What people are saying....
A SAMPLE OF THE Five-Star reviews on Amazon
I FLEW THROUGH IT "I've read some of the other YA series, such as Divergent, The Hunger Games, etc., and I think that Ember Burning is on equal footing with any of them. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series."
"THE CHARACTERS PULL YOU RIGHT IN, regardless of your age. I found myself constantly trying to figure it out, all the while enjoying the pages of literary candy. Bring on books two and three...quickly please. :)"
AMAZING BOOK! "This is the best book I've read all year! It takes you through a multitude of different feelings including loneliness, despair, mystery, excitement, sadness, and magic. Ember is the great main character that shows us not a perfect, barbie-doll life, but rather a relatable one. Once you read it you will be enchanced with the characters like me. I can't wait for the next one to come out!"
"LOOKS LIKE WE HAVE A GREAT NEW SERIES UPON US!"
"AWESOME BOOK! Well written and engaging. I could not put it down. Excited for the second book!"
CAPTIVATING FIRST NOVEL "Wow! What an incredibly engaging and powerful first time novel. I wouldn't have necessarily thought I'd be drawn to a "YA" novel but at the suggestion of a friend I picked up "Ember Burning" and couldn't put it down. So, be forewarned, this book appeals to middle-aged women just as much as young adults :-). Alsever manages to keep the reader both rooted in the physical world while also exploring the other-worldly. She brings these characters vividly to life and imbues sympathetic qualities in all of them. This is the first part of a trilogy and I am already counting down the days to the sequel."
"WHAT AN AMAZING STORY! One can't help but fall in love with Ember from the very beginning and I cheered her on until the very end."
"I WAS HOOKED FROM THE FIRST WORD. This book is written from a wonderful perspective with twists I could never have dreamed up. All of the characters are so complex. I would definitely recommend this book to any reader, and this comes from my perspective as a total bookworm."
"EMBER'S VOICE IS ALTERNATELY SPUNKY, WISE, BRUTALLY HONEST AND BEAUTIFULLY FLAWED, bringing teen-diary realism to this riveting scifi-fantasy novel."
Editorial reviews praise Ember Burning
"This compelling novel is excellently plotted, flows well and beautifully written with vivid imagery, spot-on use of simile, and nearly perfect dialogue. The idea of a forest full of urban legends is original and will keep the reader engaged. The characters here are believable and well rendered. Ember has a strong voice that resonates from the very first page of the book. The book will appeal to readers of all ages, not just young adult readers."
-- Publisher's Weekly
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"If you're looking for something different and new, then Ember Burning comes highly recommended. It doesn't fit neatly into existing categories but beats a whole new path. One that's full of traps and people who can't be trusted.Compelling and creepy, I loved it."
"Haunting, engaging and original. All the ingredients of a great summer read.
"This book was gorgeously written–and SO unique!; I am glad the wait for book 2 isn’t long, because I’m desperate; awesome, well-rounded, complex characters; this read was WILD, and I adored every moment! I am just SO glad I was given the chance to pick this book up, as I might not have discovered it on my own–and that would be SUCH a tragedy! This is a fast-paced read filled with muscle-clenching drama and unique, vibrant characters. The addition of synesthesia only helped to enhance the already gorgeous, flowery prose. I absolutely CANNOT wait to pick up book two this fall–that cliffhanger rocked my poor penguin brain, and I MUST know what happens next! I recommend this to lovers of uniquely crafted journeys, paranormal/fantasy settings, and realistically flawed characters. The cliffs are steep beyond the gate, penguins; watch your steps, and your souls."