Ema Volf

Biography

Ema lives in Northwest Arkansas with her husband, son, cat, two dogs, and chinchilla. She spends her days trying to balance the never-ending work of a homemaker and the schedules of all members of her household while remaining relatively sane.

An avid reader, what time she has to herself is usually spent buried in the pages of a book. She enjoys nearly every genre, but particularly enjoys paranormal fiction of all types and age ranges.

While she constantly has stories and characters rolling around in her head, Avery called to her the loudest. After several months of conversing with Avery, Ema decided to put pen to paper and let others visit Eirny and its beloved residents.

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Smashwords book reviews by Ema Volf

  • Guardian on April 26, 2012

    I must admit I had a hard time putting this book down. Gillian Joy did a fantastic job weaving actual events into this fictional story. We are first introduced to Hannah and her mother, who have an intriguing (and at times heart-wrenching) relationship. The death of her mother threw her through a loop just as she was learning how to be the guardian of the supernatural world. While she lost her way for a while, she spent a long time getting her life back on track. I don’t want to ruin too much if the story, but finding out that some people from her old life survived really made my day! The different species of supernatural beings also caught (and kept) my attention. This story has witches, werewolves, vampires, nephilim, fairies, angels, and more! Some of my favorite things! I have to say, the wait for the next book is going to be a very long one, and I’ll be picking this book up again for several rereads in the future! It has everything! Fantastic characters, intriguing storyline, awkward love triangles, heartwarming relationships of all kinds, and several questions I will have a hard time waiting for the next book to have answered!
  • Midnight Hunter Book One in the Midnight Hunter Trilogy on June 16, 2012

    This is the first book in The Midnight Hunter Trilogy, and I have to say, it’s definitely a great start! I enjoyed this book from the very beginning even through the author bio in the back! Yes, I said it! I even read the author bio and it made me giggle! Midnight Hunter mainly focuses on a young woman named Donna. Even from the beginning, Donna has strange dreams that seem to get a little too close for comfort. Soon enough, she even starts to sustain injuries from things that happen in her dreams. Donna’s friend, Mo, decides she wants to take Donna to a club. What Donna wasn’t aware of at first is the fact that girls matching Donna’s description had been disappearing from this club. Preferring to stay further away from crowds, Donna head to a more secluded place in the club where she meets Hunter, your typical broody male vampire. We soon find out that Hunter is the brother of the man responsible for the disappearances. While there are some pieces of this story that do fall into the category of “typical vampire romance,” I found myself drawn into this story by parts that were really very unique. I even found myself loving a few of the lesser characters. Really that’s something that Bonnie Bernard does very well. She knows how to bring amazing characters. In fact, there was even one character, specifically a weapons dealer, that we only got to meet through a phone call and a few brief mentions in conversations, that I would love to be a fly on the wall to watch inside his shop even for a day! Overall, I loved this book from cover to cover! If you haven’t read it yet, you’re missing out!
  • Dawn of the Hunter - Book Two on June 18, 2012

    It's now 3:30 in the morning and I just now finished Dawn of the Hunter by Bonnie Bernard. This is book 2 in The Midnight Hunter Trilogy. Why am I still up at 3:30? Because I couldn't put the darn thing down! That's why! I'm hooked! This book starts up a few months after the point where we left off in Midnight Hunter. We don't get an easy introduction either. Right off the bat we find that Donna and Hunter's infant daughter, Lucinda, was stolen by Stephan, Hunter's brother who was previously thought to have been killed. Donna was visited by the goddess Alicia and instructed to seek help from the weapons dealer that I mentioned I wanted to meet in the last book! And I have to say, I wasn't disappointed! He is exactly as fascinating as I'd imagined, if not more so! On the way to their rescue mission, we are informed that a woman named Cassie has also gone missing. Cassie had found the lost copy of an Underworld Prophecy, and was able to translate it, making her a target for Underworld creatures. One of the things I found most interesting was watching that prophecy unravel. When I started to really learn about it, and the characters that were foretold to be involved, I couldn't help but wonder how in the world the author was going to pull it off without either having the characters destroy each other or having the whole thing be completely unbelievable for the reader. Yet again, I was pleasantly surprised. The author pulled it off beautifully. This book was much more fast-paced than the one before it. It had much more action, but not so much that it leaves the reader overwhelmed or confused. Just the right amount. It definitely kept my mind wondering and guessing what could possibly happen next, and definitely not in a bad way. Once again, I really have to give the author props for her characters. Bonnie Bernard definitely knows her characters, and she fleshes them out so well, they seem to hang around in your head long after you've put the book down.
  • Final Hour of the Hunter Book Three in The Midnight Hunter Trilogy on June 19, 2012

    Today I finished Final Hour of the Hunter by Bonnie Bernard. This is the third book of The Midnight Hunter Trilogy. Like the first two, I was drawn in almost immediately. We start out with Donna living a somewhat normal existence for the next two years after the battle from the last book. However, it was pretty short-lived from where we pick up the story. One day, on the way to the grocery store, she accidentally runs over/through Ursula, the goddess of chaos. Naturally, the goddess was a bit ticked off, and left Donna with a threat to end her world as she knows it. In typical Donna fashion, she avoids telling her husband, Hunter, about it. She simply wanted the peace she had been enjoying for the last couple of years to stick around a while longer. Soon, we meet up with Cassie, the Prophecy Holder. She has continued with her job of translating the Underworld Prophecy that had been left by the gods. We soon learn that she is pregnant with Howie's twins, which makes them a vampire/demon/human hybrid. Similarly to Donna's daughter Lucinda, we later learn that these twins have their own place in the prophecy. Before long, the goddess of chaos begins to fulfill her promise, with the help of The Trickster, and people close to Donna start to go missing. Donna, Hunter, and their vampire/demon/human family set out to defeat the goddess, and bring their loved ones back. Naturally, they run across several obstacles along the way, including a few that really just had me stunned into speechlessness, which is an incredibly rare occurrence for me. As I said in both of my previous reviews for Bonnie Bernard, she knows her characters. She paints amazingly colorful and entertaining characters that really make this book (and the entire series) stand out. This is definitely something that consistently stands out for her, and something I admire about her. This story is incredibly fast-paced and draws you in from the beginning. It seems something was always happening. Although, Howie is certainly not one to allow room for any boredom. ;-) One of the things I loved most about this series as a whole was the reminder that even though things are frequently labelled good or bad, that doesn't necessarily mean they are. It was more true to life. In most stories, vampires and demons are bad. In those same stories gods/goddesses and humans are good. In this story, the author made sure to clarify that things aren't quite so black and white. There's always a lot of grey area. One of my favorite parts of this story was near the end when a father told his daughter (leaving names out to avoid spoilers) that she would find the man she'd be with and have a child with, and he'd be evil. Seeing this male character through much of the book, I couldn't help but laugh to myself and think, "Well, he's not evil per se ... He's more ... chaotic neutral." I love that the author made sure that her characters were more colorful and complicated than simply good or evil. It definitely makes the read more intriguing.
  • Blood Thirst on June 21, 2012

    I just finished Blood Thirst by LA Freed, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Angela was heading to her car when she was attacked by a vampire named Matthew. She managed to bite him in defense and swallowed some of his blood, but as a human, she was no match for him. She was knocked unconscious and thrown into a river. She managed to escape her sunken car and went back to her hotel. Near death and almost bloodless, she was visited by a vampire named Elijah, who offered to change her into a full vampire. If he didn't, she would die. After much deliberation, she went to find him, and not a moment too soon. There are countless coming-of-age human stories. This is somewhat of a coming-of-age vampire story. We follow Angela through her change from mortal to immortal, mistakes and lessons included. LA Freed really pulls you into the story to the point where, at times, you feel like you're going through it yourself. Much of this story is definitely not what it seems, not even Matthew and Elijah. Just when I thought I had things figured out, I was proven to have figured out absolutely nothing. It was unusual and welcome. With the countless vampire stories that have popped up recently, I'm happy to say that this is definitely not your average vampire story. It was positively captivating.
  • Blood Thirst on June 21, 2012

    I just finished Blood Thirst by LA Freed, and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Angela was heading to her car when she was attacked by a vampire named Matthew. She managed to bite him in defense and swallowed some of his blood, but as a human, she was no match for him. She was knocked unconscious and thrown into a river. She managed to escape her sunken car and went back to her hotel. Near death and almost bloodless, she was visited by a vampire named Elijah, who offered to change her into a full vampire. If he didn't, she would die. After much deliberation, she went to find him, and not a moment too soon. There are countless coming-of-age human stories. This is somewhat of a coming-of-age vampire story. We follow Angela through her change from mortal to immortal, mistakes and lessons included. LA Freed really pulls you into the story to the point where, at times, you feel like you're going through it yourself. Much of this story is definitely not what it seems, not even Matthew and Elijah. Just when I thought I had things figured out, I was proven to have figured out absolutely nothing. It was unusual and welcome. With the countless vampire stories that have popped up recently, I'm happy to say that this is definitely not your average vampire story. It was positively captivating.
  • Forever on June 30, 2012

    I really loved Guardian by Gillian Joy, so when I found out that its next part, Forever, had been released, I was beyond ecstatic! It got bumped up on my reading list because it was just screaming at me! We catch up with Hannah in Australia. She's figuring out the whole single parent thing without the help of Sam, who had been her help since her husband died. Sam had decided to go join the vampire custos with Jesse. Hannah was approached by the fairy prince, who had fallen in love with a human. Fairy-human relationships are against fairy law and his mother was extremely upset about it. Hannah decides to try to help him work the situation out. It was a complicated and heart-wrenching situation for her and everyone involved. She also has to figure out why the mermaids keep trying to get her to go swimming with them. The idea terrified her, especially with the nightmares she'd been having that always ended in her drowning. She eventually caves, and goes with them to find a most surprising visitor! I loved the overall story. Like Guardian, it was fantastic and pulled me right in. The characters were colorful and the places we got to see were described so beautifully that I almost felt like I was there. I found Hannah a bit more annoying than usual, though. For the most part, she was stubborn to the point of obnoxiousness, and I really wanted to reach through the pages and smack her around a bit. I'm not entirely sure it was a bad thing, though, seeing as how just about every other character in the book wanted to do the same. So if that was the goal ... Mission: Accomplished. We did get to see a pieces of where she wants to go with the situation of the vampire who killed her mother, but it was mainly a few conversations here and there. This is the situation I really am intrigued to watch the resolution. This situation alone is enough to keep me on pins and needles for the next book!
  • Purgatory Reign on Feb. 16, 2013

    I'm not sure where to begin! I adored this book! It had everything I look for! I was blessed to be given an ARC copy for review, and I have to say, it makes me a bit sad that a lot of people couldn't read this book yet. Yes! It was that good! When a girl dies in his arms, Peter Saints's life is really thrown through a loop. He is immediately sent on a journey that seems a bit impossible, but he is strong and determined. Peter might be young, but he has a past that makes him seem so much older. People seem to die all around him, and like anyone else would, he fully blames himself for it. He's a bit jaded and can be a bit of a jerk at times, but you know what? I probably would be too if I were in his shoes. The best way to keep people from falling into the death trap that seems to surround you would be to scare them the heck away! The important thing is that we always know that underneath all the anger, fear, and pain, he is a great guy and a fascinating character. Along the way, he meets a few friends, and many, MANY foes. His friends, while weak in some ways, have definite strengths, both in their actions in the book and as characters from a reader's standpoint. They are realistic enough that I could even see pieces of them in my own friends. They pull him through even though toughest scrapes. Most importantly, they both teach him things about himself and everything around him. When I pick up a book of any kind, I'm all about the life lessons! I look for these! I truly enjoyed the development of Peter's character once his friends were brought into the picture. The world that LM Preston created is terrifying! Why? Because it's just like ours. I'm probably going to be looking at people a bit funny for a week, wondering if there's a creepy demon riding on their shoulders. I particularly enjoyed learning about the secret societies. They were well-thought out and well-rounded. I was given enough information to not be completely lost, but not so much that I'm not genuinely curious. I finished the book hours ago, and I already want to know more. I truly enjoyed this story. It has everything. Action that kept me on the edge of my seat, love that I found believably flawed and yet beautiful at the same time, loss that really tore at my heart, lessons that keep me thinking after I put it down, friendships that only added to the character development, and tons of intriguing paranormal story line woven in to keep me wanting more. I seriously can't wait until the next one! The wait is going to be torture!
  • Thundering Luv on May 22, 2013

    So it's the time of year when I love to read stories from warmer places. If I can't go on vacation, then I love to read about places I'd LOVE to go on vacation if I could. This book definitely had that. This was a great read. It was also relatively short, so it would be PERFECT for the inevitable wait times that real life loves to bring. Thundering Luv follows Jewel, for the most part. Jewel has a ton of emotional baggage from a less than ideal family life. She is that girl in high school that all the boys love because she is everything they can't have. In fact, we find that several of the jocks turn her into a bit of a conquest, which inevitably caused more emotional baggage that she's not always sure how to handle. For the most part, this story takes place during Jewel's beach vacation with her friends. I definitely enjoy the interaction between her and her friends. Her relationships with her friends definitely remind me of my relationships with my friends from high school. It definitely took me back to a simpler time. Through a bit of an unfortunate attempt at opening a door to flirtation gone wrong, Jewel meets Colin, who is on vacation with his friend, Jake. Colin has a bit of emotional baggage too, so it was interesting to see how they'd react to each other. Colin walked into the story with a less than ideal opinion of Jewel, because one of her previous relationships had been with his cousin. Throughout the story, Colin has to sort out what she actually is versus what everyone thinks she is. Although they both tried extremely hard to deny it, they were immediately attracted to each other. One of the things that made me happy was that with all the emotional baggage, the story did progress as it otherwise should. However, it didn't progress too quickly. I liked that there was some restraint. With that much going on emotionally, I wouldn't have believed it without at least a small amount of restraint. Though this book took place over a vacation, I was surprised to see how much both Jewel and Colin grew emotionally in that short amount of time. I'm a firm believer in the idea that just because a story is short, that doesn't mean that there's no time for character growth. I was extremely happy to see that this author agrees with me. Another thing I loved about this story was that although this story was short, it certainly wasn't lacking. It didn't cut off too soon, and I was completely satisfied with where it ended. I didn't feel cheated out of a good story. But it was the perfect length for someone like me that doesn't always have infinite amounts of time to read.
  • Flutter Of Luv on July 15, 2013

    This is a great short story for those inevitable down times in life! Dawn is a bit of a tomboy, and she's kind of overshadowed by her best friend. She doesn't generally mind it, until she meets Tony. At first, she avoids him, too afraid she'll be far too awkward for him to feel comfortable around, as any girl with her first real crush would be. When they finally do speak, they become close friends, and deeper feelings develop from there. The author really gets into the mindset of an awkward teen, and it brings this story to life. The reader feels her frustration, discomfort, and longing right along with her. It's a bit difficult to send me back into my teen years, but reading this was like living them all over again. The only minor issue I had with it was that Tony kept trying to push her to change herself a bit. Wear her hair down, wear contacts, etc. I'm not big on others pushing people to change. The only reason it was only minor to me was that, although he WAS pushing her to make those changes, the reader can tell that he is only trying to do so because he cares about her and wants to see her happy. She does have a tendency to hide behind her glasses and such. Although this story was short, I didn't feel cheated out of a great story. It was all there. There wasn't much filler, and the story didn't feel either empty or rushed, like many short stories tend to. This author definitely didn't disappoint. Beautiful story. I will definitely be rereading it later.