Saturday, July 25, 2015

Review: Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur

Publication Date: 7/7/2015
Series: Souls of Fire #2
Rating: 4 Stars


Official Blurb:

Keri Arthur, New York Times bestselling author of Fireborn, presents the thrilling new Souls of Fire Novel featuring Emberly Pearson, a phoenix that can transform into a human—and is haunted by the ability to foresee death....

Crimson Death, the plague like virus spawned from a failed government experiment to isolate the enzymes that make vampires immortal, continues to spread. Emberly and her partner, Jackson Miller, are desperately seeking the stolen research for a cure before the virus becomes a pandemic.

But their mission is jeopardized by another threat uncovered in Emberly’s prophetic dreams. A creature of ash and shadow has been unleashed on a murdering spree. Now Emberly must summon all her gifts and investigative knowledge to put an end to this entity’s brutal rampage—even if it means placing herself in harm’s way....

Wicked Embers starts off close to the end of book #1. Emberly, Rory and Jackson find themselves thrust into the heat of the action.  Her life as a phoenix and as a PI are about to collide head on as her prophetic dreams focus on a creature she has never seen before. She has to stop it before it’s devilishly intentions reach the boiling point. But, that’s just the tip of the iceberg with Wicked Embers.   Jackson and Em’s case to find the missing research documents from Book #1 continues.  Their case not only affects their lives, but Sam and Rory’s as well. Just when you think you’ve decidedly hate Sam, the man begins to melt the ice around your heart.  Just when things couldn’t get any worse… lol they do.

I plowed through Wicked Embers very quickly. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect after reading Arthur’s knack for writing a different take on the paranormal shines in this book. I love the fact that Emberly is a phoenix. She’s a great mix of badass and loving soul.  She has plenty of man interest to keep the story interesting. The intertwining of their relationships keep the reader interested and intrigued just enough that you’ll never get a solidified feeling as to who she will ultimately end up with as the story progresses. I know that many reviewers have commented that Em is just a reincarnation of Riley and Risa, but I have to say, I don’t see that at all. Sure, the need for sex and non-monogamy is there, but even in the end, Riley and Risa settled into a monogamous relationship. These are supernatural creatures that are driven by their needs and desires.  Characters can be horny too, right? I think it’s unfair to assume that these are same characters with different powers just because these badass women have a high sex drive.  Honestly, that train of thought didn’t even cross my mind until I started writing this review.  Sure, there might be similarities, but not enough that would drive me away from this book or series. Arthur has locked in the bestseller and fan favorite status the fabulous series with this book.  I can only predict that the series will continue to burn beautifully.

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