Book Review – Ember by Jessica Sorenson

Ember adult

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Synopsis:

For nineteen-year-old Ember, life has always been about death. With a simple touch, she can see when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person that knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

But that changes when she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous and mysterious and is the only person Ember can’t sense death from. The silence he instills in her mind and body allows her to feel things she’s never been able to before, so despite her initial reservations, Ember lets Asher into her life and lets herself to get close to him. But the closer they get, the more Ember realizes that Asher is keeping secrets from her.
When unexplained deaths begin to surface in her town, Ember questions why she can’t see Asher’s death and what it is he’s hiding from her.

 ~~Danielle’s 3.5 Star Thoughts~~

I am on the fence about how I feel about this book.  I really like the creativity and originality of Jessica’s idea behind this paranormal story, but I definitely feel like it was lacking.  I was intrigued in the first chapter, but then got quickly distracted until halfway through.  Then about three fourths into it we are finally privy to information surrounding the secrets of the story.  Unfortunately, it was all in the last quarter of the book and a bit overwhelming. 

I am the type of reader who likes to discover things with the characters, but in the very beginning of the first chapter we are told what plagues Ember through a snippet of back story when she was a kid.  While there is lots of discovery in the present where the story takes place, I just felt disappointed that the biggest element of the Ember’s life was thrown out so quickly and nonchalantly that I didn’t really feel how bad it affected her, although I was told on numerous occasions.

Ember’s best friend, Raven, is a totally superficial unlikable character.  Not one part of me believes that the way Ember’s character was written, that she would be friends with her.  I get that they have lived next door to each other since they were kids and that they have similar backgrounds (which seemed unrealistic) and that they relied on each other, but it didn’t seem like Raven cared about her at all and Ember didn’t seem like she was written to be the character that takes verbal and psychological abuse lightly.

Halfway through the book I was still completely confused by Cameron, Asher, and Garrick.  At this point, all I knew from the information that was being given that we had a war of Angels vs reapers.  I was getting bored and really wanted to just get on with it.  This is part of the information that we learn near the end of the book.

I felt the overall tone of this book was overly melodramatic, too much emphasis on how gothic her and Asher were, and the romance lacked romance.  It was mainly lust.  I have never read this author’s books before, but have heard great things about other projects she has, so I was expecting more.  This just seemed unfocused and immature.  I gave it 3.5 stars because I think that with more development of the characters and more focus with the story this could be an awesome series.  The concept is original and captivating and it has a lot of potential.  Just stick it through because it does pick up a little after halfway and makes it worth it.  I will read book 2 because the ending had me interested in where this story is going.  

~~Natasha’s 4 Star Thoughts~~

I received an ARC of this book as a request to review for a blog tour with Swoon Worthy Books.

I love paranormal but I wasn’t sure if I would be into this specific type. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by Jessica and the storyline that follows the main character. The mythology sucked me in and kept my attention.

Ember Rose is no ordinary girl, she has been able to see things since a very young age that most people could never even comprehend. She is able to see death, and how people are going to die, just by a simple touch. Her only solace is writing poetry in the cemetery where she can be alone.

“The cemetery is my sense of comfort, my sanctuary in a world of darkness, the one piece of light that I have in my life.”

She doesn’t have an easy life. Her family is beyond broken. However Ember seems to rise above it all and try to live life like any other teenage girl – with the help of her best friend Raven. Which will come in handy, because along with the laughs there is plenty of heartbreak.

Lucky for us in Ember there is not one but TWO sexy hunks for us to drool over. First is the pierced up, goth style of Asher. He is amazing and dreamy and an unexpected gentleman. Secondly you have the handsome, smooth, sexy Cameron – every girls boy next door. Throughout the whole book you find yourself internally arguing over who she should go after. Its quite the messy triangle to be involved in, and doesn’t at all end how you would expect . . . .

“They can never truly be together as light and dark. Unless one makes the ultimate sacrifice. Blows out their candle, and joins the other in the dark. Or if the other dares to fly across the line and steals the others light And force them to cross over the line and join the darkness of life.”

This book keeps you guessing and takes you through many “A HA” and “WTF” moments. Just when I think that I have everything figured out. I get thrown for a loop. I love that Jessica keeps us guessing through the whole book, even to the very end.

I sort of enjoy that this book is left with an open ending and keeps you wondering but also leaves you somewhat with a sense of closure. Cant wait for book number 2, and to see whats in store for Ember!

Great Job Jessica!