A ruthless Master. A magical society. One last chance for love and redemption.
Imagine a world where you can become the richest man or woman on Earth by literally trading rags for riches. Imagine a world where anyone — sick, old, lame or poor — can live forever. Now imagine that same world but with one catch…
You must kill one of your fellow human beings to maintain your immortality. It can be anyone—your father, your sister or even your next door neighbour. Not so sweet now, is it?
This is the life that Aurora Hawthorne has always known. No friends, no family — just an oppressive man who calls himself her Master and beats her constantly. Although her life is filled with Alchemy — a dark, seductive magic — and she literally holds the power of a thousand thunderstorms in her hands, life isn’t so great. You see, in this society, there are three groups of humans: regular humans, Master Alchemists and Alchemic slaves, also known as Breakers. Regular humans are just that — regular, but their supernatural counterparts are much more complex… and far darker.
Is there any hope in a world so corrupt? Can the young girl find love when people have done nothing but mistreat her?
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up Aurora, but from the very first page, I was hooked. The thing I loved most about this stunning, fast-paced novel was the writing style. Ruquayya Sajjida’s writing was poignant and beautiful, filled with lyrical prose and haunting metaphors that compelled me to read on. Combined with unique, vivid characters and a suspenseful, exciting plot, Aurora was just an unputdownable read.
One of the things I enjoyed most about Aurora was the setting. I loved the real-world references and how all the action took place in present day Earth, which made it easy to form a clear picture of the type of world my characters lived in. In that way, Aurora fell into the category of urban-fantasy, which is a genre that’s sometimes hard to do right, but when it’s done well, it’s definitely a really enjoyable read. And Aurora was one of those books.
The fantastical elements that were scattered throughout this fast-paced novel were truly one of the biggest highlights of my reading experience, and I loved getting to know the characters which possessed such powers. Our main character, Aurora, was a strong, sometimes snarky woman who stood up for what she believed in and refused to uphold the ‘damsel in distress’ trope. I loved her abilities and her wit, and she was truly a fascinating person to get to know. If you’re looking for an engrossing novel with a unique anti-hero, you should definitely give Aurora a go.
I also really liked the romance and the romantic tension between characters and felt that this aspect, as well as the entirety of Aurora, was exceptionally well-written. The love interest was interesting to get to know and undeniably swoon-worthy, and the chemistry between him and Aurora felt genuine and vivid. It was also fascinating to see Aurora adopt somewhat of a maternal role throughout the novel and as I feel this is something that often lacks in a lot of YA literature, it was great to see the author challenge stereotypical YA ideas and weave a story that’s both unique and compelling, and left me wanting more.
Another sweet little addition to this novel was the sketches that were placed intermittently throughout the book, occasionally where there were chapter breaks. It’s rare that you find a YA novel do this, so it was a pleasant surprise and I felt it really enhanced my reading experience. And finally, supporting lesser-known authors is something I’m really passionate about, and I’m so pleased I decided to pick up Aurora. It’s so refreshing to take a step back from the authors that everyone knows and read something a little different and unique, so if you’re looking for a thrilling, beautifully-written novel by an author that deserves everyone to own a copy of their book, I can’t recommend Aurora enough.
Ultimately. Aurora is an alluring and unputdownable read that is unique and really stands out from the crowd. I can’t wait to see what Ruquayya Sajjida writes next! If you’d like to buy a copy of Aurora, you can do so here.
Have you heard of Aurora? Do you think you might pick up a copy? Are you a fan of the urban-fantasy or general fantasy genres? Does the cover intrigue you? Let’s chat!
Thanks to the author for providing me with a copy of their book in exchange for an honest review!
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