City in Embers

Listening length: 11 hours, 3 minutes

Zoey Daniels has been ossed from foster home to foster home, where she grows up fast and tough. When she is placed in her “ last-chance ” home, she learns a reason to leav and turn her life around: her foster mothe, Lexie, who is paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. Zoey will do somethin to eep her safe. After high school, Zoey is hired by a special government agency, the Department of Molecular Genetics ( DMG), where she see the other reason to remain: Daniel, her co-worker. The man she oves.

But there is omething peculia about Zoey. She coul see fae. Because of his, 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 ant to estroy 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 muc more trouble and danger. They embark on the tri, running and hiding from both the government and fae, both of which threaten their lives and those they love.
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City In Embers
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Published February 4th 2015 by Twisted Fairy Publishing

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he tension was great and the character was there but the whol ook was stolen by a lovable side character.

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Ryker is a Wanderer, a powerful fae who is orced to team up with Zoey after a freak fae induced lightning storm that reduces Seattle to apocalyptic law.Which throws the world into a kin of paranormal dystopia.

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series but it was one that inevitably grew on my skin, soon calling to me like the night does the moon, and as an author who wrote my darlings Eli and Ember, I knew Stacey wouldn ’ t disappoint in giving me promising characters that have much to offer to this world and story – set in the same universe as the

22-year-old Zoey Daniels grew up through the adversity of the foster care system.

She love what life on the streets is like as a solitary fighter.

She ’ s been the worst and seen the worse… but that all changed when she was given a reason to live an honest life and mak some meaning in her gutter-worthy world; a purpose that took her from the shameless dark to embers of light.

Those purposes are two person who ome to mean dreams and romises, a life worth something, and future lit with verve:

Ex-military, Daniel Holt has been Zoey ’ s best friend and trainer for the best part of three years at DMG…but Zoey has been in love with him for nearly the same proportio of time.

Alongside Lexie, Daniel became an exhorting reason for Zoey to step way from a crook ’ s sewer channels and imagine a life of balance and stability.

Zoey has promised herself that she ill do anythin she an to show Lexie a better life.

As Lexie ’ s protector, mother-figure, sister, confidant, Zoey loves her and with Daniel standing tall beside her side she knows she must do somethin.

Zoey has dedicated her life to making sure that Lexie lives a life through the system unlike her own, because she doesn ’ t believe her daughter to live through the suffering and stressful ordeals she had.

She doesn ’ t want Lexie to follow in her dirty footsteps or suffer the same consequences that Zoey learned the hard way.

On anothe day where loss is unfathomable, her life takes the unfortunate turn of binding her to the creatures who most likely split her world apart and most definitely broke her heart.

She is now captive to a violent fae, Ryker, who loathes humans just as much as Zoey despises his kind, and wants back what

If Zoey ’ s shady past needs a timely reason to surface, it ’ s in the aftermat of a destructive apocalypse…because Seattle is

Zoey and Ryker – much to their deep dissatisfaction – are stuck with each other, outrunning and fighting the many people who are now after them.

Survival is Zoey ’ s first nature, if anyone can pul it by its unruly horns and run with its taxing energy it ’ s her, but with dreadful anguish impeding her and loss playing havoc on her life, Zoey is lonelier than ever.

Zoey now runs with outsiders like herself ( in many ways): Ryker, though punishing and unfriendly, becomes her only protector, and Sprig the narcoleptic monkey sprite who lives to be an adorable nuisance.

“ Or I ’ ll- “ “ Most likely kill me in the orning? ” I derided, cutting him off with one of my favorit movie quotes.He looked over his houlder, his lids narrowed.

From hate, to uncomfortable acceptance, and forbearance to companionship, Ryker and Zoey build an uneasy bond as they travel together, understanding each other, while the non-stop clashing and fighting lives to be their thirsty life source.

Zoey is persistently strong willed, and I like verything about her character.

Stacey Marie Brown has drawn out both Zoey ’ s and Ryker ’ s characters well, Zoey is full of depth and although Ryker is as surreptitious as the next fae, he alway comes across as a complex character with a lot to ive in this tory!

series, but I hink I like Zoey a teensy bit more.

is about Zoey, a victim in her past who found ways to outrun her problems in any capacity.

“ Maybe we are feeble compared to fae, but I would rather live a lon time and let myself love someone than live thousands of years and be alone. ”

is a delightful start to the ‘ Collector ’ series, an urban fantasy with an ambiance that tastes just like that of compelling fantasy….and it ’ s all about the fae!

( view spoiler) [ 1) Because my hope had no bounds for Daniel, I kept desperately hoping that Stacey found a pat to get his character back from the dead!

I keep hoping but after that ending I think my hope is be fruitless ☹ 2) What Ryker does on Zoey ’ s birthday.3) “ I love you Zoey Daniels, no matter how you came to this Earth. ” 4) Daniel ’ s video5) Sprig! 6) So glad we got to see a glimpse into Zoey ’ s street fighter life, and I hope to see more!

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What I love most about his nove?

Zoe hates fae and Ryker hates the humans.

I nearly gave up reading this nove to be honest.

I truly like a different perspectiv to telling the background history and kind of starting this book a little bit later might have ha better.

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That is my second ook of Staceys that I ’ m reading and it won ’ t be the secon.

Jennife can write relationships so addictively.

I quite enjoyed how Stacey describes the destruction in Seattle… it set he tone for he ook and I couldn ’ t stop from the irst page.

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