The lantern's ember / Colleen Houck.

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      First edition.
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      Summary: When seventeen-year-old Ember, a young witch living in the quiet New England town of Hallowell, crosses into the Otherworld, Jack the gatekeeper sets out to find her before the supernatural and mortal worlds descend into chaos.
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      Includes a first look at Colleen Houck's Reawakened.
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Booklist Reviews 2018 August #1

In a sleepy little New England town, as fall arrives, a witch wind blows. Jack knows what it means: a Lantern, he sold his soul to the devil half a century ago and now sits at a crossroads, guarding a portal to the Otherworld and watching for witches, whose natural energy is valued by denizens of all kinds. When he meets Ember, that witch whose arrival was heralded by the wind, Jack has his hands full; Ember feels a pull toward the Otherworld and is determined to enter, even as Jack tries to protect her. Eventually, with the help of a roguish—and not entirely unselfishly motivated—vampire named Dev, Ember gives Jack the slip and sets off into the steampunk-influenced Otherworld, leading Jack on a merry chase. What begins as a riff on Sleepy Hollow soon turns into a vast collage of Halloween tales as werewolves, vampires, and a Dr. Frankensteinesque scientist all get their due. Tropes and love triangles abound, but for readers after that sort of thing, there's fun to be had.  Grades 7-10. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2019 Spring

Jack guards the crossroad between the ordinary world and the Otherworld, but his fondness for young witch Ember leads to irresponsibility. When Ember slips into the Otherworld in the company of a debonair vampire, Jack chases after her. Barton effectively mixes fantasy and steampunk to generate a story about friendship, family, love, and reunion, the whole powered more by wit than by narrative tension. Copyright 2019 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

PW Reviews 2018 July #5

This standalone fantasy from Houck (the Tiger's Curse series) focuses on 17-year-old witch Ember O'Dare and Jack, an immortal "lantern" whose soul resides inside a pumpkin and whose job it is to guard the crossroads linking the Otherworld to Ember's sleepy village of Hallowell. Lanterns mustn't leave their posts, but when roguish vampire Dev sneaks into the mortal realm and charms the witch into returning home with him, Jack follows—less to punish Dev for trespassing than to protect Ember, for whom he's developed feelings from afar. Jack and Dev aren't the only ones with designs on Ember: the Otherworld runs on energy derived from witches, making the powerful girl a priceless commodity. Houck's adventure, a take on the legend of Sleepy Hollow, suggests alternate origin stories for Halloween and various monsters. Regrettably, capable female characters are forced to share the page with moody, macho suitors and over-the-top villains—and the book's strengths (elaborate costumes, swoony romance, and a sumptuous, steampunk-inspired backdrop) fail to compensate for leaden pacing and murky stakes. Ages 14–up. Agent: Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. (Sept.)

Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly.