Giveaway & Book Review: Ember by Carol Oates *Closed*

Ember by Carol Oates
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Format: eBook (courtesy of Omnific Publishing)
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: 07.19.2011
When Candra Ember wakes up in hospital after a dangerous encounter with a red-haired woman, she is shocked to discover that seeing a winged boy wasn’t her imagination. Candra is exposed to a world of rivalry and sacrifice she never knew existed, and the aftermath of a war to save humanity thousands of years ago. Soon she finds herself relentlessly stalked by Sebastian, a beautiful and arrogant Watcher Angel and romantically pursued by his darkly seductive rival, Draven. Ultimately, dubious about her own goodness, Candra’s very existence compromises a tentative peace in the city of Acheron.

This doesn't have an effect my rating since I knew what I could potentially be getting into when I accepted this book for review, but I just wanted to include my thoughts on it here: the only problem I had with EMBER is that something happens in the story that is thoroughly against my beliefs. This is the main reason why I don't usually read books with angels in them, because they tend to go against my beliefs at some point (usually some form of: there isn't a God, or He really hates us so he sent us here to suffer, and so on). I'm not saying what it is that happened in this book because that would be a spoiler, but it didn't sit well with me. Though to be fair, this particular thing I'm talking about was only ever mentioned two or three times in the book.

"The temptation to take the next step hung in the air around them...it was the apple: take one bite, and there was no going back."
-Carol Oates, Ember

With that out of the way, I can get on to the good stuff! This is a great paranormal romance, with great writing and, lots of tension and heartache, and two very sexy men--er, angels. The characterizations are spot-on, and I enjoyed the smart conversations between the characters. Even the arguments between characters were thoughtful and full of emotion. With only a few exceptions, these characters talked their problems out until they were resolved--or at least until the angry tension was replaced with understanding. This is something I really admire about this book. Carol Oates made these characters into thinking people, instead of characters who make their own assumptions and wrong conclusions about everything.

"Is this really about keeping me safe or about you not wanting to share your sandbox with the others?"
-Carol Oates, Ember

While this is a story about angels, it doesn't follow the usual plot. I can't say what the differences are without giving away too much, but this is definitely a different take on angels. They have the usual wings and abilities, but their way of life is refreshingly different.

The characters and the romance is what totally got me with this one. I liked the characters and I believed in their romance, too; it was subtle but passionate. Oh, and let's not forget the steamy parts! *dies*

Read this if:
...you like angels and romance, but want something a little different than the conventional angel story.

Content Warning
*This section may contain some spoilers about content!*
Highlight between the brackets to reveal the text.
{Intense sexual tension, sexual innuendo, and profanity.}

*Giveaway is now closed*
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Omnific publishing has generously offered to give an eBook of EMBER to one lucky winner! Enter using Rafflecopter.

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  1. Sounds pretty good. Reminds me of Fallen. I love the cover.
    (not an entry)

  2. I agree that there are some situations where the content is a little uncomfortable. Thanks for the review. You had some of the same thoughts as I did. I am part of a blog tour on and posting for Ember on Sat.

  3. Diana: You're welcome!

    Juju: Hmm, I might have to read Fallen now. Thanks for the comparison! :)

    Lisa: I'll be looking for your review tomorrow! I'd love to see what you thought of it.

  4. I've seen this book quite a few times on different blogs now and it really sounds intriguing. Thanks on sharing your opinion with us and thank you for the giveaway. :)


  5. Carina: I hope you read it! I enjoyed it. :)

    Carrie: You're welcome! :)


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