An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

5 stars

Reviewed by Bethany

Most books do not grab me right away, but this book immediately had me interested and invested. The story is told from two different viewpoints, Laia's and Elias's. I liked having both a male and female point of view. Both were very good characters, but Elias was definitely much more interesting to me.

I'll admit, it took me awhile to get into the swing of the world. I wasn't sure what genre this book was at first, but once I did get the hang of things, I was fine.

I was not prepared to get so emotional over this book. Even when I was well into it and loving it, I never expected to cry. But in the end, I did. There are a few events that happened that I totally should have seen coming...but didn't. It blew my mind. I literally had to sit the book down and just breathe for a moment. I'm still not sure if I'm really that stupid to have missed it, or if this author is really just that good.

There is a strong military feel to this novel that Tahir does not sugar coat and I love that realism.

I usually hate love triangles and both of our point of view characters have one, so I was really surprised when the triangles didn't bother me that much. Laia's triangle felt a bit forced, but Elias's seemed very natural and didn't really bug me at all.

By the way, I don't usually "fall in love with" characters from books, but Elias...well.

Anyway, highly, highly recommend this read. Thoroughly enjoyed it.