I’ve never been a stranger to the darkness. But when darkness comes knocking and looks that good, who wouldn’t invite him in?
Draven is mysterious, evasive, and hot as sin. The only thing more infuriating than how much he won’t say is how obnoxious he is every time he does open his mouth. But when a group of strangers attacks me and he fights back, causing them to vanish into a cloud of black dust, I know Draven is more than he seems.
He finally shows me there’s a veil separating the world I know from a world of demons living all around us. Turns out, good and evil are just words. Some of the demons don’t fall into either category. And I’m realizing just how easily I fit in among the ancient warlocks, the divine soldiers, and the twisted supernaturals...
There’s so much more to me. To my past. And to what I am truly capable of than I ever thought possible. So when all signs point to me having the ability to unleash Hell on earth? I’ll have to decide if I want to do the world a solid and save it, or give it one hell of a makeover.
Molly E. Lee is an author best known for her romance novels, the Grad Night series and the Love on the Edge series. Molly writes Adult and Young Adult contemporary featuring strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts, yet still vulnerable enough to have love sneak up on them. In addition to being a military spouse and mother of two + one stubborn English Bulldog, Molly loves watching storms from her back porch at her Midwest home, and digging for treasures in antique stores.
this is a unique tale in the YA paranormal genre. i dont think ive read a book solely about demons before (usually angels are thrown in there), so i found the story interesting.
i do wish the world-building was a bit clearer, as many of the small info-dumps are a bit confusing and im still not sure i understanding everything. hopefully the series will build upon that with the books to come.
but overall, this book is a good addition to any YA paranormal fans personal library.
"Just because something is damaged doesn't mean it isn't beautiful. All things have value. Don't let anyone tell you differently."
👏🏼 New author alert! 👏🏼 Molly E. Lee... first, she’s MAGIC and, second, her upper YA fantasy novel is my current infatuation! Hello, Draven & Harley! 🔥 Their back and forth, hot and cold, flirting and pushing away. 😘🤌🏼 Chef's kiss! "But I didn't realize I could make you burn."
But also.... Harley? Is that you?
Gah. I need more of them! Draven is a mystery with a capital M. He's pretty special. Attractive and intriguing. My eyes are literal hearts for that tortured boy. See below. ...Me @ Draven.
I adore his nickname for Harley... Honey badger. *read to find out the meaning*.
And Harley is badass with a signature vibe of damaged, dirty, and back off. She's got some serious baggage. But she be like...
Ember of Night is A MUST HAVE for fans of Jennifer Armentrout and Kerri Maniscalco. Epic world building! Heart racing scenes! Readers will be captivated by this OTP! A highly entertaining story of hurt, betrayal, anger, secrets, and dangerous hope. I have questions (Is Ray okay?) that need answers AKA I will be preordering the sequel! 10/10 recommend!
P.S. It ends on a cliff that will leave you like
🖤 READ IF YOU LIKE 🖤: -Bishop Briggs (that scene is fire) -snark -banter & quick but deep wit -MCU & fantasy/paranormal references -strong female heroines who are unafraid to challenge their male counterparts -a stoic love interest with a sly grin -a little sister (Ray) who is the Disney princess to Harley's villain -anime -angels & demons -twists & turns -#IsThisAKissingBook: well, Harley threatens to burn down Draven’s house 😘
"You're mine," he growls, the words so final, so lethally claiming, that I feel them like a brand across my soul. And I love the way it burns."
A solid entry in the YA sex-and-demons Chosen One genre, with a pretty hefty dollop on the sex front. Between the blue language, the steam, and the fairly graphic scenes of abuse at the front end, I'd peg this for the upper range of teen readers.
There's a lot to like here. Starting with the trigger warning at the beginning, with added info on where a kid reader can find help. Even though I thought that aspect of the story pulled its punches in the second half, the first half deals very well not just with abuse but the self-destructive emotional fallout of abuse.
The banter when Harley, our heroine, meets Draven, the requisite angsty hero, is a lot of fun, and the author does a great job with the high-octane push-pull sexual chemistry of eighteen-year-olds. (Yes, Draven is a lot older, as the heroes of these tend to be, but he looks, and reads, like a teen. Lee even gives him a not-quite-comprehensible reason to be thinking and acting like a teen.)
The characters are fairly stock (see below), except for Ray, Harley's seven year old sister who draws a very disturbing other reality with her talented pen--while thinking she's designing manga. I would have liked a lot more story with Ray, but I suspect her time is coming in future volumes.
This is a first volume, so though there is a slam bang climax, there is not much resolution; if you've read a lot of these stories that mash together a lot of elements of biblical mythology without making much theological sense, you can see the twists coming. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the ride!
My only complaint is that the copyediting was wretched--the copyeditor not only needs a remedial course in English grammar, but should really have flagged the overuse of the word "churned." I blame the copyeditor, not the author, as writers are right there running in the forest so it's tougher to see the trees. The CE's job is to flag overused words and mixed metaphors.
Which brings me to caveats.
Altogether a solid entry--looking forward to where it goes next. Especially if Ray gets more airtime!
This book really took me by surprise. I was immediately drawn in by the cover and remember being interested in the synopsis when it was announced, but I’ll be honest. By the time I finally picked it up, I had no idea what it was about and was surprised in the best possible way!
What I loved: - major Jennifer Armentrout/Hush, Hush, and Kingdom of the Wicked vibes - a kick heroine that could actually kick your ass/isn’t afraid to snap back at anyone - Urban Fantasy setting - an original spin on angels and demons I haven’t seen before - the romance! Draven is everything I look for in a love interest 😍 mysterious, snarky, tortured with a dark past, questionable motives.. did I mention tortured with a dark past?
What I wanted more of: - to be in on more of Harley and Draven’s early encounters. A few times we were TOLD such and such conversation happened, but we weren’t present for said conversation - Ray. I was left with a lot of questions over what is going on with her and would love to have learned more about her dreams/art!
#IsThisAKissingBook? “‘You’re mine,’ he growls, the words so final, so lethally claiming, that I feel them like a brand across my soul. And I love the way it burns.” 🔥🔥🔥
I’m already anxiously waiting on book 2 news. Is it too early to preorder a book that hasn’t been announced? Asking for me because I need answers!!!
There were two reasons why I decided to pick up this book. One because some of the reviews mentioned that the writing in this book reminded them of JLA. And second, another reviewer criticized this book as being heavy on the adult side despite being a YA. While the first review only made this author up in my radar, the second made it a done deal.
I've got to say, I do enjoy the writing. Yup, it kinda reminded me of JLA's YA stuffs. The kissing scene between Harley and Draven made me lift my brows because it was pretty passionate for a YA book. (And I like it!)
The downside of it? It was pretty cliche. The beginning of it was quite slow (it didn't pick up until the 30%). There was a few moments where I yawned and put down this book and started doing something else.
And talk about that ending. Of course I should've seen it coming. It's angels and demons fgs.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a physical copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.
I personally didn’t enjoy it very much. It put me into a reading slump, and the plot twist at the end just made me laugh out loud. It was plainfully average, and very predictable. And yes, it’s basically just a mixture of all the most basic YA tropes.
I accepted the review copy because the premise sounded interesting, but yeah, other that naming a few demons here and there, the rest was predictable. I saw the “betrayal” coming from miles away. While I usually enjoy fighting scenes and action in books, there’s also a thing called “too much”, which is when something is being overused - in this case, it was the fighting.
It’s an enjoyable read for most people, I guess, but it just didn’t do it for me🤷🏽♂️
However, if you’re new into YA fantasy, I bet you’ll actually really like this.
Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the arc of this book. All opinions are my own.
I had to sit and process this book for a good, long while after I finished. The last paragraph of this book had me shaking in my boots. I didn’t even know how to handle it. What a way to end a book! I am gobsmacked by that ending. Wow.
There’s a trigger warning i’d put out with this book. Note that there are discussions of parental abuse, alcoholism, death and physical abuse discussed in this book. I believe there’s one in the beginning, but I also wanted to put it on my review, just in case.
Harley is one of my favorite main characters I’ve read in fantasy in a while. There’s such a delicate balance that Molly is able to play into being her strength and the weakness from the years of her fathers abuse. When an older boy walks into her life and weird occurrences start happening, she’s thrust into a world where hell is real and the beasts from fairytales are trying to kill her. But is the boy who’s been protecting her also trying to kill her or is he really there to protect her?
This is such a quick read because once you start, you truly can’t stop. It’s addicting! It’s very reminiscent of the way I felt reading the Crave series! You get sucked into the world of Harley and Draven and never want to leave. The way Molly has paced the novel really aids how addicting it is! The character development is so well done and has so many different dynamics between them. I love watching the friendship with Kai grow, her sisterly bond with Ray and her budding relationship with Draven. All of it really balances out so well given you a book that you truly can’t put down! This is a can’t miss.
I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this one. I finished it a few days ago but wanted to sit with it to try to sort out my feelings and that didn't really work. Did I like it? I don't know. Did I hate it? I don't think so. So it gets three stars.
Ember of Night is the story of Harley, a girl who has a horrible life but is somehow super special to the destruction of the world. This book was filled with one trope after the next - normal girl who is special, bad boy she should stay away from, people close to her keeping secrets, best friend in love with her... etc. It just kept hitting them and because of this, I found the book extremely predictable. The giant "twist" at the end was easy to spot right away. So that took some enjoyment out of it.
Then there was the world building - or lack there of. Most was set in the modern world which didn't need any explaining, but the legends of the Key and why Harley was so important kind of got lost in the details. Maybe because of the bomb dropped at the end? So maybe the next book will explain everything more? Who knows.
Another thing, I didn't like Harley. The writer was trying to make her come across as this selfless , strong girl who only wanted to protect her little sister and that was kind of true. But for most of the book she was rude, not very smart and made horrible decisions when it came to the protection of her sister. And speaking of her sister, her sister and Nathan were my favorite characters in the book. They saved this story and they weren't even essential to the main plot really. I also liked her best friend because he was at least interesting and kept me guessing about his story. Whereas Harley and Draven were flat and predictable. I honestly did not feel a connection between them and when it went from 0 to 100% on the lust factor, I was just lost.
But aside from my dislikes, I was intrigued by the plot and where the series is going. The ending opened up a lot of possibilities and I'm hoping that the author moves away from common tropes and surprises the audience. I think that would be a great continuation.
Ember of Night was an interesting book to dive into today.
It took a little while for things to make sense to me but at least I got all the vibes while listening. I'll admit that I was getting some shadowhunter meets twilight vibes in the beginning. Mostly because of that bullshit - I can't be with you but I have feelings for you - and then there's the lovely dashes of a potential love triangle.
Honestly, I was not loving the triangle hints because I despise them so freaking much. Luckily, for me, I stuck with it all and the triangle vanished. Mostly because you can clearly see two people like each other equally and the other was just like..
I didn't see ANYTHING happening between him and her and it took him forever to realize that. Actually, wait, I still don't think he understood it all. Which is why I don't feel bad for what happened to him towards the end of the book. BUT I will admit that I was getting all kinds of sketchy bad vibes with him and I was so happy that my vibes didn't betray me.
Other than that, the romance could've been a bit better if these two would just accept that they like one another and the other isn't going to magically die. Or something. I'm also happy that certain people are now away from a certain alcoholic douche canoe because he needs to rot in jail. In hell. Forever.
In the end, I'm not sure what's going to happen in the next book but I'm thinking there's a possibility that the key could mean family? Again, not sure - just brainstorming over here.
When I got the email from Entangled Teen offering me this series to read I couldn’t pass it up, the synopsis for book one sounded amazing and that cover grabbed my attention instantly. I don’t tend to read many angel/demon books (for no particular reason) but I found this one to be just demons which was way more fun to read. This YA book is filled with action, witty banter, and hot as hell Draven so I would literally die for. This was a nice quick read and I can’t wait to dive into book two shortly.
Thank you to Entangled Teen for sending this my way, I owe you my soul.
Welcome to the Dark Side. New YA paranormal fave that was released yesterday! Nothing to do with an amber eyed bad boy (maybe a little) but for it’s dark, brutal and addictively interesting characters and world. I laughed a lot too, what can I say, I love dark humor. I also enjoyed Lee’s spin on angels, demons, heaven and hell, it flipped my base knowledge on it upside down. And by the end of the book, I would ride and die for Harley, her sister Ray and Draven.
Draven have you been watching Bridgerton? Harley and Draven both think they are broken, undeserving of love, but there's something much deeper between them. They get each other. They verbal dance. They challenge each other. I loved what was between them and ooowee was their moment fire! I burn for you indeed!
The last 20% definitely had me turning the pages so fast, I regretted it because THAT ENDING! Wait what?! Let me read that again and sprinkle some holy water. Nope still there. Until then, you can find me at the pews, praying for its sequel to appear in my hands because I need it!
Read if you like: • kick butt heroine • bad boy with a soft heart • angels & demons • angsty mature YA romance • dark humor • sister love • twists & turns • The Dark Elements, Harbinger, Furyborn vibes
tw: scenes of emotional, physical abuse, suicidal thoughts, violence and gore
"Even the darkness has value to those who seek its shelter."
Ember of Night comes in with a POW as we navigate the days leading to Harley's eighteenth birthday. The day she can finally leave her abusive home and take guardianship of her younger sister... or maybe all hell will break loose... literally.
YA fantasy is full of good vs evil stories where we buy in for the love triangle (cough cough every vampire book on your shelf)
but what Molly E. Lee does differently is she created a world filled with grey characters. Bad angels? Good demons? Demons that look like alligators? Sorcerers? Good people with bad morals? Bad people with good morals? HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A TEAM!?!?
The only way I know how is to follow the hottie with striking eyes... cue Draven. Tan skin, golden eyes, and alot of secrets. But who is this young man whose afraid of a little "connection" and human contact? The one who tries but cannot stay away.
"I had a suspicion you were hot for me Harley, but I didn't think I could make you burn."
Trigger warnings: abuse, thoughts of suicide, gore, language
Read if you like: - YA JLA series - Cassandra Clare's world with a bit of a bigger PUNCH -angels and demons -a heroine who could literally kick your butt - a bit of mystery -urban setting -young adult books more on the new adult side -a new series you will be addicted to! -anime! yes I said anime....
Any author who starts a book out with a HOT dance scene is a new fave in my book.
Why I gave it 4 Stars: -being the first book with a lot of mystery, it ends in a little cliffhanger and I just wanted MORE. More moments, maybe even more love triangle? I know bookstagram strike me down 😂. Overall I really enjoyed it Rating: Story-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (loved it) characters- young and learning romance- strangers to lustfully charged individuals steam- wooooweeeeee that's some steamy canoodling song- Can You Hold me by NF & Britt Nicole
Thank you Entangled Teen for my copy of Ember of Night. Counting down to book 2
okay this is gonna be a quick, short, fun, review— i think i would probably lean more towards rating this 4.5! (goodreads please add half ratings) i don’t know— that rating may or may not change but!!
i personally would consider book proper YA (16+ age) NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH “TEENS” (12+)— there were some aspects of this book that i did predict which were very fun but i did NOT predict the ENDING!! MY GOD WHAT WAS THAT— i need the sequel immediately 😌
another thing i want to bring up is if you like the Crave series, From Blood and Ash, Twilight, and ACOTAR and want a book that captures all of them TOGETHER (you’ll understand why i selected all of these books if you decide to read it) then i highly recommend it 😂
it was really dark but also funny and has the same type of writing style that Crave uses— super modern & very urban fantasy!
obsessed with Harley & Draven 🤩
this book was super entertaining, i really enjoyed reading it!! ❤️
“Trust is both a gift and a curse. Heady in the right hands and a weapon in others.’”
Este libro me sorprendió en muchos aspectos, ya que no me esperaba para nada que fuera a llegar a ser algo así. Una chica que tiene que impedir una guerra entre el cielo y el infierno, pero ella no sabe nada.
“Just because something is damaged doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful. All things have value. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.”
Pero hay gente que la quieren matar, porque también ella sirve como un tipo de llave que podría llevar el mundo a la destrucción, pero claro que todo cambia cuando llega Draven. El chico que se supone que tiene que matarla si ella resulta ser quienes todos piensan que es.
Pero claro que se convierte en su interés amoroso y yo fui muy feliz. Lo único que no me gustó de su relación es que es demasiado insta love. Literalmente se enamorar perdidamente cuando se conocen, solamente por verse y pues ya saben que yo prefiero que sea lento.
“I still tried because I want you both. I want to legally be bound to you both so you know you can always count on me. ”
Tienen ellos como protagonistas muchos piques y desacuerdos así que eso hacía interesante la trama, a demás que la protagonista es una bad ass. Y yo les rezo todos los días por que lo sigan siendo siempre en todo los libros.
Es una historia un poco predecible, pero que de igual forma se disfruta. La relación que se tuvo de hermanas en el libro fue hermosa, me encantó leerlo y sin duda de los highlights más importantes de la historia para mi.
“Dad wasn’t the only monster out there. The world was apparently full of them.”
La historia cuenta con TW, como lo es el abuso, los golpes, maltrato psicológico y físico, de igual forma todas estas advertencias se encuentran al principio del libro y eso se agrade siempre.
“That my whole life I’ve been beaten down. Everyone treating me like I’m a weed. An ugly thing that didn’t belong, but you know what weeds do?” I dart out my free hand, clutching the forearm that holds the knife with a viselike grip. “We thrive in the cracks, until we’re strong enough to shatter the whole foundation.”
Thank you to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the arc of this book. All opinions are my own.
TW: Emotional and physical abuse, violence, gore, suicidal thoughts, sexual content
Coming into this knowing nothing at all not even reading the synopsis made this one amazing!! The way the author shows you things really makes for amazing story telling. Also with making you love characters so much even though you know what could happen in the end!
Harley is an amazingly strong female character that struck a lot of chords with me. I love reading about powerful females that know what to do to protect themselves and others. The dynamic between her and the guys makes this novel 100% the best to read. If you need a love triangle it’s in here hardcore! I LOVE IT! Harley can be strong but be tough at the same time and that’s what I love about her. I see a lot of myself in her and I think that’s what helping me enjoy it so much!!! Draven and Kai make the triangle a lot of fun they all play off each other well. Knowing what could happen make this one worth reading. Knowing that Harley is just along for the ride with them and is truly only looking out for her and her little sister make that even better. Harley just wants to get away when she turns 18 with her sister. She truly doesn’t care about anything else.
This one is worth it if you like Fantasy and Romance. It’s got all the aspects of a teen drama but cut with the amazing writing from Lee has me sitting at the edge of my seat. You never know what could happen next but you should find out!
I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review.
Molly E. Lee’s Ember of Night is the “can’t miss” Young Adult read of the year! It brings back to the heyday of YA fallen angels, demons, unavoidable prophecies and the apocalypse. With a stellar cast of characters, readers will be hard-pressed not to fall in love with this book from the first chapter!
Harley is counting down the days until her eighteenth birthday, then she plans to take her younger sister away from their abusive father and live a normal and happy life together. So though I believe it has been previously mentioned, trigger warnings for this book include abuse. Harley’s father beats her near daily, and Harley takes it all if it means, Ray, her younger sister never gets hit. She’s hides her bruises from her boss at work, and her best friend Kai, because if people knew, they might separate her from her sister, so keeps it a secret and waits for the day it can all end.
Then she meets Draven, our typical YA bad boy of mystery. He’s broody and sullen, yet Harley is drawn to him again and again. I will say there is a prologue chapter that gives us a bit of insight to who and what Draven actually is, and let’s just say, he’s not human. He was sent to stop the apocalypse and Harley is fated to play a key role in it. You can do the math from there.
As soon as the clock strikes midnight on Harley’s birthday though, her eyes are opened to the world around her. Demons exist. And they are all after her blood. But Harley is not the kind of girl who needs saving, she plans to save herself and her sister from whatever comes their way.
Whoa, you guys! This book was heavy stuff! Not only the deeper meanings with heaven, hell, the Creator, demons, and all that trend, but just the amount of things that happen in this one! The abuse that Harley endures to protect her sister. The bravery this girl has and throws herself into the thick of things to help others. I mean, she’s not Spiderman or anything and goes looking to save people, but she doesn’t walk away from a cry for help either. Harley has got game! She’s one of the fiercest heroine I’ve met. When she literally gets knocked down and out, she crawls back up to her feet and starts swinging. I envy her strength.
There’s definitely a level of forbidden romance going on between her and Draven as well. Draven is a boy just riddled with mysteries and secrets. You thought Patch was mystery defined, wait until you meet Draven.
Molly writes a very unique story here. I positively loved what she created here! It had me turning the pages every free minute I had. I also give her kudos on not dwelling too thick into the religion side of things. I mean when you have heaven, hell, demons being mentioned left and right, you wonder just how much into religion you might get. She handles it all very well and really just keeps it on the name dropping level and you know, duking it out with the demons. Though, that may not always be the case, this is only book one of course.
The pacing to this book was just right too. We start with the countdown to Harley’s birthday and all the while you wonder if she’ll live to see it. Then obviously, she makes it but the demon horde is still coming for her blood and we’re presented with another countdown that will see us through to the end of the story. It’s book that keeps you on your toes and turning those pages as fast as you can. The dynamic between Harley and Draven isn’t bad either! I honestly loved their bantering the most! I’ve always loved that animosity to love best! You know, the one where it’s not quite hate, but close enough? Lol.
The family bond between Harley and her sister was endearing too. That she cares so much for her younger sister, she takes all the hits her father has. It was just so much, you know? Then there are other people in her life who care for her too. It was heartwarming to see, honestly. Usually adults make a come and go appearance in YA books and while these adults weren’t always there, they were there more than previous YA books have shown us.
Of course, this is only book one in a yet-to-be-determined series. I am anxious to know more and a quick Goodreads check shows a sequel to come out in November of this year! Let’s hope that can hold true because there was a whopper of a cliffhanger reveal at the end of this one. One (hyphenated) word: game-changer! Molly E. Lee definitely has hooked this reader in! I am in it for the long haul folks!
If you’re looking for the next big angels/demons YA read, then you will have to pick up Ember of Night! It’s a read that will have you hooked from the very beginning until the very end…and even after that too! It’s a read truly not to be missed! Add it fast to your TBR piles folks!
Molly E. Lee has been on my reading wishlist for a while now. In fact, I have a couple of her books. However, Ember of Night, her first YA paranormal romance is the one that finally introduced me to Molly’s work.
From the cover to the blurb, I was intrigued by Ember of Night. I honestly had no idea what to expect. Harley Ward is the heroine of the story. She’s physically, emotionally, and verbally abused by her father. These abuses are actually described and done in real-time throughout the story, occurring almost nightly. For the last five years, Harley has worked for a man named Nathan at Miller’s Deli. Any money she’s earned has been used to pay rent to her father and on little splurges of food, entertainment, and art supplies for her seven-year-old sister Ray. Whatever money she has left is saved so that when she turns eighteen she can get her own apartment and move out, hopefully with Ray.
Harley’s life is far from perfect and it definitely isn’t easy. She’s a week away from her eighteenth birthday and her chaotic life is about to get turned upside down. It starts with Draven, the guy she meets and dances with at a concert. He then becomes her new co-worker at the deli. The two have this push and pull connection. Draven has Harley pegged and it scares her. But she also sees bits of herself in him. Harley’s best friend Kai seems to be leary of Draven and thinks she should stay away from the guy.
“I’d give anything to get into a freak accident and then suddenly have the power to destroy my enemies.” Be careful what you wish for. As Harley’s birthday gets closer she finds herself being attacked by demons of all things, and thrust into a world she didn’t know existed. Through all the fights, Harley knows two things: 1) she must protect Ray, Nathan, and Kai at all costs, and 2) Draven knows more than he’s telling her. “Even an ember of night can be a beacon in the darkness.” All her life, Harley has thought of herself as being a nobody. Someone who is unimportant and weak. "My whole life I’ve been beaten down. Everyone treating me like I’m a weed. An ugly thing that didn’t belong, but you know what weeds do?”They thrive when no one is watching. Harley is everything. She’s brave, sassy, loving, and caring. She doesn’t back down. Harley doesn’t know it yet, but she’s set to become a key player in saving the world.
Ember of Night was such an engrossing story. Outside of all the abuse that Harley endured, I loved this book. The story is told in first person, from Harley’s viewpoint. As a reader, I think this helps to truly visualize what’s happening. Harley and Draven are great characters that you immediately find yourself rooting for. Their banter is fun and their chemistry is off the charts. Ray will steal your heart with her innocence that only a child can possess, while at the same time showing wisdom and understanding beyond her years. Ember of Night will take you on a wild,emotional ride, where you don’t know exactly who you can trust. Danger is always lurking in the shadows. I was on the edge of my seat more times than I can count. I loved the shock and awe of the final chapter when everything became crystal clear. The ending was perfect and left me wanting more. I am so looking forward to the next book in this series.
~ Favorite Quotes ~
“True friendship is often the basis for deeper love.”
“First impressions should be trusted.”
“People usually tell you more of who they are in those initial few moments of meeting them than they do in an entire lifetime afterward.”
“Trust is both a gift and a curse. Heady in the right hands and a weapon in others.”
“Everything you need to know about anyone can be found in their eyes. In the moments when they think no one is looking.”
“Just because something is damaged doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful. All things have value. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.”
“Listen to your instincts.”
“We can’t let fear steal your chance at living.”
“You are what you decide to be.”
“You’re stronger than you know.”
**Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it.**
EMBER OF NIGHT is a fantastic series starter filled with mystery, mayhem, and a main character that you just want to hug. Abused by her alcoholic father and outcasted by seemingly everyone, the only thing Harley wants out of life is a safe place away from her rundown trailer where she can provide a home and safety for her little sister. Protecting Ray has become the most important thing in her life and she will move Heaven and earth to make sure that happens. Everything is on track until broody Draven walks into her life and things are turned upside down when she’s being attacked almost daily by shadowy creatures. Things get even weirder when Draven tells her she’s the reason the demons are here now, and she’s the key to stopping the war. I absolutely adored this book. From the very first page to that mind-blowing ending, I didn’t want it to end. The entire book is shrouded in mystery and I like how Lee very slowly peels the shroud off and reveals each little mystery piece by agonizing piece. Even the characters were a mystery and it was really interesting seeing each of them exposed and finally learning what they are. Angels and demons and other, and each one has a part to play in the pending war. Abuse plays a big role is this book, as Harley is physically and mentally abused on a regular basis by her father. Often tough to read about, the abuse is a driving factor in her trying to find freedom and protect her sister at all costs. I loved the relationship she shared with Ray, it was a definite bright spot in an otherwise bleak tale and I admired Harley’s strength and selflessness when it comes to her sister. Another bright spot in this book is the romantic element. There’s a bit of a love triangle happening, and it’s definitely going to be a hard choice deciding between these two boys. (Though I have a favorite and his name isn’t Kai.) Bottom line — dark and dangerous tale with a hint of romance and a main character you can’t help but love, EMBER OF NIGHT was a fantastic series starter that I couldn’t put down. I can’t wait to see what the second book holds for these characters.
Ok I will start my review by saying I love the cover with its gorgeous colours but honestly I wasn't quite sure what to expect. We meet Harper, seventeen years old and determined to get a flat so she can get custody of her younger sister Ray. Abused by her alcoholic father Harper works hard at a local diner to earn enough money to start a much safer life. Her best friend Kai always has her back and he encourages her to live a little but when she meets the mysterious but absolutely gorgeous Draven they share a connection that Harper cannot explain. Ok so far apart from the evil parent this seems ordinary but nothing is what it seems. Harper is attacked by what she thinks are homeless people which means secrets that have been kept from her start coming to light. This downtrodden, ordinary girl just might be something extraordinary but exactly what is she ? Eek I did get Twilight vibes initially because yes Draven is definitely no ordinary boy and then you add Kai the friend who says he had hoped to become more than friends. Add in that Draven is without a doubt a tortured soul and you can imagine more than a few eye rolls from me. Yet I kept reading even when Harper repeatedly said "I'm not afraid of you " which definitely echoed a certain seventeen years old named Bella ! Why ? I was intrigued and wanted answers. This does go in a very different direction to the aforementioned story and although I'd worked something out there were still shocks and surprises to be had. This is aimed at YA readers which I'm certainly not part of but I found this interesting and ended up wanting the characters to have a happy ending. In some ways I got what I wanted but Harper's story is definitely not over as the author saved her biggest surprise for the very last page ! This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
Do you love books that remind you of the books that got you into reading YA? My entry into YA started with Twilight, as it has with MANY readers. Twilight gets a ton of flack, but it's classic and I loved it. Now, Ember of Night doesn't have vampires, but it does have the same type of romance that a lot of us adore.
Harley's life isn't ideal. She lives with her younger sister, Ray, in a trailer with her abusive father. She counts down the days until she's eighteen and is able to get an apartment and apply for custody of Ray. When she meets a guy at a concert, she thinks she'll never see him again until he shows up at work as a new employee. Draven is mysterious and prone to agitation and silence, but Harley finds herself drawn to him, much to her best friend Kai's annoyance. Things get a little crazier when she discovers the presence of demons and that she may be the key they hold to unlock an ancient and dangerous enemy. With Draven as her protector, she comes into her own power and finds out how far she's willing to go to save those she loves.
First things first. The romance is sorta insta-love, but sorta not if that makes sense. Harley has A LOT on her plate and romance isn't something she's willing to give her time to. BUT it happens to her anyway. Draven is the perfect mix of brooding and sexy. He wants to protect Harley, but he also gives her the space to be independent and trust that she can handle things to an extent. He's more of a "what can I do to help?" rather than, "I'm here to help you, step aside." I love, loved him. He has secrets he has to keep from Harley, much like Edward Cullen, and he's scared of doing it until he finds himself so drawn to her that he has to spill the beans for her sake.
There are some heavy themes throughout the book including abuse, alcohol use, Harley's self-worth has been broken down by her own father, and it was so hard to see what she thought about herself. But it's marvelous to see how she breaks free of her father's hold and realizes how bold, strong and beautiful she truly is, despite what her father has drilled into her head.
There were some minor issues such as some of the phrases Draven makes that were SO Edward Cullen, but I didn't really care because he was an amazing character.
As the story comes to its conclusion (for book one) we find out A LOT that is left unsaid. There is so much I want to know that we never got to discover, so book two is going to be explosive. I am so ready.
What do you do when you find out your entire life is a lie? And that you’re more powerful than you ever thought possible? Molly E. Lee’s Ember of Night explores these themes and so much more. It’s a fast-paced, exciting beginning to a new YA paranormal series that already promises to be a wild ride.
Harley has never had a simple life. Left with her abusive father and her younger half sister, Ray, Harley lives and works to protect her innocent sibling. Harley can’t wait until the day she turns 18 so that they can make their escape from their evil father’s clutches. As her birthday approaches, she meets the mysterious Draven, and is drawn to him even as he tries to keep his distance. Instinctively, Harley knows there’s more to Draven than meets the eye, but she has no idea what world she’s about to step into.
Lee sets up an interesting mythology that is unlike anything I’ve read before, which kept my interest piqued throughout the story. Harley is a character who starts to come into her own power; she thinks she’s weak, but starts to change her own narrative. She starts to overcome the abuse of her past and see herself for who she really is. And while there are a few visceral scenes of abuse, they never feel exploitative or that they’re being used as a cheap narrative device.
The burgeoning relationship between Harley and Draven is also a delightful addition to the story. There’s a wonderful push-pull dynamic and a slow burn that will leave you begging for more. Though this is just the beginning to their story, the ending doesn’t feel too cliffhanger-y. In all, if you’re looking for a new YA PNR series, Ember of Night is a great pick.
Thank you to Entangled and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
I really liked Harley and as far as as main characters go, she's a solid one. Coming from an abusive home and being thrown into the world of demons, Harley is strong-willed and determined to protect those she loves. I really admired her strength and the lengths she goes to for her sister was really heart warming. The other characters were just as interesting, I really enjoyed reading about Ray and Nathan, as well as Draven and Kai.
My biggest issue with this book was the world building, or lack there of. I understood parts of it but I feel like very little time was spent developing the world and the powers, and honestly I'm still not sure how the plot was resolved. This story definitely could have benefited from being a little longer, with maybe more time on the world building, especially with how it relates to the main character and her conflicts.
I received an e-arc of this title from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I loved the urban fantasy world she created in this! So many demons laying just under the veil and how people actually perceive them was so cool to me. The story follows Harley (honey badger) through her coming of age and learning about her powers. Draven is there to assist her along the way and of course, romance ensues. That ending though. Wow!!!! There were a few elements that I had guessed as I was reading, but the biggie I didn’t pick up on until pretty much the last line! Well done keeping me on my toes! Now when do I get the next one? 😂😍
Ember of Night is the first book in the young adult paranormal romance series by the same name from author Molly E. Lee. This book took me by surprise in the best way! I absolutely loved Ember of Night. Not only could I not put it down, but I have been unable to think about anything else since I have finished this book last night. I need book two in my hands like a physical ache! I love the way Molly E. Lee writes romances. She writes the best character connections that slow burn into such an intense sizzle. This romance between Harley and Draven literally burst into flames and left me wanting so much more!
I loved everything about Ember of Night- the characters, the romance, the world building and the cliffhanger might actually kill me. Yea, I know I sound melodramatic, but what can I say this book just brings it out in me. Entangled teen writes some of the most addictive fantasy and paranormal romances. They publish books that speak to my swoon loving soul, and Ember of Night is one of my favorites. In Ember of Night, we meet our main character Harley. Harley has faced such disgusting and serious abuses at home from her father that she has been made to feel weak her whole life. But she is anything but weak. I admired the heck out of Harley. Her fierce desire to help her little half sister get a better life than her is so admirable. I loved her little sister Ray, even though I did feel like she is portrayed to be so much older than her seven years of age.
Harley, Ray and her best friend Kai are like their own little family unit along with her boss Nathan. And now let's talk about Draven. He was everything I love in a love interest. He is complex and thought provoking, strong and loyal. I loved watching him get closer and closer to Harley. Their romance honestly sizzled off the page for me. I was so addicted to it. ember of Night is an amazing romance, but it is also so much more. The plot of the story was fascinating. I will give you a short breakdown of the premise without trying to be spoilery. Unbeknownst to Harley, she is a Key that some very powerful demons would like to get a hold of. Because of this, she becomes a target for many, many demons as they try to capture her. Harley is obviously trying to stay alive but she also wants answers on just what role she plays in everything and just what on earth (or hell) is going on around her. I really enjoyed the plot. I thought Molly E. Lee did a fantastic job keeping us guessing, but also not keeping us so much in the dark that we got frustrated. She gave us tidbits of information at just the right moments so we stayed completely riveted and invested in the story. I was able to guess one of the big twists, but there are plenty of other things that took me by surprised. All in all, I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of 2021!
Bottom line: If you are a fan of paranormal romances that feature strong heroines, swoony love interests and a super strong plot that will keep you flipping pages until the end, Ember of Night is a book you will absolutely devour. I loved Ember of Night and I think you will too!