Here I am again with a book that have an amazing cover but the reason why I picked this up was because of the hype around it in every book platform. As you can see from the title of the post, I’m talking about the book ‘From Blood and Ash’ by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
This is the first book in a series with the same name -Blood and Ash.
Fortunately and you will understand why at the end of the post, when I bought this book I had the good sense to buy the second volume too.
What do I have to say about this book? Reading it was a roller coaster ride. Why?
I started reading it with such high expectations (which is never good in any book) and after the first chapters I lost the interest. I saw a main character who bower to the will of many people (including two men that mistreated her physically and psychologically) and an introduction to a world where I didn’t understand anything. Fortunately, I decided to continue because with the death of these two male characters, the book changed 80% – mainly with a transformation in the heroine, who turned into someone strong and fierce.
The story happens in a fantasy medieval-ish world. I will try to explain the story but stop here if you don’t want spoilers.
Poppy was chosen from birth, she’s a Maiden. What’s a Maiden, you ask? I don’t have any idea.
She can never be touched, never looked upon, never to be spoken to. She’s solitary and can’t experience pleasure. She’s not allowed to have friends or talk to people. All she do is waiting for the day of her Ascension. What’s an Ascension? Don’t know.
But she always wanted more, like fighting back the evil that took her parents away. And go to places she should’t go.
When Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, everything changes. He incites her anger and makes her question everything she was told to believe.
Hawke…oh Hawke! Well in the beginning I was fooled because I didn’t pay a lot of attention to his character. It was mehhh I have to take the hat to the author because she fooled me in the beginning.
Was I the only one that didn’t expected that plot twist since the beginning? I immediately knew that Hawke was working for the Dark One but didn’t thought he was him. At one point I thought that everything would develop into a love triangle (and how I load love triangles!!) between Hawke, Poppy and the Dark One…I don’t know! I wasn’t liking the book in the beginning and thought that the only thing that could make it worse was a love triangle. Also it gave me major ACOTAR feelings…
In my defense I immediately dropped the thought and after 50% of the book I saw what was going to happen….ohh Hawke…
Maybe I lost track of my thoughts…thank you, Hawke…but I started to love his character after we find out who he really is. I said it. I didn’t like him before, something wasn’t right? DUH, Ana!
I like his craziness, how he finds sexy her violence and how he can ignore discussions about the safety of his kingdom just to make sure whether or not Poppy’s touched her food.
He will kill anyone who says something bad (even remotely) about Poppy.
And…he has dimples!
There are some issues with this book, like I said, the initial chapters are very slow and I ended the book with a lot of questions with zero answers. Hopefully the second book will answer some. Then I noticed something, the author repeats the thoughts/dialogues a lot, in the end I noticed this even more. Even the heroine notices this and says at one point that she feels like she’s repeating herself. She is.
On the second part of the book I started to enter more into the story. I liked the direction of it and I found myself wanting to read more and more. And the ending? Great to make me want start the second book, immediately!
If you are thinking about buying this book for a very young teenager, take in consideration that it has mature content such sex, violence and strong language.
I give this book 4.5 stars.
Have you read this book? What are your thoughts about it? Let me know in the comments.