Book Recommendations, Favourite Book Quotes

My Favourite Quotes From Renee Ahdieh’s Books

Renee Ahdieh is one of my favourite authors. I especially love her beautiful writing which has me completely immersed in her books and leave me thinking about the books long after I have finished reading them.

So I thought I would share some of my favourite quotes from each of her books!


The Wrath and the Dawn Duology

My soul sees its equal in you.

For nothing, not the sun, not the rain, not even the brightest star in the darkest sky, could begin to compare to the wonder of you.

You have a beautiful laugh. Like the promise of tomorrow.

You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure

And he smiled a smile to shame the sun

Flame in the Mist Duology

The only power any man has over you is the power you give him

To me, you are magic

Words are foolish. Promises are useless. Anyone can say anything to get what it is they desire. Believe in actions and actions alone.

Love was a sunrise. A welter of crimson that rose much like a warning. Slowly and almost in secret.

All I strive for each day is to convince my shadow I’m someone worth following

The Beautiful

She was no lamb. She was a lion

I’m a girl who would rather experience life than watch it pass by from my window

I imagine it would be freeing to care only about oneself. Alas I am not a man.

Love is looking at someone as if the stars shine in their eyes

Sometimes a girl must make her own magic

I highly recommend you read her books if you haven’t they are absolutely amazing!

Top 5 Wednesdays

Top 5 Wednesday – Best Books You’ve Read So Far In 2018

Hey booknerds! It’s another Top 5 Wednesday post! This is hosted by Sam over on Thoughts on Tomes where you share you top 5 for the chosen topic for that week. You can check out each weeks topic over on Goodreads.

So this weeks topic is best books you’ve read so far this year.

Okay so this is so difficult to choose only 5! I actually started with 12 and it took me ages to get down to 5! So after much deliberation, here’s my top 5 so far this year! These are in the order I read them.

The Travelling Cat Chronicles – I read this book back in January but I still think about it! It’s such a heart warming story about the love between a pet owner and their pet. I was sobbing by the end of the book. If you love animals or have a pet seriously read this book.

Hero at the Fall – Anyone that knows me, knows that I adore this trilogy! This book has one of the best written endings I have read in a very long time! Seriously, go read these books!

Blood and Sand – A Spartacus retelling where Spartacus is a woman? I had high expectations for this book and it did not disappoint! Though it has one hell of a cliffhanger and I need the next book!

Smoke in the Sun – I adore Renee Ahdieh’s books and this book was just amazing as the rest! I am actually so sad that we won’t see more in this world.

The City of Brass – Wow! This book was amazing! The characters, the worldbuilding, just everything was so great! I cannot wait to see where this story goes next!

So these are my top 5 books so far this year. Though as I am so bad at choosing just 5 here’s a bonus one for you.

Everless was another great book that I picked up this year. I loved the mythology woven into the story and the unexpected plot twists that left me reeling! Cannot wait to see where the story will go next!

Let me know if you read any of these and what you thought!

What are your favourite books this year?


Fiction Books, YA Books

Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh ARC Review

smoke in the sun
Rating: 4.5/5

Blurb from goodreads:
After Okami is captured in the Jukai forest, Mariko has no choice–to rescue him, she must return to Inako and face the dangers that have been waiting for her in the Heian Castle. She tricks her brother, Kenshin, and betrothed, Raiden, into thinking she was being held by the Black Clan against her will, playing the part of the dutiful bride-to-be to infiltrate the emperor’s ranks and uncover the truth behind the betrayal that almost left her dead.
With the wedding plans already underway, Mariko pretends to be consumed with her upcoming nuptials, all the while using her royal standing to peel back the layers of lies and deception surrounding the imperial court. But each secret she unfurls gives way to the next, ensnaring Mariko and Okami in a political scheme that threatens their honor, their love and the very safety of the empire.

I was sent an ARC of Smoke in the Sun from the publishers Hodder and Stoughton in exchange for an honest review.

Ever since I read The Wrath and the Dawn duology, Renee Ahdieh has become an auto buy author for me! So When Flame in the Mist came out I was so excited to read it! Especially when I heard that it was a loose Mulan retelling! Mulan is one of my all time favourite Disney films so I went into that book with high expectations and I was not disappointed! I have been eagerly awaiting the release for Smoke in the Sun ever since and when I found out my request to get this ARC was approved I literally squealed with joy! And let me tell you, Smoke in the Sun was even better than Flame in the Mist!

Before reading the ARC I also read both short stories that Renee Ahdieh published. Okami and Yumi were both great short stories and I loved seeing things from their POV. They were both set in between Flame in the Mist and Smoke and the Sun. I would definitely recommend reading both!

So Smoke in the Sun was a slightly different story in the sense that Flame in the Mist had a lot more action whereas there is a lot more of political intrigue pushing the story forward in the second book. We get to see more of the nobility including the new Emperor Roku and his half brother Prince Raidan. They have great development throughout the book and actually turn out to be much more complex than I thought they would be initially. We also get to see the way the Imperial Court works, with women having their own rules and hierarchy.

Some of my favourite parts were the strong female characters, not only is Mariko a badass but she has other women around her who are just as strong but the best part was that they helped and supported each other. I loved seeing women empower women instead of the pettiness we sometimes see amongst female characters. I really loved the female empowerment that was woven throughout the story and how even though the women were considered less, they still made their voices heard.

Okay, so I thought while reading The Wrath and the Dawn, that Shahrzad was a badass but I adored Mariko just as much! Mariko is strong, independent, opinionated and smart but she has vulnerabilities and she has flaws and she knew them. She battled with them to overcome them. She loved Okami but she didn’t let that cloud her judgement for what needed to be done for the greater good. It made her so relatable and such a great complex, well rounded character.

In fact all the characters despite their individual strengths had flaws and I loved that about them. They weren’t just these invincible, perfect people. They were real people and it made the story just that much more amazing to see characters like that. I especially loved the character development of Okami and Prince Raidan.

Of course I have to mention Renee Ahdieh’s writing. I love her writing style, her vivid descriptions meant I could really picture what was going on as the story progressed.

The story itself was full of political intrigue and suspense with all the characters having to make tough decisions to ensure the safety of the people. Family ties and family loyalty is tested, not only between the Emperor and the Prince but also between Mariko and Kenshin and Yumi and her brother. We see how power can make people think they are above everything and make them cruel.

The only thing I would say is that I felt the ending happened too quickly, I wish there had been a few more pages to that climax even though I loved the way it ended, if there had been a few more pages it wouldn’t have felt so sudden.

The ending of the book was bitter sweet for me. I loved how the story ended but it also means that I won’t get to see more of Mariko and Okami and all the other characters I grew to love throughout this duology.

So this book was such a great read and one of my most anticipated books this year and it certainly did not disappoint!

This book is releasing on 7th June so there is not long to wait!

Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton for sending me this ARC.