Book Review: Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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32768520._SY475_.jpgTitle: Mirage (Mirage #1)
Author: Somaiya Daud
Genre: YA Sci-fi
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018

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“In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon.

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place.

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection…because one wrong move could lead to her death.” (Goodreads)

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I’ve had this book sitting on my shelf for a few months since picking up a signed copy at a Half Price Books. I have binged a lot of sci-fi lately and at an attempt to get through the books I already own I borrowed the audio version from my library.

There were a couple things I liked about this book but overall it just left me feeling impartial to it. It wasn’t good and it wasn’t bad. The plot was like many other books I have read before. I was hoping the use of a body double would be used differently but it was the same ol’ plot just in space.

I think that is the one thing that did make it unique. They were on the moon! But, there wasn’t much for world building besides that.

The characters were meh and didn’t spark any feelings in me when they came into trouble. They were just fine.

Overall, it was just meh/fine. I don’t really have any feelings towards this one but at least I can knock another book off my tbr!

-Joanna TheGeekishBrunette (1)

 

The Green Children of Woolpit: NetGalley Review

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40500417._SY475_.jpgTitle: The Green Children of Woolpit
Author: J. Anderson Coats
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy/Historical Fiction
Publication Date: September 10th, 2019

eARC provided by publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

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Synopsis: “It is the autumn of 1160, and twelve-year-old Agnes is helping with the harvest when she hears a frightened voice calling from the nearby woods. When she goes to investigate, Agnes can’t believe what she sees. There, at the bottom of the deep wolf traps, are two children. They are shouting in a language no one understands—and their skin is bright green.

Agnes soon discovers that these are no ordinary children; in fact, they aren’t even human. They are of the Fair Folk, and they are here to take Agnes home to their world. Trusting that the Fair Folk cannot lie, Agnes agrees to venture underground. But she soon learns just how dangerous their world is—and what it will take to break the ancient bargain meant to keep her there.” (Amazon)

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My Review:

I will say that in the beginning it was hard to get into this book because it was quite slow and I wasn’t a fan of the writing style. As the story progressed, I found myself being intrigued with the plot but the characters were just alright.

Agnes has heard stories about The Good People from her granny and she repeats the lessons she was told throughout the book. Although she may have this advice, she still manages to find herself in trouble. I did like that she didn’t give up. Besides the green children, the other characters are pretty minor. They don’t have any background or character development. They are simply there for minor parts in the plot and that’s about it. The green children have the most development and are really the driving force for everything that goes on. They are sneaky but even then, nothing always goes as planned.

The plot had its slow parts in the beginning but it eventually smoothed out and continued at a rapid pace. There were a few plot twists and they were quite surprising so I did enjoy them. There are two point of views in this story once you get a bit in and at first I was confused by it because there isn’t much of an indicator for it but as I got used to it, it does help to understand the characters.

Overall, it was an interesting tale and if you are a fan of fairy folk or like fairy-tales then you should definitely give this book a try!