All posts tagged: dystopia

Book Review ~ An Ember in the Ashes 

  An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir Published April 28, 2015 Publisher: Razorbill Genre: Fantasy/Ya Lit/Dystopia My Rating: ♥♥♥♥1/2 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 …

Mini Book Review ~ The Heir

The Heir by Kiera Cass Published: May 5, 2015 Publisher: HarperTeen My Rating: ♥ Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible. But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought. I did not finish this book; it was such a disappoint, honestly. The main character, Eadlyn, was such a whiny, self-centered, mean …

WWW Wednesdays (May 20)

This meme was originally hosted by Jenn over at A Daily Rhythm, but is now hosted by the wonderful Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. The questions are the same: What did you recently finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you will read next? So let’s get to it:  A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas The Heir by Kiera Cass Beautiful Secret by Christina Lauren  Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas The Wrath & The Dawn by Renée Ahdieh  A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab What are your three W’s?

Teaser Tuesday ~ The Heir

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: • Grab your current read • Open to a random page • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!) • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers! Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible. But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how …

WWW Wednesdays (March 25)

This meme was originally hosted by MizB over at A Daily Rhythm, but is now hosted by the wonderful Sam over at Taking on a World of Words. The questions are the same: What did you recently finish reading? What are you currently reading? What do you think you will read next? [Click on the pictures to get a full description] So let’s get to it: WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING? These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING? The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT? Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan Kalahari by Jessica Khoury What are your three W’s?

Friday Finds (March 13)

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). It is hosted by Miz B over at A Daily Rhythm. Books that I recently added to my Goodreads TBR list: The Selection meets The Handmaid’s Tale in this darkly riveting debut filled with twists and turns, where all that glitters may not be gold. The Jewel means wealth, the Jewel means beauty—but for Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Born and raised in the Marsh, Violet finds herself living in the Jewel as a servant at the estate of the Duchess of the Lake. Addressed only by her number—#197—Violet is quickly thrown into the royal way of life. But behind its opulent and glittering facade, the Jewel hides its cruel and brutal truth, filled with violence, manipulation, and death. Violet must accept the ugly realities of her life . . . all while trying to stay alive. But before she can accept …

Waiting on Wednesday (March 11)

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.   With short, fast-paced, alternating point-of-view chapters, The Death Code starts several weeks after The Murder Complex ended. Zephyr keeps the secret about Meadow close—that if she dies, The Murder Complex will be destroyed, too. Meadow, desperate to find her brother, father, and little sister, is determined to fearlessly fight to the end, even if it means sacrificing herself and her friends, new and old. The Death Codeintroduces a memorable cast of secondary characters and delivers a vivid and scary thrill ride read.   I loved Murder Complex, though I know it was not everyone’s cup of tea. It really helped (in my opinion) to read the short novella, The Fear Trials before the first book. Everything made more sense that way. That being said, I am eagerly anticipating the second book, seeing as we were left with a doozy of a cliffhanger.   What’s your “waiting on” pick this week?