We Free the Stars
again, the main thing carrying this book is definitely the arabian representation. it gives the story a lush and cultural atmosphere that is much needed in the book world. had you taken that away, would this still be worth 4 stars? maybe. maybe not. the characters are still interesting (nasir definitel ...more
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: I am broken. This book has destroyed me. But in the best possible way.
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Child Abuse, War Themes, Murder //
Release Date: 1/19/2021
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Page Count: 592 pages
We Free the Stars is the sequel to We Hunt the Flame, fo ...more
i am... genuinely in awe.
i came into this book expecting to have fun, maybe enjoy it a reasonable amount. what i did not expect was to read what was probably the best finale to a series that i have ever experienced.
this was so, so good. everything about it.
normally, even if i love a series finale, i have at least a couple regrets, of storylines that i felt were sloppy or characters that lacked closure. not here. i don’t think i have ever finished a series and felt so, so ...more
Ahhh, my heart hurts.
We Free the Stars was one of my most anticipated books of 2021 and it did not disappoint. The Sands of Arawiya books are fantasy books based on Arabic folklore and are (thankfully) culturally accurate, written by POC author Hafsah Faizal.
I absolutely love Hafsah’s writing, ...more
To start off my review, I need to repeat something from my review of We Hunt the Flame, this book and this series desperately needed a terminology guide in the physical book itself. I know that th ...more
It was easy to believe that anyone who did not speak of suffering did not suffer.
I think I need days to process it. But then also I won't be able to do justice to this book.
The beginning was very sad. I was just waiting for the sun to hide behind clouds and it would have been officially a very sad, grey day. I would have sat by window and looked out, trying to channel inner disney princess but failing(because I have the grace of a frog). But wait. THE BOOK IS WORTH IT. Every ounce of sadness
“Why do you cry?”
“Because my heart cannot contain it.”
an insanely well-executed sequel and conclusion to this fantasy duology. i’ve held this story so close to my heart for almost 2 years now, and I can confirm that I will continue to do so until the end of time. this book zigged when I expected it to zag, and subverted all expectations I had on the direction it was going to go. the ending was absolutely perfect and I will be in the publisher’s DMs until they confirm ...more
We Free the Stars conveys a complexity of emotions I can scarcely put into words. People live and die, betray and save each other, close themselves off and open themselves up. It's not so much what happens, as it is how does each character react to it, and why.
When We Hunt the Flame ended, we were left with many questions, lots of pain, and the ...more
Lush and lyrical, beautifully romantic, and a wonderful duology finale... (but longgggg.)
Writing: ★★★★ 1/2
Enjoyment: ★★★★ 1/2
We Free the Stars is the final book in the Arawiya series. For thoughts on the first book, check out my review here.
Below there are SPOILERS for the first book, We Hunt the Flame. I repeat, SPOILERS for the first book!
Ok, they gone? Good! Let's talk about this one.
Following the events of We Hunt the Flame, our group of rebels/adve ...more
I should write a review. I should write a comment. I should write... something. But I can't find the words to describe how much I loved this book. I finished We Free the Stars two days ago but my mind is still there, in Arawiya, with the zumra. It's hard to say goodbye because I've loved this world and these characters from the very first page. I've laughed, suffered, rejoiced with them ...more
One thing I can for sure say about Hafsah Faizel is that her writing, and how she creates a story, is consistent. She can be counted on to bring in similar elements of what was good in the first book into this one, and write the plot similar to the first one. If you enjoyed We Hunt the Flame I think you will greatly enjoy the sequel, it's quite reflective of the first one.
I really liked experiencing this story, after the cliffhanger of the last book t ...more
I have a feeling this is either going to be a really long kind of rant or really short and to the point. Not sure which though.
I was disappointed by this book. I feel like making this into a duology was a very bad decision and that it should have been a trilogy. Not because I want more time with the characters, but because the ending of this book was a train wreck. There was too much going on in too few chapters and I could not fathom how any of it was possible. I believe the entir ...more
**I was able to read a very early draft of WFTS. All views belong to me**
The only thing you need to know is that I cried. And that I have ZERO regrets about crying. AND that this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.
*I was persuaded to up my rating to 4.75 because there was SOME smut in the book SO I GUESS*
To be VERY MF CLEAR this is a 4.5 star because as much as I LOVEDDDDDDD this book, ion like how Miss Faizal was toying with us with the whole Zafira and Nasir thing just to leave us hanging. It’s just cruel 😭😭 *im VERY butt heart because there wasn’t any smut but anywayyyy*
YALLLLL. IM OBSESSED!! If you had a hard time getting t ...more
I found this book to be incredibly sexist. I don't care what political affiliation a person has, or where they put themselves on the religious spectrum, or the feminism spectrum, or whatever spectrum you have out there. If you cannot abuse and put down females, you should also not be able to abuse and put down males. You say you have a strong female char ...more
I just love these characters so much.
I'm secretly hoping for a Yasmine and Altair novella pretty please 👀👀👀 ...more
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“If I hurt her, I will bring every weapon at my disposal and lay them at your feet for you to do to me what you will. If I hurt her, I will no sooner carve out my own heart than dare draw breath again.”
She was silent.
“Do you understand?” he prompted.
“You love her.”
No, he did not love her. The word for what he felt for Zafira bint Iskandar did not yet exist.”