Wednesday, June 27, 2018

MIRAGE (Mirage #1) by Somaiya Daud

This book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way shapes or forms my opinions of the novel. Thank you Somaiya and Flatiron Books for the opportunity.


AUTHOR: Somaiya Daud -- Twitter | Website
TO BE PUBLISHED: August 28, 2018 by Flatiron Books (MacMillan)
GENRE: Young Adult, High Fantasy, Sci-Fi
PAGES: 321
SOURCE: Author
Find it on Goodreads
RATING: 5 HEARTS

SUMMARY:
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’ fiancĂ©, 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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Cancer, where I've been, what I've been up to, my new mission, and a few missing books ...

So with the exception of few spotty posts here and there, I haven't done much with the blog in a long time.

Last summer, I started a business with LuLaRoe which took off like gangbusters and that pretty much ate the rest of the year. And I was definitely burning the candle from both ends. This was evident after two stays related to complications from the oral chemo pill I take.

Since November, I have been in a hardcore fight with cancer. As it stands, there's so much cancer in my blood, they can't even give an estimate on what percentage of blood is cancerous as they normally would. I also have an increase in blasts, which are super concentrated immature blood cells. I'm set to start my fourth line of therapy for it this week. Because I've had pancreatitis and existing issues with my liver for years now, several forms of the therapy are just completely off the table for trying. So we're down to very few types of oral chemo on I can take.

If you're a praying person or a good thoughts person, I really need all those. I am on a tightrope right now and if it doesn't work, I may need a bone marrow transplant and the rate of survival for CML (my type of cancer) patients and the bone marrow transplant are not great.

Right now, I'm not able to work my business because I'm simply too tired and weak and in pain. Some days, I'm too tired to even focus to read, which is kind of scary. And even once I start the oral chemo, these things won't just immediately go away. In fact, odds are, things will get worse before they get better. It's going to be a couple months of experimenting with dosages and also potential blends with other oral chemos to try and find a solution.

So right now, I'm pretty much laid up. I was supposed to be at BEA and my stretch goal was to go to ALA. But unfortunately, it didn't happen because I was so sick.

So my goal right now it to turn this blog around and get it in tip top shape (so ignore some of the graphics for now) and read and review to my hearts content and feel a little less uselesss.

Most publishers have been very accommodating and so kind and gracious in sending me the ARCs I missed! Penguin Random House's Underlined community is sending me a box of books at Goodies. Marie Lu and her team are getting me an ARC of Wildcard. I am getting copies of A Curse So Dark and Lovely by Brigid Kemmerer and the Girl King by Mimi Yu! I was also sent a copy of Mirage, by Somaiya Daud who I had the pleasure of meeting in April. Thank you ALL!

A few other thank yous go out to some publishers.

First, to the people at Little & Brown for sending me Girls of Paper and Fire, Phantom Wheel, How She Died How I Lived, The War Outside and an Assassin's Guide to Love and Treason.

Next, to the people at Harlequin Teen for sending me Shadow of the Fox and Iron Flower.

Finally, to the people at MacMillan, for Sadie, Darkest Star, Black Wings Beating, Unclaimed Baggage, and the The Boneless Mercies.

I am SO thankful for all of you helping me make my couch BEA dreams come true.

I am still looking DESPERATELY for the following titles, so if anyone could help me, I'd be SO grateful!

Seafire by Natalic C. Parker (Penguin Random House)
A Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (Little & Brown)
The Wicked King by Holly Black (Little & Brown)
Grace & Fury by Tracy Ban gheart (Little & Brown)
Light Years by Kass Morgan (Little & Brown)
The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesso (Little & Brown)

UPDATED: Thank you, Kass Morgan, for sending me an ARC of Light Years!

So if you know know of anyone who could help me, I'd be so grateful. I'm going to be in the hospital, in my bed, or on this couch (you could seriously make a plaster cast of my butt from this couch) ALL SUMMER and into early fall. So I need GREAT books to review, so I feel like I'm contributing something to the world.

My first review in awhile will go live tonight -- it will be for Somaiya Daud's amazing book Mirage, which is due out this August and which you will NOT want to miss.

Thank you! And I can't wait to start sharing more with you guys and for my new design which I'll hopefully relaunch within the month!

xoxo,
Heather