Welcome to my stop on the Ember blog tour!
Ember was one of my favorite books of 2012, so if you like reaper/death gift books (I know, what the heck is a death gift book- but I couldn’t think of another way to mysteriously describe it) check out Ember!
ebook, 223 pages
Published August 29th 2012 by Borrowed Hearts Publishing
Age Group: YA
Source: ecopy from Author
Series: Death Collectors #1
What if you knew when someone was going to die?
For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.
Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can’t sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.
But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher’s death and what he may be hiding.
Ember was one of those amazing books that I just could not put down. I was completely engrossed in the story from start to finish. It kind of made me an instant fan of Jessica Sorensen. I have the first book in her falling stars series, and now I want to read it ASAP!
Ember has an isolating gift. She can tell when someone is going to die. And the only person who knows is her best friend. So understandably, she kept her distance from other people. And then the guys** show up and her whole keep to herself plan goes out the window. I really enjoyed Ember. I was rooting for her right from the start. And Ember placed her secret in the hands of her best friend, Raven. I have to say, I kind of wish Raven was a better friend. There was a lot of fishy things going on in this book, character wise. I wanted to believe the best in people, but some of their actions made it kind of hard to trust them. And I thought Ember was a little too naive and trusting, but overall I thought she was a great character and I can easily see myself wanting to read more about her and her story.
I don’t want to give away spoilers for the book, because I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ember without knowing any of this, but it is a “love it” or “hate it” thing in YA books so I want to give you a heads up, that there are two guys in this series. To me this was more of a mystery than it was a true love triangle. Lets call it a mystery triangle. The Summary makes it sound like there is just Asher, but we are in mystery/love triangle territory here. Most of the mystery in the book actually surrounds the two guys. We don’t know what their real deal is for most of the book, leaving you to make your own conclusions on who you like and who you didn’t like. I think book 2 is going to be the final decider for me. I am about 90% decided but I am going to hold off until book 2 until I join a team.
The guys** have the whole “light” look v. “dark” look thing going for them. There is the blond hair preppy guy v. the misunderstood goth, black hair guy. It was a little cliche but I really enjoyed the story. I thought the characters were all there for a reason, no one was added just to fill space. Everyone had a role. And they certainly all kept me guessing. I flipped back and forth a couple of times with who the good guy was and what side everyone was on. The mystery surrounding the characters was just enough to make me need to keep reading. I had to know what was going to happen. I didn’t want to put this book down for anything.
Even though there are a few cliche moments in Ember, I didn’t even really notice or think about them until after I read the book and I was preparing to write my review. While I was reading, I was too engrossed in the story and too busy loving the book to have it bother me. I don’t think it will bother the average reader either, because Jessica Sorensen has this awesome ability to weave a beautiful story together with her writing. Ember was one of my favorite books of the year. The Death Collectors series is going on my MUST READ list. I fell in love with this book!
**I am purposely being vague and not giving names to avoid spoilers because the summary only names Asher.
About the Author:
Jessica Sorensen lives with her husband and three kids in the snowy mountains of Wyoming, where she spends most of her time reading, writing, and hanging out with her family.
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