I'm so incredibly stoked for this post today, ya'll! I absolutely ADORED Of Metal and Wishes last year, which is a Phantom of the Opera retelling that you need in your life ASAP! I'm so honored to be on the OF DREAMS AND RUST tour. I have my review letter for you guys today, AND a super cool giveaway!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
(Of Metal and Wishes #2)
by Sarah Fine
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books (Aug. 4th, 2015)
War erupts in this bittersweet sequel to "Of Metal and Wishes", inspired by The Phantom of the Opera and called “relentlessly engrossing” by The Romantic Times.
In the year since the collapse of the slaughterhouse where Wen worked as her father’s medical assistant, she’s held all her secrets close. She works in the clinic at the weapons factory and sneaks away to nurse Bo, once the Ghost, now a boy determined to transform himself into a living machine. Their strange, fragile friendship soothes some of the ache of missing Melik, the strong-willed Noor who walked away from Wen all those months ago—but it can’t quell her fears for him.
The Noor are waging a rebellion in the west. When she overhears plans to crush Melik’s people with the powerful war machines created at the factory, Wen makes the painful decision to leave behind all she has known—including Bo—to warn them. But the farther she journeys into the warzone, the more confusing things become. A year of brutality seems to have changed Melik, and Wen has a decision to make about him and his people: How much is she willing to sacrifice to save them from complete annihilation?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sarah Fine is the author of several books for teens, including Of Metal and Wishes and its sequel, Of Dreams and Rust, and the Guards of the Shadowlands YA urban fantasy series. She is also the co-author (with Walter Jury) of two YA sci-fi thrillers: Scan and its sequel Burn. Sarah is also the author of the adult urban fantasy series, Servants of Fate, with the third book in the series, Fated, releasing September 2015. When Sarah’s not writing, she’s psychologizing. Sometimes she does both at the same time. The results are unpredictable.
Dear Of Dreams and Rust,
HOLY COW YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW LONG I SPENT WAITING FOR YOU TO APPEAR IN MY HANDS AND FINALLY SATIATE MY NEED FOR MORE WEN AND MELIK FEELS. I'm being completely serious here. Of Metal and Wishes was easily one of my top five faves of last year, and I couldn't wait to find out what the heck happened next with these beloved characters of mine!
Of course, you don't start off with a sizzle, you start off with a huge bang, with Wen still pining after Melik and wanting to go rescue him and the rest of the Noor. Wen is a lovable character who has her own flaws of rash decision making without considering the consequences and doubting herself, but those just make me love her even more. And then Melik. Ahhhh, le sigh. I love Melik and his love for his people. He will do anything for the ones he loves, and I love that about him so much. Bo, or The Ghost, is still frustrating, but his friendship with Wen is beautiful despite his less than beautiful appearance.
Your plot was fast-paced and to the point, which in turn left me racing to get to the end of the story. There were some twists and turns that I sure wasn't expecting, some that completely broke my heart and some that made my heart fill with butterflies. I won't spoil you for anybody, but i can honestly say that lovers of your series will not be disappointed in you, of Dreams and Rust. You are a phenomenal ending to such a unique and important story.
Readers, new and old, should be scrambling to get their hands on copies of you and your predecessor, Of Metal and Wishes. RUN, don't walk, to the nearest bookstore friends. This is a series NOT to be missed. A retelling full of war, love, sacrifice, kindness, friendship, and compassion. What more could you ask for in a great book? While I'm sad to say goodbye to your characters and world, I can do so knowing that I got what I wanted out of you as an ending. You rocked me to my core, but I loved every second of it, whether it was exploring outside of the factory and seeing what it was like to truly be Noor or on the battlefield exploring what it's like to be a decent human being. I leave you with four stars, Of Dreams and Rust. Thank you for being so great!
All my love,
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