Book Travelling Thursday – Freebie Week

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Book Travelling Thursday is a weekly meme created by Danielle and Cátia. All you have to do is a pick a book that is related to the theme, the themes are announced on the Goodreads page. Once you have chosen a book you need to find the original cover, the covers from your country, your favourite cover and your least favourite cover.

This week’s prompt is: Freebie week. Today you can choose whatever you want either it is a book you’ve been wanting to talk for a long time or one of the previous themes

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I think this is the original. According to Goodreads this was the first english edition apparently.

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Left: English Harper Voyager Edition
Left Middle: English Razorbill Edition
Right Middle: Polish Akurat Edition
Right: Slovak YOLi (Ikar) Edition

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Top Left: English Razorbill Edition
Top Left Middle: Swedish Wahlströms Edition
Top Right Middle: Czech Host Edition
Top Right: Romanian Art Edition
Middle Left: Bulgarian Сиела Edition
Middle Right: German Bastei Lübbe AG Edition
Bottom Left: Chinese Edition
Bottom Right: Slovenian Učila International Edition

Well that is all for today’s post!

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A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir Spoiler Free Review

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Title: A Torch Against the Night
Sabaa Tahir
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: August 30th, 2016
Pages: 454 (Hardcover
Publishers: Harper Voyager
4 and a half Star

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Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.


7th book of the month finished! And all 7 have been books I’ve enjoyed! So happy with this month, hope this keeps up! I honestly can’t say that I enjoyed this book more or less than An Ember in the Ashes, I think this is equal to the first book.

You can find my spoiler free review for An Ember in the Ashes HERE!

This review could possibly contain spoilers for An Ember in the Ashes, mainly just spoilers for who survived that book and made it to this one. It’s hard to not talk about somethings, so just a warning.

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I like the cover of this book but I also kinda wished that they did something a little more similar to An Ember in the Ashes. I wish that it showed us Kauf or somewhere rather than just a brick wall with a tunnel. I liked that part of An Ember in the Ashes’s cover because it made it easier to picture Blackcliff. It would have been cool to have that for Kauf.

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Like I said in my An Ember in the Ashes review, Sabaa Tahir’s writing is nice and easy to read and I really like her world building. I also like her character development.

I was disappointed that this book didn’t have the maps in it though. I know it wouldn’t have needed the Blackcliff map as Blackcliff isn’t apart of this book. But I wish the map of Them Empire was in there as there was a lot more travelling in this book than the first one. I like to be able to track on the maps where characters are and where they are travelling so I ended up taking a photo of the map in An Ember in the Ashes on my iPad and having that open when I was reading. I also think it would have been cool to have a map of Kauf, like they did for Blackcliff in the first book as besides that its a ‘wheel’ shaped building/set out it was kinda hard to picture and know where the characters were. 

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This book was full of twists and turns, especially a couple shocking ones. So this plot was really good and kept me hooked the entire time. So much went on in this book, actually in both books, there was never a boring point. I also liked that we started seeing from the point of view of Helene in this book as well. That allowed the reader to see what was going on in the world outside of following Laia and her group to trying and break Darin out. 

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There is no way to say a couple things I want to without spoilers, so the bits in purple are spoilery.

I still enjoy Laia & Elias in this book. Laia is still one of the most relatable female heroin protagonists I have read about. She was always true to herself and will always be loyal to her family, the scholars and her friends. I still really enjoyed Izzi’s character. Out of all the character deaths and near deaths or deaths that we thought happened but actually didn’t Izzi’s got to me the most. All she every wanted was to survive and live and she stuck with her friend until the end, when she died in the book I had to stop reading for a second and get my head around it and I’m still not okay with it. While Keenan was Keenan I enjoyed him as a character. Afya was a new character that I enjoyed, we did meet her briefly in the first book, but we got to know her more in this one. I love how committed to her tribes believes she was and that when she made a vow she damn well stuck to it. I liked Tas, even though he was treated so poorly he was strong. There is one quote I want to share in regards to him that I loved.

“Rise Elias Veturius.” Tas smacks my face, and I blink at him in surprise. His eyes are fierce. “You gave me a name,” he says. “I want to live to hear it on the lips of others. Rise

Marcus is an ass. Helene I don’t know how I feel, I enjoyed that she was loyal to the empire and seeing her struggle between what she wanted to do. I still kinda hated but enjoyed her. The Commandant can be thrown off the cliff at Antium for all I care, or do to her what she did to Elias, that would be good karma. 

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I really enjoyed this book and wish the next book was out so I could go read it straight away as I’m curious to find out what happens next with Darin, Laia, Elias and the Empire in general.

The field of battle is my temple. The swordpoint is my priest. The dance of death is my prayer. The killing blow is my release.

Well that is all for this review! If you have read An Ember in the Ashes or A Torch Against the Night then let me know in the comments and what you thought of them!

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir – Spoiler Free Review

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Sabaa Tahir
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Pages: 446 (Hardback)
Publishers: Razorbill

4 and a half Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

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.


Well I am having an awesome reading month so far! I was in a tad bit of a reading slump the last couple months and had only been getting 2 to 4 books read in a month, but so far this month I have read 6 books and finished an audiobook! 

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I like this cover because it actually shows part of the place where the story takes place. The cliff with the Blackcliff Academy at the top in the background. I like that you can picture how the buildings and stuff look at the Academy. I also like that Elias & Laia are in the cover, Laia at the bottom in the sand and Elias in the H. 

Also, this book is bloody huge! And I don’t mean thick/pages I mean the actual size, like this book is the same length as my iPad Air 2 and only 1 cm narrower than the iPad. It is massive and because its a hardcover its pretty heavy too and hard to hold up for long periods of time when laying in bed.


I enjoyed Sabaa Tahir’s writing in this book, it’s not as beautiful as say Laini Taylors or J.K. Rowlings but it was still pretty good and also really easy to follow. This was also a pretty quick read for the size of the book. Her writing is really easy to read and I think that is why it was such a quick read. The world building in this book was really well done aswell and also easy to follow.

Also, it has maps!!! 2 to be exact! I like that these are in the front and back cover of the hardcover, which makes it easy to flip back to them. Inside the front cover has a map of The Empire & the back cover has a map of the Blackcliff Academy! Most books only have maps of entire countries or whatever they happen to be called in the certain book, but this book has a map of the academy as well which is really cool and interesting to get a close up view of where everything is in the Academy. 


I love how intense and interesting this plot was! There was never a dull moment in this book and there were tonnes of twists and turns to keep you interested the whole time! This plot was also fairly unique, I have obviously read books with similar tropes in it, but the rest of it was pretty unique from anything else I’ve read!


This book is Multi POV and follows 2 main characters Elias & Laia. Elias is a really interesting character I love how he always tried to stay true to what he believed in unless he had no choice and in the end he drew a line and stuck to it, even if his own life was in danger. Laia was probably one of the more relatable ‘female heroin’ type characters that I’ve read. She never tried to pretend that she was some badass, tough and fearless character, she showed weaknesses and she showed that sometimes she felt like giving up. But she is loyal to her brother and her friends and what is right and will never give up and that is what makes her strong! 

I enjoyed Izzi’s character and the fire in her that she occasionally showed when helping Laia. Cook I believe had her and Izzi’s best interest at heart and will always take the safest road. But she came through in the end and I’m really curious about her back story but I don’t know if we’ll find out in the following books. I honestly didn’t like Helene, she annoyed me basically the whole time and she always contradicted herself which was irritating. She wants to make a difference but not enough of a difference for it to actually mean anything! At the end I get why she chose what she did but that was the only time I really agreed with her. Mazen I didn’t like from the start and was suspicious of the whole time. Keenan was an interesting character and I’m keen to see more of him in the next books hopefully! The commandant, can someone just push her over the cliff already. 


I really enjoyed this book, the only reason I didn’t give it 5 stars was that the writing didn’t blow me away and I’m trying to be a bit more critical as I easily give out high ratings to books I enjoy without thinking through every aspect of the book and judging the entire thing. So I did really enjoy this book but there was just a couple little things that weren’t perfect for me, so that is why I chose to rate it 4 1/2 stars. 

So as I just said I’m going to try and be more critical about my ratings. I’m also thinking about creating a type of rating system to judge it by easily. 

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