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 believe I have said this a million times on this blog but here we go again…
I am a character driven reader! The characters are the most important thing to me when I read. I want to love them, their feelings and their journey or growth in the book.
The atmosphere of this book was the best thing about it. If you are in the mood to feel like you are in a sleepy historical town with so many rules about witches and spooky things then this is the book for you. This one makes you feel like Halloween is right around the corner with magic, floating pumpkins, vampires and a mad scientist. The dark and gothic setting will intrigue readers and make you feel like you are standing in this world.
Now back to the thought that I am a character driven reader. There is a pretty big cast of characters in this book and I only liked one of them! One I tell you, one. The one character I did like was a secondary character who isn’t even around that much and doesn’t add much to the main character’s journey. The rest of the characters were lacking depth or just very naïve or stupid. The main character, Ember, never does as she is told in this dangerous world and she never really figures out what she wants. Does she want the leading man, Jack or does she want the vampire, Dev. Neither of the male leads were that impressive. They seemed wrapped up in wanting Ember but why? Neither of them really knew anything about her. Is she just suppose to be pretty and that is why they want her?!
Plot wise this book was also lacking. Once Ember journey’s into Jack’s dangerous world she just moves from one place to the next with no rhyme or reason. She encounters danger to solve it almost instantly and with very little effort. The ending brings about this sudden change in the narrative and introduces a whole new issue that again is solved within the end pages of the book. Things are here and then gone in this story. Everyone just stands around waiting for things to happen or just has a solved problem land at their feet within moments of meeting said problem.
Overall, this one just didn’t work for me. I liked the atmosphere of the book but there needed to be more. The characters were rather dull and didn’t hold my attention. The plot of the book was bouncing all over the place with no real sense or reason as to why things were happening. In the end this book was just so-so, nothing special.