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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  461 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together. However, the city bears scars of its recent past, when the chaotic tribe of Shayateen djinn slaughtered its entire population -- except for Fatima and two other humans. Now ruled by a new maharajah, N ...more
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Published May 14th 2019 by Scholastic
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Chaima ✨ شيماء
*vigorously shakes a magic 8 ball* will 3 star ratings ever stop being so awkward?

The book is rich when it comes to the fantasy landscape and the magical structure but it's largely devoid of emotional power and the distant, almost detached narrative voice not only keeps the characters at arm's length but also often dampens the experience. The novel also wears its genre tropes on its sleeve and the romance was a bit on the nose. I was most impressed, however, by the subversive thematic elements (
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-wrote-this
This book is about many things but it is mostly about women being women in the most fantastic ways possible.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Hey y'all, it's your girl, back again with another conflicting book review. You know, the usual.

Again, this is another book that I am unsure about. On the one hand, I was super into it. On the other hand, it feels like nothing much happened?

This book moves at a very slow pace, let's just put that out there. If you like action-packed, fast-paced novels, this ain't the one for you. In fact, this book isn't so much plot focused as it is character focused, and honestly, those are my favorite types o

I want this cover as an art print on my wall.

My goddess.
It's gorgeous!!!
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Candle and the Flame is unlike every other YA fantasy novel I've read, and I love it for that.
It's a slowly-unfolding tale about politics, family and love set in Noor, a city on the Silk Road, and it's the kind of really detailed, atmospheric fantasy I can't get enough of.

I struggled with it at first. I often do, with slow-paced novels, but what made this one particularly hard to get into was the omniscient narration in third person present, very jarring at first, but which I started to see
may ❀
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as gimmie
Shelves: asian-authors
this cover is prettier than me and im totally okay with that

Me reading this book, after realizing I was yet again fooled by a beautiful cover:

RTC after I recover from being bitterly disappointed.
may ➹
3.5 stars


I adored the main character, Fatima Ghazala. She grew so much throughout the book and she was so fiery (both literally and metaphorically). I thought she was a strong character, both when it came to her development and her personality, and I loved reading about her!

The themes of empowerment, specifically female empowerment, were so amazing? In this world, there’s a lot of misogyny, but it’s always called out, and seeing all the women in this book be so strong and fie
Rachel Hartman
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I blurbed this book, and it is certifiably delightful!

For me, I think my favorite part was how hopeful it is. You have all these different people -- different religions, ethnicities, outlooks, histories, to say nothing of the magical djinn -- and they're all living together at this great crossroads of the world, and they're finding ways to understand each other and get along. Not that it's always easy! But people of goodwill, this book seems to say, can work to find a way (often through food, h
Mary S. R.
Dec 25, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Fatima lives in the city of Noor, a thriving stop along the Silk Road. There the music of myriad languages fills the air, and people of all faiths weave their lives together.

A magical book set along the Silk Road based on Middle-Eastern myths? WOW.
I LOVE how diverse fantasy books are becoming! Personally that's one of my fave things about the genre: how it can embrace and explore such different cultures and still keep true to their beauty and origins

However, the city bears scars of its recent p
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
Yet another disappointment of 2019.

This story just didn’t stick in my mind, or really make any sort of coherent sense within the story that was being forcibly told.

The writing was so bland. The world building was good, but the characters were so one dimensional I couldn’t invest in any of them.

Honestly I couldn’t detail much of the plot. Apart from our protagonist’s skill set and development (debatable) the rest just seemed to be thrown in like a wild game of Tetris.

I need to stop beautiful cove
Vicky Who Reads
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

It was a solid 4 until I got to the last 100ish pages and then teared up

def recommend!!!
julia ♥
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tbr-arcs
read the full review on my blog: here

"The desert sings of loss, always loss,
and if you stand quiet with your eyes closed,
it will grieve you too."

Ever since laying eyes on this over-the-top GORGEOUS cover, I've been in love with this book. The Candle and the Flame pulled me in with its enchanting premise and I couldn't wait to devour it. Imagine how elated I was to see I could read this beauty early! The Candle and the Flame blew me away with its fantastical story and Nafiza's magical writing
ʙᴇʟʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review (Thank you!)

DNF at 40%

Sadly, I DNFed it. I think this is a case of "It's me, not you". I wanted to give a million stars to this book, (I even pre-ordered it) because:
- Intricate Multicultural Universe
- Diversity
- Lush sceneries
- Amazing Female Friendships
- Women Empowerment
- DJINNS, I mean, who doesn't like DJINNS?
- And that lovely cover.
But unfortunately, it was really hard to stay focused.
There were too many POV's, t
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When I saw the cover reveal for The Candle and the Flame on twitter that pretty much decided me. It was soooo gorgeous! I HAD to know if it was a story I would love or not... Previously I've not had good luck with Djinn stories so I was seriously scared... But this ended up becoming one of my top books of 2019!

The Premise

We start The Candle and the Flame on the Silk Road and find our way to the city of Noor. What an incredible descriptio
Feb 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
*Thanks so much to Scholastic CA for providing me with an ARC! Though the quotes I used are beautiful, they are from the ARC and subject to change.

*Buddy read with Rendz!

I have never before read a story where the main character’s life is so routinely divided by adhaans and their subsequent prayers. All those halal romance jokes and complaints about rishta ettiquete were hilarious. I’ve read 2 other books/series this year with Muslim characters but the oth
Ground breaking and immersive paranormal YA that evokes all the beauty, richness and diversity of the ancient cultures, faiths and languages of the Silk Road. "The Candle and the Flame" foregrounds exploits of the legendary Djinn: beings of smokeless fire and denizens of two worlds, earth and Al-Naar, whose names are embedded above their hearts, and act to shape them on earth. In the teeming city of Noor — the city of a thousand faces, colours and languages and surrounded by both unforgiving des ...more
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s probably more of a 3.75 but I’m rounding up.

I really didn’t know much about this book and I only became interested because of that gorgeous cover and the vague idea that it’s based on Muslim culture. But what happened between the pages of this really surprised me and I can say confidently that it’s been a while since that has happened in a YA fantasy.

I’m not usually someone who looks for atmospheric world building but am more satisfied by extensive magic systems, but this world of Noor rea
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May 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The Candle and the Flame was a fantasy title that I had on my wish-list because I had heard that it was inspired by Middle Eastern mythology and ever since watching the first season of American Gods I have wanted to learn more about mythology from different cultures. I requested a review copy from the publisher and was thrilled when a physical copy arrived. I knew the book was about djinns and set on the Silk Road and I kn
Khadidja ~on hiatus~
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Wow, I feel like I might slowly outgrow my aversion to cover models if they're as spectacular as this
Ooo...this sounds so promising
Giulia Rita Herondale
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The candle and the flame is a very nice debut novel.
The world building is intriguing, and I really appreciated the way the author talks about the djinni. I'd like to read more stories set in this world.
The plot isn't deepened in some points, but the story is really interesting, in fact I couldn't stop reading.
The characters I liked the most between the various pov are the main characters, Fatima and Zulfikar, but in some points they didn't convince me. Especially the developme
Tanya Tate
Oct 05, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-and-beyond
This is probably the most prettiest cover I have ever seen and I seen some pretty covers in my life.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nafiza Azad's debut novel is, at the end of the day, a book about family. It is a pleasant reminder of how homes are made from gulab jamun shared over tea, books passed around, a loved one's laugh over the drivel of those who fail at the art of making sense, colloquies on philosophy, and sometimes, by just being.

The beauty of this book lies in the way it discovers emotional sensitivity. I've grown tired of reading books that promise to give you "such a rush of emotions" and end up being a disapp
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,75 stars

I'm always happy to see a standalone fantasy novel because there's definitely not enough of them on the market. But this particular book could've benefited from being a duology considering how many storylines it wanted to encompass and how much worldbuilding to cover. The plot felt confusing, there were way too many characters which resulted in half of them being just props for getting from one plot point to another and the main romance was very rushed. I believe many of these issues c
julianna ➹
I have a long list of regrets, and me not starting this at all is on that list. I'm so sorry, Scholastic.
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

The Candle and the Flame has been on one of my most anticipated list for months now. I am overjoyed I was given the chance to read this gorgeous debut before release. It's a book that celebrates female friendships, family, and the ability to change - our minds, our behaviors, our fate. Fatima has to be one of my favorite main characters - rejecting the classics, fiercely independent, a

Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
And so the cycle of disappointing, mediocre YA fantasies continues. Yep.
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Nafiza Azad is a self-identified island girl. She has hurricanes in her blood and dreams of a time she can exist solely on mangoes and pineapple. Born in Lautoka, Fiji, she currently resides in BC, Canada where she reads too many books, watches too many Kdramas and writes stories about girls taking over the world. Her debut YA fantasy, THE CANDLE AND THE FLAME, was released by Scholastic in 2019.
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