A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston (Review)

Title: A Thousand Nights
Author: E.K. Johnston
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Pages: 328
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ★★★★☆

Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.

And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.

Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.

Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.

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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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Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher (Review)

Title: Never Never: Part One of Three
Series: Never Never
Author: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Hoover Ink
Release Date: January 7, 2015
Pages: 159
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen.
Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

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Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas (Book 1 and 2 Reviews)

The purpose of this post is to briefly review the first two books in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas.

I started this book blog when I was reading the third book in the series, so my first review was on that book. Looking back at it now, that review is unhelpful for people who haven’t started the Throne of Glass series, and people who have gotten through the first two books of the series have probably already read the book and don’t need my review. So I’m therefore going to briefly touch upon my experience with the first two books, without any spoilers.

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (Review)

Title: Heir of Fire
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Release Date: September 2, 2014
Pages: 576
Source: Purchased
Format: E-Book
Rating: ★★★★☆

She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.

Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.

Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.

The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.

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