By Jessica Sorensen
Barnes and Noble
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.
I should start by saying that I love Poe. I mean to say that I love his work. I have never gone to the extreme of having his picture on my wall. That does not mean that I don’t have a framed post card of Oscar Wilde in my library though. As I always say however never say never. I love the vibrancy of Poe’s work there is a vitality to it that only Poe could ever have bestowed. There was a hint of that vitality in this book.
I read the YA version and I really liked it. Ember is likeable and there was a real sense of urgency in her struggle. She goes from not knowing who she is to learning that the road ahead of her is going to be along and twisted one. Jessica and I talked at length about our joint review for this book. I haven’t read the new adult version. I think I would be tainted by having read the very excellent first version of this book and honestly I would be crushed if I didn’t like the second version as much as the first. From the beginning I was on the fence about Asher and Cameron. I wasn’t sure who was who and I wasn’t sure who I wanted to be who. I of course I knew that one of the boys was good and the other one bad but as bad as Cameron behaved I got the sense that he did it out of loneliness. I got the sense that he was a little boy surrounded by all of his broken toys. I’ll be excited to find out what happens next because I really don’t want Cameron to be gone. I liked Asher but he appears a little too perfect. I was convinced of that when he almost kissed her in the art room. He tells her: “You have beautiful eyes, but there’s so much sadness in them.” You want that in real life but in fiction you want to hear about the damaged boy. I found that I wanted to read about Cameron burning ants with his magnifying glass. I guess that would be trying to convince Ember to join him. Which I guess means for him to try and drive her crazy. I also want Ember to win. She is an excellent underdog. These are well crafted characters. I can’t wait for the next book. I’ll be willing to give it a try even if it is new adult.
Ember X (Book 1 in the Death Collectors Series)
By Jessica Sorensen
Barnes and Noble
**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.
I enjoyed this book. It kept me interested the whole way thru and made me wonder about the characters. I felt drawn into Ember’s world and felt sorry for her. I wanted her to be happy. I wondered almost all the way thru about Asher and Cameron. There mystery was wonderfully created.
It took me about 2 days to finish it, so it was a quick read. The newly added adult content is definitely not for the young. After discussion about the original book and this one it appears the story is the same as it was just with adult content. It does beg the question though what will Jessica Sorensen do with the next one that comes out in the series.
Rating on a scale of 1-5: 4
R – Content not suitable for children under the age of 17. There are sexual situations.