Flame In The Mist : IT’S LIT ALRIGHT

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You know how surprising is it for me to write this review? I didn’t like The Wrath and The Dawn  . I still can’t believe this is the book written by the same author. I was closing the book back and forth while reading to check if it was really her name on the cover because I was so shocked LOL. IT’S AMAZING!

 «finding one’s match was like finding one’s other half. Mariko had never understood the notion.
She was not a half. She was wholly her own.» 

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Premise in 5 seconds :  Some samurai Clans enter in conflict with the Emperor future plans. Betrayal, murders and sabotage. Families get destroyed and it’s the turn of the samurai children to take on the responsibilities. 

setting

The setting: Japan. A beautiful world building with an imperial city, a forbidden neighbourhood, pleasure house, a mysterious forest. It’s so simple and the details are not overly described, it was enough to form a picture in my head. It doesn’t feel heavy, we discover the surroundings with each character plot. I am asian and I LOVE learning about this culture (not like I’m already super obsessed with Japanese culture in general). 

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characters

The characters. They are driven, independent, smart, have their own weakness but seem real and relatable. For the first time, I’m so happy that an author address the different types of strengths concept. For example, the main character is Mariko, she has the strength of the mind. That means, while she completely has no clue about how to attack her opponents with a sword she uses what she has : her mind. 

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The side characters are very well developed. I appreciate the fact that the author gave space to more stories to each of them because it has room for more interesting plot. If you like the dynamic of Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, you’ll love this one.Imagine a squad of outlaws but… made of honours, art of katanas and samurai. 

pace

Fast paced and full packed action, you won’t be bored reading this novel (well at least I wasn’t bored hehe). The chapters offer up to 3 POVS and I must admit: while I tend to hate several POVS but in this case, it works very well. The beginning starts with a bang, a tragic and very disturbing introduction. Then, you will yourself submerged in a whole new world, a whole new period of time and soon enough you become attached to the characters.

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Big thank you to Del Rey from Penguin Random House Canada for a copy of this book! 

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A special THANK YOU to all of you for all your messages: kindly reminding me not to worry about my blogging’s presence. My month just keeps getting busier ! T_T It’s my last semester before graduating University so I have to finish it in beauty you know. But I’m happy to see that a lot of people understand this inconvenient. I would also take advantage to announce that I will likely post my reviews at the end of the week (for example Saturday) and the very beginning of the week (Monday) from now on so you guys are going to see less of me everyday during the week, only once or twice a week. Hope that’s okay for you ❤ !!

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53 Comments Add yours

  1. Wonderful review! I kind of had the opposite experience as you – I ADORED The Wrath and the Dawn, but the Flame in the Mist fell a bit short for me. I enjoyed it, as per usual with Ahdieh’s writing, but some things were flat and I couldn’t get onboard with the story. I still will be continuing the series though!

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    1. Ohw noo 😦 !! I guess at least we have a story that we enjoyed from the same author ! Can’t wait for the sequel !

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  2. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Trang! I’ve been very hesitant to pick this one up as I heard a lot of reviews stating that it was a bit boring. However, you’re review is making me want to give it a shot. Great review!

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    1. I’ve been reading reviews saying that too but it’s weirdI really find it not boring LOL I guess all the events satisfy me enough 😀 Glad my review can make a difference!

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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    I am a huge fan of everything Asian. I have an enormous movie collection of Asian cinema one dvd, then of course there is anime, I watch Korean dramas, and I love reading more about Asian culture. I just find it al incredibly fascinating.
    After reading this review, I am definitely going to read this one very, very soon. It sounds amazing, and your review was so convincing that I have made it a top priority to track this one down 😀
    As for your question at the end of this post. Of course that’s okay. Blogging is a lot of fun: but the real world is always more important. I was you good luck with everything, and don’t worry: we will all still be here and continue to check out your posts whenever you write them
    Ps: loved the layout for this review 😀

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    1. OMG EVERYTHING IN YOUR COMMENTS MADE ME SWOOON ❤ HAHA Always get excited when someone is interested in the asian culture ! Because it's so rich and different from a county to another . Thank you for noticing the layout of this review as well, and as always, your kind words mean everything to me 😀 Thank you thank you so much for your understandig !

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  4. It’s lovely when an author surprises you! Glad you enjoyed it! Good luck with exams and finishing University!

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    1. Thank you so much Nikola!! 😀 hahah it looks like I have exams every month cauz your comment is still relevant to this day LOL

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  5. Marie says:

    Well, you are a bit of a black sheep in the book community about that one, Trang, haha. So many people loved the wrath and the dawn and had a hard time with this one. I personally loved the wrath and the dawn series a whole lot and was very impatient to read this one, but… all the mixed reviews kind of made me less impatient about it overall. I think you managed to make me interested in that one again, a whole lot. you make it sound so good! 🙂

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    1. I AM THE BLACK SHEEP AM I NOT HAHA I don’t know why but oh well that’s why I guess we have different types of books for different types of people 😀 Simply happy that you enjoyed The Wrath and The Dawn! I’m still reading its sequel even if I hated the first to see if I’ll like the series overall.

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  6. Beware Of The Reader says:

    First I LOOOOOVE your graphics. Second it’s the first time that I see 4,8 as a rating. Finally just WOW! I can’t wait to read this one 😉

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    1. HAHA I don’t always give high ratings but when I do WOO ❤ Thank you so much for noticing the graphics !! 😀 It always make me happy to see my efforts noticed

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  7. Yes I am so glad you enjoyed this book Trang, especially after not enjoying Renee Ahdieh’s other release. 🙂 I loved this one and actually until you mentioned it in your review I didn’t quite make the connection between Flame in the Mist and Six of Crows (if anything you’ve now made me love this one even more)! 😀 ❤
    Great review. 🙂

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    1. YASS BETH OU LOVED THIS ONE TOO IM SO HAPPYY ❤ I saw the Six of Crows resemblance because they were a band of misfits gahah and they were so funny and distinct as individuals ! Are you excited for the sequel ? !

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      1. See now the connection has been made I definitely see it. 🙂
        Definitely excited for the sequel, I feel like I’ve had it on pre-order for ages now. 😀

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  8. Bookstooge says:

    What anime is that sword fighting gif from? I didn’t recognize the character’s face…

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    1. I was going to ask the same!

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      1. Samurai Champloo ! 😂

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        1. Ah yes! I have not made it far into that one. Makes sense 😉

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    2. Samurai Champloo 🙂 !

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  9. Great review Trang! I’m going to read this, this year too… actually I wasn’t such a fan of her previous books and have been putting this off because of it but looks like I was worried for nothing. Happy studying, etc for school! You want to end that with a bang ❤

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    1. I think we were the only ones in my blogosphere not loving the Wrath and The Dawn HAHA but i do hope you can enjoy this one 😉 ! Thank you so much, I need all the luck I can get with school HAHA

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  10. The Six of Crows comparison really sold it to me! I also really like the idea that the author highlights different kinds of strength. I have heard nothing but good things about this book – I really must pick it up.

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    1. Omg did you have the chance to pick it up yet?! I heard a lot of mixed reviews so I really hope you end up enjoying this HIH 😀

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  11. Oooh I’m so glad you enjoyed this one despite not having liked her previous book! I have yet to read either of them so I can’t comment on it, other than by saying that I’m happy her writing skills were perfected and she was able to deliver such a powerful book.
    I’m super interested in Japanese culture as well! So I’m hoping this will become a favorite of mine 🙂 I’m thinking if I read this one first and then try Wrath that I might find it terrible xD So maybe try that one first, so I can be amazed with this one! 😛
    Amazing review, Trang, and I’m loving the pretty graphics ❤ ❤

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    1. If you’re interested in the Japanese culture, I would absolutely love to see your thoughts on it! I thought it was well covered and not heavy like I-rub-it-in-your-face kind of concept you know 😀 Thank you for noticing the graphics, always a pleasure to see someone saying that ❤ !

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      1. Definitely, same here! And yeah there’s a fine line between cool and presumptuous hahaha
        No problem 😊

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  12. Goodluck with everything Trang🖤
    I missed seeing your posts tho💟

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    1. THANK YOU ❤ I MISS WRITING THEM TOO T-T BUT IT WARMS MY HEART TO SEE I'VE BEEN MISSED

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  13. bookevin says:

    Your graphics are GIVING ME LIFE! Great review, as always. I had fun reading this one last year and I am hoping to get more answers in the next book! What did you think of the repackaged covers?

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    1. THANK YOU KEVIN ❤ I love how my graphics are giving you life HAHA UGH I DONT LIKE THE REPACKAGED COVERS T_T How about you?! Omg and that sequel I DO NEED ANSWERS I was kind of skeptical about the ending

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  14. What a fantastic review babe!!!!!😍 This is such a good rating from you as well!😊 I must check this out!😍 Hope you are doing well beautiful lady!!!! XOXOXOXO Sending lots of LOVE from the States! 🌹💜🌹💜🌹💜🌹

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    1. IT IS A VERY GOOD RATING HAHA ITS SO RARE ❤ Hope youre doing well too my lovely babe!! How youve been 😀 I'm so sorry I'm such a potatoe for answering comments THIS late T_T

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      1. You’re no potato!!!! I know you are a busy woman! I am doing better love! Slowly but surely and kicking myself out of a depression I was in! I miss you but hon I have been a bit absent myself!😱 Life just gets in the way sometimes. But know you are LOVED and I’m over the moon about my gift and I will treasure it forever and ever!!!😍❤🤗😘 Lovers you!😗📚😁🎀🎊

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  15. LizScanlon says:

    Good luck and all the best with the final push at the Uni! You can do it! 🙂

    Great review… I never thought I’d want to read this one but… you’re kind of making me reconsider 😀

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    1. THank you so much Liz !! ❤ Very sorry for answering this late too ahah !! I need all the support I can get for that uni session 😀 Thank you for sending the good vibes!

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  16. I will take you whenever I can get you 💗 We all understand! I am so pumped about this review because I picked it up last year and shelfed it after some negative feedback. Wrong! I see the error of my way and plan to read it soon. Be well my friend!

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    1. YOURE THE SWEETEST! Hahah omg I hope you can read it soon because I’m impatient to know what you thought about it 😀

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      1. I have hardly made a dent in my current tbr for this month 😦 I keep finding reasons to fall behind ❤

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  17. Great review, Trang! I’m so glad you loved this book! It was a wonderful book and I loved every part of it! It’s one of my favorite books! I absolutely loved Mariko and Okami! I’m so excited for the sequel! 🙂

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    1. Omg Im so happy you loved this book too!! Mariko and Okami were soo pricelesss 😀 I cant wait for the sequel too but Im kind of disappointed in that ending 😦

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  18. I am a huge fan of Asian culture in books this sounds like a great read.

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    1. I’d love to see your thoughts on this book!

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  19. Ahh I’m tremendously excited by how good you found this cos it’s been on my tbr for ages!! I’m actually super keen to read something set in Japan just now- I’m so fascinated by the culture- and I’m so glad it was done well 😀 I love that Mariko’s main strength is her mind- YES a million times to that!! And I’m glad the pacing was good too.

    Good luck with your last semester! And take it easy! 😀

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  20. Liked your review. happy you liked it, even though you weren’t sure. book surprises are the best!

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  21. I love how you included fans of Mulan, because that’s all I could think of reading your synopsis! I’ll have to check this one out. 😁

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  22. What a great review! I need to get my hands on this book asap! You totally had me and then I read For Fans of Six of Crows and Mulan and I was like WHY DON’T I OWN THIS BOOK ALREADY GIMME!

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  23. Great review! I definitely agree that this is book is perfect for fans of Six of Crows, and love how you mentioned how all of the characters are strong and have strength in different ways. I also really like how you set out your review 🙂

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