{Book Review | Giveaway} Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins

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{Book Review | Giveaway} Embers by Karen Ann HopkinsEmbers by Karen Ann Hopkins
(Website, Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads)Series: The Wings of War #1
Published by Karen Ann Hopkins on October 21, 2014
Genres: paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 357
Format: eARC
Amazon five-stars
There are descendants of angels walking among us. Ember is one of them. And she may be the only hope mankind has as the rapture approaches and evils rises.

Embers is an epic paranormal adventure about a seventeen year old girl who discovers that she's immune to fire and any other injury when she’s in a horrific car crash that kills her parents. Following a violent episode with her aunt's boyfriend, Ember flees Ohio to live with an old relative in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Ember's exuberance at escaping a bad home life soon turns to trepidation when she finds out that she's a Watcher, a descendant of angels. While Ember learns about her heritage, and the powers that go along with it, she strikes up friendships with two teenagers who live in a frightening walled compound in the forest. Inexplicitly drawn to one of the young men in particular, an impossible romance develops. But it is cut short when Ember discovers that her new friends are fighting on the opposite side of a war, one that’s been raging between two factions of Watchers for thousands of years. When the compound’s inhabitants threaten the townspeople, Ember takes action, sealing her fate in the ancient battle of good versus evil, and the grayness in between. Ember is up to the challenge, until she realizes that she isn’t only fighting for the lives of the locals and the souls of her new friends. She also might be one of the few champions who will make a stand for all of mankind as the rapture approaches and the end of days begin.

Embers is a dark and gritty YA novel that’s the first book in the series, The Wings of War.

Ember. She is not just an ordinary girl. She is neither plain, nor simple in any kind way. She has a uniqueness that goes beyond the average human understanding. Her name is very fitting of who she is. She is a Watcher. Watching and waiting until the time comes in the world where she will have to take action against evil. Where she will have to be their hero, in an effort to save what she has always known as her home, her world.

I have read everything that Karen Ann Hopkins has pubished. For the most part when authors find something really good, they stick with theme and continue to make it better and better by adding more storylines. Introducing new characters etc. However, this author is crossing into another territory that I originally wondered about. I fell in love with the Temptation Series, YA Amish Fiction. Then Lamb to the Slaughter, Adult Mystery. Now, we are treated with Embers: The Wings of War, which is mature YA and Paranormal, sprinkled with a love interest. Her approach to this new focus was outstanding. She included elements that were familiar to her, and in the end had a wonderful story to tell through her writing.

The novel begins in a way that I was truly not expecting. I’m reading, making connections, as I read, and out of no where events pick up very quickly and you never stop until the last page. Ms. Hopkins does a wonderful job of carefully selecting wording that truly describes her characters and the setting. The storyline is carefully crafted and blended together to form a story that is engaging and eventful. I have a few questions that I can’t wait to ask Karen Ann in our next interview. But I’ll wait for Embers to come out, so you can get your copy and join in the discussion.

Embers is the other side of the story. The untold story of who is out there in the world. Who is watching. Who is waiting, to make their move.



Karen Ann Hopkins


A native of New York State, Karen Ann Hopkins now lives with her family on a farm in northern Kentucky, where her neighbors in all directions are members of a strict Amish community. Her unique perspective became the inspiration for the story of star-crossed lovers Rose and Noah in her Temptation Series. When she’s not homeschooling her kids, giving riding lessons or tending to a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats, she is dreaming up her next romantic novel.




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About Karen Ann Hopkins

Karen Ann Hopkins resides in northern Kentucky with her family on a farm that boasts a menagerie of horses, goats, peacocks, chickens, ducks, rabbits, dogs and cats. Karen’s main job is home schooling the kids, but she finds time to give riding lessons, coach a youth equestrian drill team, and of course, write. She was inspired to create her first book, Temptation, by the Amish community she lived in. The experiential knowledge she gained through her interactions with her neighbors drove her to create the story of the star-crossed lovers, Rose and Noah.
Karen grew up about a mile from Lake Ontario in Upstate New York. She was bitten by the horse bug at the age of five, and after diligently taking riding lessons for several years, was rewarded with her first horse at the age of eleven. The feisty horse’s name was Lady, a Quarter Horse-Thoroughbred cross, who became Karen’s steadfast companion. Through the years, the constant force in her life was horses. Eventually, she found her place as a riding instructor herself. Before accepting her fate in the barnyard, she worked a short stint as a paralegal, traveled abroad, and guided tourists on horseback riding tours in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.
Karen is currently working on her Amish mystery series, Serenity’s Plain Secrets, along with the YA paranormal/fantasy series, The Wings of War. Karen is also excited to announce the Temptation series has been optioned for TV by Pilgrim Studios and is available on Audible.

6 Responses to “{Book Review | Giveaway} Embers by Karen Ann Hopkins”

  1. kara

    The cover is gorgeous! I hear great things about The Temptation series and I can’t wait to check this series!

  2. Teresa Richards

    I love the colors and the fact that the embers are the wings. Nice! 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway.

  3. Nikki J

    I just read the blurb to this book, and now I really want to read it. Love the cover art; the way the fog is hanging among the trees to me is just awesome.

  4. Sherry Hoernig

    I love the cover!! I think the way she outlined the Angel Wings in fire is wicked awesome!!!!