Oh where, oh where do I begin? *pausing to find significance words*
In all honestly, I truly don't feel I could ever find the right or perfect words to say to proclaim how much I dearly loved this book, Embers! I am utterly speechless but of course that's the point of a review is to tell you everything I loved about this book. ;) So I will try my very best.
*uncrosses fingers because well...I need to type) XD
First, if you don't know already I have read/reviewed ALL of author Karen Ann Hopkins novels. She is one of my favorite authors and for good reason. There hasn't been a book she's written that I didn't absolutely adore and couldn't put down. Embers was no different. In fact, I wholeheartedly believe Embers is her best book yet!
Ember is the lone survivor of a horrific fiery car crash which killed both of her parents. Somehow Ember survived... While at her parents funeral a priest comes to speak with Ember telling her there is a reason she was not killed, that she was meant for something more. Swearing that an angel told him to relay this message. Confused by the holy man's words, Ember begins to wonder what this all means. Soon after the death of her parents, Ember is sent to live with a friend of her Mom's way out in the country, to stay with a woman she has only meet once before. Soon after Ember arrives she is told the truth about who she really is and why she didn't parish in the fire along with her Mom and Dad. She is a decadent of an Angel, a "Watcher". A Watcher is able to yield powers from the elements, Earth, Fire, Water, and Wind. Ember soon learns she is able to yield the element of fire and earth. She must now learn how to work and control her newfound powers for someday the world will be ending and Ember.... is the KEY.
Side note: I know usually I go much more into detail about the story (without spoilers) but I feel if I did this time it would ruin the story for anyone is wants to read the book.
Everything about this book was beyond perfect. The world-building was beautiful done with such dimension and depth. The characters all were so brilliantly done and each of them fitting perfectly into the story. I was blown away by Ember. She was such a deep and compelling character. Oh, and her powers?! WOW!!!! I was blown away by what she could do, not only with fire but with healing. Ember is my own personal super-hero! Fighting for all that's good and for the ones she loves. I really also loved Sawyer. *swoons* Especially, toward the ending of the book. (not saying why :P)
Karen Ann Hopkins seamlessly blurs the line between Good and Evil, Angels and Demons, and everything in-between. Her story, Embers is without a doubt one of the most exquisite, breathtaking, and romantic novels I have ever read. All I can say is bring on book 2! I can't wait!!! ...more
The A-Word picks up pretty much within days of where The Sweet Dead Life leaves off. Jenna is slowly tryiReview will contain some spoilers. Be warned.
The A-Word picks up pretty much within days of where The Sweet Dead Life leaves off. Jenna is slowly trying to get back to normal, hanging out with her BFF Maggie and even trying to catch the eye of a certain sexy football player, Ryan. Jenna has accepted that fact that her life will never be the same. Her brother is a ANGEL or A-Word as Jenna like to say still having problems saying the actual word. "EMT" Amber, Casey's "angel boss" still remains close by to keep an eye on Casey and Jenna. Casey doesn't understand why he still remains earth-bound especially after he's used up his ability to fly after saving Jenna. He did what he was sent to do, to protect Jenna. Why hasn't he moves on?
Amber suddenly becomes more and more distracted and distant. Something's going on. Jenna and Casey need to find out what. Out of the blue, a dead sexy older man named Bo, "Bo Shivers" (what a name! ;)) comes into the picture and he may end up being the key to finding out what's going on with Amber. Bo happens to be Amber's "Angel Boss" and knows more than he's letting on. Although, the main reason Bo is hanging around is Jenna but why? More mysteries than ever come out in The A-Word. Why is Amber acting strange, and how really did she die? Who is Bo Shivers and why is so attracted to Jenna. Will Casey even get to leave and be accepted into Heaven? Mostly, how is this all related to what happen last year?
All of these answers and more are revealed in The A-Word. You won't want to miss it!
There was so much going on this this book that at times I was confused to where the story was going. Once again I wanted MORE of the paranormal aspect added and while yes there was a lot about angels, I just wasn't enthralled by it. At times, I was even kind of bored. While book one gave me a good mystery, The A-Word fell short for me. I wasn't feeling Jenna's character as much as I did in book one. I also ended up really not caring much for Amber. Her story was just not very interesting at times for me.
The A-Word was very likale and has many great qualities. I feel more of the younger crown may take more from this one more so than I did. All in all, I will admit it was a fun read. Jenna is just a funny as ever, and I loved seeing her grow-up and fall in love. I really enjoyed seeing more of the secondary characters Maggie and Ryan get more of a involving role in The A-Word. They really bring the book together near the end nicely.
A definite read for Middle-Grade/YA readers but just as fun for adults never the less. :)...more
Immortal City is now one of my favorite books ever. I am dumbfounded by how amazing it was. I am still in tears. Wow, just wow! The book is my favoritImmortal City is now one of my favorite books ever. I am dumbfounded by how amazing it was. I am still in tears. Wow, just wow! The book is my favorites books thus far in 2012. I will be a review very soon for Immortal City. ...more
Okay, I had mixed feeling with Hush, Hush. I loved it a lot. The character was very fun to read about and the storyline was amazing but I found the beOkay, I had mixed feeling with Hush, Hush. I loved it a lot. The character was very fun to read about and the storyline was amazing but I found the beginning of the book somewhat slow. I feel the author did not really get into what Patch was and all the action and amazing storyline until the middle-end of the book. I know she was building up the characters and storyline a lot which is good but I would have liked it to have gone a little faster to grab my attention more early on. Other than that I really enjoyed Hush, Hush. I have never read a novel with Fallen Angels. You read more into Patch's life and Nora find out some amazing things about his past. Somethings they both have to fight for in the end of the book. The love-hate romance between Nora and Patch was so enjoyable to read and I found myself falling for him. The author leaves you at the end wanting more and I would surely say who would not want more of Patch! ...more