A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

a-thousand-pieces-of-youPublished: November 4th 2014 by Harper Teen

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 360

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Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.


My review:

Where to start? That is an excellent question for someone who is trying their best to optimistic about the next two books in the series. And that someone happens to be me.

My very first impression was that the author had an inconsistent writing pattern. There were long winded sentences that probably should have been split into two, and the really short sentences that could have been joined with others. It’s like the author had incomplete thoughts while writing this, like she almost couldn’t decide what it was that she wanted to write about. I really struggled when trying to read this book.

I have to point out, as someone who likes to both read and be up to date on all the recent scientific data and whatnot, this book lacked realistic facts. While the narrator was describing the Firebird (the device that allows people to travel dimensions) there was no scientific information. It was, mostly, my parents built this device, I heard them talking about it, I didn’t always pay attention yet I know enough to have a basic understanding of the device without using any actual scientific information.

Maybe I’m just being picky, but the more real information that a book has in it the more likely I am to believe in the world the author creates.

That brings me to my next point because believing in the world I’m reading about helps decide on how much I end up liking the book. So, I ask this question. How am I supposed to believe in this world when even the characters fall flat and boring? The answer is that you can’t. I didn’t come to have any feelings for these character except mild like, dislike, or indifference. Any of these characters could have died and I really wouldn’t have minded.

I felt as if the thought went in circles until the last fourth of the book. The same, very predictable, problems happening and it became really annoying. And the other dimensions that the book features are rather bland. The ideas are good, really I found myself wanting to learn about them, but the delivery, like most things in the book, just wasn’t right. Instead of learning about the other dimensions, I got to learn about all the juicy gossip and irrelevant details that I really didn’t want to read about. This should really be a book with “drama” on the copyright page. I got seriously sick of the main characters constant whining.

There was also a distinct lack of details of events that happen, such as when Marguerite’s father was killed in a car accident. I don’t remember how many chapters I had to get through before I finally figured out what happened. While not all facts need to be presented to me right away, large events that shape the story need to be pointed out fairly early in the book so the reader doesn’t get confused about the events or context the story is taking place in.

Claudia Gray, I have to admit that I was able to predict about 60% of the plot twists that you decided to throw into the book. While you did fool me 40%, it still isn’t a percentage that I would want to be standing in.

Now I know that I’ve said a lot of mean things about this book, but there is one good thing to make me want to give it three stars. The overall plot idea.

Reading the summary of the book, the traveling to different dimensions, mystery, action, adventure, I thought it would be right up my ally. I love the idea, I love the end result and where the story went. Because of this one simple reason I’m willing to give the next two books in the series a chance.

To wrap up, three stars because of all the not good reasons I listed, but also because I think this is a good idea and I’m surprised I haven’t read any other books with a similar idea. It kept my interest enough to make it through the end, but only because I wanted to know what happened.

★★★

Emperor Mage (Immortals #3) by Tamora Pierce

emperor-magePublished: November 17, 1994 by Scholastic Coorproation

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic

Pages: Paperback, 358

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Sent to Carthak as part of the Tortallan peace delegation, Daine finds herself in the middle of a sticky political situation. She doesn’t like the Carthaki practice of keeping slaves, but it’s not her place to say anything — she’s just there to heal the emperor’s birds. It’s extremely frustrating! What’s more, her power has grown in a mysterious way.
As the peace talks stall, Daine puzzles over Carthak’s two-faced Emperor Ozorne. How can he be so caring with his birds and so cruel to his people? Daine is sure he’s planning something. Daine must fight the powerful Emperor Mage, knowing that the safety and peace of the realm depend on stopping Ozorne’s power-hungry schemes.


My review:

Some people say that the first book in a series is always the best. About half the time I agree. I guess half really isn’t all that bad, but that is still 50% of the books I read. This series isn’t part of the half where the first is better, it’s part of the half that gets so amazing after each book.

Of course, some of the same reasons that made this book better than the last are the same as what made the last book better than the first! So I’ll go down my list, hit all the points I have stored away in my brain and tell you why I liked it and something I didn’t like.

First, learning about Daine’s powers. Come on, if you thought the powers in the last book were awesome, this one is even better. I really enjoy it too because it really isn’t her power, but one that was given to her. There are some mildly comical parts and amazing scenes that happen because of this power and really, it’s just great.

Reason two: there was some serious plot here. The last had some also, but this was intense world changing plot, everything could have easily gone wrong.

Also here we start to see some feelings coming out from certain characters and towards other characters. Hate, love, dislike, admiration. Even for characters who weren’t introduced until this book, feelings were just poured into it.

But, one thing I’ll complain about, we won’t see some of these characters again. They go away and we won’t see them except for maybe briefly in the last book of the series. I’m happy to read it anyway, it really is just such a great series.

★★★★★

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

ignite-mePublished: February 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: Hardcover, 409

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The heart-stopping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, which Ransom Riggs, bestselling author of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, called “a thrilling, high-stakes saga of self-discovery and forbidden love.”

With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world . . . but that’s not all he wants with her.

The Shatter Me series is perfect for fans who crave action-packed young adult novels with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu. Tahereh Mafi has created a captivating and original story that combines the best of dystopian and paranormal, and was praised by Publishers Weekly as “a gripping read from an author who’s not afraid to take risks.” Now this final book brings the series to a shocking and satisfying end.


My review:

I’ve been putting off reading this book for a while now, and I had a reason why. I wasn’t sure where this book was heading, and to be honest, I was a little worried about how this book would end. As I’ve most defiantly mentioned before, I’m not a fan of love triangles and I almost decided not to read it for just that reason.

I’m going to start with the things I didn’t like about it because they seem more important than the things I did like for a reason my brain doesn’t care enough to share with me.

First, the ending. Don’t worry, no spoilers here, it’s more of just a general thing that could be said about many books. It was just too abrupt of and ending. The writing just stopped. And while this does sort of fit with the writing style the whole series has followed, there defiantly needs to be something more. And also the climax was kind of a letdown. Sorry, but after three books worth of buildup I was actually expecting a little more. If you’re interested in exactly what I mean, feel free to visit my Goodreads profile and read the hidden spoiler I’ll have there.

My second reason is one of the reasons why I didn’t want to read this book, the love triangle. This particular love triangle, however, just was wrong in every way possible. Ugh, there could be so much I could say here, but once again, spoilers. This is the only reason (or reasons if you want to count every problem I had with the love triangle) that this book series did not get five stars from me.

The reasons I didn’t like it are over, so let’s get to the good stuff.

I feel this book hits me on a level not many others have. It has extreme emotional concepts here, and I felt myself affected by them. When I say affected I mean they hit me so hard I was sitting there fighting back tears, because, really, this book made the situation feel realistic. I related completely, and maybe that’s why I like this whole book series so well. It almost felt as if I was being smacked across the face with a piece of wood that was covered in tiny little thorns. I mean that in the best way possible.

It kept my interest, and I finished reading it one sitting. Quite a long journey to go on in just over four hours, I think. I wouldn’t suggest reading in one sitting like I did, but maybe break it up into two or three parts.

Well, honestly, there isn’t much else I can say about this book without ruining it for you.

Pick this book series up, it really is a great and fast read. Though do be warned, I found this series to be mostly accurate on depression and anxiety in certain scenes.

★★★★

Wolf Speaker (The Immortals #2) by Tamora Pierce

wolf-speakerPublished: June 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 1993)

Pages: Paperback, 344

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Magic

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When humans start cutting down trees and digging holes in peaceful Dunlath Valley, the wolves know that something is wrong. They send a messenger to the only human who will listen — Daine, a fourteen-year-old girl with the unpredictable power of wild magic. Daine and her closest companions heed the wolves’ cry for help. But the challenge they are about to face in the valley is greater than they can possibly imagine…

 

My Review:

I once again find myself happy at the works of Tamora Pierce. I consider this book better than the first one for several different reasons.

The first is possibly the reason some books by the same authors are better than others, and this is the writing. I think she finally settled into her characters and she knew what she wanted. It wasn’t a starter book, and I think there is a difference with how it was written.

The second reason I enjoyed this book was because Daine got to develop her abilities, and I thought it was super interesting. Even though I’ve read it before I still like the fact that I’m rediscovering some of her powers I’ve forgotten about. I also think this helps her develop as a character.

I’m happy to see that not all is fine and dandy with Daine’s powers though. Not happy that there are problems for the characters, but for the fact that these particular instances help immensely in this book, as well as showing Daine how careful she has to be because of the changes that can be made to her animal friends.

Reason number four is that Daine is stuck (I won’t give specifics because plot) with only a few friends and her wits and some immortal creatures. I was happy to see everyone working together (despite being natural enemies, afraid of each other, ect.) towards a goal they all felt worthy of risking their lives for.

This book is great.

I have one little complaint. I had a hard time keeping interest. That could be because I’ve been so crazy busy and was also trying to read the last three chapters during the super bowl.

And that’s it, a shorter review for a shorter book! I know it says 344 pages but the font is big and it really is a fast read.

★★★★★

Fire (Graceling Realm #2) by Kristin Cashore

firePublished: Published October 5th 2009 by Dial Books

Pages: Hardcover, 480

Genre: Young adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance

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It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. The young King Nash clings to his throne while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. The mountains and forests are filled with spies and thieves and lawless men.

This is where Fire lives. With a wild, irresistible appearance and hair the color of flame, Fire is the last remaining human monster. Equally hated and adored, she had the unique ability to control minds, but she guards her power, unwilling to steal the secrets of innocent people. Especially when she has so many of her own.

Then Prince Brigan comes to bring her to King City, The royal family needs her help to uncover the plot against the king. Far away from home, Fire begins to realize there’s more to her power than she ever dreamed. Her power could save the kingdom.

If only she weren’t afraid of becoming the monster her father was.


My review:

I’ve read this book before, I swear I have. It has only been about four years, though, admittedly, it is still one of my favorite reads. Just to be clear though, it would be beneficial for you to read Graceling before this one, just to fully appreciate the differences and certain situations.  They do not, however, take place in the same place. Same basic where, almost same when, not at all the same who, or maybe I should say what. So you can read Graceling and Fire in any order, however you do need to read both before continuing to Bitterblue.

It’s not often that the main character is a monster, and I mean a monster as described as the book. Nor do you often read about monsters who can read and control minds, as well as being physically irresistible but not using it to her advantage. It’s about her struggle of trying to be good, to not use the abilities she has to manipulate people.

Her struggle stems from her father, who was well known throughout the Dells, as a man as cunning and merciless as he is beautiful. Fire spends most of the book coming to terms with what her father did and how much she loved him, and the conflicting feelings help reflect some relationships in real life, not just the book.

Why I really enjoyed this book though, is learning about a new land with different customs, traditions, creatures, people. I fell in love with these characters, but found myself hating some of their actions at the same time. I found the responses to Fire’s unusual beauty very interesting, and as time went on I found that they weren’t always predictable and I was glad that it wasn’t easy to know what was coming.

Another thing that had me so invested in this book was the romance. It might be the main focus of the book, but I didn’t feel overwhelmed by it at all. It was a perfect balance, perfectly executed, and while I was left wanting more, I wasn’t left feeling as if it was unfinished. Well, completely unfinished at least. There needs to be something else at the end, but that’s just me wanting these two people to be together; they just fit.

As much as I enjoyed it, at times I felt myself losing interest at certain points. It’s not as if it is boring, it just seemed as if there were long stretches where time was summarized too often and nothing happened. But I forged ahead and the ending was better, and I’m very happy about it.

This book will be great for you if you liked Graceling, but, like any book, not everyone will like it. I think that rule goes more for this book as I have read some reviews on Goodreads that gave it only one or two stars. I would still recommend this book though, and strongly suggest to read Graceling first, as it is a much faster paced story.

The only reason I didn’t give it a full five stars was because it was rather slow paced, and I did have a hard time staying interested at points in the book. It will continue to be one of my favorites because of many of the reasons I’ve already named and some I can’t seem to find the words for!

★★★★.5

Touch of Power (Healer #1) by Maria V. Snyder

touch-of-powerPublished: December 20th 2011 by Mira (first published December 11th 2011)

Pages: Paperback, 390

Genre: High Fantasy, Adventure, Young Adult, Romance

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Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan assumes their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honoured for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Territories, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

Stressed and tired from hiding, Avry is abducted by a band of rogues who, shockingly, value her gift above the golden bounty offered for her capture. Their leader an enigmatic captor-protector with powers of his own is unequivocal in his demands: Avry must heal a plague-stricken prince, the leader of a campaign against her people.

As they traverse the daunting Nine Mountains, beset by mercenaries and magical dangers, Avry must decide who is worth healing and what is worth dying for.

My Review:

Here I am again, having finished a book in two days’ time, and I find myself in any book reader’s worst nightmares: I don’t have the next book in the series. Ugh. I thought I learned my lesson years ago about starting a series without having the available or complete set. Why must I put myself through this suffering? I guess that answer would be the same as to the question ‘Why do I stay up until 3 a.m. to read a book?’ I have a love hate relationship with myself for reasons including these two.

Enough about me, onto the book! This book has been sitting on my mental to read list for the last few months, but I don’t think I’ve ever added it to my Goodreads list until I asked for it for Christmas. I’m happy I got it though, and I really enjoyed reading it!

I like where this book has taken me, how it brought me into a post disease, plague ridden world, one that wasn’t set on the Earth we know. Learning about worlds that aren’t my own somehow makes me even more interested to read the book. Action, awesome girl power, characters you love, some that you might even hate or strongly dislike, and of course, things turning out not the way you wanted.

My favorite part of the book was learning about Avry’s powers, and how her magic works, as well as the almost total elimination of almost all magic welders in this world. Coming in as my second favorite part, just a hair behind the first, is the lilies. Yes I mean flowers, but these lilies aren’t like your average, every day, run of the mill flowers. They are giant, and it’s said that for every 100 peace lilies, there is a death lily. Basically the death lily is like a Venus fly trap, and will engulf anything that comes near it and digest it.  That being said, there is no distinct way to tell the difference between these two lilies, so stopping to smell the closest flower could be the last thing you ever do. And I honestly don’t know why I like this aspect so much!

Despite really liking this book, I do have a two things to complain about. First, the events in this book are fast paced, so fast that I’m left slightly confused at what was happening. This book takes span over a couple of months, and the book does a good job of reminding the reader how long we have been with the characters, but it’s almost as if one scene runs into another without much transition. I found this was the case mostly at the beginning, or I just got used to it.

Second, I feel like some of the characters got a little pushed off. We get to know most of them pretty well, but still, I feel like the characters are still just there, and not alive. There’s just a little something missing (something I can’t explain, because I’m not sure exactly what it is) that makes the characters feel just a hair short of three dimensional.

So there you have it! I really liked this book except for something to do with the believability of the characters realness, and the way some events just move right on to the next one.

★★★★

Like a River Glorious (Gold Seer Trilogy #2) by Rae Carson

like-a-river-gloriousPublished: September 27th 2016 by Greenwillow

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Adventure

Pages: Hardcover, 416

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He will never stop hunting me down. I have to end him, and soon.

Lee Westfall survived the dangerous journey to California. She found a new family in the other outcasts of their wagon train, and Jefferson, her best friend, is beginning to woo her shamelessly. Now they have a real home—one rich in gold, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense the precious metal in the world around her.

But Lee’s Uncle Hiram has survived his own journey west. He’s already murdered her parents, and he will do anything to have Lee and her talents under his control. No one is safe. When he kidnaps her, she sees firsthand the depths of his depravity.

Lee’s magic is changing, though. It is growing. The gold no longer simply sings to her—it listens. It obeys her call. Will that alone be enough to destroy her uncle?

My Review:

So I will say that I did enjoy this book much more than I did the first one. But, giving that I did like it, this review will be a little shorter than usual as I’m not feeling up to writing all the details of what I did and didn’t like about this book.

Characters! Many of them had much more personality in this book, and I was happy to find that I got to know these characters better! However, same as the first book in the trilogy, some of the characters fell a little flat on my expectations. I would have liked to have seen more of them in the book, but given the plot, I can understand why they weren’t in it so much.

I was glad to see that this book took place in settings I wasn’t expecting, and that kept me guessing about some things as well. There isn’t a section of this book that I didn’t like, thought I feel that sometimes the plot had little movement or wasn’t as thought out as I have become accustomed to.

There is something missing from these books, something that I noticed in the first one, but couldn’t figure out what it was. Still, I’m guessing at exactly what that something is, though I think it has something to do with the characters. Or the setting that just isn’t completely explained. I won’t know what’s missing until it decides to show up I guess.

Overall, I enjoyed reading it and had a hard time putting it down. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, and know more about the situation Lee was in. I’m waiting to read the next book and I’m excited to see exactly where this trilogy will end.

★★★★

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) by Sarah J. Maas

empire-of-stormsPublished: September 6th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Magic, Adventure, Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 704

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The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

My review:

Alright everyone. Here’s the deal. If you’re into magic, and swords, and assassins, and strong female characters, read this book series. Finish that book you’re reading, go to your library or bookstore and get this whole series. You will love it, it will rip you to shreds, give you hope, break you down, make you cry, and still leave you begging to read the next one.

Now that I’ve said that, can we just take a moment to appreciate everything Sarah J. Maas has written for this series? This masterpiece she has been slowly creating?

Now when I tell you I loved this book, I want you to completely understand me. I thought the book before this was good, but this one, oh just save me now. I was in love with this book from chapter two. In past books, when the perspective switched from person to person I started to lose interest. But, in this one, it kept my attention. I actually wanted to know what was going to happen to those other people next.

Can I just mention again how wonderful this book was?

There was a big difference in character personalities in this book than even the last one. It’s amazing character development. Every single one of these characters show change and that’s half the reason why I find this so amazing. Even after five books (and 5 novellas) these character still surprise me.

I know this book is supposed to be young adult, but fair warning, there are adult scenes in this book. I’m not one to read those types of books, but it took me by surprise because it is juvenile (said so on the copyright page) so I wanted to give a fair warning. Bloomsbury USA Children. Defiantly not for children.

I love all the relationships in this book. The way they were built, the unlikely alliance (that I thought would happen) the return of a few old characters (which I totally predicted) and the just all around shit storm that Aelin and her court keep having to fight against (sorry for the language). I’m just going to say this now, I’m completely team Rowan, and I called that sneaky little plot twist there at the end Sarah J. Maas! I knew it would somehow end up that way!

I have one sort of complaint, more of a question, (only spoils first few chapters) why did Aelin and her court travel all the way to her home country, just to turn around and go back south? I mean, I guess I know that plans never work out the way you want them to in real life. Maybe it was just a way to show that nothing ever works out, even in this world of books. I’m not really complaining, more of an observation and I just wonder why.

I have two things to complain about for this book. Well, this really isn’t against the writing or the story or the author, more about the actual physical book. While almost 700 pages, it looks like it could be maybe 350 or 400. The pages are thin. I guess I’m picky, but I like to feel how thick the book is, feel the progress as I’m reading it, and it was a little hard to tell for this one. Sitting next to Queen of Shadows, which has about the same amount of pages, it looks tiny and pathetic. Why did it change?

The second is the ending. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil for anyone, but this tore me to small little pieces. The first 600 pages were full of what I expected, what I wanted, everything I didn’t know I needed. Then I got to page 584 and knew that this was the end. Of the book I mean. I swear, that last 100 pages was written solely to rip my heart to shreds. The only reason I’m considering this a complaint is because the next book won’t come out for a year, and I don’t know if my heart can take that. I just don’t know. So, if anyone has read it, let me know, because if you’re anything like me you’re going to need someone to talk to.

Update: It has been two and a half months since this book was released and since I finished it, and I only just now got over it enough to start reading some non-light, not children’s books. This book left me with a book hangover that lasted so long, I wasn’t sure I was ever going to recover.

 

★★★★★

Walk on Earth a Stranger (Gold Seer Trilogy #1) by Rae Carson

walk-the-earth-a-strangerPublished: September 22nd 2015 by Greenwillow Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical, Magic

Pages: Hardcover, 436

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Gold is in my blood, in my breath, even in the flecks in my eyes.

Lee Westfall has a strong, loving family. She has a home she loves and a loyal steed. She has a best friend—who might want to be something more.

She also has a secret.

Lee can sense gold in the world around her. Veins deep in the earth. Small nuggets in a stream. Even gold dust caught underneath a fingernail. She has kept her family safe and able to buy provisions, even through the harshest winters. But what would someone do to control a girl with that kind of power? A person might murder for it.

When everything Lee holds dear is ripped away, she flees west to California—where gold has just been discovered. Perhaps this will be the one place a magical girl can be herself. If she survives the journey.

The acclaimed Rae Carson begins a sweeping new trilogy set in Gold Rush-era America, about a young woman with a powerful and dangerous gift.

My review:

This book wasn’t what I thought it was when I first picked it up. I thought it would be set in a fantasy world, one that I had never heard of. That’s my mistake really; I didn’t pay so much attention to the description. I read one or two lines and decided I liked it and even bought the next book because I was sure I would really like this book. I was completely confused when it said Georgia, and California, and come to find out it set in 1800s America!

I do have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about this book, mostly because I wasn’t sure where it was going or even a basic idea of what the plot would be. I was glad, however, to step back away from the fantasy worlds and into a real world with problems that people during that time were very concerned about. I wouldn’t know how accurate this book is in terms of much of the landscape or history specifics. I’ve only been to the eastern side of America and only know what I was taught in school. It all seemed pretty realistic in my opinion.

I would say I liked the book, for the most part. It has some good description, and while the plot doesn’t have a whole lot of movement from the halfway mark on, it does have a bit of action and events do still happen.

I don’t have anything to complain about, more of just comments as to what made a 3.5 star book instead of a 4 or 4.5 star book. The characters all seemed a little flat, and had little dimension. Some characters are better than others, but they overall don’t feel real. I think this is mostly because I didn’t get to know some of the characters as well as I would have liked to, and not enough to learn their personality. It’s like I only get brief snapshots of these characters and I am then expected to know so much about them based of the little time I do see them.

And I also have some spoiler free comments about the ending. Well one comment really. There wasn’t much of a climax, it just kind of, ends. Almost abruptly.

Overall the book was a little slow, but kept me entertained. It was a short read, and I read the last half in one sitting.

★★★.5

Something I wasn’t aware of until I started getting this review ready to be posted, I’ve read some of this authors other books too, and I’ve been thinking about reading them again if I can get my hands on a copy. I enjoyed those too.

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir

a-torch-against-the-nightPublished: August 30th 2016 by Razorbil

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Pages: Hardcover, 452

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Don’t read this if you plan to read An Ember in the Ashes, this summery contains spoilers!

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.Read More »