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Friday, February 2, 2018

FLAME IN THE MIST by Renee Ahdieh / Book Review #FlameInTheMist


By: Renee Ahdieh
Published by: Putnam 
Released on: May 16th, 2017
Series: Flame In The Mist Series #1
Rating: 5 Stars 
Source: Purchased book
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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.

This book is a book hanger I'm happy to not be over. Ahdieh wrote a richly detailed story I easily was immersed in. With her vivid, lush world building, hypnotic lore, larger than life characters, and sizzling romance, I didn't want this book to end. It is one of my all time favorite reads. 

Mariko has found herself a place among one all time favorite heroines. This girl may hail from a sheltered royal life, but she quickly proves she's more than a bloodline and a royal title. Given the situation she quickly finds herself in, she proves she is incredibly resilient, brave, intelligent, fearless when she needs to be, flawed, and a heroine I absolutely loved getting to know. She embodies girl power in all the right ways. I admired her for ability to do what she does. 

Mariko is one of many fascinating characters in this mesmerizing story. From the members of the Black Clan, to her twin brother Kenshin, to the the Emperor and those in his party, this book is fueled by interesting characters, all of whom who's stories I was fascinated by. This is one series I hope has a lot of books, because there are a lot of characters who's stories I hope we get to read more of. 

I don't know how Ahdieh does it. She has created a story that not only gives you characters that are larger than the pages they were written on, she creates a world that is easy to visualize. Her incredible details in every aspect of this book, no matter how small or little, made me feel as though I was in the story. It's rare to come across a book that completely immersed into a story the way this book did. I love how effortlessly this book pulled me in, and made me feel as though I was apart of it. 

I could not put this book down! It has everything I love, and so much more. From the characters, to the storytelling, the world building, and the romance.... Oh the romance! The romance in this book is one of my favorites. It's full of sexual tension, and a few swoon worthy moments. It's not without complications to say the least, nor without a few humorous moments, because of those complications. It's so perfectly developed! It is sizzle and swoon, and leaves you wanting more.

This book is definitely a must read! I don't know why it took me so long to read it. This book will definitely be among my all time favorites reads this year. I'm impatiently waiting to get my hands on it's sequel. If you haven't yet read this book, do now before i'ts sequel, SMOKE IN THE SUN, is out. 

1 comment:

  1. Oh, I want this book too. Ahh. I'm so glad you loved it so much Katie :D YAY! Yess for loving the girl so much. <3 That is the best feeling. And so happy that the romance was so awesome, eee :) Sounds amazing.