5 Reasons To Read Flame In The Mist

by - Tuesday, May 16, 2017

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Hi friends! 

Today I am here to bring you one of my top books of 2017 (even though I finished it just two days ago, it’s already made it onto the list of my favourites!) which is, as you guessed from the title, Flame In The Mist by Renee Ahdieh. THIS WILL BE SPOILER FREE!

So a bit of background on me with Ahideh’s work! I read the Wrath And The Dawn series last year and absolutely L O V E D it! I recommended it to lots and lots of friends, some of whom did read it (*coughs pointedly at those who didn’t read it*) and they all loved it too! Basically I just love her work, from the few interviews I’ve seen of her, I love her personality and she seems like such a fab and all round lovely person! 

And of course when I heard Flame In The Mist was due to be released, I was HYPED because how could I not be? One of my favourite authors was releasing a new book and it sounded so interesting and the people that had ARCs were constantly fangirling so I gave it a shot even though I was a smidge apprehensive as to whether it would live up to TWATD! 

Boy, am I glad I gave it a chance!


About the book. 

Book: Flame In The Mist
Series: Flame In The Mist
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Pages: 368
Publisher: Hodder And  Stoughton
Published on: 16 May 2017
Synopsis: 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 Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she's within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she's appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she's ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires. (source)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Recommended for: Anyone 13+

Thank you to Hachette Australia for providing me a review copy however this is an honest review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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But if you don’t believe me quite yet as to why you need to read this, maybe these reasons will convince you: (in no particular order)

1| SWOON WORTHY ROMANCE 

Ok it’s no secret Ahideh CAN WRITE a romance. I loved the romance in TWATD and it was no exception in this book! I’m not going to be mentioning the name of the love interest because it is better to go in and find out yourself (even though it’s not technically a spoiler, it’s a better reading experience if you find out for yourself). 

This also had one of my favourite tropes which was the enemies to lovers trope and one minute the two hate each other’s guts and the next moment, BAM, they’re making out! I also thought the romance was quite well developed, despite the sudden change of pace because you have the two getting to know each other and developing mutual respect so thank god for no insta-love.


2| FEUDAL JAPAN MEETS MULAN

BEST. SETTING. EVER. Am I right? I loved the premise of this and I am such a huge fan of Mulan so this book was absolutely perfect for me! And feudal Japan – time of the deadly samurais – YES PLEASE. 

Another trope this had, which is where the Mulan inspired storyline comes in, is a girl dressing up as a boy and going undercover. It was so fabulous and while at times, it was a smidge unbelievable (like how do you not notice??) I loved it all the same! 


3| TWISTY, TURNEY, UNPREDICTABLE AND INTRIGUING PLOT

If you think you’ve read an unpredictable plot, wait till your read this book! I loved how IMPOSSIBLE it was to guess what was to happen next and how there was no way of knowing when the big secret (aka Mariko – the main character – dressing like a boy would come out) or what was to happen with the other side characters. 

It also had such vague and unpredictable twists that had you SO confused but at the same time so intrigued, which is why it worked so well. This book made you doubt all the characters and all their intentions because it was impossible to know who was ‘good’ and who was ‘bad’. 

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4| RICH AND VIVID WRITING 

The writing of this book DID NOT DISSAPOINT. 

It was just as well written as TWATD, which such a lyrical and descriptive style with a strong attention for detail. I found myself transported to Japan and almost felt like I was beside the characters, experiencing the rich culture and traditions of those times. MOST MAGICAL FEELING EVER .

There were times, especially at the beginning where the writing did feel a smidge jarring, especially as you’re thrown directly into the action at the beginning, but it picked up, not only the pace but also the explanations as the story continued. 
 

5 | IT’LL LEAVE YOU WANTING MORE 

Which is why I’m basically tempted to hound poor Renee Ahdieh until she tells me all the deets of the next book in the series! (Just kidding…or am I?)

For reals though, the ending was so magnificent and it left me with so so so many burning questions! The story ended so well because it was sudden, jarring and left you on the brink of having all the answers but not getting any. 

Suffice to say, I NEED THE NEXT BOOK PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

OVERALL RATING:

½

Have you read Flame In The Mist? Or any of Renee Ahdieh's books? Did you like them?

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  1. This sounds so amazing! I'll have to pick it up as soon as I can!!

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  2. Yay, so glad you liked this! I have The Wrath and the Dawn but I haven't read it yet (I know, what?), but this is on my list to pick up in the future. It sounds so good! I love that there is an amazing romance going on, and that it makes you want more after the end of the book. Your review was fantastic and made me super excited to read this now!

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    1. OMG KELLY YOU MUST READ TWATD! It's such a great book! And YAY I hope you get to it!

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  3. Fantastic review, Anisha! This book is easily one of my most anticipated reads of this year. I read and LOVED The Wrath and the Dawn series: the world-building, the writing style, the romance, everything about it I loved. I'm so glad that I have more of these incredible things awaiting me in Flame in the Mist :)

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  4. This is such a fab review, Anisha! As I I wasn't already excited enough to read this book, now you've made me crazy excited! <3
    Megan @ http://wanderingsofabookbird.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I haven't read TWATD, but you've convinced me to give Ahdieh's writing a try with this one. I'm intrigued by the feudal Japan setting and the romance and plot sound great.

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    1. OMG THANK YOU THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY!

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  6. I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS BOOK. I absolutely loved TWATD, not so much with TRATD, but I'm still excited! Especially now that you mentioned it has amazing romance and beautiful writing!

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    1. Yeah I wasn't the hugest fan of TRATD either but still a great duology!

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  7. I can't wait to read this! I'm picking up my copy on Saturday at a book fest she'll be at. I only just read her other books a couple months ago and am so glad I discovered this author's amazing words. :)

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    1. OMG YOU'RE SO LUCKY SARAH! I am totally jealous because I'd love love love to meet her but I don't think she's making any trips to Australia any time soon! :(

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  8. I have read all of Renee's books, and I adore them all :D I am so glad you enjoyed FLAME too! I can't wait for the sequel :)

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

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  9. I've never heard of this author, but you had me at alchemist and samurai. It sounds very exciting, and I'm glad you introduced me to it.

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    1. I actually didn't say anything about an alchemist but yay, glad to hear that!

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  11. Yay! It's great that you liked this book :)
    I read it yesterday (the day it was released) because I couldn't WAIT to get my hands on it. Mulan based feudal Japan retelling?? YES PLEASE. I loved Renee Ahdieh's other books. But I slightly regret it because now I have to wait so long for the sequel! Bad choices *shakes head*

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    1. OMG I WAS ACTUALLY THINKING THE EXACT SAME THING BECAUSE NOW THAT I RUSHED THROUGH THE FIRST ONE IM GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE AND OMG THAT MAKES ME CRY BC I NEED IT NOWWWW

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  12. This is one of my most anticipated books, so I am so glad to hear you enjoyed it so much. It sounds absolutely fantastic! Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! <3

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    1. Aha you're so lovely Zoe, thank you! <3

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  13. You just made me want to read this one even more! The fact that it has a swoon-worthy romance and is unpredictable and the whole Feudal Japan meets Mulan because Mulan is one of my favorites too. I was talking to another blogger about Flame in the Mist and she told that it ends in a cliffhanger big time though so now I'm thinking I might want to wait until book two is out. I'm an impatient reader lol. And I actually haven't read The Wrath And The Dawn books yet but want to really badly. Hopefully sometime this year. Great review!! Glad you enjoyed this one. :D

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    1. Aha yeah I can see what you mean because I need the next book so bad now! And OMG I hope you do get around to reading TWATD because it is ALL kinds of amazing! Thanks for reading and commenting lovely! <3

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  14. This book will definitely leave you wanting more! I can't wait to read anything by Renée. She is one of my auto-buy authors, for sure. Love this list!! :)

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  15. I haven't read any of these, but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'd definitely give them a try. Also, I like how you take the photos, they're really pretty haha.

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

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  16. I love this review! I haven't read anything by Renee Ahdieh, but I'm definitely adding The Flame in the Mist to my TBR now! I can't go past a swoon-worthy romance ❤️

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    1. *blushes* thanks Sarah! And yes, I hope you enjoy it!

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  17. I really really REALLY want to read this one!! I loved TW&TD (although I haven't read the sequel yet..shame, Cait, shame) and I'm so looking forward to Japan x Mulan mashup. 😍 It sounds amazing and really unique! Although I'm with you on always slightly not believing it when stories have girls pretending to be boys and no one notices. 😂 Like, really? Eeep. BUT ANYWAY. That trope was in Walk On Earth A Stranger and I still adored that book hehh. I'M SO EXCITED TO READ THIS EVENTUALLY AHHH!!

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    1. YAY OMG! And sadly I didn't really love walk on earth a stranger because I started it but it didn't catch my interest! But maybe I'll try it again sometime

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  18. Yikes! I haven't read anything by this author yet but I love Mulan + good romances so much! Do you suggest I start with Flame in the Mist or one of her other books?

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    1. Ooh this is a personal preference kind of thing but maybe TWATD just because it's a finished duology!

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  19. I'm in queue for Flame in the Mist at my library, and I'm super excited to read it! Yesss, I'm usually not a fan of romance, but Renee Ahdieh writes it extremely well. Do you know if FitM is supposed to be a duology or a series?

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    P.S. - I just found your blog, and I must say I love it! Your design is so professional and put together, and I love your voice. I'll definitely be following :)

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