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Fireborn (Souls of Fire) Kindle Edition
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From New York Times bestselling author Keri Arthur comes a brand-new series featuring heroine Emberly Pearson-a phoenix capable of taking on human form and cursed with the ability to foresee death....
Emberly has spent a good number of her many lives trying to save humans. So when her prophetic dreams reveal the death of Sam, a man she once loved, she does everything in her power to prevent it from happening. But in saving his life, she gets more than she bargained for.
Sam is working undercover for the Paranormal Investigations Team, and those who are trying to murder him are actually humans infected by a plaguelike virus, the Crimson Death-a by-product of a failed government experiment intended to identify the enzymes that make vampires immortal. Now all those infected must be eliminated.
--This text refers to the digital edition.
But when Emberly's boss is murdered and his irreplaceable research stolen, she needs to find the guilty party before she goes down in flames....
- File Size : 1045 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 401 pages
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Publisher : Piatkus (1 July 2014)
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00IA2E4F2
- Best Sellers Rank: 131,933 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Emberly is an alright character and I think that's such a shame. She could have been, and should have been, fantastic. But she was scattershot and half formed, all angst and she seemed to be described far too much through the men around her rather than herself. Lots of random remarks about doomed love and a confidently bitter ex-boyfriend she's forced to work closely with. The story might be jumpy but it still manages to be predictable. Obvious hints about how this time and this life and this love are different but it's sort of thrown out there and left hanging while the plot charges on through the action which is pretty much non-stop but not particularly scary or interesting. When a character gets taken out I want to feel it, not wonder how long it is before they simply get up and leave. Perhaps that's the problem, Emberly is almost too powerful, there's hints of vulnerability but you don't really feel it. There's no real sense of danger and risk just a kind of playful need to walk the edge. Exactly as I would expect an old immortal being who gets reborn when they die to act. And it would be fine if the hints of vulnerability weren't so obvious about trying to make her so, about trying to pull out that fear and make it real instead of just exciting.
Well that's my recommendation, if you want to read this, wait for the next one.
My main gripe however is that throughout the book we're told that due to a curse, the heroine can never have a lifetime with a happy ending regarding love, and each lifetime loses a love of that life. Apparently her species can never have a happy ending though they can be loving friends with benefits (which both need to survive) so presumably neither can her male counterpart find happiness.
I found that both depressing and tedious - I read this genre because it usually has loads of action, a good storyline and, at least at the end of a series a "happy ever after" ending. I can't help but feel that there's quite enough heartache in real life without reading about it as well.
Shan't be buying the next in the series.