" Love at first sight . I've always heard that said in movies or my favourite books but i never believed in it for a second . Death at first sight . That was much more my style . You know tha whole James Dean kind of thing . Love fast , die young sort of culture . Soon enough i would have experienced both " - Max Valentine
With a beginning like that , how could one not read a book that i would like to call ' the experience of a lifetime ' ! This book makes me want to move to Hawaii and experience the events unfolding in the book with my own eyes .
Cover-Speak : I absolutely and instantly fell in love with the cover of this book . Why am i saying that ? Well , its because that i've come across a lot of books in my recent endeavours that feature couples , hot girls and hot guys , or nature related elements like Waterfall , Flowers , Mountains and many more . But not a Burning or a semi-burnt paper . Very different , very intriguing .
Ember tells us the story of 18 yr old Max Valentine , who is haunted by the nightmares of his past . In an attempt to re-discover life and make a fresh start , Max moves in with his Uncle Frank who lives in the Enchanting Maui , an Hawaiian Island . It is here that Max meets people who bring out the best and the worst of/in him . How these characters influence Max and in what way does it affect him is the story of Ember .
Things i loved about this book :
1) The Characters : The characters are so well written by the author , that they feel so real and an instant connection is made with them once the reader has completely faded away into the book . Max Valentine is my ultimate favourite . He comes across as a normal teenger with anger management issue . But these issue can cost him dearly if he does not learn to control it . Max is soooo much more than what meets the eye . A guy with a golden heart he has his set of insecurities . He is undecisive at times but i still found him to be the most exciting character in this book . Other important characters include Asia Lyn Michaels , Samantha Summers , Max's Uncle Frank , his best buds Kai and Marcus and ofcourse the bad guys !! All these characters are interesting in their own ways . I can go on and on talking about them but then i would give away possible spoilers and i dont want do that ;)
2) A feel of Hawaii : The authors description of Hawaii seems so real that i could actually feel the cool wavey breeze of the island carrying with it the sweet scent of the flowers and trees and the intoxicating and refreshing scent of the ocean !! Oh yeaaaaah !!
3) Music and story : I loved the electrifying combination of story and an awesome playlist . Yes , Ember comes with a personalized playlist created by the author himself . Each chapter has asong attached to it that sort of defines the mood of the chapter . Loooooooved it , best part about reading this book - two of my fav things in the world bought together !!!
Parting thought : What did i learn from this book ?? Well leaving the supernatural part of the book aside , the story is about redemption and forgiveness . I believe every human being makes mistake and everyone has regrets . But to learn something out of your past mistakes and never regret what choices you made in your life is living life to the fullest . Why am i saying all this . Point here is that Ember really gave me a lot to think about . It is the story of loving and being loved . There were times i could'nt stop myself from crying a little . And there times i laughed like really hard .
On the whole a very exciting book . I was waaaaay to excited to read this when i bought it and i can proudly say it didnt disappoint at all . I wish i could give it more stars .. Madison Daniel is one helluva author and i cant wait to read his other works not the mention the sequel to Ember, Downpour !!