Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Stealing Embers by Julie Hall | Re:View

Are you looking for your next read as fall rolls around? Look no further than Stealing Embers by Julie Hall! 

A realm of monsters. A world of lies. She belongs to both.

I was so excited to join the team to support Julie's next release. (Check out her other series here). While I don't read a ton of paranormal books (does Twilight count?) I was happy to jump into this one and I am so glad I did. 

First off, Julie has a great way of creating dynamic characters. Emberly is fierce but soft, determined but kind, and unsure while also having an inner strength that makes her shine. She really jumped off the page and kept me wanting to keep reading. 

And then there was Steel! I've mentioned this on my Instagram page, but he definitely made me want to slap him, on multiple occasions, but I could tell his abrasive tendencies (in some cases) were due to something deeper. Julie did a great job of bringing that out while also making subtle promises about potential change in him for future books. 

In all, I enjoyed the pacing of Stealing Embers. The action felt genuine and pulled me easily through the story and worked well with the parts that were more for character development and plot progression. I loved the academy feel and the friends Emberly discovers.

The only part that was a bit confusing is the hierarchy of angels that exists. It's kind of hard to keep track of but she hoes have a part at the back to help with that. Otherwise, I loved how she expanded what we normally think of angels to be and the demons they fight. 

I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of paranormal romance and likes a good angels versus demons story line. You'll get caught up in the romance but also the mystery of who Emberly really is. This is a clean read (which I greatly appreciated) and I think would be good for agent 15+ in my opinion. 

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Purchase: Stealing Embers by Julie Hall 

Stealing Embers

A realm of monsters. A world of lies. She belongs to both.

My name is Emberly, and everything I’ve ever been told is a lie.

Monsters don’t exist. Wrong.
The nightmarish spectrum world is just my imagination. Wrong.
In a few months, I’ll finally be free. Wrong.

It takes being dragged to a secret training academy in the mountains to unravel the truth. My captors--an elite race of angel-born warriors called Nephilim.

The deadliest of them all is an arrogant shape shifter, Steel. He’s gorgeous, lethal, hot-headed . . . and convinced I’ll be the death of them all.

Maybe he’s right. As soon as I show up, the monsters that have haunted me my entire life breach the academy walls. My only hope of saving my new friends is learning how to control my powers, but when a stunning betrayal hurts someone I care about, I have an impossible choice.

Stay and fight for a place to belong . . . or decide once and for all that I’m better off alone.

Enter the spectrum world, a realm in-between worlds where shadow beasts draw blood, reality is a maze of twisted lights and sounds, and life goals are whittled down to just one: survive.

I received this book for free but was under no obligation to post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.

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