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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