Heart of Ash (Blood and Salt, #2)
Ash may have escaped the immortal-worshipping cult that killed her mother, but the love of her life is still under its thrall. Dane has been possessed by his diabolical ancestor Coronado, a man who's fabulously wealthy, dripping with fame, and the leader of Europe's most dangerous immortal network. Dane begs Ash to join him at Coronado's castle in Spain, and swears that his blood bond with Ash is stronger than Coronado's hold over him. Ash is desperate to help Dane vanquish Coronado without having to sacrifice herself to the darkness. But when you're all in, blood and salt, the only way to hold on to the light might just be by setting everything on fire.

Heart of Ash (Blood and Salt, #2) Details

TitleHeart of Ash (Blood and Salt, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherG.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139780399166495
Rating
GenreHorror, Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy

Heart of Ash (Blood and Salt, #2) Review

  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    "We're like a dissonant chord in the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, begging for resolution. As long as we're apart, there will never be peace in the world...harmony." - pg 41 of Heart of AshAsh Larkin barely survived a year ago when she was caught in the crossroads of a cult's curse and tradition. Through her mother's sacrifice, she lived and evaded Katia's wrath but is is now an immortal. But because without darkness there can be no light, Ash's twin brother's blood can kill while her's "We're like a dissonant chord in the finale of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, begging for resolution. As long as we're apart, there will never be peace in the world...harmony." - pg 41 of Heart of AshAsh Larkin barely survived a year ago when she was caught in the crossroads of a cult's curse and tradition. Through her mother's sacrifice, she lived and evaded Katia's wrath but is is now an immortal. But because without darkness there can be no light, Ash's twin brother's blood can kill while her's can heal. In a star-crossed lover's story, she is drawn to Dane but Dane is possessed by the evil Coronado. Ash needs to find her brother Rhys before he is found by the Arcanum Council.Kim Liggett starts the novel off strong with her vivid descriptions. Although readers are transported back to New York and Spain instead of Kansas, Liggett draws in the reader with intrigue. Ash tries to see the good in Dane and tries to believe that he is ultimately trying to fight off Coronado's grasp over him. However, Dane connections is the closest she has to finding Rhys.Beth and Timmons have been very supportive of Ash during good and tough times. Timmons is always helpful and promises to take care of Ash and Rhys. Beth is Ash's friend who will do anything to be there for Ash. Dane seems like he wants to help Ash but Ash is suspicious of his true intentions.Heart of Ash is more of a mystery Ash and Dane are trying to investigate. While trying to win over a strong group of immortals and convincing them they are Katia and Coronado, Ash and Dane need to be careful since there might be a traitor amongst them trying to get them killed.Heart of Ash is everything I want to see in an atmospheric, twisty, paranormal plot line. With its compelling words, the tinge of darkness and the banter between Ash and Dane, it keeps you wanting more. I highly suggest this novel as well as the predecessor, Blood and Salt, to readers who love The Vampire Diaries TV series as well at Kerri Maniscalco's Stalking Jack the Ripper series.
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    Heart of Ash is exactly the book I needed at the right time. As many of you know, my reading record this year has been staggered and less than stellar. In the past week, I have read 3 horrible ARCs and I was questioning what happened to YA. For every 20 books there may be 1 truly great one. When did this become the norm? It could be me. It could be that over the past year, I have changed and become too busy, but I think that it’s because of that I’m okay with passing over books that are not for Heart of Ash is exactly the book I needed at the right time. As many of you know, my reading record this year has been staggered and less than stellar. In the past week, I have read 3 horrible ARCs and I was questioning what happened to YA. For every 20 books there may be 1 truly great one. When did this become the norm? It could be me. It could be that over the past year, I have changed and become too busy, but I think that it’s because of that I’m okay with passing over books that are not for me and more than fine with slapping a DNF on a book that consumes my time with no heart. I don’t know if you have felt it to, but it feels like a turning point in YA. How has your reading been going?That being said, Heart of Ash restored my faith in YA and my love of reading. The twists, the angst, the lust, the suspense, everything about this book sucks you in like a sweet and sometimes bloody addiction. When I read Blood and Salt, I was impressed with the story, but Heart of Ash blew the first book out of the water. The writing is beautiful, with profound and emotion-laced introspection at every turn.The twists and turns keep you guessing to the point that nothing is what it seems.I love this book. From the lush setting, to the deep, pulsating romance. What I appreciated was that while the book was essentially a romance, it felt like more. I was invested in every character, hoping for the HEA when everything seemed destined to end in total destruction. I hoped for more for these cursed lovers.Read more here: https://youngadultbookmadness.wordpre...
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    Heart of Ash is so much better than Blood and Salt. Honestly, I think a lot of the problems I had with the first book were actually plot points that helped build this sequel, so I'm not as bitter as I had been by the time I'd finished it. I'm so glad Kim Liggett finally gave us one too, because I was so much more invested in this book compared to its predecessor.
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  • Hannah Michaels
    January 1, 1970
    I really didn't love this. When Blood and Salt first came out, I read it and savored it and took it into my heart like something that belonged there. This book didn't belong. It was rushed, the storyline was weak, and it felt like this book had absolutely nothing to do with the first one. The characters have the same names and some of the same history, but the first book was so full of authenticity and a genuine feel for the characters, and this book is like a half rate version of a follow up. E I really didn't love this. When Blood and Salt first came out, I read it and savored it and took it into my heart like something that belonged there. This book didn't belong. It was rushed, the storyline was weak, and it felt like this book had absolutely nothing to do with the first one. The characters have the same names and some of the same history, but the first book was so full of authenticity and a genuine feel for the characters, and this book is like a half rate version of a follow up. Everything was SO rushed, there was no draw to keep reading to find out what happened next. I didn't WANT to know. I'm a huge Kim Liggett fan, but this book was just... weak. If I ever reread, I'll reread Blood and Salt but not this book. This is the very prime example of a poor sequel to a huge blockbuster movie release. I'm really disappointed.
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  • Lauren Watts
    January 1, 1970
    I read an ARC copy of this book so... maybe there's still a chance that it could get better? This book was bad.... physically painful for me to read. The timing was all over the place. Two pages to cover important plot points and way too many pages explaining stupid, unnecessary details. The characters were boring and one-dimensional and I found myself really not caring. It was like the bad parts of "The Fire Sermon" mixed with the bad parts of "New Moon". Do not recommend.
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  • Jackie (No Bent Spines)
    January 1, 1970
    ARC- review to come
  • jencurrentlyreading
    January 1, 1970
    2018?!!!!*sobs*
  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    What did I just read?I don't know if Liggett was under a lot of pressure to write another book, if she had some other person who vaguely has a grasp of writing write this for her, or what happened, but this book is ridiculous. Blood and Salt was vaguely passable, but this reads as a fanfiction sequel where everyone is rich, famous, and two-dimensional. BS was spooky and scary, whereas this book is just gore-rific and disturbing.Dane is still unquestionably in love with Ashlyn for absolutely no r What did I just read?I don't know if Liggett was under a lot of pressure to write another book, if she had some other person who vaguely has a grasp of writing write this for her, or what happened, but this book is ridiculous. Blood and Salt was vaguely passable, but this reads as a fanfiction sequel where everyone is rich, famous, and two-dimensional. BS was spooky and scary, whereas this book is just gore-rific and disturbing.Dane is still unquestionably in love with Ashlyn for absolutely no reason, and even at the end of the book there is no sense of anything about Dane's personality, background, or even literally who he is and which actions/words were even his. The parts where Dane/Coronado choose Ashlyn's clothes and volunteer to go lingerie shopping with her are cringeworthy at best, disturbing at worst. None of the characters have any personalities, and the few endearing personalities from the first book, such as Rhy's, are erased. Everything seems hobbled together and random, such as the Twilight-series-esque council of immortals and the bad-haunted-house-horror-movie-remake ending.Why did Beth pee on the floor?What happened to that original immortal in New Mexico who was built up as a huge plot point but was never mentioned again?I have so many questions.I really don't know where to even begin to talk about this book.It's weird. It's poorly written. All the characters are unlikable and have no depth. Beth eats nothing but sugar, and there's a lot of gore.
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  • Kim Friant
    January 1, 1970
    Heart of Ash did not live up to the standard Blood and Salt set. The first book was on a smaller, more intimate scale that held the tension really well. Then Heart of Ash turned it into a global conspiracy that just took away from the original story. Where Ash used to be a mature teen who had to deal with a lot of adult stuff and did it capably, she then turned into that annoying teen who flip flopped on every little thing and spent most of the book talking herself in and out of loving Dane. OMG Heart of Ash did not live up to the standard Blood and Salt set. The first book was on a smaller, more intimate scale that held the tension really well. Then Heart of Ash turned it into a global conspiracy that just took away from the original story. Where Ash used to be a mature teen who had to deal with a lot of adult stuff and did it capably, she then turned into that annoying teen who flip flopped on every little thing and spent most of the book talking herself in and out of loving Dane. OMG stop!! Y’all got way bigger fish to fry here! It felt like Blood and Salt should have had just a few extra pages that could have resolved the whole saga, but Leggitt tried to draw the story out and fell flat. Katia and Coronado’s story became petty and unrealistic (fantasy realism is different than actual realism lol). I was so excited about this sequel . . . but overall I just didn’t like it. I’ll give it 3 stars.
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  • Endine
    January 1, 1970
    When I started reading this book I kind of missed the element of horro that was more prevalent in the first book, but as I read on the book really made up for it with alot of other great aspects.The mystery element of the story as well as the character development was really great and I could definitely feel a improvement from the first book.And the ending, the ending. It was so great and gave me a feeling of joy. Just to see Ash fighting for both herself and the others made her character develo When I started reading this book I kind of missed the element of horro that was more prevalent in the first book, but as I read on the book really made up for it with alot of other great aspects.The mystery element of the story as well as the character development was really great and I could definitely feel a improvement from the first book.And the ending, the ending. It was so great and gave me a feeling of joy. Just to see Ash fighting for both herself and the others made her character development really feel like it has been all worth it.I had never heard of this series when I picked up the first book at a sale but I'm so happy I gave it a chance. I really wished more people read and talked about this series.
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  • Alyssa (Books Take You Places)
    January 1, 1970
    A good ending to the series, I enjoyed the way all of the loose ends were tied up. I hate to be a critic but one thing I’d have enjoyed was an epilogue to see how our characters are dealing with the aftermath of things. I don’t think I fell into Heart of Ash as much as I did Blood and Salt but I still Enjoyed it immensely. Kim Liggett still remains on my “must read” author shelves.
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  • Taylor Fenner
    January 1, 1970
    DNF @ 10% - This book felt like it was on a completely different planet than Blood and Salt and I found myself wondering, "have I missed something from book one? Am I forgetting the plot that much?" Nope, which Blood and Salt was amazing and a breeze to read, this book was nothing but confusion for me.
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  • Karen Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Loved, loved, loved. Was great to see what happened to the characters I had grown to love in Blood & Salt. Enough twists and turns to keep me turning the pages and not wanting to put it down. A must-read!
  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    So I actually read this book first and didn't read the first book, but it was still amazing! I thought that it was sorta slow, but that could be because I didn't read the first book so whatever. Anyways, the ending was dramatic and intense and I loved it. I definitely would recommend this series.
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  • Jaime Lester
    January 1, 1970
    So, so good. Worth the wait, for sure!
  • Alexis Stankewitz
    January 1, 1970
    This was interesting. While it had some quotable lines, I thought it was too short for my liking. The ending seemed rushed.
  • Morgan Lowry
    January 1, 1970
    Honestly not a huge fan of the writing style, it left out too many details which caused many scenes to be more confusing than anything else. but I enjoyed the story and its uniqueness overall.
  • Doree Weller
    January 1, 1970
    A worthy sequel to Blood and Salt, this book kept me guessing right up until the satisfying ending.
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5I do dishes this way to fast. everything about it was incredible. there was a tiny bit that felt like the pacing was off but other than that great story and a revisit of characters.Full review can be found at https://librariumdream.blogspot.com/Beware Spoilers Ahead Since This Is Book Two Finished this one in just under a day. It was a shorter read but it was nice to go back and visit characters from the first book Blood and Salt. The pacing did feel a little off and it wasn't quite the sam 4.5/5I do dishes this way to fast. everything about it was incredible. there was a tiny bit that felt like the pacing was off but other than that great story and a revisit of characters.Full review can be found at https://librariumdream.blogspot.com/Beware Spoilers Ahead Since This Is Book Two Finished this one in just under a day. It was a shorter read but it was nice to go back and visit characters from the first book Blood and Salt. The pacing did feel a little off and it wasn't quite the same as Book One. The bases of this book is that Ash`s twin Rhys is missing and bodies have been turning up. She believes her brother is connected to these events. Ash`s blood has the power to heal while Rhys blood has the power to kill. Liggett`s style of writing is so suspenseful so every chapter it was hard to stop and go eat. The plot is slow paced in the beginning but once Ash has a run in with Dane the story picks up. The two`s fierce passion as well as hatred for each other is tangible. This story is dark and delves into the history of the ancestor`s possessing Dane and who tried to possess Ash. Coronado is the leader of Europe's most elected and dangerous group of immortals. Now that Dane is filling those shoes he must convince them that Ash is possessed by Coronado`s love and enemy Katia Larkin. Trickering this criminals into believing it is only half the problem. Someone is killing the immortals and all paths lead back to Rhys. ~TTFNAshley
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  • Kayla
    January 1, 1970
    Heart of Ash picks up right after Blood and Salt ends. Ash flees Quivara after Dane becomes possessed by Coronado’s spirit and her bothers capture. Determined to find and save her brother she agrees to join Coronado at his Castle in Spain. The new setting for the second book is one of the things I enjoyed most about Heart of Ash. That and Rhys story. The relationship between the two characters is one of the reasons I enjoyed the story so much. Ash soon learns that Rhys blood is being used to ki Heart of Ash picks up right after Blood and Salt ends. Ash flees Quivara after Dane becomes possessed by Coronado’s spirit and her bothers capture. Determined to find and save her brother she agrees to join Coronado at his Castle in Spain. The new setting for the second book is one of the things I enjoyed most about Heart of Ash. That and Rhys story. The relationship between the two characters is one of the reasons I enjoyed the story so much. Ash soon learns that Rhys blood is being used to kill immortals and has to seek help from Dane/Coronado to save him. I really enjoyed reading Dane/Coronado’s duel personalities in the novel I thought it bought an interesting dynamic to the story. One of my favorite new characters that we are introduced to in the second book is Lucinda. Her obsession with Coronado and her hatred of Ash brought a very exciting element to the story that I really enjoyed.Overall I thought this was an excellent conclusion to Ash’s story I think Kim Liggett does an incredible job of creating well rounded characters and fast paced plots.
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  • Tova
    January 1, 1970
    Why must it be TWO THOUSAND AND EIGHTEEN tho? Regardless of release date I am excited and we have a title!
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