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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  403 ratings  ·  69 reviews
When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a b ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published July 19th 2011 by Omnific Publishing (first published July 18th 2011)
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Nickle Love
Oct 10
THAT'S HOW ROMANCE/INTIMACY IS WRITTEN! I love Sebastian. This book made me feel like I'm Candra.
Full review in a few days. My keyboard is broken.

Oct 13
Originally published in Night Owl Reads:

Received this book as part of the tour.

The story confused me at first, actually, I'm still confused with the plot. I don't understand why Candra had to choose and its significance with the story since it ended in surprisingly good way, but all I cared about was
Jennifer Lane
I love Carol Oates' lush writing. She delivers another powerful YA story with Ember, exploring teenager Candra Ember's awakening to the world of angels (and perhaps demons).

When an evil red-haired beauty throws Candra off a roof, it's the mysterious Sebastian who comes to her rescue. Candra thinks she's concussed when she first sees Sebastian's wings, but their second appearance convinces her that what she saw was real.

Sebastian had wings.
When they stretched out behind him to their full majestic
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
I can't honestly say I really liked this book, which is pretty disappointing because the description made it seem interesting. I was dying to finish this book - and not in a good way.

The story basically centers on a girl, Candra, who is very special. The first 100 pages or so of the book are filled with confusion - not just for the main character, but for me as well, and I am a big reader so this was definitely a problem. In the beginning there are all these little bits of information that Candr
ehhhh... this is hard for me to grade on a 5 scale, so i would probably have to do with 3.75 because for very good reasons not just because i like to be that ass, that does well, look at me doing, .75 and 3/4s that just annoying but seriously i was back and forth with this book. So I'll tell you why, but i think its a worth a look see that is for sure. If you like angel stories then sure go for it, but if you are looking for a more in depth review here we go!

Okay so mind you i was sick when i wa
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Why I read this book:

I was part of a book blog tour. I liked Carol Oates previous work and I'm a fan of Omnific Publishing. A young adult paranormal romance from Oates and Omnific was too much to resist not reading.

What I liked:

This book was a very character driven story, which I’m all about. I fully invested in the main characters and the supporting cast. This story has a nice romance at the core that just makes you squirm at all the tension! I am a sucker for the push and pull of a budding rel
 Lady Krishna
Sep 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read my complete review on my blog: Journey with Books

Miss Carol Oates is one magnificent writer! Reading “Ember” reminded me why I love the good old Paranormal Romance. It reminded me why I love all those sad and full of angst angels. This is one great read for me.

The main characters are really well written. They would both make you giddy and frustrate you. I always thought that when my emotions are twisted in a roller coater ride by the characters of
Sep 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are all angels good? What if there are some that choose to stray from their proclaimed destinies? What if there are some that crave human life enough to forsake Heaven?

Candra wasn't even sure angels existed. Till she saw one - wings and everything. Ember starts like an episode from Lost: there are a million of questions and mysteries pouring in, and all you want to do is get the answers! So, evidently, I read the book pretty fast, because you're gnawing your nails away, wanting to know more and
Oct 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for my honest review.

Ember by Carol Oates introduces readers to Candra Ember. She seems like an average eighteen-year-old; she certainly thinks of herself that way as the novel opens. After an encounter with a mysterious red-head and a fall that should have killed her, she awakes in a hospital without a scratch on her. How did she survive? And who was the strange boy she remembered staring at her while she was loaded into the ambulance after
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ember is dynamite! That’s how I felt after reading this book—like I’ve been sitting on a keg of dynamite for the last two days, and Carol Oates just blew me away. She threw the most wicked and twisted curves in Ember. Everything I thought was going to happen just blew up, and my heart is still racing. Oh, how I love it when an author does that. The storyline is fantastic. The romance is steamy hot! The characters are awesome. This whole book is one amazingly beautiful thrill ride. Thank you, Car ...more
Aug 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ember was an interesting book to read. Carol Oates writing was easy to follow along. I really liked Sebastian as a character. All her characters were interesting, like Draven, I wasn't sure if he was good or bad at first. I felt Candra's pain during some of the scenes. She just wanted to be a normal girl.

The tension between Candra and Sebastian was nicely played out. I loved Sebastian. He plays a major role in this book as like a guardian to protect Candra away from Draven (the bad boy). Let me
Lisa Sanchez
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ember is a beautifully written romance that showcases the miracles and amazing change that can come about when love is given without condition.

Stories that focus on forbidden love are always my favorite, and Ms. Oates did not disappoint with Ember. The writing was strong, the descriptions vivid, and the characters complex and full of life. Swept away by Candra and Sebastion's angsty, back and forth relationship, I struggled to put my iPad down, and spent most of last night with my face plastere
Jun 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
I have had my eye on this book for quite a while, Once When I found a blog tour for the first book, and I jumped on it. I was drawn to the book by the cover alone. It is so beautiful; in fact when I signed up for the tour, it didn’t even register the book was about angels. I only skimmed the synopsis. I am actually glad I did. I have had my share of angel books as of late and would have missed out on a wonderful, beautiful, powerful read. I absolutely fell for this book.

So the short version of
YA Novelties
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Check out our review of both Ember by Carol Oates and Iridescent by Carol Oates on our blog!

****WARNING**** This is a review of both Ember by Carol Oates and Iridescent by Carol Oates

3.5 Stars

Angels seem to be the next big thing in YA paranormal. Much of the latest YA paranormals have been Nephilim based. Whether or not this emerging trend is a blessing or a curse is not a concern, but I have to say that this trend allows me to be thankful that a series like this one has come out. Ember and Iri
Caitlin Audet
Oct 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Just so everyone knows, I'm not a book blogger or a pro reader/reviewer. I only talk about the books I read for fun, just to express my feelings for them.

Ok I first heard of Ember from a character interview of Sebastian and Draven(the hot guys in this book) on a blog site that I won't name because unfortunately I can't remember. That alone drew me in and then I found out this book is about angels so I immediately bought this book on my Nook. Wow did this story grab my attention. I mean how can i
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
This doesn't have an effect my rating since I knew what I could potentially be getting into when I accepted this book for review, but I just wanted to include my thoughts on it here: the only problem I had with EMBER is that something happens in the story that is thoroughly against my beliefs. This is the main reason why I don't usually read books with angels in them, because they tend to go against my beliefs at some point (usually some form of: there isn't a God, or He really hates us so he se ...more
Megan (magan bagan)
Jul 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Carol Oates has done another amazing job with this first book in her new series. I absolutely loved her debut novel Shades of Atlantis and was thrilled with the chance to read her next book.

In Ember we are introduced to Candra who, after a strange and intense encounter with a fearsome woman, wakes up in the hospital with a whole new reality. Everything she thought she'd known about herself and her father are completely turned upside down.

And if that's not enough, her affections and loyalties are
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-read
My Summary:

Candra Ember has lived eighteen years without believing in angels. Then she meets a red-haired stranger in a parking garage. Nothing unusual there, right? Well, unless you count that she fell from that parking garage and lived. Or what about the gorgeous boy she saw right afterwards that she was sure had wings. Maybe the paramedics gave her something, cause that can’t be right. When she wakes up in the hospital she finds out it is right. Now that boy, Sebastian, is protecting her from
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on At Home Between the Pages

Anyone who tries to get between me and an angel book better be careful. I devour them like nobody’s business. As soon as I started reading Ember, I couldn’t stop. The characters drew me right in. So did all of the questions that are brought to light within the first few chapters. I had to read more to figure out what was going on and what kind of situation Candra was stuck in.

I got the feeling from the synopsis that there would be a love triangle, bu
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Alison Hess
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review copied from original post on my blog

Overall, I found Ember to be a delightful story that blended angels and battles with modern life in a surprisingly realistic way. Oh, Candra! I felt her confusion as she learned about her past and tried to navigate a future that seemed to flash between beauty and darkness, between peace and war. Luckily, she had a few good girlfriends to help her on her way - Ivy and Lofi. While I loved Ivy, I found myself wanting to spend time with Lofi so that I could
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Ok, so this review is going to be different than most of my other reviews. I am going to be reviewing both books 1 and 2 together. I will give my general thoughts on the series and then try and break down book 1 and book 2. It will be hard for me because I loved book 1 so much that I immediately had to start reading book two right after and as a result, I can't really separate the two books completely. But the good news is, that I totally loved both of them! Normally, after I am done reading a b ...more
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-2020-read
Whew! I can't tell you what I was expecting when I signed up to review Ember, but whatever it was, I can say that it wasn't this. This was an amazing, heartwrenching and heartlifting ride. A small part of me wanted it to be kind of corny, and I guess in another setting or environment it would be. I mean it's aboiut angels and Nephilim and the war that has not completely ended. Ember was pushed into a whirlwind of discovery, learning who and what she truly was, who her father had been and a whole ...more
Aug 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, review
Ember was an awesome read. It was one of those books you can't put down til the end and once your finished you can't stop thinking about how it will continue on, kind of like a book high. Carol Oates descriptive details in the story came alive in your mind, you can see things as you were reading like I have never had before. I love her style of writing. This book is awesome, I would highly recommend it to anyone. I think Carol did an amazing job with this book, it was unlike any of the "traditio ...more
Sarah (Head Stuck In A Book)
First let me start with the cover, it is gorgeous and absolutely sets the tone for this book and the series, the story inside is just as great as the cover outside.
I've seen this book around on Goodreads and even had it on my wishlist, so I was delighted to be able to be part of the blog tour, for this book and the sequel Iridescent.
From the first page you're drawn into the action as Candra our heroine has an encounter with a red-haired woman which leaves her in hospital after a five story fall,
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For the last week this Ember has been on TBR list. An ever growing list. But I truly enjoyed this book and all the characters: both good and bad.

Ember is a story revolving around the fallen angels and the battle between the two that will never end. I have to say that I do enjoy all these angel novels being published. They are starting to overshadow the vampire craze, and for that I am grateful! I love the twist that Carol Oates intertwined into this book!

Candra is a beautiful, normal girl who
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I would like to Thank AToMR Tours for allowing me to be on this EPIC tour. I have to say that anyone who knows me knows I love Angel stories. This Angel story totally blew me away! Not only was it clean but it grabbed you right from the first page and kept you reading until the end. I was literally sitting on the edge of the couch reading wondering and talking out loud saying oh Lord what is going to happen?

Imagine this one day you are walking around fine minding your own business when you
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Ember was another Angel/Fallen Angel novel that I enjoyed. I like how the angels were part of different groups and each wanted something different from Candra. I also liked that you didn’t really know which group had the motives that were for the greater good I think Carol wrote both groups wonderfully that it kept me guessing who was bad/good and where the story was going to lead. I liked Candra’s and Sebastian’s relationship. It was one of those relationships where you could see where it was h ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading Ember, I really did. It was a fascinating story with a lot going on, and I felt there was a good pace, a good flow throughout. The story itself deals with Candra, and we first find her in a suspenseful scene that lands her in the hospital, and she has no idea what happened, but remembers a good looking guy, and perhaps some wings? What? Well, eventually she meets the guy with the wings, Sebastian, but he is not telling her anything, literally, so she tries to find some a ...more
Gabby (What's Beyond Forks?)
Oct 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed

Full Review at: What's Beyond Forks?

I couldn't get enough of this book. Any chance I got, I was reading it! There were so many unique aspects to this story. For one, you don't have a clear picture of who's good or who's bad. That really kept me on my toes while I read. Even though I favored Sebastian from the start, I couldn't help but wonder what his true motives were. There are two main groups of angels, and both sides want something from Candra. Like Candra, I had a hard time picking a side.
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Ember tells us the story about Candra Ember, a girl that just happened to learn the hard way that she is a Nephil. Yes, this is an angel’s book and our girl is not an ordinary Nephil: she is kind, good and has a soul.

I loved the Candra and Sebastian’s dynamics and I think Candra was the strongest character of this book. She really is one of a kind. (view spoiler).

I’m loo
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