An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Genre: YA


It's sort of Rome but not really. The Martial Empire serves the Emperor, and anyone who defies them is put to death. Sort of how America will be two years from now.

Laia is a slave at the military academy, Elias is a soldier. They both secretly hate the Emperor's guts, and Laia is actually a spy.

Elias spends a lot of time being all "Oh no existential crisis, feeling so trapped in my role of power." Meanwhile, Laia is sneaking around reading secret documents and plotting a resistance. Elias catches up eventually, and then shit gets real.

You should buy it.


VERDICT:


4/5 Brass Knuckles


Full disclosure: I bought it with my own dollars.


Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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Title: Three Dark Crowns
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: YA


In every generation, three queens are born - triplets. Each has a different power - poison, nature, and the elements. Then when they turn 16, SHIT GETS REAL. There can only be one queen, so they all try to kill their sisters.

There is no clear protagonist here, which I like. The Poisoner starts out pretty wimpy but by the end I was like "DAMN that chick is a BADASS!"

There's a plot twist at the end, but it didn't piss me off like twists usually do.

You should buy this because it's awesome and the cover is pretty.



VERDICT:


4/5 Brass Knuckles


Full disclosure: I bought it with my own dollars.



I Am Her Revenge by Meredith Moore

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Title: I Am Her Revenge
Author: Meredith Moore
Genre: YA


OMG THIS BOOK IS THE WORST.

The premise SOUNDS good. Vivian is raised as a weapon, developing all kinds of spy skills and presumably killing skills. All of this is because something HORRIBLE happened to Vivian's mother, and Vivian is expected to exact revenge.

I'm going to spoil the plot now, but that doesn't matter because you should DEFINITELY not read this book.

So the horrible thing? The one that happened to her mother? Is that someone dumped her. THAT'S IT. Some dude was an asshole in high school. If we all raised killing machines when this happened, we would have an ENTIRE GENERATION of killing machines.

Vivian just got downgraded from ninja warrior to insane over-reaction. So dumb.



VERDICT:


Zero Brass Knuckles


Full disclosure: I bought it, and I have regrets.



Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

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Title: Bone Gap
Author: Laura Ruby
Genre: YA


Do you love bees, mysteries, magic realism, or AWESOME BOOKS? Then Bone Gap is for you.

HERE'S THE DEAL. Roza comes to Bone Gap. She falls in love with Sean. Then she disappears and Sean's younger brother Finn is like "SHE WAS KIDNAPPED BY A MONSTER."

And the cops are like, "Riiiiiiight."

But as readers, we're all, "THAT IS PROBABLY TRUE."

As the book goes on, Finn realizes there are actually a lot of things in Bone Gap that are not what they seem. THEY ARE MORE AWESOME.





VERDICT:


5/5 Brass Knuckles



Full disclosure: Someone lent this to me but I forget who so now it's MINE MINE MINE.


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