Happy Sunday! I am so glad this week is over. It has been full of snow, work, stress and sick people. Roll on a new week! Oh well, on the plus side, I had a really good reading week, which means, that it is time for another book review! Today it is all about Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever. So let’s do this!
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 that I struggled to get into this book. I must have been about a 3rd of the way through it before I started to really get into the story. I think the reason why I struggled is because it is quite a weird & intense story and I wasn’t really expecting that. I mean, put it this way, I cannot figure out what genre the book classes as beyond just YA. At times it’s like a contemporary, almost a thriller but then it is very occult-y and supernaturally, almost sci-fi like at times (with all the time related elements). There is just a lot going on and at the start I was so focused on trying to figure out the book that I didn’t get into the story for a while. There was just a lot going on.
But, once I did get into the story I really got into it. I didn’t want to put it down. I was just so curious as to what the hell was going on. I will admit that I did figure out the major plot twist really early on, but everything else really surprised me. I particularly liked the Egyptian and occult like elements to the story. it was a lot darker then I was expecting it to be. And I really liked that. particularly the last 70 or so pages. Everything suddenly became very dramatically, very quickly. I really liked that the story felt like it was speeding up, like time was running out, I think that I was brilliantly done. It paralleled perfectly with the timeless feel to the rest of the story.
I was also surprised by how much I liked the romance element of the story. I didn’t think that I would as it felt a bit obvious to start with. But as time went on, I grew to really like Ember and Tre. I just think that their relationship worked. You could feel how much they cared for each other. I will say that there was a lot of focus on their relationship throughout the book, maybe too much. This is such a complex story and I just felt like maybe there wasn’t quite enough focus on it at times. But this pair where so damn cute that it didn’t bother me too much.
My main critique of this book where the characters. Ember annoyed me. I don’t know why, but she did. I liked elements of her, like her determination and strength and resolve. I also really liked her destructive spiralling at the start of the book. I think that it was a brilliant and honest representation of trying to deal with grief and guilt. It isnt always pretty. I even liked her Colour Crayon Brain, that really fascinated me and left me wondering what colour my favourite songs would be. But other elements of her did really bug me. For instance, I found her impulsiveness infuriating. In general, I was 50/50 with her as a character. Sometimes I liked her, sometimes I wanted to slap her. The other characters were also a mixed bag. I mostly liked Tre, I sometimes didn’t. Occasionally I was left questioning some of his actions. Lilly and Peter both irritated me with their childlike natures and their general personalities. Zoe, on the other hand, really intrigued me. What is she! What is her deal? What is she getting out of all of this? I am just really curious about her.
All in all, I have definitely been left wanting to pick up the second book in this trilogy (series?). I need to know what the hell is going on and whether Ember is going to get out.
/3.5/4 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read this one? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.