Senior year was supposed to be great—that’s what Ember’s friend Maddie promised at the beginning of the year. Instead, Ember Trouvé spends the year drifting in and out of life like a ghost, haunted by her parents’ recent, tragic death.
At home, she pores over her secret obsession: pictures of missing kids— from newspaper articles, from grocery store flyers— that she’s glued inside a spiral notebook. Like her, the people are lost. Like her, she discovers, they had been looking for a way to numb their pain when they disappeared.
When Ember finds herself in Trinity Forest one day, a place locals stay away from at all costs, she befriends a group of teenagers who are out camping. Hanging out with them in the forest tainted with urban legends of witchcraft and strange disappearances, she has more fun than she can remember having. But something isn’t right.
The candy-covered wickedness she finds in Trinity proves to be a great escape, until she discovers she can never go home. Will Ember confront the truth behind her parents’ death, or stay blissfully numb and lose herself to the forest forever?
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Overall this book was really thrilling and entertaining and after that ending I can't wait to read Oshun Rising! Rating: 4 stars! FTC DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review
This is a very difficult review to write without giving away any spoilers. I’ll do my best but it will likely sound rather cryptic. I have so many questions and things I want to talk about but I don't want to ruin it for anyone else. To be honest even though I've finished the book, I'm not clear on exactly what was going on so my spoilers would be more speculation than fact anyway. So here's my spoiler free, annoyingly vague review: After the accidental death of her parents, Ember unravels and masks her pain with alcohol and drugs. Some pretty dark things happen to her while intoxicated and I’m hoping we will delve deeper into the effects of this in later books in the series. I feel like it was such a major life event and yet wasn’t explored nearly enough. Ember escapes her depression and pain by escaping into Trinity Forest which has a spooky and dangerous reputation. She has more than a smidgen of a death wish. What she finds in Trinity is strange and unexpected, and seems like the perfect solution to her problems. The old adage “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” is especially apt in this case. Trinity is much darker and more terrible than anything she, or I, imagined. Its tainted pleasures can’t cover up the underlying danger for long. The story was a lot darker than I was expecting and parts were pretty creepy. Ember is a very interesting character with a lot of depth. Her seemingly charmed life was taken away in the blink of an eye with the death of her family. Her resulting addictions and recklessness reveal a total disregard for her own safety or well-being. She just wants to be numb and not hurt anymore. It’s a very relatable feeling although I’ve never felt anything quite so hopeless. Faced with the horrors of Trinity she’s actually quite brave and resilient. I think the situation brings out her inner strength. She isn’t a perfect heroine but she’s a real heroine, flaws and all. The cliff-hanger ending was especially cruel and I immediately bought the second book in the series. It ended at the worst possible point and it was a bit disappointing and a lot frustrating. It did make me buy book two so I guess it did its intended job! Thank you to Sawatch Publishing and Xpresso Book Tours for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.