I have, like, the biggest author crush on Sarah Fine, and I was elated to be invited to the tour for her newest book. Of Dreams and Rust, which released on Tuesday, is the much-anticipated follow-up to her gorgeous Phantom of the Opera retelling, and I gotta tell ya, it is beyond amazing.
On my stop of the tour, I've got a Review in a GIFfy for you. It was actually the previous book in this duology that inspired this feature, so it only felt fitting to review this book in the same manner. Huge thanks to Gaby Salpeter of Bookish Broads for putting this amazing tour together. Make sure you check out the rest of the tour and enter below to win one of two sets of this duology!
Title: Of Dreams and Rust
Author: Sarah Fine
Series: Of Metal and Wishes, book #2
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: August 4, 2015
Source: ARC provided by publisher for review
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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?
But you care about what's under that, don't you? Well, fine.
I have a lot of them, obviously. Firstly, it's been a whole freaking year since the events of the first book?
How can this be? Oh, my poor lovelies. How awful this must have been for you.
And then to find out that Wen's worst fears have come to fruition.
War is on the horizon, and Wen must warn Melik before it's too late. So, while everyone else is hunkering down, our girl does the only thing she can.
On the double, Mr. Conductor! (Okay, not really.) But this is the point where everything goes to hell.
Don't say I didn't warn you. From here on out, it's pretty much:
Until finally, finally, we get what we've all been waiting for...
And, of course, this is when Iron Man decides to make an appearance. (No, I'm not joking.)
Things are a little tense, to say the least.
But the war is being brought to their doorstep. And it looks like this:
Everyone has to put their feelings aside and pretend that their differences don't matter. Because here comes the boom.
And then, of course, there's more of this:
If you haven't figured it out yet, this book is not a happy one. This is probably a more accurate descriptor.
Pick one. Or all of them. They are all relevant.
But that doesn't mean I didn't love this book. I did. With every fiber of my being. I want a book that can make me feel all the things, circle back, and feel them all over again. Sarah has the uncanny ability to make me want to open myself up to pain and grief, bring it out into the light and explore it further.
Her characters are beautiful and diverse and genuine. Their pain and joy and fears are real. I loved Of Metal and Wishes, but I think I loved Of Dreams and Rust even more because it pushed these characters to their limits. It tested them. It broke them. And it made me love them that much more.
I can't wait to see what Sarah Fine comes up with next!
GIF it to me straight:
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.
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August 5: Reading Teen
August 6: Rainy Day Ramblings
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August 10: There Were Books Involved
August 11: Writer of Wrong
August 12: Love is Not a Triangle
August 13: The Quiet Concert
August 14: Nick's Book Blog
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