Epic Reads Tag

Today I wanted to try something different, I thought I would post a tag instead of doing a review. I came across the Epic Reads Tag while searching for a cool tag, it looked really cool and I really liked the questions. So let’s get started!

  1. If you could invite one author and one of their fictional characters to lunch, who would you invite and what would you serve them?

I would invite Rainbow Rowell and Kath from her novel, FanGirl, to lunch, and we would have Mexican food. Kath is one of my favorite fictional characters, ever, and Rainbow Rowell is my favorite author.

2. What book do you wish the author would write a prequel for?

Hmm, this is a hard one. I would love for Sabaa Tahir to write a prequel for An Ember In the Ashes, focused on Elias’ experience at Briarcliff. Elias was my favorite character in Ember, and ever since I finished it I’ve been curious about what it was like at Briarcliff when Elias’ was younger.

3. Which two characters (not from the same book) would make a good couple?

Ooo, this one is good. Okay, if I could pick two characters to be in a relationship that weren’t from the same book. I would pick Quentin from John Green’s, Paper Towns, and I know I said Kath for question one, but I think they would be cute together so I’m going to say her for this one too. That would also make an awesome crossover novel. John Green and Rainbow Rowell need to get on that.

4. If you ran into your favorite author on the subway and could only say one sentence to them, who is it and what would it be?

I’m going to say my childhood favorite, Meg Cabot. And I would say, “I love your books, and you are the reason that I fell in love with reading in the first place, and I want to thank you for that.”

5. What book made you a reader and why?

Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot, is what really made me fall in love with reading. It was the end of fifth grade and I had never read for fun before, all the books I read I was forced to read. But one day I picked up The Princess Diaries, I remember the cover was hot pink with a tiara on the front, and I was hooked. I’ve loved to read ever since. 

6. Your bookshelf just caught fire show the book you’d save.

Fangirl, duh. (Photo from: Rainbow Rowell)

7. Which dystopian world would you want to live in if you had to choose one? why?

I don’t know if The Selection by Kierra Cass counts as a dystopian world, but it will be today. I’m picking this book, because it seems safer than all of my other options and I want to be America Singer. I really need to finish that series, I am so behind.

8. What is your most epic read of all time?

My most epic read has to be Stephen King’s, It. I got it for my birthday in September, and I’m only half-way through it. There’s so many different perspectives, and there’s also a lot of information. It’s just an intense read, it’s something I have to prepare myself for.

This was actually really fun, I will definitely be doing this again. If there’s any other cool book tags I should check out, comment them below.

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Sabaa Tahir, An Ember In The Ashes Review

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Title: An Ember In The Ashes

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Series: Ember in The Ashes Series (Book #1)

Genre: YA Fantasy

Synopsis: 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. Source: Sabaa Tahir

I love, love, loved this book. It’s been a minute since I’ve read a fantasy novel, I’m not even sure the name of the last fantasy book I read. But I couldn’t have picked a better book to jump back into the genre with.

Sabaa Tahir gave me everything I needed with An Ember In The Ashes.

It was action packed, touching, and it had just the right amount of romance. There was something going on from beginning to end. I was on the edge of my seat from the beginning. I didn’t want to put this book down, I couldn’t wait to see what was next.

I didn’t know how I was going to feel about the different point-of-views, but I found myself enjoying it. As far as characters go, I did not like Laia at first. I thought she was whiny and weak and annoying, but she grew on me. Throughout the book she got strong and she become more sure of herself, and I started to warm up to her.

Elias…ugh, I have such a soft spot for him. He grew so much throughout the book. I found him to be relatable, we’ve all had that moment where we had to make the decision to go against the things we were taught in order the person the we want be.

I loved this book from beginning to end, and I can’t wait until I can start A Torch In The Night. I want to thank the girl at Barnes & Noble who reccomended this series to me, she has no idea how much she has blessed my life.