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Ember X by Jessica Sorensen

  • Date published: 19th April 2013
  • Publisher: Createspace
  • Format: Paperback, 368 pages
  • Series: Death Collectors, Book 1
  • ISBN 13: 9781484020166 ISBN 10: 1484020162
  • Categories: Fantasy – Angels
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  • Source: purchased

New adult paranormal version of Sorensen’s YA book, Ember (Death Collectors, #1). It contains more violence and more sexual content.

**Mature Content Advisory**
Recommended for readers 17+ due to sexual situations and language.

For nineteen-year-old Ember, life has always been about death. With a simple touch, she can see when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person that knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

But that changes when she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous and mysterious and is the only person Ember can’t sense death from. The silence he instills in her mind and body allows her to feel things she’s never been able to before, so despite her initial reservations, Ember lets Asher into her life and lets herself to get close to him. But the closer they get, the more Ember realizes that Asher is keeping secrets from her.

When unexplained deaths begin to surface in her town, Ember questions why she can’t see Asher’s death and what it is he’s hiding from her.

This version the book is an extended new adult edition of the YA release Ember, but I found the new parts clumsy and ultimately unnecessary. Which is not to say that I think I would have enjoyed the original YA version much better – this book has a premise that has been executed better elsewhere.

Ember can see your death just by touching you. So she doesn’t have many friends and has a hard time going out in public. Parties, in particular, are hard for her, and forget about a boyfriend! The she meets Asher, and lo-and-behold, she can’t see his death. She begins to crave the silence as their encounters become increasingly bizarre, full of heat filled eye contact and orgasm-inducing touches to shoulder, stomach and thighs.

The characterisation is hum-drum at best, I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, and they all behaved irrationally and unpredictably. I think I could have really liked Ember’s brother, but unfortunately he was kept in the background of the story and only pulled out when the author needed to prove that Ember is a family oriented person despite her horrific home life.

The plot-line feels very formulaic, and I can’t really say I was surprised at any time. Nor was I particularly excited or thrilled. Extending the novel to include a bloody bar fight didn’t increase my enjoyment at all, but left me highly sceptical of that situation ever developing naturally in the real world. I felt similarly about the added sexual content in the novel.

There’s an exasperating love triangle that really didn’t turn out to be a love triangle (which I guess is a point for the book), some paranormal blah-blah about angels, a very four-base oriented physical aspect that made me gag in its ridiculousness (smexy times right after a bar fight, next to the back entrance of the bar? Seriously??), and no characters I can claim to like.

If you like your stories with love triangles featuring sexy boys and heroines with dark, difficult lives peppered with angel feathers, this book might be for you. If you’re interested in this concept of a girl who can see death omens by touch, I strongly recommend Chuck Wendig’s adult series about Miriam Black, starting with Blackbirds, which tackles this premise with a lot more finesse.

2 comments on “Ember X by Jessica Sorensen

  1. I’ve read the YA version of ‘Ember’ but I’m not sure I want to read the same story all over again just for some spice and by your review it doesn’t sound like the added spice did the book any good favors as well. Thanks for the heads up 🙂

  2. Yeah I didn’t like this one much either. It was so obvious which scenes are added later to ‘spice it up’.

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