Mirage – By Somaiya Daud
Goodreads Synopsis: 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.
I got a copy of this book from NetGalley. Mirage seemed like it was going to be an interesting and diverse story. And while it gets major points for diversity the story itself did not interest me.
The story is super slow, it takes a long time to get into the main story point and even once it does it’s still slow. And sadly cliche. The characters Amani and Maram are both fairly stereotypical for YA characters and I couldn’t find them interesting. Nor was could I sympathize with Amani. I really wanted to.
I think the best part of the story was the world, which was very well developed and intricate. The culture of the world was unique and I liked it, and I wanted to keep reading the book because of it. But just couldn’t bring myself to.
In the end I gave the book 2 stars on Goodreads.
Gose – By Fal Allen
Goodreads Synopsis: Explore the sensation of tart, fruity and refreshing Gose-style beers, popular in Germany centuries ago and experiencing a renaissance today. Follow the development of this lightly sour wheat beer as it grew, then bordered on extinction, before surging into popularity due to the enthusiasm and experimentation of American craft brewers. Gose explores the history of this lightly sour wheat beer style, its traditional ingredients and special brewing techniques. Discover brewing methods from the Middle Ages and learn how to translate them to modern day beer. Learn about salinity, spices, and lactic acid as you experiment with Gose recipes from some of the best-known craft brewers of our time. This refreshing journey captures the innovation and experimentation that is occurring within the style and help you brew your own Gose-style beers.
I got a copy of this book from NetGalley. I decided to read this book because I’m trying to learn a lot about beer and alcohol because I find it interesting. Sadly I did not enjoy this book.
The one thing I did find interesting about this book is all the different beer terminology and the basics of how they are made. I didn’t really know more about them before reading the book.
But that’s about all that I found interesting. The writing style was super dry and boring, I couldn’t keep my mind on the story and found myself skimming a lot. Gose had a lot of historical information, and if the book had been shorter I think it could have been more interesting.
In the end I gave the book 1 star on Goodreads.