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Hardcover: 464 pages

Publisher: Razorbill (April 28, 2015)

ISBN-13: 978-1595148032

Genre: Fiction/YA/Fantasy/Awesome/Amazing

Rating: 5 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.




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An Ember in the Ashes is the best (creatyvebooks.com)

This cannot–I repeat cannot be a standalone book. It’s too damn good to be one book. I need more Laia and Elias asap. So to the bigwigs over at Penguin/Razorbill need to give Sabaa Tahir the green light to write the next installment because An Ember in the Ashes is freaking phenomenal. No lie it’s my top read so far in 2015. I’m so in love with this book and I’m sure you will be too.

Told from two points of view, author Sabaa Tahir weaves such an incredible story that is both brutal and beautiful at the same time. We have Laia, who is the lowest of the low and must become a slave to one of the most ruthless person known to man, in order to rescue her brother from being executed. Then we have Elias. A soldier with a conscience. While everyone around him doesn’t question orders and kill without mercy, Elias just wants to be free. Free to be the person he is meant to be.

In my opinion, Elias is the most developed and complex character that I have read in YA in a long time. I don’t know how Sabaa Tahir does it but you can feel the emotions and turmoil that plagues Elias every waking morning as he questions what is right and wrong. His loyalty to his friends and soldiers at arms. I truly enjoyed reading from his perspective more than Laia.

Although there wasn’t anything truly wrong with Laia story line I was just more invested in Elias and the choices he had to make. You just feel for him as you read his chapters. Plus, he kind of hot in that brooding sort of way.

Now before I end this review I just want to say that the use or threat of rape in An Ember in the Ashes was excessive for my taste. I wish it was toned down. Overall, I really enjoyed this fantastic read. All the hype that is surrounding this author and this book is well deserved.

So if you’re looking for top notch world-building, beautiful writing and a breathtaking read, An Ember in the Ashes is for you. I highly recommend this book. Go pre-order yours today. Or take your chance with my giveaway down below.

*I recieved an ARC copy of An Ember in the Ashes in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and is not influenced by Penguin/Razorbill


AUTHOR SABAA TAHIR (CREATYVEBOOKS.COM)Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Giveaway (creatyvebooks.com)

Okay I’m going to keep this giveaway simple. All you have to do is follow me on twitter @creatyvebooks and leave a comment down below repping where you’re from and why you wish to read An Ember in the Fire. It’s International and ends 5/1/2015. Just make sure BookDepository delivers to where every you live. Simple right? Good luck to all and thanks for reading. Oh there will be two winners. One US winner and one International winner. 🙂

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  1. Hi! I’m Syafiqah a.k.a fangirleh_ on instagram and @1SyafiqahAsri on twitter 😀
    I’m from Malaysia and i’d reaaaaaally love to read An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir because Marie Lu once said that she was so engrossed with this book that she missed a connecting flight. That is enough to convince me to read An Ember in the Ashes so bad! Indeed, I like an explosive, heartbreaking, epic debut fantasy book that will keep me glued to the pages. Your great review makes me even hyped to read it! 🙂

  2. Oh this is one of my most anticipated reads this year, I just can’t wait to get around to reading it! 🙂 I’m from Hungary by the way and my twitter is @bozsoszelina 🙂

  3. Hi, this is @ohloveyourflaws on twitter 🙂 I’m from the USA!
    And I want to read “An Ember in the Ashes” because:
    1. The cover is gorgeous
    2. The story it tells seems like it’s going to be AMAZING

  4. Ay, my phone doesn’t like me, so allow me to try via laptop.
    Hello, person I know through Twitter, mainly (@KieraneKaine, yes, okay let’s not judge).
    I live in the U.S.A., which can be a hassle sometimes, since apparently I’m far enough in the south for everyone to be racist 🙂
    Off point, I have gotten.
    Reasons I want An Ember in the Ashes? Well the first would be the hype. I want to see if it lives up to the hype, personally. Most of the opinions I’ve heard so far are good, minus the ones complaining that it has no sequel.
    Another reason would be, I have talked to Sabaa a bit (via Twitter and once an e-mail) and every time she has been polite and kind, so I feel she needs a chance, every chance, so I will give her book a chance.
    Third is the story and characters seem interesting, very, very interesting. I can’t really explain of.
    So mostly I would just like to experience it.
    So I am sorry for rambling and hope you have a VERY good day.

  5. I am cracking up at that GIF!

    ” Elias is the most developed and complex character that I have read in YA in a long time. I don’t know how Sabaa Tahir does it but you can feel the emotions and turmoil that plagues Elias . . . ” I was already sold on An Ember In The Ashes, but GIRLLL this review has me sooo pumped for this book! I am the BIGGEST fan of male characters. Like seriously, I prefer to read in their Point of Views over a female’s. Idk if it’s because I have a ton of male friends compared to female friends, but it’s just something about their characters that I tend to enjoy more than the female MC’s we read about. That’s so weird right? lol

    You already know I follow you on twitter! lol. Anywho, as the rules require:

    1. I’m from Washington, DC but I now reside in Maryland!
    2. First of all, I’m a cover whore and that cover design has been calling my name ever since I found out about this book. Secondly, the concept. It gives me this Game of Thrones type vibe, (which I’m obsessed with at the moment) and I mentioned to you last night that Elias reminds me so much of Jon Snow! I’m intrigued by how the chapters are told in both POV’s of Laia and Elias, and if you’ve been to my blog then you’d know I LIVE for male point of views lol. I’ve skimmed reviews where they say that the story is so much different from what we’ve been receiving in YA, and I’m dying to find out just how great it is. I mean HELLOOOO, the world is inspired by Ancient Rome! I needssss this lmao.

    Thanks for having this amazing giveaway girl & good luck to all the candidates. * Fingers Crossed *

  6. Thanks so much for this giveaway! And your review was great, that gif made me laugh so hard 🙂
    I’m @liamslibrary83 on Twitter and I’m from Australia.
    An Ember in the Ashes just sounds so action packed and tense and just everything I want in a good adventure novel. The plot and characters sounds really awesome too. The reviews I have seen have said nothing but fantastic things about the author and the story. This one had become a recently anticipated release for me, I hope it lives up to the hype like it did for you!
    Thanks again!

  7. Amazing review!

    I’m @datpiratewitch on twitter and @datbookishgirl on instagram.

    Ever since I’ve seen this book on epic reads I’ve been dying to read it! It seems amazing! Moreover your review made me more excited to discover this book! (the cover is also very pretty and from the synopsis the book seems so exciting)
    And I’m from Mauritius 🙂

  8. I’ve been wanting to read this book since, I don’t know…last year. It just sounds so awesome and your review isn’t helping 😛

  9. I’ve been wanting to read this book, since I don’t know…last year. It just sounds so awesome and your review isn’t helping either 😛

  10. Hi, my name is Rocio and I am from Inglewood, California. I would love to have the chance to read “An Ember in the Ashes” because it sounds interesting and compelling. It also appears to be very different from the stereotypical young adult plots that circle around the genre. Plus, it is inspired by ancient Rome! What more can I say? I am all for it 🙂

  11. I´m following you on twitter as @dinky___
    I can´t wait to Laia and Elias – these two characters seems to be amazing. I love the idea of the book, and I need to read some really good book which will move with my feelings and I won´t put it down until I finish the last page and think that this book would be great for me 🙂 .

  12. Why do I wish to read An Ember in the Ashes, you ask? I will try and keep my rant of a response to a minimum 😀
    Back when this book was an untitled, coverless future release on Goodreads with only a summary to offer, it was added to my “i-can’t-wait” shelf in a hot second. I absolutely love all things Greek/Roman (thank you Rick Riordan), and the book having a Rome inspired setting only upped the ante. I love multiple point of views and honestly, these two characters had amazing back stories in the synopsis, so I can only imagine what Sabaa can do in the real deal.
    And it was beautiful. And Natalie experienced a severe case of cover lust.
    But also, I heard that it took Sabaa 6 years to write. That amount of dedication to a novel can only mean fantastic world building with in-depth characters. 6 years, along with the 6 figure movie deal, and the many positive reviews this book has already received makes me want to read this book so, so bad.

    Thank you for the giveaway, honestly, I was so happy when I saw this in my email. My twitter is @TheNapster11 and I’m from the USA. 😀

  13. I am from the good ole state of Washington!
    And, I am @emandm2222 on Twitter.
    I want to read this book with a passion because it is set in a world like that of ancient Rome, which is awesome! And, it has not one, but two characters that sound fantastic! AND, every review of this that I have read raves about how wonderful it is and how everyone needs to read it. With all of the above, I am beyond sold!
    Thank you for the amazing opportunity to win!

  14. Hi, im josy and i followed you on twitter. Im @CarlineSmith5
    I would love to read this book because i have heard only amazing things about it and the story sounds very interesting. Thanks!

  15. Eeeek, like everyone else, I love the GIF! I enjoy reading written reviews, but I often miss actually seeing someone express their excitement (which is why I love Booktube so much), but I think GIF’s make up for that!! 😀
    1.I am from the UK and have followed you on Twitter: @sarahevaline
    2. An Ember in the Ashes was one of my top three most anticipated releases, along with Written in the Stars and The Wrath and the Dawn – which I discovered through the We Need Diverse Books movement! Diversity, with regards to the characters and authors who have written the books, is something that I am always looking out for. So excited to know that those three books were written by women of colour 😀
    World building is an element which I adore in fantasy novels, especially when the world has a historical feeling! The world of An Ember in the Ashes sounds so fascinating and unique! I can’t wait to read it!

    Thanks so much for such a great giveaway! I already commented, but had problems when trying to post 🙁 sorry if you get this comment twice!

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