Title: Demon Ember (Trilogy) (The Resurrection Chronicles)
Author: M.J. Haag & Becca Vincenza
Genre: Fiction/ Romance/ Fantasy/ Paranormal
Source: Author Recommendation
Favourite Quote: ‘As we stood there, I realised the kind of decisions that lay before me. Life or death ones. I’d always thought the saying ‘or die trying’ sounded so melodramatic. But now it was my reality.’
After a series of unusual earthquakes throughout the world cause alarm followed by strange dog attacks, Mya can’t help but grow concerned. Especially when her brother warns her to stay indoors in her campus dorm. When she witnesses one of the hounds attack and kill a student outside her window, she knows something is very wrong. With the campus in panic and the military stepping in to help, Mya believes there might be a chance she can make it back to her family in Oklahoma City. But when the companions she’s traveling with are killed right in-front of her, not by the demon hounds roaming the city, but by a human-like creature with grey skin, green eyes and razor sharp teeth, all hope seemed lost.
‘Green eyes with reptilian pupils stared at me through the window. I couldn’t breathe. My heart thundered in my ears. I was going to die. I thought of my family and hoped they wouldn’t suffer the same fate. The creature leaned toward the glass. His gaze shifted from my head to my body then back up again. Though I shook uncontrollably, I couldn’t look away from his eyes.’
I for one an terrified of zombies. I can’t stand them. Never have, never will. Not because they are legitimately a rational fear to be scared of something that could kill you. It’s the idea of being eaten alive. So it will come as a surprise that I chose to read this series. Honestly, it was entirely due to the author, M.J. Haag. One of my favourite books of all time was written by her so clearly I had to check out her other works, but honestly, I was disappointed. I finished the trilogy feeling completely unsatisfied. With a zombie apocalypse, I didn’t expect ‘and they lived happily ever after..’ but I also wasn’t expecting to have so may unanswered questions that just frustrated me. Please be aware, this review is for the whole trilogy, not just the one book.
* TRILOGY SPOILERS *
Okay, I get that being underground was destroying Mya but also gave her immunity to the zombie bite but how far was it going to go? Her skin started turning grey in parts but she didn’t seem to care which was just left as is. How on earth were the Fey able to just pick up and understand English just by listening to it, it was too easy and quick. I felt sometimes the love was more stockholme syndrome, feelings for her captor who didn’t understand the world around him whilst being obsessively overprotective which I’m not sure I liked. I understood the premise but it didn’t sit right with me. How were the infected becoming more intelligent in time? Were they becoming something worse or were they on the way back to being somewhat human? How on earth did her family become one of the limited few who survived when thousands perished? There were too many plot holes which just continued to frustrate me.
Mya was understandable in her character to a certain degree. She was terrified and determined to find safety with her family, no matter what the cost. When a different human like creature murdered her companions in-front of her, she tried to escape him over and over until she couldn’t. The fact that he wanted to save her made it worth sticking with him. Again, this made sense. But when feelings for this strange creature emerged, it didn’t feel right. I’m all for beauty and the beast retellings, beauty falling in love with the beast, love them in-fact, but for some reason I just couldn’t swing with this one. Maybe I felt it was more her own survive instincts to stick with Drav than to be without him on her own. After a while she lost all self confidence and relied on him too much than she wanted to admit and went from being a strong independant woman to a self-centred weak one and I lost interest.
Drav was intriguing. I like the concept of humans being abandoned underground with a mystifying crystal that brought things back from the dead. They became unnatural and through centuries, adapted just to survive without knowing how to really live. They’d forgotten about women so when Drav went to the surface and discovered Mya with her woman parts, he was infatuated with her and immediately took the role has her protector without really knowing why. Their ability to understand and speak language through listening to basic conversation was unnerving but useful. It made the story easier for the two protagonists to converse and develop feelings.
I have to say, the settings were well written, you could place yourself at the scene of the infected apocalypse. It was dark, creepy, eerie and the surroundings were well placed whether they were taking refuge in an abandoned house surrounded by the infected, running through the shadowed underground world being chased by hounds, or surviving at the army base, it was one of the aspects I really appreciated and brought the story to life. Overall though, without M.J. Haag on the cover, I probably wouldn’t have picked it up.
Mya’s world is falling apart. After a series of earthquakes, deadly animals with glowing red eyes begin attacking people and start the spread of a zombie-like plague. Safety is just a memory as she tries to make her way home. When a different creature attacks the people helping her reach Oklahoma City, Mya is sure she’ll never see the light of another day.
Despite his eerie yellow eyes and very sharp teeth, the grey-skinned creature is more intelligent and humanlike than he first appears. He’s determined to keep Mya by his side and protect her from the new world’s dangers. When his path starts taking her further away from home, she must choose between safety and her family.