Published: April 28th, 2015 by Razorbill | Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1 | Length: 446 pages | Genre: YA fantasy, dystopian | Source: Bought | Content Warning: sexual assault and harassment, violence, abuse (including towards children), death/murder, torture
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Summary 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.
If you had asked me a year ago or even a month ago if I liked character-driven books, you would’ve gotten a very quick and very strong “NO” in response. I’ve always been the type of reader that likes action-filled plots and suspense to keep me turning the pages. Character-driven novels? Isn’t that just a nicer way of saying boring?
Yesterday, I posted my wrap-up of the Make Me Read It Readathon and talked about how I hadn’t really read a whole lot during the readathon. So, naturally, today I’m here to sign up for another readathon: Bout of Books! I think the timing for this readathon is perfect; it’ll give me a nice push to get through some of the books I’ve been wanting to read this month, yet I’ll still have some time to wrap up what I don’t finish before August ends. I’m really pumped for this readathon and I’m looking forward to getting lots of reading done!
In case you missed it, last week was the Make Me Read It Readathon. This is a readathon that was hosted by Val @ The Innocent Smiley and Ely @ Tea and Titles. Before the readathon started, I posted a poll and my readers were able to vote and choose what book(s) I was going to read during the readathon. I had two polls, one for finished copies I have and another for old eARCs I still need to read. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge won those polls. Anyway, today I wanted to do a quick wrap-up and talk a bit about how the readathon went for me.
Hello, everyone! Throughout this week, YA Bound Book Tours is hosting a blog tour for Hugo Driscoll’s debut novel, Seven Days with You. Seven Days with You is a YA contemporary romance novel and it sounds amazing. Today is obviously on my stop on the tour and I have an interview with the author for you all to read. And after you read the interview, be sure to check out the other posts from the tour!
Hello, everyone! WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple – answer the three questions and leave a link on Sam’s post.
The Three Ws are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly themed post hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week features a different theme/prompt for which you come up with a list of 10 books/ideas. This week’s prompt is “ten book recommendations for…” where you get to choose what theme of books to recommend. I decided to talk about 10 diverse books that I’ve read and loved and think you should check out if you’re looking to diversify your reading habits (or if you just need some good book recommendations…). All of these are books I’ve read and, as far as I was able to notice, didn’t have any big problems with representation. I’ve also only listed books that have marginalized protagonists, not just side characters. As usual, title links will take you to Goodreads. I’ll also include links to my reviews so you can check for things like content warnings (although the older reviews will not have these, sorry) or minor representation problems.