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City in Embers (Collector #1)

4.13  ·  Rating Details ·  3,483 Ratings  ·  300 Reviews
Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, t ...more
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Published February 4th 2015 by Twisted Fairy Publishing
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Tammy tomorrow (June 4th). I follow the author on Facebook - she's been posting links. I just pre-ordered my Kindle edition on Amazon today.

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Aly's Bookish Wonderland
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It was a good book but it had the potential to be amazing. What started off as an action-packed, action-driven story quickly melted away to inconsistent writing, plot holes, sex-oriented thoughts/conversations and a palpable awkwardness in terms of Zoey’s past. We’re told she was a good street fighter, yet the few times she is seen fighting, she is quickly knocked out and waits to be saved.

Zoey is revered as “The Avenging Angel” who beat up a gangster’s sister.
Ben Alderson
May 12, 2015 Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing
Casey Ann Books
Apr 26, 2016 Casey Ann Books rated it it was amazing
This is my first book of Staceys that I’m reading and it won’t be the last. This women talent for writing is impeccable. She is a pro. let me tell you why - From the first page the reader is thrown into a battle of good vs. evil.

Relationships!!!! Stacey can write relationships so addictively. Ryker and Zoey are my spirit animals! the pace in their two relationships made for a great hot exciting read. The plot was fantastic. I really enjoyed how Stacey describes the destruction in Seattle… it set
What a pleasant surprise this book was in the end. It has all I’ve wanted: I spunky female lead, a ferocious fae warrior, an apocalyptical setting in today’s USA, a fast moving plot with some surprising turns and an adorable fae familiar in the guise of a monkey. The little guy made my day, every fucking time. And take a closer look at the cover! Aint't it beautiful? Better as some covers that I have seen lately with male nippels in the center.

Oh and the romance was brilliant. Even though they
Dec 08, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it
City in Embers is a marvelous new urban fantasy.

Zoey Daniels', a survivor caught in a fae created electrical storm, life is turned upside down when the very organization she worked form DMG, turns against her. Her job, collect fae for a highly secretive government organization in attempts to build weapons against them as well as use them to develop medical advancements for humans.

On the run from the DMG, Zoey find herself in a positon to lean on the very creatures she’s come to detest, the fae…
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
Jan 29, 2015 Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts) rated it it was amazing
My Review:

I was blown away by this book. I absolutely loved Zoey and Ryker along with their little buddy Sprig.

Zoey is in her early twenties which means she's still trying to find her place in this world, she's still trying to figure out exactly who she is. Most of her life has been spent hopping from home to home, with time spent on the streets. It wasn't nice or safe anywhere Zoey happened to get placed, she was always made to be a victim, except she got tired of being one. She got tired of b
Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder's Pet ✘
My casting:

Ah man, this book could have been perfect, but something just didn't work for me.. I think it has something with the way it was written perhaps? I will still read next book because I'm super nervous for what will happen to Ryker and Zoey :D
Rate: 3.5/3 stars.

Seriously I probably should warn you: I am a devoted and loyal fan to the Stacey Marie Brown because seriously, how can you not? Just to give you an example - her books are huge, filled with adventure, challenges, excitement, sexy, tension, amazing unique and fantastic characters. There isn't just one huge problem, there is so much but its never overwhelming, it never feels like it is over stretching either, like stretched too thin. Okay before I just go all i wanna have a baby with this book...
Jan 27, 2015 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ry-2015, read-in-2015
Review posted here...

Stacey Marie Brown wowed me with her Darkness series so I was thrilled to see that she has started a new series and she really comes through with this one too.
City in Embers is set in the same world as the Darkness series so we are already aware of what kind of people/species that we will meet and the tensions that start to happen between humans, Fae and such. What we didn’t know was that some humans already knew of the Fae’s exis
Philomena Callan Cheekypee
Feb 02, 2015 Philomena Callan Cheekypee rated it really liked it
Sometimes on the rare occasion I read a book that's out of my normal genre. This book was one of them. This is the first book I've read by this author. It was a little slow for me at the beginning but maybe that's because I had to read slower and kinda concentrate (and maybe look up some words in the dictionary).
However once I got my head into it I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to reading book two.
This book has taught me that I should branch out to different genres as this was an unexpecte
*I received this Advanced Reader Copy from publisher in exchange for my honest review*

I hadn't read too many books about fae in the past, but City in Embers was definitely a great introduction to that world! The mystery behind DMG intrigued me, the romance had my stomach fluttering, and the end had me worried for what is yet to come! When The Barrier Between (Collector #2) comes out, you can bet I'm going to get my hands on it ASAP!

What I enjoyed:

Ryker. (spoilers ahead) In all honestly, I was pl
Jan 28, 2015 Bella rated it it was amazing
Again Stacey has delivered a book that sucked me in! City of Embers is a book that will take you on a adventure you will not forget!

Zoey oh Zoey what a bad break this chick gets. I felt so sorry for her but loved that she was so strong through most of it! After losing everything and being stuck with the one thing she has been trained to hate, Zoey will have to find a way to stay alive with a Fae named Ryker after a event that transfers his powers to her.

Oh this book is just that good, from the
3 STFU Stars

Do you want to know my problem with this book, Zoey, Zoey was my problem! She was Horrible! She went on rants about psychological issues regarding other characters, but that chick was fucked up. "She tried so hard to be the woman Daniel would love and be proud of"
Shut up! You stupid stupid girl. We get it, you had a shitty upbringing, horrible in fact, but trying to please someone else or meet up to their standards by not being you is dumb to me.

Before we get into the meat and potat
The BookWhisperer
Feb 22, 2015 The BookWhisperer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
City in Embers will be that book of 2015 to which I compare all others. This is a debut novel for The Collector's series that can be shortly summarized in a paranormal novel about human Collectors and the Fae. Zoey is an amazing character packed full of spice and vinegar. Having learned to be a survivor at a young age she is a force to be reckoned with. There are two other main characters, but this was a unique twist that had us following a main character about half way through, and then it swit ...more
Kimber Wheaton
Jan 31, 2015 Kimber Wheaton rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

City in Embers is an action-packed urban fantasy featuring lots of fascinating magical creatures and an addicting plot. Zoey is a kick-ass heroine with a traumatic past, coupled with an uncommon ability to see fae when most humans can't. Add in an adorable half-sprite/half monkey sidekick and you have the makings of a fun read.

The beginning of the novel was almost overwhelming. So much information so quickly, like massive info-
This was fantastic. I loved every minute of it.
Lisa Fallon
Jan 07, 2015 Lisa Fallon rated it it was amazing
WARNING: Once you start this you won't be able to put it down!!!!!

for people who loved the darkness series you will absolutely love this.

zoey Daniels isn't your ordinary girl, she's had a tough upbringing and now is trying to lead a good life working for an agency who collect fae for research purposes, to help cure cancer and other major health issues and also help and support her foster sister lexie who is in a wheelchair and her health is declining, their current foster mother is useless and t
Before Reading

I mean it's Stacey Marie Brown... so umm, HELL YES I will read this.

After Reading

She has done it again ILOVETHIS and that ending was fantastic.

Zoey: fae hater (collector)
In the beginning, she is in love with Daniel


Then, shit happens and she meets Ryker

Ryker: fae (the Wanderer)

Zoey and Ryker

You can just imagine the love-hate relationship that ensues. It's great.
Nikki Jefford
Dec 26, 2014 Nikki Jefford rated it it was amazing
All Consuming!

City in Embers is one of those rare reads I started and absolutely had to finish in one day. The world ceased to exist. I was all in and not going anywhere until I'd read every last page.

No woman should have to experience even half the shit Zoey has - past or present. Throughout the story she went from the fire into the frying pan... into the inferno! Stacey Marie Brown, you are CRUEL! It's also one of the reasons I was reading on the edge of my seat all day. This poor girl goes th
Jul 03, 2016 Nikki rated it it was ok
So, I gave this book a shot, but it was almost a DNF. I just skipped past the last 70%. The story line just threw me off. It started out strong. The first 50% was awesome. I loved it. BUT, out of nowhere the story line started to scatter and jump. The main character starts making less and less sense. For example, the main character starts to heal faster than normal, and all the other characters have acknowledged that she has magically gained fae powers, but she keeps acting surprised that she is ...more
Desni Dantone
Nov 04, 2015 Desni Dantone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Impressive...funny...descriptive...fantastic read!

This was exactly the type of book I have been looking for! An urban fantasy with a witty heroine (and kick ass too!) and enough sexual tension to burn my kindle!
Jan 10, 2015 K.C. rated it it was amazing
OMG!! this book was everything I had expected!! I knew Ms. Stacey Marie Brown would conquered my expectation and blown it to dust. I had been waiting for the last in the series to release and when I got my hand on all the books, I knew it was time for me to start this amazing journey. and YES!! the first book was AH.MA.ZING!!!

I didn't want to start the series before since I knew I could never survived the cliffhangers so I tortured myself with the wait and enjoyed various reviews instead. It was
Jan 31, 2015 Aarati rated it really liked it
One thing I've learned about Stacey Marie Brown? She never disappoints. I loved her Darkness series and now I'm in love with the Collector series too. Her characters are never easy. They are never black and white. They are always, always complex and with shades of grey. And why shouldn't they be, real life can be a bitch and people are not always about rainbows and unicorns. She has proved this point once again in City in Embers. The dichotomy of life is there for you to see. The ugly truth is s ...more
My original City in Embers audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.
Zoey, a tough and independent young woman, who has learned to fight for herself growing up in various foster homes, is a Collector working for a secret part of the government called the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG). Together with her co-worker Daniel, with whom Zoey is desperately in love although he is considerably older and hasn’t been reciprocating her advances, they track and collect fae.
Jan 15, 2015 Mikaela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
You can find my reviews at: The Titan's Tomb

*ARC received for an honest review. Thank you :)

Ms Brown is very quickly becoming one of my favourite authors, having read her Darkness series just weeks before starting this one, I think I'm starting to become obsessed with her stories and definitely her characters. Whilst City in Embers takes place in the same world and time period as the Darkness series, the characters and the writing couldn't have been more different. I feel as though there was an
Nic *The Wandering Bookaholic* Spears
A completely new genre for me, I went in to this book completely blind. I seen the title, was intrigued so jumped straight in. And I am so happy I did.

I was completely hooked from start to finish and just had to get the second book so I can keep reading this magnificent series.
The attention to detail, the development of characters and the overall plot have all been very well written and thought out.

Ryker, Zoey and Sprig...I love every one of them and I cannot wait to continue on their journey wi
Jan 05, 2017 Prerana marked it as unshelved-books
January 5, 2017
The reason why I want to read this book: the synopsis.

Let's dissect it, shall we?

Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. First line: all right. not bad. I see potential. cliché but all right.

When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Second line: please go be more cliché. I don't think this is tr
Vicky D.
Feb 01, 2016 Vicky D. rated it it was ok
Well, this was a waste of time. *sigh*

I just finished the "Fever" series by Karen Marie Moning and I must say that they were one hundred percent the best series I have ever read. I immediately tried to find another series to erase them from my mind and stumbled upon these. I read the description, I liked it and so I began reading them asap.

First off, these series were about fae. I love all things fae. Their otherworldly beauty, their allure, how lethal yet sexy they are. This book did not do the
Jane  Descoins
5 out of 5 stars!

I loved this book! It was so full of action, intrigue and magic... Oh, and not to mention that SEXUAL TENSION. Woah. As with all my favorite books, the relationships between the characters develop slowly and deeply, and City in Embers was no different. I cannot wait for the sequel so I can continue getting sucked into the world of Zoey and Ryker.

Zoey was a brilliant heroine. I loved that the author went quite in-depth with Zoey's horrific past, as it allowed us to see why she w
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
When I first read City in Embers, I actually thought I was reading Kiersten White's Paranormalcy (which I have read and reviewed here last year). I can still remember about Evie, the pink girl with a pink Taser, who could see through the glamour of faeries that wreck havoc in the city, and her mermaid friend easily won my heart. I was about to stop reading this when I got to Chapter 2 and realized, this book is a whole lot different from Paranormalcy. I am sorry to tell you Kiersten, but City ...more
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