One thing before I start this review. I loved An Ember in the Ashes, like head over heels in love with everything about that novel.
So, I had high expectations for the sequel. Did Torch meet up to all of them?? No. Sadly, it didn't.
However, I'm still super satisfied with this book!
First, the love triangle between Laia, Elias and Keenan was highlighted and delved into which peeved me off to no end. I was frustrated for more than half of the novel because I absolutely despise love triangles. It's a form of literary manipulation and this might be me going mother bear on my dear Elias...
Some horrible things happen in the name of developing plot which I understand but my heart and mind couldn't take it.
Next, the character development for Laia was almost non-existent except for the beginning and end of the novel. I was looking forward to seeing her grow even more but nope! Like being hardcore rejected.
What I loved loved loved about this book was the introduction of Helene's character. Her POV was interesting and eye-opening. I loved her story and can't wait for more from her in the next book (hopefully)!!
And of course, I loved Elias. He's fantabulous. I can't complain about him at all.
Overall, this book gets 4 out of 5 stars and for good reason. I had some issues with the plot and Laia's development but the book had Sabaa's beautiful story-telling all over it, so in the end I'm, to an extent, satisfied.
(I go into more detail in my full review here)
Published by Michelle Hong