Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever (Trinity Forest, #1)

Ember Burning: Trinity Forest Book 1
by Jennifer Alsever

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Series: Trinity Forest - Book 1
Publisher: Sawatch Publishing (May 5, 2017)
Publication Date: May 5, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy - Dark
Print Length: 322 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Senior year was supposed to be great—that’s what Ember’s friend Maddie promised at the beginning of the year. Instead, Ember TrouvĂ© spends the year drifting in and out of life like a ghost, haunted by her parents’ recent, tragic death.

At home, she pores over her secret obsession: pictures of missing kids— from newspaper articles, from grocery store flyers— that she’s glued inside a spiral notebook. Like her, the people are lost. Like her, she discovers, they had been looking for a way to numb their pain when they disappeared.

When Ember finds herself in Trinity Forest one day, a place locals stay away from at all costs, she befriends a group of teenagers who are out camping. Hanging out with them in the forest tainted with urban legends of witchcraft and strange disappearances, she has more fun than she can remember having. But something isn’t right.

The candy-covered wickedness she finds in Trinity proves to be a great escape, until she discovers she can never go home. Will Ember confront the truth behind her parents’ death, or stay blissfully numb and lose herself to the forest forever?

 Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever (Trinity Forest, #1)

Ember Burning: Trinity Forest Book 1It was supposed to be the greatest year of her life, Senior Year, the supposed end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood, a chance to be a little crazy and free before the real world came calling. For Ember, this year would be anything but fun, it became her year of escape from the reality of the shards of the world she once took for granted. Her parents were killed in a horrendous crash and now she is haunted by the event, the people she never truly appreciated and feelings of guilt. Ember’s world became one of dark shadows, drugs, alcohol and a recklessness that took away her innocence.

Ember escaped into the Trinity Forest, where things aren’t what they seem and people are not who they claim to be, no matter how they act or how they treat you, but for her was a place of acceptance, until she knew it was time to go home and she couldn’t.

EMBER BURNING by Jennifer Alsever is a dark and raw tale of the burden of guilt, of running away from reality, much like the tale of Peter Pan. Unlike fantasy, reality has a way of catching up and one must either stand strong or hide behind a veil of lies, escape mechanisms. This is the story of Ember’s escape, Ember’s new reality and Ember’s memories finally colliding. It is a story of choices and Ember has choices to make.

Gripping, dark, intense and often painful, we witness a young woman run from herself, her life and her mistakes into a jungle of twisted emotions. Jennifer Alsever has done a remarkable job of guiding readers through the dark, through the Trinity Forest, yet not without scratches and bruises. She then leaves us on the edge between two realities and the choices that must be made.

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