Book: An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Published: April 28, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Summary: 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.
My Review: Two words: Holy crap.
This was amazing. When I picked this up, I had no idea what it was about. I saw a few of my favorite booktubers talk about it and all that jazz, but other than their brief description, I had no idea. The thing that grabbed my attention was the cover. I’m a sucker for shiny covers, and the fact that the words were raised definitely helped. I’m a sucker for book covers in general and half the time I buy the book based on the cover. But that’s okay because y’know what? I do what I want.
Now the actual book. Oh my god. I still haven’t fully processed all the feels this book has given me. I literally just finished this ten minutes ago, actually, not even ten minutes, and I, like every white girl in America, can’t even.
There is no way that was the ending. Is there gonna be another book? Can I write a thousand letters to Ms. Tahir and beg for more? Because I need more. I need them.
Honestly, as everyone on this Earth knows, I’m a sucker for romance. This book really didn’t have that. There were bits and pieces of it, but it wasn’t the main plot of the book and I loved that. I didn’t realize how refreshing it was going to be to read a book where the girl isn’t drooling over a guy the entire time, or vice versa. There was just enough to make me smile like an idiot and giggle at certain times, but more than anything it was about family, finding yourself, and finding that courage to stand up for what you believe in. And that was just something I really, really loved about this.
I know that I’m going to be picking up anything this woman writes without a second thought. This book is definitely going on the list of favorites for 2015. It’s just one of those books that really affected me and genuinely made an impact on me. I haven’t read a book like that in so long I forgot how strong those feelings can be.
If you like a female character full of bad assery, this is something you need in your life. But she won’t be the typical bad ass; she’s a scared girl, terrified for her life, her brothers life, and what’s going to happen if she’s caught doing what she’s doing. That was another thing I loved. She was so realistic as to how someone would react in her position. While a girl who kicks ass and does whatever it takes to get what she needs done, it’s not necessarily accurate. I know I would be terrified, probably more so than Laia was, honestly.
I could go on and on about this book, I really could, but I don’t want to bore you guys with my crazy ranting about how amazing this thing was. But for real, please read this. I need someone to fangirl over all of this with, and I need someone to relate to about all these feels.
I hope everyone has a fantabulous day/evening/morning/whenever you’re reading and happy reading!
Rating: 5 million pumpkin cats