Waiting on Wednesday - Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine spotlighting upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

 Release Date: May 16, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, comes a sweeping, action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Tamora Pierce.

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

Look at this cover! It's stunning! It's glorious! It's been months and every time I see the cover for Renée Ahdieh's Flame in the Mist, I still freak out in excitement! This is the kind of book where you buy it for its cover alone, but the plot description is just as exciting. Feudal Japan! Scheming and attempted murder! Dangerous bandits! A cunning heroine pretending to be a young man! I NEED THIS BOOK RIGHT NOW, PLEASE.

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  1. YES I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS TOO!! It looks amazing, and the cover is GORGEOUS <3 Great pick!
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    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  2. Gaaaaaahhhh, seriously though! This book could not publish soon enough! I preordered it (something I don't do often, so that says something). :D I hope you enjoy this book when you get the chance to read it!

    Have a wonderful week, Liz. =)

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  3. YAASSSS I am absolutely dying for this book! It looks so beautiful, and the synopsis is amazing :D I have incredibly high hopes for this one :)

    Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles