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Ember Burning

(Trinity Forest #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Senior year was supposed to be great—that’s what Ember’s friend Maddie promised at the beginning of the year. Instead, Ember Trouvé spends the year drifting in and out of life like a ghost, haunted by her parents’ recent, tragic death.

At home, she pores over her secret obsession: pictures of missing kids— from newspaper articles, from grocery store flyers— that she’s glu
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published May 5th 2017 by Sawatch Publishing
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Tasha and Megan Mahoney
Ember is completely lost after the tragic death of her beloved parents, then Ember is just lost! Will Ember face her painful truths straight on or will Trinity Forest become her forever? 

I don't often listen to books in the Young Adult Genre but I am a huge fan of the Paranormal genre so I figured that I would give this trilogy a go. Jennifer Alsever has made me so happy that I decided to step out of my comfort zone.

I am so glad that I chose to listen to Ember Burning and I cannot wait to dive i
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

It was supposed to be the greatest year of her life, Senior Year, the supposed end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood, a chance to be a little crazy and free before the real world came calling. For Ember, this year would be anything but fun, it became her year of escape from the reality of the shards of the world she once took for granted. Her parents were killed in a horrendous crash and now she is haunted by the event, the people she never truly appreciated and fee
Elizabeth Mathis
Senior year was supposed to be great—that’s what Ember’s friend Maddie promised at the beginning of the year. Instead, Ember Trouvé spends the year drifting in and out of life like a ghost, haunted by her parents’ recent, tragic death.

At home, she pores over her secret obsession: pictures of missing kids— from newspaper articles, from grocery store flyers— that she’s glued inside a spiral notebook. Like her, the people are lost. Like her, she discovers, they had been looking for a way to numb t
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed Ember Burning! I loved how beautiful and descriptive the writing was. It made you feel like you were there experiencing it with Ember. I loved all the twists and turns! It’s fast paced too, which fits well with the story. This book is dark and does contain a few triggers so you should be careful if you pick this book up. Pick this book up if you want a dark, suspenseful book with some fantasy aw well!
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ember Burning is about a girl, who during her senior year of high school, experiences the death of her parents. The guilt she feels from the circumstance of her parents death drives her toward actions that she once knew are wrong, in order to try and forget that guilt. Ultimately, her desire to forget leads her to Trinity forest. Where she encounters a group of people; whom seem to help keep her mind off everything. As she lea
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was nothing like I was expecting, it was so much more!

Jennifer Alsever writes a dark, yet beautifully descriptive novel. Readers are led through all of the pain, guilt, and regret that Ember feels.
"It's funny how I took for granted that she was just there."
As a reader, you understand her need, her desire to leave all the pain behind. The mistakes and pain Ember encounters is approached so thoughtfully without being graphic.

The world Alsever weaves is hauntingly beautiful. Trinity Fore
Mel Finefrock
May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It all started with escape. Whenever Ember listened to music, the colors that danced in her "crayon brain" were an escape from the room she shared with Jared, her admired (but disgusting) older brother. Playing guitar with her dad served as an escape from complicated feelings surrounding her mom's depression. And when a terrible accident killed her parents, she tried and failed to escape "the elephant on [her] chest," AKA grief and self-blame, with no thanks to drugs and alcohol.

Finally, when ev
Nov 06, 2017 marked it as to-read
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Lindsey (Lindseyybooks) Swindlehurst
I gave this a 4/5 stars.
This novel was beautifully written. Its dark, painful, yet beautiful. The main character struggles through so much you can't help but want to be there for her. When I first started this novel I didn't know what to expect from it, I didn't know if id love it or hate it. I try not to hype up a book before I dive in so I won't be let down and thats exactly what I did, I went in with a clear head and that I believe is the best way to get the best out of this novel. I really
Isabel (The Reader & The Chef)
You can also find this review at The Reader and the Chef. Huge thanks to the author for providing a copy in exchange of my honest opinion.

Ember Burning is a fascinating Paranormal Young Adult book. It has a good beginning, an intriguing middle and a couldn't-stop-listening-until-I-finished-the-entire-book ending. I think that the cover is pretty and eye-catching. I listened to the audiobook format (which was my first audiobook that I've ever listened to) and I must say that it was a pleasant exp
Vicky Reads MG
Ember Burning is a twisty turny & deliciously dark read

Ember Burning is like a polaroid photo. A blank square shoots out instantaneously from the camera but it takes time for the details and colours to being to develop. While the voice in Ember Burning is fast-paced and the pages fly by, the narrative carefully teases out details with each chapter. Jennifer Alsever has a poised hand and head for sprinkling out little clues and details to keep us moving forward, but without spoiling everythi
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Ember Burning. I didn't know quite what to expect, to be honest, but I was almost immediately drawn into its complex, original, thought-provoking plot. I think that Ember is a great heroine, as she's flawed, nuanced, is someone you find yourself pulling for. I've read some of the other YA series, such as Divergent, The Hunger Games, etc., and I think that Ember Burning is on equal footing with any of them. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
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But the mystery of Trinity calls to me. If I disappear, so be it.

Jennifer Alsever’s debut novel, ‘Ember Burning' is a mystical, suspenseful, page turner with a hint of romance in it. It’s really a shame that it took me so long to start with this ah-so-amazing read.

*Plot/Development: The book tells you the story of a teenager, Ember Trouve who is haunted by her parents’ sudden and recent death. Who wants to disappear and numb her mind wallowing in gu

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When I started reading Ember Burning I was a little unsure of what kind of place it was heading to. This feeling actually continued for a good chunk of the book, I wasn’t sure if it was going to go down a supernatural kind of route or head to a more of a science fiction area. I quite liked that there was no obvious and predictable plot, it gave the story a sort of mysterious feel to it which I enjoyed.

One of the strong points of Ember Burning is how well the book demonstrates the terrible crushi
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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This is a very difficult review to write without giving away any spoilers. I’ll do my best but it will likely sound rather cryptic. I have so many questions and things I want to talk about but I don't want to ruin it for anyone else. To be honest even though I've finished the book, I'm not clear on exactly what was going on so my spoilers would be more speculation than fact anyway. So here's my spoiler free, annoyingly vague review:

After the accidental death of her parents, Ember unravels and ma
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was nothing like I thought it would be. It was much weirder and at times even a bit confusing. In fact the characters themselves kept saying how weird each situation was and if that word wasn’t used so often I might not have thought of this book as being as strange as it was.

I really wanted to enjoy this book more, but I just ended up being put off by it. I think it focused on too many random things for me to be able to truly connect with the parts that I did like. This book is like a
Stella (stellasbookishworld)
this book contains mentions of physical abuse, rape, drug addiction and a few other things.

3.5/5 stars

if you like Riverdale, Supernatural or anything Paranormal and mysterious, then this is definitely a read for you!

This book was so awesome! though there's a lack of diversity, I did enjoy the plot and the world that she (the author) has built. some parts I found were a little bit cheesy but other than that I enjoyed the writing style and the dialogue. The ending absolutely kille
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book could not put it down. I finished this book in one sitting. I can't wait to see what embers future holds!
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this free book from Kate Tilton's Author Services. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

What I really liked about Ember Burning was the premise. The book definitely matches the cover - it's eerie and mysterious. The entire book is hiding secrets, about her past, about Trinity and the past. There's an almost Rip van Wrinkle feel to the book, like hidden doorways and parallel worlds. None of those things actually happen, but it's definitely the vibe
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Creepy, mysterious, and thrilling. Ember Burning kept me on the edge of my seat and all the twists were crazy! Although slow in the beginning it really picked up a quarter of the way through, My other issues are the profanity and romance ( it was too sappy for me) aside from that the plot was phenomenal and the writing was great. I really liked Ember and her strong personality and the characters were excellently written.
Overall this book was really thrilling and entertaining and after that endi
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ember burning had some great elements and the suspense keeps you reading till the end. Really liked it a lot!! Will post a full review on the blog soon :D

( Thank you to the author for sending me a review copy )
Jesikah Sundin
WOW. Just wow.

I'll be honest ... I dove into this book after skimming the synopsis. But I selected it because I loved the cover and the title. The premise was an amazing bonus.

The writing was lush and descriptive without being overhanded. So beautiful! I sank into each page effortlessly and lost myself to the horrifying experiences in Trinity Forest. The main character, Ember, is haunted by the death of her parents and continues to wither away inside until she feels unseen. And then one day she
Katherine Paschal
Ember lost her parents and blames herself for their deaths, closing herself off from friends and school, living her life in a bubble of grief and despair. When a classmate offers her drugs to help take away her pain she leaps at the chance, now losing herself in a fog of apathy. When she sees a strange woman drop a coin she feels a spark of interest since the coin has strange images she doesn't understand. Following the pull of the mystery, she finds herself in Trinity Forest, the place her moth ...more
Melanie McKnight
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Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure, I was lucky enough to receive a EBook copy of this one for review by the publisher but all opinions and thoughts in this review are my own and are 100% honest.

Well that was weird as hell and very intense. But I think that I liked it. I will be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect going into this one, all I knew about it was the blurb. This meant that I had no real expectations from it. and I am glad that I went into it this way.

I will be 100% honest with you and admit tha
Notes From 'Round the Bend
Trigger warning: story contains some dark themes, including grief/loss of close family members and drug abuse.

YA paranormal is a genre I don’t have much experience with, because while I enjoy paranormal reads, YA has never been my jam—with a few exceptions, and “Ember Burning” is one! The characters were vivid, the pacing was spot-on, and Moira Todd really brought everything to life. It did take me awhile to get the feel for Ms. Alsever’s writing style, and the flow of the narrative was a little
[DISCLAIMER] I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fairly tricky review to write; I loved this book, or at least the feeling it gave me, but it also had some issues.

I'll start with the good stuff since I don't often do that on here apparently!

The plot reminded me of those standard books you used to read as a kid/tween. Very much a loner girl finding a magical land and some new friends (one cute but brooding boy omg!!) and who is the only person who can solve t
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer Alsever blew me away with this story. I am not a huge fan of YA/NA books, but after this one I may be changing my mind. I honestly stayed up till 2:30 AM to finish this story. For almost 9 hours I listened to this book straight except while eating dinner and taking a shower. It was that good. This is the 1st book in the Trinity Forest series, and it is a fantastic start to a series. I also have the 2nd book Oshun Rising which I have already started listening to and so far it is just as ...more
Belle Ellrich
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Firstly, I want to give a gigantic thank you to Melissa Robles and Jennifer Alsever for providing me a chance to read and review this book. I also want to apologize for not putting this up last night like I had planned. I have so many things to say about it, and I can't wait to get into it all. So, let's start!

This book raised goosebumps on my arms, and I swear I had chills from the way it was written and how things were described. I actu
Elena Alvarez Dosil
Ember is in the prime of life; she is young, smart, and talented, and she should be ready for graduation. But she is not. After their parents' death and the terrible secret she harbours related to this tragedy, Ember is not the same anymore. Without any motivations in life she drifts towards the Trinity Forest, a mysterious place where people disapears. Why is Ember so attracted to this place and will she ever come back from there?

I usually don't read paranormal but the blurb of this book called
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A teenager still lives inside me. After two decades of working as a journalist, writing serious news for such publications as Fortune Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, I finally let my imagination run wild in 2015. The result is Ember's story told in the three-book Trinity F