Author: Colleen Houck
Publishing House: Hodder Paperbacks
“Five hundred years ago, Jack made a deal with the devil. It’s difficult for him to remember much about his mortal days. So, he focuses on fulfilling his sentence as a Lantern—one of the watchmen who guard the portals to the Otherworld, a realm crawling with every nightmarish creature imaginable. Jack has spent centuries jumping from town to town, ensuring that nary a mortal—or not-so-mortal—soul slips past him. That is, until he meets beautiful Ember O’Dare.
Seventeen, stubborn, and a natural-born witch, Ember feels a strong pull to the Otherworld. Undeterred by Jack’s warnings, she crosses into the forbidden plane with the help of a mysterious and debonair vampire—and the chase through a dazzling, dangerous world is on. Jack must do everything in his power to get Ember back where she belongs before both the earthly and unearthly worlds descend into chaos.“
This is legitimately the best autumn/fall read I have ever read! It has every element I needed after the book hangover I left behind (Muse Of Nightmares by Laini Taylor). We follow Jack and Ember through their journey into the Otherworld. These simplistic names and ideas made this book so cosy, I only wanted to read it whilst wrapped up with blankets and tea. And I’m going to be honest with you, I bought this book purely for the cover!
Colleen mixes many different myths, legends and tales from all types of cultures, from Will-o’-the-wisps to Jack O Lanterns, Dracula’s origin and even Nessie (The Loch Ness Monster)! Every time one of these moments cropped up, I smiled that little bit more, Colleen was able to drop these so effortlessly they became part of the story too.
If I had found or read this book any other time of year, I don’t think I would have enjoyed it quite so much. But starting it on All Hallows’ eve eve (30th October) it gripped me and wrapped me up in its creepy simplicity and swallowed me by its easy reading language.
I have lent this book out to a friend, hoping they will love it as much as I did! I would recommend reading this book when you need a cosy, semi-fast paced, simple story to cuddle up to.
That’s all from me my bookworms, I’ll be back with a reading wrap up in December. Till then, keep reading 🤓