Sep 20, 2012

Ember (Death Collectors #1) by Jessica Sorensen

Book Description:

What if you knew when someone was going to die?

For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven.

Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can't sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.

But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher's death and what he may be hiding.

Christina's BookReview
“The cemetery is my sense of comfort, my sanctuary in a world of darkness, the one piece of light that I have in my life.”

Ember Edwards life is not one of a normal seventeen year old. Ember is haunted by death. Since the age of four Ember can see the deaths of everyone around her. That alone makes life for her a living nightmare. Add into the mix that her mother hates her, her brother is insane and she is being accused for the supposed death of her father, Ember’s life is terrible. But when Asher Morgan walks into her life Ember finally has the serenity she has always wanted and never had. Or so she thought.

When people around her start to go missing and turn up dead Ember doesn’t know what is going on. She doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Not even her best friend, Raven. And then there’s the impulse that drives her to the other new kid in town, Cameron. There is something so compelling and so dangerous about him that has her on edge. Now Ember has to deal with the curse she carries, a detached family, a selfish best friend, two mysterious guys and someone that is out to kill her. You can't help but ask yourself: What girl wouldn’t go insane and start seeing things? Can Ember find the good in a world where she only knows evil?

I am a fan of Mrs. Sorensen’s work and was eager to start this new series. I was not disappointed. This book quickly drew me in and had me guessing throughout. Ember’s life is terrible and you felt sorry for her because of what she goes through. You quickly know that Cameron and Asher are different but don’t know who is who until the very end, or at least the middle. I liked Asher’s character and thought he was really sweet but really detached. I also liked Cameron’s characters but thought he was a jerk most of the times. Both boys have their good and bad and I liked that about it.

The only reason this received a 3.5-4 star rating is because I felt like the characters were a little bland at times. Ember was a pushover and all over the place. One moment she wanted to jump one and the next the other. It was kind of slutty for a girl that never had an interest in relationships. Raven was also the most selfish and demanding friend ever.

On top of that there were some parts of the book where a character was talked about that wasn’t in the book. I think this was a mistake that should have been caught before publishing.

All in all this was a good read. The storyline was good and I can’t wait to read to see what happens. The whole good vs evil plot is one of my favorites and I can’t wait to see where the Grim Reaper/Angel of Death/Grim Angel storyline goes.

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