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
Ahh, 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, i ...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
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
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
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 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 just love these characters so much.
I'm secretly hoping for a Yasmine and Altair novella pretty please 👀👀👀 ...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
eARC provided by publisher via Netgalley.
(for anyone who hasn't checked my profile or looked at my other reviews: a good sequel will make it easy for readers to get into the world, usually through a "previously" section or by referencing prior events. After 40%, this book did not do any of that, hence the DNF.) ...more
this is soooo good
I loved this duology
the ending though
why you gotta leave it like that, Faizal?
I feel like this author attended my English class. All of our vocab words were repeatedly manifested ahhh ahhahahhaha
they are so cute together
but they just need to admit it
i still can't believe it's over
isn't the cover so stunning
my thoughts are so weird right now
this makes no sense haha
highly recommend this series :) ...more
Hafsah likes to play around with the reader's hearts a lil bit, let me tell you. She drags them through the mud, the desert, teases you with an oasis, and then plunges you into the darkness 😂I said this about the first one, and I'll say it again with the sequel: THIS BISH WAS WAY TOO LONG. I just wanted the romance, honestly. That's all.
AND THE ROMANCE. I loved it, but the miscommunication!
I put off finishing this because I knew as soon as it was over I was going to have an ache in my heart. These characters mean so much to me, this zumra of misfits coming together in a time of darkness and overcoming to see the light shining through... I am at a loss of words. This journey is something I will never forget. I will miss Altair and his flirty banter, Kifah and her fierce and loving heart, Nasir dark and compassionate, and of c ...more
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