Happy Saturday y’all! I just got home from a very intense cycling class and I’m so excited to finally share my stop on the Ember of Night tour by Turn the Page Tours! Ember of Night is the first book in a a new YA series from Entangled Teen that came out on May 4th. There are a lot of heavier parts in it (dealing with abuse etc.) and the author does provide trigger warnings at the beginning of the book, so make sure you read those before you start reading the book! I’m going to give y’all my review and share some of my favorite quotes as well as some information about the author and how to connect with her, but before I do that, Turn the Page Tours and Entangled Teen are sponsoring a giveaway for a finished copy of Ember of Night that’s open until May 11 (USA only though), so go enter it now!
Ember of Night 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
I am a weed.
Unloved by my abusive, alcoholic dad. Unwanted by my classmates. Unnoticed by everyone else.
But I’d suffer anything to give my kid sister a better life—the minute I turn eighteen, I’m getting us the hell out of here. And some hot stranger telling me I am the key to stopping a war between Heaven and Hell isn’t going to change that.
Let the world crumble and burn, for all I care.
Draven is relentless, though. And very much a liar. Every time his sexy lips are moving, I can see it—in the dip of his head, the grit of his jaw—even if my heart begs me to ignore the signs.
So what does he want?
I need to figure it out fast, because now everyone is gunning for me. And damn if I don’t want to show them what happens when you let weeds thrive in the cracks of the pavement…
We can grow powerful enough to shatter the whole foundation.
Ember of Night was such an interesting read- it really reminded me of the YA of my high school days (so the mid 2000s) with lots of demons, main characters being abused, love triangles, and love interests that divided the masses. I liked Draven, Ray, Nathan, and Harley and the whole demon system and the judges were also really interesting. I think Molly E Lee set up very cool world that definitely has left me wanting to read more in book two, especially with how she ended book one. There were parts that I felt hadn’t been explained enough, like Ray and Harley’s parentage, but I’m sure that’s something that will come up in book two. I also felt like the first half was a little slower than the second half, but once things picked up, they really picked up. This kind of felt like a mash up of Twilight, City of Bones, and Supernatural with a good amount of original content as well, so it was overall a fun experience reading this book and experiencing Harley’s world. I also loved that it was set in/around Chicago, so the L and the Navy Pier making appearances were so cool! I can’t wait to read book two!
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book (note, these are from the ARC version that I read, so they may not be in the finished version or they may in another form in the finished version, so please keep that in mind)
“He sees me. When no one else has bothered to look.” page 65
“‘Some evil can’t be countered no matter how much good you throw at it.'” page 69
“‘Just because something is damaged doesn’t mean it isn’t beautiful. All things have value.'” page 74
“‘Don’t hesitate to use it.’ His eyes drift behind me. ‘Even on friends if they choose not to listen.'” 82
“‘Even an ember of night can be a beacon in the darkness.'” page 207
Author Bio: 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.