to in the books, and is noted by many people in their discussions of him. Famously he is blond-haired and blue-eyed, with very fair skin, and is often paralleled with the Lady Jokaste, who possess similar features. However Damen also notes that, like Jokaste, Laurent's beauty is something that one must forcibly shunt aside when considering him as it is the least significant thing about him, saying that it is difficult to associate Laurent with a physical body at all, as you were always dealing with a mind. It is significant that, though Laurent is aware of his high level of attractiveness, he never uses his appearance or sexuality to further himself in any of his political or military endeavours.