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The Nightbloods and Seers have many buried secrets. Some of those secrets are deadly.Beneath the light of a full moon, the coven is dancing. They are dancing as they await another Awakening, a dream that defines every witch’s destiny. It doesn’t matter that the coven is cheering and anticipating her turn into womanhood, because Calli doesn’t want any of it. She doesn’t wanThe Nightbloods and Seers have many buried secrets. Some of those secrets are deadly.Beneath the light of a full moon, the coven is dancing. They are dancing as they await another Awakening, a dream that defines every witch’s destiny. It doesn’t matter that the coven is cheering and anticipating her turn into womanhood, because Calli doesn’t want any of it. She doesn’t want to see the face of the hired hand Isaiah, nor does she desire the pursuits of a very determined Nightblood as she runs from a future with the Ordinary help. She knows that regardless of whether she taps into forbidden magic or not, an Awakening is rumored to hold ultimate power over the Seer who dreams it.While the other Seers her age are given to their parties, their enchantments, and the lust of Nightblood suitors, Calli must choose how she'll endure the worst of her visions. There may be a way to survive her sleep, but she's not sure she can defeat the truth that will find her when she’s wide awake. Does real love even stand a chance against the darkest of magic?...

Title : The Short Life of Sparrows
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ISBN : 24568450
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Number of Pages : 431 Pages
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The Short Life of Sparrows Reviews

  • S.K. Munt
    2019-03-16 05:39

    Move to the top of your TBRThis book will take you outside of yourself and make the world fall away. I've had many pretty things to say about Emm Cole's other two novels but The Short Life Of Sparrows is more of an experience than a story. I usually like to share amusing gif's with my bigger reviews but for this one, I'm going to paste imagery which recreates the haunting beauty this novel inspired within my imagination. I even felt more romantic, reading this, like the life between the pages could be transferred to my own existence and make it more. There is nothing generic about this novel. Every character, every scene, every plot twist is utterly unique and following the adventure felt like having one of those really good stretches after having sat in the same position for so long, turning page after page of cliches before finding something that makes you shiver deliciously. It's seductive, whimsical, gripping and oh so beautiful that it will make you ache.As an author I must admit that I'm green with jealousy over Emm's incredible use of descriptive language. She just has a way of painting a picture with a magic brush that the rest of us could never wield with such understated, creative elegance. And I assume that this would have been a very easy task for her with a storyline so unlike any other! She's taken such a stock-standard subject, like witches, and put this fantastical spin on it so that you end up feeling like she's gone out on a mythology branch of her own creation and I suppose that it exactly what she's done. The village where the novel is set is like no other. This story is dark, very dark at times and then ethereally light at others and yet the setting is just so damn unique that it offers yet another level for the imagination to roll about on. Imagine if Tim Burton and Dr Suess painted a canvas together- that's what I saw in the Seer's village, where the witches have the ability to change their houses and affect their environment to suit their needs, provided they don't mind offering a sacrifice in return. It's just so creative! There's this magical atmosphere to it which is almost consistently touched by foreboding and then you have these two sects of people existing separately, but in close proximity to one another and safeguarding the human race which they have completely detached themselves from. The seer's are the witches, and the Nightbloods are their, well I'll use 'mates' for lack of a better word because although their lives are woven together by unbreakable threads, they can never be cinched tightly enough to become one. Both sects must make use of their magical gifts, but if they get too close, all hell breaks loose. And when an 'Ordinary' (human) comes to live amongst these eccentric people, the shit really does hit the cauldron and a whole lot of mysteries suddenly unfurl to stage a very romantic and often painful romance.TSLOS is sexy and haunting. Exciting and yet homey and every single character is captivating, especially the three main characters. I love the fact that the heroine Call isn't some Mary-Jane, she's sassy and bitter and quick to lose her temper, and the two male protagonists (Okay so one's a sexy-ass antagonist. Woot! Go the bad boys!) are so real that they practically peel themselves off the page. 5 stars are not enough! Read this if you're in to Paranormal romance, Fantasy romance, Fantasy, Romance, Dark Fantasy or you know- Books. Move this to the top of your TBR and watch this lady very closely because she's going to open minds and rock worlds :)

  • samantha(books-are-my-life20)
    2019-03-15 09:54

    I very much enjoyed the story. Felt it was a real fiction. A view into the unknown it was well-developed. i was really involved with the characters early on in the book as the two main characters tell you their stories it kept my attention from beginning to end!

  • Sara Mack
    2019-03-22 08:09

    What can I say about The Short Life of Sparrows? Every time I think about the title I want to cry! And yes, that's a good thing. This book brought me out of a lengthy book funk. I wasn't connecting with anything I picked up - until I met Calli, Isaiah, Rowe, and Daphne.The Short Life of Sparrows delves into the world of Seers and Nightbloods (witches and warlocks to Ordinaries like you and me). The story is told from both Calli and Isaiah's POV in alternating chapters. Calli is a feisty Seer who is on the verge of turning eighteen and experiencing her first Awakening, a vision of an event that will happen among the Ordinaries. Calli is headstrong, sometimes to a fault, but you can't help but love her. Isaiah is the reluctant hero who I fell for the moment I met him. He's an Ordinary who takes a summer job as a hired hand for Lil, Calli's aunt.I won't recap the story because learning how this world works is what draws you in. Discovering the roles the Seers and Nightbloods play, their purpose, and the breaking down of stereotypes will keep the pages turning. And the love. Don't forget about the love! I'm a huge fan of building relationships, not wham-insta-love. The Short Life of Sparrows has meaningful relationships in spades. Not just between the love interests, but in the relationships of the secondary characters as well. (Speaking of, I kinda love Mildred. Just wait until you meet her.) Emm Cole writes the scenery and emotions in this story so well. Nothing is over the top. It's just...perfect. There are a couple borderline gruesome situations, but nothing I couldn't handle. Until the end.Fair warning: your heart will be ripped out, stomped on, and returned to you a bruised mess. Have the tissues ready because this is an ugly cry. UGLY. How could you do this to me Emm? I kept waiting for a miracle, and it never happened. It never happened. Might I suggest a re-write? Pleeeeeeeese?Even though she broke my heart, I love this story and the author. For those of you I worried with my last paragraph, there is an HEA. Curious? I thought you might be. Pick up The Short Life of Sparrows. You won't regret it.

  • Emm Cole
    2019-03-10 11:46

    The Audiobook version of THE SHORT LIFE OF SPARROWS is now available! Thank you guys for all of the love and enthusiasm you've shown for this indie story. It means everything to me.AUDIBLE:

  • Sara
    2019-03-12 13:42

    Wow. I'm not even sure what to say about this book. The ending was not as I expected at all. It was devastating and unbelievable. Yet It was beautiful in its own way.This is told from two point of views. This automatically made me think that these two would fall in love, but I was surprised by the many twists in the story. I don't want to spoil anything so just go read about Calli and Isaiah and Rowe and Daphne.

  • Jen
    2019-02-27 13:54

    I finished this book squealing with delight. Now, as I am writing this review I am embarrassing myself, shovelling praise all over poor Emm Cole in true fan girl style whilst bombarding her with questions....Will this be a series? Please let there be another. Even at the half way point, perhaps even the beginning I knew the remaining pages wouldn't be enough. I raced through this story. I simply couldn't put it down. I had to know the secrets that lie hidden within the coven walls, and boy was there many. And I was right., turning that final page, it wasn't enough. Although I got all the answers I needed and some I could have done without ( I still haven't forgiven Cole for one in particular) I still need more! In fact I am considering going all Kathy Bates on Cole. Subjection to misery until she submits to a sequel. Now, before I am arrested I should move on. You think you know this genre? You know how this story will play out? You know nothing John Snow ;) I was more than half way though before I realised I was completely on the wrong path. Cole has created a unique world for Callie where not everything is at it appears to be and I could not put it down until I squeezed the essence out of this book and when I was done I had laughed, shivered in fear, cried and cheered. Oh and I added another name to my little black book of book boyfriends. This is a unique and engaging read that I will continue to read again and again. Nothing I can say would do this story justice. You will just have to trust me, read it then thank me later :)

  • Zarah
    2019-03-23 05:45

    Review to come after I remember how to think and breathe and ... form sentences.In the meanwhile: READ THIS BOOK!(And make sure you have tissues at the ready.)ETA:First of all, I'd like to state that it's been 10 hours since I finished reading this book and that my eyes, despite the pitiful amount of sleep I actually got after opting to read instead of following Mr Sandman into the woods, are still puffy. I look like crap. And I couldn't be happier about that fact.I also want to point out that this review won't be of the fact-based variety. It'll be a emotional, messy and longwinded declarationoflove-kind. You'll understand, after you've read it!Okay... *flexes fingers*Here we go.I admit that it took me a few chapters to get into the book. My mind was a bit distracted, I found myself wondering how a dirt poor orphan could express himself so beautifully, and I was generally a bit off in my reading. Maybe I should have taken that as a hint and continued to read my "bathtub novel" (you know? The kind that you bring on vacation or into the tub. Amusing but nothing of much importance. Nothing that STICKS.) but I am glad I didn't - because then I found myself entranced with this story, and desperately in love with its characters.You know the feeling? When you have to be elsewhere but you can't concentrate on what you're supposed to do, because you just really want to go home and read more of those enchanting words?Yeah, that feeling.So I made a huge mistake.Come nighttime, I grabbed my phone and started up my Kindle. I was just a little ways into the book and I figured I'd just read a chapter. I really needed to go straight to sleep but... what harm could a chapter (maybe two) do? Right?Wrong!Several hours later, my heart was shattered into pieces, my eyes were smarting from too many tears, my nose was red and swollen from all the sniffling and I was so deeply, madly, hopelessly in love with the book - even if it DARED to end - that I had no choice but to curl up on the couch, have a huge glass of tea and just ... focus on trying to remember how to breathe!I kid you not. I laughed out loud so many times that I am amazed my husband got even a little bit of sleep, highlighted more portions of the pages than I ever think I have in a book and I cried so hard I literally (and I MEAN that. Not in the way it's used, but really, really) couldn't breathe and had to kick my mattress to get my emotions out.Is this book perfect? Maybe not. There might have been a few minor mistakes. (I stress the word MINOR here.) At times I wondered a little about actions and reactions - but you know who make me feel that way?You know who makes me questions their ways?People do. Real people. That's they key here.These characters are more than words on paper. They have hearts and souls and secrets and are complex in a way that moves me and makes me want to count them as my friends.Emm Cole has written more than a book.She's fashioned a world of wondrous people and magnificient, horrifying, heartbreakingly beautiful beings.She's told tales of love in so many ways - not "just" romantic love but love for firends, for family, for oneself... She's written of loneliness, of fear, of cruelty and callousness. Of hope, wishes and of the secrets people keep from themselves.She's done so in the most eloquent, exquisite of ways, painting a vivid world that is mesmerising in and of itself.And she stole a piece of my heart with it.I repeat what I said before:READ THIS BOOK.Make sure you have time for it and that your spouse (if you're reading next to him/her) isn't of the kind that wakes easily....and don't forget the tissues.(I got this book for Kindle, free of charge as the author had a Halloween-giveaway, but not in exchange for anything at all. Not even a review. I just honestly fell desperately in love with it and chose to review it. I WILL buy a paperback version as well. Just one is NOT enough.)

  • Donna
    2019-03-02 13:46

    Let’s just get this out of the way: What a great book. It is very unique and creative. Well written. Imaginative and completely threw me for a loop. In The ShortLife of Sparrows, we get chapters in alternate POVs - Callie and Isaiah. We start with Callie when she’s at a cusp in her life - when she becomes an “adult” and goes to her own Awakening. Kinda like a debutant party except in the extreme. It’s the beginning of the end for these women, the start of their dreaming of the horrible things Ordinary’s will do, which is a price that these people pay for their magic gift. And Callie isn’t looking forward to her new life of dreams, much less her first vision. Meanwhile, Lil (Callie’s aunt) takes on an Ordinary, Isaiah, who rocks what the rest of the community thinks of Ordinaries and challenges their preconceived notions of how useful they are. Callie and Isaiah were both likable characters and it was nice to see an actual friendship build between them vs a romantic relationship. It was touching and I felt as they did - they were sibling-like in their affections. The romances that did develop with Daphne and Rowe (not with each other of course) was also very well told. I really enjoyed seeing how Rowe changed throughout the book. How the consequences of using magic was only brought to his attention after he realized how upset Callie was. How he wasn’t afraid of using magic if it meant she was okay. The romance that built between he and Callie was slow, but definitely sweet and deep. But it was the changes within Callie that was the real focal point of the story. How she let go of her prejudices with both Isaiah and Rowe, and allowed the story to unfold at her pace.I was completely thrown by the ending. I mean, completely.thrown. I have to admit, I shed some tears when I read the last few chapters. It was so touching and … special. Although it was unexpected, I absolutely loved the ending and the heartfelt emotions it evoked. It was a really creative and well written story and one that I’ll reread in the future. Thanks for the opportunity to review it.

  • Kacy
    2019-03-11 05:52

    Goodreads deleted my review from 3 years ago 😭. So I will write a new one!I was just thinking about this book. I saw a sparrow and my heart hurt because I thought of this title. Emm Cole is brilliant. Her style of writing is absolutely beautiful and I cannot understand why this book is not more popular. How have none of my GR friends read this??? It needs to change. You know those books that you read and think about years later? Literally this one is it. It was so unexpected that I would love this book as much as I do. The journey that you fall into with this story is just wonderful and heartbreaking and breathtaking and just downright amazing.

  • Aprille
    2019-03-24 13:58

    ** GIVEAWAY ** I interviewed Emm Cole on my blog! Check it out and enter the (international) paperback giveaway! Short Life of Sparrows was brought to my attention by the 'I Can't Believe it's Self-Published!' list. When it reached the top, I was sucked in by the cover, and I knew I had to have it.My (gorgeous) paperback copy arrived about a week ago, and I devoured this book in only a few nights. The writing is spectacular, and I cannot fault it in any way. The characters are so real they practically jump off the page. But what surprised me most was the romance. (Mild spoilers, nothing serious). I was so ready to accept the cliched romance that I thought was coming. I wasn't expecting to be proven wrong, and I was. I've stated before that I love books that can do this. Surprise me, and you'll get five stars. I'd give this book ten, if possible, because it consistently surprised me. This book is not cliched - and I love it.The character development - which so many authors struggle with, myself included - was perfect. It was slow, and deliberate. The changes made within each character was explained and relative to reason. The happenings within the coven and their attitude to Ordinaries pushed certain characters to reassess what they considered important - which led to some startling revelations... and relationships.This book doesn't shy from tough writing, hereby meaning 'the gross demon' and the sexual side of relationships. The one sex scene was tastefully done and correlated directly with the character development. My one gripe with the story (view spoiler)[ When Calli decides to leave with Rowe, she doesn't say goodbye to Daphne or attempt to make her leave with them. Daphne really got screwed over by this ending, and my heartbreak was all for her. I kind of wanted an epilogue so we could see what happened to Daphne, but by the last scene in which she's present, I don't think we want to see how that ends. (hide spoiler)]Read this book. I'm about to track down the author's other series because I need more of her writing in my life. I cannot recommend this highly enough - if you're only going to read one indie book this year, make it The Short Life of Sparrows.

  • Bella
    2019-03-11 07:44

    This book was given to me by the author for an honest review. Beautiful prose. Wonderful setting. Tim Burton feel sceneries and a brand new twist. There are hundreds of fiction about witches and warlocks that is not something new. But what if you took those and made a different concept of them? Like if you added new ingredients to a very old recipe and somehow it worked very well. This is what the author managed to make: she gave us the Seers and the Nightbloods who make magic and live in a very wonderful world filled with colors and filled with darkness. I love fantasy and magic, is my fav genre but over the years Ive been reading the same plot in fiction several times...over and over again. True if you really love something you'll never tire of it but if you read redundant things you certainly won´t get excited like you were before. This book managed to make me if I was reading something unique, and it certainly was unique. This is heart wrenching beautiful. Four protagonists (two boys, two girls) in which two of them are the narrators (one boy and one girl). No freaking love triangle. No freaking insta-love (perhaps except for one of the girls). The atmosphere was so enthralling that I truly wish this was not a standalone or I wish it had been more pages for me to read and the end to be more slow. This is a little precious hidden gem. If not for the end I would have rated this 5 stars. Real rating is 4,5 stars only because something unexpected happened to my favourite character and because Daphne somehow disappointed me at the end ("you have magic, you do NOT stay put and watch girl! you do some magic to help or at least die trying!" it was the quote I wanted to yell to her).Lovely story for everyone who wants a twist in paranormal fantasy, very reccomended and probably one of the best reads I've had in 2015.

  • Sonia
    2019-03-14 14:07

    First of all, the title, it intrigued me and though I was a bit disappointed at first, but then I think it is not totally out of the line either.The Short life of Sparrows is very interesting and delightfully rich in imagination. The scenes are painted with such accuracy that I felt transported into the land of Seers and could feel myself roaming in the streets witnessing each and every activity. Narration alternates between Calli and Isaiah which in point of view was masterfully handled and the transition from Calli’s point of view to Isaiah’s came very smoothly to me. As the story progresses, one is taken by surprise to see how the layers peel off of the lives of seers and nightbloods gradually and one wonders, that in real life also, how little we know about others and yet we base our assumptions on those incomplete facts.The story is easy to follow and events unfold smoothly and naturally. Emm Cole has done a wonderful job by keeping the readers involved by small and big revelations coming in right till the end of the story. One never feels bored and/or unsatisfied throughout the read. All the characters as well as their surroundings are described sufficiently enough to show their unique personality. The dialogues as well as their monologues were in accordance with their characterization and one feels connected to all the characters as they appear in the story.In the end, I would only mention there are a few grammatical errors i spotted. But on the whole I enjoyed reading it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to have something light to read.*****I got a copy in exchange for a fair review*****

  • Sarah
    2019-03-22 09:02

    This was a Kindle freebie that drew me in with the cover, the title and ultimately, the story. These days, I stay away from emails, listing freebies and have unsubscribed to almost all the sites. I'm happy to say, I'm glad I haven't let go of them all.As I was haphazardly scrolling through the email, the cover got my attention. That is always first and foremost for me. Then as I read the title, I thought, this sounds like a book I would want to read. It piqued my interest.I don't read a book's synopsis unless I absolutely have to. In this case, I did not read it as I often think to myself, if an author catches my attention with title and cover....victory is just down the line.The story building and character intros were timed just right with just enough info to get me hooked.The story is about Seers, Nightbloods and Ordinaries (people like us, non magic folk) and flips between Calli (Seer) and Isaiah (Ordinary). It's about love, friendship, betrayal, loyalty, secrets and lies forgiveness and letting go. It's about over coming these things to find love and your true happiness.

  • Carol Ann
    2019-03-02 06:09

    I want to scream, cry and smile all at the same time. I thought I knew what was going to happen from the very beginning, but I was so so wrong. I'm not usually wrong, so for that alone this book was unique. The world is so different and like nothing I've ever read before and the characters wrap you around their fingers before you even realize it. The ending hurt me in so many ways (probably more than it should have), but it was one of the most beautiful endings I have ever read. I thought I would just pick this up and expect a stupid predictable romance between the two main characters, but of course I was wrong. The plot had so many surprises and the love was so tastefully written inside an actual plot. Thank you so much for this copy, Emm! I did receive a copy for a review, but this has been my honest opinion on the book and has not been swayed. I cried and that doesn't usually happen, so you definitely did something right!!

  • Liz Meldon
    2019-02-22 07:48

    What a fucking stunning book. I don't normally curse in reviews, but I can't properly express my deep and unwavering adoration for The Short Life of Sparrows any other way. It was beautifully written. I feel like I've known the characters for years. The plot was interesting and unexpected. I basically fell in love after the first sentence, and I think fantasy fans and romance fans alike will feel the same way. I can't wait to read more from the author, and if there's ever a sequel, I'll be the first in line to get my copy. LOVE. FULL FIVE STARS. SUCH EMOTION. MUCH ENJOYMENT. WOW.

  • Delta
    2019-02-21 06:39

    Generally, this sort of teen/YA paranormal genre doesn't appeal to me, but I liked the poetic title and the gorgeous cover, so I gave it a chance. It starts out with a flash and peters out until near the end. But the characters are fleshed out and the world building is done pretty well. I'm so glad there was no love triangle in this one. I'm not a fan of the alternating first person POV, but this might be because I listened to it.Pamela Lorence does a really great job narrating. The female voices sounded very good for the characters and her pacing was fantastic.**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

  • Amy
    2019-03-05 05:42

    An amazing Paranormal book that hooks you and carries you along. *More to come, I need to find the right words w/o giving it all away*

  • Cheekybits
    2019-02-21 11:02

    A very well written story with characters that draw the reader in right from the beginning, and keeping them there with intriguing twists and turns. I couldn't put the book down!

  • Kelly Peterson
    2019-03-19 08:05

    I received an e-copy of this book from the author in return for my honest review. This in no way influences the opinions in the review below.This review was originally posted on Live, Love, Read.… just WOOOOWWWWWWWWWWWWW…Before I start this review, I’d like to leave a small note here to say that this has been the hardest review I’ve ever had to write. How do you reign in your emotions and fangirling enough to write a review listing only a few things you loved when you just love everything? It’s been over a week since I finished this book and every time I think about what I liked, I still can’t keep my thoughts straight. So, I’m sorry if this review sounds at all choppy. I’ll also be following my friend Emily’s advice, when the fangirling takes over to a point where you can’t express it in words, let the GIFs take over…Emm Cole was the winner of our signed J.L. Armentrout series, and I’m SO HAPPY that she was, because then I would have never discovered this AMAZING book! I can’t sing enough praises for how truly wonderful, incredible, awesome this book is. It is honestly the best indie book I believe I have ever read and if this girl does not have an agent or a publishing deal for this book yet, you all need to get on that. There is just so much I want to say, so please stick with me as I try not to write an entire novel about the awesomeness that is The Short Life Of Sparrows.What I Loved:CalliThe main character was just so incredibly wonderful, from the way she instinctively protected herself, her need to care for others, her release of who she was and who she thinks she is, and her large growth through character development by the end of the novel. Good lord was Calli just wonderful. In many ways, she has the temperament of Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass, mixed with the caring and more human side of Karou from Daughter of Smoke and Bone, along with a pinch of witchcraft and full moons. She’s fiery, determined, caring, volatile, and extremely relatable. As a reader, you watch her go through the entire spectrum of emotions and progress into the woman you kept hoping she would become; A woman who isn’t afraid to follow her own dreams and her own path. It makes you love her in a way that grips your heart and never truly lets you go. I will definitely go so far as to take her as my new best friend.Isaiah This story is told from two different perspectives: Calli’s POV and Isaiah’s POV. What I loved most about Isaiah was that he made up the outside, non-jaded point pf view for the story. You see both the good and bad of the community in which they live, as well as the good and bad within each other. With the two perspectives, you also see two very different love stories with an insiders’ thoughts to guide you. Though the romances are very different from each other, they both are well thought out to support and compliment each other. Sometimes love isn’t always about opposites attracting or complimenting each other, but about finding a likeness in another that you never thought was possible.RoweOH MY GOODNESS DID I LOVE ROWE!! Do you all see a pattern here? Apparently I just adore every character that is “Rowan” or a different version of his name like “Rowe”. Either way, Rowe was the sexy, misunderstood bad boy that every girl dreams of being able to get to know on a personal level, allowing him to change who he is and turn around and say “I love you and I just want to be with you. You’re my everything.”… goodness, he is just gorgeous. I won’t give away anything, but good lord ladies, you all need to keep your hands to yourselves and let this bad boy play out his destiny, no matter how badly you just want to keep him for yourselves!The CommunityThe community that Emm imagined for this book is so unique and fantastical that this feeling of gothic mystery and whimsical nightmares comes from it. It’s haunting, seeing the way these witches and nightbloods live, with the witches basically enjoying a life of relaxation and child bearing while the nightbloods appear to prey on them and protect them. It threw me for a loop when I found out the truth about their jobs and communities though. I hope that you read this book and stick around long enough to watch the curtains pull back and reveal the truth behind this type of stereotypical living.The PlotThis entire novel is so well thought out and detail oriented that it read smoothly. There were no hiccups, no places where my brain had to catch up, no parts where I was thinking, “what just happened?”, like I’ve experienced in many other indie novels. I’ve never read an indie novel quite like this and I absolutely adored it. Everything about this plot was unique; from the setting, the main characters, the climax, to the ending (which was beautiful and made me cry), I found nothing that truly reminded me of any other books I’ve read. Now, granted, I haven’t read many witchcraft books, but when you’re writing a witchcraft book from two points of view, neither of them from the perspective of someone actually practicing witchcraft, that makes for a challenging book to write! I applaud Emm for being able to do this so well! Not only that, but she wrote a romance novel without a love triangle… WITHOUT A LOVE TRIANGLE… while still holding all of my attention, making me sob, and creating enough tension to keep me guessing about the ending. It was magical! Even the title just pulls at my heart now…Can I just say “EVERYTHING!” in this section?What I Felt Could Be Improved:The only thing I would have loved to see in this book is a little more character development in Isaiah. I didn’t feel as attached to him as I wish I could have been. I honestly just wanted to cry even more at the end for reasons that I won’t tell all of you, but I wanted to be so emotionally attached to him too that I would be wrecked if something were to ever happen. I also feel like seeing a little more character development from him would have helped to aid me in really feeling for his relationship throughout the novel. I just wanted a little more from him because I was getting so much from Calli, that I wish he could have stepped up to the plate as well. I completely understand if that was done on purpose for knowing reasons, but the ending already wrecked me, then gave me hope to be pieced back together again… Emm if I was more attached to Isaiah, I would be completely and utterly destroyed right now. I want to be destroyed! Give it to me!!!!Overall, this novel was strong, haunting, inspirational, and left me with a small hole in my heart that I will eventually work on filling. Right now though, I’m going to live in my sorrow and hope and just treasure the strength I’m drawing from Calli. Leave me be, loves… I need to go lay in a field somewhere and just contemplate my existence, my future destiny, and what in the world makes me so hardened to my life… this is apparently what happens to those who read this book…Five very full stars for The Short Life of Sparrows by Emm Cole.You all need to pick up this indie and read it immediately.

  • Tiffany Holme
    2019-03-21 12:39

    This is not my first Emm Cole read. However, it may just be my favourite and this says a lot! My first Emm Cole book was Merminia, and as it name gives away it is about Mermaids, my favourite above all else. The Short Life of Sparrows is more of a witch/wizard read, something I don't pick up often. However, with Emm Cole's name behind it I was sure I would enjoy it, but I was wrong. I didn't like it... I LOVED it! There was something about the world building in this book that I loved and to be honest this for me was the cement foundation of the book. People (regular people) know of Nightbloods and Seers, but their world is separate and to me this was something great and I'm not sure why I loved the fact so much. So often with this kind of book people either live their lives oblivious to Calli and her people, or they are to be feared/executed by others because of their difference. With this book it was kind of a world within a world, and everyone knew of it but just stayed away from it. The Nightbloods and Seers world itself was beautifully crafted and unique. Even for Calli who has grown up there, this world is different. The pace to go with this building was near perfect. Admittedly it was a little slower to start but Cole set up a lot in the start, and it was well worth it. Calli wished things were different. She had no desire to deal with the pain that came with her "gift." She also looked at things from the outside. She didn't want to be a Nightbloods toy, and she respected her aunts wishes to not use her magic like the other Seers... Mostly. I liked that Calli was all at the same time okay with this and bitter about it. She was realistic for the most part and I loved the snark and banter that happened when she was around Isaiah. Rowe is almost the same but it seems that it takes her much less to go off on him. With that being said I should clarify that Calli is not a cantankerous character, but she is not one to be polite just for everyone else's sake. I really just enjoyed reading Calli and honestly she's they type of protagonist that I could go back to time and time again. I thought Isaiah was going to be a love interest right from the get go. He's an outsider and that's just something that is not really accepted. Isaiah isn't exactly normal himself tho. He's a boy that has had a rough past to say the least and going to the Seers village is his way of trying to change his future. He's hardened a little but he also has a good heart and really added something to the story. In a world where magic and secrets rule, Isaiah is a breath of fresh air for Calli and her best friend. He also is a thorn in Rowe's side. Rowe is the Nightblood that seems to be bent on gaining Calli's attentions. He for all purposes seems to be Isaiah's opposite and comes of extremely arrogant. Though mentioning both of these guys may make it sound like there is a love triangle, there isn't. Cole did a phenomenal job twisting both of these guys into the story, while keeping a love triangle out of the question. This is like no other novel I have read with witches/seers. I was able to submerge myself in it and devour it faster than I had expected. There is nothing generic about this book. From the world to the characters there is so much originality, Emm Cole's writing drew me in, while creating characters that drew me right in. Though this book is placed in the new adult section I think that mature young adults would have no problem picking this up and loving it. I can't recommend this book any stronger to any fan of paranormal romance with a touch of darkness. If you want a read that is different and you can fully submerge yourself into the plot and into the characters don't hesitate to pick up The Short Life of Sparrows.

  • Tiana Dalichov
    2019-03-23 08:06

    **The author provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. No other favors were exchanged.**Their song might be brief, but how greedy would we be to ask for more? No, you cannot keep a sparrow. You can only hope that as they fly away, they take a little bit of you with them.God, I am in pieces right now. In absolute shambles, I tell you. And I feel no shame in admitting this to anyone.Disclaimer: The last book I read that made me cry was TFiOS. That was back in March 2014. Needless to say, I needed a good cry, and I'm letting it all out here.The Short Life of Sparrows was phenomenal. As my darling Emm knows, I am a huge fan of paranormal literature. So when I saw this and she approached me about it, I possessed the amount of dignity as a desperate ex-girlfriend and begged to get my hands on it. Again, no shame. The premise sounded intriguing - witches (or in this case, Seers and Nightbloods), something I didn't read all too often. And I admit there was that part of me, you know...the skeptic. It was like, "Tiana, girl, you sure about this? I mean, you never liked any of those other witch books you picked up and now you suddenly want to dive headfirst into this one?" She shut up by about page 12.Something that I absolutely love about the talented Ms. Cole is her gift of utilizing the English language. Her prose is beautiful. So vivid and fluid, with colorful descriptions, authentic dialogue and strategic narrative summary all spliced together into a compelling narrative that warms the cockles of my author heart. I was roped in from the very first page and taken on a journey that eventually left me bawling my eyes out on my couch.The characters have got to be my favorite part of this story, though. The plot in and of itself - along with the world-building and the fantasy element - was fascinating. But the characters were what really reeled me in. Especially Rowe. I don't know why, but something about him intrigued me. I fell in love with the relationship he had with Calli and how it changed throughout the story. How Isiah and Daphne and Lil and Mildred and Lucas all caused that relationship to change in some way. And how despite everything that happened, Calli was able to find that piece of happiness for herself and pursue that.At the risk of being targeted by haters, I will not give away any spoilers from the book, but that ending broke me. I think a part of myself will never come back after having read that. It was so horrible. But it was so beautiful. Horrible and beautiful and heartbreaking and....GAH!This book was (I am making up a new word just for you, Emm dear) fantasgreat! The new take on witches and warlocks, the fascinating characters that pull you into the book by the collar of your shirt, the complex plot with all its twists and turns. All of this was very well done.It's been a long time since I've read a book that has captivated me like this. The message is profound. The prose enrapturing. And the journey...unforgettable.Much love, Emm. Wonderful job. Go eat some cake or something. You totally deserve it ;)

  • Amanda Masters
    2019-02-24 07:40

    I was given this book by the Author in exchange for and honest review. Beautiful and truly magical work! Emm Cole is a truly creative and whimsical writer with a good splash of realism and heartfelt appreciation for the coming together of two worlds. I loved how she brought these two different people together and made them work and showed them how they weren't so different in end. I cried at the end it was so heartbreaking and sad. Isaiah is a good man and never asked to be treated so harshly in his life. Rowe was a definite ass! or more like a fungus that grows on your he grows on you over time but he is still a pain. He had a soft side though that he only showed Calli and when he did he became a better person because of it. I really liked Daphne her shy and quirky personality was like a ray of sun in the story and Calli was pretty much as big of a pain in the butt as Rowe but was the main character and they are usually like had a big heart and loved her family and there wasn't anything she wouldn't do to protect them.I really liked Coles style of writing and I would defiantly read more of her work. This book was amazing and is one I would read again as the magic, the fights and the romance was beautiful to read.***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official.For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fansite: ***

  • Ramona Plant
    2019-03-11 12:07

    This is a fantastic read. I have never read a story like this one. Emm found a completely different approach on "witches and warlocks", but don't call them that. The story keeps you reading and won't let you put the book down until you are done. It has a great pace to eat, never rushing you nor dragging on too long. That is very important to me since quite a few books go wrong in that. The best about the plot, quite a twist at the end, one I didn't see coming and I am usually rather good with that. Emm only reveals what she wants you to know.Our main character is loveable, temperamental but still a character I can relate to. The other main characters are also well rounded and Emm takes the proper time to bring you close to them. The best is one character, kind of lingering on the outskirts but soon weasling his way in to the focus. There is no open end in this book but I still wonder, what is to happen with Calli and her future ....Great read, keeps you entertained and feeling for the characters. Great book and a must read for our paranormal lovers that like a little romance thrown in. It was a little bit of a "feel good" book and I really enjoyed this one.I have received this book from the author for an honest review.

  • Julie S.
    2019-03-09 08:03

    The Short Life of Sparrows is beautifully written and is a breath of fresh air in the coming-of-age paranormal genre. I’m gonna list this out, because lists. Love the lists.Things I loved about The Short Life of Sparrows:1. How this book has a dual narration, but the narrators are not the couple. They both have their own coming of age and love story.2. How the romance between our heroine and the boy was slow; how they infuriated each other with their antics, but eventually came to admit their feelings and had to change their impressions of themselves and each other.3. The friendship between our two narrators, and how they told each other all their secrets even though they only just met earlier that summer. 4. The surprises that were revealed in the latter part of the book. Some of these I really didn’t see coming, and I enjoy a good twist or bombshell.5. How this story shows that people’s nature is what it is, and it cannot be changed. That you cannot change your destiny, even if other people meddle and manipulate your perceptions.6. The tragic beauty of the melancholy ending. The book has a HEA for our main couple, and yet, it comes on the heels of a tragedy I was not expecting, which cut deep.7. The book was beautifully written and very well narrated.

  • Blythe
    2019-03-11 05:58

    What can I say? I got hooked, and fast. This is a story told from two perspectives. There is Calli, the young Seer (Seers are able to see the future in their dreams), and the events that take place after her awakening, which you could almost liken to a coming-of-age ceremony. There is also Isaiah, common boy, orphan, accustomed to either being ignored or treated awfully, around the time where he accepts a job offer to do repairs around the house for Lil, Calli's guardian. The events take place over the course of a summer and through this we meet Seers and Nightbloods and discover their type of magic. There are quite a few memorable characters, there's romance, plenty of secrets and some pretty sad, heartbreaking moments that tug at your emotions. I enjoyed the two main characters along with Rowe (he seems the end of the story), Daphne (magical baked treats!), Lil, Mildred (and her paintings), Odella (love the random dressed up animals!)...I know I'm missing a couple!I recommend moving this up near the top of your TBR pile, with a small warning for younger readers due to some graphic scenes.

  • Ariel Mathis
    2019-03-06 12:09

    *A complimentary copy of this ebook was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.Wow!! This was an extraordinary tale of friendship, love, & magic. When I say love, I'm talking about the different kinds of love, not just between a man & woman but also between mother & son and father & daughter, with everything in between & beyond. I must say again that I love Emm Cole & her storytelling. The way she draws you in to her story to how she makes you cling to her characters as if you've truly known them since childhood. As with every book I read, I try to figure out how it'll turn out but with this story I was completely baffled at how the events unfolded. With twists and turns to keep you glued to your reading device, I know I was held captive by this story. I love books like this one!! In my last status update, I stated I was a blubbering mess. Yes, yes I was because my heart was broken but as broken as it may be the ending was a triumph with a certain couple taking control of their lives. I loved it. I feel like my review isn't doing this book justice. It was such a magnificent, magical, scary at times, & bittersweet read. Once again, wow!!

  • Aliesha
    2019-02-22 07:04

    This is usually not a genre that I read, but the writing style was excellent and I loved the quotes. The ending was beautiful.

  • Angela Cruz
    2019-02-25 07:00

    This is an paranormal fantasy. I recommend this for teens and older. There is some heavy petting and suggestive writing in the book but nothing that teens could not read. This is a stand alone... but I am hoping is will turn out to be a series. A short story, one you could enjoy on breaks at work. Even though the plot gives closure to most of the characters... its not enough. I want more, the characters in this book left me desperate! I have to know what the future holds for them all. This is the first book that I have read from this author and I was relieved. I needed a book that pulled me back into the joy of reading, I am now her devoted follower. This is a book that will touch, break and make your heart beat again. The book gives a whole new meaning to a love/hate relationship. A definite emotional overflow. Overall a wonderful book. This book main character is Calli. She is a witch whom is turning eighteen and having what is supposed to be a birthday celebration but in all reality it is simply a ploy to put her Awakening "her first vision like dream" on display. She is not happy about it at all and does not mind voicing her opinion about it. She is a red head of course. (which I love) Calli is determined to live her life the way she wants, and will not be drawn into the magic. But her dream is not what she expects and she plans to change the outcome. Along the way she makes new friends, finds love, deals with death and learns facts that have her questioning everything. She is torn and confused but she will follow her own path.Favorite passages:"Turning beside her, I clapped for my cousin, giddy from stolen sips of Desertberry wine.""She shook with the possession of a future even that seemed far too strong for her tiny frame.""My coven likes to say we were born enchanted, but that's just a pretty speak for dysfunctional with a touch of magic.""Being a likely bastard who was left naked and screaming on the seat of a pastor's carriage indicated that I was the result of some unmarried woman's sin.""My nose has a slight crook in it from such generosity.""The branches might as well be rearing snakes-the way the foliage coils over me.""I feel as if I've been scribbled into a dream-a perfect landscape-and one that will turn to a nightmare should I disturb even a flower.""Oh yes. Coven Mistresses, thanks for insisting that frighten girls have their first dream in front of everyone like some sort of macabre demonstration.""The way he moves gives him the air of a slinking wolf-beautiful from a distance, but still a wolf.""No, she storms or strides like a whirlwind that is bound to uproot everything in its path.""I smile as I lift it to my mouth and drink the rainwater from it-knowing that while I let him play the part of a fool, I'm also allowing myself to play the part of a hypocrite." "The Nightblood veins on his forearm twist along his skin like a thicket of thorns, no different that rings in a tree would prove it defiance of time and weather.""Demons and sorcery won't keep me from her, but I wish she'd take my hand and run with me while they are all asleep tonight.""My flesh is weak, vulnerable thing. But my memories are impenetrable. I've hidden them. Let him steal every day after this one.""And he asked Rowe to pull his last breaths from his failing body, for me, to bring all the sparrows back." <3"We're all the equivalent of rusted clocks, metal gears still turning, but unstable to keep true time." <3"I have no more tears, but my chest constricts anyway." <3"I think the purest of souls, those with the most fragile of hearts, must be meant for a short life." <3

  • Karen
    2019-03-02 06:52

    *A copy of this book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review.Wow! I can understand why so many gave this a 5 star!I haven't read a book like this before and have only started reading paranormal books just recently so I wasn't sure about it to start with.About 10% in to the book I couldn't feel anything but once I got to know the characters I was totally hooked! Some parts had me in giggles with the way Callie and Daphne speak. There is so much emotion to this book that I had a lump in my throat and stinging watery eyes! I am so glad it ended like it did but so saddened at the same time. I just wish Daphne and Isaiah had that ending too.Someone's review noted that a lot of books lately have an instant connection with falling in love, this is true, but with this book, it wasn't the case. we had to feel each character before each of them knew how to love. Such a breathtaking book, I am so thrilled to have read.Very well written Emm Cole, I am looking forward to more of your books.

  • Suzanne
    2019-03-01 12:05

    This is a story of Seers and Nightbloods (witches and warlocks). It's told from Calli and Isaiah's point of view in alternating chapters. Calli is a Seer who is on the verge of turning eighteen and experiencing her first Awakening, a vision of an event that will happen among the Ordinaries (everyday people). I found the story a little slow at the beginning but then it really took off when we learned more about Calli, Isaiah, Rowe and Daphne. You believe you know the characters and love or hate them based on what you know but then everything changes as more information is revealed. This is a story about love, friendship, betrayal, loyalty, secrets, lies, forgiveness and letting go. It's about finding love and true happiness despite everything seeming to point you in a different direction.