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Sep 7, 2011

Ember-Carol Oates Book Review

           Hey everyone! It’s been quite a while since I posted my last book review because College has been eating a lot of my time. So let’s get started shall we…

          The book I read and reviewed now is called ‘Ember’ by Miss Carol Oates. I got this by sheer luck. On a very ordinary day, I got an email from Miss Micha Stone, the Marketing and Creative Director of Omnific publishing, asking me if I would review their published books. I got so excited because I’ve been eyeing their books for such a long time. Yup! I’ve been salivating on their books. What? Check their website and tell me you are not itching to get your hands on one of them? So to make the story short, I went to their website and picked “Ember”.

          For those people who had been with me since I started this blog months ago knew that I rarely read and review YA books because I rarely liked them. I could count the number of YA books I genuinely liked and I’m happy to say that “Ember” is one of them.

From Goodreads: 

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.

Ember is a Paranormal Romance about a girl named Candra. She is a very normal teenaged girl or that’s what she thought until that fateful day that Sebastian, a Watcher Angel came into her life and shattered everything she believed about herself. Suddenly, her stepmother Brie is actually Ambriel an angel who had fallen for her and her father. And her father is actually an angel who had also fallen and that makes her a Nephilim, a half angel and half human.

Sebastian, an angel who went down to earth to kill all the soulless Nephilims, has fallen in love with one. It had to be a sick joke but nope.. it’s real! His only plan was to find his little sister Ambriel but instead he found her with a Nephilim stepdaughter. He should’ve killed Candra the moment he saw her but he couldn’t. He saw that she’s different from the soulless Nephilims he has killed. He’s conflicted with the emotions he feels for her. So he became a creepy angel stalker and Candra wouldn’t even know if not for the beautiful flame haired woman who attacked her.

Suddenly, Candra’s life changed from a very ordinary teenager to a Nephilim girl who fell in love with a sad, arrogant and brooding angel with a very dark past. And if that’s enough, another angel named Draven enters her life. He informed her that there could be a war between the two groups of angels if she did not become his mate. And it all comes down to her, will she choose the angel who owns her heart or would she chose the other angel for the greater good of everyone but her?

My Reaction:

             Miss Carol Oates is one magnificent writer!  Reading “Ember” reminded me why I love the good old Paranormal Romance. It reminded me why I love all those sad and full of angst angels. This is one great read for me.

          The main characters are really well written. They would both make you giddy and frustrate you. I always thought that when my emotions are twisted in a roller coater ride by the characters of one book then that means, the writer is an effective one. Miss Carol Oates also did a fantastic job on writing about the supporting characters. She gave them importance. The supporting characters were given their own moment to shine and they affected me as the reader. The supporting characters were not in the story just for the heck of it, but they were vital in order to make the changes that the two main protagonists are going through, much more believable and effective. Miss Oates succeeded in what other writers lacked; she made the other characters important and memorable as the two main protagonists.

          Candra and Sebastian’s chemistry was excellently done! A reader would be a stone not to feel their chemistry. Although, I would admit that there were times that they frustrated me and I didn’t understand why they’re not together but the moment they did admit their feelings for each other was perfect, and right then and there, I realized that it is how it should be. It actually touched me. That scene was powerful and full of emotions.

          I don’t think I could say anything more to describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. I swear to you, my fellow book lovers, that when you read this book you’ll feel all kinds of emotions, giddy, sad, frustrated, and happy. I’m sure you’ll want to read more!

          Congratulations to Miss Carol Oates for making a wonderfully written Romance that has the power to stir the emotions of its readers.
          I cannot wait to read the next one!

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  1. Oh! I have wanted to read this one. Excellent review.
    ~Amanda @

  2. @Rows hello, welcome to my blog! Thanks for commenting. You should really read this book! I recommend it!

  3. Hi! Ia m a new follower & I added ur pretty button to my button marquee :)

    I was interested in this book because of the name "EMBER" I have a gr8 old friend who has that name. He's really cool so I was curious to read your review. I think it looks gr8. I normally shy away from the para romance genre, to be honest lot of them just did not capture my attention but this one looks pretty good. I think I wanna check it out..
    Hope u can stop by soon & have a gr8 weekend..
    Books And Beyond

  4. @Dean Thanks for following my blog. I really appreciate it.

    @Books and Beyond Thanks following and grabbing my button. I'm following your blog too. I also put your blog button here.

    Ember is a good book. You'll get lost in it^^

  5. I liked your review style. Very honest and detailed. Sounds like a great PNR read. Will put it on my to-read list. Have you heard of Out in Blue by Sarah Gilman? Might be just your thing :-)
    Review is on my blog.
    I also used your blog button. THANK YOU for posting mine.
    _yay_ @ BookthatThing

  6. Thank You! I really appreciate it. I'm gonna read your review on it and maybe I'll like it too.


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