Hey People , I am going to review the an E-ARC from Netgalley ‘Mirage – Somaya Daud ‘I was apprehensive to read this book and when I finally read the book , it was just astonishing, astounding, surprising, bewildering, stunning, Okayyyy , that’s too many adjectives all at one but this had a similar effect on me . I just had a wave of emotions once I read this book . I am extremely thankful to the Netgalley for providing me with an ARC .
“A cage is a cage even if gilded. Even if it softens my hands.”
MY RATING: 5 STARS
Published August 28th 2018 by Flatiron Books
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 and receiving a sign that one day, she, too, will have adventures, and travel beyond her isolated moon.But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects. She is kidnapped by the government and taken in secret to the royal palace. There, 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 to appear in public, 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, and she soon realises that one wrong move could lead to her death.
❝ I wanted answers, but no one here would be able to give them to me. My family, my fate, my home–they were all out of my grasp for now. Perhaps forever. ❞
Well so were should I begin with this book ?? // Me confused //What first caught my attention for this book was obviously the cover. The colors works so well together. It’s a very well designed cover. The book can see traces of loads of YA Dystopian and fantasy and yet it remains distinct and fresh lease of writing. I just can’t help but loving this book and can’t help gushing about this book. THE BOOK HAS ALL THE ELEMENTS TO BECOME A MEMORABLE BOOK. The book has sibling love,a feisty heroine , an anti – heroine and lots intriguing characters that have so potential to carry forward the story. I never once was bored from the writing, and was on the edge of my seat for the entire duration of the read. The beautiful themes of love and loss, friendship and solitude, kindness in despair are all so incredibly illustrated by Daud’s brilliant writing.
“You do not kneel or bend, I told myself. To anyone. You continue.”
There is Amani, a village girl who lands in the Vathek Headquarters and is here to impersonate Maram – the half-Vathek princess who is the future Queen of Vathek. But her destiny has something else in the store and that’s what story is all about . Then there is Maram , who is mostly misunderstood by others . Then the sibling love between Hussain and Amani is sooooooo adorable. Idris is the another mystery person and I think that there are various shades of the characters . The story has a lot of potential and though this book was a tad slow. But there are lots of things that can happen in the next installment (actually the storyline is begging ) and I CAN’T WAIT TO READ THE OTHER SEQUEL…….
Have you read the book?Are you excited to read it? Lets chat in the comments section!