Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Review: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirTitle: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Publisher: Penguin
Publication Date: April 28, 2015
Genre: Dystopian, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 446
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Check it out on Goodreads: HERE
Rating: three-stars
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.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir got so much hype it was unreal. In fact, it got so much that I was really excited to read it even though I’ve been pretty bored with Dystopians for awhile. The cover is stunning and the summary of the book sounds good enough, right? Interesting with adventure, a bit of romance, and you have a lot of fighting supposedly. However, it took me almost a month to get through 446 pages of this book. I was not into this one and it felt like such a chore to get through.

The world building was amazing and I could see the route that the author wanted to take with the two classes of people, the strong female lead trying to save her brother and then the male lead that was the bad guy/not really a bad guy.

The trials that were to pick a new Emperor could have been so much better. I believe there should have been a lot more to the trials than what we got. The story was good and the cliffhanger at the end screamed that there was going to be a sequel to the book but it was all very hush hush however, yes there is An Ember in the Ashes sequel in the works.

Will I be reading it? No. No I don’t think that I will be. This story didn’t capture my interest enough to continue on with it. To be honest, I don’t care what happens to Laia or Elias at all.

Review: Marrow by Tarryn Fisher

Review: Marrow by Tarryn FisherTitle: Marrow
Author: Tarryn Fisher
Publisher: Createspace
Publication Date: April 16, 2015
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller
Pages: 286
Format: eBook
Source: Bought
Check it out on Goodreads: HERE
Rating: four-half-stars
In the Bone there is a house.

In the house there is a girl.

In the girl there is a darkness.

Margo is not like other girls. She lives in a derelict neighborhood called the Bone, in a cursed house, with her cursed mother, who hasn’t spoken to her in over two years. She lives her days feeling invisible. It’s not until she develops a friendship with her wheelchair-bound neighbor, Judah Grant, that things begin to change. When neighborhood girl, seven-year-old Neveah Anthony, goes missing, Judah sets out to help Margo uncover what happened to her.

What Margo finds changes her, and with a new perspective on life, she’s determined to find evil and punish it–targeting rapists and child molesters, one by one.

But hunting evil is dangerous, and Margo risks losing everything, including her own soul.

With just under 300 pages, this is a quick read. What makes it so quick is the story sucks you in from the beginning. You want to know what is going to happen with Margo, how she is going to react to the situations around her. She is growing up in a bad neighborhood called the Bone and her mother is a prostitute. Using the word mother is pretty generous because the woman is anything but. Margo isn’t given money for food, clothes, or anything. She looks after herself at a young age and has no one but her mother in her life.

Due to the area that Margo lives in she sees a lot of bad stuff happen and has no hope until she decides to talk to Judah, the guy that lives down the street and is in a wheelchair. The best part of this book? It isn’t romance centered. In fact, the most romance is at the end and I really would not even consider it romance, more relationship building. In fact, I don’t know why Marrow is listed on Goodreads with romance as one of the genres. So if the romance is skewing your decision to read the book, forget it. There is no romance.

The mystery is great and the writing is very well done. You feel bad for Margo even when she is handing out her vigilante justice to the people she thinks needs it. Judah is her stone though. The rock that is holding her together and keeping her sane.

There is a twist and I have to say that I did not see it coming until it did. It actually made my mouth hang open because it was no obvious, at least not to me. It was so well incorporated and then after it was revealed, I was thinking, wait didn’t that just happen? What’s going on. So there was a bit of confusion on my part. Good confusion.

Margo was a very interesting character, I enjoyed her a lot. I understood why she did what she did and there was a part of me that cheered for her but man, I sure would not have done it.

Another great one by Tarryn Fisher.

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