This month's choice for the Young Adult Book Club is the winner of the Southern Book Prize in the Young Adult category, Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh. We're very excited about this book, which has been called a mix between Mulan and Throne of Glass. Even better is that Renee Adieh is a North Carolina author! She lives in Charlotte, NC with her husband and dog.
Here's the official summary:
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 Black Clan and track down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she's within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she's appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she's ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.
Now, if that's not enough to pique your interest, scroll down to see book reviews and interviews with the author! Readers who love historical fantasy will enjoy this series. We recommend this book for ages 13+.
The YA book club meets at the bookstore on the last Sunday of the month, July 29th, at 6:30pm. We will have drinks and snacks to share with everyone. Even if you didn't finish the book or didn't like it, we'd love to see you at book club and hear your opinions. You can get your copy from the bookstore today for $10.99 but you'll always get a 15% discount on book club titles. You can also RSVP to the Facebook event here.
You can also get the book in other formats from us online:
Relevant Reviews & Interviews
TOR.com Review--"I'll Make A Man Out Of You: Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh"
Bookables Video Review--"Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh"
Krikus Reviews--"Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh"
Publisher's Weekly Interview--"Q & A with Renee Adieh"
Book, Inc. Interview--"Author Interview with Renee Adieh!"
We like to include the Common Sense Media report for those of you that may not be familiar with the book and would like to know a little more about if before your kid comes to book club. You can view the report here but we've included the most important information for you below. You can also click any of the following images to get to the original webpage.
Recommended Age Range
What's In The Book?
See y'all soon!
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