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Ember Burning

Trinity Forest, Book 1
Narrated by: Moira Todd
Series: Trinity Forest, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (26 ratings)

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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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Ember Burning

Having finished the first book of the trilogy, I'm eagerly awaiting some answers to my questions in mind. It is extremely creative and has unique characters and settings, this is will spark your imagination and keep you wondering.

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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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  • Kim
  • Texas
  • 12-26-17

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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Intense, raw, dark, tragic

Absolutely intense, raw, dark journey to find oneself after a tragic loss that takes away your desire to move forward with life. For many a young person, their parents are everything to them. For those that can't cope or deal with their sudden lose, they to become lost. Left adrift in a world that is familiar but not. What would you be willing to do to numb the pain, sorrow, and reboot your life to something of what you once remembered. But once you realize what you are feeling will not fix anything. What would you do to wake up and accept that what has been done is done and accepting and moving on will be the best thing for you?

Ember Burning was the story of Ember and her senior year that was not what it was suppose to be. The loss of her parent. The loss of her innocence to life pain and sorrow. The reality around her became so much more than she was willing to face everyday. She finds herself lost to the pain, the loss, the escape from what was real. The found the wrong things the help her see the truth of it all. Escaping in to a world that felt too good until it wasn't. There are lies, pain, sorrow, realization, acceptance, understanding. The tale is dark, intense, and eye-opening. Ember must learn quick to escape what she had found herself in.

Jennifer Alsever served up a new and different take on young people morning the loss of those they love. What happens when they find it too difficult to get past the fog in their brains, hearts, and soul? What happens when they numb themselves to other things that don't want to let you go when you find a little clarity? I am most certainly waiting to jump right in to the next book of this strong series. There's always something more.

Narration was on point. You got the intensity of the emotional turmoil that our main character was going through. You get a range of voices to circumference the cast of characters. Through it all you are not left wanting to know who said what, how was one feeling, what should be the feel of any one scene. Todd sealed the deal and delivered an intense performance.

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A must read

Jennifer Alsever blew me away with this story. I am not a huge fan of YA/NA books, but after this one I may be changing my mind. I honestly stayed up till 2:30 AM to finish this story. For almost 9 hours I listened to this book straight except while eating dinner and taking a shower. It was that good. This is the 1st book in the Trinity Forest series, and it is a fantastic start to a series. I also have the 2nd book Oshun Rising which I have already started listening to and so far it is just as good as the this one, but that is a review for another post. Language is at a bare minimum and there is no blatant sex. There is a couple sparse references to a date rape, but it is a quick reference with minimal details.

Moira Todd narrates this book and does a fantastic job. She also sings in the book. Moira has so much emotion you can actually feel the story and picture the details people, places, and things of the story.

Ember has lost everything in her short life. Both of her parents were killed in a car accident, and the guilt is eating Ember alive. She was in the car as well and arguing with her mother who was driving, so she feels as that their death is her fault. Ember's brother has left her to go off to college, and the grandmother she is living with makes her feel invisible. Ember is a senior in high school and has no life plans after graduation. And Ember has gotten on drugs as well. Her one hobby is collecting pictures of missing people and putting them in a notebook.

Trinity Forest is a large wooded area near her home. The place is shrouded in mystery and legend. Everyone steers clear of the area. Ember wanting to get away heads to the forest. While there she meets a strange lady and has a strange conversation before heading deeper into the woods. There she meets a group of teens and has the time of her life. The next morning she leaves to go home. When she gets to school that morning she finds out everyone has been actually looking for her for 4 weeks.

Lost and confused she meets up with her drug buddies and ends up overdosing. After leaving the hospital her Grand Mother informs her she will be going into rehab. Ember decides to go back to the fun times in Trinity Forest hoping to find the group of teens again so she can feel alive again. She does find them but there is something strange about the place that she did not realize on her last visit. When she finds out she can never leave the Forest she fights to find a way home.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Mystery and Magic

Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever was definitely a unique book. The story of being stuck in a house in the forest that makes you feel good brings an eerie aspect. I honestly felt like it had hints of Hansel and Gretel. I do not know if this was done on purpose but there were definitely aspects of this story that I could relate to the old folk tale. I really enjoyed the way each character was “trapped” in the forest but it made them feel good at the same time. Ember investigating what was really going on kept you in suspense. I thought the idea was truly original and definitely held my interest. The more you learned, the more you wanted Ember to find her way out.

My biggest issue with this book was the characters. Well, more so Ember. I had a hard time relating to her when she was not inside of Trinity Forest. While it was necessary for her to fall apart and give up, I had a hard time with that part of the book. I know, I am probably not being sensitive enough because the situation was a horrible one. I found Ember to be whiny and self involved. I liked her so much better when she was in Trinity Forest and she was fully aware of her surroundings. I could definitely see the reasoning behind the drastic changes in Embers personality and why Trinity Forest would be so intriguing to her. Once you learn the backgrounds of the other characters, they were easier to relate to as well. While I did enjoy the story, I felt like the beginning was a little too slow and I would have enjoyed the characters more if there was less time spent outside of the forest.

Final Thoughts
Overall, Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever was a unique and enjoyable read. I really enjoyed the suspensefulness and the development of the story. The twist and turns I did not see coming were truly surprising. Once I was able to get into the characters the story took a life of its own. I recommend this book to anyone who loves mysteries and magic!

Audio Review
Moira Todd nails this audio. I was blown away with the soothing voice she provided for Ember and all other characters. She inflected her voice so well with each scene that needed. I think my favorite part of the audio was her singing. Moira is truly talented and I am so glad I did this on audio to experience her songs.

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  • bluepits73
  • @AudiobookObsession Houston, TX
  • 01-05-19

Great Start to this Series!

The author does a really good job developing the characters and giving each one their own backstory. It was an intriguing listen to say the least, it had a lot of unique ideas like the forest vortex that kept me interested throughout. There are a lot of deeper messages woven throughout this fascinating listen. Overall, I think this was a great start to this young adult trilogy, but it does leave you wondering where the author will take it next.

The narration was simply perfect for this book. Her voice captured Embur's age perfectly and the lyrical nature of her as a character. Great performance!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.

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a story of love, loss, deception, and survival.

This was an amazing story of a girl who lost her parents, and took the blame on herself. A girl who broke under tge pressure and looked for an escape. An escape that wasnt what it seemed... A fantastic book! I enjoyed every second of it! Between tge masterful writing of Jennifer Alsever and the narration by Moira Todd this book was an escape in itself! I would definately recommend it!

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A brilliant YA

When the paranormal twist is introduced near the beginning of the novel, my jaw dropped and I became hooked. Information in this book is delivered at the perfect place throughout, and the descriptions are always beautifully vivid. I'm not a fan of YA novels, but this one really sticks with me. The concept really gets the mind going and the intricate infrastructure is meticulously built. This story is more than just great entertainment value, as it holds deep meaning toward the reflection of the human condition. The narrator also did a phenomenal job, and she is one of the best I have ever heard.

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  • karina Larson
  • 01-15-19

good.

I couldn't figure out where it was going. it took a very strange turn. but I loved it. the writing was good. the narration was great. I would recommend it.