Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.
From blood and ash (edition 2020)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Books Read in 2022 (2,559)
infjsarah's wishlist (375)
» 1 more
Booktok Books (40)
No current Talk conversations about this book.
Why this won a Goodreads choice award in the ROMANCE section is beyond me.
I think this book is a combination of all the tropes I hate.
Poppy is not like other girls, but complains she wants a normal life. She is Chosen, she is Special. She hides her face but is conventionally beautiful.
She is immediately attracted to some guy. She can't stop thinking about his eyes. Every interaction they have feels unnecessarily sexualized. Is this supposed to be romantic? Because sometimes I felt the urge to pepper spray Hawke through the pages.
I can't with this book. There might be an interesting high fantasy in here, but I am too annoyed by the characters to bother.
(I did like her friendship with Tawny, though it feels very wrong that the only poc in this book is just the main character's friend.)
Re-reading this as an audiobook was such a delight! Stina Nielsen does an impeccable job bringing Poppy and Hawke to life. My only gripe is that there was some inconsistency with the voice choices of different characters, so it was sometimes hard to keep track of who was speaking at specific times.
Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa. A Maiden... Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy's life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers. A Duty... The entire kingdom's future rests on Poppy's shoulders, something she's not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden. A Kingdom... Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
No library descriptions found.
Amazon Kindle (0 editions)
Audible (0 editions)
CD Audiobook (0 editions)
Project Gutenberg (0 editions)
Google Books — Loading...
Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813.6 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 21st Century
Is this you?
Become a LibraryThing Author.
To start off I think a lot of the problems that are going to be listed below could all have been fixed if there were some serious editors working on this.
Like yes it's predictable but I feel like if it had an editor it would have cleaned up some of the errors and mistakes that really made it flop for me.
I am an ellipses slut, I absolutely love ellipses, I really enjoy them and writing and I really enjoy using them in my soft plots. I don't think there's a day that goes by that I don't spam a bunch of ellipses for no reason other than I really love using them for impact. Even in my D&D and other extraordinary writings of boring things over flowered never-to-be-published trash. I love using them as characters trailing off and thought, or just simply how they speak when they're dying.
Somehow you made an ellipses slut feel like there was too many ellipses and trail off sentences.
Shame on you, author.
The area of consent is so vague in this book that almost every sex scene is non-consensual on some degree. So for those who are reading this review, yes it contains questionable sex, and rape. There is no clear consent and some of these sex scenes feel extremely volatile and violent.
There's some really icky racism in this, for example the characters that are of color are both named after the tone of their skin, and servants. Not a good look, and definitely not the representation that anybody on this Earth wants right now.
I've heard some people say this is the worst book they've ever read, it feels more like this is the most incomplete book I've ever read, it's not on par with being onision's brand of incomplete and other random thoughts that don't ever finish. But it's somewhere on the level of just disappointing to the extent you're wasting your time with it. It's a time consumer like Colleen Hoover but without any of the shock factor in my opinion.
I felt like I could predict everything that was going to happen and then it would happen and my only response was "Oh, yep, there it is".
Disappointing. ( )