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An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1) by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (paperback)

When this book came out it was added to my TBR shelf because the cover was really nice. It’s simple but I really liked the text (especially the physical copy) and the color scheme wasn’t flashy. I had no idea what the book was actually about but then I was only going by the cover. And I just love to cover judge…

I didn’t actually pick it up though, until this year when it was recommended to me by my brother. He’d practically told me all about the book but I finally started reading it after I’d forgotten a lot of what he told me (the perks of a bad memory)

In An Ember in the Ashes we follow two characters, Laia and Elias, as they live under the Martial Empire rule. Laia is a naive Scholar girl who lives with her grandparents and brother, believing everything is alright until one night when she finds her brother’s sketchbook is filled with incriminating illustrations. Illustrations that end up costing her grandparents their lives, her brother’s freedom, and her sanity.

Forced to flee the night raid at her home, Laia goes to the Resistance (rebel group) in hopes of getting help for her brother. They reluctantly agree to help with the condition that she becomes a spy for them at Blackcliff, the leading military academy of the Empire. It’s a suicide mission but she agrees, the guilt of her fleeing the raid gnawing at her conscious

Elias, on the other hand, is one of the Masks at Blackcliff, soon to be graduate and, if all goes to plan, a deserter.  He’s got his whole escape plan in order but then the Augurs show up at Blackcliff, claiming that a new leader for the Empire is needed, that the prophecy of Emperor Taius XXI falling has come to fruition. And in order to choose a new emperor, the Trials are to start and only four of Blackcliff’s greatest graduates (dubbed Aspirants) are to compete for the crown. Elias ends up being one of the four graduates and his plans of desertion are ruined.


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[Pegasus Publishers] Solaris Seethes by Janet McNulty

I think I’ve had this book in my possession for more than a month, bordering on two, and I just could not finish it. But not to worry because Audible came to the rescue! When I saw this on there for $2, I knew I had to buy it. And a bit of a random thought: for the whole two months I was calling this book Solaris Seeth-is and it wasn’t until I finished reading this that I realized it was Seethes, like when you get mad. Facepalm, I know.

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Anyways, this book is about Rynah from planet Lanyr who is betrayed by her fiance when he decides to steal the crystal that keeps their planet in tact (I believe they said it helped keep the gravitational force balanced). Once taken, Lanyr crumbles because of extreme natural disasters and is destroyed. Left for dead, Rynah must find an alternate way to escape Lanyr before she really does die, and by some miracle she finds Solaris, an old ship her grandfather infused with an AI.  Continue reading

[Netgalley] The Circle by Damon Clark

Hey guys! So it’s been awhile since I last picked up a Netgalley title but I was bored and curious. Next thing I know, I’m here reading The Circle by Damon Clark

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I decided to pick this book out because the cover looked really awesome. It had this creepy look to it but the style wasn’t really unappealing, which is usually the case with non-manga titles. The Circle is about a boy named Christian who has just moved to Shell Bay with his father after his mother died. On his first day of school, however, things don’t turn out well and he ends up becoming the punching bag for the popular clique. His salvation seems to come from a group of weird kids who pick him up on his way home from school, but as he soon figures out, things are much more complicated Continue reading

[Pegasus Publishers] Ecuador, at Last by Philip Peereboom

Hey guys! So I’ve been reading this book for about the past week and I just finished it. This review might sound like it was a bad read but it wasn’t (lol)

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Ecuador, at Last is an almost 400 page book about various characters who end up leaving their homes and moving to Ecuador. Some of them, like Roonah, have firsthand experience with the war’s (WWIII) destruction, while others like Erasmus are only in search of settling their past. The setting is WWIII and the Chinese are in control of travel and communication. Continue reading

[Pegasus Publishers] Christmas Turkeys: A Fictional Tale of Crime and Corruption by Roger Kerrison

So I read this book in pretty much one sitting and I’m still having trouble decided if I liked this book or didn’t, and what rating it should get. Maybe writing out this review will help me decide

As a warning this book is for adults only as there is explicit abuse/torture and rape

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Christmas Turkeys is one of the books I requested from Pegasus Publishers and I requested it because I’m trying to get into the crime/mystery/suspense genre. Continue reading

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