{ARC Review+G!veaway} Iridescent by Carol Oates

October 12, 2012 Reviews 9

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Welcome to my stop on the Ember and Iridescent tour. I have my review of both books and a giveaway for you guys today! 😉 Let me know what you think!

Ember by Carol Oates
Published July 19th 2011 by Omnific Publishing 

When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a beautiful and arrogant Watcher Angel and romantically pursued by his darkly seductive rival, Draven. Ultimately, dubious about her own goodness, Candra’s very existence compromises a tentative peace in the city of Acheron.

Iridescent (ember #2) by Carol Oates

Expected Publication- October 16, 2012 by Omnific Publishing
Candra Ember used to dream of saving the world one person at a time. She never expected to become an angelic weapon and the last hope in the battle against ultimate darkness.
Falling for a Nephilim wasn’t part of Sebastian’s plan. Distraction is something he can’t afford when his rival, Draven, wants what Sebastian has. 
Lies, manipulation, and corruption are twisting the lives of the citizens in Acheron. The Arch is missing from Heaven, and a demon is intent on claiming the city. At a time they should be growing closer, grief and paranoia is driving Candra and Sebastian apart.
If the price of restoring the Watchers to Heaven is a human soul, who deserves to be saved?

Ok, so this review is going to be different than most of my other reviews. I am going to be reviewing both books 1 and 2 together. I will give my general thoughts on the series and then try and break down book 1 and book 2. It will be hard for me because I loved book 1 so much that I immediately had to start reading book two right after and as a result, I can’t really separate the two books completely. But the good news is, that I totally loved both of them! Normally, after I am done reading a book, I take some time and jot some notes and impressions down for my review. But As soon as I finished Ember I just had to pick up Iridescent and keep reading. I think I paused for all of 1 minute. 
Let’s start with book 1. Ember throws you right into the action, and while I was a little confused for the first 5-10 pages, I quickly got my bearings and I became engrossed in the story. I loved seeing the sparring and the back and forth between Candra and Sebastian. They were so cute! I also really liked the depiction of the angels in this book. They are not really super religious angels, but more like spiritual angels. This means that the books are not preachy AT. ALL. These are actually angels like I have never encountered before- they are very human. But with wings of course. 
Ember had a big task. There were tons of questions that needed to be answered and Candra certainly wasn’t going to stop until she got them. And even though the characters are sometimes pretty dense as to their feelings, there is actually a really great romance in Ember. 
Iridescent picks up relatively soon after Ember ended. This book focused more on Draven. And as much as I wanted to hate him, but I didn’t really. I found myself more mad at Sebastian. I knew what he was doing but I just wanted to slap him for being an idiot! Agh! There is a ton of action in these books as well. I loved the way Ember ended but I was kind of nervous about what would happen in this book. But a ton of stuff happened! 
Fans of angel books need to read Ember and Iridescent! Carol Oates is so great at creating tension between characters. Holy cow! I love her writing- it’s so descriptive. Ember is one of the best angel books I have ever read! 
5/5 gavels

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9 Responses to “{ARC Review+G!veaway} Iridescent by Carol Oates”

  1. Christine

    These books sound so amazing–can’t believe I haven’t heard of them before!! Definitely going to be reading them. Thanks for the amazing review and giveaway 🙂

  2. Linda

    Wow! That’s a pretty complimentary review. I know that feeling where you just can’t wait to get to the next book of a series. Would love to win a copy!

  3. Dynie

    This sounds like a wonderful book & series. I haven’t read the 1st book in the series so I’ll have to put it on my TBR list. I love the cover also. Thanks for the giveaway. 😉

  4. Brenna

    Gorgeous covers! These books sound really good! I haven’t read either of them, so I will definitely had them to my ‘to reads’ list. 🙂

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