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Have you ever read a novel and discovered that you were in the middle of a series and immediately had to find the 1st book? This is what happened with me when I read Sparks by Laura Bickle, the 2nd book in the series. I was so in love with the characters that I immediately had to read Embers!

I was attracted to this series because I crave new twists on paranormal stories and the main character's ability to be a "lantern" seemed interesting. Ghosts are attracted to her like a moth to a flame and she struggles with the moral responsibility of deciding which ghosts to let haunt in peace and which ones she will force on their way. However, I was thrilled to discover that one of the real gems of this story is the tidbits of information I learned about being an arson investigator. Laura really did her research and readers will feel like part of the team when Anya is investigating a scene.

There seems to be a current trend to shove many characters into one novel, even to the point that a family tree is often in the appendix. This drives me crazy. Imagine my surprise when I finished the book and I still felt connected to all the quirky characters introduced in this series. The librarian who refuses to move on until the world stops creating books she wants to read, the security guard studying on the job and even the first ghost that she vanquishes will linger with you, long past the last page.

I truly love this series and it will be a great shame if there are no more books in this compelling series.

Book Blurb for Embers

A sizzling debut depicts a Detroit where phantoms invade urban life and a supernatural arsonist seeks an ancient power to leave the city in cinders.


Night Owl Reviews Aug, 2011 5.00