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Mini Review: Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Posted July 17, 2019 by MC / 0 Comments

Categories: Book Reviews

Mini Review: Mirage by Somaiya DaudMirage (Mirage, #1) by Somaiya Daud
Published by Flatiron Books on August 28, 2018
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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’ 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.

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

GAH.

This cover. The synopsis. Sci-fi. Fantasy. Moroccan-inspired. What could be better???

As it turns out…….a lot.

While I did not hate my time spent reading Mirage, I did feel that it was a gigantic let down and an average book at best. First of all, there is no science in this fiction. It takes place on a random moon somewhere in outer space, and that’s all we get to learn about it. You want to know more about this moon? Too bad, the world building is non-existent.

Another huge issue that ties into the lack of world building is that the pacing for this book is WAY off. Our main character is chosen to be a body double for the princess and her transformation is basically brushed over in a single paragraph. Where did the rest of the story go??? There is insanely fast insta-love and a succession of scenes that could have been more but are whittled down into a few sentences until they feel inconsequential.

I personally cannot speak on the representation in this book, but there are many wonderful reviews on Goodreads that I suggest you explore if you are interested in giving Mirage a try.

I would be interested in seeing what this book could have been if it was 400 or 500 pages long. It had such promise, but unfortunately, it tried to accomplish too much in too few pages and that caused the story to fall very flat.

3 Stars

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When you expect so much more…..

…..blame it on the books.

Mini DNF Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Posted August 9, 2018 by MC in Book Reviews / 0 Comments
Mini DNF Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

I was very wary of picking up Goodbye Days – so wary, in fact, that I let this book sit unread for over a year. I was afraid of this book for many reasons. I am not a big fan of contemporary fiction. It takes a truly spectacular contemporary book to keep me interested. Also, Jeff Zentner usually has a religious theme throughout his books, and I try to avoid […]

ARC Review: The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak

Posted August 8, 2018 by MC in Book Reviews / 0 Comments
ARC Review: The Queen Underneath by Stacey Filak

I was really excited and honored to receive an ARC of The Queen Underneath from Page Street Publishing. The cover is absolutely stunning (I believe on the finished copy there is gold foil) and the story sounded really intriguing. After reading the synopsis, I was already imagining the two kingdoms of Above and Under, thrown into turmoil and forced to work together to save their people. Unfortunately, I was left […]

Review: All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Posted May 3, 2018 by MC in Blog Tours, Book Reviews / 2 Comments
Review: All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

When I first picked up All of This is True, I didn’t really know much about the story. It felt like one of those books that I would enjoy more if I went into it blind, so I just went ahead and started reading. I was totally right. Going into this book without knowing a ton about the plot is a great experience. That being said, I’m going to try […]

Cornerfolds Wrap Up May 2017

Posted December 24, 2017 by MC in Book Reviews / 0 Comments
Cornerfolds Wrap Up May 2017

(I KNOW. It’s almost 2018…I am slightly behind. Forgive me….) full review on Cornerfolds! full review on Cornerfolds! full review on Cornerfolds! full review on Cornerfolds! _________________________________________________________ When you review on Cornerfolds….. …..blame it on the books.

DNF Review: Haven by Mary Lindsey

Posted November 16, 2017 by MC in Book Reviews / 2 Comments
DNF Review: Haven by Mary Lindsey

What a roller coaster this book turned out to be for me. Well, not so much a roller coaster as a climb and then a plummet. I hate having to come here and write a negative review, but I really can’t let this one go unsaid. So let’s start from the beginning and talk about my journey as I was reading Haven. I went into this book not knowing very […]

Blog Tour: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco | Review and Giveaway

Posted September 12, 2017 by MC in Blog Tours, Book Reviews, Giveaways / 2 Comments
Blog Tour: Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco | Review and Giveaway

Review: After reading (and loving) Stalking Jack the Ripper last fall, I was anxiously awaiting the arrival of Hunting Prince Dracula. I am happy to say that Kerri Maniscalco did not disappoint with her sequel to one of my most enjoyable reads of 2016. Hunting Prince Dracula is significantly longer than Stalking Jack the Ripper, and I think this length caused the book to have a bit of a slow […]