Summary via Goodreads: “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.”
ehhhh… this is hard for me to grade on a 5 scale, so i would probably have to do with 3.75 because for very good reasons not just because i like to be that ass, that does well, look at me doing, .75 and 3/4s that just annoying but seriously i was back and forth with this book. So I’ll tell you why, but i think its a worth a look see that is for sure. If you like angel stories then sure go for it, but if you are looking for a more in depth review here we go!
Okay so mind you i was sick when i was reading this, i mean super sick so i don’t want to completely blame my illness on my reading experience of this book but i do want it to be known that i get really confused when i am sick because of the medicine, and the getting caught staying up for hours on end not being able to sick, etc, etc, etc. BUT i honestly believe most of this wasn’t because i was sickly. So moving on to reviewing now.
The first half of this book is what made it straight to a 3 for me, i was considering not even finishing it honestly. Well don’t listen to first half of me because the second made it worth it. I don’t think that the first half was boring, or not well written because it was well written, there was stuff going on. But my God i think i went insane trying to figure out what was happening. Candra – our main character, well one of them at least – is kept in the dark. What bothers me is when some serious shit goes down and she doesn’t get answers. She supposedly demands answers but doesn’t get any so she lets it happen. Its not hard to figure out what she is really, but thats not the problem every author changes theories, and ideas and that is awesome, i love it! only… Carol Oates confused the hell out of me. I am not a super religious person…(and i am not traveling down that road so you can just forget it) but what i mean is…would this have been easier if you knew more things about angels, there fall, and all that jazz? cause all i know comes from other paranormal angel stories i’ve read. i am not sure to tell you the truth, if you have an answer for me, sweet bring it on baby. Anyways moving on.
So first half of book, i was mostly going WTF? im in a maze and i keep hitting dead ends i am not sure where i am heading. Oooooooohhhhhh but the second half, i think made up for it. i quickly caught on once Carol Oates started talking my language – not literally – but i was catching what she was throwing out there. She started to explain what was going on in a plain like, here let me lay it out for you because i was not getting otherwise. there are still things in the book that confused me what i think i will be pondering for the rest of my life but hey i’ll live. and i don’t want to go into specifics for it. So i will comment on my feelings of the ending at the near end of the blog so that if you don’t want to know you don’t have to know.
Moving on to characters. (and i am only going to do three out of the million characters because i feel like everyone else didn’t really matter after you met the boys)
Candra: Our main gally gal. Well um…hmm. I liked her enough. I thought she was a really well rounded character. She fought with Sebastian a lot. She didn’t back down when she needed to stand strong but like i said before she just accepted things were strange but didn’t demand answers… so that annoyed me about her. She i think was sometimes trying to hard to be the “bad” girl when everyone was saying that she was the “good” girl. Lets just agree to disagree, she is both good and bad like the rest of us. We make decisions, and we do stupid things, but in the end she is willing to do more for her small – new-ish – family then most people would do for the family they have known their entire lives. Girl deserves your respect if nothing else. But her fear to fall in love wasn’t backed by anything. She never gave us a reason just fought as much as she could. Her father died, her birth mother died but really I know she didn’t grieve for her birth mother because she had Brie, and i don’t really feel like she was still mourning her father, but she lost him a long time ago, holding on to the past too tightly can be annoying in a main character especially if it has been like years since it happened. So yay for Candra. Anyways she is like a said a well rounded character, strong when she needs to be, and she knows her limitations and knows who she wants to be vulnerable with.
Sebastian: Our boy-wonder. Comes into Candra’s life already knowing Brie. And well lets focus on Sebastian shall we? He is angry, and he is cold, disconnected, and quite frankly at one point i thought i was going to hate him but God, i don’t know i didn’t take his threats seriously. He never felt like he was lying, it never felt like a game to me from him. We get mostly his and Candra’s perspectives so we know what he might or might not be up to, and we know his feelings. In the end he is still cold, hard, angry but there is one person he can be real around, one person he can also be vulnerable around.
Draven: Um not a whole lot to say about this kid because he isn’t in it as much as i thought he was going to be in it. He is the other man. And being the other man, he doesn’t ever really pose a threat of being part of a love triangle. Sure he might try but i didn’t feel it. There is i think Once it switches to his perspective and i was really and utterly confused by that because it was more than half way through the book and never happens again and i was like…What? And he relieves something, and i think that was what kept me going until i got really into the book. I want to know. So yup… like i said not a whole lot to say about him….
And if you want to know how i felt about the ending check out my Goodreads Review but i don’t think the spoilers thing would work over here, and my feelings on the ending might be a bit spoiler like…. so here is the link to the bookie book if it will work… http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11814613-ember