CJR The Brit Review: Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh

Title: Smoke in the Sun

Series: Flame in the Mist #2

Author: Renee Ahdieh

 

I was so excited to read this!

I loved Flame in the Mist and I couldn’t wait to get my grabby hands on Smoke in the Sun!

Here is the blurb:

After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice—to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.

With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and very the safety of the empire.

 

Here is my review – its a short review as I didn’t want to ramble on and on!

I couldn’t wait to see what happened after the ending of Flame in the Mist.

What would become of Okami?
Would Mariko marry Raiden?
Would Kenshin totally lose himself?
Would Yumi step up to the woman I knew she could be?

All I know from this book is that, not only was it an amazingly breathtaking conclusion but, Okami owns my heart even more:

‘I imagine the moon would be a thing of beauty on a night like this. But I prefer what I’m looking at now.
You likely say that to all the girls who rescue you.
They are a candle in the sunlight compared to you.’

 

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The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 11-17 June

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Hope you all had a good week?

Firstly I apologise if i wasn’t round on the blogesphere much as for some reason I aas really busy this week, and I dont even know why! I wanted to smash into some of my 20 Books of Summer but managed to read 2 books in 4 days so that isn’t bad!

BOOKS I READ

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh – look out for my review post this week!

Hothead by Stella Rhys – loved it!  See my review here.

Daughter of the Siren Queen By Tricia Levenseller – look out for my review post this week!

 

WHAT I WANT TO READ THIS WEEK

I’ll be carrying on with my 20 Books of Summer list. I’ve read 4 so far so I need to motor on to meet my target of 7 books from my list for June!

 

BOOK HAUL/ARCS RECEIVED

None! Go me! I’m so proud of myself, and my bank account is too!

 

ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK

Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

Books I need in July!

Review: By A Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell

 

 

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review: By A Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell

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This book was on my list for the 20 Books of Summer Challenge.  I must admit I was a bit 50/50 whether to read or not….but I am so glad I did!  It was a gem!

Here is my review:

What a unique story! It was fabulous.

Le Grands Carnival Fantastic is in town and Em goes to have some fun as she is new in town.

It’s here her story begins and unfolds….a charm and a curse……and things start to go wrong…..for everyone.

Things I loved:

Em and Bens friendship,

How supportive all the carnies were, a proper family,

How the carnival atmosphere was built,

How utterly heartbreaking it all is.

And lastly, although I’ve said it before, I loved how different this story is.

Books I need in July!

Is it me or does July seem like a slow release month?

Mind you July is the start of a busy time for me.  School breaks up in the middle and begins the long 6 weeks off!  We are also going away for 2 weeks so I normally don’t get much reading done either…..so maybe its a good thing!

So this post isn’t going to be as big as usual!!!

I have 2 books that I want need in July!

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Wild Like The Wind by Kristen Ashley – The Chaos MC owns me!

Flip Trick by Amo Jones – I mean look at that cover!

 

What books are you looking forward to in July?

CJR The Brit Review: Legendary by Stephanie Garber

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Oh what a magical read!

I absolutely loved Caraval so to get this was a no brainer – in fact I got the e-book and also ordered a signed paperback which has pride of place on my shelf!

Want to know what I thought?  Here is my review:

 

Caraval was a fantastic read for me and now Legendary. It was absolute perfection.

‘A heart to protect. A debt to repay. A game to win.’

I can’t even properly form the words to describe it!

At 30% I think I had guessed who Legend actually might be.

Then I decided I was wrong.

Then I decided I may have been right originally.

Or was I?

Then I questioned everything, myself, my life, the universe.

I simply loved Tella. I wasn’t sure about her in Caraval but she just exploded into my life in this book and I adored her. ‘Unfortunately Tella wasn’t the sort of girl people saved— she was the one they left behind.’

This story was just magical. I don’t really want to say anymore as I wouldn’t want to ruin this spectacular read for anyone, but if you loved Caraval and it’s twists, turns and general magical-ness, then you need to read this.

The Brits Weekly Book Biz: 4-10 June

Hope you all had a good week?

Back to work and school after our week off, It’s always hard!!!

I had my first ever trip to the Oxfam Book Shop and, even though the fantasy/YA/romance sections were small, they were also wondrous. I was in heaven! I will defo be going back (many times!)

I also made a decision. More of a test! After my moans about my Facebook blog and the rubbish interaction, I’ve decided to take the school holidays off (July to September) from Facebook to see how I feel!

I’ll still be posting here though!!

Anyway……

BOOKS I READ

Legendary by Stephanie Garber – look out for my review post (but I loved it!)

By a Charm and a Curse by Jaime Questell – see my review here.

I also read the shorts by Renee Ahdieh: Okami and Yumi in preparation for Smoke in the Sun (which I haven’t picked up yet!)

WHAT I WANT TO READ THIS WEEK

I’ll be carrying on with my 20 Books of Summer list. See the books I chose here.

 

BOOK HAUL/ARCS RECEIVED

The Night Circus by Erin – paperback for 99p. Bargain of the century!

 

ON THE BLOG THIS WEEK

Live paperback of Roar by Cora Carmack

May’s Fairyloot Unboxing

Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

 

How was your reading week?

What books did you read?

CJR The Brit Review: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

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Oh what a fabulous read!  I could have kicked myself that I hadn’t read this sooner and am now eagerly awaiting Archenemies!

Im sure you all know this but just to recap, here is the blurb:

Secret Identities. Extraordinary Powers. She wants vengeance. He wants justice.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies — humans with extraordinary abilities — who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone… except the villains they once overthrew.

Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice — and in Nova. But Nova’s allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

 

My Review

Wow that was a fabulous read! I really enjoyed it!

It was like watching a whole series of Heroes but in book form!

Renegades vs Anarchists. Yes!

I loved the main characters, Nova wants the Renegades to go down. And Adrian, a Renegade, wants to find Nightmare……..

It was so fantasticaly written, the beginning I could’ve cried, the middle I was in angst city and that ending!

Bring on the next book! Please!

May’s Fairyloot Unboxing *contains spoilers*

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May’s Fairyloot arrived on 21 May, I was so happy!

This months theme was Save The Kingdom.

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An exclusive book sleeve by Reverie and Ink! It features a quote from Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir….and it’s also waterproof!

Page Flags! I love them! Fictiontea Designs made them and are inspired by Throne of Glass! Will so be using them!

A coaster designed by Evie Bookish based on The Winners Trilogy by Marie Rutoski! Pride of place on my cabinet!

Save the Kingdom Tea bought to me by The Tea Leaf Co. I don’t actually like tea so my Mum will be having this!

A lip scrub made by Geeky Clean inspired by The Remnant Chronicles, I got Venda!

A bath bomb made by Little Hearts Gifts and is based on this month’s book. It is so pretty I’m not even sure I want to use it, just gaze at it!

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Book of the month was Onyx & Ivory by Mindee Arnett and promises to be full of magic, action, romance and intrigue! It’s an exclusive edition and has sprayed pages!

I also received a Legendary Tarot card and a Smoke in the Sun bookmark!

Paperback announcement with GIVEAWAY! Roar by Cora Carmack..

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ROAR is now available in paperback!

I was utterly consumed by this book and am eagerly looking forward to Rage but for now I will satisfy my need with buying the paperback! You can see my review here.

You can get yours here:

 

Now if you haven’t read, and you really should, here is an excerpt:

 

“This life is not glamorous,” Duke told her. “We travel constantly. We sleep on the ground most nights. When we’re not in danger from storms, we’re in danger in cities where we are considered criminals. This life is not for the faint of heart.”

“There are things I do not know, things I will have to learn. But I am capable. I am familiar with sacrifice. I know what it is to make hard choices.”

“Tell me you’re not considering this,” Locke said to Duke.

The old man was silent for a long moment, both Locke and Roar looking to him for support. Duke rubbed at his mustache, a habit of his when he was thinking deeply. “Let’s think about this, Locke. She’s smart. And determined.”

“She’s a child.”

Roar’s shoulders hunched in Locke’s peripheral vision, and he swallowed back the guilt. He could apologize later. For now, it was imperative that he won this argument.

“You were a child when I brought you into the fold,” Duke said. “She’s a young woman with a good head on her shoulders. And if this is what she wants, I’m inclined to at least hear her out.”

Just like that, Roar’s shoulders straightened, and Locke turned to watch a devastating smile bloom across her mouth. His weakness when it came to her only made him more cross.

“What skills do you have?” he snapped at Roar.

“Skills?”

“Yes, skills. What can you do? Or do you just plan to tag along for the ride?”

A flush spread over her cheeks, and her voice was tentative when she answered, “I’m good on a horse. Very good.”

Where in the world would she have learned to ride? He quickly hardened his expression. “Horses are fine for travel, but they don’t do well in storms. They, unlike you, have good survival instincts.”

As soon as the words were out of his mouth, Locke could have sworn he felt an updraft—the first sign that bad weather could occur—and he knew that this time he had pushed too far.

Roar marched toward him, spearing a finger into his chest and said, “I can read and write. I can speak Taraanese, Finlaghi, and Odilarian. I can read maps. I know enough about grassland vegetation and wildlife to survive without a market to buy food and drink. I’m good with knives and a bow. I learn quickly, and I’m not afraid of hard work. And I’ve spent my entire life reading as much about storms as I could get my hands on.” For a moment, her voice cracked under the weight of her anger, but she took a huffing breath and continued: “I’m good with numbers. It’s been a while, but I think I can probably still draw the constellations from memory, which should make me decent at navigation. I can—“

“Enough.” Locke’s voice came out in a deep rasp. He captured her long, delicate finger in his fist before she could continue poking him. He felt short of breath at the sight of her—livid and lovely. “Enough.”

The old Locke might have kept arguing, and Roar would have met him toe-to-toe. But if becoming a storm hunter had taught him anything, it was that fighting head-on wasn’t always the way to win. Sometimes strategy was required. He met Duke’s eyes over her shoulder, and if he had thought Roar looked smug before, she had nothing on his mentor. The man raised his eyebrows in a challenge and asked, “You?”

He hated the idea of bringing someone into this dangerous life, but if it was going to happen regardless, he sure as hell wouldn’t hand her safety over to anyone else, not even Ransom. And at the very least, it would give him the opportunity to change her mind. He gritted his teeth and nodded his acceptance.

 

 And a GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win a ROAR Swag Pack and $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card:

 

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