Book Looks & #WOW – Shimmer and Burn

Posted May 3, 2017 by Kathy in Book Looks, Waiting on Wednesday / 12 Comments

Book Looks was created by Jen at Books and Other Happy Ever Afters, combining our love of books & fashion with book cover or scene inspired outfits. Waiting On Wednesday was a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s feature is:


Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta


To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.


Release Day August 8, 2017


This cover grabbed my attention the moment I saw it. The emotions showing on the girl on the cover has me curious about her story. I also like the use of the gold to tie in with the book title. The story sounds exciting and I can’t wait to get a copy of this book.  For this Book Looks I found this beautiful gold and black dress. The dress reminds me of the 1950’s and something Audrey Hepburn would have worn. The dress is beautiful and deserves center stage so I found accessories that aren’t flashy to compliment the look.


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12 responses to “Book Looks & #WOW – Shimmer and Burn

  1. That dress is gorgeous! The styles you picked out match the book cover perfectly. Well done! (The book sounds amazing, too!)

  2. sam

    That dress is perfect. Seriously, it looks like it was made to be worn while carrying this book. Kudos to you for finding that.
    Sam @ WLABB

    • Kathy

      Thank you! I don’t have to dress up for work and I miss wearing dresses. I would love to wear this to a party =)

    • Kathy

      Thank you Grace! I saw this book on another blog and I was drawn to it. It sounds really good.