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Best Books I Read in 2015

Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff Kinslayer
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson  The Innovators
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande  Being Mortal book cover
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel  Station Eleven Book Cover
The IX by Andrew P. Weston  The IX
The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs  The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy book cover
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir  An Ember in the Ashes
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day  You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines  Until Friday Night book cover
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord  The Start of Me and You book cover
Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway  Emmy and Oliver book cover
Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Clive Thompson  Smarter Than You Think book cover
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo  Six of Crows book cover
The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan  The Sword of Summer book cover
These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner  These Broken Stars book cover

Book Review – An Ember in the Ashes

An Ember in the AshesAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Set in a fantasy world based on ancient Roman culture, An Ember in the Ashes follows the story of two young people caught up in a violent, oppressive world. The novel is narrated through the alternating viewpoints of Elias, trained from a young age to be an elite soldier for the Empire at the exclusive Blackcliff Academy, and Laia, coerced into spying on Blackcliff for the Resistance by becoming a slave. Their stories become intertwined as both get caught up in a much larger political quagmire. Ms. Tahir has a gift for world-building. The world is both rich and dangerous. This well-written tale of conflict and hope was hard to put down. I hope there is a follow-up to this very promising debut from Sabaa Tahir.