Thursday, September 8, 2011

Ember Blog Tour

Welcome to my stop on the Ember Blog Tour!

From 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.

Oh, Candra! I felt her confusion as she learned about her past and tried to navigate a future that seemed to flash between beauty and darkness, between peace and war. Luckily, she had a few good girlfriends to help her on her way - Ivy and Lofi. While I loved Ivy, I found myself wanting to spend time with Lofi so that I could get to know her better. 

But the tension between Candra and Sebastian pulled me deeper into the story. (Since this was one of the first books I read on my Kindle, I played with the Notes and Marks function. Of my 14 notes, 10 were about Sebastian!) He seemed so hard, so tough at first, but then he gave in to his feelings for Candra. And he beat himself up for it. And he gave in again. I enjoyed the push and pull relationship between Candra and Sebastian, and the tension between them kept me wondering who and what was truly best for her.

Draven had the best line by far in the whole book. Innocent flirting between Candra and "Daniel" (as he introduced himself to her) at a party turned into much more as he took her hand in his, lifted it to his face, and gently sniffed across her wrist. In an exchange that begs to be read more than once, Candra melted from his touch as he said, "I think I will call you 'my Candra' from now on." Stalker-esque perhaps, as Candra herself tells him, but in that one line I could sense that "Daniel" came from another time, another era when possession and love were one in the same. He hastily left the party, but I hoped he would be back for more. Luckily, I wasn't disappointed!

Overall, I found Ember to be a delightful story that blended angels and battles with modern life in a surprisingly realistic way. The only issue I had with the book was the opening. (Keep in mind, I was reading it on vacation at the beach, but I had to go back twice to re-read because I felt like I missed something.) But I quickly moved past that and into the heart of the book where I fell into Carol's easy rhythm of smooth writing. And the ending - well, I think I've read and re-read it three times now! So keep writing, Carol. I'd love to spend more time with Candra, Sebastian, and even Draven, someday soon.

Now for the good stuff...

GIVEAWAYS! In order to enter into the giveaways, you must comment on this blog post and any others you'd like to visit during the tour. Make sure you get your comments in before 5 PM EDT on September 21st, as the contests will be closed at that time.


Six random blogs on the tour will be giving away an ebook copy of EMBER. Make sure you comment with your email to be entered into the giveaway.  Good luck!
RUNNER UP PRIZE: An EMBER canvas tote and print copy of EMBER.  
GRAND PRIZE: A silver butterfly necklace, an EMBER canvas tote, and an ebook of EMBER. To enter into the GRAND PRIZE and RUNNER UP PRIZE giveaways, you must comment on ALL blog posts with your email during the tour. (A list of all participating blogs can be found here at YA Bound.)


  1. Fabulous! I'm so excited to read EMBER! Thanks for the review!

  2. Wonderful review! This makes me want to read it this second! Thanks for being awesome =)

  3. I can't wait to read this book!

  4. The book has very beautiful story and your review is great.

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  5. Very cool that you were drawn into the characters so well, even the minor ones. Definitely a sign of good writing. I look forward to reading this book more and more with each great review!

  6. I really liked your review!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  7. Thanks for the review! I can't wait to read my own copy :)

    deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

  8. A great review. I feel I know a little more about EMBER thank you.


  9. Her first encounter with "Daniel" was a fun part to read. Thanks for the reminder.

  10. I really like the plot of the book mostly because there's an angel.
    Thank you for this opportunity.

  11. Love that stalker-esque encounter! Sounds like an awesome book! I can't wait to read it.

    Jess @ The Midnight Bookworm

  12. Thanks for the review. Three re-reads of the ending! I can't wait to read this.

    candicerjames [at] gmail [dot] com

  13. This sounds like a book I need to get my hungry little fingers on. I just love that kind of old fashioned romance you spoke of. :)

    mbuttars83 AT aol DOT com


  14. What a fab blurb for your book. It sounds interesting, and I love the cover art, very mysterious.

    I've stopped by to let you know I've also nominated your lovely blog for the Versatile Blogger award. If you'd like, you can pick it up from my blog.

    Best of luck with the book!

    alliewilde [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. Sounds awesome! Can't wait to read.

  16. Fantastic. lauradunks at googlemail dot com

  17. This sounds like an awesome book, can't wait to read it:)