Monday, April 29, 2013

Eyes of Ember Blog Tour: Review + $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Eyes of Ember blog tour! I have a review of this brilliant book coming up, as well as a giveaway for a $50 gift card. But, first, allow me to introduce the book:

Eyes of Ember (Imdalind #2)
Joclyn is in hiding, hunted by the man she still desperately loves. 


Ryland is gone, his mind erased, no memory of Joclyn remains. But, Joclyn’s heart desperately begs her to hold out hope. While, in reality the black eyed monster that possesses him, attempts to kill her over and over.

If it wasn’t for Ilyan, Joclyn would be dead by now.

Ilyan. The man who once stalked her, is now Joclyn’s protector, the only thing she has left. He protects Joclyn from the men who seek to end her life, and while she is haunted by dreams where Ryland begs her to break the bond between them.

Ilyan is there. Always there.

Ilyan trains and prepares her, teaching her everything she needs to know in the hope that one day she can avenge Ryland, if not protect herself from him.

And then there is her father.

The man who has never been there, is suddenly responsible for everything. And who he is has made Joclyn into something she never wanted to be.

The Silnį»³.

My Rating: 5/5

So amazing! I loved Eyes of Ember so much! Brilliant, just brilliant.

After the epic ending in Kiss of Fire, I was expecting a lot from this book. And it met every one of my expectations. It was so good, I can't even put it into words.

Joclyn does not have an easy time in this book. She is plagued by nightmares, heartbroken over the utter destruction of the man she loved,  and facing danger at every turn. But, she handles it all with such strength. In this book, she learns how to use her power to fight and defend herself and discovers the true extent of her powers. Despite her world being torn apart by Edmund LaRue, she was not going to go down without one hell of a fight. If she was a good heroine in book 1, she was a total beast in book 2.

Ilyan...
It was obvious in the blurb that he was going to become a love interest in this book. I was worried that I would end up not liking him because of that. But, it took all of two pages for me to absolutely fall for him. He was so sweet. He was determined to protect Joclyn no matter what and he did whatever he needed to do to take care of her. Even nurse her broken heart while he was falling for her. He was so amazing. And, when we find out why he is so intent on protect Joclyn, it made me adore him even more. My heart ached for him as he watched the woman he loved pine for another man-who happened to be his own brother. To say I adored him would be an understatement. He was just amazing.

Like in book 1, the romance in this book isn't always outwardly expressed by the character, who have a lot more on their plate to focus on. But, the undercurrent is always there. While Joclyn hopes in vain for Ryland, her relationship with Ilyan develops. It was done realistically. And it was so sweet. After this book, I hope that my couple gets to have their happy ending.

Ryland plays a very different role in this book. Joclyn wants to believe that her Ryland is still there, but he's been utterly destroyed. And what little is left of him in his memories is being manipulated by Edmund to turn against Joclyn. Despite how many bad things he did, I couldn't hate him for it because I felt so bad for who he used to be. He isn't really Ryland anymore, just a tool that his father uses to hurt Joclyn. I hope that he gets to have peace in some way.

The plot of this book was spread over months of time. Most of which was Joclyn in hiding or trying  But, it never went slow. There were always thrills as Joclyn battled her enemies, either in real life or in her head. The revelations in this book were jaw dropping. So many secrets were revealed that it took me a while to wrap my head around it all. And that ending was even more epic than the ending of book 1. Talk about game changer. The ending completely upended everything. I'm so anxious to find out what happens next. Fingers crossed that these poor characters get to have a happy ending.

Eyes of Ember was so amazing! I can't even put into words how amazing. If you liked Kiss of Fire, you will adore Eyes of Ember. And if you haven't read the series at all, you so have to read it. It's just brilliant.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author:
Rebecca L. Ethington
Rebecca Ethington has been telling stories since she was small. First, with writing crude scripts, and then in stage with years of theatrical performances. The Imdalind Series is her first stint into the world of literary writing. Rebecca is a mother to two, and wife to her best friend of 14 years. She was born and raised in the mountains of Salt Lake City, and hasn’t found the desire to leave yet. Her days are spent writing, running, and enjoying life with her amazing family.

7 comments:

  1. Cristina RiqeulmeApril 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM

    Love the cover, can't wait to read it!!! thanks for the giveaway!!!

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  2. Cristina RiquelmeApril 29, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    Love the cover, can´t wait to read it!! thank for the giveaway!!!

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  3. What an interesting book! Lovely cover. Great interview. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  4. I love the cover, and the book is amazing. :)

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  5. I finally started Kiss of Fire, and I can't put it down, so I am excited to read Eyes of Ember, also.

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  6. I'm glad you liked Kiss of Fire! Eyes of Ember was just as good :)

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  7. I love the cover, too. And the book definitely is amazing :)

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