We Hunt The Flame eARC Review

Another review, I know, I know, I promise guys, non-review posts are coming! I just want to get some of these out before the books are out there. [In this case, before it hits UK shelves]

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People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the king. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. 

Both are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be.

War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the king on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine.

Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands.

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This book was built upon layers and layers of lush landscapes, history, and culture. This was a work we all needed to help diversify the pool of fantasy, and the writer’s style is strong and enchanting. I found myself really pulled into this world, there was such a darkness in the shadows and in the characters that I loved and I praise them for not being always good or always sure, they were not just morally grey as people so often are but conflicted and constantly striving to do right [or wrong/what they think is right] and that’s important in a YA fantasy. It’s not a quick light read but engrossing and dependent on the reader’s desire or ability to get lost in its words.

I would have rated it five stars but there were times where I felt the pacing was a bit skewered, not necessarily in the plot but within the love interests and their personal journies. That and I do feel like some parts stretched on, but honestly, that could easily be attributed to me being impatient while reading this because I really wanted to know how things were going to turn out. I will be waiting -impatiently of course- for the next book.

I did adore all the characters though and cannot wait to read the next book, their zumra was amazing and there was not one character I disliked in the book, not even the villain. Faizal did a great job creating these characters and such an enriching world.

The worldbuilding as I mentioned earlier was ‘lush’ and that would even be an understatement. There’s such a history and knowledge in her writing that it’s hard to believe these lands don’t actually exist and the journey of the characters is much like every good fantasy, one of adventure and for a noble cause, well in a way a noble cause. There are many trials for them all and bonding in a land that holds more power than anyone could imagine.

We Hunt the Flame switches between the POVs of Zafira and Nasir, and I’m hoping that we’ll get to know more about Kifah. She was by far my favorite character though, I loved them all and Altair was definitely a hoot!

On a whole there was little to no fault in this read for me, I give it four full cups of coffee

Thank you to NetGalley and PanMacMillan for an egalley in exchange for my honest review.

Bookending Spring 2019- Spring Releases

Today’s prompt is brought to you by Bookending Spring and today’s host, Jayati.  Click on her name to be taken to her Anticipated 2019 spring releases, she’s got some pretty good picks! And I’m excited to share mine! [Thank you to Sam & Clo for putting this event together!]

[Remember you may not want to do this prompt but that’s okay, you can still participate in the event, us hosts are just here to give prompts that you may use if you want! And I couldn’t help myself, I wanted to do this prompt and like every other. To find out how to join the event click on Sam’s name where you’ll be taken to her blog with the information you need!]

Spring 2019 Releases I am excited for!

  1. Serving the Servant: Remembering Kurt Cobain

    April 2, 2019
    This was one of my fave reads of 2019 so far and its book birthday is tomorrow!!!! If you’re a fan of Kurt of Cobain and Nirvana it’s worth a read even if you may not be a fan of Danny Goldberg. You can find my review linked in the title.
  2. Descendant of the Crane

    April 9, 2019
    It was pushed back by only a week but Descendant of the Crane is definitely worth the wait! I buddy read this with some amazing peeps in the blogosphere and it just blew my socks off. Another going on my list of 2019 faves. ❤ Joan He as also been so cool as to let the [intl preorder incentives keep on rolling, the bookmarks are all gone as I’ve said before but you’ll still receive 5 character cards though, click here.
  3. The City of Veils (Princess Vigilante #1)

    April 16, 2019
    FORGOT TO ADD THIS! I think it’s because I already pre-wrote the review and as I finished reading it, I was like ‘okay, book 2 now!’ This is the story of a woman who saves the city she loves at night, Batman style, saving people, no killing, cool gadgets, but now that she’s up to be Queen, logic says to hang up the mask, but, is she ready? And is the city ready to lose its night defender? I already know the answer to this, so go read so you can know the answer too. [My review for this will be up by Saturday the latest]
  4. Viper

    April 18, 2019
    I have to wait for this one and the rest until their release dates from here on out and they’re all linked to their GoodReads pages. I’m very excited about this one and let me just say the cover doesn’t hurt to look at. Wink wink. Nudge nudge.
  5. The Tiger at Midnight

    April 23, 2019
    Indian History and Hindu Mythology with an #OwnVoices author? Please, it didn’t take twisting my arm to get excited about this one. Not to mention there is an awesome [intl] preorder for this going on, and Swati Teerdhala has even extended the sale past the release date, until April 29! Click here to check it out.
  6. Aurora Rising

    May 7, 2019
    I’m sure you’ve seen some news about this one, causing websites to crash and people to wail and bemoan (let’s not get into that though lol) but, at the heart of all that is the reasoning that this is expected to be an out of this world book for 2019. Get it? Out of this world? This one also has a preorder incentive, an Illuminae prequel novella, this preorder is international but you have to read up carefully because it’s only available through certain sites, check it out here.
  7. We Hunt the Flame

    May 14, 2019
    I’ve been so excited to order this, I think it’s the third book I’ve attempted to preorder this year/ever. A woman, a hunter, disguised as a man, a ‘Prince of Death,’ and war under the surface, are just some of the small tidbits I’m offering up as to why. I’ve linked the GoodReads and not to mention another #OwnVoices book, how lucky are we in the book world for 2019?!
  8. Through the White Wood

    May 16, 2019 [U.K. Release Date]
    A young woman with a power to freeze things, but without the ability to keep it under control, she’s sentenced to the palace of Prince Kiev as punishment for the consequences of losing control of her powers. This was another that had a [intl] preorder incentive, and it’s available to you here if you order before midnight on April 9 [no clue what timezone for the midnight]. If you live in the USA then it’s coming your way April 9, 2019.
  9. Romanov

    May 30, 2019 [U.K. Release Date]
    I am a HUGE Romanov history buff/fangirl/aficionado so to hear this twist on history done just has YA fiction just has me HOOKED. It’s Anastasia in a whole new light and I can’t wait. But, I have to. If you’re in the USA you can get your hands on this May 7, 2019. There is a [intl] preorder incentive for this one, you get via e-mail the author’s exclusive annotated notes from some Romanov chapters and a downloadable recipe card from the book, click here to check it out.
  10. Not Your Backup (Sidekick Squad #3)

    May 30, 2019
    This is book 3 in the series so far, so if you’re interested, you may want to check out the other two, first! The diversity in this book is amazing, we have so many great books coming out that are definitely diverse but I’m glad to say this one really shows off LGBTQIA rep and it’s magnificent. Like the others this also offers a [intl] pre-order incentive and even better, you can still snag it even if you buy the ebook! Check it out here.

    And finally for me:

  11. Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow

    May 2, 2019
    Now the reason this is down here, is because it’s not a new release but it is new to paperback and it did just recently come out anyway, on March 5, 2019, to be exact. Nonetheless, I’m still excited for this book to reach my letterbox!

So there we have it, my anticipated spring 2019 releases. These are all books I’ve preordered and uh, I won’t be doing any charity shop hunting with this lot of books, I’ll be broke as a joke, no joke.