Thursday, February 28, 2013

Review: Ember by Jessica Sorensen

EMBER – death collectors book 1

What if you knew when someone was going to die?
For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can't sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.
But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher's death and what he may be hiding.

Jessica lives in the snowy mountains of Wyoming and this information for supernatural fans is where the devils gate was opened. She likes to spend time with her family when not working and reading.  Jessica likes to watch The Hangover (I’ve not seen this yet!) and the gorge Mr Darcy *sighs* Pride and Prejudice.
Jessica likes the tunes of Blink 182, At the Drive-Inn, Wicked Lovely just to name a few.  The books you might find in Jessica’s abode is Shed, Harry Potter, anything by Courtney Summers and Sarah Dessen to name just a smidgen of who she likes to read.

I have never had the privilege of living in a modern day small town, near a big city but novelist Jessica Sorensen made me feel it is where I belong and described it well enough for me to have an image in my head of what it would look like.  I felt Embers pain and understood how she felt at school at 17 and not belonging.  People’s fingers would point to her when similar situations were happening in her home town because the same thing happened to her father.
Ember is the reason I love this book because her voice rings memories to me and she is clear and I can relate to a few of her feelings. I can feel what her characters feel and sympathise and like the area and choice of description of her home – it is laid out in my head.  There is more going on to this book than meets the eye.

Her bestie lives next door, Raven, she is a party animal through and through a bit of a rebellion.  They spend a lot of time together however their friendship is tried and tested and that alone is a page turner.
Embers brother Ian and mother both suffer with mental illness something that is very close to my heart. Jessica describes the situation very clearly.  She describes a united family but at the same time a broken family.  Ember meets Asher Morgan where he makes her feel relaxed around him where nothing matters.  His character had me on edge all the way through the book not knowing if he was good or bad. He had moved from the Big Apple. He feels the need to protect ember, followed by Cameron.  He is willing to fight for Ember too.

I found this book to be dark, a lot of bad things happening than good. It was still a good write up and I will be waiting for the book on Amazon for free. If you want to find out what is happening with Embers family secret, her relationship with Raven, who will her heart belong to Asher or Cameron? I suggest you read the book. I give this book 4 hearts!

My favourite quote from the book is this:
‘I love the cemetery.  It’s quiet and peaceful – it’s the only place where I get a break from death.  I loathe crowded places, crammed with voices and life.  It hurts to be around life.  People don’t understand how close death is, right over their shoulders, around the block, at the end of a street.  It’s everywhere. And I am the only one who knows where it’s hiding.  I see death everyday.  But a cemetery is already dead.

Review by Kate Wilson

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Other Books in series: Cinder (Coming 2013)
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