An Ember in the Ashes, A Review

An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes, #1)
Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Publication: April 2015 by Razorbill
Format: eBook (borrowed)
Rating: 4/5 stars

Blurb from Goodreads:

Laia is a slave.
Elias is a soldier.
Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

I knew this book had a lot of buzz surrounding it. For weeks I have seen updates on various social media outlets raving about this book. I finally decided to pick it up and see what all the fuss was about. I wasn’t aware of the premise of the book before I began reading it. I only knew that I should love it. So I dove right in.

While I was reading I found myself curious where the story would go next. The beginning started out slow but the story quickly sunk its claws into me. I wanted to finish the book in one sitting but didn’t need to finish it. Any free time I had was spent with my nose in this book. It was an enjoyable read and I’ll admit I have a bit of a book hangover after reading this.

My ultimate impression of An Ember in the Ashes was favorable. It was worth the time and set up a great opening for the future book(s). Give it a try at least, let me know what you think.

An Ember in the Ashes, A Review

Reading A to Z, progress

I started out my year reading books alphabetically and alternating an author and title to fulfill each letter. That lasted 4 books in. Now I’m reading whatever I want and hoping it fits into the alphabet choices I have left. By the end of the year I imagine I’ll have to go back to reading books that fulfill the remaining letters I need. So far here is where I stand:

12 out of 26 Authors and 13 out of 26 Titles (with 3 bonus books).

2015

How is your reading challenge coming along?
Reading A to Z, progress

A Million Miles Away, A Review

A Million Miles Away
Title: A Million Miles Away
Author: Lara Avery
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Publication: Poppy, 2015
Format: eBook
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I was surprised by this book, I liked it. I knew little and just started reading one afternoon by the next day I was done. It was a refreshing read, quick and light. I think it helped that the setting was in the Midwest where I am from; it felt like I was reading about someone I knew.

The main character grew with the story, which was a change from what I had been reading. I’m a big believer in the right book at the right time (which is why I read 4-5 books at a time). This novel was at the right time for me. I recommend the purchase or borrowing it. It’s great for a weekend read, on the plane or beach.

Synopsis

From Goodreads (highlight text to read spoilers):

When high school senior Kelsey‘s identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn’t know about the tragedy is Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can’t bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister.

As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can’t deny that she’s falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn’t want.

A Million Miles Away, A Review

Top Ten Tuesday, Coming Attractions

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Not since the days of Harry Potter have I spent time anticipating a book release. Usually, only my favorite authors capture my notice with an upcoming new release. Lately though, I have been exploring more and learning new things about the world of books. This week’s topic by The Broke and the Bookish is about new releases.

Top Ten Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015

June

More Happy Than NotEmmy & Oliver

July

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)

August

Court of Fives (Court of Fives, #1)

September

The Girl in the Spider’s Web (Millennium, #4)Why Not Me?

October

Carry On

November

Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird, #2)Soundless

December

Their Fractured Light (Starbound, #3)


I hope to read a few of these this year but...the best laid plans…

what books make your list?
Top Ten Tuesday, Coming Attractions