Fantasy, Fiction, Young Adult

Kayla’s ARC Review: EMBER OF NIGHT

Rating: 4 out of 5.
  • Genre: Young Adult
  • Pages: 400 pages
  • Publication Date: May 4, 2021
  • Buy: Ember of Night

Summary:

Harley is abused by her father and hated by her peers, but she would do anything to protect her sister, Ray. Then the beautiful and mysterious Draven comes along and tells her that she is the key to stopping a war between Heaven and Hell. Life is about to get really weird.

My Take:

At first, I struggled to read this quite a bit. Not because it’s badly written, but because it is more violent than I anticipated. In fairness, there is a trigger warning at the beginning of the novel for issues of “emotional and physical abuse, violence and gore, suicidal thoughts, and some sexual context.” I also felt that some of those issues could have been handled more maturely, but that is simply my personal opinion as a teacher who’s protective of my students.

Well, that takes care of the negatives. Now, onto the positive!

The character development (especially of Harley) was perfection. The chemistry between her and Draven was excellent, and I appreciated that Harley’s sister, Ray, was a fully-developed character rather than the plot device that I expected her to be. The world-building was also well done without long pages full of nothing but exposition, and those fight scenes were everything I could hope for.

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