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September Reads 2018

This month I’m going to be working on the sequel to my upcoming book, Clouded by Envy. But I’m going to try to read at least one book a week. These are the four I have. An ARC of The Antidote that I will buddy read with Melany. I’m also super excited to read the ARC of The Darkest Star!


September Releases



What are you reading this month?

Review: The Lantern’s Ember

Title: The Lantern’s Ember

Author: Colleen Houck

Date of Publication: September 11th, 2018


Goodreads Summary:

Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme.

Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.

Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.


My Review:

I haven’t read any of Colleen’s books before so this is my first by the author. The book had a very cool concept, but I was left feeling confused and, sadly, a bit bored.


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Can I just say I love the cover! Skulls are just awesome in general, but anyway, I liked the different POV’s. But some vampire dude got thrown in early on and was with Ember for a big chunk of the book before she reunites with Jack. I felt like it would have been better if it had been Ember and Jack doing the majority of the traveling together in the beginning.

Next, I was weirded out because this Jack guy, who is I guess super old, had been watching Ember since she was small so that’s kind of strange… However, the writing was awesome and the story had an alluring atmosphere but I suppose I wanted more from the characters? I’m not even quite sure myself! I do think this could be a cool Tim Burtonish film, though.


How does this book sound to you?