Monday, 15 June 2015

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Review (NON-SPOILER)

Hi guys, so I just finished this book at 3AM last night. Three in the morning! :O It was just so worth it though, being able to finish reading this book after a month! XD So without further ado, let us get straight into this book!

I gave this book 4/5 stars

Synopsis (from Goodreads) :
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.

Published on: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill

So this book really live up to all its hype, BUT I have some issues with it. I was loving it a lot at the beginning of this book, but as it slowly moves its way to the ending, I just didn't like it that much anymore. I guess it was the plot, or maybe the characters? Who knows, I just didn't feel as attached to everything in the ending of the book than I was at. the beginning.

What I loved about this book:
So I have always enjoyed reading books that have duo point of views! They are always so interesting to read as I got to know what each of the main characters were doing and thinking and the emotions they felt. It just makes me feel more connected to the main characters so much more than I would have if the book only had one point of view which can be a little boring at some points. 

I love the way the chapters started to end in cliffhangers as it moves to the ending, it makes me want to finish the book faster, wanting to know what happened to the characters and the situation that they were facing, it was just so amazing, kept me wanting to get more of this book, it was just killing me as it just stops there as soon as it got to the good parts of the story, sometimes they were at the climax and the author just decides to change the point of view in the book! Sometimes it was really frustrating, but I think it was because of this that I was even more determined to finish this book than before.

I really love Elias, and also Laia! Ship them so so hard! (Do they have a ship name?)  Their ship has set sailed! It was already so obvious from the start of the book, I was already anticipating them to meet each other in the book! 

What I dislike about the book:
Something about the plot just puts me off so suddenly, it just didn't felt right! The way it ends, it felt like the author was trying to rush things and ending it within a couple more chapters, and that ending is just so abrupt! It is just screaming to me that there's a sequel, because there is no way in hell it's going to end like that! 

I hated Cook, she was just so suspicious with her every move, whenever she talks about the Resistance, she just stutters, why? 
I didn't like Izzi that much as well, and as we get to the ending, she just gets on my nerve, I don't know why, but I just hate her. Especially near the ending, I just couldn't stand her.

I didn't like Helene at all! Not even the slightest bit at the start of the book. She was just so annoying and she just gets on my nerve every time she appeared in the book. She only cares about herself, and Elias, and she look down upon the Scholars! What the hell!? 

And Marcus, I hated him from the start when he was introduced in the book. How could someone be so crazy and messed up in the mind like him? He just kept having those scary and weird aura emitting from him, it was just so crazy and I always cringed whenever he did something cruel. He just seemed so scary and heartless, I just don't get how his mind works and how he could be so determined to do something that is wrong that could harm the people he loved around him as well as himself. 

Also, I hated the way the Commandment treated her slaves. Cruel and twisted and disgusting. Put me off even more than I imagined. If you have read the book, then you will know what I mean.

I would have enjoyed this book a lot more if not for the abrupt ending!

If you guys like Fantasy (high fantasy here) , Dystopian, and a bit of Romance which only appears at the ending, then why not pick this book up? (Besides, the guys are hot *wink wink* )

All right, that is all for my book review on this book! If you guys would like to read more of my thoughts on this book with all the spoilers after you have read this book, then feel free to click this: An Ember in the Ashes Review (SPOILERS) 

I shall now end my post here, I hope you guys enjoyed yourself reading this and hopefully you guys will pick this book up! I will be posting soon so until then, happy reading! MUACKS! XD

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