Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Release date – 28th August 2018
I really liked this one! I didn’t really have any expectations of it because I hadn’t really heard much about it, but I was pleasantly surprised.
My only main criticism is that there were sometimes when the characters were talking about the different worlds and the tribes, and I was just so confused. I think I would have benefited from a ‘Who’s who’ of the families and the worlds at the beginning of the book, because at the halfway mark I sort of just accepted that I had no idea who the hell any of the tribes/families were.
Amani is taken away from her family and her home planet by droids, and for reasons unknown to her – until she comes face-to-face with the sadistic princess, who is the carbon copy of Amani. Because of this, Amani needs to undergo training in order to perfect Princess Maram’s mannerisms, with the aim of being her body double at public events. This includes Amani learning how to walk with the confidence and poise of royalty, memorising social circles and histories. Amani must fool all of Maram’s companions, including her fiancé, Idris.
Amani is a pretty good main character; she’s incredibly smart and strong and caring and I was rooting for her from the very beginning, but I don’t really think there was anything about her that made me fall head over heels in love with her. She’s a good character and I did enjoy her, but she isn’t going onto my ‘Favourite Females’ shelf.
Her romance with Idris is very sweet, even if it did seem a bit quick initially; I was expecting there to me more build up to their relationship than there was, but that’s just me personally.
My favourite aspect of this book, though? Amani’s relationship with Maram. I absolutely adored their dynamic, how Amani goes from plotting against Maram to wanting to shield her from life’s difficulties. Maram is such a fab character because she’s not just wholly evil; she shows her human side, her vulnerability and her insecurities. I really hope their relationship progresses in book two, despite it taking a bit of a nosedive at the end of Mirage.
Somaiya Daud’s writing is really beautiful; Mirage is such an impressive debut!
*I received a e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review*