[ARC] Book Review: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir

Genre: YA, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Release date: April 2015

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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.

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Book Review: BETTER WHEN HE’S BAD by Jay Crownover

Genre: NA, Romance, Contemporary

Pages: 384

Released on: June 17th, 2014

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Welcome to the Point

There’s a difference between a bad boy and a boy who’s bad . . . meet Shane Baxter.

Sexy, dark, and dangerous, Bax isn’t just from the wrong side of the tracks, he is the wrong side of the tracks. A criminal, a thug, and a brawler, he’s the master of bad choices, until one such choice landed him in prison for five years. Now Bax is out and looking for answers, and he doesn’t care what he has to do or who he has to hurt to get them. But there’s a new player in the game, and she’s much too innocent, much too soft…and standing directly in his way.

Dovie Pryce knows all about living a hard life and the tough choices that come with it. She’s always tried to be good, tried to help others, and tried not to let the darkness pull her down. But the streets are fighting back, things have gone from bad to worse, and the only person who can help her is the scariest, sexiest, most complicated ex-con The Point has ever produced.

Bax terrifies her, but it doesn’t take Dovie long to realize that some boys are just better when they’re bad.

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Book Review: The 100 by Kass Morgan

Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian

Pages: 325

Released on: August 29th, 2013

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An epic journey from the depths of outer space to a wild, futuristic Earth

In 3010, humanity lives in city-like spaceships orbiting far above Earth’s toxic atmosphere. No one knows when, or even if, the planet will be habitable again. But faced with dwindling resources, government leaders know they must reclaim their homeland . . . before it’s too late.

Now a hundred juvenile delinquents are sent on a high-stakes mission to re-colonize Earth. After a brutal crash landing, the teens arrive on a savagely beautiful planet. Confronting the dangers of this rugged new world, they struggle to form a tentative community and to get over their dark pasts. In order to survive, they must learn to trust – and even love – again.

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Best and Worst Books of 2014

Hey all!

It has been a while, I know. Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season spent with loved ones and some loved books. I know I did!

And so, to start the new year of 2015 off, I thought I’d take a glimpse back into 2014 and pick out the one book I thought was the BEST read of 2014, and also a book that I felt was the WORST book of 2014.

Obviously, I can’t read all the books ever printed in 2014 (sucks, I know), but from the ones I did manage to read, it was a hard battle picking out the best and worst.

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