Incendiary by: Zoraida Córdova

” As a memory thief, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata was used by the crown to carry out 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. The Whispers may have rescued Renata years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she drained during her time in the palace. When Dez, the commander of her unit–and the boy she’s grown to love–is taken captive by the notorious Principe Dorado, Renata must return to Andalucia and complete Dez’s top secret mission herself. But as Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the fate of the entire kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything. “

Potential triggers…

  • Blood and gore
  • Kidnapping
  • Suicide
  • Torture
  • Murder

Going into this book I had no idea what to expect, it was one of those books that drew me in by the cover and kept me with the description. As I started to read I struggled to find a connection to the main character Renata. The world Zoraida created was so beautiful and amazing so I pushed through…and I’m glad I did!

The more I learned about Renata, the main character, I realized the reason I had trouble connecting to her was because she herself had trouble connecting with herself. Renata is constantly struggling with herself and where she fit’s into the world…if she fits at all. Her countless battles with guilt and shame truly broke my heart.

The further into her story I got, the more connected, I felt and empathized with her feelings of being other, and just outside of where everyone else was. The story is beautifully told with such rich and deep history sewn into it.

The last third of the book is action packed, and has you constantly realizing, that what one person believes to be true, doesn’t mean it’s true for others.

Overall I highly recommend this read and I cannot wait until book two comes out so I can see what other personal evolutions Renata faces and overcomes.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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