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The Lantern's Ember

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  1,781 ratings  ·  471 reviews
Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent ce
Hardcover, 386 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Delacorte Press
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Colleen Houck
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I wrote this one so I'll leave it at that. ;) ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I enjoyed it!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck is a standalone young adult read perfect for the fall season. The story is a paranormal fantasy mixed with romance between the characters.

Once human Jack is now a Lantern with it being his job to guard the portal to the Otherworld. Jack is meant to keep those in the Otherworld that belong and those out who do not and Jack has always been good at doing just what he should until he sees Ember.

Seventeen year old Ember is a witch and Jack should have turned her i
Chelsea Humphrey
Unfortunately this one wasn't what I had hoped it would be. The blurb promises a scary read, but this felt a little more like middle grade fiction than something on the YA spectrum. I think my lack of preparation for the book it turned out to be is an indication of the "right book, wrong reader" syndrome, and would highly recommend readers give this one a try for themselves rather than going by my word alone. Full review to come.

*I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
Claude's Bookzone
Aug 31, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 Stars

Oh dear.

I really wish this was actually a spooky Halloween story and not a fantasy version of The Bold and the Beautiful.

Ember, our alluring witch, has three guys in love with her. Three. A Lantern guardian who has watched over her for years , a vampire who yearns for her sweet sweet blood and a human who just wants to make her happy.

Aaaand Rune, some kind of nefarious Lantern Boss who wants to possess her and control her incredibly enticing power.

Aaaand, the Overlord of the Otherwo
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
If there is one thing that Colleen Houck can do well is write an imaginative story rich in lore and detail and her latest release doesn't disappoint.

Full of twists on classic tales and stories as well as old time-y lore, The Lantern's Ember is one that will be sure to capture your attention and hold it to the very last page.

Full of witch craft, magic, and adventure with a slight steam punk edge, this really was a unique story that didn't take long to read and was perfect for a cozy afternoon in
Jennie Damron
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It wasn't scary liked I hoped, but the story itself was charming. I enjoyed the elements of steampunk she incorporated in the book. That was most unexpected. Ember was a great character, but I find I enjoyed Delia's character even more. I want a book about her and her back story. She fascinated me. She saved this book for me. I don't think I would have liked it as much if she was not in it. I am glad I read this book and it was time well spent. ...more
Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)
This was a fun, adventurous Halloween-y type of book. At first I didn’t like the main character, Ember because she was so naive and would not listen to reason whatsoever. Her guardian, Jack told her not to go to the Otherworld because it is dangerous. Do you think she listened? NOPE! To make matters worse, she followed a complete stranger, (and a vampire at that), to go with him to the Otherworld. Did she not see any danger there?! Ugh she was infuriating in the beginning. Slowly, she grew on me ...more
I fell in love with the cover art for this book. It's just gorgeous and I'd love to have it as a print.

Then I opened that fetching cover and was tickled with the very first paragraph of this story:
Jack sat on top of the covered bridge in his favorite spot, his arm draped over his carved pumpkin. The gourd wasn't his first choice to house the ember of his immortality, but then again, he'd never really been given a choice.
I though, Mmm! Delightful! Two fables touched upon, first thing!
But then it
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

Disappointed would the be the best word to describe my reading experience. I wanted to love The Lantern’s Ember so much. Not only is that cover is absolutely stunning, but the synopsis was intriguing and promised all sorts of paranormal goodness. Sadly, the story and characters were lacking.

I went into The Lantern’s Ember expecting a cool, spooky story similar to urban legends like Sleepy Hallow, full of para
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
[Monday, December 18, 2017] This seems so SO good! I'm in! Can't wait for the cover reveal!
[Wednesday, January 24, 2018] OMG! I'm super excited about this book! It will be released in September 11, 2018! 416 pages of adventure!

When seventeen year old Ember, a witch living in the quiet New England town of Hallowell, crosses into the otherworld, Jack the gatekeeper sets out to find her before the supernatural and mortal worlds descend into chaos.

Kal ★ Reader Voracious
The line between greatness and villainy is as thin as a garrote wire.
Friends, I was really excited for The Lantern's Ember from the moment I saw this stunning cover and read the synopsis, and I was so excited to get an opportunity to read an advanced copy for review. While the book started strong and appeared to be full of spooky folklore, overall it unfortunately this book did not live up to my expectations as it quickly descended into drama, angst, and a predictable plot. While it
Jessica (a GREAT read)
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.

I've pretty much loved every single book by Colleen Houck and when I heard she was writing a standalone with a Halloween twist, I was immediately excited! The Lantern's Ember was a magical and delightful little read! It was rife with aspects of Halloween was pretty much perfect in that sense!

I'll admit though, I had a rough start, but that's also likely due
Kath (Read Forevermore)
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviews
Quick read. I honestly was expecting so much more in this book, and was so hyped for it. However, it fell flat for me. The biggest disappoint was that it just wasn't enough to be considered "paranormal." I'm normally a huge fan of scary books and this one was just not scary. It felt as though it was written for younger children (MG) to read. And the characters were just so annoying...UGH!

A finished copy was sent to me by Delacorte Press (Get Underlined) in exchange for an honest review. All thou
I'm seriously obsessed with this cover ...more
These Violent Delights (Robin)
I just absolutely loved this book! Ember was such a fun character to read from!

This book gave me such great Halloween/ Fall time vibes. Great book to read to get into the seasonal joy. I hate horror, so there aren't many "Fall/Halloween" themed books that I could enjoy, but this one was perfectly horror-less!

The whole story had a great arc. The characters all had their times to shine. The love triangle (actually love square LOL) didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. Maybe I just love

I am going to put this down. I just don't feel like it was the right book for me.
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
First thing I have to say is I really love this cover. It's interesting and I love the fireflies and swirl things all over.

This is the perfect book as we are just heading into fall here. Halloween is on it's way and I loved how this book eventually tied in to some of the stories and traditions of Halloween.

If you are wondering if this book is scary, the answer is no. Not at all. This is what I would describe as a paranormal steampunk, I think. There were lots of paranormal creatures but I never
Overall Rating: ★★
Heroine: We need some character growth up in here
Dude: We can’t take pumpkin carrying men seriously
Creepiness: It’s no “Are You Afraid of the Dark”
Plot: Halloweentown, Steampunk & Sleepy Hollow, Oh My!

We received an advanced reader’s copy of Lantern’s Ember from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author!

The Lantern’s Ember reeled us in from the moment we saw it on Netgalley; from the (gorgeous) cover and description we were excited f
Meghan (TheBookGoblin)
DNF at about 20%

Oh wow this was garbage! 🙃 I was so looking forward to a good Halloween-themed read but honestly the writing was so bad I just couldn’t do it. Maybe I would have liked it more as a preteen.
TBH I bought it mostly for the cover, since historically I’ve hated all of Houck’s other books so I don’t know why I thought this would be any different. The same juvenile and simplistic writing she used in all her other books is here in abundance.
If you’re under 13 you might enjoy it but oth
A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Jan 16, 2018
Oh dang! That is one LOVELY cover.


Nov 11, 2017
Hmmmm.... yes, yes, I've heard how racist this author supposedly is, but since this book is based on a story by a White American author, is she capable of butchering it? Not ruling out reading it just yet. May change my shelf accordingly later.
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Ember is a young witch with a great deal of untapped power. Jack is a supernatural being, who keeps his soul in a pumpkin lantern and guards the crossroads to a magical realm. Jack is determined to stop Ember from crossing to the OtherWorld where her power could be stolen from her, but he has a hard time guarding his heart against her sweet charms.

There were so many things that I loved about this book, and a few things that annoyed me.

First, the world-building and magic systems are wonderfully
Hannah (The Curiouser & Curiouser)
There were some issues I had with the characters and their choices, but overall this is just a fun read. The setting and magical retelling of a bunch of old childhood tales is fantastic, and you can really see how Houck's writing has improved in this standalone. The descriptions and creativity here is some of the best I've read in a while. ...more
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Then the potion's done, a flawless spell.
And you'll hear the peal of a burial hell.
Then it's time to harvest a lantern's gleam,
And you've got the beginnings of Halloween.


This is Colleen Houck's best work to date. I loved the Tiger's Curse series but this book is amazing. Everything hit the mark that I love. The plot has a love triangle but the author finally did one that was done well. I will talk more on this later. The Lantern's Ember is a retelling of the sleepy hollow/headless horsema
Oct 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didnt-finish
This was a book that I thought might be nice for October- it's a fantasy revolving around jack o'lanterns, headless horsemen, witches, demons and seemed like it might be a nice mildly spooky read.

I can't recommend it. The writing feels more middle grade than YA, and extremely clunky middle grade at that. Characters are exaggerated and unsurprising, the writing is awkward.
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper

“It comforted him to see his ember’s glow in the pumpkin’s expression. The light warmed him, giving him hope that somehow, somewhere, there was a spark of freedom waiting for him, even if it was at the end of a very long, weary road.”

I was so excited to read this book because it seemed like the perfect spooky book for the fall season or Halloween, and the premise sounded super interesting, but I was so disappointed with th
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-on-blog
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**The Lantern's Ember is a standalone young adult novel by Colleen Houck. I don't normally mention a book's cover, but I have to talk for a moment about just how stunning the cover of The Lantern's Ember is. I think it is the perfect cover for this story, and it helped to set the mood of the story for me. I really, really love it. And speaking of love, I thought this novel was the perfect read to get you into the Hallo ...more
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The Lantern's Ember was a book I was really looking forward to. The synopsis combined with the cover had me DYING to get my hands on this book. However, I was disappointed when I actually was able to read this book, because it did not turn out to be at all what I was hoping for.

One of my major complaints about this book was how young it felt. Instead of it reading like a Young Adult novel, it read like a Middle-Grade novel. I have no qualms with Middle-Grade books, but when I was expecting to r
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Dec 03, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Okay hold up. Houck has another potential series coming out next year?
I'm already a fan! 😊
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New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge as ...more

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“My stubborn little witch,” he said softly. “Don’t believe for a clockwork minute that you are unlovable. If I were a mortal, a man not doomed to walk the earth as a haunted specter, I would be the first suitor in line. Please believe that.”
She hiccupped. “You… you’d want to court me?”
Jack laughed. “Court you? I’d follow you around like Finney and stare at you all moony-eyed. I’d spend my days fending off your other would-be suitors, my evenings charming Flossie, and my nights stealing kisses at your window.”
“In my experience,” the lantern began, his voice soft, “places like the oceans or the heavens, an undiscovered forest, a great underground chasm, or the mystery of a woman’s heart and mind are not the end of a journey, but a beginning. Do not let fear of the unknown prevent you from discovery, vampire; otherwise the story of your life will be a dull tale indeed.” 6 likes
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