#RamadanReadathon 2019 Wrap Up!

#RamadanReadathon 2019 Wrap Up!

Eid Mubarak, everyone! Today, I’m going to be wrapping up my first ever #RamadanReadathon. I honestly can’t believe how quickly this Ramadan has gone this year. I hope everyone had a productive month. I did manage to complete the readathon and overall, I had some fun reading my chosen books.

I had chosen the Salah pillar and I read a total of five books. I have yet to review all of them but expect reviews up in the upcoming month!

A Torch Against the Night

Having read Ember almost five years ago, I was surprised how well my own memory held up to this book. If I can recall, I was a little iffy about Embers but after reading Torch, I think it was just my general feelings about the first book in a series. I tend to not enjoy the first book in series but find myself thoroughly enjoying the rest of the series a whole lot more. (see: shatter me series)

Exit West

I didn’t clock on that this book about the refugee experience and migration until very later on, but once I did, it was eye-opening and poignant. The use of fabulism to explore migration was a genius concept and I would really love to read more stories that use this take as well.

Secrets of the Henna Girl

While I didn’t hate any of the books I read for this readathon, I would, for list-sake, have placed Secrets of the Henna Girl last. But that doesn’t mean it was terrible, it was actually really great. I’ve just read quite a few stories about SEA girls being taken back home to marry people recently, it was hard not to compare it to them.

We Hunt the Flame

Hands down, one of the BEST books I’ve read this month. Altair has my heart and soul. That cliffhanger was jaw-dropping and I kind of hate myself for reading this as a new release. I need the next one ASAP.

Amina’s Voice

Amina’s voice was a delightful read, and definitely one that I would’ve loved if it was released when I was a kid. Something about it captured me and was so charming to read. This book was made for younger readers, so I can’t complain about my issue with the pacing. The named attack on her local mosque doesn’t actually occurs until 80% into the book.


Overall, I’m happy with how this month went. I’m not the greatest with readathons because I have a lot going on and time management, especially on my blog, is something I struggle with. But I had so much fun finally reading some of the books on my list and I’m definitely taking part in next year’s readathon.

And that’s a wrap on my first ever #RamadanReadathon! I hope to be back next year!

BOOK REVIEW: An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

you can find the book at:

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my review:

Rating: ★★★★☆

“You are an ember in the ashes, Elias Veturius. You will spark and burn, ravage and destroy. You cannot change it. You cannot stop it.”

 

Laia is one of the Scholars – now ruled over by the Martial Empire – many of whom are poor and illiterate. When her brother is arrested by the Masks, she seeks out the Resistance for help. However, they demand that in return she must enter Blackcliff Military Academy as a slave to spy on the Commandant. Elias – the son of the Commandant – makes up the other perspective in this book.

The two main characters each have their own point of view, which I loved and was captivated by both. Laia and Elias have some major internal struggles going on. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt strongly for the characters, and the plot kept me going and I couldn’t put this book down! Both are unsure of the person that they are and what kind of person they want to be. It was beautiful to see them find the strength within themselves to survive in the very different but equally challenging positions they are in. It was lovely seeing their stories intertwine and seeing these similarities come to light. I was engrossed in the story, while it was slow-paced and the action not present throughout, I never felt the lack of it. A right balance was offered.

However, this isn’t really a complete story. The beginning doesn’t spend any time at all fleshing out the characters before everything changes for them. Rather than laying a foundation, Tahir pushes us right into the action. While this would annoy me for most books, but with Embers, it worked, and I was sped through this. It’s getting a sequel, and I’m glad because this is in no way a functional standalone, that some people thought it would be, since so many storylines were left unresolved. I thought it was well-paced and remained engaging throughout. There are a lot of flaws to point out, and a lot could have been improved.

Another aspect that had room for improvement was the romance. I’ll give Tahir credit, as I didn’t find it as bad, but I had a hard time buying some of the attractions between characters because they rarely interact. Overall, I had a fun time reading this, it’s an alright starter for a promising YA fantasy series. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for book 2!