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Waiting on Wednesday #25: An Ember in the Ashes

Waiting for wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

an ember in the ashes An Ember in the Ashes

by Sabaa Taahir

Publisher: Razorbill

Expected Publication: April 28th 2015

Synopsis(from Goodreads):

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.


Book Review: Dwellers of Darkness (Darkness #3) by Stacey Marie Brown

4.5 gems

dwellers of darkness

Dwellers of Darkness picks up right where Fire in the Darkness ended. It’s been three years in Earth years, since Ember has been in the Otherworld. Seattle is now back on its way to become what it once was. Now she’s back with her mother, best friend Kennedy and Dark Dweller Jared. Things are worse than ever with both the Seelie Queen and the Unseelie King after her. The only thing that hasn’t changed is her connection to Eli Dragen; the sexy, gorgeous, dark and dangerous Dark Dweller. He is now more dangerous and volatile than ever. And their relationship is being held by a thread. But Ember has more to worry about.

Her father Mark, Ryan, West and Josh are still prisoners of the Seelie Queen. And Kennedy is the last living Druid. It’s up to Ember now to save her family and friends. Like her first two books, Stacey’s Dwellers of Darkness is also a roller-coaster ride. Action packed and fast paced. Many questions are answered and a lot more questions come to the forefront. We find out instances from Eli’s past, but his connection to Lily is still not revealed. All Ember knows is that everyone is harbouring a secret, and there is no one she can completely trust. Eli and Ember’s relationship is as complicated as ever and Torin’s entry does not helping matters. With a bond to both Eli and Torin, Ember has to make a choice. She has to choose between what her heart wants and what her bond compels her to do.

It was pretty clear to the reader what Ember really wanted. She just had to work her way through all the confusion in her head. We see a lot of Eli and Ember as a couple. They are constantly fighting, but then again they are constantly going at it like rabbits. I was finally happy to see them together-together. Their banter was as entertaining as usual. So much so, that it was quite the highlight of the book. It was fun and snarky and not to mention full of innuendos. I had missed the two of them.

We get a lot of information in this book, regarding both Ember and Eli’s past, quite unexpected as they were. On a quest to find the Sword of Light, the Dark Dwellers, a Druid, a Dae, Faries, Pixies and the Unseelie King have to work together. This book was quite an adventure. It would be hard to bid adieu to Eli and Ember. The book was well written, with a solid story-line and equally solid characters. I was excited to find out what is going to happen next throughout the book. I was really disappointed that it came to an end. There were some unexpected twists.

***SPOILER*** like Ember’s relationship to Lars and some not so unexpected twists like Josh being a spy for the Seelie Queen. For a guy who did not want to leave the Otherworld, he was quite keen to take revenge on the Seelie Queen. I found it fishy from the beginning itself. ***END OF SPOILER***

Overall a wonderful read. Those who haven’t read this series should definitely pick it up. You will not be disappointed.

Book Review: Fire in the Darkness (Darkness #2) by Stacey Marie Brown

4 gems

fire in the darkness

Fire in the Darkness starts four weeks after the Electrical Storm of Seattle caused by Ember. She is on the run trying to save herself from the Seelie Queen and a certain Dark Dweller. It is only when Eli Dragen rescues her from the Dark Fae, that she realises she was in more trouble than she thought. But it is not exactly good news that you have been rescued by a whole different kind of trouble. Ember is not just wary of Eli because of his betrayal but also because of her undeniable attraction to him.

This book kicks romance, magic and history up a notch. Despite trying to stay away from each other, Eli and Ember are drawn to each other like moths to a flame. We find a lot more about the Otherworld and Ember’s magic and powers in this book. Ember is also on the look out for Lars, the man whom Torin told her to find. But she reaches his doorsteps unconscious after trying to outrun her enemies. Lars teaches her about her history and trains her in using her uncontrollable powers.

A lot more secrets come out and we find out a lot more are still hidden. Some unexpected twists and turns leave us open mouthed. Like the first book, Fire in the Darkness also ends with the readers wanting to jump into the third book.

Book Review: Darkness of Light (Darkness #1) by Stacey Marie Brown

4.5 gems

darkness in light

Ember Brycin was the school wierdo thanks to her natural jet black hair with red streaks and her eyes: one was “bright yellow greenish illuminated like a cat’s eye” and the other “pale blue lavender outlined with electric dark blue and purple.” This makes her stand out and more often than not, she finds herself in the middle of trouble. It doesn’t help that the local sheriff, Sheriff Weiss and her school principal Mitchell are out to get her and blame all that goes wrong in the school, namely the electrical explosions, on her.

Her sarcastic attitude along with the fact that she is always in trouble leads to the principal and the sheriff deciding on sending her to Silverwood Academy, a school for the troubled. There she meets the ever elusive, dark and dangerous and stupendously hot Eli Dragen. He takes an instant dislike to Ember for reasons unknown.

Let’s not forget the mysterious but charming and handsome Torin, who visits Ember in her dreams claiming to help her. No one is what they seem to be including Ember and the people around her. She does not know what she is and those who do are not really friends. Ember has a hard time recognising who her true allies her. Her unexplainable attraction to Eli does not help things.

The author keeps Ember’s true identity a secret until the end, and when it is finally revealed, things take a different turn. The book is well written with great characters. It is fast paced and easy to read. The banter between Eli and Ember is fun as well as full of their repressed sexual tension. Join Ember on her journey into finding out her true identity and her true allies. This book has easily made it’s way into my top favourites. I can hardly wait to get on with the series. Not to mention it is hard not to pick up the next book as soon as you finish the first one. Afterall the author does leave you curious as to what happens next.