A Scorching Page-Turner: A Review of “City in Embers” by Stacey Marie Brown

Posted: February 9, 2015 in Book Review

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Goodreads.com Description:

Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.

But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.

When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.”

My Thoughts:

Loved this book!

First off, if you haven’t read the Darkness series, you might want to give it a read. City in Embers loosely ties with the events in Brown’s first series–the electrical storm caused by Ember and the rumor of fae power transfer mentioned by the Seelie Queen. Reading Darkness will give you a foundation, but, it isn’t required to read those books. City in Embers does an excellent job on its own.

Brown created another strong, confident female protagonist in Zoey Daniels. You can’t help but like her. She’s had a tough life but will stand up and fight for what she believes in. And, Ryker, a burly fae, is her strong counterpart. Their storyline was well-developed. By the end of the book, you want to read more about them and their odd relationship.

Once again, Brown works her magic with descriptions. The devastation after the ES was so visual. I had no problem picturing the characters in this book.

City in Embers continues giving readers a background in Irish folklore. The stone mentioned in the book is legendary. It is obvious Brown does considerable research when crafting her stories.

The only thing I disliked about the book? I finished it in two days! It is a page turner that delivers a serious cliffhanger. I hope Book Two is on its way to the publisher!

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