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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    The Amazing Library is a fun, though not light-hearted, series based on the premise that those who control knowledge control the world. In this case, a massive, global library controls humanity's access to books, thus controlling their ability to learn, think independently, and survive. The Amazing Library will do anything to preserve its iron grip on the globe - including murder, torture, deceit, and war. Other factions exist, including book smugglers, book burners ("Burners"), and the occasional, disquieting book lickers.Our heroes have gone from being library employees to being the library's most wanted. At the begin of Ash and Quill, they search themselves in Philadelphia, home of the Burners. Much of the book is focused on how they survive the hatred of Philadelphians, the lack of food, and the pressure to help the e latest section of Ash and Quill describes what happens after Philadelphia and reveals more about shifting alliances and hero motivations. I can't say more than that without spoilers, other than adding that the ending is a major cliffhanger. While it's a depressing note to be left wondering about, it does begin up interesting possibilities.

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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I had read a lot of Rachel Caine before and just lost track of her. This series popped up just before Christmas and I just finished this latest night. And holy crap, I want I had not found it until the next one comes out in July because ohmigod. I really hope Diego tells his band the plan and Anit backs him up. And I hope Jess sells the Archivist on the fact they need to hold Wolfe alive as a hostage to keep off a revenge driven Santi. And maybe that the Iron Turret would be a amazing put to keep Thomas so that maybe Morgan can explain. Basically also because while Jess can carry this deception for a bit, I worry that Brendan won't be able to both because he doesn't know the printing press as well and the fact that Jess is clearly the only person who cares about him, he can only keep his tongue for so long.

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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I'm never really certain about what to say when it comes to sequels. I don't wish to soil anything, but, alas, I must reveal spoilers for the first two books to review this is one starts off immediately after the end of Paper and Fire. Jess and squad are stuck in the Burner town of Philadelphia. They are instantly taken prisoner and have to scheme their ways out of persecution.I was glad to see more of some of my favorite characters this time around. Not that they weren't there before, but Brendan and Dario had much smaller parts to play in the first two books, whereas they are both very necessary to this installment. Brendan is quite the schemer himself, just as much as Jess. And I loved really learning more about him. It was also amazing to see the two interact en we have some of the old favorites, like Wolf and Santi, Khalila, Glain, Thomas, and of course Morgan. Thomas is beginning to obtain more and more cunning the more he hangs with Jess. And we obtain to see some more of his engineering prowess in action.I'll be straightforward. This series is full of action, adventure, plotting, betrayal, and people that love books. What could be better? As Jess and squad test to take on the Amazing Library of Alexandria, everything always falls apart. And the only thing that can save them all is their wits. Especially the wits of Jess and Brendan. Morgan and Jess's relationship blossoms even more, and Morgan sacrifices parts of herself to save everyone. The cliffhanger here is a doozy, and I cannot wait until the fourth installment is out as well.If you weren't hooked before, you will be now. If you weren't in love with Paper and Fire, I beg you--give Ash and Quill a shot. It brings back the quick pace of the first book while diving deeper and deeper into the characters the method the second book did. It never drags, and the romance is sweet but not a focus at all. If anything, Jess sacrifices Morgan for the greater good, because he knows he needs to, rather than doing the selfish thing and staying hidden and happy.OverallThis was probably my favorite so far in the series. If you have been considering reading this series, do it!

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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    The book was published latest year, but I kind of postponed the reading because it was supposed to be a trilogy, and it turned to be the middle of the 5 with sort of cliffhanger at the ending. When the 4th came out, I decided it was time to read. I enjoyed the book a lot, but it was a bit too depressive in tone, I suppose that was why it became the middle book. The plot started to obtain somewhere big, but the major changes are yet to come. In overall, I love Rachel Cane writing. She made an exciting and rich globe building, and I loved how she expands it with every fresh installation. I rarely like YA Distopia, because they are rarely believable or differ from each other. The Amazing Library definitely has a special premise. Also I love that while her characters are young, they closely work with adult leaders. Yes, they sometimes act on their own, but they don’t deny they need some guidance and advice. I mostly like Jess as a main character, thought I am rather tiered of his cliché of a romantic infatuation. It feels he is not in love with Morgan, but the concept of a “perfect” girl in “need of protection”. I can’t wait when he will admit Morgan isn’t excellent and can stand for herself. That will be the moment this “romance” will become interesting, for now it is the weakest sub plot so far.

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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    Paper and Fire suffered a small form middle book syndrome but Ash and Quill was better and a step in the right direction.We begin off in a Burner home base and while I was hoping that maybe there were some fanatics out there burning them selves to death and the core of the group would be more solid I was not disappointed by the expansion of the globe to contain the Burner town home base in was interesting to see how in this alternate history the town went from the heart of the revolution to a Burner home base under a siege that has lasted 100 years. More interesting that it seems like whatever the movement is today it is not the same as it was when Ben Franklin was a ill Jess and company are all together and it is nice to see them working as a team, or at least as much as they can to search a method out of the city. I really felt for the people of the town who were not really part of the Burners but stuck in the town just the same trying to create a living and caught in the crosshairs.Overall the pacing and complete story in this is much better than the prior book. I love Khalila strength in this and she came through as a more solid three dimensional character.*** “Only cowards are so afraid of a scrap of cloth,” she said, clear enough to carry to the stands. There was a shimmer in her eyes: anger, not tears. “We may not agree with the Archivist; we may wish to see him gone and better Scholars take his place. But we still stand for knowledge. You stand for nothing.” ***Also Thomas with his humor and occasional outburst due to stresses of the past created him more three dimensional as well. I like Jess but sometimes he is still just not enough to carry the entire story and I really think that this could possibly benefit from being told from multiple PoVs. For instance I really wish into Morgan’s head as she is going around doing her part and what she thinks of her power. I’m not scared of Morgan but I am scared a small for her. Still I’m glad that Glain is there to remind Jess when he is being a twit.*** “Stop thinking like a lovestruck idiot; she’s a weapon. She can build us a channel to communicate with your brother. Allow her do the job she needs to do, all right?” He turned toward her. Hands out of his pockets, body set as if he expected her to attack. He saw her shift to match it. It was probably unconscious. Probably. “I’m not willing to break her to serve the rest of us. We do that, we’re no better than the Archivist.” Glain’s expression didn’t shift. It was calm and set and confident. “Flavia chose to pick up the knife.” “Flavia stood on the corpses of everyone who died first trying to protect her. So think about that a moment.” His tone had gone so hard, cold, and final that he scarcely believed it was his. “Flavia was a child,” Glain said. “And you don’t have a moral right to treat Morgan as one!” ***Still most of the action is reserved for the final quarter of the book and that is when everything seems to happen. Dang for that ending, I’m so sad for my favorite couple of the book right now and hope that everything gets fixed soon. There is one romantic pairing that really stands out and I love those two together. The tender moments we see between them are amazing and again I appreciate that it is the more unconventional couple that is the strongest in this I’m glad the next book is out soon because I don’t wish to have to wait long to see how it all resolves.

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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I really have fun this series, but I don't like how it structures the series as not really self contained books. When we ended the latest book Jess and squad were in the hands of the Burners. We pick up in Philadelphia trying to search a method out. Everyone is using their own skills to obtain out and it takes a toll on some of them. They kind of end in the middle of a caper and so am excited to read the next book. But its really more of a pause than an end to this book. Philadelphia is a rich fresh environment to discover and the Burners obtain more fleshed out. We learn more of the nature of Obscurists as well. Would not begin here for sure. But amazing globe and interesting premise just more transitional than stand alone

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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I just finished reading the first three books in this series, and am now sorry this unbelievable experience is over ... until future books become available. The story is inventive, full of surprises, a delight to unfold. Characters are so flawed and well developed they feel like friends, family. I couldn't stop reading the books. Highly recommended to adults and adolescents ... to anyone who loves books and a story that takes you into a globe full of danger, promises, and fascinating characters. Addicting.

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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    Ash and Quill by Rachel CaineBook #3: The Amazing Library SeriesSource: PurchaseMy Rating: 3½/5 starsJess Brightwell has always known trusting his father is a crap shoot at best. If the reward or payoff is better than his son’s life, the wins every single time. The recent bit of betrayal has Jess and his mates locked in a primitive in jail in Philadelphia, the historic home of the apped in the midst of a starving, desperate group of people who have been battling the Amazing Library for decades, Jess and his mates may be in deeper than they ever have been. The Burners have no use for a group of book lovers and a very amazing need for a bargaining chip. Or chips in this case. As the situation stands, Philadelphia is on the verge of collapse and everyone from their leaders to the lowest member of society understands the reality of their situation. Handing over Jess and his group may them not only some time, but their lives. However, before the Burners turn over Jess and his friends, they’re going to obtain their hands on Thomas’ wonderful printing press.Ever the realist, Jess understands the gravity of the situation in which he and his mates search themselves. Beyond that, Jess understands he and his mates have very small leverage and if they’re going to obtain out alive, they are going to have to play dirty, create with questionable parties, and pray they aren’t, once again betrayed. Getting out of Philadelphia isn’t simple and it certainly isn’t without tragedy, but it does happen which leads the group of fugitives, seemingly from the frying pan right into the fire. In this case, the fire is, once again, Jess’s the second half of Ash and Quill, Jess and his friends, much depleted, demoralized, and somewhat desperate following their escape from Philadelphia, take refuge with Jess’s family. While some among the group see the stay as a respite in a safe haven, Jess sees the situation for exactly what it, another prison. Though Jess doesn’t know his father’s exact plan, he knows there is a plan (a plot if we’re being fair) and it won’t benefit anyone but Jess’s father. What happens in the days among his family is a rife with tension, plotting, and planning. Jess has no intention of hurting and/or betraying his friends, but as his father’s plans start to unfold and become ever clearer, Jess realizes the only method to save everyone he truly cares for is to betray them. He can only hope, when the smoke clears, his mates will understand his actions and forgive his e Bottom Line: At the end of the day, The Amazing Library series is still one of my all-time favorites, but this installment isn’t going to be one of my favorites. To be fair, Ash and Quill is exactly the type of book every series must have. It’s the mid-point of series which closes the book on the first half of the series and sets up the plot and action for the second half of the series. While the first part of this book was important to the continuation of the series, it wasn’t particularly interesting and read quite slowly. Once Jess and his mates break from the Burners, they are again on the run and fighting for their lives. The action, drama, and intrigue absolutely pick up in the second half of this book and set the scene for the final one (or two?) books in the series. As always, nothing is as it seems and the latest one (or two?) books in this series should be absolutely stunning in its (their?) action, drama, intrigue, revelations, and resolution. The globe of the Amazing Library is on the precipice of large change, world-altering change, I believe Jess and his mates are going to be at the forefront of the whole damn mess.

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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    I forgot how much I love Caine's Amazing Library series until my pre-ordered Kindle copy of this book 3 arrived on my device. The premise of an elite group of scholars controlling all written material via the digital "codex" and libraries/ librarians in major cities globe wide is absolutely excellent for actual librarians and bibliophiles everywhere. Readers will have their imaginations fired up as book burners, book lickers, and book lovers all seek power and control of the written word. There are smugglers, outstanding technology, romance, non-stop action and opportunity for vigorous discussion among readers. I highly recommend the whole series for 9th grade and up, but strongly recommend that they be read in order. Sadly, the story is not yet complete and now we must wait for book 4. Note for some who might be offended--there is a homosexual couple featured in the series and there is an extremely discreet stage of heterosexual intimacy.

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    Ash and Quill []  2020-1-14 19:29

    This book is an emotional roller coaster that will leave you questioning your life choices as well asJess Brightwell's. As amazingly well written as the first two. Also lots of Sanwolfe being loving and protective. 10/10 would recommend.(Also everyone should go to Rachel Caine's www service and read her self-published short stories about Christopher Wolfe's backstory because they are a bonus to humanity and create the globe a better place. Also a couple of deleted scenes involving the whole crew.)

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    The Amazing Library is a fun, though not light-hearted, series based on the premise that those who control knowledge control the world. In this case, a massive, global library controls humanity's access to books, thus controlling their ability to learn, think independently, and survive. The Amazing Library will do anything to preserve its iron grip on the globe - including murder, torture, deceit, and war. Other factions exist, including book smugglers, book burners ("Burners"), and the occasional, disquieting book lickers.Our heroes have gone from being library employees to being the library's most wanted. At the begin of Ash and Quill, they search themselves in Philadelphia, home of the Burners. Much of the book is focused on how they survive the hatred of Philadelphians, the lack of food, and the pressure to help the e latest section of Ash and Quill describes what happens after Philadelphia and reveals more about shifting alliances and hero motivations. I can't say more than that without spoilers, other than adding that the ending is a major cliffhanger. While it's a depressing note to be left wondering about, it does begin up interesting possibilities.

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    Ash and Quill by Rachel CaineBook #3: The Amazing Library SeriesSource: PurchaseMy Rating: 3½/5 starsJess Brightwell has always known trusting his father is a crap shoot at best. If the reward or payoff is better than his son’s life, the wins every single time. The recent bit of betrayal has Jess and his mates locked in a primitive in jail in Philadelphia, the historic home of the apped in the midst of a starving, desperate group of people who have been battling the Amazing Library for decades, Jess and his mates may be in deeper than they ever have been. The Burners have no use for a group of book lovers and a very amazing need for a bargaining chip. Or chips in this case. As the situation stands, Philadelphia is on the verge of collapse and everyone from their leaders to the lowest member of society understands the reality of their situation. Handing over Jess and his group may them not only some time, but their lives. However, before the Burners turn over Jess and his friends, they’re going to obtain their hands on Thomas’ wonderful printing press.Ever the realist, Jess understands the gravity of the situation in which he and his mates search themselves. Beyond that, Jess understands he and his mates have very small leverage and if they’re going to obtain out alive, they are going to have to play dirty, create with questionable parties, and pray they aren’t, once again betrayed. Getting out of Philadelphia isn’t simple and it certainly isn’t without tragedy, but it does happen which leads the group of fugitives, seemingly from the frying pan right into the fire. In this case, the fire is, once again, Jess’s the second half of Ash and Quill, Jess and his friends, much depleted, demoralized, and somewhat desperate following their escape from Philadelphia, take refuge with Jess’s family. While some among the group see the stay as a respite in a safe haven, Jess sees the situation for exactly what it, another prison. Though Jess doesn’t know his father’s exact plan, he knows there is a plan (a plot if we’re being fair) and it won’t benefit anyone but Jess’s father. What happens in the days among his family is a rife with tension, plotting, and planning. Jess has no intention of hurting and/or betraying his friends, but as his father’s plans start to unfold and become ever clearer, Jess realizes the only method to save everyone he truly cares for is to betray them. He can only hope, when the smoke clears, his mates will understand his actions and forgive his e Bottom Line: At the end of the day, The Amazing Library series is still one of my all-time favorites, but this installment isn’t going to be one of my favorites. To be fair, Ash and Quill is exactly the type of book every series must have. It’s the mid-point of series which closes the book on the first half of the series and sets up the plot and action for the second half of the series. While the first part of this book was important to the continuation of the series, it wasn’t particularly interesting and read quite slowly. Once Jess and his mates break from the Burners, they are again on the run and fighting for their lives. The action, drama, and intrigue absolutely pick up in the second half of this book and set the scene for the final one (or two?) books in the series. As always, nothing is as it seems and the latest one (or two?) books in this series should be absolutely stunning in its (their?) action, drama, intrigue, revelations, and resolution. The globe of the Amazing Library is on the precipice of large change, world-altering change, I believe Jess and his mates are going to be at the forefront of the whole damn mess.

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    I had read a lot of Rachel Caine before and just lost track of her. This series popped up just before Christmas and I just finished this latest night. And holy crap, I want I had not found it until the next one comes out in July because ohmigod. I really hope Diego tells his band the plan and Anit backs him up. And I hope Jess sells the Archivist on the fact they need to hold Wolfe alive as a hostage to keep off a revenge driven Santi. And maybe that the Iron Turret would be a amazing put to keep Thomas so that maybe Morgan can explain. Basically also because while Jess can carry this deception for a bit, I worry that Brendan won't be able to both because he doesn't know the printing press as well and the fact that Jess is clearly the only person who cares about him, he can only keep his tongue for so long.

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    I'm never really certain about what to say when it comes to sequels. I don't wish to soil anything, but, alas, I must reveal spoilers for the first two books to review this is one starts off immediately after the end of Paper and Fire. Jess and squad are stuck in the Burner town of Philadelphia. They are instantly taken prisoner and have to scheme their ways out of persecution.I was glad to see more of some of my favorite characters this time around. Not that they weren't there before, but Brendan and Dario had much smaller parts to play in the first two books, whereas they are both very necessary to this installment. Brendan is quite the schemer himself, just as much as Jess. And I loved really learning more about him. It was also amazing to see the two interact en we have some of the old favorites, like Wolf and Santi, Khalila, Glain, Thomas, and of course Morgan. Thomas is beginning to obtain more and more cunning the more he hangs with Jess. And we obtain to see some more of his engineering prowess in action.I'll be straightforward. This series is full of action, adventure, plotting, betrayal, and people that love books. What could be better? As Jess and squad test to take on the Amazing Library of Alexandria, everything always falls apart. And the only thing that can save them all is their wits. Especially the wits of Jess and Brendan. Morgan and Jess's relationship blossoms even more, and Morgan sacrifices parts of herself to save everyone. The cliffhanger here is a doozy, and I cannot wait until the fourth installment is out as well.If you weren't hooked before, you will be now. If you weren't in love with Paper and Fire, I beg you--give Ash and Quill a shot. It brings back the quick pace of the first book while diving deeper and deeper into the characters the method the second book did. It never drags, and the romance is sweet but not a focus at all. If anything, Jess sacrifices Morgan for the greater good, because he knows he needs to, rather than doing the selfish thing and staying hidden and happy.OverallThis was probably my favorite so far in the series. If you have been considering reading this series, do it!

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    This book is an emotional roller coaster that will leave you questioning your life choices as well asJess Brightwell's. As amazingly well written as the first two. Also lots of Sanwolfe being loving and protective. 10/10 would recommend.(Also everyone should go to Rachel Caine's www service and read her self-published short stories about Christopher Wolfe's backstory because they are a bonus to humanity and create the globe a better place. Also a couple of deleted scenes involving the whole crew.)

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    I just finished reading the first three books in this series, and am now sorry this unbelievable experience is over ... until future books become available. The story is inventive, full of surprises, a delight to unfold. Characters are so flawed and well developed they feel like friends, family. I couldn't stop reading the books. Highly recommended to adults and adolescents ... to anyone who loves books and a story that takes you into a globe full of danger, promises, and fascinating characters. Addicting.

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    Paper and Fire suffered a small form middle book syndrome but Ash and Quill was better and a step in the right direction.We begin off in a Burner home base and while I was hoping that maybe there were some fanatics out there burning them selves to death and the core of the group would be more solid I was not disappointed by the expansion of the globe to contain the Burner town home base in was interesting to see how in this alternate history the town went from the heart of the revolution to a Burner home base under a siege that has lasted 100 years. More interesting that it seems like whatever the movement is today it is not the same as it was when Ben Franklin was a ill Jess and company are all together and it is nice to see them working as a team, or at least as much as they can to search a method out of the city. I really felt for the people of the town who were not really part of the Burners but stuck in the town just the same trying to create a living and caught in the crosshairs.Overall the pacing and complete story in this is much better than the prior book. I love Khalila strength in this and she came through as a more solid three dimensional character.*** “Only cowards are so afraid of a scrap of cloth,” she said, clear enough to carry to the stands. There was a shimmer in her eyes: anger, not tears. “We may not agree with the Archivist; we may wish to see him gone and better Scholars take his place. But we still stand for knowledge. You stand for nothing.” ***Also Thomas with his humor and occasional outburst due to stresses of the past created him more three dimensional as well. I like Jess but sometimes he is still just not enough to carry the entire story and I really think that this could possibly benefit from being told from multiple PoVs. For instance I really wish into Morgan’s head as she is going around doing her part and what she thinks of her power. I’m not scared of Morgan but I am scared a small for her. Still I’m glad that Glain is there to remind Jess when he is being a twit.*** “Stop thinking like a lovestruck idiot; she’s a weapon. She can build us a channel to communicate with your brother. Allow her do the job she needs to do, all right?” He turned toward her. Hands out of his pockets, body set as if he expected her to attack. He saw her shift to match it. It was probably unconscious. Probably. “I’m not willing to break her to serve the rest of us. We do that, we’re no better than the Archivist.” Glain’s expression didn’t shift. It was calm and set and confident. “Flavia chose to pick up the knife.” “Flavia stood on the corpses of everyone who died first trying to protect her. So think about that a moment.” His tone had gone so hard, cold, and final that he scarcely believed it was his. “Flavia was a child,” Glain said. “And you don’t have a moral right to treat Morgan as one!” ***Still most of the action is reserved for the final quarter of the book and that is when everything seems to happen. Dang for that ending, I’m so sad for my favorite couple of the book right now and hope that everything gets fixed soon. There is one romantic pairing that really stands out and I love those two together. The tender moments we see between them are amazing and again I appreciate that it is the more unconventional couple that is the strongest in this I’m glad the next book is out soon because I don’t wish to have to wait long to see how it all resolves.

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    I really have fun this series, but I don't like how it structures the series as not really self contained books. When we ended the latest book Jess and squad were in the hands of the Burners. We pick up in Philadelphia trying to search a method out. Everyone is using their own skills to obtain out and it takes a toll on some of them. They kind of end in the middle of a caper and so am excited to read the next book. But its really more of a pause than an end to this book. Philadelphia is a rich fresh environment to discover and the Burners obtain more fleshed out. We learn more of the nature of Obscurists as well. Would not begin here for sure. But amazing globe and interesting premise just more transitional than stand alone

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    The book was published latest year, but I kind of postponed the reading because it was supposed to be a trilogy, and it turned to be the middle of the 5 with sort of cliffhanger at the ending. When the 4th came out, I decided it was time to read. I enjoyed the book a lot, but it was a bit too depressive in tone, I suppose that was why it became the middle book. The plot started to obtain somewhere big, but the major changes are yet to come. In overall, I love Rachel Cane writing. She made an exciting and rich globe building, and I loved how she expands it with every fresh installation. I rarely like YA Distopia, because they are rarely believable or differ from each other. The Amazing Library definitely has a special premise. Also I love that while her characters are young, they closely work with adult leaders. Yes, they sometimes act on their own, but they don’t deny they need some guidance and advice. I mostly like Jess as a main character, thought I am rather tiered of his cliché of a romantic infatuation. It feels he is not in love with Morgan, but the concept of a “perfect” girl in “need of protection”. I can’t wait when he will admit Morgan isn’t excellent and can stand for herself. That will be the moment this “romance” will become interesting, for now it is the weakest sub plot so far.

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    Ash and Quill (The Great Library Book 3) []  2020-2-1 4:20

    I forgot how much I love Caine's Amazing Library series until my pre-ordered Kindle copy of this book 3 arrived on my device. The premise of an elite group of scholars controlling all written material via the digital "codex" and libraries/ librarians in major cities globe wide is absolutely excellent for actual librarians and bibliophiles everywhere. Readers will have their imaginations fired up as book burners, book lickers, and book lovers all seek power and control of the written word. There are smugglers, outstanding technology, romance, non-stop action and opportunity for vigorous discussion among readers. I highly recommend the whole series for 9th grade and up, but strongly recommend that they be read in order. Sadly, the story is not yet complete and now we must wait for book 4. Note for some who might be offended--there is a homosexual couple featured in the series and there is an extremely discreet stage of heterosexual intimacy.

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    From Sand and Ash is a harrowing story of love and faith shrouded in death and despair. Amy Harmon brings together the best and the worst of humanity on these pages, paving this journey with violence and bravery, horror and love. It's a ruthless barrage of emotions, this story, a relentless battle between life and death, between amazing and evil, illustrated exquisitely by an author whose writing prowess knows no bounds. I was torn between eagerly unearthing the twists and turns that would surely come with each turn of the page, and dreading what was to come, dreading this book ending at all. The story of Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco is as enchanting as it is chilling. The love they share is forbidden, both by duty and by law. But their attraction, the absolute truth of their lifelong love is a beautiful, palpable thing that consumes the reader despite the horrific circumstances in which that love exists.I've read a lot of books of the real accounts of holocaust survivors, seen the films and documentaries, taken classes concentrating on this zone of study. But never before have I been created to fall in love with an individual, with a couple, with a family, before I took such a horrific journey with them. To feel as though you know their strength, to obtain to know their life up until the moment it is stolen away, to know their helplessness in the face of something so unjust and so terrifying, it changes the method you look at the world, to see such atrocities through their eyes. This may be a fictionalized acc inspired by real events, but you won't convince my heart Eva and Angelo aren't real. This story weaves it's method under your skin and into your soul so you feel every step of their journey, of their fight, of this miracle. It's both attractive and tortuous what Amy Harmon does here, but it's so right. It's so important. We don't truly know fear and loss and hopelessness until we take this journey ourselves. Opening this book, turning these pages, moving along with Eva and Angelo is taking the journey is is absolutely a story of survival and love. But, more, From Sand and Ash is a poignant reminder of where we all come from, that no matter where we live or who we pray to or what we believe in, we all come from the same place. We are all created of the same things. We all seek joy, we all look to search purpose. We all love and play and pray and laugh and hope, and we all just wish to be understood. Above all else, we just wish to be understood. That notice screamed at me on every page, in every word. Our globe would be such a beautiful, peaceful, harmonious one if we sought to understand each other instead of judging each other for the ways we are different, for the God we pray to, for where each of our trees first took root. The Law of Moses taught me that we should be celebrating our differences instead of being afraid to point them out, to label them. From Sand and Ash takes that sentiment and drives it home in a method that simply can't be ignored. It's a brutal demonstration of what comes when we stop trying to understand each other, when we stop trying to relate, when we take what makes us various and use it as a means to divide us, to damage each other, to push each other away. We need this message. We need this book. We need this reminder that when we refuse to learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it.I'm asked often what book has changed my life. I can't say I've ever had a clear answer. I've read books I've loved, I've read books that have created me see things in ways I never have before, I've read books I'll never forget. But From Sand and Ash is a life changing book. This book will change the method you go forward by forcing you to go back. It'll change your heart, it'll change your mind, it'll create you seek to understand rather than condemn. It'll create you choose to see the amazing where there seems to be only darkness. It'll remind you that we're all the same where it matters, that we've all come from the same put regardless of where we're going. It'll inspire you to be better.  It'll demand you closer attention to the opportunities to do something important. It will humble you, empower you, it'll strengthen your awareness of your world, your history, your put in it. You can't read this book and not come away om Sand and Ash is a rich work of art, a stunning masterpiece that has moved me, altered me, captivated me. It'll take your breath away, it'll break your heart in ways it's never been broken before, it'll leave you speechless. I was overcome with so much emotion while reading this brutally attractive story. I was painfully terrified. I was both angered and uplifted, both defeated and empowered, broken yet healed. These characters, this fictionalized truth swathed in Harmon's unparalleled storytelling and her breathtaking writing style create for an epic story of bravery, love, resilience and loss that is both haunting and heartwarming all at once. As long as I live, I will carry this story with me.

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    In my opinion, Amy Harmon has outdone herself again. Anything she writes I have caught myself instantly clicking to download, but this book captures a time frame that I have found myself being intrigued by all my life. The history, and the lessons that Globe Battle II is not something to take lightly, and yet often, I feel as if our country and our generation is so simple to forget a battle that took put less than a century ago. This book is filled with a sense of real love, and depth that a lot of people sadly never obtain to experience. It is filled with heartache, and an underlying sense of hope.

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    THIS BOOK IS OUT OF THIS WORLD! IT IS SO AMAZING! IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT, YOU NEED TO PICK IT UP RIGHT NOW!I literally read this book in 5 hours. And I devoured every min of it. Poppy and Hawke are like the best couple ever. Their chemistry and characters are anything I have ever read before.Poppy was a unbelievable heroine. She was super quirky and relatable. She was funny, and just overall really awesome. She is one of those people who would create a really amazing friend.If I thought that JLA could outdo any of her male heroes, she did. Hawke is really awesome. He is so complex. There is something about him as a hero that is alluring. He is not who he really appears and it is e romance and world-building are out of this world. I enjoyed the whole magic system and the awesome blend of mythology. The globe is super special and anything I have ever seen. The magic and powers are also really cool. This book is so is book is probably the best JLA book out there. She constantly outdoes herself. I highly recommend you pick up this book and devour it.

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    From Blood and Ash is a unbelievable fantasy that will hook you immediately from the very first page! I loved every single moment and all of the characters are ones you will fall in love with! Jennifer L. Armentrout has done it again with her awesome writing skills and lots of detail! Obtain this book immediately!!! Thank you Jen for letting me review From Blood and Ash! I think this is one of my fresh top favourite books of yours. As a lot of of you know I have been a large fan of Jen's and she is also a amazing friend. I'm already looking forward to the other JLAnders and the globe to read this book because they are going to fall in love with the entire globe you have made as well as Hawke.I really enjoyed Poppy's character. She has so much on her shoulders as she has the entire kingdom depends on her as the Maiden. The entire novel was amazing. I literally feel like after reading, From Blood and Ash I have no words except amazing. Every word written is able to capture every reader immediately into this fantasy globe she has created. This one is definitely high up their as a favourite especially after a certain scene! If you love high fantasy, you will love this book. We also obtain to know the history, magic and romance all wrapped into one journey. The scenes between Hawke and Poppy is definitely complex right from the begin of the book and you see them both grow as characters throughout the entire book. I found Hawke to be a very deep hero who has a lot of sides to him where Poppy is powerful and she knows what she n you have made a masterpiece with this one! I knew right away in 2011 when Half-Blood came out that you were going to be one of my all time favourite authors and friend. Thank you so much. From Blood and Ash was a phenomenal read and its going to possible create people throw their book/e-reader through the window by the end but its totally worth it. Such an awesome fantasy full of action, danger, mystery and a swoony romance. I already need the next book!! Fantasy readers need to pick this one up right away!

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    Definitely Amy Harmon’s finest work and I have enjoyed all of her books thus far. There were so a lot of things I loved about this book but writing stands out the most. Amy Harmon’s storytelling was so intense, visceral and poignant. This story was set in Italy starting before the German invasion and lasted for the Nazi occupation of the Italy. It was such a dark and depressing historical period, but the author managed weave a tale of love, hope, faith and loyalty.Eva Rosselli and Angelo Bianco were childhood best mates despite being her being Jewish and him being Catholic. Despite their affection for each other, Angelo decided that he could best serve God as a priest. “God makes me strong. He gives me courage. He gives me peace. He gives me purpose.”As Angelo joined the priesthood, Eva began navigating life in Italy where Jews were stripped of every conceivable right of citizenship despite the Jews “making up 1% of the countries population”. At her darkest hour, Angelo took in Eva and some other family mates to hid them, but it endangered all the priests around.Angelo was forced to consider what his life would be like if the Nazi’s were to search Eva and the other Jews that the priests were protecting. While Eva struggles to survive, she was also forced to with the fact that the man she loved chose to be a priest over a life with is story was both inspiring, enlightening and emotionally POWERFUL. Every time I felt despondent, a gestured or an happening occurred that contributed some reason for hope and encouragement. “Hope is the only thing resistant to the fear, and it is the hope that makes the next breath possible, the next step, the next little act of rebellion, even if that rebellion is simply staying alive.”The author didn’t mislead the readers by painting a rosy picture of battle times. But those tendrils of devotion and faithfulness kept me optimistic as I listened to tale. The narrator Cassandra Campbell was perfect in her different accented voices. She was a amazing choice for this book.I loved both Eva and Angelo for various reasons. Both were powerful characters, loving, honest and altruistic. Eva though just stole my heart. She had a clarity about almost everything. She was decisive and even stubborn. Angelo was so endearing because he truly tried to honor his faith even if he had to sacrifice his own heart. I admired his commitment and his perseverance. The author did an awesome job developing these characters as well as the overall plot. I never felt that the author sacrificed the historical plight of the people in favor of a love story. It created everything feel so much more authentic and genuine. I am always amazed at the blessings that occurred despite immense suffering during the tragedies of war. This story was one of the best written historical fiction novels I have ever read.

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    Author Amy Harmon has written a book with fictional characters for the most part based on the background of a real story. Nazi atrocities in the Second Globe Battle are well documented by the stories of survivors who witnessed their cruelty. Her characters, Angelo and Eva are fictional but are a excellent setting to base the ordeal of Italy's Jewish population during the war. The author writes with wonderful emotion and clear word pictures of the settings as the story unfolds. It is filled with danger, and intrigue and a difficult book to place down. A heart warming and heart breaking story by an author who knows how to research and write. Loved this book!

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a unbelievable fantasy novel, which is her first foray into High Fantasy. After finishing the book latest night, I was thrilled, as I loved every moment of this story, and discovered that this is the beginning of a unbelievable fresh series.We meet our heroine, Penellaphe (Poppy), from the start, as she is secretly in a bar, hidden by a mask, to check out the men and women enjoying each other’s company. Poppy does not have a normal life, as she is the “Maiden”, who is the chosen one, as her destiny is to Ascend to her put with the gods. She has a year before she ascends, and lives mostly in solitude, with only her guards and her maid. Despite her circumstances, Poppy is a strong, smart, independent heroine, and has been secretly trained by her lead guard how to war and defend herself if needed. When she is hiding in a room in the bar, she meets a handsome stranger, who will in time change everything about her life.Hawke, our hero, becomes one of Poppy’s main guards, when one of them is killed in an attack by Descenters, who wish to slay Poppy. In a short time, Poppy will quickly realize that Hawke is the man she met at the bar. Hawke was such an amazing character, whom you could not support fall in love with. He was determined to victory over Poppy, and nothing would stand in his way; even if he was very protective of her. I loved Poppy and Hawke together, as the chemistry between them was sizzling. Poppy tries very hard not to fall in love with Hawke, as he constantly teases and makes advances on her. Unbelievable couple, but do they really have a possibility to be together?Armentrout does an awesome job with this world-building, with gods, royalty, the mystery of ascension, as well as those the battle versus those they need to fight, such as Descenders, Atlantians, Cravens, Wolvens etc. I do not wish to tell too much more, as it would be spoilers, and this is too amazing to ruin it for om Blood and Ash is an intriguing fantasy story, in a globe filled with secrets, betrayals, suspense, action, mystery, passion and a unbelievable cast of unbelievable characters. The latest half of the book was mind-blowing, with tense violence, danger, constant action, heart wrenching and surprising twists. In the forefront of this story is this unbelievable romance between Poppy and Hawke; which will change everything about Poppy’s life as she learns the horrific truths along the way. Who does she trust?Bravo to Jennifer L. Armentrout, who has written such an awesome high fantasy, that kept me glued to my seat, unable to place the book down. From Blood and Ash was also a fun, enjoyable, as well as intense story line that had a bit of everything. I am so satisfied to know that there will be another book, and possibly more in a series that is not to be missed. I recommend you read From Blood and Ash, as I cannot wait for the next book.

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    “Some truths do nothing but destroy and decay what they do not obliterate. Truths do not always set one free. Only a fool who has spent their entire life being fed lies believes that.”~REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS~I am not sure even where to start with this review. This was my first Armentrout book and I went into it knowing that a lot of of my fellow reviewers have fun her work and nothing about her writing style. Thats about it. When this book was released in late March 2020 I stumbled across it while idly browsing Kindle titles and I had no idea it was surprise release, I just bought it because it sounded fairly interesting.When I started reading I must admit that I was fairly confused about some aspects of the story. Sure, there were a lot of common fantasy elements that we’ve come to know and (mostly) love but nearly every page a group called the Ascended were mentioned. Now, I don’t know about you but when something is brought up so often I like to know what it is talking out. However, the Ascended are this kind of enigma. You are told that only certain people can go from being hum-drum boring old humans to becoming Ascended and that those people are then gifted an unnaturally long life. But…thats about it. It wasn’t until toward the end of the book that the reader is truly clued in to what these Ascended beings are. The reveal is not unexpected but still exciting.And, oh, the method Armentrout wrote that warmed my very soul.While I as the reader was kept in the dark regarding these beings, we search out that our first person narrator, Poppy, is also in the dark about them. Poppy has lead a very sheltered and controlled life. She gets to create no decisions on her own, is not permitted by the ruling class to speak to beautiful much anyone, and is allowed no joys and frivolities in any way. She has problem following those rules. Poppy is conditioned to believe everything that she is told and she is told that the Ascended are magnificent beings chosen by their god and…thats it. When we obtain the huge reveal of what they truly are Poppy is shook and while with some context clues and dropped tips the reader can glean some assumptions about them it is still beautiful thrilling.I do wish to bring up here that there are TRIGGER WARNINGS in this book for repeated physical, mental, and emotional abuse. These abuses are used to control and condition Poppy and to shape her into the person the ruling class wants her to be. There is also off-screen violence versus children, openly discussed proposed abuse, and repeated of the largest plot threads in this book is for the romantic/love interest for Poppy. Hawke, you could say, wears a coat of a lot of colors. His main job is to be a guard for Poppy and he takes that position seriously. He is also her first interest and Hawke makes no qualms about his enjoyment of that. Over the course of the story he is also a huge part of the plot twist in the second half which I saw coming but was still a joy to read. I’m still on a fence about whether or not I like Hawke but, honestly, I feel like that is part of the point.Overall, this book had a lot of tropes that are common in fantasy novels but the story was so engrossing I couldn’t have cared less about them. Thats the thing about tropes, when used well they can enrich a story and Armentrout used them to their best r my first Armentrout book I was very pleased. The story kept my attention, was simple to follow along with, had enough twists to hold me on my toes, and was just fun to read. At the end of the day that is what is most necessary to me. Was the book fun and entertaining? Yes. I could go on and on about plot points, hero development, and tension for pages but the long and short of it was that the book was entertaining. I am very much looking forward to reading more of Armentrout’s work.

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    From Sand and Ash is so much more than a whimsical romantic tale. It's history sprinkled with a love story. Life injected with death and humanity revived from the ashes of evil and death. In a time where hope was hard to search and God was quiet no matter what God you prayed to, this was a time you had to hang on to your faith or give up entirely. Life starts everyday. In the womb a heart beats. That small soul has no idea or choice as to where they will end up and how they will be raised. The beliefs of each kid is from those around them. It starts with where they live and especially what religion their loved ones practice. Globe Battle II is the excellent example of how you can't support where you were born or what God you serve but you absolutely can love, live and help anyone you choose to if you search the strength. So a lot of fought the only method they could by hiding and those that hid them were truly the best example of Love in human form. Catholics hiding Jews. Jews helping Catholics. This is where God is love. Amy took a real life emotional topic, a tormented part of globe history and gave it faces. So a lot of faces and so a lot of hearts. I felt such despair when this story started because this was such a tumultuous time and place.Our character Angelo and heroine Eva were two characters that were vividly portrayed in every single way. Growing up together and falling in love when it's forbidden truly had my heart racing in fear and in excitement. Such heartbreaking choices that had to be made. Angelo was a real character in every way. Eva was powerful and loving. For every single time Angelo struggled with his faith and for every time Eva fought to never give up I held on to hope for these is was a time of such devastating circumstances and such horrible prejudice. I was afraid for the character and heroine from the begin but I had faith that even if it all ended like so a lot of lives ended back then that Amy would present humanity at its worst and at its ere were characters that stood out in bravery and and sacrifice. I felt their stories mirrored so a lot of out there that never got a possibility to speak out and share. Amy brought so much to life in this awesome tale. Thankfully the ending was the best I could hope for and the pain I felt was worth it even if it's only experienced in a story to see such a love story unfold but also to see how truly brave so a lot of people were. While so a lot of stories in this era had such tragic endings we should be thankful we live in a time where we can be to worship and to love. I feel after ever single Amy Harmon book that I have been somewhat changed in a method only a magical story teller can achieve. From Sand and Ash truly will stay with me always.

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    After reading all the rave reviews for this book I went in with high hopes only to be left somewhat disappointed. The book started off in my opinion slow with a lot of unnecessary fluff. Our main hero Poppy’s inner monologues were too long and often very repetitive. So much so to the point where I was skipping over those parts to obtain to the actual dialogue between characters. It finally picked up about 60% of the method through for me delivering all the action, romance and forbidden desires we were told this book was all about. Sadly I just [email protected]#$%! didn’t come at the latest 40% of the book, or that I was able to figure out the twist coming fairly early.

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    I'm really angry at this book.Okay, it starts slow, which a lot of people fault, but I actually kind of appreciated the globe building and getting to know the characters. The slow begin did create the latest quarter of the book feel rushed, just because SO much finally happened. But I could have overlooked that, because originally, I liked the characters. I was intrigued by the story. I love a amazing mythical globe (though I don't love when authors create up fresh terms for werewolves and vampires, like "wulven" and "vampry" - I mean, come on.).And now to the part that left me so very, very angry. (Spoilers below)I'm all over a troubled hero, conflicted and broody, etc. And at first, I liked the guy, even though from beautiful much the beginning you know he's got a secret and by the latest third, you're ripping out your hair because our heroine refuses to actually use her brain and connect the dots.But then it happened. He sleeps with her WHILE knowing he's going to betray her (and that he's responsible for so a lot of other people's deaths, people she cared about). I just...didn't understand it, too. Because the first 3/4 of the book, he's a amazing guy - conflicted, but relatively good. You can tell he cares about her. And then, the latest 1/4, he's a manipulative, cruel @#$%. It was like the guy had a personality switch. He went from caring about her, respecting her, and wanting to support her, to possessive, manipulative, and, frankly, a bit of a psychopath. There's a point where the heroine calls him a creature and you know she's calling him a creature for the wrong reason...but he actually is a legit monster. No woman should be treated the method he treated her. And I was so confused, because he professed to be mad about the method that other men/people had treated her and he tried to support her earlier, only to turn out to be the same kind of guy? This idea that no one else can treat you cruelly, but I obtain to treat you like your a possession. So, I guess if the author wanted him to come off as a psychopath, she succeeded, but I simply cannot root for such a guy or that kind of manipulative love.Which brings me to the other reason that the end was AWFUL. Our heroine was so powerful and capable...and then, after this guy has with her and betrays her, she puts up a minuscule fight, gets captured, and turns into a sappy lovesick (or should I say lustsick, because that seems more appropriate) puppy? Maybe if she hadn't brushed past all his misdeeds, murders, and cruelty, maybe if she'd demanded he changed and told him how he damage her (seriously, not to be a psychopath myself, but he ought to suffer a bit because of all the suffering she's gone through), and then he had shown genuine remorse and tried to change, tried to be better for her instead of trying to control her and force her, then MAYBE I'd be okay rooting for them. Instead, she thinks about how devastated she is, accuses him once or twice (which he just brushes off btw), and the next thing you know, they're frantically having again? That stage created me sick. Maybe it's my own trauma of a manipulative relationship, but it was just poor and it created me really dislike the heroine because she was so powerful earlier in the book and at the end she just felt...weak. She stopped taking destiny into her own , read at your own risk. Read if you don't mind an example of a really terrible, unhealthy relationship. But I can tell you that you won't feel amazing at the end of this book.

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    I tried to brace myself for this story. I really did. I knew it would be a tough read and I knew what would eventually happen. But the tag of a amazing Amy Harmon book is her expertly crafted story that builds so very slowly - she builds you up and up and before you know it you’ve fallen for her characters and then it happens - the downfall that completely shatters you. I was not prepared for the onslaught of emotions this story brought out in me. There was one point when I just sat and wept over the horrific happenings that the innocent victims of this senseless battle endured. And in real Amy Harmon fashion, she manages to search beauty within the horror, and teaches us lessons in even the ugliest of y does not obtain overly detailed about politics or the war, and everything was broken down into easy facts and explanations. She spared us the gory info and yet still manages to paint such a distinct portrayal of the suffering that took put during this time. The common theme within all of her books is that love and faith conquers all, and how hope and resilience can support you rise above even the most difficult of situations. I think her trademark notice has never shined more brightly than it does in From Sand and Ash. Eva & Angelo’s story is one that I will never ever forget.I really hope that people give this book a chance. Even if you’re not a fan of historical fiction, the notice in this book is one that we need to be reminded of. We need to remember the atrocities that happened in Europe during WW2 so that millions did not die in vain, and nothing like this will EVER happen again. Thank you Amy, for honoring the memory of my Jewish ancestors and the millions of others who lived during this poor time in our ese are just a few of the tons of strong quotes I highlighted. Amy’s writing has never been better:“In him I have found a slice of the divine, a morsel of peace, and when his lips are on mine, his hands on my skin, there is reason to believe that life is more than pain, more than fear, more than sorrow. I am hopeful for the first time in years. And strangely enough, I search myself convinced that God loves his kids – all his kids – that he loves me, and that he provides moments of light and transcendence amid the constant trial.”“Many will seek to tell me what God’s will is. But nobody knows. Not really. Because God is quiet. Always. He is quiet, and my anguish is so intense, so incredibly loud, that right now I can only do my will and hope that somehow, it aligns with his.”"Our immortality comes through our kids and their children. Through our roots and branches. The family is immortality. And Hitler has destroyed not just branches and roots, but entire family trees, forests. All of them, gone."

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    I tend to avoid period novels because I often search it difficult to obtain lost in a story about a time in life that I can't relate to...but this story is so different!!! I was swept away from the beginning and fell in love with Eva and Angelo when they were kids and learning to love each other and become family. The story of what they endure and all they overcome during one of the most horrific times in history feels very authentic and realistic. THEY feel very authentic and realistic!! They are the characters that I wish to read books they wrote later in life and to know what happened after this story ends...you wish to keep onto them as long as possible!! It's a attractive novel!!!

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    This turned out to be a amazing book! The story of how atrocious the Nazis were to the Jews is always bloody, violent, even to the point of being monstrous! But unfortunately, it is a real story and this book tells it well. Through the eyes of Eva, an Italian Jew and Angelo, an American boy adopted by Eva's grandparents, the happenings roll out in well written prose. I found several happenings about the Americans during their part of the battle in Italy I didn't know. I liked the ending very much! I don't know if I'll read this book again or not. The graphic info of the tortures by the Nazis may be too much for me to read again, but I like the story of Angelo and Eva.

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    I live every book Amy has ever published. But this one is different. There is so much true life in this fictional story, and the true life is ugly. My heart was broken by these atrocities, but the thing about Amy's books is that there is always beauty and strength. The human spirit is an wonderful gift, and one that is captured so precisely among the horrors of this battle full of loss. There is a love story here, but it's so much more than just two people falling in love. The title is about creating something attractive where no beauty existed, and it captures this story perfectly. It is beauty in the midst of the worst suffering, and that is where hope blooms. I loved it. Thanks, Amy, for another gorgeous saga.

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    I am well and truly conflicted. I enjoyed this book to a certain point. I loved her writing. She's an excellent, unbelievable author. But... no. Just hell no. Oh and major spoiler alert....You don't sleep with a woman after you've betrayed her and you know that you will continue betraying her and you know she will see it as a betrayal. A traumatic back story is no excuse. None whatsoever. Was this supposed to be sexy? That because he's capable of tenderness that having with her before knowingly breaking her heart was ok? I loved this book until this happened. But seriously this left me feeling gross and unsettled. I go for the troubled hero, the dark knight with dents in his armor but this... this went beyond that. She was a captive bird in a cage for most of her life. And what does the love interest do? Claims he wants her to be from her captivity and then throws her in a cage of a various kind. Maybe if he had for one second walked away from her because he knew she'd be damage I'd feel better but he didn't. He admits he's not a amazing person and does what he wants. It was like a switch was flipped in the love interest and he went from charming to disturbing. The thing I don't obtain is was I supposed to be ok with his actions? I don't know because the ending was so abrupt you're just left with this gross conflicted feeling and why in the name of all that's amazing in this globe would you wish to leave your readers on a note like that? I literally have no desire to finish this series and that breaks my heart because I truly adored 80% of this book. This book left me in tears and not the amazing kind. It's a rare occurrence that an author makes me feel this strongly so I'll at least give her that.

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    A whole fresh level of amazingness from Jennifer is booked was so excellent and full of drama and agnst and wonderful, wonderful romance!Hawke is a guard protecting the Maiden and he's very amazing at his job. Very hands on 😏 but he's keeping a huge secret.Poppy is kick-butt and not your common princess. She went through a traumatic experience in her kid hood and grows up with what everyone would assume a grand life but it's all an illusion. She then will have to war for her life and those she loves while dealing with betrayal and forbidden love.Buckle up for those who love a amazing fantasy because Jennifer Armentrout knocked this beast out of the park!

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    From Sand and Ash [Book]  2017-10-13 21:14

    Amy Harmon's exquisite writing skills are fully on display in this moving historical novel of action,heroism, danger and romance set in Nazi occupied Italy. I have read several quality historical novels from this era (All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky and The Nightingale). This is one of, if not the best in its genre. The raw emotion, thrilling unpredictable plot and superb hero development create From Sand and Ash a page turner that seeps permanently into the reader's soul. Angelo and Eva are unforgettable and their story will haunt and enthrall you. I will not spoil the plot by saying too much. I'll just say that it has so much depth, so a lot of levels of suspense and poignancy that it will satisfy even the most demanding reader.

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    I’m dead. Completely and utterly with JLA’s first high fantasy. From Blood and Ash has everything you could possibly want…action, grit, world-building, and a tension that will have you fainting! If you know anything about me then you know I’m obsessed with anything by JLA and this book is no different. She surprised us readers with it and when I found out, I squealed. I literally stopped everything I was doing and place down my current read just so I could pick this baby e globe that JLA has made is so detailed and intense which created it simple for me to fall into it. There’s mystery surrounding a lot of the plot lines at first and when we’re introduced to Poppy we search that she’s a sacred symbol for the people of her city: A Maiden, and day soon she will be given to the gods to support preserve their method of life and to hold them [the gods] happy. Poppy knows her position, but because of it she’s desperate to live life to the fullest. She wants to have experiences no Maiden should have and since she’s kept locked away from the rest of the globe with her face veiled for no one to see, she feels suffocated. Even with place in a position of submission and solitude, Poppy isn’t a pushover. She’s done things the gods wouldn’t “deem worthy,” and I love this about her. She’s fierce and protective of the ones that she loves. She’s powerful to the point where she’s almost stupid at times, but this makes me love her more.Hawke is an enigma for the first part of the book. He’s a guard in her city’s troops of sorts and he’s risen up the ranks fairly quickly for a man his age. Poppy, as well as the rest of the ladies, message him immediately. By a crazy happenstance Poppy and Hawke meet and ya’ll, this is where things obtain heated. Hawke is brash, but in an endearing method that unsettles Poppy but leaves her curious to know more. He’s everything she can’t have and everything that she feels she needs. Together they fit each other well; their banter, playfulness, and chemistry create them feel as if they’ve known each other all of their lives. I loved these characters together. Everything about them was golden and I believe they are now my favorite couple by JLA.Overall, this book was outstanding. The creatures, their history, and how the globe worked was intricate and spellbinding. It was simple for me to fall into this globe and “see” everything JLA wanted to convey. The romance was off the charts intense and was created even better by Hawke’s nonchalant method of life and Poppy’s sarcastic tone and tendency to wish to throw knives at Hawke’s face. I admit a small before halfway into the book I pegged where the story was going and how the villains played into everything, but I still really enjoyed how JLA got us to the end. I couldn’t ask for a better book by JLA. She gets better with each book she releases, but this one is going to be hard to beat. IT. WAS. FANTASTIC.

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    From Blood and Ash []  2020-7-23 19:24

    This book was okay but could have been truly great. I felt like it had amazing "bones" and scaffolding for a truly epic fantasy novel but just couldn't pull it off. At first, I struggled to understand the different actors (Ascended, craven, Atlantians, etc) and their differences and backstory. It wasn’t explained well and I was scratching my head.Poppy, the not good heroine was kept in a prison both figuratively and literally for the whole book. Sure, she was handy with a dagger and could defend herself, but she didn’t have any true agency/freedom. The men in her life called all the shots— even the supposed en there's the problem of the running dialogue between the character and heroine that seemed to drag on and on. It could have used some serious ter learning more info about the character (which I won’t divulge), I was seriously disappointed. While he could be caring and protective of Poppy, he was also selfish, cruel and controlling. I felt so conflicted about him much like the heroine. And there was a lot of yucky killing in this story, described in largest gripe is that the twists and turns were VERY predictable. Too a lot of tips were given along the method and I found myself getting frustrated with Poppy for not figuring it out. I found myself yelling at my Kindle in anger, saying, "comon' already!"I doubt I’ll read the next book in the series.

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    It's kind of surprising that ASH was blurbed by Meg Cabot because it has very small in common with a Meg Cabot book. Unless Meg Cabot has written lyrical fairy tale retellings and I just didn't know H is a retelling of "Cinderella", but Melinda Lo succeeds in creating an entirely fresh story within the confines of tradition. Sure, there are the requisite elements of the fairy tale, but ASH goes beyond the story of a not good orphaned girl forced into servitude by her evil stepmother who eventually goes to a ball with the support of a fairy godmother and wins the hand of the prince. Actually, ASH only includes the not good orphaned girl forced into servitude; there's a ball and there are fairies, but if you pick up this book, expecting it to conform to the Disney ver of "Cinderella" in any way...you should change your expectations , ASH is a book about a girl who is caught between two worlds: the true globe and the promise of a true love and the fairy realm and magical, risky love. That's not "Cinderella" at all.Lo writes very well. She uses gorgeous imagery, and the sentences flow well. ASH is a attractive story quietly told, and it works. Unlike a lot of YA heroines, Ash is not outspoken. She's not mindlessly obedient, but she's not outright defiant, either. She's not spunky. Really, she's the kind of girl who's a bit uncertain about who she is, and it's nice reading a book about a hero who isn't so confident. The other characters are...you'll probably hate Ash's stepmother, who doesn't have any redeeming qualities. Otherwise, I don't have a powerful opinion on the characters, but I can't recall them being terribly flat. They served the purpose, but I didn't have any powerful reactions toward any of them.I think my favorite thing about ASH, though, was the fact that Lo incorporates a feeling of folklore into the tale. Her fairies are more like the fairies of old tales, not those currently flooding the urban fantasy market. They are the sort of fairies who dance in fairy rings and live separately from humans while inhabiting a globe that crosses with the true globe in the woods, and they are the sort of cold, attractive fairies who cannot understand humans and whom cannot be truly understand by humans. There's a culture clash between the commoners who live in the outreaches of the kingdom and hold to the old ways, where hedgewitches are the keepers of wisdom and herbal lore and folklore, and the richer town dwellers, who follow the teachings of the foreign philosophers. For the most part, the folklore is something that's unseen in YA books. At least, it's uncommon in fairy tale retellings, so if you have fun a book that reads like a true fairy tale and not just a retelling of one, ASH is definitely a amazing so, in a shop inundated with girls who fall head over heels for supernatural creatures, it's refreshing to read a book where you obtain the feeling that the main hero is falling instead for the human.

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    What a gorgeous H has been sitting on my list of "books I really wish to read" for a while now, but I had never gotten around to purchasing it. I was pleasantly surprised then when it popped up as an option for a class assignment. And am I ever glad this is one that I went with.I'd heard amazing things about Malinda Lo's work and I was not disappointed. ASH is beautifully written and flows wonderfully the entire time. It holds on to that magical quality that a fairy tale needs, but comes away a bit more that. Simple, yes. This story is not one with deep characters or multiple intriguing plot twists. But it holds real to the feel of the tale it pulls from, and I think that's more important. It is a retelling, after e story of Ash, Sidhean, and Kaisa was one I wasn't prepared to love as much as I did. But by the end of the book, I felt like I had walked away truly gaining something from this story because of how their own connected. Again, they may not be complicated characters, but they are amazing e rating system may not be perfect, but I do truly believe this book deserves five stars for its prose and the method it approaches not only the story, but its messages as well. I'm so glad I read this sooner rather than letting it sit on my list for ages, I just want that I had gotten to it even sooner.

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    Ash is a retelling of Cinderella. After her father's unexpected death, Ash is at the mercy of her cruel stepmother. Because of her father's debts, her stepmother puts her to work as housemaid. Her only joy comes from rereading the fairy tales that her mother once told her of. In her dreams, someday the faeries will steal her away, as they are said to do. When she meets the dark and risky fairy Sidhean, she believes that her want may be en one day she meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, and her heart begins to change. Instead of chasing faerie tales, Ash and Kaisa form a friendship. They continually search excuses to see one another and eventually Kaisa teaches Ash to hunt. Though their friendship is delicate, it reawakens in Ash feelings that have long been dormant.... her capacity to love-and her desire to live. But when Sidhean claims Ash for his own, she must create a choice between fairy tale dreams and real first impression of this book was woah... Ash is in love with another woman!?! But after my initial shock (I tend to not read book descriptions and just jump right in - my fault really), I was sucked into a globe that was very special and I must confess, there were some things I really didn't have fun about this story. For one, I was confused about Sidhean's role in all this... I mean yes, I was thinking faerie godmother, beautiful dress, ball... and yea, it did have to do with that, but he was obviously much more than that since he coveted Ash for himself. Then there was Ash's relationship with Kaisa. I enjoyed how it slowly grew into more than just a friendship. My only complaint with it was that at no point did you truly feel Ash's need for either Kaisa or Sidhean. I had mixed emotions about them (and maybe that's what Ms. Lo was going for) I'm not sure, but I felt just as confused as Ash did. Not to mention, the stepmother, the prince, the stepsisters and all... it was just a bit overwhelming for me.With that said, my favorite parts were Ash's retelling of the folk faerie tales. I loved reading them and to me these were the most vivid and colourful parts of the book. Ms. Lo has a knack for info - I basically felt as if I were traipsing through the forest after midnight. The descriptions were so detailed were you could almost feel the grass at your feet and the dew in the air... it was lovely really. I also have to give it major kudos for its l in all, although not a favorite, I would still recommend this to anyone who likes a fresh ver of this classic fairytale.

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    As rapidly becomes obvious when you read this, this is a re-telling of the Cinderella story. But it's not quite the one you remember from sling (Ash) is our Cinderella, losing her mother at the age of 13, and her father not long thereafter. There is the traditional step-mother of the original tale, but as depicted here she's not quite an absolutely mean-spirited ogre, but rather truly has a reason for treating Ash as she does. Her step-sisters are still beautiful addle-pated, obsessed with their looks and catching a man of means as their ticket to the amazing life, but here again there's a small more meat placed on the bare bones of this story, as it's not just the prince of the realm that they set their eyes on, but contains the chance of catching a much older man, considering him to be acceptable merely because he has money, regardless of his hero or age, and as such provides some commentary on arranged marriages and the self-imposed bind of people trying to maintain their photo and rich lifestyle regardless of the cost.But beyond these minor revisions, there are two major points of departure from the original. The first is the introduction of the fairy elves, a complete culture in their own right, that used to have a fair amount of regular contact with the 'normal' people, and second is the introduction of the King's Huntress, a nice change from the traditional all-male dominated society of most fantasies. These two stuff provide the focus for Ash's development, first with her attraction to Sidhean of the elves, and second her attraction to the Kaisa, the current Huntress, which is barely acknowledged by Ash at first, but eventually becomes an overriding force in driving the story to its dhean is only lightly drawn, remaining beautiful much a dark mysterious character, but there are intimations given that fairy-human affairs, while not impossible, are very rare for amazing reasons, and are not easy in complexion. Sidhean is this story's replacement for the fairy godmother of the Disney tale, and provides a much darker feel to the overall story. Kaisa is also drawn with only light brush-strokes, and this I felt was something of issue with this book, as I felt the developing attraction between her and Ash required a deeper exposition to be truly believable. While the acceptance of same-gender relationships is admirably portrayed as just a normal part of this society, not worthy of comment, the feelings Ash has towards Kaisa remain too vague, with inadequate development. Rather oddly, I felt that this story required a small more romantic treatment, some better hooks into Ash's development from a pre-adolescent to a woman, to create it a fully engaging story.An interesting twist on the original Cinderella, with some amazing social commentary nicely folded into the story, but not quite as robust as it could have been with some deeper delving into Ash's development.---Reviewed by Patrick Shepherd (hyperpat)

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    Ash by Malinda Lo is a re-telling of the tale Cinderella. We all know the typical story: Cinderella is under the thumb of her evil stepmother and stepsisters, and thanks to her fairy godmother attends the royal ball and falls in love with the prince and lives happily ever after. But this story is by no means like that. It's so much the beginning of Aisling's tale, her mother has died and is buried outside their house in Rook Hill. She misses her mother dearly, and wishes for nothing more than to have her back. Her father sets out on a business venture and when he returns he brings with him a fresh wife. When her father dies Aisling - or Ash - is to live with her stepmother in their house in the city. But due to a cruel twist of fate, becomes their slave.Dreaming of a life she could never have, Ash wanders through the woods at night in find of something she has no clue of. When she meets the fairy Sidhean, she believes she's found her salvation. But then she meets the King's Huntress, Kaisa, and starts to wonder if she truly wants to disappear from her globe 's so rare that a book truly captures me like Ash did. I found this book to be intriguing from just the tag-line, "a re-telling of Cinderella." I had thought it would be worth a read, a amazing time-passer. But what I found in this novel was so much more than that. It's a attractive tale of a girl who has been stripped of everything she has and how she must collect the broken pieces and place them together to form some semblance of happiness and ing this story a "lesbian re-telling" is a bit harsh as well, now that I've read it. This book is a attractive love story between two people who just happen to be women. In their globe it's not too uncommon. There's never a moment where it's brought into question the idea of one's sexuality. Love is love, and in Malinda Lo's story it is very much a fact more than it is a statement, and I applaud her on this, as I do for a lot of aspects of the book. I'd name them all, but it'd be too hard to name them all in just one sterfully written, poetic in its narrative, and the characters developed so well I felt like I was standing directly in front of them, Ash by Malinda Lo is an absolutely marvelous read which has instantly become one of my favorite books of all time. You'd be doing yourself a disservice to not pick it up.

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    I really liked this, though i didn't expect to. The first quarter or so of the book so intensely follows the Cinderella saga that it is kinda of boring, hard to press through. Hold at it though, and I think you won't be disappointed. This was a fast read for me. There are enough twists and meta fairytale elements that it keeps you interested and invested - if only in the main e huntress has this potential to be a [email protected]#$%, sexy character, and never really develops into more than this cold body, admiring from afar. I never really warmed up to the hero beyond Ash's draw to her.Lo creates a really unique, interesting world, and really flourishes when she tackles the fairy globe and all its complexities and relations to the human world, and then encompassing all that in a story structured so classically as a fairy tale itself... It's e dialogue in the story was my only private problem with the book. It is not contemporary or natural, and comes across somewhat jilted. It makes it harder to invest in conversations that are supposed to be emotionally fraught or intense. In retrospect, however, it is almost as though she was writing in the structure of some of the oldest fairy tales, really completing and bringing full circle the whole idea of the story, and in that way, I applaud her.I came for the relationship, and stayed for the special globe that the author created. The Woods themselves are enchanting in their detail, and the fairies are so eerie and true you can almost reach out and touch them.

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    Bestill my bookish heart Malinda Lo! While Ash was not without a few minor challenges, it accomplished something I rarely encounter, and that was a queer protagonist portrayed in the most natural and attractive manner. I am so thankful to have included this retelling among my current Pride Month reading (which has been unbelievable and will be carrying over into July ❤ ).The skinny..This is a Cinderella reimagining that begins like most with the death of the Ash’s father, leaving her to reside with a heartless stepmother. Her only means of escaping her unfortunate circumstances happen to be found within the fairy tales passed on by her mother. But when Ash finds herself in the company of a true fairy, Sidhean, it seems she may have found an respond to her issues as he claims her for his own. However, an encounter and unlikely relationship with the King’s Huntress Kaisa soon stirs a desire for love and life within Ash that she thought all but gone. Now she will have to choose between the dreams that she has always escaped to and possibly real love.“For in the depths of grief, sometimes one cannot tell the difference between illusion and reality.”What I appreciate.. (aka reasons to fall in love with Ash)As I mentioned above, perhaps the most shining aspect of Ash is that it beautifully explores and captures a queer protagonist in the most natural, subtle way. Ash’s sexuality is not described or thrown to the forefront of the story, it just simply is. And that is why it works incredibly e prose is simplistic at times yet fluid, guiding the reader on a seamless journey that unfolds with amazing ease.While at times feeling almost one dimensional, the characters were still highly successful in achieving their roles. I mourned for Ash with her losses and her anger was viable. The wicked stepmother was just that, and the heavier fae elements melded wonderfully into the Cinderella linda Lo has successfully incorporated the themes of loss and grief that have always been a part of this timeless tale but often lost in the romance and magic of it all. I admired the more realistic and raw approach that held real to these aspects of the of the more gratifying conclusions I have encountered in some time!“To charge someone with love is a amazing responsibility; there will be an equal yet unexpected reaction.”Challenges some may encounter..Ash will feel very familiar when held in comparison to the tale of Cinderella at times. A lot of of the original, key elements have been left in e pacing slows during brief periods due to decreased dialog and some may struggle with the lack of depth in a lot of ere are massive themes of loss and grief the end, Ash won me over and easily created its method into my favorite Cinderella retellings. With a protagonist that fell elegantly into the underlying themes, I found myself enchanted. Malinda Lo has a method of weaving a subtle magic throughout the pages the slowly unfolds before you even realize it is happening.☕Savor over a nice cup of your favorite hibiscus or herbal brew.☕

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    What drew me to this book first off is the gorgey cover. And trust me when I say that it's even prettier in person than on this here ter the death of her beloved father, Ash is left to fend for herself versus her cruel stepmother, who forces her to work as a servant to repay her father's debts. Lost in her despair, far away from friends, Ash begins to seek out the faeries - when she meets the dangerously attractive Sidhean, whom she hopes will take her away from all her pain and misery. Then Ash meets the King's Huntress Kaisa who befriends Ash and teaches her to hunt and ride; showing her things Ash never thought possible. Kaisa's friendship forces Ash to consider her choices and eventually leads her to turn to her dark faery for support as she tries to hold her put in the globe of the living for a possibility at owing Ash was a Cinderella retelling I was looking for the proverbial plot devices and was pleasantly surprised to search only slight mentions at the most. Yes, Ash is orphaned and left to her cruel stepmother, yes, she ends up sleeping next to the fireplace a time or two, and yes, she does charm the prince at the ball - but those info are by no means the most intriguing parts of the story. Malinda Lo seamlessly weaves a lyrical story of not just a girl trying to search her put in the globe but also of in faeries and love and the strength to war for what you want. All this happens in a completely spell-binding fresh globe that I found myself too lost in to even start thinking about how this is not your traditional wishy-washy Disney Cinderella. Ash is no storybook princess and it's no surprise she is drawn to the King's Huntress with her steady sword and ability to roam free.I do want Malinda Lo had taken a bit more time to discover Ash's globe since the globe building was only partway explained and I wanted more back-story on the Huntress, more about the faeries, and more about the royal family and their customs. Each of these facets brought a fresh and compelling aspect to Ash but the info for each left me hoping for more. Although, what we do obtain is unfailing attractive and compelling and created this a standout in amongst other Cinderella nce I've never read a book that featured same-sex romance, I was pleasantly surprised to see how well Malinda Lo handled the entire situation. It's not over the top and the buildup quietly subtle and by no means unnecessarily dramatic. In Ash, homosexuality isn't even an issue, which made this wide begin zone for Kaisa and Ash to maneuver in since no one even felt like it was anything out of the ordinary - other than the fact that the two were well on their method to Real Love Land.[...]

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    Gold Star Award Winner!There's something about fairy tales that always feel magical. No matter the story, no matter the characters, there is something about them that just makes you feel the magic inside them. ASH makes you feel every bit of that magic, and more.Just about everyone, everyone female at least, over the age of 13 or so has heard and/or seen the story of Cinderella. Whether it is Disney's ver or the classic fairy tale or the Brothers Grimm ver or even one of the other hundreds of versions that have been made over the years, we all know it. ASH is a ver that I'm sure you've never heard of before, but that you ter losing her mother, Ash's father takes a wife, Lady Isobel. Soon after meeting Lady Isobel, her and her two daughters move into the house with Ash and her father and things drastically change. In line with the fairy tale, Ash's father becomes gravely ill and passes away shortly thereafter. Which not only leaves Ash heartbroken, but also leaves her without either of her parents, and stuck with a "family" that doesn't even like to look at is is the beginning that we all know about Cinderella, and while Ash has a lot of aspects that are the same as the original tale, they are not the same in the slightest. Ash doesn't obtain the typical fairy godmother; she gets something else all together, but something even more strong than anything in the candy-coated ver that is fed to us as h gets a fairy, Sidhean, who is even more lethal and risky than anything her stepmother or stepsisters could do/say to Ash. But that's masked in an extent by the beauty and the friendship that lies between Ash and Sidhean. And I mean that to an extent far more than the typical connection between two characters; their relationship is more developed and deeper than most would have thought possible in a novel that doesn't even break 300 pages.But one day Ash's life, and heart, changes forever. She meets Kaisa, the King's Huntress, and there is something between them that's various from the second they meet. Ash begins to stop chasing fairies and starts to live in the globe without fairies and the fairy tales, and learns how to hunt and to ride and to track animals. But in this change of life, there is a for keeping it and for continuing to allow it rough her relationship with Kaisa, Ash finds what it means to grow and what it means to allow her heart tutorial her and, in that realization, she also finds a fresh capacity to live. Ash prefers the company of the Huntress to the company of the Prince, and that makes this story even more powerful. Malinda Lo has made a globe that is magical and finds its own footing in a globe where fairy tales are viewed as being for kids and has given the older crowd a fairy tale of their is is some of the most beautiful, lyrical writing I've seen in a long time and that is so refreshing. The imagery just blows me away and it's like you're standing right there with Ash through everything, whether it be pain, joy, adventure, or terror. It would slay me to see this story obtain cast aside and labeled a "lesbian retelling of Cinderella," because it's so much more than that. It's a attractive story that anyone could relate to and that everyone could take something away from.I found myself hoping for a sequel in a story that doesn't need one, just because I wanted to spend more time with the characters in this globe that Ms. Lo has created. It's beautiful, it's magical, and it's a story that, until now, I didn't know could even exist, but it does, and it needs to be heard. Not to mention, look at the cover. It is so beautiful! This is easily one of my favorite stories this year and I hope that if it's given the chance, it can become everyone else'ed by: Samantha Clanton, aka Harlequin Twilight

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    Ash []  2020-1-18 19:25

    I really dragged my feet finishing this book. The author sounds like quite a cool person - she sees the need to give satisfied endings to a set of people who are all too often denied that in both media and reality. And fantasy and fairy tales are a large part of my identity. So, in the midst of questioning my sexuality, after a lifetime of reading of princes and princesses locking lips, I badly required to see what a queer fairy tale looked like. This was the first one I ever picked up. And then I set it down for a month because the first 2/3rds of the book are so very slow. The largest issue is how small interaction Aisling and Kaisa have for the vast majority of the story. I just didn’t feel much in the method of chemistry between them until near the end. Their budding friendship as the Huntress taught Ash to ride was never elaborated upon - it just sort of happened. The only time they clicked as a couple for me was at the ball, when Kaisa saw Aisling in her enchanted finery for the first time and returned her love at last. It was only at that point that the book had me well and truly enthralled. The ending is beyond worth it. The poetry, the delicateness of the dance, the sense of unstoppable doom as Ash realizes what it is that she’s traded away - and the gorgeous solution to a issue which seemed intractable. If the entire book were like the final third, there would be no problem. It’s definitely a solid first novel and worth reading, if you can create it through the sluggish beginning. My interest is piqued enough to pick up “Huntress” at some point in the near future. I can just barely see the shadow of greatness in the author - and know that she has it in her to do better in the future.

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    Air Force Handbook AFH 33-337 The Tongue and Quill 27 May 2015 []  2019-12-23 19:46

    Was in amazing condition and was the document I asked for

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    Alex Lidell Air and Ash, the wonderfully imagined YA story for readers of all ages. Nile is a powerful and gutsy heroine, with both strengths and ’s one excerpt that captures the nature of the Gifted as well as Ms. Lidell’s perfect and descriptive writing style:“The Gifted have magic in their blood that turns their bodies into living magnets. Five types of magic are known: air, water, metal, stone, and fire. In each case, the afflicted Gifted’s body attracts one of the elements. The attraction in and of itself is deadly only to fire callers, who burn themselves dead long before they have any hope of learning control. For the four other magics, a measure of control is possible but the side effects of having magic are gravely dangerous. Stone callers’ muscles dissolve; water callers’ blood refuses to clot; air callers succumb to fits and convulsion…and metal callers like Clay with their minds. My brother is a cripple. The physicians say he will never obtain better. I don’t believe them. One day, my Gifted twin will come back to me. I’m sure of it, in a method that only a twin can be.”And this excerpt illustrates not only Ms. Lidell’s talent and imagination, but it also highlights her unexpected humor and sense of fun:“I sift my memory for her name. Lady Madeline. Yes, Lady Madeline from Eflia North, who spends her days lavishly prancing between courts to inspire people to charitable deeds—preferably ones that bolster her prestige without the inconvenience of work. She also owns the Lyron Herald, a news press with all the integrity of a hungry hyena. When Thad threw her out of Ashing, the Faithful took her back to an Eflian port. The carpenter was obliged to remove one of the bulkheads to accommodate her luggage. Latest I heard, she had gone to Felielle and created herself comfortable at court, befriending Felielle’s Queen Leanna in the process.”Kudos to the author!

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    I loved this book SO MUCH!!! Nile is such a unbelievable character, always pushing the others around her to do the right thing, no matter the cost, and pushing herself the most. I loved watching her relationship with Domenic progress—the tension between them was crackling—and any stage with Catsper in it was a pleasure to read. The book with sailing, which I know small about, but I never felt like I was out of the loop. Rather, I felt like I was in on the adventure, feeling the rise and fall of the waves, and holding my breath when war le’s adventure is riveting, original, and impossible to place down. As soon as I started reading, I was HOOKED, reading for hours at a time. Lidell has such a talent for language and hero development. I can’t wait to see where the series takes me next!

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    Of Fire and Ash: Fairy Queens []  2020-1-11 19:16

    This is a very short book but the story is good. I forward to seeing how the next phase of Nelay’s life turns out.

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    Savage Love (Ash and Innocence Book 2) []  2020-5-4 18:28

    The Story Grabs You And Keeps Your Attention vage Love is book two of the Ash and Innocence series. It follows Ruthless Love in a series of connected stand-alones about a group of four mates from Parker High in Silver Falls, Maine. Tristan, Cassian, Gage, and Logan are stars on the football field and off. Affectionately referred to as the Greeks by classmates, in reference to their god-like amazing looks, the foursome form a brotherhood that hadn't been penetrated until Tristan recently broke the mold. Ruthless Love is star quarterback Tristan Blackwood and Kennedy Still's story. Tristan became Kennedy's largest nightmare when she moved next door to him. Of the group, Tristan and Cassian are the most similar. Accordingly, they clash frequently and have a complicated relationship. Savage Love is Cassian Stone and Charli Rhodes' ssian Stone, eighteen, is always looking for an excuse to fight. As a star running back, football is his largest outlet. He loves to play hard and dirty, and taking out another player feels good. He gets away with his heartless, rude, and selfish ways due to his amazing looks, athletic abilities, and his stepdad's disgustimg money. He uses girls, but they still swarm around him and it feels empty. Everything feels empty until he hears that Charli is back. Then everything changes. Consumed with rage, he becomes fixated on destroying her like she destroyed arli Rhodes, about seventeen, has moved a lot over the years. She hopes that maybe this time things will be different. Maybe her father won't drink so much and keeps his job. Maybe she won't be the center of gossip about the scar on her forehead. Maybe she will create friends, have a nice boyfriend. She and her father had left Silver Falls ten years ago, but maybe her close mate and former neighbor Cassian was still there. They had been inseparable when she left.When Cassian [email protected]#$%!& an unsuspecting Charli in front of half the school, she realizes the rumors she heard about her childhood mate are true. He has become cold and cruel. What he never sees coming is how much he likes it when she stands up to him and challenges ssian and Charli's high school bully story is a deep dive into the dark side as the couple struggles with revenge and forgiveness. Their story takes root in childhood, but in the decade spent apart their experiences differed greatly. Outwardly, Cassian has it all - money, looks, popularity, girls, and athletic abilities. Inside, he resents his stepfather's and walks around looking for a fight. He doesn't seem to like anyone - including his own friends. He learned long ago the importance of being strong, so he turned himself into a physical powerhouse and doesn't bow to anybody. Conversely, Charli's life has been terribly unstable. She has shouldered tremendous responsibility for her drunken father while simultaneously being on the receiving end of his ire. Self-conscious and insecure about her scar, she became an introvert, though she occasionally looses her cool. She believes that what doesn't slay you makes you stronger, and has accordingly developed immense inner strength. So when Cassian obsessively tries to obtain revenge on Charlie, she continues to stand defiantly. Eventually his attraction to Charlie gets the best of him and he is forced to with the hard ssian and Charli each have a deeply emotional story that links them together and has them at odds. Cassian's caveman-like mentality has him making mistake after mistake. If not for the years of dealing with a drunken father, Charli likely would not have had the skills and patience needed to have a workable relationship with Cassiun. They eventually earn a well-deserved HEA, bringing closure with the past. The latest epilogue ends with a cliffhanger, presumably leading into Gage's ssian and Charli's angsty story grabs you and keeps your attention throughout. It is very well-written. The plot is complex. The characters are carefully crafted. The story is written in first person. The POV alternates between Cassian and Charli. I rate this book 4.5 stars.I received a copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Savage Love (Ash and Innocence Book 2) []  2020-5-4 18:28

    I don't normally read this type of book. High School romances. But I've got to say. This was an perfect book! Loved the interaction between Cassian and Charli! The plot line was entertaining and well written. You couldn't support but wish these two high school seniors to end up together. I completely recommend this book! Well done Ms Bloom!

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    Ruthless Love (Ash and Innocence Book 1) []  2020-6-23 18:43

    Kennedy has spent her life wrapped in a suffocatingly protective bubble by her mother. She is almost 18. It's her senior year and she wants to experience a relatively normal teenage experience. Actually attending school versus being home schooled. Her over-protective mother isn't easily convinced. They are running from Kennedy's father. They are in a fresh home, in a fresh town. Their fresh home is right next door to a HUGE mansion. The home of the gorgeous and mysterious istan calls her istan is hiding something from everyone. He is the seemingly rich, spoiled, popular, quarterback. He's a bully. But he is also fascinated by Wheels. Who is this attractive but broken girl?Kennedy gets assigned to movie a video of Tristan to support him obtain attention of college ey have an back and forth relationship. She discovers he isn't quite the jerk everyone sees. He helps her discover the world.He also wonders what is truly wrong with her. Why are her meds all unlabeled?He tries to push her away. But she isn't going to allow him. They both search strength in each other. He discovers that he can be loved. And she discovers that love doesn't have to smother e is stronger than her mother has allow her be. He isn't the dark hopeless monster his parents create him feel like.Full of darkness but it evolves into light. Steamy. Sweet. Angsty. And a touch of mystery. Floved!I received a copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Ruthless Love (Ash and Innocence Book 1) []  2020-6-23 18:43

    Beautiful straightforward story, with powerful tips of what’s going on. Tristan is as poor as he’s created out to be, but the method he’s drawn with his POV, and how Kennedy sees him, he’s not nearly as poor as some other bullies in this sub genre. I liked him, I liked her, and I liked the set-up and how everything meshed together. PB is one of my favorites for the past few years. You won’t regret reading this. 😊 💕

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    City of Ash and Red: A Novel []  2020-7-12 18:44

    I didn’t think it was horrible, but the blurb is waaaay overblown. Lots and lots of garbage everywhere. Lots and lots of rats everywhere. And disease. Garbage and rats and contagious disease - got it? Good. But not much Ballard or Kafka to be found anywhere. Disappointing overall with a muddled ending, and I’m hoping this author’s novel, The Hole, is more interesting than this one. Meh.

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    City of Ash and Red: A Novel []  2020-7-12 18:44

    Sometimes you read and love a book, but when you have to explain it to someone, you fumble for is is one of those books. In Town of Ash and Red, we have a pandemic. It's a quiet one, but a deadly one. Our main character, who remains nameless, is promoted, but that promotion takes into a country beset by disease - a country where he knows no one and can barely speak the language. Once there, he discovers that his ex-wife (back home) has been murdered...and he is the prime suspect.But what we have here isn't a murder mystery. Instead, as our nameless hero escapes into the city, we have a bleak and horrifying apocalypse - and the story of a lost stranger for whom nothing is familiar dealing with horrors beyond e writing is sparse and surreal. The reader is as much a stranger here as is our ers should note that the end isn't quite as concrete as one might like. But it works well for the book and the reader ends up feeling like they've experienced some horrific yet amorphous journey.Well worth the read.*ARC Provided via Net Galley

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    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. 1 []  2020-7-16 19:2

    Liked the anime? Then this a must read for grimgar fans, the info and story is just so much better then the anime

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    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. 1 []  2020-7-16 19:2

    Came sooner than I thought it would. Ive seen the first three episodes of the anime and i loved but there were a few things i still didnt understand so i bought this and it has answered most of the questions i had, and I cant wait to read the rest of these light novels and finish the anime

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    Oh. My. is ter Princess Nile of Ashing's ship is destroyed during a daring raid—losing the code book that could break the war—she finds her naval career over and her reputation as a sailor in tatters. Shattered with no hope or direction, she is nonetheless shocked to explore her parents' plot to marry her to a foreign prince. Nile, however, has other plans. Her twin suffers from a magical bonus that has destroyed his mind, and Nile is going to search a method to save him. Do to that, she needs to obtain on another ship, gain a Letter of Service after two years, and infiltrate another country that might have a cure. But ship she ends up on is nothing like the Ashing vessels she crewed in the past.I read the prequel novella and was blown away by the world-building, the descriptions, Nile's commitment and her drive to do the right thing (and her crushing disappointment over her failure). Nile is not a excellent heroine. She makes mistakes. A lot of mistakes. She makes the wrong decisions. But she tries and she has the guts and desire to do what is right despite the deck that is stacked versus her. And damn is that deck full of crap. I'd think of Lidell's writing and globe as Tamora Pierce meets Kristin Cashore.I cannot wait to read book 2, and I really, really, really hope that this series continues!

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    Amazing characters with a truly villainous and corrupt ship captain in total charge of the good, the bad, and the ugly. In book1, Princess Niles has failed at a war at sea and is running away from an arranged political marriage. Niles joins the ship of a foreign merchant's ship hoping to hide she has forbidden magic and that she is the missing Princess. Aboard the ship she will need to form alliances and friendships with crewmembers to survive the voyage while searching for a cure to madness the magic inflicts on her and her twin brother as their magic grows in power.

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    Of Fire and Ash: Fairy Queens []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Another amazing book in the series. Just a side story, but still good. I can't wait to see how it ties into the rest of the series.

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    Savage Love (Ash and Innocence Book 2) []  2020-5-4 18:28

    The author wrote this second book of the series with plenty of emotional angst. The cruelty was hard to read at times as the male lead tips as to why he feels compelled to act the method he does. The reveal , when it happens, is heartbreaking. The chemistry these characters have is palatable and attractive to read once the secrets are out. Another unbelievable story. I can't wait to read the next book in this series. The ending has hooked me because of the hero mentioned which leads me believe he is the leading man in the next book and the method the characters responded to the concerns laid out by the author. I hope it's soon!

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    Ruthless Love (Ash and Innocence Book 1) []  2020-6-23 18:43

    This is a book that had me thinking about it when I wasn’t reading it. That doesn’t happen to me often. I had to stop reading it today at work b/c around the end of chapter 36 and into 37 got too sad. Mascara dripping down your face…nah, not good. Thank all that is holy for chapter 39 too…Kennedy Stills has been homeschooled for a very long time due to her health issues. Because her mom is a nurse, she has been well taken care of. Right? They are on the run from Kennedy’s father who is supposedly abusive. What will happen when Kennedy finally gets to go to HS? Will a fresh globe begin up for her? Will her health improve or worsen?Tristan Blackwood is the hunky QB of the HS team, arrogant, jealous, brooding rich boy, abusive when it suits him and ruthless when it comes to Kennedy. Their meet-cute was not so cute. The thing is for someone in a wheelchair and should have been fragile, Kennedy was a challenge to Tristan because she was more…I simply cannot say enough amazing things about this book. I have read all of Ms. Bloom’s Rom Coms and still thoroughly have fun them, but this was a departure that was surprising and well-done. Fast-paced, well-written in dual POV. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book through Booksprout and it comes highly recommended. I give it 5+++ Stars!

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    Ruthless Love (Ash and Innocence Book 1) []  2020-6-23 18:43

    This is a truly various romantic story. It is, at times, predictable but not in a poor way, it by no means interferes with the store. This is one of those books that you would like to hold reading, no matter what you should be doing, like fixing dinner or going to bed, you just can’t place it down.

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    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. 1 []  2020-7-16 19:2

    Slow at the begin but getting good. There are some typo's here and there but amazing overall. Waiting on my 2 copy.

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    City of Ash and Red: A Novel []  2020-7-12 18:44

    I have just wasted several hours on a book I kept waiting to begin but it never did. If there was a point, plot, story, or reason for this book please soneone tell me. One consolation is that now I have read this, whenever someone tells me they read a poor book, I can assure them there is one worse than what they read.

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    City of Ash and Red: A Novel []  2020-7-12 18:44

    Quite a amazing book to read if you are contemplating the nature of reality and how perception of it is everything.

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    Fast-paced book, full of the ship and sea... the little globe where all the personalities matter and affect each e ship and the ocean are vivid and my favorite part. I also love the growing characters and Ash's growing to know them e globe is partly formed for me, yet, and Ash seems young, imetuous, and has some growing to do. Maybe I'll like her... Maybe I'll like this world. I do like Dominic and the other characters. The magic is very realistic and terrifying. I can't wait to read the next one!!The narration on audible is well mance is not a huge part of the story... What there is, is totally forbidden in a nice, deep, impossible way. The writing is a smidge shallow for me especially after the referrals to Maas, but this is exactly what makes the story fly so quickly, so.

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    Princess Nile Greysik loses her commission in the Navy and is sequestered in the palace to prepare for a royal marriage. Desperate to search a cure for her magic-inflicted brother, she runs away and gets a berth on board the warship Aurora as an ordinary seaman. Here she suffers under a ruthless captain and a first officer who won’t give her any unique quarter despite the bond developing between them. While seeking a cure for her brother’s malady, Nile doesn’t expect to present signs of magic herself. But her symptoms erupt the same as his after a fever. Now she has to hide her burgeoning powers even as the magic causes her to have convulsions and threatens to expose her identity. Meanwhile, opponent Tirik ships ply the waters where the Aurora is on patrol. Can she survive, serve her country, and avoid exposure that will ruin her?

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    Of Fire and Ash: Fairy Queens []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Of Fire and AshThis novella was amazing, but I honestly expected no less based on the other Amber Argyle books I have read. Of Fire and Ash tells a complete story that introduces us to Nelay and her family, while also bringing about numerous various emotions for these characters even though this book is short since it is only a e globe building was established enough that I could visualize this dystopian setting with fairies around. The descriptions of the fairies were truly magical and transported me to another world. Amber showed me this fresh globe with her rich descriptions.I love that this book with some very tough problems such as death, lack of meal and water for characters we quickly come to care about and problems like the role of women in the society of this book. It all comes together nicely and can easily be read alone, even if you’ve read no other Fairy Queens books. This novella has me even more eager to read book 2 in the Fairy Queens series, Summer Queen, where we will obtain to see Nelay again!Note: I received an eARC of this book from the author, but I also read a finished copy I purchased before reviewing, because I loved it so much. The above is still my honest opinion.Anna @ Lostbraincell’s Bookish Blog

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    Of Fire and Ash: Fairy Queens []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Am still wanting more from this series

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    Of Fire and Ash: Fairy Queens []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Finished this book in one day. It is a very amazing read and prepared me for Summer Queen! Love it!

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    Savage Love (Ash and Innocence Book 2) []  2020-5-4 18:27

    OK. First. I want I was much cond. I want Cassian was ird. I want I was Charli ;-)I loved this book!Charli Rhodes has finally come back to Silver Falls, Maine which was the latest put she felt at home. She has lived in a lot of locations in the past ten years. Charli is starting her senior year at Parker High at mid-term so she’s not going to know anybody and feeling self-conscious about making friends. Her drunk and abusive father is not making the move any better. He constantly locations blame on her for past events. Charli wears a scar on her face to prove her assumed guilt. She sneaks out to see Cassian with whom she played and liked a LOT when they were 7yo. He’s gone though.He can’t believe it. She’s back! Cassian Stone aka The Devil has been harboring an enormous hate for Charli and what happened to him ten years ago. He has a plan to create her pay! He is a huge, rippling-muscled running back on the Parker High football team. He’s also one of “the Greeks” as the student body calls them: four Greek-god-handsome boys. Cassian invites Charli to one of his parties and starts his revenge. I dare you not to hate Cassian after this scene. Thankfully, Charli has created mates and they help her.I loved this book. This was a amazing follow-up to RUTHLESS LOVE which was about Tristan and Kennedy, the first couple in this series of darker romantic bully stories. That is where we first meet Cassian and his devilish ways. The tension between Charli and Cassian is off-the-charts. I loved the ending when Charli had a reason to disbelieve Cassian but her trust in him overcame the situation. The very latest page of the very latest epilogue suggests that the next story might be about Gage. I truly can’t wait. Please Ms. Bloom, write fast!I volunteered to review an ARC of this book through Booksprout and it comes highly recommended. I heartily give it more than 5 Stars. Love her covers for this series too.

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    Savage Love (Ash and Innocence Book 2) []  2020-5-4 18:28

    Charli has finally moved back to her hometown after years of being gone. She’s nervous about being back but also excited to obtain to see her best mate Cassian after so long. Cassian isn’t the same person she once knew. The person today is cruel and heartless. Definitely not the person she remembers. Charli is satisfied to move on and create fresh friendships but Cassian isn’t going to create things simple for her. Soon Charli gets to see just how heartless Cassian has become..... This was a really entertaining read.I received a copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Savage Love (Ash and Innocence Book 2) []  2020-5-4 18:28

    I expected a dark romantic bully romance story, and that's exactly what Penelope Bloom gave me. Savage Love is the second book in the Ash and Innocence and features Cassian and Charli. It is a well written story that will hold you turning the pages, has well-developed characters and has a amazing mix of drama, revenge, tension, angst, tragedy, passion, forgiveness, and plenty of steam.I volunteered to review an advance reader copy of this book.

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    Ruthless Love (Ash and Innocence Book 1) []  2020-6-23 18:43

    This book was like an unexpected delight!I was in a book funk and this one was excellent to obtain me out of it!Every trope I love was covered off in this one and I adore the method the this author writes!Kennedy was a mystery to her mad neighbour but before Tristan could have a say - they were inexplicable entwined around each other!There were so a lot of things event in this one but for some reason they all created sense and added so much depth to the story and the is book covered every shade - from light to dark and I loved every min of it!!!!!

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    Ruthless Love (Ash and Innocence Book 1) []  2020-6-23 18:43

    Kennedy moved with her overprotective mom to a fresh town, always moving and always homeschooled. On the cusp of turning eighteen, Kennedy is hoping she finally can attend public school and maybe start a life that is her own not stalled because of her illnesses. When her neighbor peaks her interest, Kennedy takes her wheelchair and goes to introduce herself, what she doesn't expect is the cruelty of Tristan istan is a jerk, self professed and he doesn't care what others think. When Kennedy becomes his newest toy to play with he reels her in only to do his best to tear her apart. Can Tristan search a reason to stop self destructing or is he doomed to fail?I liked aspects of this one but Tristan was beyond bully, he was cruel at times. I liked Kennedy story reminded me of a mix between Bates Motel and Gossip Girl. Had a lot of potential but at times too over the top bullying wise.

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    Ruthless Love (Ash and Innocence Book 1) []  2020-6-23 18:43

    This poor boy bully romance he had lots of secrets and the girl was quiet and a shy girl. This book is super special and lots of twists! It’s a def read and you don’t wish to miss it.I received a copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. 1 []  2020-7-16 19:2

    I bought this after watching the anime, and was unpleasantly surprised to search out that the kindle ver of this is actually the manga version. If you wish to obtain the actual light novel ver go to the one with the same cover art under the find of "grimgar of fantasy and ash vol 1". Luckily I was able to catch the mistake quick enough and obtain a refund.

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    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. 1 []  2020-7-16 19:2

    I'm into more dark work of fiction and fantasy. I think this series is a amazing for it simply story tell and it more focus on the hero hit a few bullet point I like. Teamwork, personality and most importantly to me the characters will criticize each other in story that support a reader focus more on the story. In all honest the zone of event, magic system, and globe building take a back seat with the characters more focus on living in the globe and figuring out how to not only survive but to improve on themself not only a soldier but as people over all.

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    City of Ash and Red: A Novel []  2020-7-12 18:44

    I liked this book quite a bit. It was dark, and at times a bit grotesque, but an interesting read.

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    City of Ash and Red: A Novel []  2020-7-12 18:44

    A contagious disease in an unnamed country is upsetting the balance of society, and our unnamed narrator, who thinks he is moving to this country for a job opportunity instead gets lost in a tangled web of bureaucracy, mountains of trash and the vermin that come with it, and questions about the life he left behind.Hye-Young Pyun’s novel The Hole, which won the Shirley Jackson award, felt to me an entirely various style of writing from this book. It is actually impressive how various these books are; I wouldn’t have recognized that they came from the same author. While The Hole is an insular and claustrophobic story that leans heavily on the build of dread throughout and the main character’s lack of ability to do anything about his situation, Town of Ash and Red has a much larger story to is book truly owes a amazing debt to Kafka, whose witty and frustrating satire seems hidden behind a lot of of the books strange hierarchical paths of confusion that seem to swallow the narrator whole. Throughout, he tries to obtain in touch with the person who supposedly got him the job, but between language barriers, the disease making everyone additional suspicious, the red tape of pointless paperwork that seems to obtain nothing accomplished, and the fact that point of contact has such a common name that he (or she?) might as well be anyone on the street, he can’t obtain any info that is e book is very dark and bleak for the character, but at the same time there is a humorous undercurrent at the pure absurdity of his situation, and it is pure Kafka.His journey spirals downward rapidly, his everyday life dissolving into something that barely resembles living and his mind deteriorating with his isolation from his mother country and any truth that he thought he knew about of the narrative felt underdeveloped to me and the full impact of the book fell a bit flat, but this has to be one of the more special and strange apocalyptic narratives I have ever thanks to Skyhorse Publishing for sending me an advance copy of this book to read and review.

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    I loved this story from the beginning to end, it practically sucked me into its Universe. It was very well written, with interesting and well developed characters. The plot was excellent, and the pace was quick with a lot of twists and the beginning there were some moments which got me slightly confused due to a lot of fresh characters and unknown universe, but the feeling quickly disappeared and all the puzzle pieces fell into place. The author explained the set up of the globe fully, without going into unnecessary e universe was fascinating, a bit of a fairy tale, magic, and harsh reality of the life of seamen. I loved Nile and I was holding me breath while following her struggles, decisions, suffering and triumphs. The graphic descriptions of punishments and cruelty on board of Aurora created me wish to cry. All the various characters, villains, amazing guys and those in between were given complicated personalities, none of them seemed like a cartoon chop out. Through the happenings of the story everyone had a possibility to prove their worth or depth of his depravity. I found their war to preserve their dignity, loyalty and honor fascinating.I highly recommend this quick paced action book with a healthy dose of romance. Just a small warning, after I had finished this book, I had to begin Book 2 immediately, though it was very late at night. So exercise caution.

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    Quick moving story of runaway captain, princess and her gifted brother. She doesn't wish what her family is planning so she heads to the only thing she knows, the sea. She had been at sea since she was eight years old, trained to be Captain and now a lowly seaman. Trying to stay alive with two too a lot of knowing who she is. Dominic, the first friend and Casper the head of the Spartans trainees that are responsible for security and the warriors if they are attacked. It's a hard street she has chosen and her life is place on the line. The story has twists turns and a couple bombs in plot. Amazing read yes I recommend to all

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    Of Fire and Ash: Fairy Queens []  2020-1-11 19:16

    Wow i love all the various types of fairies in this story, i love how you really obtain to know the characters and i totally hooked on what in store. I really dislike her brother and hope he gets his just desserts somewhere down the line and that her mother heals after all her loss.

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    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. 1 []  2020-7-16 19:2

    My apartment building place it in the wrong mail box. Amazing condition and one of my favorite books.

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    Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Vol. 1 []  2020-7-16 19:2

    Like it a lot more than the anime. It has that nice dark feel to it if your into that.

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    Savage Love (Ash and Innocence Book 2) []  2020-5-4 18:28

    What an awesome story that had me hooked from page one. Charli & Cassian are a couple that you won’t wish too forget. Cassian at first you will not like him but he definitely grow on you and will create you swoon. Truly another amazing read that everyone must read.

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    Ruthless Love (Ash and Innocence Book 1) []  2020-6-23 18:43

    I didn’t know what to expect when I started this book, but I was pleasantly nelope did a unbelievable spin on the bully romance genre. In my opinion, it wasn’t really a dark romance though - there wasn’t any roughing up, just a small verbal throw arounds. This story had a few surprising twists (dealing with some rather dark subjects concerning the parents from both sides) and kept me intrigued. I loved the hero development and how I saw young love come to be. Penelope did well with this one and I would love to see the rest of the “wolf pack” obtain their own story as well.I received a copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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    Ruthless Love (Ash and Innocence Book 1) []  2020-6-23 18:43

    This was a very amazing book to read mostly about a mother who took her daughter and was running away from her husband and her daughter think he was abusive and the things she place her daughter thru to create her depending on her and even gave her all kind of meds to create her depend on a wheel chair. This is really a must read . So you need to obtain a copy and read it . You will not wish to place it down until you finish.

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    City of Ash and Red: A Novel []  2020-7-12 18:44

    Currently half read, I am losing my interest in the story. First fiction after a year of graduate studies, I was excited via the reviews. I will finish but I have reading nothing that connects or involves me with the characters. It is a complete product, and of average craftsmanship.

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    City of Ash and Red: A Novel []  2020-7-12 18:44

    The unnamed narrator is known for his talents as a rat killer. The extermination company he works for has given him what a lot of consider to be a promotion and is sent to Country C. However, when the man gets to Country C, he finds its roads are overrun with rats and piled high with rotting garbage with horrible odors. There’s also a deadly rampant virus going around and men walk around in hazmat suits. When he finds out that his fresh job has been postponed, he thinks things can’t obtain any worse. But his globe completely caves in when he contacts someone from home and finds out that his ex-wife has been murdered and he’s the prime , this author surely knows how to write a gruesome story and hold her readers on edge! Her imagination knows no limits and the globe she has made in this book in a bleak, horrendous one. I was very impressed with her book, “The Hole”, but this one is even better with a more involved plot. The book has a lot of layers and I think various people will read various meanings into it. I see that “The Hole” has won the 2017 Shirley Jackson Award and I can see why. Her work does remind me of Shirley Jackson’s plus it has that special Korean touch that I’ve grown to is book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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    Air Force Handbook AFH 33-337 The Tongue and Quill 27 May 2015 []  2019-12-23 19:46

    Preferred the original casual cover but the content is still excellent.

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    Air and Ash is the first installment in author Alex Lidell's Tides series. 17-year old Nile Greysik is the protagonist for this series. From an early age, Nile has served her country faithfully in the Ashing Navy. She rose to the rank of Lieutenant, and served as second to the Captain. But, after her ship, His Majesty's Ship Faithful, came under attack from the Republic, and loses a very valuable cargo in the process, Nile finds that her career and hopes of becoming a Captain of her own ship one day, les packs a bag and runs away to join a ship called the Aurora, where she masquerades as a common sailor so not to be returned home where she faces a forced marriage to someone she doesn't love. Niles time on the Aurora is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. There are some scenes where she is thrown into situations where she just can't victory no matter what she does. It also doesn't support when she suddenly wakes with magic in her blood. Magic, that if caught, will place Niles in a very difficult situation. Magic that has already caused her brother Clay to become a cripple.But, allow me say this, Niles is absolutely fantastic. You can push her, but she doesn't easily break. She's smart & she's had more seafaring time than anyone aboard, and yet, time and time again she faces challenges because of a Captain who is a coward, arrogant, spiteful, hateful, and obvious that he is only interested in lining his own pocket and those of his own countrymen. She's a leader, but can't afford to give away who she really is since doing so will obtain her sent back home in a Brooklyn minute. Niles relationship with Domenic Dana is one of ups and downs, and everything in is slow burn, and one that is challenged because of Dana's position on the ship and the fact that he knows who Nile really is. There is chemistry between them, but they can't afford to be caught by the Captain who would love to give Niles even more grief. Another one of my favorite characters is Lt. Catspar who is leader of an elite marine detachment called Spades. Catspar became one of my favorites after seeing how Niles pushes ahead despite all the obstacles place in her way. He even bothers to support her train and learn how to war knowing that it will most likely save her versus the Republic, and others onboard the ship.I saw this book on Amazon and a book tour web page and decided to jump in feet first. I am glad I did. This is an action-packed adventure that will hold you from wandering off in to do something else. One could say that I am a fan of swash-buckling stories [email protected]#$% kicking heroes and heroines. Plus, Niles isn't your typical spoiled Princess which makes things even more delightful for me. I know there is a prequel to this series, and perhaps one day soon I will read that as well. But, in the meantime, I can't wait until the sequel Battle and Wind is released this coming June.

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    Air and Ash: TIDES Book 1 [Book]  2017-11-13 18:1

    The book was error and well written. It has style and imagination. The characters are well developed and the story plausible. I was impressed by the writer's knowledge of of a ship's workings and sailors' lingo. My only complaint is that the book develops rather slowly. We see the story unfurl through Nile's eyes and this is a rather difficult approach to writing because we as readers have gotten used to the all-knowing approach of a narrator that is behind each of the characters and gives us a more comprehensive but not so realistic view of the events in the ex created me feel deeply Nile's affliction and also created me care when she makes wrong decisions.I have definitely become an 'aficionada' of Alex's writings and I hope more people will and have fun her stories.

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    Of Fire and Ash: Fairy Queens []  2020-1-11 19:16

    The heat of the desert burns in the heart of the young Nelay .She will soon search her life forever changed by it .A bravery makes her a fighter the fey will create her more this story has a burning heat that makes you reach to search out what each page has in shop , forever in fear of fey it has now turned her towards them for support but ,,she will for it .I would recommend this as a must read book and say to continue her story in the next books. I loved this book

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