Ember of Night by Molly E. Lee
I am a weed.
Unloved by my abusive, alcoholic dad. Unwanted by my classmates. Unnoticed by everyone else.
But I’d suffer anything to give my kid sister a better life—the minute I turn eighteen, I’m getting us the hell out of here. And some hot stranger telling me I am the key to stopping a war between Heaven and Hell isn’t going to change that.
Let the world crumble and burn, for all I care.
Draven is relentless, though. And very much a liar. Every time his sexy lips are moving, I can see it—in the dip of his head, the grit of his jaw—even if my heart begs me to ignore the signs.
So what does he want?
I need to figure it out fast, because now everyone is gunning for me. And damn if I don’t want to show them what happens when you let weeds thrive in the cracks of the pavement…
We can grow powerful enough to shatter the whole foundation.
I really enjoyed this book and want more now. Waiting for sequels can really suck.
Harley had a tough life. She lived with her abusive father and her half sister, Ray. Ray was everything to Harley and she would do anything to keep her safe. Harley got a job at a deli owned by a man named Nathan. Over the years, Nathan grew to love both Harley and Ray. He watched Ray whenever he could. Harley was going to be turning eighteen. She was determined to get an apartment and get Ray away from their father. Harley’s best friend, Kai, took her to a concert at Bottom Lounge (my favorite place for concerts in Chicago) as an early birthday gift. It’s at Bottom Lounge where she meets Draven. There is an instant connection, but Harley assumes she’ll never see him again. But Draven showed up as the new guy at work. He and Harley argue a lot and she loves it. But Draven pushes her away for her own safety.
When Harley starts to find out what she is, things start going really bad. There are creatures after her, things she never knew existed. She has a power inside her, but she feels weak. But Ray is the most important thing to her and she will do whatever it takes to keep the world safe for Ray.
There is a lot of sexual tension with Harley and Draven. Definitely not a great couple, but I still found myself liking them. I do wish Harley would have thought about him a bit less when fighting to stay alive. I liked the pacing and the twists at the end.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to Entangled Teen for my review copy and box.
The author has a note for warnings at the beginning of the book. I definitely suggest reading them. This is a mature book and it’s hard to read at times. There is a lot of physical and emotional abuse. There’s blood, fire, talk of sacrifice/suicide, and some sexual content.
Have you read this book yet? Is it on your TBR?