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Release Date: July 19, 2011
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Age Group: Young Adult
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.
- An Ember canvas tote and print copy of Ember.
- A silver butterfly necklace, an Ember canvas tote, and an ebook of Ember.
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