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    A wonderful read!

    I absolutely could not put this book down. A word of warning, don't read this book at night while sitting next to a window where all sorts of creepy sounds can send you shooting upright because you're so immersed in the book. Actually, do read it that way. It makes it so much better when your heart is pounding in actual fear because you feel like you've been dumped right into the middle of the woods with Artemis and Aris. House of Falling Embers sucked me in from page 1. It's like Monster House and Bridge to Terabithia got married and had a book of their own. It was creepy, nostalgic, and romantic all rolled into one fantastic bundle. Since I live in Tennessee, it was extra fun to read a book based on a landscape that I know so well. The descriptions were accurately outlined, all the way down to the types of animals you might hear in the woods just outside my door. Artemis's character was the only one we truly get perspective of, but that worked out to the betterment of the book. While reading, I found myself constantly in a toss-up of debating whether Artemis had already gone crazy or if magic was real. I'm usually pretty good at figuring out the ending well before I'm halfway through a book, but House of Falling Embers kept me wondering all the way up to the very end. I had my suspicions, but there was still some doubt. The remaining characters played their roles well, each one having a specific purpose within the pages, and we learn just enough about them to care about their well being. But Artemis remains the primary focus as she searches for some resolution about Aris. House of Falling Embers uses memories to give you a lot of the backstory, and you'll spend some time going between past and present before everything finally lines up and anchors itself in the present. This is also something that I did not mind since each change brought out more of Aris's story. Since the conflict revolves around Aris, any memory that gave information on where we might go next was gobbled up with excitement. The plot moved rapidly. Sometimes it was faster than I liked, skipping over sections and sometimes an entire day which almost made me feel that I was missing something. But the action that soon followed easily made me forget about the missing moments. There was probably nothing happening during those times anyway. It would have been mentioned if it was important, I just occasionally enjoy minute, droll details. All in all, this was a great book, and I would happily recommend it for anyone who enjoys mystery, magic, romance...or any combination thereof. While there is what I would consider mild profanity - maybe a dozen or so words throughout the book - it was not enough to take away from the storyline. The romance is downplayed to the point of barely being evident, which is appropriate considering the emotional toil Artemis was under. House of Falling Embers was more about finding a lost love than it was a big display of romanticism. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, however, I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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