Tuesday, April 28, 2015

An Ember in the Ashes Blog Tour!

I am so
excited that AN EMBER IN THE ASHES
by Sabaa Tahir releases today and that I get to share the news, along with a
special introduction from Sabaa herself!

If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author Sabaa Tahir, be sure to
check out all the details below.
This blitz
also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some of those
awesome sword letter openers we’ve seen around courtesy of Sabaa, Penguin Teen,
and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

A letter from Sabaa Tahir.


Today, my
“baby” AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is finally out in the world! From inception to pub
date, this journey took eight years. And what a journey it was: writing,
rewriting, revising, editing, querying, submitting; Meeting other debuts,
bloggers, booksellers and librarians, and hearing their thoughts on EMBER.
There aren’t enough superlatives to describe the radness.

And now, the
book is here! I am so excited to see it in the hands of readers. I hope you
enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. To celebrate release day, I’m
giving away two signed, first-edition hardcovers of the book. Details below!

All my best,


Sabaa Tahir
Pub. Date:
April 28, 2015
Pages: 464
Set in a
terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy
debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his
freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a
Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her
brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the
empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel
Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the
academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering
deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a
ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia
and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more
intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change
the future of the empire itself.

Check out the book trailer!

About Sabaa:
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 Details:

2 winners
will receive a signed hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES. US Only.

3 winners
will receive a hardcover of AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and a Sword Letter Opener! US

Ends on May
9th at Midnight EST!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Black Prism BY: Brent Weeks Review

I read this book with 3 of my friends Saunna from inkbonesbooks on youtube, kaitilin from Kitty G on  youtube and Sam from novelsandnonsense on youtube...

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals. 

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he's willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart. (Goodreads)

Kip: Kip is a drafter in a small town known as Rekton, where the new ruler is devastating the people. Kip begins as someone who quite annoyed me about how he was down on his luck and quite whiny. However once Kip is taken in by the Prism and heads to the Chromeria to learn the tricks to become a great drafter. In the end Kip grew to be someone who i was rooting for and felt like he was becoming my little brother.
Gavin: The prism, which means that he has the ability to control all seven of the light colors and form luxin of solid light sheets for building supplies or weapons. He was extremely likable and shockingly deceptive through the whole book, i love it.

World Building: 
This writing style and the world is sheer amazing! there is so much depth and multifaceted plots to see unfold, however none is really difficult to understand or follow. The style and story telling rival that of Sanderson!

General thoughts: 
This is one of my favorite reads of the year with the sparkling world building to the intrigue and shocking plot twists! I would also say if you were to pick this up i would recommend you also have the audiobook because it is such an easy way to read and hear all the terms stated allowing you to become fully immersed in the world :)

Rating *****/*****

Friday, April 3, 2015

A Darker Shade of Magic BY: VE SCHWAB

I recently read the wonderful VE Schwab, going into this I was expecting so much from this book because of the novel Vicious I read early last year. As I said this book was not as great as Vicious but yet another stunner from VE!

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit. 

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London - but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her 'proper adventure'.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive — trickier than they hoped.

Kell: He is a great multifaceted character, he is a great roll model for Lila who has become solely dependant on him through the course of the book. Character development with Kell is good, however not as good as Vicious's characters; but he has a great open mind when it comes to magic even though it could kill everyone.
Leila: She is a spunky pirate orphan who falls into the path of Kell as she has pickpocketed a very dangerous item. She has many more layers than Kell did, she in a nut shell is snarky, witty, and brutal, just the kind of characters I love.
Dane Twins: Wonderfully Wicked! Favorite characters!!!!

General thoughts: I read this along with Kitty G on Youtube and we both had a similar feeling towards the novel, and that was we wished that some of the ideas be fleshed out more, for instance how exactly they travel through worlds, and battle scenes. However other than that I would say that it is a great first attempt into fantasy!

Star Rating: *****/*****

Who should read this:
  1. Fantasy novice
  2. a person craving more Schwab!
  3. Those who can handle tension and nerve racking chase sequences...

What you win: A signed reversible poster of the book!
How to enter:
Subscribe to my blog
Comment to this post saying why or where you would go if you could world hop?
And wait!
The winner will be chosen on the 31st of April