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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 the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she learns that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember is instructed about her heritage and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it's cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war that's been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She may be one of the few champions willing to make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.

Embers is the first novel in the dark and gritty YA paranormal romance series, The Wings of War.

357 pages, Kindle Edition

First published October 21, 2014

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Karen Ann Hopkins

30 books1,364 followers
You can visit Karen Ann Hopkins at her website: www.karenannhopkinsfiction.com.

"I loved joining Rose and Noah during their journey in the Temptation series by Karen Hopkins."-Katie McGarry, acclaimed YA author

Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, sheep, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, pigs, dogs, and cats. Karen rescues and fosters a variety of pets and farm animals, but she also finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lives in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.

Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse at the age of eleven. The feisty horse’s name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen’s steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

Karen is currently working on her bestselling Amish mystery series, Serenity's Plain Secrets, along with several new projects. Karen is also excited to announce there will be more books in the Temptation series.

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74 reviews1 follower
January 9, 2015
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 crap out me. She's sent to live with her mysterious old family friend in the middle of nowhere (which I thought was totally unoriginal) and literally the day she arrives is when the lady tells her about her powers. And you know how she does it? By fucking forcing Ember to put her hand in a fire! Like what?! You couldn't have eased us in a bit?? Let Ember get to know this crazy lady before this whole fire nonsense??? No, it was just like, Hey Ember want some dinner? and then, Lemme just stick your hand in this burning fire really quick and oh yeah you're descended from angels!!!

Sawyer also annoys the crap put of me. You'd think someone who's 159 years old would be just a bit mature. Sawyer manages to think like a horny 15 year old boy. I only got a glimpse of what Sawyer and Ember's relationship would've been and I knew they were going to say I love yous by the end of the week.

I couldn't finish this book. I think I got a third through before I put it down. Definitely won't be picking it back up again.
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407 reviews24 followers
August 19, 2015
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 .

So Ember is hot tempered and stubborn, having being affiliated with fire, this makes sense. Unlike others, Ember just learned that she is a Watcher, but the element fire comes easily to her, it flows from her body and she can manipulated it, until of course to a certain extend. And she can easily do healing (earth element) and enter other minds (earth element).

But with Ember comes this annoying abruptness about her. I cannot seem to stand her at times.

The next main character is Sawyer, not a fan of the name. He is a . To live, he must consume the souls of the living. He never chose such a life and he hates it, being four centuries old and all *cough cough Edward Cullen, consumes blood*.

Sawyer/Edward is not like the others of his small community. He disagrees with the way his people are going on about the humans, then he meets Ember. It's like instalove for him. He becomes possessive and obsessed.

So as obvious as my next words are going to be, Sawyer falls in love with Ember, but it's not really love, the author does not explain how this has comes, there was no love development between the two, we just had to assume such a thing was normal. So basically Sawyer's "love" for Ember is all about the physical desire, that Ember keeps refusing, but we must claim such a thing love.

Throughout the book, Ember is destined for something great, but what we read is how annoying Ember can really be. She has only known she was other than human for a few days and she already started calling her friends "humans." And lets talk about these friends. First day of school, she was with the jocks and cheerleaders. I do honestly like how this was going, how the author, instead of placing her with the "nobodies" she put her amongst the "somebodies." But Ember would endlessly complain about them, I really believe she had no right say such a thing.

SO there is sexual tension between Sawyer and Ember, Ember must hide her true nature from the humans, and Ember is a bit vengeful. This pretty much sums the book. Great ideas and plot, yet hidden by frustrating characters.
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547 reviews643 followers
January 19, 2015
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 dying to know… Ember is a descendant of a kind of angel. She’s a Watcher. And with the help of Aunt Ila, she’s training and practicing to be more skillfull with her abilities.

But being a Watcher is not Ember’s main problem. The world is going to an end… and that man in her dreams (literally) might have something to do with it.

Ohh, people, I. LOVE. IT.


This is a sexy and action packed paranormal that everybody is looking for, with supernatural characters that are completely unique and distinct. This book reminded me of The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (which I loved) It has the right amount of wit, romance, action and mystery. Though the start was a bit slow.. the plot was really gripping. I was intrigued by all the monsters and supernatural creatures that Ila was telling Ember and I found myself asking for more of Watcher’s history. It didn’t lack, really. I was satisfied with the whole explanation and it still left me wanting for more and making me excited for the sequel. Just thinking about what’s in store for Ember and Sawyer makes me giddy.

Some people might be put off with the Instalove. I’m not gonna lie to you, it’s there. And it’s scorching hot. Like, it’s blazing flames! The attraction between Ember and Sawyer is unbelievable.



Even us, the readers, cannot deny the chemistry between this two. From the moment they locked theor aeyes at each other, romance is already brewing. But I loved that them getting together took time. I know the attraction was kind of fast.. okay, scratch kind of, because IT IS fast, but none of the two made bad decisions and decided to just eat each others face (though the WANT is there) the circumstances is still on their mind. And I like that a lot.

Ember is a vey likeable character too, which I did not expect. I loved how she acted all snarky and fought the attraction that is pulling her towards Sawyer. And Sawyer.. WOWZA. Sawyer screams MAN, there is nothing boy about him. Totally alpha and very swoon worthy.

Hopkins' writing is very easy to get into. Besides the bit of slow pacingI mentioned above, I did not struggle at all and everything just went smoothly. I was transfixed and her writing absolutely held me through out the book. I cannot wait for the sequel! The end was not a total cliffy but it surely left me hanging and begging for more! I absolutely recommend this to everyone!
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298 reviews207 followers
November 16, 2014
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Rate: 4 stars


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 would enjoy her new books, and I wanted to see how she will deal with the whole angels topic.

As a reader myself, I have been overwhelmed from time to time with some genres, and the angels was one of those. I got tired about reading all the time about angels. However, it's been a while and from what I read from the Karen's synopsis this promised to be a good angel story. And I was right.

What would you do if you discover that you are immune to fire? Or to any injuries? That's what happens to Ember. But she knows more about her true identity when she goes to Ohio, where she learns that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. The story continues and even when you get an idea of what is going to happen, the author gets to shock you by unraveling new secrets and letting us know more about Ember's life.

Karen Ann's angels are like no angels I have read before. They are fierce and determined and some of their actions, from time to time, are blurred between what's good and what's evil and it's even more difficult to choose sides when you learn that there are two factions of Watchers that fight against each other.

I remember that when I started reading the book I felt kind of disoriented. I didn't know how the story would turn out, but I was happy to see that it won't be an angel falling in love and all those stories we are familiar with. Moreover, Ember's personality is unique and brings a "touch" of reality to the whole story.

But don't get me wrong, there's also time for romance in Embers. It was a good romance and I loved how Karen use the both factions of Watchers to test the relationship.

Embers also has a big, shocking and I-NEED-to-read-more ending. I had a great time reading this new series and I look forward to reading more! I recommend Embers to all YA paranormal readers out there who are looking for a change in angel stories. This is definitely your book.
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Author 30 books1,364 followers
May 12, 2015
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."
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299 reviews20 followers
September 16, 2015
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.
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3 reviews
September 3, 2014
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!
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301 reviews233 followers
November 6, 2014
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, unique and very interesting...

After the tragic loss of her parents, Ember is sent to go stay with her "Aunt" Ila on a somewhat remote mountain in Tennessee. Having no choice but to go, Ember quickly realizes that this is exactly where she needs to be right now. Ila has answers that have been plaguing Ember for months now. And as she learns about her true nature and all of the overwhelming information that goes along with it, Ember never falters and continues to learn and strive.
Ember is a Watcher.
A Watcher is a descendent of angels. Each Watcher has their own kind of elemental power; sometimes being able to control more than one element. And even without any knowledge or proper training, Ember is a very, very strong Watcher. She must reign in her power or risk being consumed by it. And of course, through it all, she must also continue to integrate with the local humans and must forgo home-school and start public school as soon as possible.
And this is where she meets Ivan... a Growler.
Which then leads her to meet, Sawyer... a Demon.

Out of curiosity for one another, this trio quickly become friends. And soon find out that the end of the world is almost here and that they are all about to enter a war... Good vs. Evil. And know one knows where their loyalties will lie.

The author really impressed me with all of the details, small and large! Every single mention of any sort of being, setting, behavior, etc. is important. The world-building and character growth is compelling, unique and mesmerizing. Do not dismiss anything, or you may miss something important. The Watchers history, is so intriguing. The pacing of the story is crucial, the book starts slow and steady - there is a lot of information to take in. And as we learn and grow right along with our main characters, the story starts to pick up and move along at a good page-turning pace. What I really enjoyed the most is that what you see is never all that you are going to get. There are so many grey-areas within each character, you're always left in suspense as to what they may or may not do.

EMBERS sets us up for what is going to be a captivating and thrilling series. There are so many different ways that the story can go. I am really, really looking forward to watching Ember grow and move on with her story.
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1,013 reviews1,881 followers
November 4, 2014
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 this read truly worthwhile. Her worldbuilding is dark, bold and interesting and her characters far from being black-and-white. In fact, Ember’s romantic interest is basically a soul-eating monster, and still Hopkins found a way to make us sympathize with him and even like him. The paranormal elements in this book are quite different and extraordinary. Don’t make the mistake of dismissing Embers as just another angel book when it’s, in fact, much, much more than that.

Ember is such a likeable character from the start, perhaps a bit timid and antisocial, but more than ready to fight for her beliefs. She is a leader through and through, our Ember, not easily swayed by the popular opinion. I admired her for standing up for what’s right from the start and not being afraid to stand up for herself or someone else when necessary.

However, due to his long life and morally gray existence, I found Sawyer to be a much more interesting character. His struggle to keep what’s left of his humanity was a constant source of tension, and his occasional slips, while rationalized and perhaps even necessary, quite painful for us to read.

The romance, I’m afraid, didn’t work for me at all. It was instalove for Sawyer and instalust for Ember, with some very understandable caution on her part. The timing of things and the progress of their relationship simply didn’t work for me, and even in the end Ember’s reasons for being with him weren’t quite clear and her feelings weren’t believable to me.

Nevertheless, I’d highly recommend Embers to fans of excellent worldbuilding. The ending left me questioning some choices and fearing for Ember’s future, both with Sawyer and among her own kind. I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

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56 reviews46 followers
August 12, 2015


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 aspect of the elemental powers, but some with the power to control more than one of the elements. With the help of Ila, Ember learns to control her abilities and control them in, or risk being consumed by the fire inside of her. But being a Watcher is the least of her problems. The end of the world is coming sooner than anyone expects…

During her training course as a Watcher, Ember strikes up a scarce friendship with Demon boy Sawyer, and a Growler; Ivan, who can transform into a wolf at, will. As romance blossoms between her and Sawyer, Garret Hammond, the leader of the Demons, gives his followers permission to hunt, and seek the souls of people. When innocent friends of hers are murdered for their souls, Ember takes action as she releases the fire within her, as she gets her revenge for the lives that were taken.

Karen Ann Hopkins creates a brand new world of paranormal, or Watchers, Growlers and Demons. Ember O’Meara was strong willed, with a stubborn nature, whilst Sawyer McCrae used humor to hide his regret and loneliness. I loved watching the dynamics between Sawyer and the other Demons, as he felt sympathy and regret for stealing the souls or humans, as he required them to lengthen his life. As for Ivan’s character, I really adored his personality, and his loyalty for both his friends. I hope to learn more about his character as the series progresses.

***I received a personalised signed copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review***
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415 reviews115 followers
November 2, 2014
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!

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7 reviews1 follower
August 22, 2015
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 recommend this book.
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327 reviews35 followers
Shelved as 'unfinished'
February 2, 2017
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.
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Author 9 books103 followers
March 8, 2017
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. Twilight fans would love this book, and luckily, Ember is a fiery, strong minded girl, so no Bella Swan damsels here. Phew! The relationship was fast moving, but the nature of the connection allows for this. Another relationship that I enjoyed was that of Ember and Ila. There were clashing personalities, tense/ untrusting moments, and affection, that made the dynamics that much more interesting and believable.

The different POVs were refreshing, allowing us insight into both Ember's and Sawyer's mind-set. The last chapter is in a completely different POV, and this has intrigued me greatly.

Can I just mention the cover? It's a thing of beauty, and although I rarely discuss covers in my reviews, this one definitely grabbed my attention and bumped this read up my TBR pile. This book is suited to YA, paranormal romance fans, and those who like the Twilight Saga.
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2,319 reviews40 followers
May 11, 2015
"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 as a Watcher she strikes up a friendship with two teens living in the walled compound on the mountain- one a spawn of Lucifer, the other a shape-shifter. But as romance blossoms with Sawyer one of the teenagers, Garrett Hammond the leader of the Demons gives his people free license to take the souls of the young people in the town. When friends of hers are killed Ember turns her fire against the compound and the evil that wants to rule the world, only to discover her destiny in the process.

Karen Ann Hopkins creates a world filled with paranormal beings, good and evil. The Watchers, descendants of angels are gifted with elemental powers; their strength determined by the number they control. Of the other types of creatures, demons with their cravings for souls live in the shadows taking sustenance from the depraved or insignificant in society while neutral beings blend in with the populace, living as humans. As the end of days approaches the balance between good and evil shifts especially when Garrett Hammond gives his Demons free rein to begin harvesting souls from the town's young and only Watchers who are few in number can save humanity.

The atmosphere of the plot gets steadily darker even as the bond of friendship strengthens between Ember, the Demon Sawyer and Ivan. As the trio's friendship grows, the chemistry between Ember and Sawyer flares, growing in intensity. For a seventeen year old girl who never had a boyfriend it did seem strange that Emma's drawn romantically to Sawyer a hot-tempered, jealous Demon and that the personable and considerate football player Daxon Preston wasn't even a contender for her affections, although it does allude to their unmistakable chemistry.

Skilfully the story builds suspense and intensity when Emma integrates into the student culture at Laurel County High School becoming friends with several of the students. It's this friendship that's a catalyst in the formidable events that follow the killings at a bonfire at the bottom of the mountain. With a story that progresses steadily towards an explosive ending, the action and thrills never stop.

Emma O'Meara is the smart, standoffish teen who's stubborn and strong-willed. Under the influence of her Aunt, her friends at high school, Ivan and Sawyer she discovers the love and friendship that she once denied herself. As a Demon Sawyer McCrae is a blend of predatory spirit and a gentleness that abhors the violence attached to stealing souls. He appears arrogant and smug hiding a sadness and loneliness. Ivan is a fourteen year old shape-shifter who's sharp, intelligent and observant; a Growler who trusts and is loyal to his two friends. These characters and antagonists like Garrett Hammond, the calm, rational but unpredictable head of the compound add drama, excitement and power to this captivating and thrilling apocalyptic tale.

I enjoyed "Embers" which I suspect will only get better as the rapture approaches and Emma's fate is tied indelibly to saving humanity.
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597 reviews178 followers
October 29, 2014
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.

Embers has the same feel as Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, in the respect that I can actually physically place my being in the mountainous terrain that we are reading about. I love books that make me feel as if I’m really there; I can almost feel the breeze and smell the fresh air. Both Unearthly and Embers have succeeded in such vivid and magical descriptions of nature.

However, that is where the comparisons stop, because Embers is very much its own story. I was magicked by the gifts Ember realizes she has — they were interesting and unique. I remember asking so many questions as I waited to find out exactly what was happening to her. Luckily, the journey to self-discovery wasn’t long and we learn exactly what she is very quickly.

The supernatural and paranormal side of this book was done very well. Even when the book takes its time to tell the story, I still found myself wanting to keep reading. You want to know what is happening and the back story is just as compelling as the arc of our protagonist. I know a lot of people shy away from angel books, but this is one I think people would definitely enjoy — this world is not black and white, but very very gray.

As a protagonist, Ember is easy to fall in love with; she has a great personality and a great sense of herself. She doesn’t feel like she fits in with most people, which I very much could relate with, and has a strong bond with her animals. I enjoyed having her as the focus of the story. Sawyer, another main character, was someone I enjoyed getting to know. He’s a very conflicted character as he is “bad”, but has a good heart. We find that out very early on, so it was great to see that tension in his story.

The book’s romance is sweet, some might say ‘light’, but I was okay with that. There is SO much going on, that anything more would have muddled with what was happening. It left room for growth as the series continued and left me still a bit swoon, which is all that matters.

Overall, this book was captivating and compelling — even when I wanted to put it down to do normal things like eat, sleep, and go to work, I had a hard time pulling myself away from the story. The ending will definitely leaving you waiting for more in this fantastic start to what I expect to be a great series.
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112 reviews
August 8, 2015
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 Noah in Hopkin's Temptation series.

What I loved:
- The slow burning romance. I looked forward to every minute they spent together. From the first time Sawyer met Ember, he was drawn to her, and she him. She was more hesitant then him to have a relationship so it made him fight that much harder for her. I love that.
- The plot was fascinating. Everything so was so original and interesting. It never got boring.
- Every kissing scene. They gave me butterflies.
- Ember's family. Funny friends, caring, helpful, and knowledgeable 'Aunt,' and adorable pets.
- Sawyer. He was hot and sexy, but also sweet and cute. It made me want to cry right along with Ember by how lonely he seemed. He hated thinking he was evil but he wasn't. He had so much compassion for humans, and he stands up to the people who want to harm them. And he'll do anything to protect Ember. I also love his jealous and possessive side. He didn't show it much, but when he did, YUM!
- Ivan. He was a sweetie-pie and so lonely sometimes. I wanted to hug him. I'm happy he had Ember and Sawyer.

What I didn't love:
- Absolutely nothing

Favorite quotes:

"Angus didn't like to share me, and he picked just then to come trotting through the open door. He gave Riley a bothered look before flopping down against me. With a groaning whine he pushed his head into my lap. Before long, both dogs were lying next to each other having their bellies scratched."

"Undeniably, there was something about the girl that pulled at me. Even now, with her out of sight, I felt the invisible strings winding through the parking lot to her."

"The girl's face flickered in my mind and an unreasonable protectiveness washed over me."

"Never in my life had my insides throbbed with such desire. Ember had somehow eased the torment I'd felt for so long. Alive. I finally was alive."

"'Ember...my beautiful, Ember,' I whispered into her ear."

"I can't live without her. Once I can convince her that she belongs with me, I'm going to take her far away from here, to somewhere we can live in peace."

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1,009 reviews36 followers
October 21, 2014
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 book. I would also like to see more secondary characters in general with Ember's quest and I have a feeling there will be more forthcoming.My biggest problem with this book is with her romance with Sawyer. In the human world he is obsessive, abusive, and a danger to Ember and her loved ones. So while she straddled the line between the supernatural and the mundane I had a problem with her gravitating toward him. However, when she was just involved in the supernatural world I had no problem with him at all. It had to do with context. In this world he was a demon and that was his nature. It made sense.I give this book 3 stars. I did enjoy the writing and once the supernatural world took over I seemed to enjoy it even more. I'm looking forward to the continuation of this series and finding out what happens next.
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1,523 reviews81 followers
November 5, 2014
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, embracing them and controlling them while staying with her aunt Ila. To be the one to save mankind is intense.

The romance in this book was too cute an angel and a demon together -- just so intriguing. Sawyer was a cool character. Even though he was a demon he had some good aspects to him that made me love him and Ivan was just terribly sweet as well as strange. I didn't really like the other demon's that were in the compound ran by Garrett -- just so annoying.

That ending left me yearning for me...it wasn't a cliffhanger, but to me it felt like it.

This paranormal novel had me gripped from beginning to end and has me wanting to grab the next book as soon as it comes out.

If you are into paranormal novels or angel books please grab this book because it definitely was amazing!
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818 reviews93 followers
January 12, 2023
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 perfect example of the anti-damsel in distress. (Let's make that a thing.)
Ember knows who she is, what she stands for and where she's going.

But if she ever did need rescuing... I don't even know what to say about the romance.
All I can really think to say was that those two made my mind fly.

But then again, the entire book set my mind on fire (just to throw in a pun) the descriptions, the imagery, the story itself. I couldn't get to the end fast enough.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
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2 reviews2 followers
November 17, 2014
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 the world is coming to an end. She discovers that she is no ordinary girl and that her new discovered talents would be needed when the end comes.
If you like paranormal, action and a little romance then I recommend this YA book for you. I enjoyed this fantastic novel, another great story by Karen Ann Hopkins!
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3 reviews
September 18, 2014
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. Five stars!
1 review
September 3, 2014
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.
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93 reviews
March 1, 2015
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.
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Author 3 books43 followers
March 20, 2016
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!
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4 reviews
November 24, 2014
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!!!!!
4 reviews1 follower
January 20, 2015

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!
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85 reviews1 follower
September 17, 2016
this was really bad.

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