Name: The Lantern’s Ember by Colleen Houck
Date Published: Expected September 11, 2018
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal, Romance
Goodreads Rating: 3.95/5 Stars
How I acquired it: I received an eARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way, influenced my opinion below.
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.
Reading Level: ★★★★★
My Overall Rating: ★★★★★
Colleen Houck gripped me from the very beginning. This book was written very well. I was able to follow along with every character and scenery. There were many times where I felt like I was there and could understand everything she wrote about.
I absolutely LOVED the plot of this book. It felt so unique and it was incredibly refreshing. To me it was a mix between Disney’s Treasure Planet, Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments, Halloween and Reign. A couple weeks ago I wrote about my ideal book mash ups and I couldn’t even begin to fathom this mash up. It was such a fun read and I enjoyed every word. Ember is a witch, Jack is a Lantern, Dev is a Vampire and Finnley is a human and each one of them had a vital role in the book. It could have easily been too much information but Houck was able to make it all flow really well.
I will be honest, I was very worried about the romance aspect of this book because it skipped over a love triangle and went right to a “love square”. Jack, Dev and Finnley all were fighting to get Ember’s affection and she was just trying to stay alive. I don’t want to spoil the ending but (spoiler) I am sooooo happy she chose Jack. They were meant to be together from the very beginning and I’m glad Houck added they are still together today. (Spoiler)
This book was very easy to read. I was able to read it in less than 24 hours and I never had a problem understanding what was happening.
The only problem I had with this book was how fast the ending happened. Houck spent the whole first ¾ of the book painting this amazing picture and story line and just when I was excited about it having a sequel, it wrapped up in about 2 chapters. Really Houck!? I wanted more!! That being said I am very happy with the way it ended. While it was fast, the whole story came together and it all made sense.
This book had so much potential to be a series but I can understand if an author doesn’t feel connected enough to write more or felt the story needed to be over. However, this was my only negative as I could have easily read another 2-3 books about Ember and her Lantern.