Waiting on Wednesday: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine in which we share a book that we are eagerly anticipating!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa TahirPublisher: Razorbill

Author: Sabaa Tahir

Release date: April 28, 2015

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Why I’m excited: Rome-like world? Contest to choose new emperor? What sounds like an epic love story? Tons and tons of great reviews? I’m a sucker for big, sweeping worlds like this, and I’ve got to say that this one sounds awesome. I was a little wary of it at first because of the hype, but I’m not going to lie, I can’t wait to dive in to this one.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated 2015 Debut Novels

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme was:

Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

This is a hard post. Not because I don’t think I can come up with ten but because 2015 is going to be an amazing year for books and I already have so many books I’m looking forward to reading. I’ve somehow narrowed it down to 10, but you can see more books on my 2015 releases shelf on Goodreads that I’m looking forward to. That shelf grows pretty much every day.

In no particular order, the ten debut novels (titles linked to Goodreads as always) releasing in 2015 that I’m most anticipating are:

2015 Debuts 1— My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga – I just won an ARC of this from Stacee from Too Fond of Books and I AM SO EXCITED.
— Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – I actually have an ARC of this one that I’m looking forward to digging into soon
— Everything That Makes You by Moriah McStay
— No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
— The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

2015 Debuts 2

— We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
– More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
— Shutter by Courtney Alameda
— Mosquitoland by David Arnold
— The Way We Bared Our Soul by Willa Strayhorn

What about you? What debut novels are you looking forward to in 2015? Let me know in the comments so I can load up my Goodreads shelf! 🙂