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An Ember in the Ashes
"An Ember in the Ashes"
When Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.Learn more | More in Teen and Young Adult

Product Details

  • Series: The Sensitives
  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481053477
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481053471
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,035,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dawn is a Twitter and fashion addict whose favorite things in life are her family, gorgeous dresses, tea leaf salad, and French macarons. She splits her time between San Francisco, Northern Virginia, and Paris.

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The details were so great that I could clearly picture the scene and feel the emotions that Lark felt throughout the entire story.
Richard C. Newbold
This book has a great and unique blend of magical and dystopian elements, but the biggest draw for me was the tragic romance between Lark and Beck.
The Scottweiler
I read 70% of the book in one night, and would have finished, except I have an early morning class and most of the time I sleep through it.
Ashelynn Hetland

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Cameron Lee on January 2, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
There are many versions of the apocalypse. Post-nuclear, post-asteroid, post-zombie, post-Ice-Age, post-vampire - the world has ended so many times that it's sometimes difficult to tell the different occasions apart. Larkstorm offers something a little different. It's certainly post-apocalyptic, but things are unusually utopian.

Lark Greene is a girl living a happy life under the State's rule. She has everything she wants: a place to live, education, and of course her friend Beck, with whom the State has paired her since birth. There is always the danger of Sensitives, those mysterious people who caused the end of the world decades ago, but the State keeps them separated from regular people. But close to her 18th birthday, Lark discovers that nothing is as it seems. Lies are everywhere, and Lark begins a journey to find out the truth.

Larkstorm combines elements from dystopia, fantasy, and romance genres while changing things up enough so that everything feels fresh. Some of the plot twists are fairly evident from early on, but overall this is a book that will keep you entertained.

As a guy, there's one major complaint. There is a lot of focus on "girly" details - especially in the early chapters, with long paragraphs describing what Lark is wearing and why she chose this piece of clothing, fashion, and colors. I don't find that kind of description very interesting or important. These parts feel almost shoehorned in, to try and reach out to a bigger audience. Once you get past these initial scenes though the book picks up pace.

This is a good book for young-adult readers - the Hunger Games and Harry Potter age group. It's certainly not high fiction but Larkstorm is great if you're in the mood for an adventure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Naddeo on April 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
I've been wanting to read Larkstorm for a long time and most of the time when you expect too much from a novel, it can only disappoint you. But that was not the case with this one. With such an unique and exciting premise, Miller's novel is what everybody should be reading right now (if you haven't read it already)! Not to mention that Larkstorm has one of most beautiful cover I have ever seen (it will look SO good on my bookshelf)!

I won't tell you more about the story, since Goodreads' book description summons it all up and I would run the risk of giving too much away (you will thank me later)!
But what distinguishes Larkstorm the most from other novels is its plot. While it has many popular elements of the YA genre nowadays, this novel is something completely unique. It is a mix of dystopia, romance, magic and mystery and the outcome was utterly amazing. Furthermore I found Miller's writing completely to my taste, meaning: beautiful!

All character were so well-written making them exceptionally realistic, therefore easy to identify with. I loved the main character, Lark. She is a completely obedient person, who even though wishes she could do something rebellious like kissing Beck still doesn't break the rules. When she finds out that what she is, can destroy Beck, she does anything even become powerless to save him. She is so strong and determined, yet still compassionate and sweet, that she may as well be one of my favorite heroines. Beck, in the other hand, was a difficult character to judge. I admit that I had a hard times sometimes believing that he was looking out for Lark's best interest. Still he was completely swoon-worthy: extrovert, funny and sweet who made Lark feel good and safe.

The romance surprised me the most.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 9, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm kind of surprised at all the 5 star reviews for this book. While it wasn't bad, I didn't see the WOW factor that it seems everyone else did. I thought the beginning of the book had promise. It seemed as things progressed that I had a good grasp of the dystopian society and I was enjoying the setting of the story. As the story continued it lost me.

Once Beck left and Lark set out to find him I was excited to see where the story would go. The whole encounter with Lark's brother at the train station and her getaway was fun. At least we thought she was running towards finding Beck as well as breaking away from everyone in her life who kept things from her. I thought Lark might find Beck and they'd hide out for a bit then fight and stand together... no such luck.

Come to find out she takes refuge in a "bubble" if you will. A bubble with a house and woods and loads of light witches in tents!! The entire technological society we read about at the beginning of the story was gone! Instead we were thrown into a political war with magic and too controlling witches. The story just got more frustrating after that. Time after time I was hoping to get answers, and the story just kept putting them off and Lark was literally kept in the dark. Her magic was encased and she basically turned into a whiner who was always trying to control her tantrums. I understood her anger because I too wanted answers, but never got them.

It seems as though the first part of the book and the last part were totally separate stories?! They didn't flow together for me and I was just frustrated in general. It was difficult at times for me to continue reading, but it was a short book so I pressed on. I didn't like the ending either. Lark left Beck standing there while she basically runs away. Why?
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