Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Review: Stealing Embers (Fallen Legacies #1) by Julie Hall

About the Book
A realm of monsters. A world of lies. She belongs to both.

My name is Emberly, and everything I’ve ever been told is a lie.

Monsters don’t exist. Wrong.
The nightmarish spectrum world is just my imagination. Wrong.
In a few months, I’ll finally be free. Wrong.

It takes being dragged to a secret training academy in the mountains to unravel the truth. My captors--an elite race of angel-born warriors called Nephilim.

The deadliest of them all is an arrogant shape shifter, Steel. He’s gorgeous, lethal, hot-headed . . . and convinced I’ll be the death of them all.

Maybe he’s right. As soon as I show up, the monsters that have haunted me my entire life breach the academy walls. My only hope of saving my new friends is learning how to control my powers, but when a stunning betrayal hurts someone I care about, I have an impossible choice.

Stay and fight for a place to belong . . . or decide once and for all that I’m better off alone.

Enter the spectrum world, a realm in-between worlds where shadow beasts draw blood, reality is a maze of twisted lights and sounds, and life goals are whittled down to just one: survive.

Fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Cassandra Clare will love this Crescent City meets Crave mash up!

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness! This book was absolutely amazing! Julie Hall's Life After series is one of my all-time faves, so there was no way that the start to her new series could be as good. Right? Wrong! It shattered my ridiculously high expectations. The world-building was fantastic and intriguing, the action was almost nonstop, the characters were wonderful, and that chemistry between a certain couple of someones. Wow, it was off-the-charts!

Emberly's such an awesome leading lady. She's so fierce and sassy and endearingly awkward. It was so easy to like her. The rest of the cast of characters were great too. Fully fleshed out, layered, and distinct. Sometimes with a large cast I can get some of the characters confused or just completely forget who someone is. Not here. Ash, Steele, Grey, Sterling, Nova, Sable, and Tinkle, oh goodness, I can't forget to mention Tinkle, lol. The list could go on and on. I love when an author can bring characters to life like this and I so enjoyed getting to know them.

I had so many interruptions while I was reading this book. It was getting kinda ridiculous. All I wanted to do was get back to it and see what would happen next, but it felt like the world was conspiring against me. My Kindle even died on me and I had to get a new one. But thank goodness I was finally able to get things sorted and when I found some uninterrupted time, I zoomed through the last half in an afternoon. It's seriously so good and I highly recommend it to fans of YA urban fantasy. It's one of the best books I've read this year.

I received a copy of this book from the author and voluntarily reviewed it. All thoughts and comments are my honest opinion.

Five Stars


  1. This does sound like an amazing read! Has the second book in the series been written yet?

    1. It comes out January 26, so it's not too long of a wait. :)

    2. Oh, good! I hate when the next book won't be published for over a year. That's the worst. :)

    3. It is! I usually forget most of the book by then.