Review: Ember of Night by Molly E Lee

Title: Ember of Night

Series: Ember of Night #1

Author: Molly E Lee

I’ve never been a stranger to the darkness. But when darkness comes knocking and looks that good, who wouldn’t invite him in?

Draven is mysterious, evasive, and hot as sin. The only thing more infuriating than how much he won’t say is how obnoxious he is every time he does open his mouth. But when a group of strangers attacks me and he fights back, causing them to vanish into a cloud of black dust, I know Draven is more than he seems.

He finally shows me there’s a veil separating the world I know from a world of demons living all around us. Turns out, good and evil are just words. Some of the demons don’t fall into either category. And I’m realizing just how easily I fit in among the ancient warlocks, the divine soldiers, and the twisted supernaturals…

There’s so much more to me. To my past. And to what I am truly capable of than I ever thought possible. So when all signs point to me having the ability to unleash Hell on earth? I’ll have to decide if I want to do the world a solid and save it, or give it one hell of a makeover.

Harley, our heroine, wants to reach 18 and take her sister Ray, who she basically has raised, away from the clutches of their abusive father but meets a dark, beautiful stranger and Harvey’s life changes. Like a lot!

Here we have great supernatural characters, a superb plot that was full of action, the writing was fab and was full of banter as well!

I’ve got to say that Harley is amazing, she is strong, loyal, protective and above all else, she has that survivor instinct. Another massive plus point for me was she loved books!  She also loves her sister above all else…..

‘Because Ray was an angel sent from heaven for me to protect. I’ll become her monster, and the evil of this world will have to go through me first.’

Now Draven, he was dark, delish and made me swoon! The romance made my heart sing!

‘Even an ember of night can be a beacon in the darkness.’

I really enjoyed this book and I guessed 2 of twists early on. I do love it when I’m right!!! Although the last line sort of came out of no where for me and I couldn’t quite get my head around it so want to dive into book 2 so I can see what transpires!

Books I Want Releasing in November…..

Here we go again, me wanting (or maybe needing!) more books when really I should be on a book buying ban so that I can pay for Christmas!

Luckily I have paid already for the three below (and I’ve read 2!) so now it’s just a case of finding somewhere to put them as I am out of room on my shelves *gasp*.

I need to do an unhaul and I am also getting my room decorated in January (the curse of not being able to do this myself!) so have made room for 2 more bookshelves, hooray!

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Aurora’s End by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Cytonic by Brandon Sanderson

What books do you want that are releasing in November? Or are you trying to be good?!!

Spooky Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Title: A Discovery of Witches

Series: All Souls Trilogy #1

Author: Deborah Harkness

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library. Diana has stumbled upon a coveted treasure lost for centuries-and she is the only creature who can break its spell.

I was really excited to read this after it was recommended to me by so many people!

A witch and a vampire…….

‘What a complicated, delicate business it was going to be to love him.’

I actually thought that wasn’t true, it’s not how I saw it at all. For the 2 of them it wasn’t complicated. They loved each other. It was simple as that. It was glorious….well despite all the trouble that followed them!

But maaaaan they both had crazy families! The Bishop family house is somewhere I’d love to live and Matthew’s Mum, Ysabeau was also someone I loved after initially I thought I wouldn’t!

So they have found their purpose and the journey begins……..

Can’t wait to read book 2!

TTT – Favorite Book Settings

Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme: Favorite Book Settings

So I’m taking this to mean that this is a time or place in an authors work

The Infernal Devices – Victorian England


ACOTAR – Velaris

Dakkar (totally tongue in cheek!!)

Harry Potter – Hogwarts

Skyward – mbot (sort of a setting!)

House in the Cerulean Sea – Marsyas Island Orphanage

Under the Whispering Door – the teashop

Six Crimson Cranes – the palace and festivals (before it all goes wrong!)

Fairyloot Unboxing: September 21 – UPRISING!

Fairyloot – September 2021

Theme … UPRISING!

Whether you’re a hero risking everything to destroy an evil force, a warrior partaking in a battle of epic proportions or a guardian rising up against someone that is trying to harm your loved ones, fighting back for what you believe in and to save the ones you love is one of the tropes that we enjoy the most in a fantasy book.

Items inspired by Six Crimson Cranes, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, An Ember in the Ashes and The Prison Healer.

💜 Card Holder designed by @jezhawk and inspired by The Prison Healer

💜 Six Crimson Cranes Socks with detailing by @catarinabookdesigns

💜 Daughter of Smoke and Bone Tapestry with artwork from @sallteas

💜 An Ember in the Ashes Enamel Pin designed by @jezhawk

💜 Tarot cards – designed by @morgana0anagram and feature Caraval characters (Jacks and the Fallen Star)

💜 Beasts of Prey by Ayana Gray – yes, 2 BOOKS! Exclusive cover and a digital signature

BOOK OF THE MONTH

Defy the Night by Brigid Kemmerer

Exclusive cover
Sprayed edges
Foil on case
Reverse dust jacket art by @lizzart_zardonicz
Ribbon bookmark
Signed

Illumicrate Unboxing: Sept 21 – To the Bitter End!

September To The Bitter End


Items inspired by Percy Jackson, Throne of Glass, Strange the Dreamer, These Violent Delights and An Ember in the Ashes!

– Riptide Sword Replica (Percy Jackson) designed by @stacey.mcrvoy.caunt

– Manon and Abraxos Pouch with artwork by @winterofherdiscontent

– Shoe Charms designed by @blissfullybookishtees inspired by Strange the Dreamer

– Always Victorious Magnets depicting characters from An Ember in the Ashes with artwork from @jhocaaa

– White Flower and Scarlet Chain Pin Set inspired by These Violent Delights designed by @novemberandmay.shop

– Collectors Pin – EotV – inspired by Gabriel’s sword, Ashdrinker designed by @stacey.mcevoy.caunt

FEATURED BOOK

Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff

✔ Exclusive cover
✔ Foil embossing on back and front
✔ Digitally printed edge
✔ Signed

🎃 Spooky Review – Threadneedle by Cari Thomas

Title: Threadneedle

Series: Language of Magic #1

Author: Cari Thomas

Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city, filled with magic.

Magic is the first sin. It must be bound.

Ever since Anna can remember, her aunt has warned her of the dangers of magic. She has taught her to fear how it twists and knots and turns into something dark and deadly.

It was, after all, magic that killed her parents and left her in her aunt’s care. It’s why she has been protected from the magical world and, in one year’s time, what little magic she has will be bound. She will join her aunt alongside the other Binders who believe magic is a sin not to be used, but denied. Only one more year and she will be free of the curse of magic, her aunt’s teachings and the disappointment of the little she is capable of.

Nothing – and no one – could change her mind before then. Could it?

Anna, who lives with her Aunt after the death of her parents, is basically a downtrodden mouse who is losing herself bit by bit in her Aunts quest to make her a Binder, to suppress the little magic she has.

Anna’s life starts to change after a visit from her mums old friend, Selene, her daughter Effie and her charge, Attis. I won’t say anymore as you won’t experience the story of this book!

Once I got into this I really loved the story, the magic system and all the characters, they were so well written. Rowan was my absolute favourite, she was the light in this story for me.

It was also so compelling. This is a big book and every time I took a break, it was pulling me back! I think it was the magic at work!!!

The beginning was a bit slow I must admit but once I got into it  I was captivated!

The ending was such a twist, I never saw it coming! Can’t wait to see what happens next!!!

TTT – Bookish Pet Peeves

Top Ten Tuesday is featured by That Artsy Reader Girl It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Theme – Bookish Pet Peeves

Ooooooo I do love to moan so this was perfect for me!!!! Let’s begin!

Stickers on the cover
Why? Why? And worse, the ones that are printed on and you can’t take off!

Changing covers when the whole series isn’t out
Again, why? I guess it’s something to do with rights but it’s soul destroying!

Movie covers
No!

When books in a series are different sizes
A thousand times, no!

Spoilers
This goes for books and also book boxes. I get that people are excited to show their stuff/review but for gawd sake wait or don’t put spoilers!

Don’t talk to me when reading
My son must hear me rustle the page of my book and its like a red rag to a bull and he’s there, talking!

Folding down pages
Please no. Just no!

When someone judges a book….and hasn’t even read it
Haven’t read it? No opinion!

What are your bookish pet peeves?

Halloween Book Tag!

I saw this tag on Anna’s Book Nook and wanted to do it….because Halloween! 👻


🎃 Carving Pumpkins- What book would you carve up and light on fire?

I hate to trash a book, I just don’t have it in me so I will politely decline to answer (but you can see my DNF’s on Goodreads)!!!


🎃 Trick or Treat- What character is a treat? What character is a trick?

Wrath from Kingdom of the Wicked/Cursed is just delish and is a total treat (for me!)

A Trick? The only thing that pops in my head is Tric from Nevernight but totally not in a bad way. Tric is also my treat!!!!


🎃 Candy Corn- What book is always sweet?

Until November by Aurora Rose Reynolds. I read this when it came out in 2013 and still reread it now! You can read the blurb here.


🎃 Ghosts- What character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

Jacob from City of Ghosts/Tunnel of Bones by VE Schwab. I just loved him, I felt for him and wanted to give him a motherly hug (or 3!)


🎃 Dressing Up in a Costume- What character would you want to be for a day?

Manon Blackbeak. Although those iron teeth might sting a bit!


🎃 Wizard and Witches- What is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Sirius asking Harry to live with him. Waaaaah, don’t make me relive it 😔


🎃 Blood and Gore- What book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it?

Not creepy as such but just mind blowing….The Nocte Trilogy by Courtney Cole. See the blurb for book 1, Nocte, here.

I wasn’t tagged so am not tagging anyone but please feel free to do!