When I first read about “Ember” by Madison Daniel,it seemed a very good book and I wanted immediately to read it.And when I finally started it,I needed just ONE PAGE to figure out that this will be one of those books which you can get off of your hands and with which you fall immediately in love.And because it’s my favorite book after “Creatura”,I decided to make a publish campaign in Romania.
To be honest ,reading “Ember”,I felt the fire wereof talks Madison.This book was hot.Literally and figuratively. Also,”Ember” put a biiiigggg smile on my lips.It’s extraordinary!
Sure thing that Madison Daniel knows how to tell a story.While I read “Ember”,the action unfold before your eyes and you feel like watching a movie.Plus,the mai character,Max,is very well created and I can tell that I fell in love with him.Hihihi,he is just perfect.He loves music,”plays” with the fire all the time….and it’s simply adorabile!I think I love this book mostly because of him.Hihi,just joking. 😀
I liked ,also,that this time a boy has to choose between 2 girls,not a girl between 2 boys,like we are used to.The originality is a strength point of this book.And in this book are formed 2 teams:Team Asia or Team Sam,the 2 girls who are in love with Max and that Max loves.I was something like: Team Sam Team Asia,no,Team Sam and so on.I still don’t know who I like the most,because each one of them has something special and each one of them loves Max.
At the first sight ,”Ember” can appear like a normal YA book,without something so special.But once you open it and enter in this wonderful world created by Madison,you don’t want to “get out”.It’s full of drama and there are so many feelings,that it overwhelms you at some point and you burst into tears.And the feelings are so good described that ,like I said before, it makes you cry.All this drama can make the book a delight,if you know what I mean.Pretty weird,huh?
Once,I sesizated in Max’s behavior a trace of selfishness ,but if you get to know him and his story,you figure out how he suffered and from where does his need of affection come.I cried when I read what happened to his sister,Mia,and I saw that Max is alike my brother.My borther would make the same thing for me too if we were in the same situation.
The book begins in a pretty weird way:Max having a nightmare,with a girl names Mia.He tries very hard not to let the girl fall into a huge gap,but after all,Mia falls.Maybe you think tha Mia was Max’s girlfriend,but no.Mia was Max’s sister.If you’ll read the book,you’ll find out why does Max have these nightmares which are not giving peace to him.
Starting with the first chapter,we enter into the story.Max,a young boy passionated by music and that apparently has problem with his temper,is arriving on the little island where his uncle lives.Max may seem a normal boy:he likes music and he playes guitar.But if you get to know him better,you’ll find that he can cotrol the fire.He can burn something when he is nervous or sad just by touching it.When his emotions get out of control,his hands and his entire body start to heat up ,reaching on a temperature which would kill a normal human.But this won’t kill Max,but won’t help him either.More,he considers that this “gift” is actually a curse.That’s how I consider too,after I learned his story.
Even from the first chapter,the weird things are making their entrance in the scene.Waiting for his uncle to get home,a puppy comes to Max.They like each other immediately.While they were playing on the pavement,in front of them passes a girl so beatufiul ,that her face will remain always in Max’s head.Out of nowhere,appears a biker and ,without a reason,Oz,Max’s dog,jumps and barks at him .The biker walks on the poor Oz.If his owner would be a normal guy ,Oz would be dead.But because Max isn’t a normal guy,with the help of his “gift”,he heals Oz ,who immediately jumps happy on Max.
Finally, at home arrives Max’s uncle ,who ,in the next few months,will be like a father to Max.He tells to his nephew that he can make his exercises to control his power on a beach where is always raining and where is nobody.Max goes in that day on the beach and,in the middle of the exercises ,on the beach appears the girl who passed on the sidewalk while Max was waiting for his uncle.By a mistake,Max send the girl in the sea,where she is took by a wave and crashed into the rock.The girl dies immediately.After a few minutes,she is brought to the shore and Max,panicked,tries to bring her back.He manages ,but he used a lot of power for this.The girl leaves the beach angry ,without saying even a “Thank you”.Max is confused and a little annoyed.
In the morning of the first day of school ,at Max’s door appears a girl that he doesn’t know,but it seems like she knows Max.She is very beautiful and she takes Max to the school.On their way to the school,she presents herself as “Sam”.They have a strange conversation,Max being arrogant,which annoys Sam sometimes.
At school,Max meets Kai,a drummer who figures out immediately that Max plays guitar.Max and Kei become friends right away,and Max sustains an ad-hoc audition to join Kai’s band and he is accepted immediately by Kai.Later,Max meets Marcus too,the other member of the band.The 3 boys form a band and a group of good friends too .
In the same day of school,Max sees the girl that he almost killed on the beach.She is still mad and avoids him.Kai tells Max the story of the girl,which leaves Maz speechless.The girl’s name is Asia and there is a story telling that she is cursed.Later,after Asia gets closer to Max,the boy finds out that she has a power too:she controls the rain.Asia considers that “gift” a curse too,like Max does.Between Max and Asia is a connection that can’t be broken by anyone.This connection was made when Max healed Asia.The girl gets to know everything about Max,and between them developes a relationship that is so weird,yet so beautiful.Finally,Asia ends up loving Max and Max loving her.
But in the meanwhile,Max and Sam get along increasingly better.They match extraordinary and always have fun together.Finally ,they get to fall in love with each other,resulting in a love triangle.Now,Max is in a difficult sitaution:he has to choose between Sam and Asia,the only girls he loved and that he will always love.Who do you think that Max will choose?Do you want to see Max’s other adventures?Then read this book.It deserves!
Love never dies…but it can kill.
Ember is the story of Max Valentine, a teenager with secret abilities and many inner demons. His life revolves around music and his love for it. When his father dies he seeks answers with his last living relative, his fathers brother Frank. Frank lives on the island of Maui and eagerly takes Max in as his own. Max soon learns that healing his past will be more difficult than he could have ever believed. Two major complications will tempt and torment him as he tries to make sense of his abilities.
The first temptation comes in the form of a mysterious island girl. Asia Lyn Michaels is rich, spoiled, angry and beautiful. Her path crosses with Max on the beach one afternoon, forever changing both of their lives. Max saves her life and she discovers his secret. From that moment on they are connected, no matter how much they fight it.
The second temptation will test Max’s very soul. Samantha Ann Summers is sweet, artistic, smart and confident. She will help Max find his smile again and maybe even heal his past mistakes. She is possibly his soul mate and Max will fight that with every fiber of his being.
Max’s temper and indecision with the girls will send in motion events that will cost him dearly. He will test the limits of his powers and the new relationship with his protective uncle. He will gain a powerful love and lose another.
Filled with action,mystery,love,passion and fire,”Ember” will hook you and will make you read without stopping.A delight to be enjoyed by all! I recommend this book from all my heart!It’s a must-have!