Friday 56 – Mirage

FriYAY Bibliofriends!

In Teacher-life we have broken up for the Easter holidays! I’m really looking forward to having some time to catch up with friends, family and of course…my TBR pile!

Hosted by Freda’s Voice, the Friday 56 is a weekly bookish prompt. It’s quite easy to do and could cover no end of different books and genres so seems great if you’re looking for a quick snippet to discover something new!


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

I’m currently reading Mirage by Somaiya Daud in a bid to catch up with my unread Fairyloot books. My edition has an exclusive cover and vibrant purple sprayed edges.

Synopsis (from Goodreads)

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.

No longer prey, she said, as if I hadn’t been exactly that from the moment of my arrival. “I don’t understand.”
“Walk with a straight back” – she snapped the thin whip at my back – “with your shoulders and head high,” – another snap at my neck. “Again.”
And again and again.

It’s a bit like a Middle Eastern, Star Wars-esque kind of story and so far I’m really enjoying it. I honestly don’t know what is going to happen towards the end and I’m intrigued to see how the plot develops and where it goes. The scope for dangers is so huge that I’m desperate to find out what happens!

Have you read Mirage yet? What did you think? Drop me a comment to chat!

Happy weekend, whatever your plans are!

T xx

4 thoughts on “Friday 56 – Mirage

  1. Oooooo I actually had my eye on this book for some time! The plot seemed really interesting and from your initial thoughts it looks like it’s gonna be a great read! If you ever do a full review on this, let me know! Hopefully you enjoy it! Have fun! 🙂

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