Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review: Ember X by Jessica Sorensen

Title: Ember X
Series: Death Collectors #1
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Publisher: self-published
Publication Date: November 16th 2013
Format: Kindle
Pages:370
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**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.
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I stared of reading the YA version of this book and then switched to the NA version just to see what was different. In my opinion it makes more sense as a NA book. The characters being just a little bit older makes a lot of the situation more plausible… at least to me.

Pros:
·        This is a much darker less….mushy take on good vs bad angles than most books that I have read in the past. I really liked have good and evil weren’t so cut and dry because in reality it’s not always so easy to distinguish between to two.

·        Ember is a strong protagonist that has had a crap life and fought back very well. Seeing a person’s death if you touch them would make a lesser person completely lose it. Not to mention all the other crappy stuff that is going on in her life. Ember doesn’t let that stop her from being who she is and she doesn’t let that stop her from living, which I found extremely admirable.

Cons:
·        I found this to be sort of confusing. Some of the things that were happening didn’t totally make sense even once they were sort of explained.

·        I felt like the way story moved and the way the characters acted didn’t always match up but I am still left wondering if it was meant to be that way and if it was then why? Lol.
·        I think my biggest confusion was Ember’s relationships with the boys. Although they were great to read about, for someone so used to be so shut off from people, it all happened really fast.

·        I also felt the both guys story was confusing as well. How they became so involved in Ember life just never really made sense but I think that might have been done on purpose so that we can find out more about them in the next books.


On the whole I really did like Ember X. Even though I found it confusing, I am hoping that it will all become clearer in the next book. Part of me feels like maybe the reader is supposed to be confused because this is all so new and confusing for Ember. I guess we will have to see in Cinder X! 

My Rating
The Series
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Jessica Sorensen is the author of The New York Times and USA Today Bestsellers, The Secret of Ella and Micha, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden, and Breaking Nova, which are New Adult Contemporary novels. She also writes Paranormal series, including the Fallen Star Series, Shattered Promises, Darkness Falls, and the Death Collectors. She loves writing and reading and is an avid watcher of TV series The Vampire Diaries and Modern Family. An immense music lover, Jessica immerses herself in her music as she writes. She has a broad taste in music, and a list of favorite songs that goes on for miles! A few of her current favorite bands are Chevelle, Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Brand New, Death Cab for Cutie, Flight 409, and Nirvana. Some of Jessica’s favorite “watch it over, and over again” movies include Anywhere but Here, Juno, Pride and Prejudice, The Hangover, and Bad Teacher.

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