Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Release Day Review: Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

Title: Tell the Wind and Fire 
Author: Sarah Rees Brennan 
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Source: Publisher 
Release Date: April 5th, 2016 
Purchase: Amazon  |  B&N 

Summary: In a city divided between opulent luxury in the Light and fierce privations in the Dark, a determined young woman survives by guarding her secrets. 

Lucie Manette was born in the Dark half of the city, but careful manipulations won her a home in the Light, celebrity status, and a rich, loving boyfriend. Now she just wants to keep her head down, but her boyfriend has a dark secret of his own—one involving an apparent stranger who is destitute and despised. Lucie alone knows the young men’s deadly connection, and even as the knowledge leads her to make a grave mistake, she can trust no one with the truth.

Blood and secrets alike spill out when revolution erupts. With both halves of the city burning, and mercy nowhere to be found, can Lucie save either boy—or herself? 

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Sarah Rees Brennan’s writing is as gorgeous and clever as ever in her newest novel Tell the Wind and Fire.  This story with its stunning parallels to Dickens’s A Tale of Two Cities easily makes my favorites list of not just 2016 reads, but of all time.  I couldn’t put it down and I didn’t.  Lucie is an amazing protagonist, the Golden Thread in the Dark; and her story was both exciting and moving. When she and her boyfriend Ethan are apprehended on their way home to the Light city, they are rescued from sudden death by the most surprising of characters: a doppelganger.  One of the buried.  Carwyn is as dark and surly as one would expect, so it begs the question why?  Why would a doppelganger help them?  And the fact that this particular doppelganger even exists uncovers a world of secrets that the most prominent family in the Light city had hoped would stay buried forever. 

A captivating cast of characters takes the reader on a heart-racing journey through this unique and fantastical new world. Whether you love Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities, and Sydney Carton (and do I ever) or not… give this book a chance.  It’s difficult to hold back the details of a book I loved so much, but these details should be discovered by the reader. So I will end with this: 

Tell the Wind and Fire is emotionally wrought and filled with characters worth investing in. A beautiful ending that left me a sobbing mess and will stay with me forever. 

“Tell the wind and fire where to stop, but don’t tell me.” 

Special thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. 

© at A Belle's Tales

  

14 comments:

  1. ohh, it's great to hear it i a great book and that you couldn't put it down...
    I still haven't read The Tale of Two Cities (yes, I know, I am the worst reader ever!) but I do plan to, so I hope that I'll like it and then that I'll read this one too and like it as well. :)

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    1. I hope you will! And I hope you'll love it as much as I did :) Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Ohhhh yay! This one intrigued me and I remember you saying you were reading it so I was waiting to see what you thought. So glad to hear you loved this one. Lovely review Wifey cakes!

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    1. So much love. My heart -- my poor, poor heart. This needs to be on your list, Wifey. I'm going to make it happen. *squish*

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  3. A Tale of Two Cities retelling? I have to know more. I totally avoided this one because her other series ticked me off so bad with the cliffhangers, so I have to know, does it have a cliffhanger?

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    1. No cliffhanger, Heidi. The parallel to A Tale of Two Cities is brilliant :)

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  4. Oh I do tend to like books that leave me sobbing (in a good way) i have this one my audio wish list. I have never read a tale of two cities... so not sure how the stories compare but I am always good with a retelling whether I have read the original or not. Just the fact its a retelling of a classic means it should be good, the original was enough for a retelling. I know not very good logic but I don't most of the time.

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    1. Yes, thank you! I know that scares off a lot of readers; but if it makes me cry, then the author has done her job. I highly recommend A Tale of Two Cities, but you definitely don't need to have read it to enjoy this beautiful book :)

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  5. I love that cover! Interesting retelling. :)

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    1. It's awesome inside and out! :)

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  6. I love the contrasting sounding story and elements. The idea is very intriguing and I just love the sound of it! Lovely review you wonderful person!

    HUGS!

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    1. I think you would really appreciate the depth of the characters and the storytelling in this one, Magen. Thank you, you wonderful person *tackle hugs* <3

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  7. I have greatly enjoyed reading your review, Michele! I see that, like me, you love poor Sydney Carton....I'm glad that you, too, love him, as well as the original book! And I'm SO glad to hear that you weren't able to put this one down!!

    When I started to read the synopsis for this book and saw the name "Lucie Manette", I thought, "Wait a minute!" And sure enough, it's a retelling of one of my favorite classics of all time, "A Tale of Two Cities"!! I absolutely ADORE this classic!! So I need to get a hold of this retelling, and fast!! Hopefully, I'll be able to read it pretty soon!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Brennan's novel, which I've just ordered from Amazon!! :)

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    1. Ahhh, this makes me so happy! I can hardly wait for you to read it so that we can discuss it! Thank you for the lovely comment, Maria. I look forward to your thoughts :)

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