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Mirage: Book Review

Mirage: Book Review

TITLE: Mirage

Author:  Somaiya Daud

Expected publication: August 28th 2018

RATING: ★★★★½

4.5 out of 5 stars


In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. Amani 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.


Pages: 320

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Series? I believe it is!


This book was another that I liked a lot more than I thought I would. 2018 has been the year for books y’all.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud is intelligently and creatively written and I absolutely cannot wait to continue the story when the next book comes out. I did feel as though the book has somewhat of an abrupt ending, but that’s probably because I didn’t want the book to end anyways.

This book is both sci-fi and fantasy, and I think that when those two genres are tied together, it makes for an awesome world, and story-telling.

The world-building at first was confusing as this story takes place on several different moons (which is super cool, by the way). After getting into the story more, the setting of the book made more sense and I really enjoyed it.

The characters..

wow. Just wow. The characters are so well written, and I don’t want to spoil anything but our main character (Amani), the princess (Maran), and Idris have such differing personalities and the way that they grow and ebb through the story was just spectacular.

I’m just going to leave it here, and stop rambling. If you haven’t added this book to your TBR, do it now!

If you enjoy books with a sci-fi, fantasy feel, with some romance, deep plots and friendship, then I 110% recommend that you add this book to your TBR!

Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for sending me an e-ARC of this book.

Thanks for reading this book review!


Sarah June


*I was sent an e-ARC of this book. Receiving this book did not change my opinion in any way. My opinions and thoughts are my own. 

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