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.
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 coworker. 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.
©2015 Stacey Marie Brown (P)2016 Tantor
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"Good premise, juvenile execution"
Very much teenage angst, lots of repetitious xenophobia between humans and fae. Very teen conversation, immature romantic twaddle, etc. Won't be reading this series with my kids.
"a totally enthralling budding romance"
Zoey, a tough and independent young woman, who has learned to fight for herself growing up in various foster homes, is a Collector working for a secret part of the government called the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG). Together with her co-worker Daniel, with whom Zoey is desperately in love although he is considerably older and hasn't been reciprocating her advances, they track and collect fae. However, when Seattle is devastated by a powerful, magical electrical storm, Zoey's entire life changes, as she finds herself thrown together with Ryker, who is a Wanderer, a merciless and intimidating fae. Ryker hates humans. Zoey catches fae. Not a promising basis for a functioning relationship that both of them suddenly have to rely on.
City in Embers started out a bit strange in the way the characters, their backgrounds, and the world around them were introduced. It sort of threw you into the action and then took a step back, which was confusing at first, but in hindsight, actually worked well with regards to the plot development. I knew I had to listen to the second book long before finishing this one. I became so enthralled with the characters, the dystopian setting (cleverly linked to the author's Darkness series), and the mystery surrounding the DMG, Daniel and Zoey. I loved Sprig, the talking, narcoleptic monkey fae! His obsession with honey, his love for his cuddly toy, and some of his remarks were just absolutely adorable and so funny. There is no insta-love in this and no love triangle. Instead, there is a totally enthralling budding romance with a lot of sexual tension. Age wise, I think this is New Adult material and should appeal to anybody who enjoys paranormal romances. I've previously listened to Stacey Marie Brown's Darkness series. If you enjoyed that series, you are bound to love this one, too.
The narration by Amy Landon was excellent. She was a very good fit for Zoey, and I was happy with her male voices, too. Good acting, in particular when voicing Sprig, without overdoing it. Nice pacing and delivery. There were no problems with the quality of the audio production.
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"Fastest Review Ever"
Seriously. This book had me clenched in waiting most of the time. I have downloaded book 2 even before finishing book 1 because I knew it would be a cliffhanger type of read. First let’s talk about Zoe “HUMAN” as she was often called. Zoe has so many emotional issues, I almost feel like the book needs a break from the story and a fast forward through 6 months of her doing Yoga and Meditation to work through her problems. She is so hard on herself that is it unattractive. No man is encouraged by that. Now to Ryker, he has some real macho issues and lack of trust, even of his own feelings, it is annoying and I truly think he should move past them. So far the author has not revealed what or why he is a brut. Spider Monkey shed some light on the “Viking’s” ill manners, but I think they (bad manners) are unnecessary. BUT I LOVE THIS DYNAMIC! She has tried to do nice thing and show she cares often. I love the reluctant friend and hero complex he has with her. AND I CAN NOT WAIT until he gives in to his feelings. Book 2 better have something for me on that front or I am going to be seriously disappointment. Additionally, the plot of the gang members, while additional bad guys was nice, was a little over run. I do like how she came to terms a little with who she is after the fight club scene. That was a very needed nice touch from the author. This book was very engaging despite the high amount of personal monologue. I enjoyed it so much I have immediately begun book 2. Great job Stacey M Brown.
"Ok, stick with this series.... It gets incredible."
The story was good, and the narration was interesting. I got annoyed with Zoe at times, and SPRIG!!! always interrupting hot and steamy moments. That's why I gave this book four stars overall instead of five. I am usually not patient with authors that dangle romance the way Stacy does in this book, but I stuck with it and was rewarded in the second book in this series. This series is a realistic portrayal of a budding romance that takes time and doesn't happen overnight. You will love this book if you like an action and paranormal romance story to stretch out with the same characters over a series of books, and you don't mind waiting for the finger licking romance scenes to come.
When Zoey jumps.
Yes! this one definitely doesn't disappoint!
When Rhyker comes for her when she's in the ring.
Stick with the series, it gets better
If your main character is a former street fighter, and trained in combat... how is she CONSTANTLY getting her butt handed to her? I mean, pretty much, every foe she deals with gets the better of her. It is a little silly.
And enough with the mooning over someone she never even had an actual romantic relationship with!!
The characters of Daniel and Lexie were shallow and one note. A 12 year old was reduced into a self absorbed potty mouth and Daniel was a reserved over achiever- who, due to circumstances, should have "loved" her even more than he did.
Just have Zoe not be so.. whiny and unlikable.
She does a great job voicing the characters.
"Wow!! Perfect Y.A. novel for mid 20s! "
Went into this book blind and was blown away by the creative story! Had my feelings all jumbled with every chapter! Voice performance was top notch. Perfect "young adult" novel for mid to late 20s that doesn't feel like its written for 16 year olds.
"*NOT A YOUTH BOOK!*"
Don't usually read these types but it came up in a conversation about a similar genera I had mentioned liking. Lady stated her teen daughter had mentioned liking it...it is most definitely not a book for youth or younger teen girls due to language at the minimum. For the rest of us I was minimally impressed it was actually a good story and I'll finish the series.
"I LOVE this audiobook"
I read the book and listened to the audio and fell in love all over again.
Amy Landon's Sprig is wonderful. Can't wait until the while series can be heard! Stacey's books belong here!!!!
"Great story... Some scenes not for kids"
Sometimes I wish that there was a content rating system for books, like we have for movies. This book is full of action and great characters but includes detailed intimacy. Just thought I would pass that on...
"Worst writing ever"
Listening to this story was painful. The writing. The reader. Just bad. At times just silly.
"Hooked from the start!"
Wow! Fast paced, character driven, all action adventure. Fantastically written. A real page turner! Bring on book 2
"Could have been a really good story"
Writer failed to bring drama and intrigue to the storyline. Really wanted to connect to Zoey and Riker but couldn't not enough detail. If you are looking for a SMART, STRONG female led try sarah j mass or nalini singh books.
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