Review - "City in Embers" by Stacey Marie Brown

Stacey Marie Brown has written some of my favorite books! Her Darkness Series was so awesome I read all four books in a few short weeks! Now she's writing a spin-off series and I'm so please to get to share it with you today! City in Embers is the first in Stacey's "Collectors Series." One reason I love Stacey's books so much is for the a) Hot Guys! and b) her wonderful writing style. Stacey's characters are so realistic, it becomes easy to get lost in her books. She is definitely blamed for many late nights and book hangovers. Don't forget to check out my giveaways at the end of this post for US and International book lovers!

City in Embers

Book Overview

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.

My Take

This was another great story written by Stacey! Zoey and Ryker are wonderful and I love how this book builds up to what we foresee as a budding relationship rather than jumping right in. City in Embers, as a spin-off of the Darkness Series, takes place around some of the events that we originally come across in Darkness of Light. However, having read the prior series is not a requirement by any means (although I would highly recommend it). The story is the beginning of a stand alone series and does not reference the prior series at all, so you will not feel like you've missed out on anything if this is the first books of Stacey Marie Brown's that you read. 

Zoey is a known as a "collector," a group of governmental agents tasked with collecting various fae within our world. But a devastating electrical storm causes Zoey to team up with those she would normally hunt. Now Zoey's survival hangs in the balance as her hunt for truth may be more than she bargained for. 

Stacey's ability to weave wonderful tales is in full force in City in Embers. The painting of Zoey's back story through memories and dreams provided a great way to keep the story moving while making the reader fall more deeply in love with her. Ryker provides the hot, dangerous sex appeal Stacey is best known for writing and he is definitely a character we soon find ourselves going "all in." And let me not forget to mention one of my favorite characters, a little sprite named Sprig. Sprig was given some of the greatest lines and comebacks the book offered. Definitely someone I would love to hang out with! If you are a fan of Stacey's Darkness Series, this first new book in the Collector's Series will not disappoint!

Overall, I give City in Embers:

Get Your Copy Today!

City in Embers is currently available for pre-order and will be released on February 4, 2015.

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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.

Connect with Stacey

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  1. Dangerous Bad Boy FTW! :D

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. I prefer my boyfriend to be both!!! LOL! But if I had to choose I would choose sweet sensitive hottie :)

  3. Can I choose a mix of the two? :P
    But I'm more for the sweet sensitive hottie.

  4. A little bit of both. ;)
    I'm actually reading an ARC of City in Embers, right now!

  5. I definitely prefer the dangerous bad boys! Thanks for the chance!

  6. i have to say a Dangerous Bad Boy! it would be more exciting!

  7. I like the Dangerous Bad Boy with a touch of Sweet Hottie!!!

  8. Uh oh, not sure my first one went through. Apologies if this duplicates, but for book boyfriend, I chose dangerous and bad.

  9. Dangerous Bad Boy and tattoos are nice too~

  10. Dangerous bad boy!

  11. Depends on the day :) I really like when it's a bit of a combination. The guy's a little rough, but with the girl, he turns to mush. Love those :)


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