They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.
Story wise, you can't shake a stick at all that is transpiring in this tale. We have those coming into powers they never knew existed. We have beings stalking others for unknown purposes that are going to a get a bit too close. We have a whole town that is missing its memories from twelve years ago...except the vague notion that SOMETHING bad happened and their loved ones perished. They all circle around Belle Haven, a town cloaked from the outside world and crammed full of paranormal beasties, that's about to become the boiling point for something years in the making. Can you imagine finding out that you've extended family...one a banshee, the other a reaper? Or how about that you were suppose to be dead TWELVE years ago and your very existence is turning the paranormal world upside down? Yeah...quite a bit to deal with and Ember is going to get hit with it all at once. Good thing she's made of stronger stock than she looks...stronger than your average human I'd say. Guess that explains why she's NOT actually one...
Character wise, there were so many to choose from, I'd be hard pressed to narrow it down to my favorites. Ember is an easy choice with her ever present heart guiding her way; it is what makes her human despite all outward signs to the contrary. Mace is certainly easy on the eyes and even though he's a soulless soul eater, I dare YOU to resist his ways. (*snicker....good luck with that!*) Tristan is a firecracker without a doubt (though there is one human in particular that brings her heart to a stand still), once her powers go active...buddy watch out! Kai a big talking, sassy, soft-hearted soul; perhaps the very reason for his reaper position in the family. Then there is Isa, Wren, Quinn (love that kid!), Donovan...need I go on? As you can see, a notepad is not a bad reading accessory with this book...and we've only delved into the better parts of the cast! We've yet to list the true baddies (though Mace's position is certainly debatable), but I'll let you discover them on your own.
This is not a light read in any sense of the word so be warned going into it because once you do, they'll be no pulling yourself back out until you turn the final page. How do I know? From experience. I literally read this over the course of one day and while I'm not a stranger to BIG books, this little pretty comes in at just over 500 pages. Yep. I told you it wasn't a lightweight. Do I feel any of it could have been cut to trim it down a bit? Not exactly, but I do think for those that gravitate towards quicker reads, may be slightly turned off by the prospect. If that description fits you, try to push it out of your mind because you'll be missing out on a great read. Heavy instance number two, the stories content. We're talking the HUGE cast of paranormal critters and what nots PLUS the story itself because while you may think that the discovery of Ember's power is the end of it, it's truly only the beginning. At times, it felt like I was trying to describe the beginnings of a really bad joke ... a werewolf, Grim, witch, banshee, and a reaper walk into a bar... but once I got the character tree straight in my head, I was set.
In conclusion, a great pick for the season as well as anytime you wish to indulge the Young Adult Paranormal fan in you. It's got a little something for everyone...danger, romance, unrequited love, magic, and the classic good vs evil...while still weaving a tale that encompasses them all. You'll fall under Ember's spell while trying to avoid the charms of Mace (*sigh*), verbally spar with Tristan while Quinn backs everyone up with hard won words of wisdom, even if he was but a teenager. The fates of everyone here are connected in ways they don't even begin to understand until the you-know-what hits the fan at book's end. Even then, there's so much we don't know you could fill a book with it....good thing there's more to come. ^-^ (*adds to wish list*)
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