Author: Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh

Vampires and YA have a history.  In the early 2000s, Twilight took the world by storm and everyone and their mom was reading vampire YA.  In fact, Twilight is one of the things that helped solidify YA as a genre.  But the vampire waved burned up in the sun quickly (sparkled up in the sun?) and I think plenty of us look back on that era and cringe.  It’s been taboo ever since. Renée Ahdieh took a risk with The Beautiful. This book was well approached – if I had to compare it with any pre-existing vampire story, I’d say it comes the […]

Posted September 26, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

I needed The Wrath and the Dawn because we need more unconventional retellings, guys! While I haven’t read The Arabian Nights, I am well aware of its framework. Scheherazade’s stories that run from one night to another, preserving her life on the basis of basic human curiosity, is a fantastic foundation for a retelling.  Going into The Wrath and the Dawn, I expected a book full of tales and a lot of tension about will-she-or-won’t-she die.  While The Arabian Nights definitely served as the launching pad for this novel, the theme did not continue through the story.  We hear the tales of Agib […]

Posted September 8, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

I genuinely appreciated this book. I can’t say anything for the rep, and I have to admit that I am not particularly familiar with Mulan’s story outside of the Disney movie… but there were many details about this story that I thoroughly appreciated. First of all, I loved the change in setting.  I read a lot of Western European-inspired fantasies – and still I love those! – but it’s good to have a bit of variety.  The more books there are like Flame in the Mist, the more people can find themselves in these books… and honestly, I can only take […]

Posted January 16, 2019 in Reviews // 5 Comments //