Release Date: 6th August 2009
PYROMANIA: A mental derangement, excitement or excessive enthusiasm for fire.
Having celebrity parents isn’t as hot as it sounds. Yes, there’s money to burn, fame and some totally smoking guys…But when your dad’s more interested in blazing a trail to the top of the charts than why you got kicked out of school, again, it can make you seriously angry. And if there’s one thing Ember knows, it’s that the smallest spark of anger can ignite a whole heap of trouble…
Ember Fury was completely new territory for me and I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction into the world of graphic novels.
I’ve always been a bit hesitant of graphic novels so Ember Fury’s half-and-half format really appealed to me. The illustrations enhanced the story and I loved the way that they integrated with the text so that they didn’t feel separate from the story; you had to take it all in together. I also loved the stage directions at the beginning of some of the chapters. Very cool!
There was something about the writing in Ember Fury that is pretty rare, not just in YA, but generally. Ember as talking to me, and only me. Every word was for my benefit. I really love this in a story as it fully involves you in the lives of the characters.
Speaking of the characters; Ned’s my favourite. He’s witty, sarcastic and very cool. Ned and Ember’s adventures together are an unexpected, but brilliant, addition to Ember Fury. Though a little confusing at first, they soon became one of my favourite elements of the book.
I loved reading Ember Fury and I’d recommend it to anyone wanting a subtle introduction into the world of graphic novels.