Book Review – A Torch Against the Night

a-torch-against-the-nightA Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

The sequel to her bestselling debut, An Ember in the Ashes, A Torch Against the Night continues the story of the former slave Laia and the former elite soldier of the Empire, Elias, as they flee the wrath of the new Emperor. Laia and Elias head north to the infamous Kauf prison where Laia’s brother has been taken. Amidst a rebellion, ramblings of civil war and being hunted by Elias’ former best friend Helene, Laia and Elias must break into and out of the Empire’s most secure prison. While it was the world-building that drew me into the previous story, in this entry it was the characters, particularly Elias. Ms. Tahir has crafted a truly complex, flawed and yet absolutely sympathetic character. I found myself caring deeply for what happened to Elias and interested in his relationship with Laia. It is going to be a long wait to books three and four!

Check this out… 20 Wonderful Home Library Ideas

20 Wonderful Home Library Ideas via Ebook Friendly

I feel like all libraries should have a secret door… right?! But seriously, I’d love to have any one of these! Which is your favorite?

home library with secret door

Book Review – Swear on This Life

Swear on This Life book coverSwear on This Life by Renée Carlino

When struggling writer Emiline begins to read the debut bestseller from the new writer J. Colby, it only takes her one page to realize that she knows this story. It is hers. The tale of childhood best friends, Jax and Emerson, who fall in love and dream of a world outside their miserable home lives and small town, is the fictionalized account of her own past and she knows that mysterious author J. Colby is really Jason Colbertson, her first love and the boy she hasn’t seen in twelve years. Emiline, furious that Jase has co-opted her painful past into a bestselling novel, she decides to confront him at his book signing in her city. But she isn’t ready for all the feelings she’s hidden for years to suddenly reappear. The plot told through Emiline’s point of view is interspersed with the fictional book as she reads it. It is a clever method of storytelling and done well. Renée Carlino has written an emotionally riveting story of healing and love. It has incredibly complex characters who are immediately memorable.

Book Review – The Last Days of Night

The Last Days of Night book coverThe Last Days of Night by Graham Moore

Who knew patent litigation could be so fascinating? But that is exactly the word I would use to describe Graham Moore’s new book about the light bulb wars and the fight for dominance between alternating and direct current. Moore expertly brings to life the sometimes mythical characters of Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, and Nikola Tesla in a historical tale that follows actual events. The novel is set from the point of view of Westinghouse’s young attorney, Paul Cravath, who, fresh out of law school takes on the Herculean task of defeating the ruthless Edison. Moore’s deft storytelling brings just the right amount of polish to an already dramatic story that is well worth your time.