Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Ember: Keeper of the Fae REVIEW

I was kindly sent the book 'Ember: Keeper of the Fae (Book 1)' by Heather Anne to review. It's a classic, unique story with an interesting twist on the YA genre. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, however, I do still have some issues with it. Definitely a great book for an easy read, and I personally can't wait to read more.

First off, let's talk about the story itself. Now, there won't be any spoilers here, I promise! I really liked the setting, and I loved how it all clicked together character-wise. The main character, Charlie, is... well, initially, she's not very likeable. She's very bratty, judgemental, and overall a whiny teen. But as I read more, I grew to love her! The reasoning behind her behaviour is never really well explained, but the story plays out so smoothly that it's hard not to like her.
The male interest here is also very well written. It is a little cliche, but it's certainly an amazing and unique take on the genre, as I said above in my summary. The best friend is a nice supporting character, but I can't help but feel a little annoyed when Charlie turns her nose up at her for being 'slutty' (cheerleader!), which reads like a bitter young woman complaining. But, as said, it does resolve itself mostly.
The development between the characters, and as each character as their own, is outstanding. The character arcs see our characters explore their own world, themselves, and the world around them. I thoroughly enjoyed watching the evolution of Charlie's world, which, at first may seem cliché, but I promise it's a great new story with plenty of exciting ideas and things to get excited about and immersed in.
Now, for you writers out there, or people that merely appreciate good editing, I will say this book needs work. It isn't bad, but there are countless tense-shifts, and sections that need an editor. It reads well, but sections are clunky and rushed, while others are too drawn out. I would've loved more interweaved description of our cast and their surroundings, and I found myself gritting my teeth at every page that was marred by tense shifts, bad grammar, and some errors. It does not detract from the story but I feel it was worth mentioning that this book does have some inconsistencies and syntax issues. Nevertheless, I found this to be a refreshing read.
I love YA and NA books, and Ember is a cool twist on an otherwise stagnant genre: Heather Anne proves that a genre can always have a breath of new life! This is a title I would read again, and I'm happy to award it 3.5 stars out of 5 -- with key point builders being character developmental, and interesting twists in the narrative. I would love to award it more, but this simply falls into the category of books destined for greatness, that really needed a little extra time to blossom.

You can purchase the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Ember-Keeper-Fae-Book-1-ebook/dp/B016E7VSP8 and always support independent authors when you can!

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