To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Review)

Title: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Series: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Author: Jenny Han
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Pages: 459
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ★★★★☆

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them… All at once?

Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

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Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Review)

Title: Blood Red Road
Series: Dust Lands
Author: Moira Young
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Romance
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: June 7, 2011
Pages: 459
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That’s fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba’s world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she’s a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (Review)

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Series: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: April 28, 2015
Pages: 446
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

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 being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

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