Welcome to a world where nightmarish creatures reign supreme. – Goodreads
Title: The Lantern’s Ember
Author: Colleen Houck
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Genre: Fantasy, YA, Paranormal
Format: Physical copy
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.
This is a story about a lovely witch named Ember who goes on an unforgettable adventure into The Otherworld with the help of a handsome vampire, a lantern, and a mortal. The book has everything spooky! There are witches, ghosts, vampires, goblins, lanterns, even the Boogeyman! There is action and mystery throughout that doesn’t stop or slow down. I got some Halloweentown vibes from this one!! I honestly couldn’t get enough of this story.
Ember, the main character, is so wonderful. I found right away I was drawn to her rebellious and curious personality. She is so easily liked which is apparent throughout the story as many of the male characters are infatuated with her!! I had NO problems with Ember. She was smart and made good decisions. She wasn’t easily swayed by romance which was different! Normally female characters are so driven by romance. Not Ember. She was independent and while there is a romance in this story, it is not her that is leading it. I loved that aspect of the book!
Dev, the vampire that is involved in Embers adventure, was so handsome and interesting! He was everything a vampire should be (mysterious, dangerous, instinct driven) and everything a vampire shouldn’t be (caring, empathetic, and thoughtful). I LOVED Dev. He was fabulous. He saved the day several times and had such a deep and honest care for Ember that just made my heart melt into a puddle of love. He was probably my favourite character and I have to say I was a little bit disappointed that Dev didn’t get the ending I was hoping for!
Jack, the lantern, was a very intriguing character to me! First off, you are probably asking “what is a lantern?” So, Jack is basically immortal and essentially dead. He lives to protect the “crossroads” which are the spots that the mortal world and The Otherworld connect. He spends his days just watching and stopping humans from crossing and also stopping creatures from entering the mortal world. This is how he met Ember and that is where the real journey begins. Jack is a sweet character. It took me a little bit to warm up to him but once I did I was hooked. He is such a special character in this story and believe me, the ending will have you smiling ear to ear!
Overall story – LOVED IT!! The author took such a wildly fun idea and did an amazing job. There was not even one time that I couldn’t picture where the characters were. Everything was perfectly descriptive but not boring. There was a lot of background for the characters that helped bring them to life. The story is written in 3rd person point of view so everyone’s thoughts and feelings are quite out in the open throughout the story. I actually really enjoyed that because it gave me more information and everyone’s true intentions! Also, the ending had me a little shocked but also happy with some warm and fuzzy feelings!!
I saw a lot of mixed reviews about this book. There were some 1 star, some DNF reviews, but also some 4 and 5 stars. I had no idea what to expect so I just went into it with an open mind. I have to say I was so pleasantly surprised by this and really connected to the characters. I love spooky things so this fit so perfectly. By no means was this book scary or anything, just simply the idea of the story gave it those spooky vibes! I would recommend anyone who enjoys Halloween, witches, magic, or spooky creatures to read this book!
Do you like paranormal, spooky, fantasy reads? Have you read this one?