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Publisher's Summary

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
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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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Good book with a good narrator!

It’s a good book for sure has a very interesting story that’s not my typical read but I definitely enjoyed it! Definitely worth the time and a credit starting book 2 ASAP!

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Very interesting concept

Really enjoyed this book.
Parts of it hurt my heart. I hated some of the things that happened to Ember and yet they are entirely realistic and all too common IRL.
The story is very interesting and kept me enthralled the entire time.
The plot is different and unlike other books I've read/listened to.
I kept trying to guess what's happening next and I couldn't, which very rarely happens.
I can usually see the twists way ahead of the plot.
Great narrator too. I started book 2 as soon as I finished this one.

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The book didn't really thrill me...

Well... I gotta say that the book didn't really thrill me. Ember (a girl I could've otherwise liked), whined all throughout the first half of the book, blaming herself for her parents accident and subsequent deaths. I have higher expectations for the protagonists in the books I read. I can accept some imperfections, inner conflicts, etc, but this was just too much!
I was also aware by reading a few of the other reviews that there were some scenes that contained abuse, and Ember simply goes back for more, demonstrating either an amazingly weak will, or gross stupidity, or both... neither of which made any sense to me. Ember may have been a whiny-ass, but this seemed out of character to me!
By ending up in Trinity Forest, a place that she had been warned off from, Ember kinda jumped from the frying pan (her life and the bad choices she made) into the fire.  At this point however, the story actually got better. Now, Ember actually has a goal, a need to get the hell away from this place, making the last half a pretty decent story... but, because things don't turn out  well, the ending was a kinda' bummer...
So, a disappointing first half, a brief glimmering of hope in the second half, and then a bummer ending. I can't quite bring myself to endorse this book, but I do like the narration!

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Such a great story!

I received this audio book for free in exchange for my honest review. This extremely well written story has a unique premise and is punctuated by fantastic narration. I immediately started the next book after finishing this one.

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Captivating!!!

I am writing this review at almost 4am because I just could not stop listening. The story itself is fantastic, the charaters are perfectly imperfect. I love how the author isn't afraid to show you the rough and unbeautiful side of her charaters yet at the same time she shows there more pleasant sides. I feel like with most books lately you get one or the other and in this book she gives you both sides which is refreshing as most people have both sides. I find Trinty Forest to be captivating and I love how somethings are super easy to figure out but still can't see quite how the whole pictures going to come together, like little teasers throughout the book. This story just lures you in and you dont want to stop listening. I will say if you plan to listen to this story with your older child or are getting this for your older kid, listen to it yourself once first or just be prepared as it touches on some tougher subjects like substance abuse and rape. (I personally think it's handled well, not real graphic, and not glorrified) I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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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.