Mirage by Somaiya Daud

The fifth and final book I read during my March Break Read-a-Thon was Mirage by Somaiya Daud, which was released in North America on August 28, 2018. Mirage promises to be a refreshing and unique coming-of-age story that fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Children of Blood and Bone will love.

In a world 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 home. 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.

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March Break Read-a-Thon

Last week, I sat down and set a goal to read five (5) books during March Break (March 9 – March 17, 2019). Early on, this seemed a bit optimistic – even if I did have the week off work – but not entirely impossible. And as I quickly worked my way through book, after book, after book, it was rapidly evident that this was definitely a goal I could achieve. And I did! I finished my fifth book (Mirage by Somaiya Daud) on Saturday March 16, fulfilling my goal over 24 hours before the deadline I had set myself.

Therefore, throughout this week and next, I will be sharing my reviews for the five (5) books I read, in order of reading! So stay tuned, because there are lots of new and exciting book reviews on their way!

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March 2019 Reading List

With my TBR Box nearly overflowing, I think that it is safe to say that I have an exciting (and jam-packed) month of reading ahead of me! Good thing March Break is just around the corner – right? And I certainly need a break to catch up on all this reading! After a successful month of reading in January (I managed to read 12 books – I am not even sure how I managed that one!), I had a less productive reading month in February – finishing a grand total of 6 books.

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This brings me up to a total of 18 books in 2019, which has me well on my way to my goal of reading 50 books this year! While it may seem like I set me goal a bit low, I have found that I often plateau (in terms of reading) in the Spring and Fall, so I wanted to keep my reading goal reasonable. Why? Because reading is meant to be fun and relaxing, not stressful!

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Christmas Book Haul 2018

Everyone in my family (and all of my friends) knows that I love to read, and so finding a couple books under the Christmas tree is a pretty sure thing! I am so excited to dive into these books (in fact, I’ve already read Sea Witch by Sarah Henning and I quite enjoyed it)!

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Below, you’ll find a breakdown of the books I received from friends and family as gifts, including links to their listings on Indigo!

  1. Ever the Brave by Erin Summerhill (Release Date: December 5, 2017)
  2. Educated by Tara Westover (Release Date: February 20, 2018)
  3. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  4. Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Release Date: August 28, 2018)
  5. The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell (Release Date: October 5, 2018)
  6. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (Release Date: November 6, 2018)
  7. Fire & Heist by Sara Beth Durst (Release Date: December 4, 2018)
  8. The Storm Crow (ARC) by Kalyn Josephson (Release Date: July 9, 2019)

August 2018 Reading List

So here it is – another month of trying to tackle (and overcome) my forever growing To Be Read pile. For every book I finish, it seems like a new one just … appears (I swear, I’ve barely bought any new books this summer!).

SO, WHAT WILL I BE READING THIS MONTH?

Well, after a crazily busy July, I have a lot of catching up to do; I am setting some more reasonable reading goals for myself, and hoping that the few weeks that I do have off in August can be used for some quality reading time! That being said, I am going to be working full-time and taking an online course for most of August, so I’ve definitely got another busy month lined up!

MY AUGUST 2018 READING LIST IS:

  1. Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman (Release Date: February 27, 2018)
  2. Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (Release Date: April 10, 2018)
  3. A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir (Release Date: June 12, 2018)
  4. Sea Witch by Sarah Henning (Release Date: July 31, 2018)
  5. Catwoman : Soulstealer by Sarah J Maas (Release Date: August 7th, 2018)
  6. Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (Release Date: August 7th, 2018)
  7. These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (Release Date: August 7th, 2018)
  8. Nightblood by Elly Blake (Release Date: August 21st, 2018)
  9. Mirage by Somaiya Daud (Release Date: August 28, 2018)
  10. Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller (Release Date: August 29, 2018)

Please note that all release dates reflect release dates in North America, as listed by Indigo.

WHAT WILL YOU BE READING THIS MONTH? LET ME KNOW!