Thursday, October 30, 2014

Kismet Book Tours and Giveaway (at bottom of blog): Karen Ann Hopkins Delights with Embers

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 evil rises.
Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about an eighteen 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 young men who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the 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



About Karen Ann Hopkins:

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.

Review:
Ember isn't your typical seventeen year old. She is a descendant of angels. Surviving a horrific car crash that killed her parents, Ember realizes she is not normal. She can survive anything. Left with the depression that would follow any teenager after the death of her parents, Ember moves to the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee to start over. 
Ember isn't just an angel; she is literally a Watcher. Moving the setting to a Southern town completely changed the beginning of the book, for the better. The eeriness that can accompany the wilderness is the perfect backdrop for any paranormal story. In Tennessee, Ember finds a secretive compound where she soon falls for one of the guys. Soon, she realizes that she is caught in the middle of good vs. evil, and she must choose before it's too late.
Embers carries that same kind of southern paranormal romance as Beautiful Creatures, but Ember is much more believable and realistic, yes, even though it's about angels. The classic good vs. evil plot isn't overdone here, and it perfectly sets up the remainder of the series.