Waiting on Wednesday: Flame in the Mist

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Summary:

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

Why I’m Excited:

First…can we talk about that cover??

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It. Is. Gorgeous.

Renee is lucky in having some of the most beautiful covers ever. I loved the looks for her two previous books and this may be even better.

Now…a take on Mulan.

Sign. Me. Up.

I enjoy Japanese culture and I think Mulan is a highly underrated film in the realm of Disney, so I’m excited to see her get some attention even if it isn’t directly.

Flame in the Mist sounds amazing and we always need more hardcore, kick butt female leads in YA.

Bring it on in May!

-M

Release Day: The Rose and the Dagger! + GIVEAWAY!

I am so

excited that THE ROSE & THE DAGGER by

Renée Ahdieh releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an

awesome giveaway!


If you

haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Renée Ahdieh, be sure to

check out all the details below.


This blitz

also includes a giveaway for a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN and a

hardcover of THE ROSE & THE DAGGER and an awesome candle from The

Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only!  So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the

Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.



 Title: THE

ROSE & THE DAGGER

Author: Renée

Ahdieh

Release Date: April

26, 2016

Publisher: G.P.

Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Pages: 432

Formats:

Hardcover, eBook, & audiobook

Find it: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks 

The much

anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn,

lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue

and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and

sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her

husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but

his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that

might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge

with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be

happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire.

Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But

she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t

yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within

her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young

man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true

love.

Praise

for The Rose and the Dagger:

“Above all there is the

shattering, triumphant

catharsis of love… In a story about stories, love is ‘the power to speak

without words.’ Thrillingly full of feeling.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Fiery romance, a spirited heroine, shifting loyalties… With more than a few

heartrending twists and turns.”—Booklist 


Excerpt:


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About Renée:

Renée lives in North Carolina (Go

Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE

WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she

likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.

She’s also a member of the Society of

Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as well as an active member of

theScience Fiction & Fantasy Writers of

America.

Giveaway Details:

1 winner

will receive a paperback of THE WRATH & THE DAWN, a hardcover of THE ROSE

& THE DAGGER, and a His Calipha candle from The

Melting Library’s Etsy Store, US Only.

Ends on May 3rd at Midnight EST!

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Friday Fix: The Crown and the Arrow excerpt

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The wait for The Rose and the Dagger releasing in May is entirely too long!

However, there is a novella releasing on March 1 that will help with the wait.

EVEN BETTER—Bustle just released the first CHAPTER to the upcoming novella!

Go check it out HERE and get even more excited for both releases!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose and the Dagger

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Summary:

(Taken from Goodreads)

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Why I’m excited:

The Wrath and the Dawn was easily one of my favorite books from 2015. Honestly, there wasn’t any question about it being a favorite!

However…this is how I felt at the end of Wrath:

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WHAT. WAS. THAT.

It was an amazing book, but that ENDING. I’ve been dying for Rose  ever since I finished the first book. It was a wild ride and then had an abrupt ending that left me chomping at the bits for more.

Let’s be real though- that’s exactly what a book SHOULD do!

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of the first book at RT Convention last year and I’ve done nothing, but sing it’s praises since then.

I’m excited that this is a duology because I don’t think I could take another wait like the last cliffhanger! Plus, that just means we can see what else the author has up her sleeves with something entirely different!


Have you read Wrath and the Dawn and if so are you just as ready for this next installment as I am?

-Melanie

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Book Summary and Info:

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

Pages: 388

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: May 12, 2015

My Thoughts:

I rarely do a star rating on books. I tried before and either I felt too forgiving or too harsh. However, if I were to do stars then I’d easily give this one a 5 out of 5 without even a second thought.

I’m a huge fan of retelling stories. My obsession with the Lunar Chronicles and Alex Flynn books? That’s why I love those. That said, that is also why I loved The Wrath and the Dawn. I initially received an ARC of the book DAYS before it was released and was beyond excited because of how much I’d heard about it. But then the end of the school year ate up my time and I didn’t get to read it. Fast forward a month and I got a finished copy and decided to go ahead and read it.

I first thought the obvious- WHAT ON EARTH IS THIS GIRL DOING? I understand trying to avenge her friend’s death, but volunteering to marry a murderous  king seems a bit crazy regardless. Then we slowly get to further into the characters and I actually felt bad for the king like she did.

The novel is long at 388 pages, but it is also fast paced because of the desire to learn more about the situations in the story. I’m ready to find out more about certain things that were introduced (I can’t delve into that without spoilers, but the fact that it’s based on A Thousand and One Nights might be a hint at some things.) and to see where the story goes with the ideas that were already set into place. I already want to see what Khalid will do next based on what happens in the end.

I would highly recommend Wrath and the Dawn to anyone who is into fantasy, but specifically people who may watch Game of Thrones. I don’t actually watch GoT, but it seems like it might  reach a similar fan base based on the set up of the setting, kingdom, and magic.

Look into this book ASAP because I’m already wishing for book 2 thanks to how it ended and due to the sneak peak into the next book. This was an amazing debut, so I can’t wait to see what Ahdieh does next!

-Melanie