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.

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An Ember in the Ashes, A Review

Top Ten Tuesday, Dissecting the TBR Pile

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This week’s topic by The Broke and the Bookish is about books I hope to read one day or have been buried on my TBR list because there is a lot of buzz about them in the interwebs. Basically a whole lot of YA because I’m behind and book series.

Top Ten Hyped Books I’ve Never Read

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Legend by Marie Lu

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

(a reread) The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

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It is a problem many bookworms face but making this list has me realizing that no matter how many books I read there will be five to ten more that I add to my to be read list. So many books, so little time.

Top Ten Tuesday, Dissecting the TBR Pile

A Million Miles Away, A Review

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley free of charge. All opinions are my own.

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

An Abundance of John Green

An Abundance of Katherines

I love John Green and I am almost done with reading all his novels. Each year I pick a new one I haven’t read yet and then get lost in the world Green created. His characters are always so witty and sarcastic. I instantly fall in love with all of them. Each book is full of quotable dialogue, touching relationships, and real issues. The novels fall into young adult fiction but everyone I know is reading Green’s work. So far AAoK is enjoyable and meeting expectations.

An Abundance of John Green

Challenges

Day 1 of 7

It is ten days into March already and I forgot I wanted to challenge myself to complete a list of tasks this month with the theme centered on books, aka a 31 day book challenge. I have a terrible memory so thankfully I use Goodreads to keep track of my books.

I decided to try only a week’s worth of posts on the topic to see how I do. Onward to day one’s topic:

the best book you read last year

SC POBAWI have had this on my “to be read” list for a long time now and just never got around to it until last year. It was one of the few books from last year that stuck with me after I finished the story. There are a few quotes from the book that evoked deep emotion and thought from me when reading.

“We accept the love we think we deserve.”

Simple, yet it blew my mind.

“Sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”

I found pieces of myself in the characters in the book and it left me feeling more confused. “Who am I?” is something I have struggled to answer the last decade of my life. Ten years I have pondered this question. After reading this book the question was at the forefront of my mind again.

This was the best book I read last year because I read it at the perfect time in my life that I needed it. This book grounded me back in reality and helped me to stop being such a wallflower, ironically.

Have you read Perks yet? I recommend giving it a try.

Challenges