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Paranormal Hunter Dani Black wants nothing more ardently than she does revenge. A year ago, the rogue Necromancer Spectre murdered her partner during a hunt gone wrong, and she’s been looking for a way to kill him —and keep him dead — ever since. When rumors of a weapon capable of killing anything surfaces in Dawson Maryland, she sets out on a mission to get her hands on i Paranormal Hunter Dani Black wants nothing more ardently than she does revenge. A year ago, the rogue Necromancer Spectre murdered her partner during a hunt gone wrong, and she’s been looking for a way to kill him —and keep him dead — ever since. When rumors of a weapon capable of killing anything surfaces in Dawson Maryland, she sets out on a mission to get her hands on it. While unraveling a web of clues about her own past, Dani runs into the alluring Emilie Lockgrove, eldest daughter of a magical family who are inexplicably tied to Spectre. Emilie Lockgrove survived the catastrophic fire that killed her mother and hospitalized both her and her sister. Ten years later, she has returned to Dawson, expecting to confront the trauma of her past and move on. Instead, she discovers magic is real and encounters actual ghosts, namely the necromancer who has been hunting her family for 200 years. Dani intends to kill Spectre, or die trying. Emilie wants to reclaim her life and her memories of the magic protecting her from Spectre. To survive, they’ll need to work together to confront their past, break the spell holding back Emilie’s magic, and destroy Spectre once and for all.


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Paranormal Hunter Dani Black wants nothing more ardently than she does revenge. A year ago, the rogue Necromancer Spectre murdered her partner during a hunt gone wrong, and she’s been looking for a way to kill him —and keep him dead — ever since. When rumors of a weapon capable of killing anything surfaces in Dawson Maryland, she sets out on a mission to get her hands on i Paranormal Hunter Dani Black wants nothing more ardently than she does revenge. A year ago, the rogue Necromancer Spectre murdered her partner during a hunt gone wrong, and she’s been looking for a way to kill him —and keep him dead — ever since. When rumors of a weapon capable of killing anything surfaces in Dawson Maryland, she sets out on a mission to get her hands on it. While unraveling a web of clues about her own past, Dani runs into the alluring Emilie Lockgrove, eldest daughter of a magical family who are inexplicably tied to Spectre. Emilie Lockgrove survived the catastrophic fire that killed her mother and hospitalized both her and her sister. Ten years later, she has returned to Dawson, expecting to confront the trauma of her past and move on. Instead, she discovers magic is real and encounters actual ghosts, namely the necromancer who has been hunting her family for 200 years. Dani intends to kill Spectre, or die trying. Emilie wants to reclaim her life and her memories of the magic protecting her from Spectre. To survive, they’ll need to work together to confront their past, break the spell holding back Emilie’s magic, and destroy Spectre once and for all.

30 review for Cinders of Yesterday

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.50 Stars. I feel a bit conflicted about this one. I liked parts of this but there wasn’t anything here that I really loved. I think it is slightly above average story that wasn’t quite what I was hoping for, but on the other hand I would consider giving its sequel a read. I love paranormal books so much that I can be a bit picky with them so if you like this genre this may fit you better than it did me. I had a lot of trouble with this one to start with. The beginning did not catch me at all. 3.50 Stars. I feel a bit conflicted about this one. I liked parts of this but there wasn’t anything here that I really loved. I think it is slightly above average story that wasn’t quite what I was hoping for, but on the other hand I would consider giving its sequel a read. I love paranormal books so much that I can be a bit picky with them so if you like this genre this may fit you better than it did me. I had a lot of trouble with this one to start with. The beginning did not catch me at all. I actually picked this book up 4 different times but I just kept putting it down and moving to something else. I really thought this would be a DNF, but then I noticed that a couple of my Goodreads friends ended up enjoying this. I also don’t like to DNF review copies so I pushed through and in the end I’m glad I did. I never did connect to this book in the way I hoped, but it did get better as the book went on and it would not have deserved a DNF from me. I’m not a huge fan of paranormal or fantasy books where a main character is pretty special in some way yet they don’t know it yet. Well that part doesn’t bother me so much, since I’m used to it in these types of books, but what bothers me is when the main character doesn’t know anything, but everyone else does. Family, friends, whoever, they are all in on the secret yet they won’t give answers because it’s not the right time, or the quest isn’t finished, or whatever. And because no one will give any answers, the main character is running around like a chicken with no head and they keep getting hurt or almost dying. Sometimes this idea can work, but it also can really drive me nuts. So you might imagine that I was not the biggest fan of this being a major plot point in this book. However, I have to give the author credit because while they choose this annoying “special person who is in the dark about why” fantasy trope, they actually gave a real reason for it. They reason the character could not know why actually makes some sense and it ended up being a well written idea. While I enjoyed how most of the plot unfolded, and secrets came to light, I think my biggest problem was connecting to the characters. I liked them and enjoyed them enough to probably read a second book, but I wasn’t really feeling them. I didn’t feel so worried when they were in danger and I didn’t get any happy feels when a small romance started to SLOWLY develop. I can’t explain it any better than to say that I felt disconnected and that I didn’t care about them like I wanted to. In the end I had my ups and downs with this one. I think this book was worth my time and I’m glad I read it, but to be honest it is a book I might soon forget. I think with where a sequel could go, and hopefully with it more romance, I might enjoy the next book even more. I also want to learn more about Dani, and why she is the way she is, and maybe that will help me to connect more. This was good book for a debut, but I’m hoping for even better with a book 2. A copy was given to me for a review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    AnnMaree Of Oz

    A unique and immersive urban fantasy! With paranormal elements. link: Onsale for 99C at the moment on amazon. I would highly recommend to readers who love these genres. Or even those who are just curious to it. It mixes our modern world with fantasy elements and magic, plus paranormal elements. In this case things beyond the veil and mystical talents with the living and the dead. Plus mystery for two women, who have a lot in common, and a spark of something more. Dani is a monster hunter. She di A unique and immersive urban fantasy! With paranormal elements. link: Onsale for 99C at the moment on amazon. I would highly recommend to readers who love these genres. Or even those who are just curious to it. It mixes our modern world with fantasy elements and magic, plus paranormal elements. In this case things beyond the veil and mystical talents with the living and the dead. Plus mystery for two women, who have a lot in common, and a spark of something more. Dani is a monster hunter. She disposes of things that turn evil. She recently lost a long-term work partner who was like a mentor and brother to her, and now she wants revenge on the entity responsible. She tracks it and a possible weapon down to a small town off the map. Emilie has come back to her hometown after 10 years of being away. Her past haunts her with the death of her mother and memory loss that is more than it seems. The two women discover a common goal, and enemy. Both of their pasts and individual mysteries combine to set them both on a path together. They also get help of some magical friends and relatives intown. The world and magics the author has created is full and the tale woven with interest and intrigue. You can't help but keep reading as you get sucked further into what's happening in the town of Dawson, and the Spectre that lurks in the shadows, targeting the women for nefarious purposes. The mysteries slowly unravel, as does Emilies own memories, plus the fascinating past of her family history - and how it ties in with this 'Spectre' entity, and also the alluring Dani. The two have a subtle connection, that gets cemented along the journey they take together. You find yourself rooting for them, and hoping for more. The mystery wraps up well, and is satisfying. We get a glimmer of the start of the romance and further journey's ahead for the two women, so I very much look forward to future installments in the series. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this one to people who love action and adventure, and some kickass ladies.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle Ash

    It’s no secret that urban fantasy is my favorite subgenre, and I’m also fascinated by necromancers. So when I saw this book online, I knew I needed to read it. I just *knew* that CINDERS OF YESTERDAY was going to be a homerun. Sometimes that anticipation can be dangerous, but I had a feeling that Jen Karner was going to knock this concept out of the park. Reader, I was not wrong. This book is so. good. The book follows two protagonists: Dani Black, hunter of monsters, and Emilie Lockgrove, a mediu It’s no secret that urban fantasy is my favorite subgenre, and I’m also fascinated by necromancers. So when I saw this book online, I knew I needed to read it. I just *knew* that CINDERS OF YESTERDAY was going to be a homerun. Sometimes that anticipation can be dangerous, but I had a feeling that Jen Karner was going to knock this concept out of the park. Reader, I was not wrong. This book is so. good. The book follows two protagonists: Dani Black, hunter of monsters, and Emilie Lockgrove, a medium without most of her memories. The characters meet in the small town of Dawson, where secrets are prevalent and nothing is as it seems, both touched by tragedy at the hands of the necromancer, Spectre. Dani wants to kill him, and Emilie wants to reclaim the memories she lost thanks to Spectre, but those goals aren’t easy to reach because the necromancer won’t die and stay dead. What follows is a story of facing the past and trusting in one’s instincts, even when the path looks bleak. They have great chemistry with each other, and I loved reading their interactions. Both POVs are very different, but amazing, in their own ways, and I enjoyed reading from both perspectives! I think one of my favorite parts about the book is the parallel between Spectre’s inability to die and the road Dani and Emilie have to travel to overcome their pasts. There is something so poetic about the way Karner addressed grief and loss with this hard-to-kill adversary, and it’s *chef’s kiss*. If you like urban fantasy, necromancers, and small-towns with secrets, you don’t want to miss this one! ***I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Supernatural but also been like "Okay... but what if they were lesbians?" Well, do I have the book for you! I am a huge urban fantasy fan, and spent my teen years devouring Buffy the Vampire Slayer then later Supernatural, so this book was right up my alley! Emilie and Dani were two fantastic heroines overcoming their own trauma with a lovely slow burn between them that made me keep wanting more to see where their blooming relationship and and their ad Are you a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Supernatural but also been like "Okay... but what if they were lesbians?" Well, do I have the book for you! I am a huge urban fantasy fan, and spent my teen years devouring Buffy the Vampire Slayer then later Supernatural, so this book was right up my alley! Emilie and Dani were two fantastic heroines overcoming their own trauma with a lovely slow burn between them that made me keep wanting more to see where their blooming relationship and and their adventures would lead them. I loved digging deeper into these characters pasts, and seeing how they would overcome the obstacles they faced. If you want a fast paced paranormal adventure with a slow burn sappic love story, look no further! I can't wait to see what Jen Karner has up next. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    MiskaCZ

    An ARC copy was given to me from BookSirens for a honest review. This book is about Dani Black (a paranormal moster hunter) and Emilie Lockgrove (I didn´t quite understand what Emilie was). I like this book, because I liked the building of the relationship between Dani and Emily as they try to get revenge and defeat their enemy a Necromancer. The fantasy story behind was sometimes difficult to catch, but otherwise I liked the book. I hope, there will be a sequel.....

  6. 5 out of 5

    Della

    As a debut novel, Cinders of Yesterday is an exceptional supernatural mystery which hits all the right notes. Jen Karner is now added to my list of authors whose future works are a must read. The villain Spectre is a necromancer who has murdered all the clairvoyant women in the Devereaux family for the past hundred years. Dani Black is a highly skilled hunter of magic talented individuals who have gone to the dark side. She is seeking her revenge against Spectre for killing her work partner. Emi As a debut novel, Cinders of Yesterday is an exceptional supernatural mystery which hits all the right notes. Jen Karner is now added to my list of authors whose future works are a must read. The villain Spectre is a necromancer who has murdered all the clairvoyant women in the Devereaux family for the past hundred years. Dani Black is a highly skilled hunter of magic talented individuals who have gone to the dark side. She is seeking her revenge against Spectre for killing her work partner. Emilie Lockgrove has returned to her family home to face her past and find out what exactly happened the day her mother died. Magic abounds everywhere but especially in the town of Dawson where Dani and Emilie meet. I eagerly jumped into this story with both feet. Karner has an enthralling rhythm with her writing style and the imaginative story carries you along its twists and turns. The characters are as diverse as their magical specialties and very likeable. The setting of the town of Dawson could not be more frightening and foreboding for its silences and sinister feel. This all comes together to make Cinders of Yesterday a really good read. 4⭐️

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alex (HEABookNerd)

    Series: Legacy of Shadows #1 Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable One Sentence Summary: Monster hunter Dani Black travels to the small town of Dawson in search of a magical blade and gets more than she bargained for when she meets medium Emilie Lockgrove. CINDERS OF YESTERDAY was a lot of fun and hit all the best notes of a paranormal/fantasy book - -magic, monsters, haunted houses, and an MC who can kick some supernatural butt! Dani and Emilie were great MCs with a slowly burning attraction that h Series: Legacy of Shadows #1 Rating: 4 stars - really enjoyable One Sentence Summary: Monster hunter Dani Black travels to the small town of Dawson in search of a magical blade and gets more than she bargained for when she meets medium Emilie Lockgrove. CINDERS OF YESTERDAY was a lot of fun and hit all the best notes of a paranormal/fantasy book - -magic, monsters, haunted houses, and an MC who can kick some supernatural butt! Dani and Emilie were great MCs with a slowly burning attraction that has me excited for more in this series. The plot sucked me in with its SUPERNATURAL and WYNONNA EARP vibes while Dani and Emilie kept me coming back for more. - I have a huge crush on Dani! She’s tough, brave, sarcastic, and a natural born protector. She was born to hunt monsters and she’s one of the best at what she does. She only planned to be in Dawson for a few days while she looked for the veilblade but once she meets Emilie and realizes they share a common enemy in necromancer Spectre she decides to stick around. - Emilie and Dani’s relationship is the slowest of slow burns but they’re a great fit together. Most of CINDERS OF YESTERDAY is focused on recovering Emilie’s memories and defeating Spectre so things are only starting to develop but their connection and attraction is evident from the beginning. - The final fight scene was like an ode to female strength, power, and rage and it was perfect. *chefs kiss* I loved how strong the women in this book were, whether it was Dani’s physical strength, Emilie’s emotional resilience, or Andromeda’s confidence. ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Content Warning: on page death and grief; violence and gore; Emilie’s memories have been magically removed and she’s been led to believe she’s mentally unstable

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I was given a copy of this to review on Netgalley, many thanks to the publishers. Cinders of Yesterday by Jen Karner is an urban fantasy novel based around two protagonists, Dani Black and Emilie Lockgrove. Dani is a monster hunter with a grudge against a 'necromancer' named Spectre, and Emilie is a young woman coming back to her hometown only to be thrown into memories of a life long forgotten. The points of view switch throughout the book between the two women, and we are taken on a winding jo I was given a copy of this to review on Netgalley, many thanks to the publishers. Cinders of Yesterday by Jen Karner is an urban fantasy novel based around two protagonists, Dani Black and Emilie Lockgrove. Dani is a monster hunter with a grudge against a 'necromancer' named Spectre, and Emilie is a young woman coming back to her hometown only to be thrown into memories of a life long forgotten. The points of view switch throughout the book between the two women, and we are taken on a winding journey of family, loss, monsters and even love. The book itself was extremely enjoyable as there really wasn't much downtime when it came to the action and world building that Karner succeeds in giving us. The two protagonists in Dani and Emilie are both so enjoyable and likeable that you feel yourself wanting to know more, wanting to follow them both on their journeys. There is a natural pull between the two women, one that is extremely believable and one that you root for throughout the book. It doesn't feel contrived, false or forced in any way and that just lends itself to an enjoyable experience in getting to know both Dani and Emilie. The world building and lore is very interesting, the differences between the hunters and the Talented and the other side characters were something that kept me reading, kept me wanting more. I would have liked a little more exposition on some of the lore, but overall it really worked to bring you into the story. Spectre is a formidable foe, one that has charm and finesse, yet there does feel to be a little something lacking in regards to his backstory despite that being discussed and examined in the book. He needs a little more punch to his reasonings, and yet at the same time it worked enough for the story and the book and didn't really hold the storyline to a detriment. Overall, I really enjoyed the book and the characters and I would definitely recommend it to my other reader friends. I will definitely look out for the next books in the series as I want to follow Dani and Emilie to see where they end up and who they'll face off against next.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kat Turner

    Cinders of Yesterday is such a cool story that hits all of the crave-worthy beats of a dynamite urban fantasy while offering fresh characters and exciting twists on time-tested tropes. Dani and Emilie, a monster hunter and a medium, come colliding into each other's lives in a small, magical town when their goals align around defeating one very bad bad guy. As the women work to overcome their adversary and battle their own inner specters of trauma, grief, and loss, a profound emotional bond bloss Cinders of Yesterday is such a cool story that hits all of the crave-worthy beats of a dynamite urban fantasy while offering fresh characters and exciting twists on time-tested tropes. Dani and Emilie, a monster hunter and a medium, come colliding into each other's lives in a small, magical town when their goals align around defeating one very bad bad guy. As the women work to overcome their adversary and battle their own inner specters of trauma, grief, and loss, a profound emotional bond blossoms between them. Karner has a palpable talent for uniting internal and external struggles in a manner that lends true complexity to the story. Dani and Emilie, while very different people with their own inner conflicts, are perfectly suited for each other. Cinders of Yesterday combines emotional depth with a sassy, modern voice and humor, page-turning action, and a richly developed paranormal world. A winning tale. *I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to the author and City Owl Press.*

  10. 5 out of 5

    Illustrious Illusions

    This book has a little bit of everything and I really enjoyed it. A bit of paranormal, a budding romance, action, and more! I really hope that this develops into more of a series (even tho there is good closure there are a few open threads), i'd love to visit with these characters again. This book has a little bit of everything and I really enjoyed it. A bit of paranormal, a budding romance, action, and more! I really hope that this develops into more of a series (even tho there is good closure there are a few open threads), i'd love to visit with these characters again.

  11. 4 out of 5

    jess

    Thank you to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for a review! All thoughts and opinions of this book are my own. Cinders of Yesterday by Jen Karner is an urban fantasy that follows two main protagonists, Dani Black, a monster hunter, and Emilie Lockgrove, a medium that has had her memories shielded for most of her life. This story is based in the small town of Dawson, a town with many secrets and plenty of history. Much of the conflict is based around a necromancer, Spectre Thank you to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for a review! All thoughts and opinions of this book are my own. Cinders of Yesterday by Jen Karner is an urban fantasy that follows two main protagonists, Dani Black, a monster hunter, and Emilie Lockgrove, a medium that has had her memories shielded for most of her life. This story is based in the small town of Dawson, a town with many secrets and plenty of history. Much of the conflict is based around a necromancer, Spectre. Defeating him and bringing an end to him is no easy task, as it seems like killing him is next to impossible. Switching between viewpoints of both Dani and Emilie, this story follows their journey of coming to terms with the past and their future, despite everything that seems to be against them. The main characters are truly what made this book extremely interesting to me. There are plenty of moving parts between Dani and Emilie’s backstories, which build up the lore of the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the connection between the two MCs and the development along the way. Even the side characters had a lot of build up and connection with the two main characters which aided in the overall development of Dani and Emilie. It was something that I found was done extremely well, even if certain characters only were there for a few conversations. It made the story feel very well built out and made it feel much more genuine, as if you truly were watching the story unfold in this small town. The flow of the story is very fast paced, and there is action at almost every corner. Even when there is not necessarily ‘in your face’ action, there’s still a lot of good drama or good dialogue going on with the characters as they understand and learn more about their past. The two protagonists add a charm to the story with their striking personalities and add a flair that keeps you turning the page. They certainly have their charm, but also have a harsh side to the both of them which contrasts extremely well against the quaint, charming small town feel you get from Dawson, the center stage for the story. The story is balanced well against the descriptions and the build up of the lore and the backstory that builds into the drives of the main characters. Overall, this was a refreshing tale that had me constantly on my toes. The two protagonists were charming, and I found myself really enjoying the build up and the development of all of the characters. The story was paced well, and while there were a lot of tense, action filled scenes, it felt very well balanced by moments that simply allowed the characters to connect and to build their relationships. I loved the general story a lot, and found it being somewhat of a refreshing read for me. There’s a lot of great chemistry and a lot of amazing lore to keep the reader engaged no matter what part of the story you’re in. With the main characters, the paranormal, and the development throughout the entire story, this is definitely a book that i’d recommend to any fantasy lovers. With its charming main characters and storyline, I would definitely check out any other books in this universe to see how the story continues.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jo Ladzinski

    Read an ARC from the author Content warning: trauma, parental death, house fires, fantasy violence, psychiatric hospital, immolation A necromancer named Spectre killed Dani Black’s partner and the hunter is out for revenge. He also haunts Emilie Lockgrove, a medium with repressed memories and a whole bunch of family trauma to unpack. They come together in Dawson, Maryland, in search of a blade and a way to kill the necromancer once and for all. Smooth as a knife’s edge and just as sharp, an excitin Read an ARC from the author Content warning: trauma, parental death, house fires, fantasy violence, psychiatric hospital, immolation A necromancer named Spectre killed Dani Black’s partner and the hunter is out for revenge. He also haunts Emilie Lockgrove, a medium with repressed memories and a whole bunch of family trauma to unpack. They come together in Dawson, Maryland, in search of a blade and a way to kill the necromancer once and for all. Smooth as a knife’s edge and just as sharp, an exciting and sapphic new entry into the paranormal genre with plenty of scary monsters to go around. The contemporary world-building of talented, casters, and sentinels stays so true to genre and tropes, while also holding its own ground. From start to finish, the factional tensions take center stage in ways that feel fresh and familiar. It’s a lot of fun, especially during the action set pieces and the eerie scenes which stand firmly within the horror genre in fantastically spooky and unnerving ways. Dani has a quick mouth on her, but as the story goes on, a vulnerability shines through as she and Emilie get closer. Their dynamic is so spikey at first, but it makes sense. They both have deep damage to work through. What I loved is that though they both need each other to survive the deadly encounters with Spectre, healing comes from within. It’s beautifully done and swoon-worthy until the very end. I had the incredible privilege of following this book through all phases of its development. I am immensely proud of Jen and the atmospheric, mystical world of magic and otherworldly that they have pulled off here. The world-building is crisp, and the chemistry between Dani and Emilie is the most electric its been. I’m so excited for others to get to experience this book that is equal parts a sapphic fix-it fic of and a love letter to Supernatural.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kimberley van Zyl

    “If experience had taught her anything, it was that men loved explaining things to women.” “Are we more than the sum of our parts? Or just pieces of a puzzle, never finished, always evolving into something more. Something different.” Dani is a hunter who has lived most of her life not knowing where she came from, but knowing that she was meant to hunt. She is a strong, independent character who knows what she wants and goes for it. She is on the hunt for the boogeyman which leads her to a seemin “If experience had taught her anything, it was that men loved explaining things to women.” “Are we more than the sum of our parts? Or just pieces of a puzzle, never finished, always evolving into something more. Something different.” Dani is a hunter who has lived most of her life not knowing where she came from, but knowing that she was meant to hunt. She is a strong, independent character who knows what she wants and goes for it. She is on the hunt for the boogeyman which leads her to a seemingly quiet town. Emilie has lost most of her memories and doesn’t know what she doesn’t remember, but she knows that she needs to go home to find out. She has spent years in psychological treatments and has been putting off going back to her small town of Dawson for a decade but with her Grandpa getting older, she has to go back. I loved this story! It was fast paced and unlike anything I’ve read before. If you enjoy urban fantasy and strong female leads who deal with their trauma, then this is the book for you! Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mai

    Cinders of Yesterday is a great fantasy romance read that will immerse you into a world of hunters, wraiths, talented, bladesingers, and sentinels. After Dani's partner was murdered by a necromancer called Spectre, she sets off to end him once and for all. Her quest leads to a small town, where she bumps into Emilie Lockgrove, who is unknowingly entangled in Spectre's web. Though it takes a bit to understand this world, once Dani and Emilie start working together to end Spectre's destructive cyc Cinders of Yesterday is a great fantasy romance read that will immerse you into a world of hunters, wraiths, talented, bladesingers, and sentinels. After Dani's partner was murdered by a necromancer called Spectre, she sets off to end him once and for all. Her quest leads to a small town, where she bumps into Emilie Lockgrove, who is unknowingly entangled in Spectre's web. Though it takes a bit to understand this world, once Dani and Emilie start working together to end Spectre's destructive cycle, it becomes a very intriguing read as family history is uncovered. Amidst the action and plotting, there is a hint of romance as they start to rely on each other and let down their guard. I enjoyed this debut novel and the characters, especially Emilie. Excited that there may be more to their story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn Anderson

    In Cinders of Yesterday, Jen Karner has perfectly captured the vibes of small town Maryland and intertwined them with enthralling fantasy, fast-paced action, and wonderful tension both paranormal and queer. With narrative from the perspective of both protagonists, Dani Black and Emilie Lockgrove, their individual voices ring clear as they grapple with personal tragedy, rediscover a lost past, and battle the monster that haunts them both. Y'all. I loved it so much! The characters are 🔥🔥🔥 and flow In Cinders of Yesterday, Jen Karner has perfectly captured the vibes of small town Maryland and intertwined them with enthralling fantasy, fast-paced action, and wonderful tension both paranormal and queer. With narrative from the perspective of both protagonists, Dani Black and Emilie Lockgrove, their individual voices ring clear as they grapple with personal tragedy, rediscover a lost past, and battle the monster that haunts them both. Y'all. I loved it so much! The characters are 🔥🔥🔥 and flow of story makes it hard to put down. I recieved an ARC copy in exchange for my honest review and, without question, my next move is pre-ordering a copy to read and re-read. I can't wait to see where the series goes!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    I was caught up in the novel before I realized the genre, but I am very glad that I chose to continue as this is one excellent book! I loved the spunky, paranormal hunter named Dani Black who was determined to kill Spectre, a man that couldn't stay dead, she learns of a weapon in Dawson, Maryland, Dani sets her sights on avenging her friend and partner. If this so called veilblade had the power to kill the monster for good then she was determined to cut him up in pieces and fling his body parts I was caught up in the novel before I realized the genre, but I am very glad that I chose to continue as this is one excellent book! I loved the spunky, paranormal hunter named Dani Black who was determined to kill Spectre, a man that couldn't stay dead, she learns of a weapon in Dawson, Maryland, Dani sets her sights on avenging her friend and partner. If this so called veilblade had the power to kill the monster for good then she was determined to cut him up in pieces and fling his body parts to the wind. Once in Dawson, Dani finds herself bewitched by the lovely Emilie Lockgrove who survived a house fire that killed her mom and severely burned her sister and had just returned to the town that she swore to never return as Spectre wanted her for his own as she looked like her deceased relative. Cinders of Yesterday has nonstop action with Dani facing all kinds of deadly wraiths at Spectre beck and call who tends to leave dead bodies where ever he goes and I can't imagine what book two can outdo this one!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Cinder of Yesterday is the biggest surprise when it comes to book I have read so far this year. This urban fantasy tells a story from the two main leads. The story gives readers the back story of the two characters that helps explain why the characters are hunting down the evil in the world. The story felt very in the moment and the flow was natural between the characters down the the city where everything takes place. As someone who finds most urban fantasy over the top or full of sex. This auth Cinder of Yesterday is the biggest surprise when it comes to book I have read so far this year. This urban fantasy tells a story from the two main leads. The story gives readers the back story of the two characters that helps explain why the characters are hunting down the evil in the world. The story felt very in the moment and the flow was natural between the characters down the the city where everything takes place. As someone who finds most urban fantasy over the top or full of sex. This author has changed my mind and I find myself excited to read more by this author. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of Jen Karner Cinders of Yesterday.

  18. 4 out of 5

    regina schiren

    This book definitely filled a Supernatural sized hole in my heart.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mairead Parkhurst

    Do you like Supernatural? Do you like distressed lesbians? Boy howdy are you going to love this!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Avhlee

    Cinders of Yesterday is a richly developed, action-packed paranormal fantasy debut that everyone needs to read. If you love magic and monsters and badass knife wives, then you'll fall head-over-heels in love with this story. Dani and Emilie are such beautifully messy and relatable characters with so much more to show. I'm beyond excited to see how Jen is going to develop these girls in the sequel, and what sort of trouble they'll get into next. Cinders of Yesterday is a richly developed, action-packed paranormal fantasy debut that everyone needs to read. If you love magic and monsters and badass knife wives, then you'll fall head-over-heels in love with this story. Dani and Emilie are such beautifully messy and relatable characters with so much more to show. I'm beyond excited to see how Jen is going to develop these girls in the sequel, and what sort of trouble they'll get into next.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Turah Shaver

    So. Um. Ya. Please tell me there’s going to be a sequel! Definitely had some unexpected twists and the imagery was awesome. I’d also love some more backstory on the twins and Valkyrie.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Moon Huntress

    I was given a free copy on Netgalley for an honest review Stars: 5 out of 5 Is it sapphic and does it slap? This book. This book is sapphic and curb stomps you to oblivion. Badass women with blades and guns? Traumatized mediums? Freaking necromancers? Your majesty, you have been blessing me by the description alone! Then came the dedication, and I just knew this was a book I would finish in a day. I was completely entranced by the phenomenal writing style and characters. You are introduced to the I was given a free copy on Netgalley for an honest review Stars: 5 out of 5 Is it sapphic and does it slap? This book. This book is sapphic and curb stomps you to oblivion. Badass women with blades and guns? Traumatized mediums? Freaking necromancers? Your majesty, you have been blessing me by the description alone! Then came the dedication, and I just knew this was a book I would finish in a day. I was completely entranced by the phenomenal writing style and characters. You are introduced to the characters immediately and you love these characters as you watch their characters develop and go through this journey. The romance between Emilie and Dani was just a hint but I appreciated that as it gives us more room to develop it and wasn't rushed or forced. This is truly one of my favourites and I can tell that this book will be one of booktok's favourite books in the near future.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Thuy

    Cinders of Yesterday by Jen Karner is an action-packed paranormal fantasy filled with magic, mayhem, and creepy small town vibes. The story is told in dual POV by Dani, a badass monster-hunter, and Emilie, an amnesiac from an infamous magical family, who join forces to hunt down the biggest, baddest monster of all, a vengeful necromancer who can’t be killed. I’m a sucker for atmospheric books with ghosts and rapid-fire fight scenes, and this one has ‘em in spades! Also, the glimpses of a world b Cinders of Yesterday by Jen Karner is an action-packed paranormal fantasy filled with magic, mayhem, and creepy small town vibes. The story is told in dual POV by Dani, a badass monster-hunter, and Emilie, an amnesiac from an infamous magical family, who join forces to hunt down the biggest, baddest monster of all, a vengeful necromancer who can’t be killed. I’m a sucker for atmospheric books with ghosts and rapid-fire fight scenes, and this one has ‘em in spades! Also, the glimpses of a world beyond the veil with inspirations from Greek mythology were so cool. All of this, along with Karner’s engaging writing style and witty dialogue makes Cinders a thoroughly enjoyable read!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Penny

    I just had to read this book after I read the blurb about it. I love magic and books that have that as the universe. At first, it took me a little bit to get used to the way this author introduced us to the universe. But after I got used to it, it was smooth sailing from then on out. I loved the way the author used POVs from both main protagonists, and we got to see how things were progressing in the story although that did make it hard to be as invested in the side characters as much as I would I just had to read this book after I read the blurb about it. I love magic and books that have that as the universe. At first, it took me a little bit to get used to the way this author introduced us to the universe. But after I got used to it, it was smooth sailing from then on out. I loved the way the author used POVs from both main protagonists, and we got to see how things were progressing in the story although that did make it hard to be as invested in the side characters as much as I would have liked. However, this was an excellent book, and I would like to read more. Recommend. I was provided a complimentary copy which I voluntarily reviewed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ban

    Woah. I'm still a bit speechless with how all of this turned out. That was bloody fantastic. I was intrigued once I've met both Dani and Emilie and once they met it was very very hard to put that book down. It wouldn't let me go until I finished reading the very last page. There's action, fantastic world building and the characters? Brilliant. Once you meet the characters, you can't help falling in love with them. They're intriguing and anything but flat. Their abilities? Their history? Loved it Woah. I'm still a bit speechless with how all of this turned out. That was bloody fantastic. I was intrigued once I've met both Dani and Emilie and once they met it was very very hard to put that book down. It wouldn't let me go until I finished reading the very last page. There's action, fantastic world building and the characters? Brilliant. Once you meet the characters, you can't help falling in love with them. They're intriguing and anything but flat. Their abilities? Their history? Loved it. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dana Gricken

    Loved this book so much!! Loved the LGBTQ+ representation, the urban fantasy aspect, the unique take on the monster-killing genre, and the Supernatural/Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes. Dani is totally the type of character I’d want watching my back on a hunt! She was a badass, take-no-crap kind of heroine who always gets the job done — an awesome role model for young women. If you enjoy urban fantasy, consider picking up CINDERS OF YESTERDAY! I certainly hope there’ll be another book in the serie Loved this book so much!! Loved the LGBTQ+ representation, the urban fantasy aspect, the unique take on the monster-killing genre, and the Supernatural/Buffy the Vampire Slayer vibes. Dani is totally the type of character I’d want watching my back on a hunt! She was a badass, take-no-crap kind of heroine who always gets the job done — an awesome role model for young women. If you enjoy urban fantasy, consider picking up CINDERS OF YESTERDAY! I certainly hope there’ll be another book in the series because I’m so eager to see what comes next for the characters. 5/5 stars!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ngoni Brian

    This book turned out to be quite a blast, I nearly gave up within a few pages , but I am glad I didn't give up. Jen Karner creates a world that grabs you and doesn't let go. Dani's toughness and Emilie's tenderness bring together two forces that end up being the difference. The book is full of twists and turns perfectly executed, there is no boring part once you get past the intro. I recommend it highly!! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. This book turned out to be quite a blast, I nearly gave up within a few pages , but I am glad I didn't give up. Jen Karner creates a world that grabs you and doesn't let go. Dani's toughness and Emilie's tenderness bring together two forces that end up being the difference. The book is full of twists and turns perfectly executed, there is no boring part once you get past the intro. I recommend it highly!! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen Knab

    I enjoyed the book. I couldn't put it down. I liked the style of writing and it was an easy read. The author was able to bring you into the book as if you were right there with the characters and experiencing what they are going through. It has a Supernatural vibe to it which is also great. I enjoyed the book. I couldn't put it down. I liked the style of writing and it was an easy read. The author was able to bring you into the book as if you were right there with the characters and experiencing what they are going through. It has a Supernatural vibe to it which is also great.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Todd Bliss

    This is a great action packed story with romance mixed in and it will make you care for the characters and cheer for the MC to win I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Casian Holly

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