Thursday, July 4, 2013

Review: Ember by Kristen Callihan

Ember (Darkest London #0.5) by Kristen Callihan
Synopsis (Goodreads):
After a fire consumes the Ellis family fortune, the beautiful and resourceful Miranda finds herself faced with an impossible dilemma: enter a life of petty crime or watch her family succumb to poverty. But once her fiancĂ© learns of her descent into danger—and of the strange, new powers she's discovered—saving her family may come at the high price of her heart.

When Lord Benjamin Archer's one chance for redemption is destroyed by corrupt London antiquarian Hector Ellis, he vows to take what Ellis values most—his daughter Miranda. Forced to hide his face behind masks, Archer travels the world hoping to escape the curse that plagues him so that he can finally claim his prize.

But once Archer returns home to London, will it be revenge he seeks? Or will the flame-haired beauty ignite new, undeniable desires?
My Thoughts: Holy wow! This novella makes me want to read Firelight all over again. Because.... OMG! Archer! Miranda! THE THINGS! Seriously, the amount of emotion packed into the pages is phenomenal. I'm a huge fan of bridge novellas as it is and this one knocked it out of the park!

This gives us a peek into what happened in both Miranda's and Archer's lives between when Archer "saved" Miranda in the alley and when he returned to claim her three years later. While Archer's story is riveting (because... whoa.), it's what Miranda is guilted into doing by her father - and his unrepentant meddling in her life - that really got me. She sees herself as a monster and she's afraid of what she can do. She has so much power and she muzzles it. It just... kills me.

Meanwhile... did I mention I want to reread Firelight again? Because I TOTALLY DO! I have mad love for this series. It's dark and entertaining and this is a lovely snippet that immersed me fully back into the world. <3

Darkest London
0.5. Ember - Kindle
1. Firelight (review at On a Book Bender)
2. Moonglow (review at On a Book Bender)
3. Winterblaze
4. Shadowdance

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