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Author Jennifer Alsever delivers an addictive story ideal for fans of The Uglies, We Were Liars, and Before I Fall about a teen grieving over her parent's tragic death who becomes entangled with a mysterious forest teeming with urban legends of strange disappearances and witchcraft.

Ember Trouve used to be alive, driven to become a musician and on a path to college. That was before her parents died. One day, after venturing into the fabled Trinity Forest, she goes missing. Now, Ember must confront the truth behind her parents' death - or lose herself to the forest forever.

In this fresh and compelling novel, Jennifer Alsever creates a paranormal world of loss, mystery, love, and survival as Ember searches for escape - and a path back to herself. Ember Burning is the first installment of the three-book Trinity Forest series.

©2017 Jennifer Alsever (P)2017 Jennifer Alsever

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A Fascinating Paranormal YA Story

If you could sum up Ember Burning in three words, what would they be?

Intriguing, Moving, Mysterious

What other book might you compare Ember Burning to and why?

Which scene was your favorite?

When she was talking about her past and we learn more of her

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Her backstory

Any additional comments?

Ember Burning is a fascinating Paranormal Young Adult book. It has a good beginning, an intriguing middle and a couldn't-stop-listening-until-I-finished-the-entire-book ending. I think that the cover is pretty and eye-catching. I listened to the audiobook format (which was my first audiobook that I've ever listened to) and I must say that it was a pleasant experience and I think that the narrator did a good job.The book starts with Ember, the main lead character that lives in Leadville, a very small and secluded town in the mountains of Colorado. She was once a very cheerful and smart girl with a synesthesia condition (it represents to her by sounds, she sees colors with the sound of music), but she starts the story with a sadness and depression because of her parents sudden death. She feels claustrophobic in a town where everybody knows her story from which she can't escape. Ember surrenders to her pain and starts consuming harmful substances as a way out to her grief. One day, she wanders off to Trinity forest where she finds a fun crowd of people around her age and discovers that her pain is gone. However, the longer she stays, the more bizarre they seem... The story plot is very engaging. Ember Burning had a series of difficult subjects such as loss, rape, guilt, drug addiction and depression, and yet, they were written in such a way that the author didn't need to be very descriptive to make impact. But be warned, if you are triggered by these themes. I love the setting of this story. It was set in a small town close to the enigmatic Trinity forest. While listening to the story, I felt goosebumps just by imagining the place along with a combination of wonderment, magic and it was delightfully eerie. Ember had a medical condition called synesthesia that I think it was a fascinating topic on its own. I have heard about it, but it is until now that I looked it up that I know more about it. Whenever she hears music, she sees a combination of colors depending on the type of music. She calls it her "color crayon brain". I think it is a very interesting topic that I rarely get to read on books and I found it quite interesting.I really liked the characters in the story. At first, I must admit that I had some trouble understanding Ember and some other characters inside the book. However, as I kept listening to the audiobook, I began to realize why they acted that way. I specially liked Ember's grandma, even though she was a difficult person to live with, I think she was going through the same harsh sentiments as Ember, but didn't know how to deal with them. She was trying her best to take care of Ember, but clueless as to how.Also, I had a small problem with Jared (I believe it is spelled like this, but I'm not sure since I listened to the book). I felt like he showed little interest to Ember's well-being and that he left her to her own devices after the loss of their parents. He had to go to college, but I still believe that he shouldn't have left Ember alone. Final Verdict:Ember Burning is a great Paranormal YA book for me. It had so many interesting elements to the story and the ending left me wishing for the next book ASAP! I'll be honest and say that paranormal is something that I don't generally read, but I certainly enjoyed this book. To all Paranormal Witchcraft YA book lovers out there, this is for you!

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Ember Burning

Where does Ember Burning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ember Burning is a good audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tre was my favorite character. He has a great back story, and is well-written.

What does Moira Todd bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She sings, which gives a depth to the main character that wouldn't be there, otherwise.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I very much enjoyed the ending; it made a lot of sense to me, considering what Ember had been through.

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Enchanting paranormal tale

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

What an enchanting book that drew me in and kept me curious.

The story begins with a melancholy teenager, who we learn is depressed because she just lost both her parents in a car accident. Throughout the book, she blames herself for their death, but we still don't really know the exact circumstances. She just wants the pain to end and wants to disappear, and that we understand.

So she starts falling into dangerous behavior - drugs, hanging out with the bad boys, and continues to spiral into her depression. Until the one day, she decides to go camping in this forbidden forest. Where suddenly, the pain inside her goes away, and she finally feels light again.

Only to realize the forest is a vortex where some unknown sorcery keeps them there, suspended in time, while the world goes on spinning around them. Try to leave? Bad things happen to your family. Finally give in? Well, then you'll be reborn. But what does that even mean?

I loved the narration. Moira Todd has a lovely speaking and singing voice too, and I enjoyed that there were actual songs included in the audio. I thoroughly enjoyed her audio interpretation of this story and will be looking for other books she narrates.

The storytelling is lyrical and lovely and the effect this witchcraft has on our character is so well-described. I am enjoying Jennifer Alsever's writing and story weaving.

The story ends in a slightly open did it or did it not happen, which knowing the title of the second book gives us our answer. I can't wait to dive into it.

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Fantastic Read

Once I started listening, I was immediately captivated. Ember, a senior in high school, and the main character of the book, is 'beckoned' to go to Trinity Forest, after the death of her parents in a car accident. Once she is in the forest, she meets a group of folks who invite her into their home. This is her undoing, since too much time has lapse and she cannot leave unless she is "reborn" ....which will lead us up to book 2. Looking forward to the rest of this series!

Moira Todd, did an excellent job narrating and I could actually feel as if she was truly the character in the book, Ember. Great job!

I received this audiobook at no-cost from Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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A great beginning for a series!

Yey! Another interesting series, with love, mystery and all the other stuff that makes the difference between great books (because all books are great, mainly because they are books… good logic, right?) and amazing ones. “Ember Burning” is so much more than a story about some missing teenagers in a forest, as it covers loss and dealing with loss. Around this theme, Jennifer Alsever has developed an interesting plot and great characters.

Ember has to deal with losing her parents. Her pain is so great and it now prevents her from having a normal social life. She has lost that beautiful spark, she feels she has no one. Her solution: escape, hide, run. She finds ways to get away from that heaviness with drugs and when this has bad consequences, she does the next best thing: hide in Trinity Forest, a place from which people have the tendency of not coming back. Our character knows that. Ember has spent hours and hours studying the missing cases of lost teenagers, continuing her mother’s work. Her obsession brings her to the forest and the heaviness lifts, almost like magic. Strange things happen and she must figure them out, otherwise her loved ones will be in danger.

Although I liked the story a lot and I can’t wait to get into the next book, I decided to decrease 1 star of my rating. The mystery surrounding the forest is so heavy that sometimes confused me. Also, something happens between her and one of the guys who provided the “happy pills” and I would have wanted it to be treated with more seriousness.

The narration was good as well, even if at times it was a bit (but just a bit) difficult to differentiate between the girls. Moira Todd has such a gentle and sweet voice! And she sings incredibly!!!

All in all, “Trinity Forest” starts off very good! The ending leaves you wanting the next one right NOW, so that’s what I’m about to do 🙂 Happy reading/listening 🙂 Fell free to follow the blog tour, by checking the schedule below 🙂

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

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A deceptively calm beginning

Trigger warning: story contains some dark themes, including grief/loss of close family members and drug abuse.

YA paranormal is a genre I don’t have much experience with, because while I enjoy paranormal reads, YA has never been my jam—with a few exceptions, and “Ember Burning” is one! The characters were vivid, the pacing was spot-on, and Moira Todd really brought everything to life. It did take me awhile to get the feel for Ms. Alsever’s writing style, and the flow of the narrative was a little jarring at first with all the time-jumps, but the need to know WHAT THE HELL WAS HAPPENING kept me hooked.

I liked Ember, a lot, in spite of my usual struggle to tolerate teenaged female characters and their usually petty, hormone-driven, boy-centric drama. Don’t misunderstand: Ember did have plenty of drama, and it was pretty heavy stuff, but Ms. Alsever used a perfectly light hand in describing her depression, drug abuse, and loss that it didn’t bog down the story. And the darkness was nicely balanced by the poignant little glimpses into what Ember’s life used to be like, who she used to be and maybe could be again. Her ‘color crayon brain’ (synesthesia) was an interesting character trait and it made her even more unique. Yet despite that uniqueness, she was so relatable. Anyone who has ever lived/attended school in a small town (I did) or who struggled with loss and the way it changes the very basics of life will instantly connect with Ember. The supporting characters were also really well-written and if you can remember high school, you’ll instantly recognize the types.

So, where’s the paranormal stuff?

Oh, that starts when Ember decided to enter Trinity Forest. I spent my childhood in the mountains of Colorado and let me tell you, under the right circumstances, the woods can be eerie beyond belief. And that’s just a normal forest, without the kind of magic that permeated the Trinity Forest. At first, it might be easy to brush off the strangeness, like Ember tried to, but the deeper the story goes, the more not right things become. The creep-factor increases gradually, until it’s hard to remember how ‘normal’ the story’s beginning truly was. In this, Ms. Alsever’s writing was pure mastery.

Moira Todd did a great job narrating this story. Her voice had a pleasant, melodic quality that made you believe what you were hearing, and she distinguished each character without overdramatizing them. Oh, and hot damn, can the woman sing! That was probably my favorite part about her narration. The audio quality was clean and professional, with no distracting or off-putting background noises. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Todd’s interpretation of this story and will be looking for more of her work.

Bottom line: “Ember Burning” started out deceptively calm in the paranormal department, but don’t be fooled. I highly recommend both this audiobook and Moira Todd as a narrator!

**I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.**

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An intense YA Paranormal listen

Ember is completely lost after the tragic death of her beloved parents, then Ember is just lost! Will Ember face her painful truths straight on or will Trinity Forest become her forever? 

I don't often listen to books in the Young Adult Genre but I am a huge fan of the Paranormal genre so I figured that I would give this trilogy a go. Jennifer Alsever has made me so happy that I decided to step out of my comfort zone.

I am so glad that I chose to listen to Ember Burning and I cannot wait to dive into book 2. The writing is intense and engaging, the story has fantastic flow and makes you want to binge listen! This is such a well written and fantastically envisioned plot and I do think that it could be enjoyed by people that wouldn't usually go for a book in the Young Adult genre.

Moira Todd has done a wonderful job of narrating an emotional, challenging, tense story. Her characterisation is spot on, the voices suit the characters so well and really draw you in. Her vocal talents are such that you feel the tension, fear, emotion while she still maintains the recognisable voices for the stories characters. I cannot wait to start listening to Trinity Forest Book two- Oshun Rising. 

 I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of them.

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Do not lose sight of the forest for the trees

YA and Urban fantasy are my jam, so you should know this going into my review. That said, the cover tagline "Would you sacrifice your future to forget your past?", makes a big promise that it cant necessarily deliver in the first installment of the Trinity Forest series but I truly believe Jennifer Alsever has the ability to make it happen given more time (ie 2nd and 3rd books). I wrangle with world building in the most cleverly crafted stories many times and this series is no different. Ember Trouve begins as a mopey, angsty teen and her constant description of her synesthesia is simultaneously intriguing and distracting. The book's plot meanders a bit, not quite divining the forest from the trees and then, just as suddenly as the meadow delivers the cast of Trinity's characters, the plot tightens and the arc develops into something that is suspenseful and dramatic. The writing, however, is well done overall.

There are a host of themes in the book that can either attract or repel young audiences, from grief and depression to date rape and drug addiction. Certainly they are all handled with care and the story weaves around them without making anything an overarching theme (aside from the grief, as that is the critical motivation for Ember's actions and reactions most of the time both in and out of Trinity Forest). The secondary characters are quite interesting and as the sinister side of Trinity unfolds, the drama highlights the good and bad in everyone. Time takes on new meaning and the insane ramblings of her now gone mother may hold the key to her survival. How can you not get wrapped up in that? Despite it's slow start, Trinity Forest picked up speed and became an out of control freight train that I couldn't stay away from and definitely need the next installment to. For readers who enjoy action, mythology, like a little romance with their fight to survive, and fans of stories that keep you listening past your bedtime, Trinity Forest is right up your alley.

As for the audio narration, Moira Todd does an outstanding job narrating. I agree with the author when she says, "you are Ember". She manages a decent vocal range of character voices and sings beautifully which is fairly important since Ember is a musician/singer. I think the overall narration and the last 3rd of the storyline are my favorite parts.

I give Trinity Forrest four chocolate dipped strawberries and I'll be back for more adventures with installment #2, Oshun Rising!

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Paranormal for Young Adults

Ember is in the prime of life; she is young, smart, and talented, and she should be ready for graduation. But she is not. After their parents' death and the terrible secret she harbours related to this tragedy, Ember is not the same anymore. Without any motivations in life she drifts towards the Trinity Forest, a mysterious place where people disapears. Why is Ember so attracted to this place and will she ever come back from there?

I usually don't read paranormal but the blurb of this book called my attention and decided to go for it. I especially enjoyed the first part, where Ember deals with a problem with drugs, and how the Trinity Forest could be interpreted as a metaphor for being high and out of the world. The character is well developed, although not completely likable. It is easy to feel her pain in her new situation, but the guilt is more difficult to understand, since we do not learn about what exactly happened the day her parents die until the end. Somehow that was one of the reasons that kept me going, since this terrible secret is mentioned several times throughout the book but no clues are given to the reader.

From the very beginning it is clear that there is something wrong with the Trinity Forest and the people she meets there. The scenes have an oniric quality that is difficult to miss. Things don't make sense, and events appear blurry, like in a dream. Also, Ember's sinesthesia seems to work in a different way than ouside the Forest.

The end of the book focus more on the paranormal side of the story, which I am sure will be enjoyed by fans of paranormal, but was not my cup of tea. There is also romance, the kind you find in YA books, so I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone into Paranormal and Young Adult. For those not into these two topics it may still work, since the chracter evolution and the experinces lived by Ember are interesting enough.

Mora Todd's narration was really good. It was possible to identify all the characters by their voices and styles, and her interpretation of Ember was top notch.

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

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I did not see any of that coming...

I have to be honest, when the early chapters of this book started, I was not sure I would like it at all. This girl is struggling with life, she’s depressed, abusing substances, and not sure how to live the life she has in front of her. She ends up deep in the forest, and missing for weeks. Then things took a sharp turn, and I really enjoyed where it went from there. Trinity Forest is such a mystery and it’s all linked back to her Mom, and other stories of missing kids, and she’s on a journey to find out exactly what happened to them…

This book too MANY turns that I didn’t see coming at all! This story was unexpectedly strange and I really enjoyed every second of it! It went in a direction that took my completely by surprise. I thought at the start that this book was going to be one of those Young Adult books that just didn’t have much depth, the girl would fall way to quick with a guy or run away to a place just to escape her crappy deal at life without reason… Believe me, there are reasons far beyond Ember’s control; and none of this book makes sense until the end! Just keep reading, trust me! Also, this one ends in a cliffhanger… so be prepared!

I am not sure the age of the narrator just yet, but she is perfect for this book. She sounds young, she’s got the emotion and the teenage personality needed this this part. She does a very good job of bringing Ember to life. Her voice is a mash up of Anna Kendrick and Felicia Day - some parts are pretty dry, but that is also Ember’s personality coming through. I loved the part early on in the book when a song is to be sung, and the narrator did a fabulous job performing that. It gave some depth to a scene that was emotional and could of fallen completely flat. It actually happens more than once and that I think is my most favorite part of this audio book!