Published by Createspace Independent Pub on October 21, 2014
Genres: Angels, dark, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: eARC from Author
There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evil rises.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about an eighteen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two young men who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war—one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil—and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.
Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.
I had heard such amazing things about Karen Ann Hopkins before and I have always wanted to try one of her books, but I didn’t think I should start with the Amish series Temptation because I wasn’t sure that would be my thing. As soon as I saw Embers though, I knew I had to get in on that book. The cover grabbed my eye instantly, and the fact that Embers was said to be a dark and gritty paranormal was more than enough to make me super excited about it. And now I can say that I know what everyone was talking about. Not only was Embers a great story, but Karen Ann Hopkins is a phenomenal writer. Her writing really makes a story, and especially the character jump right off the page.
Embers is first and foremost a story about Angels. But I am super happy to report that Karen’s angels are her own. This was unlike other angel books that I have tried. The line between good and evil was not always so clear, and it made the story so unique and interesting. Ember herself was a treat. And this is also where Karen Ann Hopkins writing started to really impress me. You can tell so much thought and planning went into the character development for all of the characters. Ember was so fleshed out and real. She could have walked right off the page, which might have freaked me out a bit considering the world she was coming from. Just sayin’. But I would like to meet someone with her power. She has an afinity for fire and the things she can do are wicked cool.
The romance was a little light for my liking, but there was so many other things going on that you don’t even really notice that it was on the lighter side until you are done with the book. I was so drawn into this world, I want the next book in my hands right now. (and I also want some more romance in the next one, but with all of the solid foundation work she did here, I think that will happen as the series unfolds.) I know angel books are hit or miss for a lot of people, myself included. I have read some that worked for me and some not so much. But Embers was a hit! Even if you are not a fan of angels, I would urge you to try Embers. There are tons of twists and turns to keep you guessing, the take on angels is different and the book really did feel dark and gritty, like it was pitched to be. It was such an interesting mixture. I can’t wait to see what comes next in the Wings of War series.
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I can handle the light romance, if the story is strong enough. This almost feels like it has an urban fantasy feel rather than paranormal romance.
Boo on the light romance but yay on everything else! I think I would like this as well and it sounds like it is a good place to start with this author.
Thank you so much for the giveaway! I always liked the angel themed books!
She is an awesome author! You should give her Amish series a try as well, I think you’d like it as it’s move romance heavy.
LOVE how her angel lore is completely her own 🙂
Lovely review 🙂
This sounds like it’s going to be a great series. Love the cover.
It sounds unlike anything I have ever read, and I absolutely love the cover!
I’m glad to hear that the mythology is unique. I also like it when there’s no total good vs total evil. Good characters is a must for me to enjoy a book and I don’t mind a lighter romance. This looks really good. Nice review! 🙂
This looks and sounds fabulous 🙂 thank you for sharing!!!
This book sounds good. Good vs Evil with angels. Exciting. Thank you for the review and giveaway.
This book sounds really good from the review.
I love the cover and this sounds amazing!!
I am pretty excited about this book. Angel story with a hint of love story. Sounds good!
The more I read about this book, the more excited I get!
The cover is awewome. Can’t wait!
Amazing cover! I’m really excited to read this. I loved your review!
Looks like an awesome novel to read.I am looking forward to reading it.
This book looks like an interesting read!
really looking forward to reading your book
The Embers book sounds like a good read. I like the supernatural/paranormal aspects and the storyline looks to be good. I’ll have to read this one.
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I don’t mind a book that is light on the romance, and the premise behind this story has me really intrigued. I will definitely be adding it to my to-read pile, so thanks for the review!
It sounds like this is going to be an amazing series and is definitely going on my Wish List! Congratulations on your other series being Optioned for TV! How exciting! Thank you so much for the great review and thank you for the awesome giveaway!
always love reading about people with superpowers, great cover too!
This sounds like a pretty good book to me! I have been hearing about her books a lot too, and to be honest I am not really for her Amish series either. I might try this one though, loving the cover <3 Sounds like a fun book, with a light romance 🙂
Love the review!!! Thanks it sounds like a really good book 🙂
This books looks so good! I am for sure gonna take the time to read this one!
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I really like it when a story has blurred lines between good and evil. It’s so much more realistic because in real life, situations aren’t black and white. The cover is phenomenal, and this sounds like a great book. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂
The cover is awesome…my daughter would love this book!
Looking forward to reading Embers, it really sounds good!