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  • Well devised

    Mirage by Somaiya Daud is a beautifully written novel that is rich in detail from the world-building, to the culture, and deep thorough characterizations of the main characters of Amani, Princess Maram, and Idris. Ms. Daud's novel is full of description and visual. I was captivated by Amani as a narrator. From the touching moment in the beginning with her brother Husnain, to the startling anxious moment the Imperial droids arrive and take Amani, and then every moment that followed after that with her future left uncertain. Throw in the cruel Princess Maram and Nadine, and then the moments with Idris that were some of my favorites, and this novel completely had me from start to the end. I really enjoyed Ms. Daud's Mirage. It is fast-paced, well-written, and it has a strong heroine leading the way. Amani is true to herself throughout the novel and doesn't give up hope . She's a fighter and I can't wait to read what Ms. Daud has in store for her in book two. Another character I found intriguing was Princess Maram. The relationship that Amani and her form is tenuous and unpredictable with Maram holding all the power, but it is interesting with the dynamics these two have and how their roles in this story will play out within the trilogy. I want to know what happens next. Overall, Mirage by Somaiya Daud is a great novel that really pulls you in and leaves you wanting more. It's so richly woven with tension, romance, heartbreak and is simply just mesmerizing. I very much recommend and look forward to reading more by Ms. Daud. (I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)

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  • Beautifully Written

    Actual rating 4.5! This is a beautifully written book with a strong story that focuses entirely on its characters. I loved the blend of sci fi and fantasy, as well as the representations of culture and tradition. The entire book is a slow burn, though it manages to keep the stakes and romance at high levels. Amani is very interesting. She has the side that is used to being commanded and controlled by the empire, yet she comes to find her own fire and struggles to differentiate it from her and Maram, the cold hearted princess she is meant to act as a double for. Nothing in Amani's life is simple, but she does her best to balance every side she finds herself on. Maram is complicated for me. It's so easy to dislike her, but like Amani I slowly came to understand her and hope for a redemption arc in her future. Idris is as romantic as they come, though I did think his relationship with Amani moved a little too fast. Still, they had some tender moments and the kind of love you would find in a fairytale. The world is rich in lore and really blends into its mix of sci fi and fantasy. It has legends and creatures and a complex history. It blended well with the slower pace, since most of this book focused on political drama, characters and the romance. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a beautifully written, romantic, politically charged, sci fi fantasy tale.

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