Book Reviews

[review] Ember – Carol Oates

Hey guys, welcome to the 18th stop on the Ember blog tour!

Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 237
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher for honest review

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.

+     World-building. I’ll be honest: I’ve never found stories about angels appealing. Part of it is the weirdness from seeing my name constantly mentioned and part of it is because I’ve never really been able to see angels in any romantic light. That said, I did enjoy the world that Carol Oates creates in Ember. It’s very much tied to Candra’s perspective of her surroundings. Candra is an emotional person, so the people and events that she experiences are described with rich language. I liked that the chapters are alternately narrated by Sebastian and Candra. Their viewpoints are necessary for the novel’s progression and don’t feel awkward, though it does come as a surprise at first.

+     Supporting characters. I like Candra, but I love Brie, Ivy and Lofi. The female characters in this novel may go unnoticed by many readers, mostly because Sebastian and Draven figure so prominently in Candra’s life. But they shouldn’t be ignored by any means. They were the most interesting characters in my opinion. Candra grows to love each of them, Brie most of all, and it was nice to see female relationships that didn’t involve jealousy. (Sidenote: THIS SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE NORM.) I did want to see more of the angelic factions, but I believe this is first in a series.

Recommendations:  I can’t compare it to other angel books since I haven’t read any, but I’m glad this was my first. Fans of Cassandra Clare will certainly enjoy this new Nephilim-based novel.

Rating:  Good.

Go check out Carol Oates’s website and follow her on Twitter @caroloates.

You can check out Ember on Goodreads and order it over at Amazon and Omnific Publishing.

Don’t forget to check out the other blogs in the tour schedule for the chance to win awesome prizes! Six random blogs on the tour will be giving away an ebook copy of Ember.  Comment with your email to be entered into the giveaway on the blogs who are hosting this giveaway.
Runner Up:
  • An Ember canvas tote and print copy of Ember.

Grand Prize:

  • A silver butterfly necklace, an Ember canvas tote, and an ebook of Ember.

Remember to enter for the chance to win the GRAND PRIZE and RUNNER UP PRIZE, you must comment on ALL blog posts with your email during the tour.


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15 replies »

  1. Props for positive female relationships! Glad to hear that the secondary characters get fully developed and interesting stories. Thanks for the review!

    candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. I love it when the secondary characters are just as developed. It makes the read much more enjoyable.

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  3. Thanks for the info. It sounds great, and I’ve actually been reading a lot of angel themed books lately. But EMBER sounds like it’s going to stand out.

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