Title: Smoke in the Sun
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Stars: 4 1/2
Mariko has gone through great lengths to be free. She learned not too long ago about the truths that are hidden behind her life and the kingdom she resides in. This time, she makes it to the emperor's court taking the stakes to a new level.
Did you connect with any characters? How was the character development?
I love that in this book series as a whole, Renée does an incredible job of creating strong, young, independent women. Mariko and Yumi were characters I loved! Obviously we saw more character development throughout the duology by Mariko but it was still entertaining watching other characters grow in this book, especially Raiden.
What I liked most about the book.
I completely enjoyed her writing. Ever since I read Flame in the Mist I have been completely enticed with the way that Renée writes. I also find the book to be a great way to dive into Japanese culture. Something I truly loved about this series.
What I disliked about the book.
I can't say there was anything I didn't like. The book was fantastic, I just really wish there was more coming!
A strong affirmation often masks a denial (106).
For my son, born of a dragon and a phoenix. Fight not for greatness, but for goodness (334).
Everything worthwhile in life came with a sacrifice. And death always collected its due (390).
Forgiveness is not a thing granted. It is a thing earned (398).
Would I recommend this book?
I recommend this book, this duology, to anyone who loved young adult (YA) novels. This book is wonderful, has action, romance, strong female characters as well as strong male characters. It's great for anyone who just wants to read something new.