REVIEW: Embers (The Wings of War #1) by Karen Ann Hopkins
TITLE: Embers (The Wings of War #1)
AUTHOR: Karen Ann Hopkins
PUBLICATION: Published October 21st 2014 by Karen Ann Hopkins
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Angels
PAGES: 357 pages (kindle edition)
SOURCE: review copy via tour host
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There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evils rises.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she’s immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt’s boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember’s exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she’s a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage, and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war, one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.
Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.
I’m now convinced. Karen ann Hopkins can write anything.. and I will like it. I really enjoyed her novel, Lamb to the Slaughter and because I found out that this is her first YA Paranormal, I didn’t know what to expect.
Ember’s parents died in a car crash srash that should’ve killed her too but with unknown reasons fire cannot seem to harm her in any way. Until she was shipped off to her mothers friend, Ila, that she found all the answers that she’s been dying to know… Ember is a descendant of a kind of angel. She’s a Watcher. And with the help of Aunt Ila, she’s training and practicing to be more skillfull with her abilities.
But being a Watcher is not Ember’s main problem. The world is going to an end… and that man in her dreams (literally) might have something to do with it.
Ohh, people, I. LOVE. IT.
This is a sexy and action packed paranormal that everybody is looking for, with supernatural characters that are completely unique and distinct. This book reminded me of The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (which I loved) It has the right amount of wit, romance, action and mystery. Though the start was a bit slow.. the plot was really gripping. I was intrigued by all the monsters and supernatural creatures that Ila was telling Ember and I found myself asking for more of Watcher’s history. It didn’t lack, really. I was satisfied with the whole explanation and it still left me wanting for more and making me excited for the sequel. Just thinking about what’s in store for Ember and Sawyer makes me giddy.
Some people might be put off with the Instalove. I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s there. And it’s scorching hot. Like, it’s blazing flames! The attraction between Ember and Sawyer is unbelievable.
Even us, the readers, cannot deny the chemistry between this two. From the moment they locked theor aeyes at each other, romance is already brewing. But I loved that them getting together took time. I know the attraction was kind of fast.. okay, scratch kind of, because IT IS fast, but none of the two made bad decisions and decided to just eat each others face (though the WANT is there) the circumstances is still on their mind. And I like that a lot.
Ember is a vey likeable character too, which I did not expect. I loved how she acted all snarky and fought the attraction that is pulling her towards Sawyer. And Sawyer.. WOWZA. Sawyer screams MAN, there is nothing boy about him. Totally alpha and very swoon worthy.
Hopkins’ writing is very easy to get into. Besides the bit of slow pacingI mentioned above, I did not struggle at all and everything just went smoothly. I was transfixed and her writing absolutely held me through out the book. I cannot wait for the sequel! The end was not a total cliffy but it surely left me hanging and begging for more! I absolutely recommend this to everyone!
A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.