Embers (The Wings of War #1)
by Karen Ann Hopkins
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Rate: Enjoyed it (4 stars)
There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evils rises.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage, and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war, one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.
Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.
Karen Ann Hopkins has the ability to pull you into the story right away. I find myself immersed in Embers without realizing it. After reading her Temptation series, I knew I would enjoy her new books, and I wanted to see how she will deal with the whole angels topic.
As a reader myself, I have been overwhelmed from time to time with some genres, and the angels was one of those. I got tired about reading all the time about angels. However, it's been a while and from what I read from the Karen's synopsis this promised to be a good angel story. And I was right.
What would you do if you discover that you are immune to fire? Or to any injuries? That's what happens to Ember. But she knows more about her true identity when she goes to Ohio, where she learns that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. The story continues and even when you get an idea of what is going to happen, the author gets to shock you by unraveling new secrets and letting us know more about Ember's life.
Karen Ann's angels are like no angels I have read before. They are fierce and determined and some of their actions, from time to time, are blurred between what's good and what's evil and it's even more difficult to choose sides when you learn that there are two factions of Watchers that fight against each other.
I remember that when I started reading the book I felt kind of disoriented. I didn't know how the story would turn out, but I was happy to see that it won't be an angel falling in love and all those stories we are familiar with. Moreover, Ember's personality is unique and brings a "touch" of reality to the whole story.
But don't get me wrong, there's also time for romance in Embers. It was a good romance and I loved how Karen use the both factions of Watchers to test the relationship.
Embers also has a big, shocking and I-NEED-to-read-more ending. I had a great time reading this new series and I look forward to reading more! I recommend Embers to all YA paranormal readers out there who are looking for a change in angel stories. This is definitely your book.
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A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.