An Ember in the Ashes
My Review 3/5 Stars
This week’s Top Ten are my Top Ten Favorite Heroines. I have a good feeling there will be many of the same choices on other blogs today. But here are the ones that stand out to me the most!
1. Piper – Charmed
Piper was the heart and soul of this show. I LOVED Charmed because the magic was fun but because the friendships and the family. They dealt with so much and Piper was the strength of the family.
2. Octavia – The 100
Octavia is AMAZING! If you’ve watched The 100 you will know why. She never gives up.
3. Katniss Everdeen – The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Katiness goes to hell and back all because she wants to protect those she loves. She’s a great character because she comes out with scars and we all have things in our lives that leave scars.
4. Celaena Sardothian – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I love Celaena for many reasons. She’s kick-butt girl who loves reading, clothes and is amazingly loyal to those she loves. Plus I love her development! She deals with tough tough tough stuff in life and she struggles with her baggage. But your past can be overcome.
5. Elisa – The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
I LOVE ELISA! Her growth as a character is humoungous in this series. Plus I love that she’s SUPER SMART! I love that she’s not just kick butt but also very intelligent.
6. Allison Sekemoto – The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
I loved Alli. She’s also fiercely loyal to those she loves and this book is special to me because Allison has to deal with that fact that she’s now a monster (vampire) and has to determine if that’ll rule her life. I was dealing with an internal battle while reading this series and it was extremely encouraging that even if we’re struggling on the inside we choose the outcome.
7. Elizabeth Bennet – Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Lizzie is headstrong and I love her for it! She doesn’t just go with the crowd or even pretend to be someone she’s not. She’s herself no matter what!
8. Josephine Charlotte “Jo” March Bhaer – Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Jo is a great character. She loves her family but still will do what needs to be done. Plus she’s creative and loves to write!
9. Scarlet – Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen
Scarlet is AMAZING. This is still one of my favorite books of all time. Scarlet is super kick-butt and awesome. Read this book if you haven’t!
10. Ismae – Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Ismae is an amazing character. She’s fully devoted to her religious beliefs and always wants to do the right thing. She knows how to fight, make poisons and grows a lot throughout this book.
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?
Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.
Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
SUCH A GOOOOOOOD BOOK!
This book is a bit hard to review, for me, because pretty much all I want to say is YES, READ IT! READ IT NOW!
I didn’t really know anything about this book going in because I like going in blind to books. I will give a short synopsis of what happens but won’t have any spoilers.
The story is very interesting, it’s a mix of historical fiction and fantasy. I was pleased that this book contained magical abilities because I LOVE fantasy!
Ismae, the main character, for the last four years had been raised in a convent that trains young women to become Death’s assassins. Here Ismae finds a home and is trained in many arts that will make her a successful Handmaiden of Death and do his will (which involves killing people). She’s given an assignment outside the convent that challenges everything she believes.
Ismae is wonderful! She’s a character that grows throughout the story and is a strong person physically but also in her determination to do what she believes is right.
Duval….swoon my heart! Duval reminds me a lot of Hector from The Girl of Fire and Thorns or Chaol from Throne of Glass. These type of male characters are my FAVORITE!!!!!
All the characters are rich in their development and are easily understood (whether they’re good or evil).
Does this book have romance? YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS and I love it!
There is much to say about this book but I really don’t like giving much away so all I have to say is READ READ READ READ READ READ READ IT!!!!!
1. What’s your name? My name is Sarah (like half of the blogging community!)
2. Where in the world are you blogging from? I am blogging from COLD COLD Michigan.
3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? Twitter. I really got into reading over the last couple of years and wanted to be able to join the amazing book community where I can flail about books.
4. How did you come up with your blog name? It’s pretty straight forward. I was deciding on a name and all I could think about was that reading takes you on an adventure. So, The YA Book Traveler was born!
5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I read and review mostly fantasy and dystopian. There are an occasional contemporary or NA in there as well.
6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I’m new to blogging and have very limited time to do it. I’ve done a few Top Ten Tuesdays and a Stacking the Shelves.
7. Best blogging experience so far? I would say meeting other bloggers. They’re SOOOO wonderful!
8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? To be honest, I probably tweet my Twitter blogging community more than I do real life friends. I love books and this is the place where we can be excited together. Everyone is so amazing and sweet.
9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2015! The Orphan Queen, ACOTAR, Ice Like Fire, The Wrath and the Dawn, and An Ember in Ashes. (Only 5??? There are so many more)
10. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? I love Starters by Lissa Price. It’s a great duology. I’m not sure if it qualifies as underrated but I love it.
11. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone or Roar from Under the Never Sky! They’re both so fun!
12. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? I work for my church and I love leading children’s ministry. It’s super fun and I love my church family.
13. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? I’m a mom of 3, I never get to go shopping! lol Um…clothes?
14.At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song
would be playing? I’m actually at a loss on this one…sad!
15.Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV
show you want turned into a book. I WANT FROSTBITE! (cries). I was so sad the Vampire Academy movies won’t keep being made…
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1. Time! Like all of you there’s always a lack of time for reading. I work full time, am married with 3 kids. Time gets very limited when I’m running around packing lunches going to work to not only read but to blog. Blogging is a hobby for me that I try to do when I can. Unfortunately I cannot give it as much time as I’d like.
2. Twitter! Yes Twitter. Twitter is a good AND bad book nerd problem. I LOOOOOOVE the YA book community where I’ve made tons of friends. But I’ve had days when I spent hours on Twitter TALKING about books but then not having time for actually READING books.
3. It’s all about the Benjamins baby! Money. I wish I had more money to buy books but alas I have to pay bills, food for the family, etc. So I do utilize my library quite frequently.
4. Real Life Book Friends. I’m finding more but having lack of actual people I know in real life who loves books like I do is a bit of a bummer. But I’m happy for Twitter and the couple of people I do know. I love talking books!
5. Book Envy. Yes it’s real my friends and I’ve suffered from it many times. I am new to the blogging world and have not gotten to the place where I would be approved for ARCs.
6. Book Events. I would LOVE to go to book events. But having a family makes it tough and an impossibility to go to book events. I have been fortunate to go to one book signing where I got to meet Sarah J. Maas and Susan Dennard. That was an amazing night!
7.Too Many Books! Sometimes I get overwhelmed with how many books are in the world and it’s depressing thinking about the fact that there is NO WAY that I could read them all before I die. Anyone ever depressed about this? Also, I wish the publishing community would take 1 year off so I could catch up!
8. Bookstagram. I love taking pictures of books and looking at pictures of books. However, I’m sad because I don’t have many great spot to take pictures of my books! Especially with it being winter right now I’m limited to my house which doesn’t have any great places to take pics.
9. Reading new books and not the books on my shelf. I have books on my shelf I bought a while ago but still haven’t read them. Why? Because new books come out and I want to read them first. My goal this year is to read books that I already own (intermixed with new of course, I can’t go cold turkey!)
10. Saying goodbye to characters I love. It’s so hard when a series ends. Some books I love so much that I know I’ll reread but there are books that I really loved but may never reread. This makes me sad because they were a part of my life for a while and now they’re not. It’s sad to say goodbye but it’s great meeting new book friends.