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(The Wings of War #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,195 ratings  ·  141 reviews
There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them.

Embers is an epic paranormal adventure/romance about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in t
Kindle Edition, 357 pages
Published October 21st 2014 by Karen Ann Hopkins
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Nov 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: too-bad-it-sucks
I admit, I picked this one up mostly based on it's cover. Just look at it. Fricking beautiful.

But then I started reading and I just couldn't.

Ember annoys the crap out of me. Sometimes she's extremely mean for no reason whatsoever, other times she's this sweet, innocent girl, and I just wanted her to choose one. You can't have such opposing characteristics within a character because it just doesn't work (unless of course that character is bipolar).

The way Ember finds out what she is annoys the cr
Jun 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked Karen Ann Hopkins' ideas of this book. I liked where she was going and I liked her twist on Angels and the Fallen. However, I really did not like her two main characters.

Ember is a Watcher, and offspring of the Angels once upon a time. Watchers all have a gift with one or more of the elements (fire, air, water, and earth). The more you are connected to, the more powerful you are. Ember's elements are fire, earth, and possibly air (view spoiler)
Paula M
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, arc, favorite
My review is alos posted here on my Blog.

I’m now convinced. Karen ann Hopkins can write anything.. and I will like it. I really enjoyed her novel, Lamb to the Slaughter and because I found out that this is her first YA Paranormal, I didn’t know what to expect.

Ember’s parents died in a car crash srash that should’ve killed her too but with unknown reasons fire cannot seem to harm her in any way. Until she was shipped off to her mothers  friend, Ila, that she found all the answers that she’s been
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Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Karen Ann Hopkins has the ability to pull you into the story right away. I find myself immersed in Embers without realizing it. After reading her Temptation series, I knew I wou
Karen Hopkins
May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Thought I'd share the Kirkus review for EMBERS here :D

KIRKUS REVIEWS: “An impending apocalypse provides a compelling backdrop for romance in this page-turning first installment of a new YA series. Hopkins (Lamb to the Slaughter, 2014, etc.) expertly weaves her plotlines together in this compulsively readable teen romance story…Hopkins delivers many successful elements of young-adult romance—appealing lead characters, high-voltage chemistry, repressed sexuality—which will win her ardent followers
Valerie (Howler_Puff)
I'm torn between 2.5 and a 3 star rating.

I did not like Ember. I could not connect with her at all. Nothing about her was likable. I was very disappointed since most people rated this 4 or 5 stars. I think I came down with "it's not you, it's me". I thought the story was OK but nothing special. It was full of potential but it didn't deliver. A part of me kind of wants to read the next book to see if it is better than this one.

Get ready to be flung into a brand new world of paranormal, with an imminent apocalypse brewing furtively. – Abooktopia

After the death of her parents in a tragic car crash and a fire that should have killed her too, Ember flees the abuse of her Aunt’s boyfriend, to live with an old time relative. But the old lady is more than she seems. Uncovering a truth about her ties, Ember learns that she is a Watcher, a descendant of Angels. Each Watcher has control over one
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've read all of Karen Ann Hopkins books and this was another terrific story. Her writing brings you deep into the characters minds not just on the surface.
Ember is your typical teenager but turns out she is much more than anyone ever imagined even to herself. Her story intertwines with supernatural beings with pieces fitting in places you'd never imagine.
Although this won't be out until October I already want book2!
I give you a standing ovation Karen Ann Hopkins, Bravo!
Sep 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Finally, a supernatural story to immerse myself into and thoroughly enjoy! Karen Ann Hopkins has come up with some very unique characters - angels and demons, like no other!

I couldn't help but find a few Twilight similarities, with the exception that Ember is already a supernatural, and that there is definitely no love-triangle in this story; the insta-love and precautions to it are there, the setting and the 'evil-doers' are all quite relatable. However, the main plot to the story is different,
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
3.5 stars

The basic outline of Embers is similar to just about every other YA paranormal romance out there. However, once we start reading it and uncovering the world Karen Ann Hopkins has created for us, we quickly realize that it has more than enough to make it stand out. By the time we reach the second half, any comparison is long gone from our minds and the originality of Embers, the sheer strangeness, is all that’s left for us to notice.

Yes, Hopkins’ refreshingly original idea is what makes
Beth  (YA Books Central)
Nov 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tiffany's Review:

Loved this book! There is a story in the bible that tells of God's angels and the daughters of man! This book gives you an amazing account of the children that descended from the angels. I loved how the author gave the reader a scripture passage before each chapter! I was left guessing until the end on who was evil and who was good! Great climax during the battle! The ending leaves you wanting more! I give this book 5 stars!
Robin Tageant
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was ok
I can not fathom for the life of me why people give this book anything over 3 stars.

The dialog is horribly unrealistic, almost to the point of being cheesy.

The story is choppy at best. It has no real flow to it. It is essentially a rehashed story that brings nothing new to the table. It never peaked or felt climactic at all.

The main character, Ember, is so annoying. As a hero, there was nothing appealing about her. She seemed unable to say anything nice about anyone.. At times.

I would not re
Feb 01, 2017 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
This is officially the first book I'm abandoning in 2017!

The book was unbearably boring and I was practically wading through honey. The dialogue was awful and contrived, too. So I decided to put myself out of my misery. It's too bad because the cover is gorgeous.
K.J. Chapman
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is featured on my blog: Writerly Bookish Stuff.

I rate this book 3.5/5.

Ember is no ordinary human, she is a Watcher. Watchers are descendants of Angels. If there are angels, then there must be demons, right? Right! Sawyer is just that, yet the two can't fight their feelings for each other. Should they fight it? How will they overcome the divide, protect each other, and ultimately face the end of the world.

The concept may not be original, but I found myself intrigued with the storyline
Josie Shinkfield
Such a pretty cover, but a disappointing read.
Apr 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Recommendations
"Embers" the first book in the "Wings of War" series is a blend of the paranormal, adventure, and romance that begins with the mysterious murder of three men while roaming the forest behind a massive wooden wall along a road in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Following the death of her parents in a fiery car crash and the abuse of her aunt's boyfriend Ember O'Meara flees Ohio to the home of her Aunt Ila where she learns of her lineage and powers as a descendant of an arch angel. While training
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
I’ve never read anything by Karen Ann Hopkins, but I have several of her books on my Kindle. When I saw the gorgeous cover of this book, I knew it was something I had to try.

When I started Embers, I was immediately thrown into a world quite different from many angels books I read — the prologue definitely sets the tone for the entire book. It very much had the feel of those beautiful vampires in Twilight leading the soldiers to slaughter and caught my attention enough that I wanted to read more.
Jun 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Embers was so beautifully written. I think Karen Ann Hopkins can write anything and make it amazing. Angel paranormal series are one of my favorites, especially this one. It was easy to read and get into, and impossible to put down. Once I started reading it, I was loving it more and more, and I couldn't find anything to dislike. It completely captured me. I'm a huge fan of Ember and Sydney and I can't wait to read more of them in book 2. Sydney is now one of my favorite book heroes, just like N ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins Of course I can't start this review without mentioning the cover. Another great cover by Jenny (Supernatural Snark and Seedlings). Of course I jumped at reviewing this book because of the beautiful cover. It also fits the story very well.I did enjoy all the characters but would have liked a few of the secondary characters fleshed out a bit  more. I would have loved to know a bit more about Aunt Ila especially and her brother who we only see at the beginning of the boo ...more
Nay Denise
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs, review-books
Embers was a brilliant Young Adult paranormal novel based on angels. I thoroughly enjoyed how fast paced and detailed it was. The words captivated me, the actions drew me in and the world was beautiful. Not to mention cover that is gorgeous!

Embers is about a gifted young lady with elemental magic -- fire and earth. Her parents died from a brutal car crash and as they were consumed by the flames, but she lived. Crazy ain't it! It was interesting to read about her time learning about her powers, e
Aug 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That cover kind of makes you want to follow her into those woods.
And after reading the book and getting to know Ember, I still think I'd like to follow her. I have to admit that I had some misconceptions about her (and maybe the story itself), even towards the end
I probably kept thinking of her like all the other girls in paranormal romances. Simply put I assume that at some point she was going to need a guy to save her.
I was proven wrong.
Not only is she fighting for herself but she is the perfe
Lily Lanzalaco
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I just finished Embers and loved it. It was an exciting fun read, all the way through I was at the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. The characters were strong and I felt as if they were real. At the end It left me wanting more. I can't wait for book two.
Embers is a paranormal action/romance book about a seventeen-year-old girl named Ember. Her parents died in a tragic car accident that no one should should have been able to live through, but she did. She soon finds out that t
G.K. Bradford
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I throughly enjoyed Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins. While it is a very different genre than she has written previously, with her gift for deep character development and plot twists, I believe that she will go far with the Wings of War series. While Embers isn't necessarily theologically sound, it it an extremely fun read - whether you're sitting on a beach or on your couch, it is certainly a page turner! I highly recommend this book if you like paranormal, suspense type books with a romantic spin. ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was very excited to have been chosen to read this book in advance of its release and enjoyed it very much. YA is normally not I genre I dabble in, but this story hooked me at the beginning. The storyline is unique, and the climatic ending had some pretty great explosive moments. There is good character foundation work here that will only build as Ember's story goes on. Its definitely a good read and I'm already looking forward to the next installment. ...more
Feb 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm a fan of the angel/demons thing going on in this story. It's unique and awesome! But oh my gosh the "I'm madly in love with you even though I only met you 5 minutes ago and despite the fact that we don't belong together I'll give up everything...even die for you" is so ridiculous that it got to the point where I didn't even want to read the parts where the 2 main characters were together. Such a shame. 3/5 for a great idea...but way too typical YA paranormal romance. ...more
Ingrid Foster
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A truly fantastic and original read, so compelling and captivating that I stayed up late three nights in a row...and on the last night, I started reading book two of the series. Sheesh, Karen Ann Hopkins, your writing is so not good for my beauty sleep. ;)

But, seriously, love this book! Strongly recommend!
Renee Norris
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've loved all Karen's books and Embers is no exception! I loved how she presented and developed the characters. There were no dull moments...I kept wanting more!!! And, I still do...I cannot WAIT to get the next book in the series!!!!! ...more
Sarah Gibbs
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Absolutely intriguing!! Embers is thought-provoking and full of super natural intrigue. Romance, action, and a wonderful storyline. I am so looking forward to book 2 in the Wings of War series!
Carrie Ardoin
Oct 16, 2014 rated it did not like it
Cat Mittens
Sep 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
this was really bad.

good concept but the writing needs so much work. awkward, unrealistic, choppy.
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