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I am leaving my review for the first book in the series because I believe that if you read the first, and if you like it as much as I did/do, you won’t need any convincing to purchase the next three. They just kept getting better and better. Each book had a conclusion of sorts, but I was still compelled to read more to find out what happens next. Stacey Marie Brown, if you are reading this, I think it’s time for a boxed set!
This was an epic tale, along the lines of The Lord of the Rings series, though completely different. Irish folklore was an integral part of the story as we discovered that these myths were not actually myths at all. Our failure to see the reality of these myths is further proof that we have been blinded to the truth. The suspense and uncertainty were maddening at times; the author managed to drag it out until the very end. I commend her on it because it is part of the reason I couldn’t put these books down until I had finished all of them! Thank God for instant delivery to my e-reader!
It should be obvious by now, but I highly recommend this series. The worlds created were so real as to make me feel like I’ve been missing something obvious all of my life. This first one is free, so it should be a no-brainer. Get it. Read it. I’ll be surprised if you don’t need to read the rest.
I picked up this book a while back. I started reading it and stopped soon after. I just couldn't get into it. The point of view is very teenager-ish. I understand this is YA, but there's also a disclaimer about this one being suited for a more mature audience. I've read plenty of other YA books where the main character, although a teenager, acted and spoke with more maturity. That is what I look for in the description and reviews whenever I have interest in a YA book . So, it was a turn off to say the least. I just picked it up again recently to try and give it another shot. I still wouldn't let your younger daughters read it though.
There is hardly any progression. Not much conflict, other than Eli is so smoking hot, in every possible wordy way one could come up with to describe that he was, in fact, sexy, and how unbelievably attracted to him Ember was. The most conflict is how hot and cold Eli is in his feelings for Ember. And Eli, what a jerk. So this is how we want young women to base their preference in men? He might be a colossal blockhead, but hey, he's got a bangin' bod. He just made out with another girl, but now he wants to make out with me, so it's good. Priorities, you know.
Most of the story is spent with Ember having all these inexplicable experiences where she knows deep down she's not like everyone else, but she just keeps asking herself over and over again, "What's wrong with me?" It's over three quarters of the way through the book before she finally has enough sense to ask the question, "What am I?"
When we finally, fiiiiinaaaaaalllllly find out what she is (and as I was suspecting most of the time while I was trying to reach that point), the book is almost over. I got so frustrated with Eli's refusal to give any answers, and finding out the answer wasn't even that interesting or climactic. And also, the whole thing where he's pretty much just a jerk the whole time. He was such a jerk, in fact, that by the time he began to show a few redeemable qualities, I already hated his character. If I were Ember, I would have kicked him where it counts and walked away without a second thought within two days of meeting him. But you know, her body hums when in his presence, and they can speak to each other with their eyes. Ok.
Besides all that, Ember just didn't really have a ton of likable qualities for me. Her refusal to see reason that things are not as they seem, continuing to do stupid stuff and being head over heels for a guy for no other reason than he's attractive were a total turn off for me. I never felt like I should be rooting for her, or them as a couple. There was a scene where she decided to go into a gang bar, simply because she was feeling so down and reckless. She ended up almost being raped. It was hard to even feel compassion over that event because it was just so preposterous that she was there in the first place.
All in all, I just plain didn't like it. So there you have it.
Another thing that is not working for me is that the story is placed in Olympia Washington, a small city with the population of 50,000 and the author is treating it like it is a really small town. Olympia has 9 high schools and the Thurston county sheriff does not have time to harass one kid over and over again based on something so flimsy and unrealistic. I went and look at the author’s bio and see she is not from Washington State and I have my doubts she’s actually been to Olympia before.
I’ll be telling my teen to skip this one.
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