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Reviewed by Aimee Carol Dixon for Readers' Favorite
Hell has come to earth. It began with tremors that grew in scale until the safety of a whole European town was at risk. Silence crept in with the aftermath, reports of animal attacks flooded social media, and then, when the whole world was watching… everything stopped. In just a few hours the world as Mya knew it was upended. And then the chaos reached the United States and the true horror began. Demon Ember by M.J. Haag, Becca Vincenza, and Melissa Haag is a spine-tingling read that’s sure to please mature readers who like their novels rife with zombie apocalypses and romantic tension.
The authors work together with an ease to be envied. Their choice to juxtapose the introduction of their apocalypse with a typical day for Mya made the experience more chilling. The buildup was amazing, and something that really impressed me was the authors’ ability to keep that eeriness going throughout Demon Ember. Only once was I not on edge when one of the Infected was nearby, and that was orchestrated by the authors as well. As Mya adjusts to the routine and travel with Drav, the mysterious and often unnerving “grey man,” I found it easier to relax to the same degree she did. Still, even with the comfort gleaned from Drav’s presence, there are plenty of jump moments. Not to mention that most of the comedy and outrage came, in equal measure, courtesy of Drav’s intense curiosity about the female form. By having him come from such a different world and giving him such a steep learning curve made the actual burgeoning tenderness between Mya and Drav more easily accessible to me as a reader. Full of unnerving implications and suspense, Demon Ember is a book I cannot recommend highly enough.