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Ember (Ember #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  424 ratings  ·  118 reviews
Love never dies...but it can kill.

Ember is the story of Max Valentine, a teenager with secret abilities and many inner demons. His life revolves around music and his love for it. When his father dies he seeks answers with his last living relative, his fathers brother Frank. Frank lives on the island of Maui and eagerly takes Max in as his own. Max soon learns that healing
Paperback, 2nd edition, 390 pages
Published March 16th 2012 (first published July 18th 2011)
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Aug 11, 2012 Daniela rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: a person in a coma forever
Recommended to Daniela by: nobody
Shelves: bullshit
WARNING: The review contains vulgar words.

0.5 stars A true waste of my precious time!

Ember. *me no me gusta face* So, we have Max Valentine a screwed up dork teenager with some secret powers, I believe? And his life which "revolves around music and his love for it". So original. Fantastic. BRAVO. And one day he saves Asia Lyn Michaels' life. Asia is a spoiled cunt brat. And apparently she discovers Max's secret. Right. BORED. From that moment on they are connected, no matter how much they fight
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The story was catchy--here are my problems with it: elementary grammar and punctuation errors, lots of them, distracting amounts of them! Lethargic narration, lots of places they could have tightened up dialogue, plot, etc. First person narration by a character that can somehow narrate events with great detail that he was not there to witness himself. Abundant sexuality among high schoolers. Now while this may represent reality, I wouldn't recommend this to a teenager when the main character spe ...more
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"Music is Life...Embrace it.."-M.D.

Max Valentine; a musician, romantic, an unshakeable past, hidden abilities..

Max is a Californian who was sent to Hawaii to live with his last living relative in a kind of means to start over. What he didn't expect was to have his heart pulled in two different directions and have to keep an eye on his famous temper. One that got him the nickname, Mad Max.
There is his opposite, Asia, who can calm him with her beauty or touch. But Asia has so much of her own p
I really liked the premise of this book, and moreso the fact that it was written in a male POV. But that is about it, unfortunately. There was way too much repetition in this book. If I read about anymore lightening or thunder, I thought I might lose it. I understood why it was there, but wow! It was just overdone. It would make for a great drinking game, however ~ take a shot every time thunder is written. You'd be drunk by page 10.

I also didn't care for the fact that Max was so undecided abou
WOW!! I just finished Ember by Madison Daniel and OMG….it was sooo freaking good!! I have been waiting for this book for soooo long…I can’t even tell you how long. And lo and behold, I had it sitting in my kindle…*facepalm*
Madison Daniel has introduced us to a unique individual in Max Valentine and WOW, his world is filled with so much action, emotions, joys, heartbreaks, and of course MUSIC!! I absolutely love how much music is involved throughout this whole book. I know that it a testament to
Tracey (YA Book Addict)
Man oh man!!! M.D. sure knows how to deliver the goods!!!

Madison Daniel could write the blurbs on the back of cereal boxes and I would rush to read them!! His writing appeals to me that much!!! I loved everything about this book.

So here's just a small snippet of it's awesomeness.....

THE COVER: Simply gorgeous!! As soon as I saw it I was just, WOW!!!

MAX VALENTINE: He's tattooed. He loves music. He plays guitar. He sings.... Everything I love in my book crush!! But this boy has endured pain!! H
Nely Cab
Eighteen year-old Max Valentine has a blazing personality, and that's not figuratively speaking. The main character in Madison Daniel's novel, Ember, can literally ignite himself on fire when his rage takes over, which unfortunately is quite often. Max can only hope that moving to paradise might calm his burning temper. Max takes up his uncle's offer to move to Hawaii to start fresh after his father passes. Upon arrival on the small island, Max is captivated by an exotic beauty named Asia and wh ...more
" Love at first sight . I've always heard that said in movies or my favourite books but i never believed in it for a second . Death at first sight . That was much more my style . You know tha whole James Dean kind of thing . Love fast , die young sort of culture . Soon enough i would have experienced both " - Max Valentine

With a beginning like that , how could one not read a book that i would like to call ' the experience of a lifetime ' ! This book makes me want to move to Hawaii and experienc
Jacquie Talento
Max’s life hasn’t been easy with the ability he holds. His mother left him and his dad passed away. He’s moved to Hawaii to live with his uncle. New school, new friends, new life is all Max can think about until he meets Asia. Everyone fears Asia and the rumors are all around. She has abilities as well and is shunned at the school he thinks she should be going to. Sam is the girl that her dad works with his uncle for. She’s a beautiful girl that pulls him into a safe direction that he has never ...more
Carly Wallace
Hi y'all Anne here and I've just finished reading Ember by Madison Daniel and yes it's 4:56 am and I am writing my review because a book like this can not wait. Ember is an amazing book, I'm going to start right at page 1 where you meet Max and his suffering and turmoil is already painted right there for you in a heart wrenching scene that will leave you with a multitude of questions left wanting answers. The back drop for Ember is Hawaii and the author describes his locations and scenes in such ...more
I'm feeling the heat.....and I LOVE it!!

Max Valentine is not your ordinary, everyday Romeo. He has a history that haunts him day and night and he has abilities that can be both a blessing and a curse. Add a bit of a temper to that and things tend to heat up pretty quickly in this book ;) After the death of his father, Max needs a fresh start. He moves to Hawaii to live with his Uncle.

Asia is a mysterious local girl who Max feels instantly drawn to as soon as he sets eyes on her. She is beautiful
Ok so I won't lie there were times I wanted to tear my hair out reading this. The love triangle aggravated the hell out of me. I absolutely am cheering for Sam! Oh that ending could not have been any better! Looking forward to the next book.
Misty Blankenship
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What an emotional roller coaster.......I am truly speechless
Alexia Purdy
Dec 27, 2011 Alexia Purdy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Paranormal, urban fantasy YA readers
A most intriguing book, the story of Max Valentine, a supernatural fire-wielding healer who has arrived in Maui Hawaii to start his life anew after tragedy has torn his family apart. After his father dies, he now is sent to live with his uncle Frank in the beautiful island of Maui. What an awesome backdrop for this mystical and fiery read. The author Madison Daniel describes it with amazing detail and vibrance.
The characters were enticing! Madison writes his characters with all senses in mind.
Mikila Marshall

Max is an 18 year old boy with an incredible gift. Haunted by his past, he moves in with his uncle, the only relative left that hasn't abandoned him. Two girls playing tug of war with his heart. Who will he choose?
It took me forever to read Ember. I had quickly read around 200 pages when my E-reader charger decided to die on me, so, it wasn't a borefest or anything. It was just down to technology. When my charger finally came back in stock (Useless). I left it on ch
I was really excited to start reading Ember, not only because of the great buzz, but because it's setting is in the place where I grew up... Maui, Hawaii. It was awesome to actually know, and have been to the locations mentioned. And, my hubby is a graduate of Maui High School! Lol :)
First off...I loved how it has a male MC. I haven't read too many novels where the lead is a male character, but it was a very nice change. This is a story about a boy, who has a deadly secret. One he's been runnin
Apr 19, 2012 Phia rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who hate commas and to those who doesn't want a substantial plot.
Am I the only one who didn't love this book? The cover is great, though.

First things first. The commas. As I've said before, I found the lack of commas disturbing. Every time I read something which needed a comma but there's none, I wanted to freaking bang my head in the wall. Idk if it's just from my ebook or not. Most likely it's the former because would they publish a book with a lack of commas? I don't think so. Still, my it irritated me.

Max. Ah, Max. He's really a two-timing guy with specia
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Reviewer: Jennifer

Max Valentine is ready to start a new life. After the death of his father, Max moves to Maui to live with his Uncle in a desperate attempt to start his life over. Max’s problems stream from a well kept secret, he has the gift of fire. A gift that has led to the death of a loved one, a tragedy he has yet to deal with. His move seems like the right decision until he met As
Cyndi Stauff
Oh my! The only thing that would make this book better is if Madison Daniel sold the book along with the soundtrack! This way you could listen to the music while reading!

Everything in this book will keep you wondering what's going to happen next. Before you know it, it's over, leaving you yearning for the next book.

As with all my other reviews, I don't like to go into much detail as I'm never sure who has read the book already and who hasn't. I will tell you that you will get mad, sad, almost cr
Amanda  "Xscape From Reality With A Book"
The main character of the story is Max, who has a HOT temper, literally! He falls for 2 girls at once. Can you love more than one person with all your heart and soul? This is something Max must ask himself numerous times, after having his heart broken more than once. Each girl does their damage, in more ways than one. There’s something different about Max, quite interesting in fact. And he manages to find his balance from each girl, in different ways. Asia is who he falls for first, and she is h ...more
Douglas Meeks
Ember Ember by Madison Daniel

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was suckered in by the reviews and started reading this and the only thing I got out of it was that Max was incapable of coherent thought in most instances. The situations were stupid (unless you like reading about kids in high school) and the reactions of the characters were laughable if not so poorly written, i.e. who wakes up from a near fatal accident , watches somebody miraculously heal them and walks away without a word. This book was a tota
Rebecca Gober
How HOT was this book? Burning hot! I have been following Madison Daniel on his Facebook page for several months. He's an extremely active author who connects with his fans and seems super down to earth. His passion for music and the written word really got to me. After watching the book trailer (which I highly recommend you do) and seeing the reveal of Ember's cover I knew I wanted to get my hands on this book as quickly as possible. I read Ember in less than a week and encountered a few sleepl ...more
OMG this book is amazing. I MEAN AMAZING! I would pay the $4.99 or whatever I paid on Amazon to read it again. NO LIE! Author Madison Daniel is a pure genius! This book has just blown me away. I am so in love with the setting, the characters, the just all fits so well together. I read this book in less than 24 hours. I lost A LOT of sleep staying up late to read "one more chapter". Def a page turner.

What an incredible mix of legend and magic and love and hate. I am a HUGE fan of books
Lynn Worton
Max Valentine is 18 years old. He has become an orphan, and has come to live with his uncle in Maui. He is an unusual person, as he is able to generate and control fire from his fingertips. He meets a mysterious, blue eyed girl called Asia Michaels. He also meets his uncle's colleague's daughter, Samantha Summers. Just when he thinks his life couldn't get any more complicated, it does. He begins to have feelings for both girls. Can he make the right decision, or will his be heart broken?

Ember is
"Music is Life...Embrace it.."-M.D.

Max Valentine; a musician, romantic, an unshakeable past, hidden abilities..

Max is a Californian who was sent to Hawaii to live with his last living relative in a kind of means to start over. What he didn't expect was to have his heart pulled in two different directions and have to keep an eye on his famous temper. One that got him the nickname, Mad Max.
There is his opposite, Asia, who can calm him with her beauty or touch. But Asia has so much of her own pen
Aislynn (Stitch Read Cook)

After losing his father to a heart attack, he decides it's time to make a fresh start in Hawaii with his Uncle Frank. Where no one knows "Mad Max", about the accident that took his sister Mia, or his mother leaving. He hopes to finish his last year of high school with a clean slate.

On route to his new home, he's almost run over twice and picks up a stray dog - who tries to save Max and ends up hurt in the process. Using his new found gift, he saves the little wiener dog and has a new best friend
Brianna Kilcrease
"Love at first sight, I've always heard that said in movies or my favorite books but I never believed in it for a second. Death at first sight. That was much more my style. You know, the whole James Dean kind of thing. Live fast, die young sort of culture. Soon enough I would have experienced both" - Max Valentine

This is the first of five books that I will be reading from Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly, and after reading this book I am pleasantly surprised. If all CHBB books are like Embe
I liked it, I didn't like it. I loved Max, I hated Max. Ugh, this book had me going back and forth about on my feelings for the characters of this book. Everything I liked about this book I disliked too. The girls were strong and kick ass one minute and the next they were sniveling begging babies. Max made horrible choices and really just pissed me off over and over again to the point where I would groan and have to put the book down.

What I liked:
I loved all of the music involved in Ember. Max
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Music is LIFE and the written word is our SOUL. Music and writing have been my true ambition since I was a child. I have used music in every form possible; writing it, performing it, healing with it, etc. I call it my "life's soundtrack." I have always written in some form; from comic books to screenplays to short stories and now the new "Ember Series." I have found a true passion for my stories a ...more
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