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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blog Tour (Review/Giveaway): EMBERS (The Wings of War #1) by Karen Ann Hopkins (YA)

Embers Book Tour

The Wings of War #1
by Karen Ann Hopkins
Release date: October 21st, 2014
Published by: Self-published 
Genre: Young Adult Supernatural
Format: Hardcover, eBook
Format read: eARC/eBook


There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evils rises. 

Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. 

While Ember learns about her heritage, and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war, one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. 

When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.

Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.



Finally, a supernatural story to immerse myself into and thoroughly enjoy! Karen Ann Hopkins has come up with some very unique characters - angels and demons, like no other!

I couldn't help but find a few Twilight similarities, with the exception that Ember is already a supernatural, and that there is definitely no love-triangle in this story; the insta-love and precautions to it are there, the setting and the 'evil-doers' are all quite relatable. However, the main plot to the story is different, unique and very interesting... 

After the tragic loss of her parents, Ember is sent to go stay with her "Aunt" Ila on a somewhat remote mountain in Tennessee. Having no choice but to go, Ember quickly realizes that this is exactly where she needs to be right now. Ila has answers that have been plaguing Ember for months now. And as she learns about her true nature and all of the overwhelming information that goes along with it, Ember never falters and continues to learn and strive.
Ember is a Watcher.
A Watcher is a descendent of angels. Each Watcher has their own kind of elemental power; sometimes being able to control more than one element. And even without any knowledge or proper training, Ember is a very, very strong Watcher. She must reign in her power or risk being consumed by it. And of course, through it all, she must also continue to integrate with the local humans and must forgo home-school and start public school as soon as possible.
And this is where she meets Ivan... a Growler.
Which then leads her to meet, Sawyer... a Demon.

Out of curiosity for one another, this trio quickly become friends. And soon find out that the end of the world is almost here and that they are all about to enter a war... Good vs. Evil. And know one knows where their loyalties will lie.

The author really impressed me with all of the details, small and large! Every single mention of any sort of being, setting, behavior, etc. is important. The world-building and character growth is compelling, unique and mesmerizing. Do not dismiss anything, or you may miss something important. The Watchers history, is so intriguing. The pacing of the story is crucial, the book starts slow and steady - there is a lot of information to take in. And as we learn and grow right along with our main characters, the story starts to pick up and move along at a good page-turning pace. What I really enjoyed the most is that what you see is never all that you are going to get. There are so many grey-areas within each character, you're always left in suspense as to what they may or may not do.

EMBERS sets us up for what is going to be a captivating and thrilling series. There are so many different ways that the story can go. I am really, really looking forward to watching Ember grow and move on with her story.

*I received an eARC from the publisher for this tour and an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

One winner will receive a $100 gift card, 
another will receive a signed Temptation Series book set, including Temptation, Belonging & Forever
and ten lucky winners will receive an eCopy of EMBERS!

Please enter via the Rafflecopter form. 
Giveaway is open internationally for the gift card and eCopies and US/Canada for the book set!

(*Bumbles and Fairy-Tales will not be held responsible for any lost, damaged, unclaimed, etc. prizes.)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Karen Ann Hopkins

A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.




  1. this looks and sounds fantastic!!! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  2. That is a beautiful cover.. that alone makes me want to read this! Thanks for sharing, I can't wait to read this :)

  3. It sounds really awesome, and the cover is so beautiful, it caught my eye immediately :)

  4. First of all, that cover, wow! Breathtaking! Yay for no love triangles, lol. They don't bother me a ton, but it is nice when you can read a novel without one. I love the name Ember - this sounds like a series I'll really love reading. Glad you loved it! :)

  5. I agree that the cover caught my eye immediately, but I really love stories involving angels and demons. I definitely can't pass this one up!

  6. I like the cover book, and supranatural was my favorite read.


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