Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee #bookreview #YA #paranormal

I am a weed.

Unloved by my abusive, alcoholic dad. Unwanted by my classmates. Unnoticed by everyone else.

But I’d suffer anything to give my kid sister a better life—the minute I turn eighteen, I’m getting us the hell out of here. And some hot stranger telling me I am the key to stopping a war between Heaven and Hell isn’t going to change that.

Let the world crumble and burn, for all I care.

Draven is relentless, though. And very much a liar. Every time his sexy lips are moving, I can see it—in the dip of his head, the grit of his jaw—even if my heart begs me to ignore the signs.

So what does he want?

I need to figure it out fast, because now everyone is gunning for me. And damn if I don’t want to show them what happens when you let weeds thrive in the cracks of the pavement…

We can grow powerful enough to shatter the whole foundation.

It’s been a while since I’ve read a paranormal novel, and I liked main character Harley’s voice in the description – determined, stubborn, and protective of her sister.

The way Harley has been treated throughout most of her life – physically and verbally abused by her father – would be enough to shut down almost anyone. But she has her little sister to protect and a plan to get both of them away from him when Harley turns eighteen. She works for Nathan at his restaurant, and he’s a bright spot both in this novel and in the girls’ lives, offering them food, love, and a safe place to stay when needed. The sister bond between Harley and Ray is also a strong point of the story and the driving force behind most everything Harley does. She’s a survivor.

I’ve never been a fan of insta-love, but that generally comes with the territory in YA paranormal books, and it happens here from nearly the first page. The on-again, off-again, you-should-stay-away-from-me-I’m-dangerous push and pull between Harley and Draven will no doubt delight many readers, but it was the world-building that interested me. Throughout the story it’s evident Harley is something other than human and is only beginning to come into her powers. I liked watching her learn about the fantasy world she’s suddenly a part of – she can roll with the punches both figuratively and literally because there are also several exciting fight scenes that are done well.

The ending brings a pretty shocking cliffhanger and lays groundwork for book two. Ember of Night deals with some disturbing topics, and the author gives trigger warnings at the beginning which readers should absolutely take into account before deciding to proceed. Although tropey, this is an engaging read I’d recommend to devoted paranormal fans.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.  Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

27 thoughts on “Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee #bookreview #YA #paranormal

  1. I couldn’t help but smile at the fact that you said “tropey” because as I was reading your post, I was thinking the same thing. YA PNR practically screams tropes. Thanks for looking past that and finding other things to talk about.

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      1. Not in the slightest. I’m currently not following you, and several other bloggers, again. (Thanks, WP.) But the lists function is back, so I’m just using that to keep track of the bloggers I want to follow, which was how I preferred doing things, anyway. As long as they don’t delete you (and the other bloggers) from my lists or turn off that feature again, I should be okay.

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    1. Thanks, Priscilla! I hadn’t read a YA PN for a while, so I took a chance on this one from NetGalley. Parts of it were more enjoyable than others, but that’s about the same for any book really.

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  2. This sounds like a great story. I love that you gave kudos to the author for the world-building. That is so important and especially with a paranormal. Just reading the blurb and review, I was already rooting for the girls! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I agree – if you don’t have solid world-building in that genre, the story can collapse very easily. And the readers will call you on it. The sister relationship was a strong point – so easy to root for them.

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    1. Sometimes I can go along with the insta-love a little easier, but in this case it was ‘stay away from me I’m bad for you’ or ‘I can’t stay away from you any longer’ every other page it seemed. Kind of gave me whiplash.

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  3. Thanks for the review, Teri. I love the drama of the cover and the blurb sounds great, but I’ll probably pass on this one. Insta-love and tropeyness (is that a word?) are tough on me. Thanks for the thoughtful review. 🙂 Happy Reading!

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