DNF Book Review – The Lantern’s Ember

Posted December 31, 2018 by Kathy in Book Review, Did Not Finish / 2 Comments

DNF Book Review – The Lantern’s EmberThe Lantern's Ember by Colleen Houck
Published by Delacorte Press on September 11, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 416
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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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.

The story

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.

The characters

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.

About Colleen Houck

New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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2 responses to “DNF Book Review – The Lantern’s Ember

    • Kathy

      I really try to read 50% of a book before giving up, but I couldn’t get into this one. Thanks Melanie and Happy New Year!