Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter E #atozchallenge

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Today’s letter is


The Book

An Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember (letter E) is our pick for today. This book brought out all the feels in me! I loved it and I was also repulsed by it at the same time. I love the feel of this book. It’s located in a country that has a Middle Eastern feel to it and also a turn of the century, historical fiction feel. I’m not sure which century, but still. Points for diversity. Our heroine, Laia, is a slave and lives with her poor family. Everyone is poor and they must do what they can to survive and not get killed or arrested. Laia’s brother is arrested for treason and she must become a spy to help save him. And of course, like many YA books there is a romance, but who cares about that? I love coming of age tales, and much like Tris, Laia discovers that she has abilities she didn’t think she had. I must warn you, I found the book to be extremely violent and there is a cliffhanger ending. I’ve talked about this book nonstop with my bookish friends. This was the MUST READ title of 2015. I hope she finishes the sequel soon.

Have you read An Ember in the Ashes?

How’s the challenge going for you? Still excited?

Good. Onward to letter F!

My passion is advocating for diversity in children's and YA literature.


  • EM Biddulph

    I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s on my TBR list. I keep seeing it around, and getting recommendations. I really enjoyed your review and comments – it’s sounds like a really interesting read. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I will definitely check this book out now.

    I also really love the diversity-promotion role you’ve set for your blog, what a great idea. I’m looking forward to reading your future posts.

  • Calensariel

    I’ve never even heard of that one. I’ll have to check it out. Sounds great. I keep wondering what it says about us when we adults gravitate to the YA stuff. Second childhood???
    Impromptu Promptlings

  • Kristin

    I haven’t heard of this book but wonder if my grandkids have. They seem to enjoy books with violence. At this point, I’m more looking for some peaceful books with happy endings 🙂

    Finding Eliza

  • Claire Noland

    Sounds like a great plot.
    After the challenge I want to go hide out and read all the great books you’ve been suggesting.

  • J Lenni Dorner

    J here, stopping by from the #atozchallenge – where I am part of Arlee Bird’s A to Z Ambassador Team.
    April is here and I’m excited about it. Best of luck to us both on meeting our goals of posting and hopping to other blogs.
    My blog has a giveaway. There’s a bonus a to z challenge each day to encourage people to visit more stops.
    I haven’t read this book yet, but it’s on my TBR list!

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