Series: Death Collectors #1
Publisher: Self Published on October 11, 2012
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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.
“‘Can I kiss you?’ he whispers with begging eyes.”
“‘Emmy, can you hand me that Allen wrench?'”
My Musings: Jessica Sorensen may not be an author that you’ve heard off. However, now is her time to shine. As part of two separate blog tours, I have had the honor of reading two of her novels: Ember and the Secret of Ella and Micha. Sorensen is an amazing writer; her characters are well developed and her plot lines are well structured. This goes to show that though one may not have been picked up by a large publishing company, their writing can be up to par with those who have.
Ember follows the life of Ember as she struggles with seeing death. That’s right–she sees how a person will die. Throughout the book, Ember struggles with this curse while getting to know about herself and her lineage. The prose is beautifully written; although the plot is creepy and mysterious, it is intriguing. However, this is not a novel that I’d recommend reading right before you go to sleep!
The characters contrasted in ways unimaginable, and I loved seeing the relationships between them. Ember, although her outward appearance would exhibit otherwise, was a nice girl and it was fun watching her grow throughout the novel. Raven, Ember’s completely opposite best friend was a hilarious character to read; her comments kept a smile on my face throughout the novel. Asher was a sweetheart. He is very very swoonworthy! Cameron…I have mixed feelings about him. Hopefully the next installment will help me decide what I feel about him!
Overall, this novel was a compelling read; if you love mystery an the occasional creepy read, then Sorensen has written the perfect one for you.