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Kingdom of Embers (Kingdom Journals Book 1) by Tricia Copeland

Kingdom of Embers, Kingdom Journals, Tricia Copeland, YA, Fantasy, Paranormal, Book Review
“He wouldn’t understand. He didn’t live in a pretend world. In truth, he did. Most beings, pure humans, walked around thinking they were the only type of people that existed.” –Alena

As a creature forbidden by both vampire and witch cultures, Alena traverses the country with her mother in search of an unknown entity. When Alena finds Hunter everything changes. Their bond may be the key to answers Alena seeks. As she investigates the connection, an equally handsome, but mysterious suitor appears. Will the truth be uncovered before it is too late? Or will her Mother’s kingdom be reduced to embers?
Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: February 1, 2017
Series: Kingdom Journals


I originally participated in the release tour for the second book in the "Kingdom Journals" series, Kingdom of Darkness, and I said in my review that I felt like I was missing out on something because I didn't read the first book, Kingdom of Embers, first. I was right, I was missing out on something, and I'm so glad that Tricia was kind enough to provide me with a copy of this book!

Alena is half-witch and half-vampire, a creature that should not exist according to both cultures. Alena's mother, the Queen of vampires, and Alena live a nomadic lifestyle moving to different cities in search of someone or something that Alena's mother will not reveal to her. In Los Angeles, the City of Angels, an outing with her mother turns weird when Alena recognizes Hunter, a boy who she thought was an imaginary friend from her childhood. As the two try to figure out how they are connected, a war that could reveal to Alena's mixed heritage to the world is brewing. Will Alena and Hunter discover the truth in time to save themselves and her mother's kingdom?

I found Alena's character intriguing; half-witch and half-vampire, she has magical abilities and shares many of the same traits as vampires. She has vampiric tendencies which she keeps at bay using aromatherapy and a special diet. Her character alone gives the plot an original twist that makes it stand out from the rest of the YA vampire novels available.

Copeland also introduces readers to other enigmatic characters: Elizabeth, Orm, and Alena's mother. While hints are provided regarding the histories of these three characters, Copeland's focus remains primarily on Alena; however, I get the feeling that more about their history may be revealed later on in the series. I hope so because I found myself wanting to know more about them.

Besides the characters, I felt that what kept me from wanting to put the book down was the premise. It's apparent that Hunter's and Alena's destinies are intertwined, but why? How did this bond between them come to pass? I was compelled to read more to see if I could figure it out; however, the answers to those questions still eluded me. In most cases, I would normally find this frustrating and lose interest, but Copeland provided me with enough tantalizing bits of information to keep me reading. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in the series!

If you enjoy paranormal novels with vampires, witches, and magic, I think you'll enjoy Kingdom of Embers. While it does have some teenage drama and angst, there is a noticeable lack of the emo/goth vibe that is prevalent in many of the young adult, paranormal novels on the market.

About Tricia Copeland

Tricia Copeland, Kingdom of Embers, On My Kindle Book Reviews
Tricia Copeland, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives with her family Colorado. Her contemporary adult Being Me series includes Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, and Being Me. Her first YA paranormal work Drops of Sunshine first appeared in Spellbound. She has another YA work Lovelock Ones: Native One in The Butterfly Box.

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Kingdom of Embers, Amazon, Tricia Copeland   Kingdom of Darkness, Tricia Copeland, Amazon