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Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme. Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent ce Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme. Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare. Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.


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Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme. Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent ce Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme. Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare. Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.

30 review for The Lantern's Ember

  1. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Houck

    I wrote this one so I'll leave it at that. ;)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck is a standalone young adult read perfect for the fall season. The story is a paranormal fantasy mixed with romance between the characters. Once human Jack is now a Lantern with it being his job to guard the portal to the Otherworld. Jack is meant to keep those in the Otherworld that belong and those out who do not and Jack has always been good at doing just what he should until he sees Ember. Seventeen year old Ember is a witch and Jack should have turned her i The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck is a standalone young adult read perfect for the fall season. The story is a paranormal fantasy mixed with romance between the characters. Once human Jack is now a Lantern with it being his job to guard the portal to the Otherworld. Jack is meant to keep those in the Otherworld that belong and those out who do not and Jack has always been good at doing just what he should until he sees Ember. Seventeen year old Ember is a witch and Jack should have turned her in years ago but instead found himself guarding her and watching her from a distance. Ember finds herself fighting a pull to the Otherworld and against Jack’s warnings she crosses over into the other dimension so Jack has no choice but to follow. The Lantern’s Ember is another book that I found myself thinking don’t judge a book by it’s cover. It’s not a bad read really but not really what I was expecting either. The story felt a bit middle grade during a lot of it and focused a heck of a lot of the plot on romance instead of the scary read I’d thought I would find. I didn’t quite find myself connecting with the characters the way I should and while there’s action it just wasn’t the dark action I’d expected leaving me a bit meh in the end. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. For more reviews please visit https://carriesbookreviews.com/

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Unfortunately this one wasn't what I had hoped it would be. The blurb promises a scary read, but this felt a little more like middle grade fiction than something on the YA spectrum. I think my lack of preparation for the book it turned out to be is an indication of the "right book, wrong reader" syndrome, and would highly recommend readers give this one a try for themselves rather than going by my word alone. Full review to come. *I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Candace Robinson

    ARC received via publisher!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    If there is one thing that Colleen Houck can do well is write an imaginative story rich in lore and detail and her latest release doesn't disappoint. Full of twists on classic tales and stories as well as old time-y lore, The Lantern's Ember is one that will be sure to capture your attention and hold it to the very last page. Full of witch craft, magic, and adventure with a slight steam punk edge, this really was a unique story that didn't take long to read and was perfect for a cozy afternoon in If there is one thing that Colleen Houck can do well is write an imaginative story rich in lore and detail and her latest release doesn't disappoint. Full of twists on classic tales and stories as well as old time-y lore, The Lantern's Ember is one that will be sure to capture your attention and hold it to the very last page. Full of witch craft, magic, and adventure with a slight steam punk edge, this really was a unique story that didn't take long to read and was perfect for a cozy afternoon in the sun and will be perfect for fans looking for a story that has a fun spin on a Halloween classic. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔

    Wow, I am in love with the cover. It is so haunting and lovely.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennie Damron

    I enjoyed this book. It wasn't scary liked I hoped, but the story itself was charming. I enjoyed the elements of steampunk she incorporated in the book. That was most unexpected. Ember was a great character, but I find I enjoyed Delia's character even more. I want a book about her and her back story. She fascinated me. She saved this book for me. I don't think I would have liked it as much if she was not in it. I am glad I read this book and it was time well spent.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennymort ♔ The Dark Lordette ♔ House of Slytheread

    *ARC received from Delacorte Press.* **2.5 stars** Halloween-y, Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, Lanterns (aka headless horseman), witch power. I honestly love this cover but it is a little off putting compared to the actual story. The timeline for this is somewhere after the Salem witch trials but doesn’t focus much on her hometown. We learn more about the otherworld, which is far advanced compared to the human world in regards to technology due to the witch light that is basically otherworld’s elec *ARC received from Delacorte Press.* **2.5 stars** Halloween-y, Witches, Vampires, Werewolves, Lanterns (aka headless horseman), witch power. I honestly love this cover but it is a little off putting compared to the actual story. The timeline for this is somewhere after the Salem witch trials but doesn’t focus much on her hometown. We learn more about the otherworld, which is far advanced compared to the human world in regards to technology due to the witch light that is basically otherworld’s electricity. So basically we have some steampunk going on here and I’m all for it. Characters: Ember – I’m still on the edge about her. She didn’t really seem to have a personality that clicked with me. It felt like her personality changed like a mood ring and wasn’t very consistent. I did like her in some parts but mostly I was meh about her. Finney – Adorable smol baby. Genius, nerdy, techy, special cinnamon roll. Dev – Vampire play boy. Devious little shit. Deila – Favorite character. Badass, pirate ship captain, with a freaking metal tooth. Y’all. I’d marry her. There needs to be a book just for her and I would read the fuck out of it. Jack – IDK how I feel about him really. I kind of see him as a protective overbearing brother to Ember and Finney. Out of this we got our most ever favorite trop - love-square. I mean honestly, she’s not that fucking amazing and beautiful and powerful and plain-but-doesn’t-know-it. I don’t want to spoil the love-trop. Jesus. Anyways ……. I feel as this book could have gone in a totally different direction instead of what happened. I mean where’s the scary shit? The spooky stuff? Can't you tell by how long it took me to read this book?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacie (Shy Book Nerd)

    This was a fun, adventurous Halloween-y type of book. At first I didn’t like the main character, Ember because she was so naive and would not listen to reason whatsoever. Her guardian, Jack told her not to go to the Otherworld because it is dangerous. Do you think she listened? NOPE! To make matters worse, she followed a complete stranger, (and a vampire at that), to go with him to the Otherworld. Did she not see any danger there?! Ugh she was infuriating in the beginning. Slowly, she grew on me This was a fun, adventurous Halloween-y type of book. At first I didn’t like the main character, Ember because she was so naive and would not listen to reason whatsoever. Her guardian, Jack told her not to go to the Otherworld because it is dangerous. Do you think she listened? NOPE! To make matters worse, she followed a complete stranger, (and a vampire at that), to go with him to the Otherworld. Did she not see any danger there?! Ugh she was infuriating in the beginning. Slowly, she grew on me and while I didn’t totally love her, she was at least brave enough to make things right. It had a steampunk feel to it and I really enjoyed that. I liked Ember’s best friend, Finney the most. He was a cute, nerdy scientist that had Ember’s best interests at heart. Overall, it was fun and lighthearted. I think I would have liked it more if I read it near Halloween time.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (a GREAT read)

    I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review. I've pretty much loved every single book by Colleen Houck and when I heard she was writing a standalone with a Halloween twist, I was immediately excited! The Lantern's Ember was a magical and delightful little read! It was rife with aspects of Halloween lore...it was pretty much perfect in that sense! I'll admit though, I had a rough start, but that's also likely due I received this ARC from the publisher in exchange for a honest and voluntary review. I was in no way compensated for this review. I've pretty much loved every single book by Colleen Houck and when I heard she was writing a standalone with a Halloween twist, I was immediately excited! The Lantern's Ember was a magical and delightful little read! It was rife with aspects of Halloween lore...it was pretty much perfect in that sense! I'll admit though, I had a rough start, but that's also likely due to the timing of reading as well. I was very busy and the first two days of trying to read this I only read a chapter or two. Diving in was rough, but once I got to read more than a chapter at a time I was really getting into the story! We have Jack who is known as a lantern. He basically guides the doorways to the Otherworld which, as you can imagine is a world filled with supernatural beings. There's some history to it involved as well as Jack's situation and how he became to be a lantern that is revealed from the start which I really enjoyed instead of having to wait several chapters in order to get all this necessary background. Ember is a witch that Jack has been keeping an eye on over the past few years. There aren't any witches in the Otherworld for reasons we will soon learn, but Ember is fascinated with the idea of the Otherworld and beseeches Jack to take her, but he refuses to do so for her own safety. It's not long before a vampire named Dev brings her over, as he was tasked to do so by a particular someone. When Jack finds out she's missing, he recruits her best friend, Finney, to help him track her down and bring her back to her world. This was quite an adventurous read! In some ways, it was like an Alice in Wonderland story as Ember enters this new world that is so strange and different, and quite dangerous. Witches are a hot commodity in this world and Ember's life is pretty much in danger from the moment she enters, but Dev, her vampire/sort of kidnapper, but not, is determined to keep her safe. In fact, his plans to bring Ember to his employer has changed, because yes, he finds he's falling in love with her. Though naturally, we already sense that Ember and Jack have a growing connection, but let's also add in the fact that Finney, her longtime best friend, also loves her. It makes for quite the array of suitors. The romance wasn't a huge role in the story as well, I mean it was there throughout, as we had at least two of the characters trying to actively pursue Ember. I felt a little bad for Finney as he never really seemed to have a chance with Ember despite being the best friend and all. I felt like Ember's choice was obvious from the getgo however. When the Lord of the Otherworld gets wind that a new and powerful witch has entered his domain, he's determined to have her. The Otherworld is powered by witchlight and with a ned budding witch, he will continue to remain an all powerful deity. I think my favorite thing about this book was truly all the Halloween lore that was incorporated. Jack is sort of the new Jack that gave the name to the jack-o-lantern, he was also involved with scaring a man named Ichabod away from one of the Otherworld gates. We get to see how other traditions of Halloween were born as well as the story moves along. It was really fascinating the ways Colleen brought these traditions to life! It was probably my favorite part of the story! There was a great deal of tension in this one too! Everyone had their own plan for Ember, and she had her own plans for her life as well! Some rather interesting twists came about in the grand finale that I thought was pretty shocking! Though I do like how Colleen was able to wrap everything up! I am so used to her highly detailed stories that stretch for several books--and that I enjoy as well--so this standalone was pretty amazing for her to write as well! I almost think that standalones can be harder to write than a series, but that's just me! The Lantern's Ember was a marvelous read indeed! It's the perfect read for lovers of Halloween lore! It's not a scary read by any means, though there's a great deal of tension and suspense to it. Lots of twists and turns and a healthy sprinkling of romance as well. This is easily making my list of best reads of the year as I've always enjoyed the different myths and lore that surround Halloween! Colleen Houck has done it again and written yet another superb book rich with mythology! Overall Rating 5/5 stars The Lantern's Ember releases September 11, 2018

  11. 4 out of 5

    Austine (NovelKnight)

    This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. For all the spooky vibes from The Lantern's Ember, the "world where nightmarish creatures reign" and deals with the devil and all things haunting, this book was entirely underwhelming and disappointing. Part of my problems probably comes down to the fact that I really enjoyed Houck's work in the past and combined with being a Sleepy Hallow/Headless Horseman type deal (w This book was provided by the publisher (via NetGalley). This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. For all the spooky vibes from The Lantern's Ember, the "world where nightmarish creatures reign" and deals with the devil and all things haunting, this book was entirely underwhelming and disappointing. Part of my problems probably comes down to the fact that I really enjoyed Houck's work in the past and combined with being a Sleepy Hallow/Headless Horseman type deal (which I was super excited about), I had pretty high expectations. So when I started reading and quickly lost interest, I knew it would be a downward spiral. Rather than follow Jack, the Lantern (because the whole idea of Lanterns, guardians of the crossroads, is fascinating), The Lantern's Ember follows Ember, a young witch, and her adventures through the Otherworld while fending off 3 -- yes, THREE -- love interests.  Ember was frightfully annoying, naive and innocent to the point that it felt more like a plot device to explain everything than actual character development. Which there was none of. While I liked her and Jack's little romance subplot (it was very sweet and all), soon her life seemed to revolve around making bad choices despite being told how they were really stupid ideas, or obsessing over Jack. So the story progresses and Ember goes on her little adventure, everything that should be dangerous is. . . and isn't. I was never scared for the characters because, frankly, the plot was so predictable I didn't see anything bad ever really happening. Combined with simplistic writing and a 3rd person point-of-view that kept me distant from the characters the whole way through, I had no interest in what happened to Ember or her companions. And I can't say that the synopsis didn't deliver because it did, but felt skewed. The plot focused on the romance to the point that I would label this book a paranormal romance, not a fantasy. What I never understood about all of it was what made Ember so special that all 3 guys were falling over themselves for her. The only explanations given were that she was pretty and a very powerful witch. Gave me immediate special snowflake vibes and not the good kind. After several attempts to read this book, I finished and immediately forgot most of what happened. The Lantern's Ember ended up being a waste of my time despite being a quick read, and I wish that hadn't been the case. This book had potential if the romance hadn't become central and killed any chance of character development the book had left. I wasn't real thrilled with the last book I read by Houck either so I'll definitely be hesitant to pick up another as these past two have had the same issues. The Lantern's Ember was a definite miss. Find Me on: My Blog || Twitter || Instagram || Bloglovin'

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kath (Read Forevermore)

    Quick read. I honestly was expecting so much more in this book, and was so hyped for it. However, it fell flat for me. The biggest disappoint was that it just wasn't enough to be considered "paranormal." I'm normally a huge fan of scary books and this one was just not scary. It felt as though it was written for younger children (MG) to read. And the characters were just so annoying...UGH! A finished copy was sent to me by Delacorte Press (Get Underlined) in exchange for an honest review. All thou Quick read. I honestly was expecting so much more in this book, and was so hyped for it. However, it fell flat for me. The biggest disappoint was that it just wasn't enough to be considered "paranormal." I'm normally a huge fan of scary books and this one was just not scary. It felt as though it was written for younger children (MG) to read. And the characters were just so annoying...UGH! A finished copy was sent to me by Delacorte Press (Get Underlined) in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Azbaqiyah

    Plot - 🎃🎃🎃🎃 Character - 🎃🎃🎃🎃 World Building - 🎃🎃🎃🎃 Writing Style - 🎃🎃🎃🎃 Cover - 🎃🎃🎃🎃 Overall Rating - 3.8 🎃 / 5 🎃 🎃 ~ A perfect read for Halloween! ~ 🎃

  14. 5 out of 5

    Farren

    I'm seriously obsessed with this cover

  15. 5 out of 5

    Breanna

    THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Disappointed would the be the best word to describe my reading experience. I wanted to love The Lantern’s Ember so much. Not only is that cover is absolutely stunning, but the synopsis was intriguing and promised all sorts of paranormal goodness. Sadly, the story and characters were lacking. I went into The Lantern’s Ember expecting a cool, spooky story similar to urban legends like Sleepy Hallow, full of THIS REVIEW & MORE → Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley. Disappointed would the be the best word to describe my reading experience. I wanted to love The Lantern’s Ember so much. Not only is that cover is absolutely stunning, but the synopsis was intriguing and promised all sorts of paranormal goodness. Sadly, the story and characters were lacking. I went into The Lantern’s Ember expecting a cool, spooky story similar to urban legends like Sleepy Hallow, full of paranormal creatures and magic. Instead, I got a strange steampunk version of Halloweentown. I actually would have been okay with that, but the writing was mediocre and the story seemed a bit juvenile for my tastes. Ember was the super special heroine that acted naively and never bothered to follow common sense, much less warnings given to her by other people. And yet despite her shortcomings, all three of the male characters happen to be in love with her. None of the characters felt fleshed out or had any kind of character growth as the story went on. The book is written in third person omniscient, which I think heavily contributed to the fact that the characters didn’t have much depth. The plot itself didn’t have much substance to it either; it was predictable, boring at times, and many of the conflicts were resolved a little too conveniently. I really wish I had enjoyed The Lantern’s Ember so much more than I had. The first couple of chapters had me falsely excited for an eerie story full of supernatural creatures. The combination of the characters, writing, and plot ultimately caused the story to fall flat for me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kaleena ★ Reader Voracious

    The line between greatness and villainy is as thin as a garrote wire. Friends, I was really excited for The Lantern's Ember from the moment I saw this stunning cover and read the synopsis, and I was so excited to get an opportunity to read an advanced copy for review. While the book started strong and appeared to be full of spooky folklore, overall it unfortunately this book did not live up to my expectations as it quickly descended into drama, angst, and a predictable plot. While it is a fas The line between greatness and villainy is as thin as a garrote wire. Friends, I was really excited for The Lantern's Ember from the moment I saw this stunning cover and read the synopsis, and I was so excited to get an opportunity to read an advanced copy for review. While the book started strong and appeared to be full of spooky folklore, overall it unfortunately this book did not live up to my expectations as it quickly descended into drama, angst, and a predictable plot. While it is a fast read, I found the characters to be one-dimensional and mostly unlikable, lacking growth, and I was left wanting more about the characters and the world. The premise of this book is so interesting: the Otherworld is a realm where all those creatures that we thought were fictional live. Goblins, werewolves, vampires, and more are all real! The worldbuilding for tinkers and the technological advances that the Otherworld has made with the harnessing of witchlight was really interesting but I found that outside of the witchlight the worldbuilding was nonexistant. 'One doesn't choose to become a lantern. Most of us are tricked into it.' The synopsis led me to believe that Jack's past and his five hundred years of experience as a Lantern would play a bigger role than it did. I was drawn in by the idea of his role as a gatekeeper of the Otherworld, and quite frankly I am a sucker for stories that involve characters that have long lives... there is something so interesting about watching a character see cultural change and this is something that I think was definitely missing. Ember O'Dare is an orphaned witch that lives in a town near Jack's Crossroads. He's been watching her from afar ever since she was a young child, and while she hadn't seen him she always felt his presence and protection. I thought it was kind of cute how she kept trying to entice him to show himself to her, and their interactions throughout the book honestly are the only characters that I liked. I love strong female characters, but there is a fine line between strong and indignant and she gets herself into huge messes because she thinks she knows everything when she knows nothing. Like 90% of me reading this book was screaming at her being like "oh, I didn't know it was so dangerous" when she literally had been told repeatedly that it was dangerous. Ugh she frustrated me to no end. The third-person omniscient narrative style constantly shifts perspectives between the characters (often mid-page), and as a result I never really felt connected to any of the characters. I would have expected Ember and Jack to be the main characters, perhaps with dual-POV storytelling from their perspectives, but I found the narration a jumbled mess that was at times difficult to follow. The story may have been stronger with a more dedicated narrative perspective. While the book's blurb definitely is accurate, I feel that it was a bit misleading as so much of the actual narrative seemed to center around romantic feelings. There was kind of a love rectangle and it was kind of weird as none of the characters were really developed. While I am not a huge fan of the romance genre, I do not mind it as part of the story but it kind of grated my nerves - particularly Dev's character, who I found to be incredibly obsessive and possessive. (view spoiler)[After she essentially let him down his thoughts continued to spiral into 'what can I do to win her?' and it was gross. "The beast probably thought it was escorting the submersible home to nest. If only women were that easy, Nestor, Dev thought with a twitch of his lips. (hide spoiler)] All of the characters in this book were essentially the embodiment of a trope: Ember is "not like anyone else," Dev is the "Edward Cullen kind of obsessed love interest," Finney is the "guy in love with his best friend," and Jack is the "honorable love interest that wants what is best." The characters do not really act outside of their trope and are largely unchanged at the end of the book. I really enjoyed how folk legends such as the lost colony at Roanoke, the Headless Horseman, and the boogeyman were "explained" in this fictional world, and like I previously said I really loved the concept of the Otherworld! I just wish that more time had been dedicated to worldbuilding and that there was a clear narrative POV - I think that would have made this story a lot stronger. Honestly the "twist" at the end I picked up on at the beginning of the book so I was hardly surprised (except that it was meant to be a twist lol). The theme of life and what makes it worth living is there in the text, especially given that most of the characters are otherworlder's that have had long lives. It is most evident with Jack and his life as a lantern, one that he would not have chosen for himself. "Maybe the purpose of life is to experience those things, however fleeting. I'll never know now what my life might have been." Overall I found The Lantern's Ember to be an interesting story with a lot of promise but lacking in character development. Since I read an ARC it is possible that some additional editing happened and some of the issues I had could be addressed in the finished copy. I think if you go in expecting it to be an angsty romance with some steampunk & fantasy elements you will enjoy this book. Honestly it kind of reminds me a lot of Twilight, which I didn't like, so if you enjoy that kind of story this may be for you. This book is a standalone (which I really appreciate because they are so rare in YA fantasy) and truly wraps up everything at the end with a neat little bow (which seemed too perfect but honestly is the least of my issues here). Many thanks to the publisher for providing me an electronic advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Quotations taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon final publication. Blog | Twitter | Pinterest

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dania

    DNF I am going to put this down. I just don't feel like it was the right book for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Благодаря аннотации и обложке я считала, что книга будет идеальна в предхеллоуинский период, ведь тут автор намешала классических мистических персонажей (ведьмы, вампиры и т.д.), аллюзии на известных литературных монстров (франкенштейн, человек-невидимка) и даже стимпанк. Причём мироустройство получилось весьма жизнеспособным. Однако с остальным все ну очень плохо. В итоге я получила какую-то рождественскую сказочку, где в итоге все герои обнимаются. Начну с хорошего. Как сеттинг Иномирье безумно Благодаря аннотации и обложке я считала, что книга будет идеальна в предхеллоуинский период, ведь тут автор намешала классических мистических персонажей (ведьмы, вампиры и т.д.), аллюзии на известных литературных монстров (франкенштейн, человек-невидимка) и даже стимпанк. Причём мироустройство получилось весьма жизнеспособным. Однако с остальным все ну очень плохо. В итоге я получила какую-то рождественскую сказочку, где в итоге все герои обнимаются. Начну с хорошего. Как сеттинг Иномирье безумно крут: он опережает наш мир по развитию, здесь куча устройств и механизмов, жизнь которым даёт ведьмовской свет. Помимо этого, обложка книги просто фантастическая. Ну а теперь по существу. Главные герои абсолютно никакие. Эмбер - любопытный избалованный ребёнок, не более того. Но, по закону жанра, она особенная - очень сильная ведьма. И по собственному закону Коллин Хоук, в нее влюблены три парня и ещё трём она ну прям очень нужна. Про Джека и говорить нечего - простой кусок мяса. Пресный. Дев очень пытается быть крутым и опасным вампиром, но в итоге он как семнадцатилетний школьник, натянувший батину кожанку. Небольшой симпатией прониклась к Финни. Милый чудаковатый изобретатель, ну просто душечка. Есть ещё Делия и Грейдон , и от этих двух я в восторге. Тут и конфликт между ними, и летающие искры, и не самые простые характеры, и огромнейший потенциал. Увы, они лишь второстепенные герои, поэтому их сюжетную линию Коллин сливает достаточно быстро. Сюжет развивается ну крайне медленно, и в основном он из разряда «сначала идём сюда, а потом вдруг сюда». И да, 80% экранного времени занимают выяснения отношений и брачные танцы бабуинов. Кстати, если отношения Джека и Эмбер кажутся немного странными (они начались со сталкерства, фу!), то в случае Дева и Эмбер они химеричны настолько, что не будь его глав, я считала бы его очень хитроделанным злодеем, гнущим свою линию посредством постоянной манипуляции чувствами. Впрочем, его отношение к Эмбер - вполне себе неплохое кармическое возмездие. Финал наивен до безобразия. Эмбер превратилась в ворошиловского стрелка, и все закончилось откровенной Санта-Барбарой. Вишенкой на торте стало то, что главный злодей вновь стереотипно раскрыт через его злодейскую речь. В итоге, если хотите создать себе хеллоуинское настроение, лучше не берите это произведение в руки. Впрочем, в солнечную погоду и +20 за бортом это мало какой книге удастся. Но, если у вас началась осенняя хандра, то непритязательность этой истории и некий уют эпилога вполне могут заложить первую ступень для борьбы с ней.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aimee (Getting Your Read On)

    First thing I have to say is I really love this cover. It's interesting and I love the fireflies and swirl things all over. This is the perfect book as we are just heading into fall here. Halloween is on it's way and I loved how this book eventually tied in to some of the stories and traditions of Halloween. If you are wondering if this book is scary, the answer is no. Not at all. This is what I would describe as a paranormal steampunk, I think. There were lots of paranormal creatures but I never First thing I have to say is I really love this cover. It's interesting and I love the fireflies and swirl things all over. This is the perfect book as we are just heading into fall here. Halloween is on it's way and I loved how this book eventually tied in to some of the stories and traditions of Halloween. If you are wondering if this book is scary, the answer is no. Not at all. This is what I would describe as a paranormal steampunk, I think. There were lots of paranormal creatures but I never felt the least bit frightened or anything close to it. It was more like a grand adventure. The Otherworld was where the steampunk feel came in with machines and gadgets. I liked a lot about this book and it's plot but I felt like it lacked in a few places. There were a lot of characters, but none that I felt an emotional connection to. I liked Jack and Ember but from the outside looking in. Ember is tenacious and maybe a wee bit naive. Jack is devoted. Both were characters I could root for. I really didn't like the ending because I felt like we finally got to some good action and then had an information dump to explain everything and then "the end". I was really hoping for more, I guess. The characters were as clueless as me for the whole book and that's no bueno. We all got the information dump together. So, I guess this book was okay for me. I'm not raving excited but it wasn't bad either. Content: moments of peril, mild violence. Some kissing. - I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    These Violent Delights (Robin)

    I just absolutely loved this book! Ember was such a fun character to read from! This book gave me such great Halloween/ Fall time vibes. Great book to read to get into the seasonal joy. I hate horror, so there aren't many "Fall/Halloween" themed books that I could enjoy, but this one was perfectly horror-less! The whole story had a great arc. The characters all had their times to shine. The love triangle (actually love square LOL) didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. Maybe I just love I just absolutely loved this book! Ember was such a fun character to read from! This book gave me such great Halloween/ Fall time vibes. Great book to read to get into the seasonal joy. I hate horror, so there aren't many "Fall/Halloween" themed books that I could enjoy, but this one was perfectly horror-less! The whole story had a great arc. The characters all had their times to shine. The love triangle (actually love square LOL) didn't bother me as much as I thought it would. Maybe I just love this author so much, that I can love anything she writes, I don't know. I also really loved how this book wrapped up, now that's how to end a book!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Miranda (MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It)

    The Lantern's Ember was a book I was really looking forward to. The synopsis combined with the cover had me DYING to get my hands on this book. However, I was disappointed when I actually was able to read this book, because it did not turn out to be at all what I was hoping for. One of my major complaints about this book was how young it felt. Instead of it reading like a Young Adult novel, it read like a Middle-Grade novel. I have no qualms with Middle-Grade books, but when I was expecting to r The Lantern's Ember was a book I was really looking forward to. The synopsis combined with the cover had me DYING to get my hands on this book. However, I was disappointed when I actually was able to read this book, because it did not turn out to be at all what I was hoping for. One of my major complaints about this book was how young it felt. Instead of it reading like a Young Adult novel, it read like a Middle-Grade novel. I have no qualms with Middle-Grade books, but when I was expecting to read a YA novel, it was a bit disappointing that the book did not live up to that. The plot of the book really focused on the romance, instead of the creepy and dark plot I was hoping for. I am a sucker for romance, but in this case, there was TOO much romance. Since this is being marketed as a novel with the moodiness of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, I was hoping for more of a dark and foreboding vibe. Instead, the book felt like a romance novel with a tiny dash of darkness. I also had a very hard time connecting with the characters. The characters all felt very juvenile, one dimensional, and shallow. They all seemed to lack common sense 99% of the time, and only wanted to focus on how beautiful and perfect Ember was. Overall, this was a frustrating read for me. The only thing I really enjoyed about this book was the few glimpses we got of the paranormal elements of this world. Those parts were so intriguing, and I wish there would have been more moments like those throughout the entire story. This book had so much potential to be The Legend of Sleepy Hollow retelling of my dreams, but it sadly fell flat. 2 / 5 Fangs *This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It Facebook Twitter

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا

    [Monday, December 18, 2017] This seems so SO good! I'm in! Can't wait for the cover reveal! [Wednesday, January 24, 2018] OMG! I'm super excited about this book! It will be released in September 11, 2018! 416 pages of adventure!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Then the potion's done, a flawless spell. And you'll hear the peal of a burial hell. Then it's time to harvest a lantern's gleam, And you've got the beginnings of Halloween. Plot This is Colleen Houck's best work to date. I loved the Tiger's Curse series but this book is amazing. Everything hit the mark that I love. The plot has a love triangle but the author finally did one that was done well. I will talk more on this later. The Lantern's Ember is a retelling of the sleepy hollow/headless horsema Then the potion's done, a flawless spell. And you'll hear the peal of a burial hell. Then it's time to harvest a lantern's gleam, And you've got the beginnings of Halloween. Plot This is Colleen Houck's best work to date. I loved the Tiger's Curse series but this book is amazing. Everything hit the mark that I love. The plot has a love triangle but the author finally did one that was done well. I will talk more on this later. The Lantern's Ember is a retelling of the sleepy hollow/headless horseman folklore. Jack is a lantern who has his soul stolen and put into an ember. He guards the crossroad between the mortal world and the Otherworld. The Otherworld is a place that is more advanced than the mortal world where all paranormal beings reside. The creatures being vampires, witches, goblins, bats, trolls, succubae, incubi, gremlins, lanterns, etc. Jack watched the young witch Ember grow into a powerful woman though she didn't know how powerful she is. Ember always felt Jack there watching her and she grew to care for him and he her. When Ember learns of the Otherworld she feels drawn to it, unlike anything she's ever felt before. But, Jack doesn't want her to go because he knows what the High Lord does to powerful witches. When she is lured to the Otherworld by a Vampire to take her to see the High Witch, Jack with the help of Finney goes after her. A whole lot of craziness with pirate vampires, crazy doctors, bot-like creatures, and more.  Characters Jack negotiated with the devil to save his town and that is how he became a Lantern. He was stuck that way for 500 years. He is a watcher and protector of the Otherworld. He has a lot of mystery. He is my lovable goth boy. Ember is a powerful witch who is bold and fearless. She is a fierce yet stubborn girl who can sometimes be too trusting. But, I loved that about her because she is smart, kind, and resourceful. Rune is the man who conscripted Jack. He is a bit mysterious and evil but I enjoyed him a lot. Dev is a charming vampire. He is a bit of a flirt, a tad dangerous, hard to trust, but ultimately he is funny, sweet, and a dork. Finney is Ember's friend and a tinker/inventor. He is incredibly smart, funny, and brave. I loved them all and how fun they were. This was a great cast of characters.  Writing Her writing really improved from the Tiger's Curse series. Every character is interesting and has a lot of depth to them. They are multi-faceted and a lot of fun to see inside each of their brains. The point-of-view changes throughout in each chapter but it is not annoying because it's third-person. The story is very vivid, haunting, and Halloween-ish. I loved the stunning prose and atmosphere of the novel. The tone and appearance of the people match the time period especially the dialogue. I loved the writing very much and I think this is her best. Romance The romance was a bit of a slow burn and it was fun. The story went from a watcher/protector turned lovers. Jack and Ember really cared about one another and it was wonderfully adorable. I mean he literally left his post for her. There is a bit of a love triangle but it's not irritating at all. I know what you are thinking KAT YOU HATE THOSE. I know. TRUST ME. I KNOW. But, hear me out. She actually did the triangle pretty good. Here is why. We don't have to deal with this annoying back and forth issue of I love you. Wait no I love you. And on and on. Ember from the start cares for Jack and though she knows Dev is charming and handsome, he never has her heart. Jack is the one she wants and vice versa. We also see a little romance between the wold Graydon and Delia which is so cute. I loved Ember and Jack and they made my heart soar.  Favorite Quotes Even without the benefit of the light, she could see him in the mirror behind her. His skin glowed as if lit from beneath. The world hung on the cusp of communication as the midnight hour cast its spell. His voice was rich and resonant, with a timbre that lingered, caressing Ember's skin long after he finished speaking. "...Now I'm a firefly caught in her glass. She takes me where she will. Until she releases me, I must take this road with her."  "...And you were more beautiful than I dreamed. Even in the private wishes of my heart. You were my friend all those years, as important to me as Finney, but you were different. You were secret. And you belonged to only me. You can't know how much I needed that." "Don't believe for a clockwork minute that you are unlovable. You are not at fault. Not at all. If I were a mortal, a man not doomed to walk the earth as a haunted specter, I would be the first suitor in line. Please believe that." Ember's rosebud mouth was the devil's own temptation. Ember tasted like escape, and he wanted to lose himself in her arms and never look back. Ember and Jack are still alive today, and every so often, they make an appearance. If you look carefully at the harvest moon on a Halloween night, you might see the shadow of a witch being chased by a rather enthusiastic pumpkin.

  24. 5 out of 5

    FictionNoChaser

    Overall Rating: ★★ Heroine: We need some character growth up in here Dude: We can’t take pumpkin carrying men seriously Creepiness: It’s no “Are You Afraid of the Dark” Plot: Halloweentown, Steampunk & Sleepy Hollow, Oh My! We received an advanced reader’s copy of Lantern’s Ember from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author! The Lantern’s Ember reeled us in from the moment we saw it on Netgalley; from the (gorgeous) cover and description we were excit Overall Rating: ★★ Heroine: We need some character growth up in here Dude: We can’t take pumpkin carrying men seriously Creepiness: It’s no “Are You Afraid of the Dark” Plot: Halloweentown, Steampunk & Sleepy Hollow, Oh My! We received an advanced reader’s copy of Lantern’s Ember from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the publisher and author! The Lantern’s Ember reeled us in from the moment we saw it on Netgalley; from the (gorgeous) cover and description we were excited for a spooky experience full of folklore and supernatural creatures come to life. The first few chapters were intriguing and we were loving the creepy Sleepy Hollow vibes. https://media.giphy.com/media/awj1tq7... Unfortunately, after the initial setup to the story, Lantern’s Ember devolves into a juvenile experience full of angst and unnecessary drama. The story is less spooky and more like Halloweentown High complete with insta-love and a love quadrangle. The plot was predictable and essentially a Frankenstein monster as the plot is basically haphazard themes and plots resurrected from steampunk and gothic novels and early American folklore then sewn together in a grotesque manner. The characters were shallow, lacked common sense and Houck did not allow for any character growth. The novel was hard to follow as character perspectives shifted suddenly with very little indication that suddenly you were reading about a completely new character. And instead of the supernatural intrigue we were promised, this book centered more on the fact that every single character falls in love with Ember. The ending to The Lantern’s Ember was the most frustrating part of this book. The ending was wrapped up like a fake Christmas present on display in a Macy’s window - too perfect to be real. It was disingenuous and too convenient to be enjoyable. I was left disappointed and frankly unimpressed at how the plot took a 180 degree turn and all the characters were just like “okay, everything’s good now!”

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meghan (TheBookGoblin)

    DNF at about 20% Oh wow this was garbage! 🙃 I was so looking forward to a good Halloween-themed read but honestly the writing was so bad I just couldn’t do it. Maybe I would have liked it more as a preteen. TBH I bought it mostly for the cover, since historically I’ve hated all of Houck’s other books so I don’t know why I thought this would be any different. The same juvenile and simplistic writing she used in all her other books is here in abundance. If you’re under 13 you might enjoy it but oth DNF at about 20% Oh wow this was garbage! 🙃 I was so looking forward to a good Halloween-themed read but honestly the writing was so bad I just couldn’t do it. Maybe I would have liked it more as a preteen. TBH I bought it mostly for the cover, since historically I’ve hated all of Houck’s other books so I don’t know why I thought this would be any different. The same juvenile and simplistic writing she used in all her other books is here in abundance. If you’re under 13 you might enjoy it but otherwise skip it and read Coraline instead if you want a simple Halloween read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sammm

    A digitized ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Jan 16, 2018 Oh dang! That is one LOVELY cover. --- Nov 11, 2017 Hmmmm.... yes, yes, I've heard how racist this author supposedly is, but since this book is based on a story by a White American author, is she capable of butchering it? Not ruling out reading it just yet. May change my shelf accordingly later.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

    Okay hold up. Houck has another potential series coming out next year? I'm already a fan! 😊

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nia •ShadesOfPaper•

    You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper “It comforted him to see his ember’s glow in the pumpkin’s expression. The light warmed him, giving him hope that somehow, somewhere, there was a spark of freedom waiting for him, even if it was at the end of a very long, weary road.” I was so excited to read this book because it seemed like the perfect spooky book for the fall season or Halloween, and the premise sounded super interesting, but I was so disappointed with the story You can find this review and others on my blog shades of paper “It comforted him to see his ember’s glow in the pumpkin’s expression. The light warmed him, giving him hope that somehow, somewhere, there was a spark of freedom waiting for him, even if it was at the end of a very long, weary road.” I was so excited to read this book because it seemed like the perfect spooky book for the fall season or Halloween, and the premise sounded super interesting, but I was so disappointed with the story and the character that I ended up being mad. There was hardly anything that I enjoyed about The Lantern’s Ember, and I was so sad about that. I found the story and the narrative so juvenile to be a young adult book. The characters were very naïve and childish, and overall the tone wasn’t what I hoped it would be. I was expecting a dark, eerie book, and there was nothing spooky about it whatsoever. It was a very lineal and plain story, and though I wanted to DNF it multiple times while reading it, because I wasn’t enjoying it, I wanted to do a review about it, so I kept reading The Lantern’s Ember with hopes that the ending would redeemed the book a bit for me, but that wasn’t the case. The story had a nice start. We learnt a bit what was going on and about the characters, but from then on it went downhill. It hardly had a plot and some things were super inconsistent, and I didn’t really understand the character’s behavior. It was fast paced and it took me not long to finish it, but it was one of those stories where the concept was super intriguing but the development wasn’t that great or remarkable. “Sometimes he’d point her in the right direction of various flora, and, in exchange, he accepted her offerings of fresh loaves of bread or small baskets filled with berries.” The characters weren’t my favorites. They were so simple and plain and like every other characters I’ve read in other previous books. Their interactions were super cringy sometimes, and their interactions and dynamics were a bit forced and rushed. There was a love triangle that basically came out of nowhere, and because I wasn’t the biggest fan of Jack or Ember, I didn’t particularly care about their relationship throughout the story. I feel the romance was quite insta lovey and unrealistic, and some of the things the characters did throughout the story didn’t relate to the characters’ personalities, and were a bit weird and odd to me. The ending was just so strange and had hardly anything to do with the rest of the story, and I hated it. As much as I didn’t like the characters, I was hoping to learn more about the Otherworld and magic and world systems in general, but they weren’t addressed in the book, which left me quite confused. It’s like the author threw us into this magical world and expected us to know what was going on, and I was hoping to see a much complex world, after the characters and the plot being so weak to me. Overall, I was super disappointed with this book. I had such high hopes and the synopsis sounded so unique and cool, but it ended up being such an unremarkable story, with very plain characters that had almost no evolution, and relationships that were cringy and juvenile. I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This doesn’t change my opinion whatsoever. All thoughts are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Lantern's Ember is a standalone young adult novel by Colleen Houck. I don't normally mention a book's cover, but I have to talk for a moment about just how stunning the cover of The Lantern's Ember is. I think it is the perfect cover for this story, and it helped to set the mood of the story for me. I really, really love it. And speaking of love, I thought this novel was the perfect read to get you into the Hallo **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**The Lantern's Ember is a standalone young adult novel by Colleen Houck. I don't normally mention a book's cover, but I have to talk for a moment about just how stunning the cover of The Lantern's Ember is. I think it is the perfect cover for this story, and it helped to set the mood of the story for me. I really, really love it. And speaking of love, I thought this novel was the perfect read to get you into the Halloween spirit. I think this is a great read for young adult readers (even some on the younger end that are ok with a romance) . The characters are age appropriate and the novel has a wonderful magical atmosphere that will draw you in. The Lantern's Ember gave me HalloweenTown vibes. In a strange way, because the setting is not really like Halloween Town but the concept of journeying into another magical world with a guide of sorts. Plus, while the atmosphere was totally spooky and had a hint of a darker vibe, the overall feel of the story was not overly scary. But  I kind of enjoyed that about the story. It gave me a chance to get to know the characters and feel a part of the world. Ember is our main character, and I think she was a very age appropriate young lady. (or should I say young witch...) She is someone that grew on me. She starts out a bit too trusting and naive, but we get to see her grow as the novel progresses, which is fantastic in a standalone novel. (I love seeing characters grow over the course of a series, but I always find it really impressive when an author can depict that type of growth in a standalone novel as well.) Despite Jack's warnings, Ember crosses over to the otherworld, which in turn makes Jack follow her, and off we go on Ember's adventure.  I also really enjoyed Jack and Ember's friend Finney. Jack is Ember's guide to the Otherworld- he is a gatekeeper of sorts for the otherworld. I would personally like to see more of Jack's time as a portal guardian. And Finney is my favorite (but I love a nerd, so this should be a surprise to no one...) If you are looking for a really scary, dark novel, this might not be your best bet. But if you are looking for a fantastic atmospheric Halloween read that still manages to be creepy, yet lighthearted, I think this will be the perfect novel for you. I think it will be perfect for the younger, young adult audience as well as anyone looking for a fun Halloween read with other world magic and some romance. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jess at Such a Novel Idea

    I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not hinder my opinion in any way! Wow, this book was not at all what I was expecting! But I kind of love that because I really liked what it was.  Colleen Houck is a YA author I've seen around a lot but never gotten to read.  The one thing I love about her style is the visceral experience she provides. I literally FELT fall reading this book. I live in South Texas, where there is no threat to the end of su I received a copy of this book via the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not hinder my opinion in any way! Wow, this book was not at all what I was expecting! But I kind of love that because I really liked what it was.  Colleen Houck is a YA author I've seen around a lot but never gotten to read.  The one thing I love about her style is the visceral experience she provides. I literally FELT fall reading this book. I live in South Texas, where there is no threat to the end of summertime, but I could literally smell the apple-cider and pumpkin spice when I was reading this book.   First of all, the cover is what originally drew me in.  It's inviting, yet haunting, and beautifully made.  The artist did an absolutely splendid job because I could not get the book out of my head. Second, for anyone who is a lover of fall, paranormal, and Halloween, the synopsis will have you practically drooling for the book.  So, naturally, I had to join this blog tour! This book did seem like it could have been the perfect middle-grade story, if not for the romance.  However, I was happy to see a younger YA read that I could recommend to my daughter.  Ember herself was a fun character - completely compelling in the dichotomy that she both seemed completely competent in her own skills, but also a little naive when it came to the world.  She was bold and headstrong, but also kind of to the point where she missed the danger just lurking around the corner.  Even so, this made her all the more interesting to read about.  I feel like I should point out the romance in the book once more because it was so overdone. There were THREE potential love interests, which just seemed like too much for a standalone novel.  I loved the connection between Jack and Ember, especially at the beginning of the book, so the continuing chaos of all these extra relationship opportunities felt like overkill.  I did like the characters, but at times it felt like there were so many that we didn't get adequate time to really learn more about them and delve under their skin, so to speak. That's really the downside to a standalone. The upside is that you get to invest in a wonderful world without having to carve out time to read several books at once. This is refreshing, especially considering I'm constantly looking down the barrel of series with 6-9 books in them. The world-building has to be my favorite part of the book.  I was absolutely spell-bound by Ember's village - it was one of my favorite parts of the book just because Houck did such a wonderful job detailing everything. I felt like I was THERE.  It's clear from the synopsis, and Ember's passive feelings towards the plainness of the village, though, that we wouldn't stay there long. And of course, we didn't. Instead, we are thrust into a world that I'm sure you'll see many reviews call steampunk.  There was definitely a horror vibe to the place, but I never FELT scared. It was just more of that overarching theme. Even so, the classic Halloween vibes and storylines were sensational.  You could see the work to tie in lots of folklore into the story.  There's not only Jack, whose soul is in a pumpkin, but witches, vampires, werewolves, and more. You're definitely going to see a lot of the classics. Overall, the world was fun and had a lot to left to explore if the author ever sides to delve back in. However, I think it was a wonderfully encapsulated story.  Overall, this is best read with a nice warm blanket, some rain on your windowsill, and a hot cup of apple cider.

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