Blog Tour: Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine: Why in 5 (+Giveaway)

Being the HUGE Sarah Fine fangirl that I am, I am thrilled to be taking part in the Blog Tour for Of Dreams and Rust, the follow-up and conclusion to Of Metal and Wishes. I would recommend all of her books to anyone anytime but this duology is one of my all-time favorites. Since I already shared my 5-star review here, today I am sharing 5 reasons why you should read this book. And don't miss the opportunity to win copies of both books at the end of this post! Thanks for stopping by!

The Book

Title: Of Dreams and Rust
Author: Sarah Fine
Series: Of Metal and Wishes #2
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: August 4, 2015

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?

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5 Reasons to Read Of Metal and Wishes/Of Dreams and Rust

1. Phantom of the Opera retelling set in a slaughterhouse
Is that not the best mash-up you've ever heard? It was the second thing to draw me to this series (the first being Sarah Fine's name of course). I personally LOVE Phantom of the Opera and Fine manages to take the best elements of that story and make it her own. The execution is quite brilliant and unlike anything I have EVER read. It's reason enough to read this duology!

2. Wen, Melik and Wen AND Melik.
Perhaps the THIRD thing I love most about this series is the romance. Sarah Fine writes some of the BEST romance. I know some of you are concerned about a love triangle but I personally don't think there is one. This duology, but especially book 2, was all about Wen and Melik and although their relationship was far from simple, it always had such a strong presence in both books. I think this can be largely contributed to the strong presence of each of these characters. The were both extremely brave, kind-hearted, and willful.

3. Non-stop action
Sarah Fine always manages to balance character and plot development perfectly. These books don't slow down for a minute but I never feel any of the action was at the expense of the characters. Of Dreams and Rust was an especially tense book with so many ups and downs. Fine does not go easy on our hearts but she makes sure to give us plenty of happy moments too. It's a real heart-wrencher. 

4. Important Themes
I always love when authors shed light on social issues. In this book we see sexism, classism, racism, and more but the important thing is that Wen and Melik battle and rise above all of it. We see  examples of hate and love, freedom and oppression, strength and weakness, and evil and kindness all around them. But they protect one another and unite their people and it's really quite relevant and beautiful.

5. Everything else
Basically, there are more than 5 reasons to read this book so I am cheating and saying that reason number 5 is everything else I haven't mentioned. Like the fact that the writing is brilliant and the characters are wonderfully complex (there is NO ONE like Bo and you all need to meet him). And that this is only a duology and let's be honest, there should be more of these. Also, Sarah Fine EXCELS at world-building. And these covers are GORGEOUS. And on and on....


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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