[ARC Review] Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.


I love this book with all my heart. This book needs more hype. This book deserves more hype. Apparently the original title was, Until Our Blood Runs Clean. THIS title says a lot. I won't say how or why because I want you guys to read this book but this title says a lot. 

This book exceeded my expectations. What I loved most was how real and raw the characters were. North, the male MC was a gentleman, like a real gentleman, I'm shocked. Faris is so human. She is cruel yet kind, cunning yet naive. She will do anything to save her sister. And then we have Bryn, the cruel and self serving princess who will do anything to rule the kingdom. 

The magic system is the most unique I've read in a long time. Very few hold clean magic yet there are many who hold magic which slowly ruins you. Magic is dark and dangerous in this world. I really liked the author's creative approach.

This book is dark, alluring, and addictive. I can't recommend this book enough. I look forward to reading book 2!

Overall I would give Shimmer and Burn 5 stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  1. This book looks so good and I'm so excited to read it!! Ahhhh!!

    1. Shimmer and Burn comes out on August 8th!