I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the previewers for this fantastic book.
The synopsis reads, "There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure/romance 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 learns that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember is instructed 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. Inexplicably drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it's cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war 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 may be one of the few champions willing to 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've read everything published by Karen Ann Hopkins and I was pleased to see her traveling in a different territory. While many authors will stick with one genre, eventually beating it to death, Hopkins has taken on a different challenge with every new series, proving she can take on any writing challenge.
While Embers begins a little slower than what I'm used to reading, I was happy I stuck through the first couple of chapters. It becomes an enticing story of a girl unlike many characters I've read before her. Ember is unique and strong and not easily deterred. She's grounded, real and relatable.
One of the things that originally worried me about the book was that I've never been interested in the Angel story lines and good vs. evil has been done more times than I can count. But, the Angels in this book are nothing like I expected them to be and did not make me want to stop reading. So, if you're like me, and not too interested in Angels, don't let that stop you from picking it up!
It's an exciting story that will make you want to read more. And, if the rest of the series is anything like the first book, this will definitely be one for the bookshelves.
Christy Howell is the author of the Eloquentia series