(EN) Review: Somaiya Daud – Mirage (Mirage #1)

A few months ago, I heard about Mirage by Somaiya Daud for the first time. All the glowing reviews of this book made me decide to pre-order it immediately and I received it last week. I instantly read it and here is my review.

(EN) Review: Somaiya Daud – Mirage (Mirage #1)Mirage (Mirage, #1) by Somaiya Daud
Published by Flatiron Books on August 28, 2018
Pages: 320
ISBN: 1250126428
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four-stars

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.


General impression
My general impression of this book was pretty good. The writing style was easy to read and therefore it was kind of a quick read. Kind of? Yes, kind of.

Slow sometimes
The story however, was sometimes a bit slow. A bit too slow. Amani was a little too innocent for my liking. I would have raged with fury if I were in her situation. I understand that she was not quite in the position to make mistakes or do stupid things. However, this gave a bit of slowness to the story.

Characters
The characters in Mirage were nice, except for Maram. I really disliked her arrogance and bitchiness. She had a nice turning point, but was she able to hold on to that? I know the answer, but I will not tell you.

Great first book
I am not too sure how to rate Mirage. I faced the same issues as I did with Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake. Mirage was also more building up and little action packed, but in contradiction to Three Dark Crowns, we have one POV here. In my opinion, this is a great first book in a series and I have a feeling that we will find more action in the sequel(s).

Conclusion
Mirage is kind of a quick read, even though it being slow sometimes. I really disliked Maram, I got fed up with her arrogance and bitchiness. I think this is a great first book in a series and I have a feeling that we will see lots more action in the sequel(s).

four-stars

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