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.
A Stolen Girl, A Cruel Princess, A Forbidden Love, Set Within The Stars.
I was so excited to read Mirage when it was popped through my letter box. The cover is utterly stunning and it’s my favourite shade of purple. But it ended up being fairly average for me unfortunately.
It took me quite a while to advance into the story and it wasn’t for lack of trying. I would frequently pick it up and end up reading a couple of pages, before giving up again. I just didn’t feel that ‘grip’ – that ultimate pull into the story that drags you in and holds tight until the very end. It never happened and I felt rather deflated whilst reading.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the story was too ‘space odyssey’ for my taste. I’ve never been huge on Sci-fi Fiction or Sci-fi anything really. But I hoped with the cultural mix and the forbidden romance it would be enough to keep me interested and connected – sadly not.
I didn’t feel much of a connection to the main character Amani either. Yes I felt sympathy for her and her situation, but it wasn’t enough, therefore the story didn’t feel absolute.
I enjoyed Idris’ character quite a bit and found some light where there wasn’t any. And although Maram was cruel and essentially the villain, I actually liked her more than Amani. She has a lot of fire inside her and a lot of hurt too. She was entertaining to read about and I connected more to her.
The world building was very pretty and well thought out, but it kind of fell on deaf ears (or eyes), as I’m not wholly into it.
Overall, it was enjoyable it certain areas, especially when it picked up the pace. But I think it’s more suited to the space geek in me and she hasn’t quite risen as of yet.
I’d like to thank Hodder & Stoughton for sending the book my way in return for an honest review.
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Mirage is due to release on August 28th 2018.
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