This is a book about a girl Ember-AKA November, but she doesn't know she's Novemeber!-who has no friends and spends lots of time around dead people. OThis is a book about a girl Ember-AKA November, but she doesn't know she's Novemeber!-who has no friends and spends lots of time around dead people. Or that was what she did before she finds herself kidnapped by her cousins and on a road trip to a town full of supernaturals. We are introduced to a variety of supe groups such as reapers, faeries, shape shifters, witches, wizards, demons, reanimators, sluagh, and necromancers however we don't seem to learn much about any of them. Ember and her twin cousins are reapers, but they all have special reaper powers; Tristin is a banshee, Kai is a soul collector, and Ember is thought to be a reanimator (view spoiler)[ but she's actually a necromancer! I had a feeling from the start that she might be a necromancer mostly due to books like Alex Craft and such :D (hide spoiler)] This is a problem due to the fact that only one person per family inherits active powers, while all three have gifts. The story is told from Ember, Tristin, Kai, and Mace the guy who was hired to watch and report back on Ember by the baddies. I have to confess I actually didn't like any of the characters that much. Ember seems super wimpy but I think that was because I couldn't stand her reliance on Mace. He tells her he's killed people(view spoiler)[ her FATHER for one (not that she knew until the very end about that one) (hide spoiler)], he steals their souls, he hunts them for fun, he's been sent to watch her and help in her demise, he wanted to steal her soul, he lied to her over and over again, and still she just HASSSSS to touch him and kiss him and be with him. Please pass a searing hot brand my way so I can gouge my eyes out with it. Honestly.
And then there's Kai. Unrequited love makes me want to smash my head into a brick wall. Hello, how many years have you endured of your not-so-lady love shoving you into things, pushing you away emotionally, denying you, before you just give it up. Just accept that you're wasting your time!(view spoiler)[ even though it does work out in the end for them. I guess... (hide spoiler)]
And now onto Tristin. I hate her. She is just a grumpy hateful bitch. I would know all about that :D She's rude to Ember and (view spoiler)[ forcing her into bringing back the guy, who she never gave a chance to when he was alive!, back to life made me want to slap her. (hide spoiler)] if i was Ember I honestly would have said "fuck her" and left him in the afterlife. Where he was happy. Where he asked NOT to be brought back from. Selfish bitch.
Ember really needs to grow a back bone. She's supposedly this super powerful person but she lets everyone walk all over her. She does what everyone says when they say it, never questioning them, never having her own opinion. She's weak. And I despise weakness in my heroines.
But I have a feeling she's going to step it up in book two. She better step it up otherwise i'm not putting myself through more torture. (view spoiler)[ I also think that the dead-not dead guy Quinn will also end up dying again and maybe Mace will have his body back? I hope so. I never liked Mace but that was just way too convenient for me. And I still can't believe Ember was such a push over. I would have rather she killed them all, because it's absolutely idiotic to let people think they can control you when you have that much power. It doesn't stop at one thing and she should know that. If she saved one guy then doesn't she have a responsibility to save everyone? Why does she get to choose that someone else is more important than another, because that's what it would come down to if it got out that she could actually bring people back to life like that. Absolutely stupid. (hide spoiler)]
Despite all the ranting and the fact that I seemingly hate everyone and everything in this book, I liked the idea behind it. I liked the magical groups and I especially liked Donovan even though he was hardly mentioned. I kinda want him to end up with Ember although I think I know what direction this series is going in. So I will live to read another day, and hopefully this second book redeems the characters in my eyes. I will be on the look out for this second book. ...more
Lily is not a heroine who would make my favourites list at all. Ever. Buuuuuuuut I feel the book is deserving of 4 stars, even if it was just becauseLily is not a heroine who would make my favourites list at all. Ever. Buuuuuuuut I feel the book is deserving of 4 stars, even if it was just because I loved the brothers and the idea of mythology and demi-gods/gods.
The books' villain was quite predictable, and the heroine just seemed to evoke eye roll after eye roll. There's almost nothing I hate more than seemingly unrequited love, or characters pining after someone whose douchey/unavailable/using them/pushing them away for their own good. Insert eye roll. Sure some books can pull that off but this wasn't one of them. Not for me at least.
Some benefits of the book, or the only benefits I can think of right now, are the brothers Asten and Ahmose. Sucky thing was they only appeared at about halfway through the book so I'm still not sure how i made it through the first half. Frequent breaks between readings i guess.
The brothers seemed more engagable than Amon who I never really connected with at all. Not sure if that's because it was first person POV (which is not my fav) or if i just wasn't that into this book.
Lily and Amos overall weren't terrible characters, and I've definitely read worse, but they didn't make me want to continue reading the series for them. Maybe if it's from Asten or Ahmose's POV I would :D
(view spoiler)[On a side note the thing at the end confused me a little. I was thinking that the guy was Amon, but why did he smile and disappear or whatever? Is he going back to Lily because she has his heart and he doesn't have to stay in limbo anymore? Something to entice me to read the next book i suppose. (hide spoiler)]...more
The book was kinda bad at the start which made me want to stop reading. However the second half was a lot better and I ended up sticking it out. ProbaThe book was kinda bad at the start which made me want to stop reading. However the second half was a lot better and I ended up sticking it out. Probably wont be reading the rest of the series though....more
Wasn't as good as the others. The constant do-i-dont-i about having sex with Fate and falling in love with Fate was kinda irritating. And why didn't hWasn't as good as the others. The constant do-i-dont-i about having sex with Fate and falling in love with Fate was kinda irritating. And why didn't he just say he loved her? And was that Malokin at the end in the theater? Anyway I just felt like this wasn't a great ending to their story, buuuuuuuut I can't wait for the next one about Lars. ...more
The whole set up for this book is absolutely amazing, and even better it's original. It reminds me of the animated children's film Rise of the GuardiaThe whole set up for this book is absolutely amazing, and even better it's original. It reminds me of the animated children's film Rise of the Guardians. I LOVE that movie. In this series we have some bigger players from Karma, The Tooth Fairy, Santa, Lady Luck, Murphy's Law, Death, Fate, Jinxes and a few others who i didn't expect which was wonderfully creative. We had Jockey who hangs out with Night Mares (horses that travel dreams), Kitty who sends black cats your way as a warning sign, and Crow who sent crows.
I have to admit i am intrigued about what Fate is. I just want to know!!!! And poor Karma. I really hated seeing her so broken and beaten. I almost decided not to finish the book because it was so bad. Luckily I persevered because i think i would have gone crazy not knowing what happened.
One of my favourites from the Unknown Forces of the Universe (the corporation of these beings) had to be the Jinxes. Three 11 year old boys who were actually hundreds of years old, with their blackmailing bargaining ways and unfiltered mouths, were hilarious.
Definitely a must read series:) I have to admit the first one was a lot lighter though. This one got a bit sad for me....more
Well, the plot twists weren't exactly stunningly mind blowing. You knew what Mack was as soon as she looked up those creatures on the computer. BeforeWell, the plot twists weren't exactly stunningly mind blowing. You knew what Mack was as soon as she looked up those creatures on the computer. Before even. But I did like the book, and Mack was pretty cool, so 4 stars :)...more
I love Shelly Laurenston's other books but for some reason this one just didn't seem up to par. It wasn't bad, and it had its funny moments, but it juI love Shelly Laurenston's other books but for some reason this one just didn't seem up to par. It wasn't bad, and it had its funny moments, but it just wasn't as good as the rest of her books. It's kind of a shame because i absolutely love the whole Norse gods theme, and this series seems really similar to Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark which is one of my fav series. I will definitely be reading the next book :)...more