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
At first glace, Sweet Unrest looked to be a perfect read for this time of year, Halloween. The cMy review can also be found @ Bittersweet Enchantment
At first glace, Sweet Unrest looked to be a perfect read for this time of year, Halloween. The cover is definitely creepy and very unique with name of the book beautifully designed to fix into the gate which is the main focus of the cover. Going into reading the book my expectations were at a all time high and after finishing it in a mere two days I am glad they were. I fell head over heal in love with Sweet Unrest. It was everything I wanted and more.
The story begins as Lucy Aimes and her family move to Louisiana because of her Father's job. He was chosen to curate and direct a antebellum sugar plantation outside of New Orleans. Lucy is not thrilled by the move but more so angry at being uprooted. She wanted nothing more than to remain in Chicago and attend an art institute, taking pictures, her one true passion.
As Lucy and her family get settled in their new home, a large estate which looks to have quite a history behind it. Soon Lucy meets a girl her age named, Chloe. Chloe is the daughter of a women who works for the sugar plantation. Lucy comes to find out that Chloe is into or believes in voodoo and knows a old woman who supposable is a voodoo queen. Lucy doesn't believe in such things, and is determined to show Chloe that these things just don't exist. Although after meeting Mama Legba, Lucy starts to wonder is anything this old lady said is true.
Lucy has had a recurring dream for as long as she can remember, although as of late her dream has been kept a bay, until now... While walking the grounds, Lucy sees a boy close to her age. He's breathtakingly beautiful and oh so mysterious but when Lucy tries to follow him into the woods he seeming vanishes. Days later "Fate" decides intervene and Lucy gets to meet this mysterious man. She learns his name is Alexander, he's french, and by the way he speaks it's as if he comes from another time. After meeting Alex, something happens to Lucy. He dreams have gotten worse, and more intense, scarier but what worries Lucy even more is now she is dreaming of Alex. A man she barely knows, a man who holds many secrets...and a woman who surprising looks a lot like Lucy herself. What do these dreams mean and why can't she seem to turn them off.
Lucy now struggles to understand what her dreams mean, who really is Alex and how voodoo and magic play a large part in it all.... The truth, will leave you breathless...
For me one of the biggest things I loved about the book was the romance between Lucy and Alex, and how the subject of past lives plays into the story. I have always been a huge fan of books about reincarnation, and finding your mate in the next life. It's so romantic. Just seeing Alex and Lucy connect during the course of the book was so raw and emotional for me. The ending had me in a full out crying fest, like seriously balling my eyes out. I loved the all of the characters in the story, even the side characters like Chloe and Mama Legba. Everyone played their part perfectly throughout the book.
I also really enjoyed the concept of voodoo and magic playing such a large part in the book. I've never read any books with this topic in it and I really think it gave the story such depth and excitement. Sweet Unrest was totally unlike anything I've read before. My only problem I had with the book was towards the middle the pacing seems to slow down some and drag but it wasn't so off putting that I stopped reading.
I would without a doubt recommend Sweet Unrest to anyone who enjoys stories about past lives, ghosts, magic, and an epic love story which teaches us TRUE LOVE never dies. ...more
BEST. BOOK. EVER!!! Best series ever! The ending of the book and the series was beyond perfect. There are no words that I can describe about much I adBEST. BOOK. EVER!!! Best series ever! The ending of the book and the series was beyond perfect. There are no words that I can describe about much I adore and love this series. I am so going to miss Gwen and her friends! These books will live on in my heart and I will never forget how totally epic this journey has been. Jennifer, YOU ROCK, as always! <3...more
There are no words to describe how totally epic the final book, Sisters' Fate truly was. Just finished reading it and I have such a mix of emot.......
There are no words to describe how totally epic the final book, Sisters' Fate truly was. Just finished reading it and I have such a mix of emotions running through me. Happiness, Sadness, and more than anything love. Another end to another beautifully crafted story. Jessica, YOU ROCK! So glad we could meet in NC for the book signing last year.
Anything less than a 5 stars would be unthinkable! God, a three year wait and it would absolutely freaking worth it!!! I want to crawl inside this booAnything less than a 5 stars would be unthinkable! God, a three year wait and it would absolutely freaking worth it!!! I want to crawl inside this book and live there! I LOVED EVERY SECOND OF ISLA AND JOSH! - Stephanie, we've meet before in Raleigh at a book signing a couple years ago. If I ever see you again I want to give you a hug! *smiles*...more