Friday, March 9, 2012

Review: Ember by Madison Daniel

Title:  Ember
Author:  Madison Daniel
Genre:  Paranormal, YA
Published:  March 2012
Publisher:  Madison Daniel
Source:  Bewitching Book Tours
Where to buy: Amazon


Love never dies...but it can kill.

Ember is the story of Max Valentine, a teenager with secret abilities and many inner demons. His life revolves around music and his love for it. When his father dies he seeks answers with his last living relative, his fathers brother Frank. Frank lives on the island of Maui and eagerly takes Max in as his own. Max soon learns that healing his past will be more difficult than he could have ever believed. Two major complications will tempt and torment him as he tries to make sense of his abilities.

The first temptation comes in the form of a mysterious island girl. Asia Lyn Michaels is rich, spoiled, angry and beautiful. Her path crosses with Max on the beach one afternoon, forever changing both of their lives. Max saves her life and she discovers his secret. From that moment on they are connected, no matter how much they fight it.

The second temptation will test Max’s very soul. Samantha Ann Summers is sweet, artistic, smart and confident. She will help Max find his smile again and maybe even heal his past mistakes. She is possibly his soul mate and Max will fight that with every fiber of his being.

Max’s temper and indecision with the girls will send in motion events that will cost him dearly. He will test the limits of his powers and the new relationship with his protective uncle. He will gain a powerful love and lose another.

After losing his father to a heart attack, he decides it's time to make a fresh start in Hawaii with his Uncle Frank.  Where no one knows "Mad Max", about the accident that took his sister Mia, or his mother leaving.  He hopes to finish his last year of high school with a clean slate.

On route to his new home, he's almost run over twice and picks up a stray dog - who tries to save Max and ends up hurt in the process.  Using his new found gift, he saves the little wiener dog and has a new best friend in the process!  This all sets in motion events that will throw his life into chaos!

This was an interesting read.  Max, Sam and Asia have quite the love triangle - and then throw Devon and Lucy in the mix just to get things more complicated!  Caught between two very different girls, Max isn't sure what he really wants.  He doesn't want to hurt either of them - their hearts or with his gift.   He is drawn to each of them in different ways.

Max is trying very hard to keep his temper and powers under control.  But sometimes things just don't work out in his favor.  Devon and his 'gang' are making things difficult for him.. but I won't get into too much detail with that - it'll spoil the story!

I loved how the author attaches songs to each chapter of the book, it was really unique and a lot of fun to see what songs he chose.  There is a great play-list at the end of the book - I actually added a few of them to my own play-list!

All in all it was a great read, I'm looking forward to the next book to see what happens to Max, Sam, Asia, Kai and Marcus... This was a unique YA paranormal that fans of either genre will enjoy.

1 comment:

  1. First off, let me just say: the cover is gorgeous! Just the cover alone would be alone to get me excited for this book. Then there's also your glowing review! WOW, this book sounds really great and I love the idea of attaching songs to each chapter, too :)

    I'm going to have to look around for this novel, thanks for spotlighting it, Aislynn! <3 Great review!


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