Release date: 28th April 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins AU
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Blurb: Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death.
When Laia’s grandparents are brutally murdered and her brother arrested for treason by the empire, the only people she has left to turn to are the rebels.
But in exchange for their help in saving her brother, they demand that Laia spy on the ruthless Commandant of Blackcliff, the Empire’s greatest military academy. Should she fail it’s more than her brother’s freedom at risk . . . Laia’s very life is at stake.
There, she meets Elias, the academy’s finest soldier. But 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.
So I don’t know how I got to the point of not knowing whether I actualy liked this or not but here we are. To start, I was intrigued because kidnapping and murder and stealthy ninja brother with a sketchbook. But then this book that everyone so adores and screams about just… Stopped being interesting for sooooooooooooooooooo deep breath ooooooooooooo long. It honestly reminded me of the flaming dumpster fire that Ash-ay Rincess-pray turned into. It was so droll. Honestly if not for the insta peeps, I would have quit. But the suddenly people started tearing people apart and I audibly rejoiced that finally something was happening plot wise.
Now while usually like damaged boys and strong girls, this pair kind of annoyed me with their longing and pining and ‘when shall you free my brother oh master manipulator?’. It was just blech. Until it wasn’t. Which I am fine with the after and I really hope the before doesn’t rear its hideous head.
So Elias is The Commandant’s son and he’s all brown and broody but honestly he gives me peak white boy energy. I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing, but its a thing. Basically his mother is a fire breathing bitch queen who has neglected him so he is determined to not be her.
Laia on the other hand has lost everything and everyone she loves. Determined to avenge the loss of her family and friends, she goes on a mission for the resistance, knowing full well she may be seriously disfigured or murdered simply because she exists. While initially amazing, then seriously annoying, she kind of redeemed herself by the end. Would I want to meet her during that middle phase? Um no, I think i would tell her to please just stop but. By the time Ember concludes shes a bit of a badarse so shrugs redemption maybe.
Now I know y’all are probs bored but I do have to mention that Fire Breathing Bitch Queen is the absolute best character so far in this series. She’s so mean and it seems to be justified as daddy issues but I like to believe she’s mean just because she damn well can be. If Token Bad Guy was mean for no reason, the SWEET, we have a villain! But because its a woman, I think people expect redemption and maternal instincts. Small potatoes in the grand scheme.
That leaves the question, is it worth it? Ok A LOT OF PEOPLE love this series, most of those that I have spoken to have said its a Noni situation where the first is kind of questionable but after Tahir finds her writing mojo, things really take off. So, tentatively I will say yes and continue on with the series. Because they were given to me. And are clogging up my bookshelves. Yes, I am a hoarder who refuses to relinquish books until they have been read.
Until next time lovelies xo