Top Ten 2016 Young Adult Releases (So Far!)

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HELLO AND HAPPY TOP TEN TUESDAY, GUYS! My first reaction when I saw this prompt was: oh my god, have I even read ten 2016 releases? As it turns out, I have, and here are ones I’d recommend. 🙂

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Book Review: The Rose and The Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

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Title: The Rose and the Dagger (2016)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Series: The Wrath and the Dawn – Book 2
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Extent: 416 pages
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Rating: ★★★★☆

Goodreads Description

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

Review

So… I have been excited about The Rose and the Dagger ever since I finished The Wrath and the Dawn last year. I loved that book so much I pretty much included it in 90% of my tags and Top Ten Tuesday lists, as well as mention it whenever is appropriate — which goes to say that my expectations for TRATD are so high, they’re probably impossible to meet realistically. Thankfully, this book delivered. This review will contain spoilers for TWATD. 🙂

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Book Looks: The Rose and the Dagger – Renee Ahdieh

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Title: The Rose and The Dagger (2016)
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Description: 

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

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March Wrap-Up || April TBR (2016)

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March madness is over! We’re moving into the second quarter of the year now (*insert obligatory “oh my god I cannot believe it!”*) and I’m actually back in my hometown at the moment, working remotely and overall trying to enjoy the company of hot Indonesian air. I am super, super STOKED that by the time I fly back to Melbourne at the end of April, it’ll be wonderfully cooler. Hopefully. (I’m a winter person, y’all.) ❤

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