Published by Delacorte Press on September 11, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
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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.
I stopped reading at 30% of the book. Normally I try to read more before I decide to give up, but I lost all interest in this book. I was so looking forward to Lantern’s Ember but this book wasn’t meant for me.
Lantern’s Ember is a quirky story that reminded me of Disney’s Halloween Town. Jack is a lantern, sworn to protect the entrance to Otherworld. He perches on his bridge with a jack-o-lantern (that carries his soul) and scares off humans and paranormals from crossing into each other’s world. The premise and blurb sounded interesting, but I was bored with the story. This book is categorized as Young Adult but it felt more middle-grade. This isn’t a problem for me (I enjoy reading MG) but the characters were teenagers so the elements of the story didn’t connect with me and feel appropriate for a YA.
I didn’t care for any of the characters, which I was very disappointed in. I loved Colleen Houck’s Tiger Curse series but with Lantern’s Ember I couldn’t find any qualities to connect to. Ember was frustrating. Despite the warnings from Jack she continued her adventure to the Otherworld. There were so many signs that the Otherworld was not safe for witches, yet she ignored them. Jack was ok but felt one-dimensional.
I received an advanced copy from the publisher for an honest review. I am open to reading the final edition, maybe I’ll enjoy an edited copy. Since I loved the Tiger Curse series I’m not ready yet to give up on this author.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2018 New Release Challenge