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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Book Boyfriends: Elias Veturius (An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir)

So I've seen this meme floating around many book blogs, but initially I got the idea from Reading Lark and they got this meme from The Unread Reader. I've enjoyed the meme so much that I will also be joining in on the fun on Wednesdays. Welcome to Book Boyfriends everyone!


  • Tall (over 6 feet)
  • Broad-shouldered
  • Muscular
  • Sun-Gold Skin
  • High Cheek Bones
  • Straight Nose
  • Full Lips
  • Black Hair
  • Pale Gray Eyes

Why He's My Book Boyfriend:

Elias has very strong principles and morals even though he was raised to treat those below him poorly. He has a great sense of humor and he's strong. No matter what if he cares for someone, he risks everything for that person. There were times where I thought he was a bit wishy-washy but considering the life he is leading, it makes sense why he's torn. Either way, I hope that there will be a sequel to An Ember in the Ashes so I can learn more about him. 

Actor to be my Book Boyfriend: Henry Cavill is pretty much how I picture Elias except younger. Of course Elias' eyes are lighter but oh well. 

Quotes from and about Elias:

1) "Maybe she knew him before she became a slave. Maybe he's the reason she snuck out. I scowl and look away. He's not bad-looking, I suppose, but he seems too grim to be any fun.

Also, he's shorter than me. Considerably shorter. Half a foot, at least."

2) "You don't sound like a Tribesman." There. That's neutral enough. "You've hardly got an accent." Though his eyes are Scholar-dark, his is all edges and hard lines. "You don't really look like one either."

"I can say something in Sadhese, if you like." He drops his lips to my ear, and the spice of his breath sends a pleasant shiver through me. "Menaya es poolan dila dekanala." 

I sigh. No wonder Tribesman can sell anything. His voice is warm and deep, like summer honey dripping off the comb.

"What--" My voice is hoarse, and I clear my throat. "What does it mean?"

He gives me that smile again. "I'd really have to show you."

3) "Right. Free to report for duty as full-fledged servants of the Empire, after which we'll lead men to their deaths in the never-ending border wars with wildmen and barbarians. Those of us not ordered to the border will be given city commands, where we'll hunt down Resistance fighters or Mariner spies. We'll be free, all right. Free to rape and kill and laud the Emperor.

Funny how that doesn't seem like freedom."

4) "For three days after the Moon Festival, Helene avoids me. She ignores knocks on her door, leaves the mess hall when I appear, and begs off when I approach her head on. When we're paired together in training, she attacks me as if I'm Marcus. When I speak to her, she goes suddenly deaf.

I let it go at first, but by the third day, I'm sick of it. On my way to combat training, I'm concocting a plan to confront her--something involving a chair and rope and maybe a gag so she has no choice but to listen to me."

5) "So what you're saying is that you cheated and you still barely managed to win." I applaud slowly, my chains clanking. "Well done."

6) "I'm not going to kill you," I say, nestling the blade into his neck. "Just wanted you to know I could."

You guys can check out my full review of An Ember in the Ashes here. I have more quotes from the book there if you guys like the ones I have listed here. For those of you who don't already know, I'm also giving away an ARC of it in my March Book Giveaway which you can find the details to enter by clicking here. When it is released to the public, you guys have to get it! I can guarantee you won't regret it =)

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