Title: City In Embers
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Published: February 4th 2015
Publisher: Twisted Fairy Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Fae
Length: 328 pages
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Book Blurb (via Goodreads):
Zoey Daniels has been tossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “last-chance” home, she finds a reason to stay and turn her life around: her foster sister, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do anything to keep her safe.
After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG), where she meets the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she loves.
But there is something unique about Zoey. She can see fae. Because of this, the DMG hires her to work as a Collector: catching, researching, testing, and using the fae to save human lives. The work never registers on her sympathy radar. She was raised to think of fae as beasts that feed on humans and want to destroy them.
When devastation hits Seattle, Zoey’s whole world is turned upside down. The electric storm connects her to a ruthless fae, a Wanderer named Ryker, whose dealings expose them to even more trouble and danger. They embark on a journey, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.
I’ve never read a book about the fae before, but it’s been on my list of things to read about for a long time. I was really excited when I first got my hands on a copy of City In Embers and I wasn’t disappointed.
The book killed me emotionally within the first twenty-five percent. It had sucked me in and I was feeling all content and looking forward to seeing where the story would take these characters I was getting interested in and then bam! Electrical storm hits Seattle (caused by some badass powerful fae) and it’s like a George R.R. Martin novel where everybody dies! I literally had my mouth open the whole time I was reading that section. Of course, this is the catalyst that pushes Zoey forward into the unknown world of fae alliance.
Ryker is a big, scary dude, but I often felt like he could be a teddy bear if he was with the right person. I was intrigued by his power as a Wanderer and liked the gradual reveal of his past. Sprig is a narcoleptic, ADD suffering, sprite-monkey. He is without a doubt my favourite thing about City In Embers. His light-hearted comic relief was much needed at times after being emotionally abused by the events that were unfolding.
Zoey has worked with the DMG (an underground government group intent on capturing and experimenting on fae for the greater good of humans) for a while, but when her partner is killed in the electrical storm that hits Seattle and some fae magic is transferred to her, she discovers what the group is really like and has to flee. With Ryker, the fae whose magic is inside her, and Sprig by her side, she sets out to uncover exactly what the DMG is planning and what it has to do with her.
I don’t use the phrase ‘right in the feels’ a lot, but this book hit me right in the feels several times. I honestly wanted to throw it away a couple of times and scream ‘Nope!’, but it was too compelling to do that. I had to find out what happened next.
City In Embers has a perfect blend of disaster, mystery, comic-relief, and magic. Woven together to create an intriguing plot with a great twist, I was hooked. As my first foray into fae fiction, it’s definitely made me want to seek out more.
About the Author
Stacey Marie Brown is a lover of hot fictional bad boys and sarcastic heroines who kick butt. She also enjoys books, travel, TV shows, hiking, writing, design, and archery. Stacey swears she is part gypsy, being lucky enough to live and travel all over the world.
She grew up in Northern California, where she ran around on her family’s farm, raising animals, riding horses, playing flashlight tag, and turning hay bales into cool forts. She volunteers helping animals and is eco-friendly. She feels all animals, people, and environment should be treated kindly.