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Incendiary ~ Book Review

Book Title: Incendiary
Author: Zoraida Córdova
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Young Adult
Publication date: April 28th 2020
Format: Kindle

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Why I chose this?

I saw this on NetGalley and when I read the Synopsis I thought about how good this could be. So glad I was accepted. 

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What it’s about

Incendiary (Hollow Crown, #1)I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.

Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace undercover and complete Dez’s top-secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.

But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

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First Impressions

I am not overly keen on this particular cover but I do like the alternative which is this Incendiary (Hollow Crown, #1)
I think this particular cover is beautiful because this one tells a story but it might not be the right one (only time will tell). 

I think I might be drawn to the calming blue and the flames which seem to be telling a different story. 

I have noticed a theme in the books I read lately (including the fairytale retellings). A lot of them have a castle type structure on them. I know this one is about Royalty but there is a definite theme. The other cover does show the crown and a gem (assuming diamond) but I do have a thing for the colour burgundy which goes back to a dance where I had to be Romeo and wear a god awful burgundy and cream suit.   


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What I Thought

Thank you, NetGalley for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

First I will say that I did feel like we were thrust into a story where a lot of events had already happened with no explanation at the start but I assure you it’s not like that for long and everything does get explained. 

Ren is such a good character and she has a lot of traits I feel a fair few introverted people would see in themselves. Especially as she seems to feel like the entire world rests upon her shoulders. 

I loved the magic and the world-building in this story and it was somewhere I found myself easily lost in the story. I am looking forward to the sequel

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Star Rating

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