This version the book is an extended new adult edition of the YA release Ember, but I found the new parts clumsy and ultimately unnecessary. Which is not to say that I think I would have enjoyed the original YA version much better – this book has a premise that has been executed better elsewhere.
Ember can see your death just by touching you. So she doesn’t have many friends and has a hard time going out in public. Parties, in particular, are hard for her, and forget about a boyfriend! The she meets Asher, and lo-and-behold, she can’t see his death. She begins to crave the silence as their encounters become increasingly bizarre, full of heat filled eye contact and orgasm-inducing touches to shoulder, stomach and thighs.
The characterisation is hum-drum at best, I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, and they all behaved irrationally and unpredictably. I think I could have really liked Ember’s brother, but unfortunately he was kept in the background of the story and only pulled out when the author needed to prove that Ember is a family oriented person despite her horrific home life.
The plot-line feels very formulaic, and I can’t really say I was surprised at any time. Nor was I particularly excited or thrilled. Extending the novel to include a bloody bar fight didn’t increase my enjoyment at all, but left me highly sceptical of that situation ever developing naturally in the real world. I felt similarly about the added sexual content in the novel.
There’s an exasperating love triangle that really didn’t turn out to be a love triangle (which I guess is a point for the book), some paranormal blah-blah about angels, a very four-base oriented physical aspect that made me gag in its ridiculousness (smexy times right after a bar fight, next to the back entrance of the bar? Seriously??), and no characters I can claim to like.
If you like your stories with love triangles featuring sexy boys and heroines with dark, difficult lives peppered with angel feathers, this book might be for you. If you’re interested in this concept of a girl who can see death omens by touch, I strongly recommend Chuck Wendig’s adult series about Miriam Black, starting with Blackbirds, which tackles this premise with a lot more finesse.