BOOK REVIEW (+ Giveaway): Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1) by Julie C. Dao

Title: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress #1)

Author/s: Julie C. Dao

Publication Date: October 10th 2017

Publisher: Philomel Books

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 363

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“An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest
to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.
Eighteen-year- old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she
is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.
Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill
the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and
seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?
Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and
exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of
the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his  power is absolute.”

My Thoughts

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a compelling story that revolved around love, beauty, destiny, and darkness.
Tell you what, I am not familiar with the origin of the Evil Queen, I don’t even have any idea what her story is. Anyway, that’s the reason why I decided to join a blog tour for A Forest of Thousand Lanterns hosted by a co-Filipina, besides the fact that the novel has such a promising blurb.
The pacing. I honestly find it slow at the beginning up until the middle part, it was rather uneventful, but it went good enough afterwards.
For the world-building, hands down, Julie! Very well done. I loved the fables, the lore and legends, myths that were involved, stories that were told. Everything. The setting made me feel like I am familiar with its culture and tradition. Julie made it easy for her reader to be pulled in the world she created.
The novel also gave a voice to women and girls. Julie made it certain that the reader will have it figured out that women can make choices of their own, fight for themselves, be strong enough and lift herself up. Empress Lihua, Guma, Lady Sun, especially Xifeng, are strong in many different ways. As for Xifeng, I’m kind of in a love/hate relationship with her character. I disliked her arrogance and vanity, but I liked her determination and bravery. She struggled with the inner turmoil between her good and evil side, and I pity her for that. Her internal conflicts were written very well. I admire her for being courageous enough to do everything just to reach the top. And though knowing that this is a retelling of the Evil Queen, I somehow hoped for a different ending. I wanted something changed. But despite the fact that the antiheroine had been selfish, I want more stories like this. Girls who know what they want and won’t stop at anything to get it, women who put themselves first.
The plot. Obviously, this was a character-driven novel, and everything became exciting when Xifeng happened to take an action to pursue her said destiny. I’ll admit the heart-eating parts kind of creeped me out, but I find it brutally satisfying and it reminded me of Regina from Once Upon a Time series. (Though she collects the blood, not eat them.) Twists and turns were present, but I did predict some, and some almost literally blew my mind.
Overall, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, I must say, is the kind of debut novel & retelling, that one wouldn’t want to miss. 4/5 stars for this beauty!
I liked Julie C. Dao’s writing style and I hope to read more of her novel.



Julie C. DaoJulie C. Dao ( is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate
New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her
Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books
about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of
becoming a published author. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel. Julie lives
in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.





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BLOG TOUR: Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust (Book Review + Mood Board + Giveaway)

21325645_1422313911151640_1009778711_nTitle: Girls Made of Snow and Glass

Author/s: Melissa Bashardoust

Publication Date: September 5th 2017

Publisher: by Flatiron Books

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 384

Purchase at: Amazon


Frozen meets The Bloody Chamber in this feminist fantasy reimagining of the Snow White fairytale

At sixteen, Mina’s mother is dead, her magician father is vicious, and her silent heart has never beat with love for anyone—has never beat at all, in fact, but she’d always thought that fact normal. She never guessed that her father cut out her heart and replaced it with one of glass. When she moves to Whitespring Castle and sees its king for the first time, Mina forms a plan: win the king’s heart with her beauty, become queen, and finally know love. The only catch is that she’ll have to become a stepmother.

Fifteen-year-old Lynet looks just like her late mother, and one day she discovers why: a magician created her out of snow in the dead queen’s image, at her father’s order. But despite being the dead queen made flesh, Lynet would rather be like her fierce and regal stepmother, Mina. She gets her wish when her father makes Lynet queen of the southern territories, displacing Mina. Now Mina is starting to look at Lynet with something like hatred, and Lynet must decide what to do—and who to be—to win back the only mother she’s ever known…or else defeat her once and for all.

Entwining the stories of both Lynet and Mina in the past and present, Girls Made of Snow and Glass traces the relationship of two young women doomed to be rivals from the start. Only one can win all, while the other must lose everything—unless both can find a way to reshape themselves and their story.

My Thoughts

*I want to say thank you to Macmillan International, Flat Iron Books, and Karina of Afire Pages for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this magical blog tour*

What are words? I actually don’t know how and where to start. So please bear with me guys, for this review will be very random. I’ll put my thoughts into words without any hesitation.

Girls Made of Snow and Glass is probably the most powerful Snow White reimagining I’ve ever read. It’s no secret that the book is a feminist YA novel, and surprisingly, Melissa did a pretty great job. It’s quite diverse, which I didn’t expect.

The story as well as the characters seemed familiar, yet refreshing. The strong female leads were portrayed in amazingly different ways. Wherein I didn’t presume it to be that good. Too good. This is a character-driven novel. I am pleased that though I’m someone who has a weak spot for plot twists & turns, this one did not even disappoint me a bit. I loved the characters of Mina, Lynet, and Nadia.

The concept of this book mesmerized me. Especially how wonderful the girls were made. How they were handled. Mina was a human, whose heart was replaced by glass, while Lynet was made of the magician’s blood, and snow. Mina and Lynet’s relationship was downright beautiful. Where I fell in love with are the girl’s stories, their personalities, and their relationship. For this isn’t your typical mother-daughter conflicted story. Their relationship was so complex. It was all about love. Craving love, wanting to feel loved, and the desire to be able to give it. I was in awe as to how developed the characters are. There were no knights in shining armor, no prince charming. Man, that was what I’ve been looking for! Girls/women who can fight for themselves, stand, be courageous, be their own hero. The girls were strong, brave, they know what they want, and they’re persistent. Mina, Nadia, and Lynet, just proved to every reader that they can be whatever they want, they can do whatever they want to. And that their only limit is their self. 

I originally rated the book 4.5, but of course, I needed to round it up. 4.5 stars for the reason that the pacing disturbed me, if the pacing wasn’t too slow, it’s too fast. Also, I want to point out the lack of world building. More background about the curse that was placed in Whitespring. I needed more, but despite these facts, GMOSAG was written beautifully, it was well-thought of.

Overall, I was really hooked. Beyond impressed. Melissa captured me, wholly, in ways I wouldn’t want to forget. With her exquisite and moving writing style, she dared to touch her me as her new reader. MELISSA THAWED THIS FROZEN HEART! 





Melissa Bashardoust (pronounced BASH-ar-doost) received her degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley, where she rediscovered her love for creative writing, children’s literature, and fairy tales and their retellings. She currently lives in Southern California with a cat named Alice and more copies of Jane Eyre than she probably needs. Girls Made of Snow and Glass is her first novel.



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Title: Karmic Hearts

Author/s: Jhing Bautista

Publication Date: 2017

Publisher: Summit Books, Pop Fiction

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 241

Genre: YA Contemporary, Fantasy


“Love. Magic. Fate. Best-selling romance novel author Karmina Joan writes about these things. She believes that every person has a purpose, that every soul has a destiny to fulfill. She thought hers was simply sharing her stories.

Her story unfolds with Cupid, the Angel of Love himself. He brings with him a mysterious vessel and a message from on high. It turns out Karmina has a bigger purpose after all—a mission that will make or break humanity as we know it.

As Cupid teaches her the tricks of his trade, Karmina unknowingly gives him something unexpected in return— something the angel of love will find oddly familiar. This may become the one flaw in an otherwise perfect plan that destiny had in store for them.

Does love truly conquer all or are there limits to what humanity can do in the name of love? Witness as Karmina struggles to find the answers before time runs out on true love.

My Thoughts

**Thank you Pop Fiction for hosting this wonderful blog tour for Ms. Jhing’s Karmic Hearts. I’m also grateful to those who are behind all of this. Thank you so much for this opportunity.**





Some of you may have known Cupid from a classic mythology. He is the considered as the god of love, affection, and desire. This Cupid from Karmic Hearts is the Angel of Love. A sweet, charming, yet a serious one, a character that you wouldn’t get enough. I’m quite sure I’ve been swooning the entire time I’m reading this book.


Now let’s talk about the female protagonist, Karmina Joan. I was impressed by how the author handled her. Karmina is a kind of character who reflects real life people. An imperfect one. She started off as someone who seems lost, someone who doesn’t know what to do, and as the story progresses, so does she. Her decisions became well thought of. It was also pretty obvious that she learned a lot.


The idea of this novel, is forbidden love. Thus, the growing love between Cupid and Karmina. This kind of concept isn’t new to me, but the fact that it’s between an Angel who’s famous to a lot of readers is concerned, and a typical innocent girl who was suddenly tasked to do something, is what intrigued me. The author dug down enough interesting information, and found something unique that will capture her audiences. Next is the premise. The main characters have their own goals, as well as their personal fears. There were serious obstacles that rose between them. Which made the book more interesting due to the fact that it’s fiction but the message it conveys is realistic. IT WAS ALL AMAZINGLY DONE.


Who wouldn’t love to read a novel like this one? I will be honest, I am someone who doesn’t believe that what happens in our life is beyond our control. For me, we always have to have the right answer and to do the right thing. And love? Due to past experiences I decided to not think of it as such a powerful feeling. BUT I DON’T KNOW WHAT THIS BOOK DID TO ME. WHAT ARE WORDS!


I saw myself in Karmina, being someone who doesn’t usually pray. There are parts where Cupid asked her to do so. Told her to be sincere and humble when doing it. It made me realize that having faith to someone is important, it gives you hope, strength, and will. It’s like saying if you aren’t afraid, you can do anything. And that I believing in what-could-be’s aren’t bad.

Ms. Jhing Bautista’s writing was exquisite. I enjoyed reading her book. I almost forgot how fun it is to read pop-fiction novels. How such books make me feel. Now I think I’m gonna read more.




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‘Cupid! Nasaan ka ba?!’

Hinanap ko sya sa buong bakuran namin, sunod sa bahay… hindi ko pa rin sya makita. I took a shot and went near the old well again. Baka nandun sya.

True enough, he was there. He was sitting on the well’s rim.

“Hoy! Nandito ka lang pala! Kagabi pa kita hinahanap!” He was busily plucking the petals off a sunflower. Tinabihan ko sya. “Hoy…” untag ko. I bumped my shoulder on his. Hindi nya ako pinansin.

“So ganyan? Hindi ka mamamansin?”

“Leave me alone,” he muttered.

“Is it about Joseph?” I sighed as he threw the last petal on the ground. “Look, I didn’t invite him here. Kusa syang sumunod. Hindi ko naman alam na susundan nya ako eh,” paliwanag ko sa kanya.

“It doesn’t matter.”

“I swear! I didn’t plan this. Sure, I gave him directions on how to get here pero—“

“Why are you explaining? I’m not asking you,” he said coldly.

“Ano ba’ng problema mo ha? Bakit ka ba nagkakaganyan?” Naiinis na ‘ko ha. Kahapon pa ‘ko nag-aalala sa kanya tapos ganyan pa sya sa ‘kin?

He looked at me then. His stare is icy. “Your boyfriend is coming this way.”

True enough, nakita ko si Joseph mula sa malayo. Hinahanap yata ako. Agad akong kumapit kay Cupid. Alam kong aalis na naman ‘to eh. I saw Joseph stop. Tapos saka ito nagpalinga-linga. Hindi na ako nakikita.

He then gave up looking and retraced his steps back to my relatives.



Joseph Marco is Wattpad’s version of Carlo (from the KH book). In the original story, he became Mina’s love interest who made Cupid super jealous resulting to an early confession. I decided to remove the JM – KJ love affair because it’s not necessary to the story. And as you may have noticed, Mina and Cupid were able to hold hands, touch, in the old version. I removed that as well and replaced it with this ‘no touching whatsoever’ thing. It just made the story more frustrating, and I love to frustrate my readers. Haha!






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BOOK REVIEW: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Author/s: Jessica Cluess

Publication Date: September 20th 2016

Publisher: Random House BFYR

Format: paperback

Number of Pages: 416

Purchase at: Amazon


I am Henrietta Howel. The first female sorcerer. The prophesied one. Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames. When she is brought to London to train with Her Majesty’s sorcerers, she meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, young men eager to test her powers and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her. As Henrietta discovers the secrets hiding behind the glamour of sorcerer life, she begins to doubt that she’s the true prophesied one. With battle looming, how much will she risk to save the city–and the one she loves?


Penguin Random House International was nice and considerate enough to provide a review copy of A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess. Thank you so much!

Henrietta is the Chosen One, but she isn’t.”

I am someone who reads a lot of YA Fantasy. I fancy novels with any sorcery or magical aspects. Aside from such a promising blurb, that is one of the reasons why A Shadow Bright and Burning caught my attention. And I loved almost ALL of the YA Fantasy books that I’ve read. Being a fan of such gente, I expected a lot from this book. Expectations do lead to disappointments.

Reasons why I gave this book only 3 stars:

•Characters’ name are way too confusing. Sometimes one character approaches another with a different name. Like Agripa-Cornelius, Julian-Marcus, Isaac-Wolff, and many more.

•The story started really slow, it only got interesting and exciting in the middle part, whilst everything intense happened fast at the end.

•Henrietta Howel, our main protagonist, is most of the time stubborn. She’s sometimes a conceited bitch, but with a heart of gold. I liked how she cared too much for her friend, and that’s why I hated her. She only cares about Rook. Howel developed, still, it wasn’t enough. It’s pretty obvious that she has great potential.

Those are all. As for the positive review, I liked how Cluess crafted the world-building. There’s this enigmatic history between the witches, the magicians, and the sorcerers. Some unknown occurrences are yet to be told in the second book.

As for the romance, I was afraid that it will be another book that will deal with the main protagonist’s love interest. There were guys involved with Howel, however, the story didn’t focus on them. I was thankful that it didn’t evolve around the love interest, doing so will only make me dislike the book. I can’t read another book with a main character who’s having dilemmas just because of her confused feelings.

I wanted to scream right after reading the book. This is such a cliche statement but the ending left me hanging there’s something that the magician is trying to tell Howel but every time he gets the chance, he loses it. So damn intriguing. That’s what made me ache for the book’s second installment.

Overall, I still recommend this book to anyone who’s up for a magical and mysterious read.




6916708Jessica Cluess is a writer, a graduate of Northwestern University, and an unapologetic nerd. After college, she moved to Los Angeles, where she served coffee to the rich and famous while working on her first novel. When she’s not writing books, she’s an instructor at Writopia Lab, helping kids and teens tell their own stories.


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ARC REVIEW: Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Title: Of Fire and Stars

Author/s:  Audrey Coulthurst

Publication Date: November 22, 2016

Publisher: Blazer + Bray

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 40

Purchase at: Amazon , Book Depository


“Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.


**Thank you Haroer Collins International for the review copy of Of Fire and Stars in exchange of an honest review.**
Recognizing the fact that this book is Coulthurst’s debut novel made me love her writing style more! Her words hooked me from start ’til end. Though I loved her writing, I have some issues regarding the book.
The main characters are a bit of an issue: Meet Princess Dennaleia of Havemont, one who’s been betrothed to the Prince of Mynaria ever since she was born. Denna has an affinity for fire magic. The people of Mynaria disfavors any kind of magic, now Denna’s struggling to keep her affinity as a secret. Denna is a smart, composed woman. She does whatever it is that she’s expected to do. And then there’s Mare, Princess of Mynaria, sister of Thandi. Mare doesn’t like the mere idea of being a princess she doesn’t always go by the rules. She’s a badass, a stubborn one; sneaks out of the palace and go to other places. What I didn’t like about them is that they’re most of the time, arrogant, especially Mare. I have mixed feelings for her.
I liked some minor characters too, Nils and Casmiel. Both are witty and *coughs* swoon-worthy! She gave life to the story. Also Denna’s mother who’s always been protective and supportive of her.
Next is what I loved most about this YA Fantasy novel. THE ROMANCE! Before reading the book, it didn’t occur to me that there’s a possibility that the main characters aren’t straight. So I was surprised. This is the first book that I’ve read with two girls who fell in love with each other, and I liked it to bits. They started with a classic hate relationship, with a growing friendship, then there it is- the slow blossoming of their love. It was pretty obvious that both are just trying to suppress their feelings due to obvious reasons. With the two being much more comfortable and attached to each other, they grew stronger. I applaud Coulthurst for a very well made love interest and character development. 

Now let’s talk about what I didn’t like about the book, the world-building. The lack of introduction and details for the setting left questions. It is evident that Coulthurst tried to create a history but it wasn’t enough. A backstory must have been given, a made-up culture isn’t even that present. Like the world-building was built with such haste. Nevertheless, I DID LIKE THE RELIGIOUS SANCTUARY.
Surprisingly, I will read the next installment. It might be because of the fact that I wasn’t satisfied with the ending of the novel though it did close the story.
A fan of YA Fantasy? Check this one out!




Audrey Coulthurst writes YA books that tend to involve magic, horses, and kissing the wrong people. Her debut novel, Of Fire and Stars, will be published on November 22, 2016 by Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. When she’s not dreaming up new stories, she can usually be found painting, singing, or on the back of a horse.

Audrey has a Master’s in Writing from Portland State University, is a member of SCBWI, and studied with Malinda Lo as a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow. She lives in Santa Monica, California

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BOOK REVIEW: Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

Title: Nevernight

Author/s: Jay Kristoff

Publication Date: August 11, 2016

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 643

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“Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

The shadows love her. And they drink her fear.


**First of all, I want to thank ate Kate @BookishBlurber for giving me the opportunity to join the #NevernightPHBlogTour**
Let’s be honest, most readers had too many expectations to this book; due to the fact that a lot of bookworms loved Mr. Kristoff’s Illuminae. I, as someone who have never read any of his books, made high expectations from Nevernight.
The story follows a young girl’s quest to avenge the horrible death of her family. She was on a training to harness her abilities, later on, to learn more she entered Red Church wherein she’s again; trained to become a completely developed killer.
For a young protagonist, Mia Covare’s quiet a thing. She’s always forbidding. She’s so full of herself and too proud to an irritating degree, but who can blame her? The girl’s ridiculously good at everything. I just hated her guts. What I loved about her, is her shadow cat- Mister Kindly, her “fear drinker”. I liked how the shadow cat stood by her side. It’s like a friend we’ll forever hope for. 
Nevernight’s world-building blew my mind. I tried to get my head into it, read several parts about it; but boy, I found it really complex to understand it. There were just too many details, no; it’s too detailed. I came to a point wherein I don’t want to read anything about the book’s locale anymore.
The greatest problem that I faced reading the novel, is the writing of Mister Kristoff. I can compare it to Laini Taylor’s writing style (which I personally loved and envied), but it’s too much. Nevernight was flowered with too many figurative language. Another issue is that it started off with a really slow pace then it the story came crashing down ’til the end.
Though I had problems with those beyond and some elements are obviously cliché. I liked Nevernight’s plot. It was simple, but there were too many layers, too many puzzle pieces and when they ended up to their rightful places; I just lost it. I loved the story. But mind you people, there are brutality (tho not much), for a young character- it’s too sexual, offensive languages were not missed.
Having said those, it’s clear that I had high hopes; and I was undeniably disappointed.
To sum it up, I enjoyed reading Nevernight. It’s a compelling start for the series. I’m hoping it gets better in the second installment. 



4735144Jay Kristoff is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of THE LOTUS WAR, THE ILLUMINAE FILES and THE NEVERNIGHT CHRONICLE. He is the winner of two Aurealis Awards, an ABIA, nominee for the David Gemmell Morningstar and Legend awards, named multiple times in the Kirkus and Amazon Best Teen Books list and published in over twenty-five countries, most of which he has never visited. He is as surprised about all of this as you are. He is 6’7 and has approximately 13030 days to live. He abides in Melbourne with his secret agent kung-fu assassin wife, and the world’s laziest Jack Russell.

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BOOK REVIEW: A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

Title: A Torch Against the Night

Author/s: Sabaa Tahir

Publication Date: August 30th 2016

Publisher: Razorbill

Format: Paperback

Number of Pages: 464

Purchase at: Amazon


“A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.

**I would like to give thanks to Penguin Random House International for the review copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. Also for giving me the opportunity to join A Torch Against the Night International  Blog Tour**
 A Torch Against the Night is the second installment of An Ember in the Ashes series, and boy should you believe that this book amazed the hell out of me.
Let me start off by saying I love how the sorcery in the book unravels. How it works, who has magic and who doesn’t, and how the magic intertwine within their world. I love the magic system, I find it interesting and cool. I want to know more. 
The characters! Reading the book, they grew more and more mysterious and unpredictable. Each of them blew my mind! I’m dying to figure out the mystery behind Cook’s sudden appearance in some parts, Laia’s abilities, Keenan, and the Commandant’s history.
The plot. Oh my, I never expected a plot like this one. The surprise ending caught me off-guard! I experienced lots of suspense and surprises in the midst of reading the book. Turning each page made me feel anxious. I like how Sabaa plotted out the book, I like the direction of it. It made me excited for the next book. I want to mention the way she gave small details on the first book that made huge impacts on this sequel, oh gosh, I loved it. 
As much as I’d like to give this book 5 stars, there’s this one reason why I didn’t. It’s said that going to Kauf takes longer than two months. Sharks, a long journey eh? I was disappointed when I expected it to be a slow but a sure on, but it ended up in a flash. The journey did start slow but ended quickly. In short, the inconsistency of the pace. 
It took me a long time before making a review for the simple reason that I was drained. I think I just expressed all my feelings through eating. Too cliche but the twist at the ending left me gasping for air. The brutality of ATATN is somewhere in between nerve-wrecking and entertaining. 
Brace yourself! 
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Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.



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