From Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash, #1)
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.

From Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash, #1) Details

TitleFrom Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 30th, 2020
PublisherBlue Box Press
Rating
GenreFantasy, Romance, New Adult, Paranormal, Vampires, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance, High Fantasy, Young Adult, Young Adult Fantasy

From Blood and Ash (Blood And Ash, #1) Review

  • jessica
    January 1, 1970
    living in these crazy times, i was pretty certain nothing could surprise me anymore. but then JLA pulls a beyoncé and just drops this book out of nowhere, as if it were a gift delivered from the book gods themselves. and this story is truly a gift that keeps on giving. there is a strong, fierce heroine and her swoon-worthy personal guard, which leads to some pretty smouldering romance. but love isnt the only emotion - this story is overflowing with bravery, suspense, loyalty, curiosity, living in these crazy times, i was pretty certain nothing could surprise me anymore. but then JLA pulls a beyoncé and just drops this book out of nowhere, as if it were a gift delivered from the book gods themselves. and this story is truly a gift that keeps on giving. there is a strong, fierce heroine and her swoon-worthy personal guard, which leads to some pretty smouldering romance. but love isnt the only emotion - this story is overflowing with bravery, suspense, loyalty, curiosity, vengeance, and friendship. the detailed world-building presents a new, unique view of old, familiar fantasy creatures. many plot points are predictable, but not in a way that is disappointing, but rather makes the reader feel clever for catching all of the hints and signs along the way. in essence, this story has everything. there were some moments when i thought the ‘everything-ness’ of this story would be too much. the world-building is often given in info-dumps and i will be completely honest and say i still dont understand everything about the world, its history, and its people. but that definitely didnt stop me from loving the story or enjoying the wild ride.this book has truly blessed my quarantine and i hope it does the same for yours. ↠ 4.5 stars
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  • arini ☆彡
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsI hope this author never stops writing about all manner of supernatural beings bcs Ive always had a craving for paranormal romances and she never disappoints. Even on the occasion when my rating might suggest otherwise.Coming out with a fresh from the oven NA high fantasy series, JLA surprises us with this alluring and action packed tale of fallen kingdoms on the rise, cursed bloodthirsty creatures, reluctant maidens, and steamy forbidden love affairs. Things you will love in this book: 3.5 StarsI hope this author never stops writing about all manner of supernatural beings bcs I’ve always had a craving for paranormal romances and she never disappoints. Even on the occasion when my rating might suggest otherwise.Coming out with a fresh from the oven NA high fantasy series, JLA surprises us with this alluring and action packed tale of fallen kingdoms on the rise, cursed bloodthirsty creatures, reluctant maidens, and steamy forbidden love affairs. Things you will love in this book: Swoonworthy hero Hawke is the perfect combination of cocky, charming, and dangerous. He’s protective of Poppy but never oversteps her boundaries. Apparently his favorite word is intriguing. Oh and he has dimples, which of course, Poppy loves to drool over. Kick ass heroine Despite having lived a sheltered life, Poppy is socially adept and skilled in combat. Being a maiden means she has little to no experience in relationships. JLA made a good use of this trope by allowing her to explore and embrace her sexuality. Smoldering romance If there is one thing you can always count on in JLA books is that the romance always takes your breath away and the steam has you fanning yourself. The chemistry is electric and the banter is top notch. I lapped it all up like a starving beast. Interesting storyline This book has a little bit of everything—vengeance and betrayal, friendship, suspense and mystery. The climax and (non cliffhanger but surprising) ending are so adrenaline pumping and eye popping. It’s the best part aside from the romance obviously. Things that might hinder your enjoyment: Slow pacing Unfortunately, this book is very slow that I felt like I was never going to finish it. My interest kept fluctuating. There’ll be smth exciting happening once, then it’s followed by Poppy’s long and self reflective inner monologue or excessive text book like infos on the world building. It maintains this pattern for most of ⅔ of the book.The last 30% of the book was truly what I lived for. It delivers all the twists and turns you’ve been waiting for. Sadly, it held no shocking effect for me bcs they’re fairly predictable. I think the issue with JLA books is that she drags on slow and tedious build up only to make up for it in the last ⅓ of the book. Non immersive world building I guess what I meant to say is it needs to be just a bit more convincing? I have no problem with the history, lore, and beliefs system. What I think needs some touch up is the groundwork for the setting or geography of this new epic fantasy world.I imagine creating a map would be really helpful. Also, instead of dumping it all out on us like the book is giving out a history lesson, I’d appreciate if the development of the world building can be more...engaging? So that we won’t be too overwhelmed and confused. “Fear and bravery are often one and the same. It either makes you a warrior or a coward. The only difference is the person it resides inside.” Overall, this is not at all a bad first book. I’m intrigued but still have yet to feel impressed. I do think that the author’s effort in venturing out into the high fantasy subgenre is rather successful. She managed to breathe new life into old concepts and make this series unique and entirely her own.
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  • ☽ TheBibliotheque
    January 1, 1970
    "You're an absolutely stunning, murderous, little creature."YO. YOOOO. I have been keeping quiet about this book FOR A MONTH and all this contained fangirling energy almost makes me implode.I know you know me and my neverending and neverdying love for Jen's books. So imagine the array of emotions that passed through my body when I was given the chance to read her upcoming novel early (elation, HAPPINESS, joy) but I was asked not to speak a word of it (contained fangirling, frustration, "You're an absolutely stunning, murderous, little creature."YO. YOOOO. I have been keeping quiet about this book FOR A MONTH and all this contained fangirling energy almost makes me implode.I know you know me and my neverending and neverdying love for Jen's books. So imagine the array of emotions that passed through my body when I was given the chance to read her upcoming novel early (elation, HAPPINESS, joy) but I was asked not to speak a word of it (contained fangirling, frustration, yearning).Well, NOW this book I have been dying to yell and scream about is finally OUT! Yes, Jen really did sneak that one out on you. But now, I repeat-NOW, it is out in the world and we can finally talk about it. I can yell about it. Fangirl. Swoon. Fight you over Hawke (which - mark my words - I will).From Blood & Ash is Armentrout’s take on high fantasy. It’s current, it’s filled with banter and fun and it integrates elements that we are all familiar with, giving them that JLA spin. Creatures, forgotten civilisations, enchanted forests, gods, royalty, all if it! But I’ll be 100% honest, at first it did feel like a little bit too much, perhaps the unfamiliarity of the world, or perhaps the building didn’t reach my expectations. And this may happen to you too, so my advice is HOLD ON TO IT.Because THE ROMANCE. THE LOVE INTEREST. It was EVERYTHINGAbove the fact that this is a new fantasy series, if there was something - one thing - that shocked me about FB&A that was its love interest. Hawke. I know, you're probably thinking that I do love and adore all heroes created by that beautiful mastermind that is Armentrout, and you are right. But listen up. Hawke will catch you completely off guard. He was a love interest like no other love interest. Cheeky, protective, infuriately sexy and a puzzle you'll want to piece together. Just trust me on that.And the steam? Yeah, you'll want to trust me on that too.SO. If you think you are ready for From Blood and Ash, think again. Jennifer has woven a new fantasy universe that will leave you reeling. Filled with action, heart wrenching twists and the most delicious romance, this unputdownable novel comes with a warning: keep a fan close by, because the temperatures are about to rise.Rating: 4.5/5*I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Laura Thalassa
    January 1, 1970
    This book is officially my new obsession! I need you all to read it too so that we can all gush about it! Seriously, I haven't felt this way about a book since Holly Black's Folk of the Air series, and I'm having trouble concentrating on writing because I can't get this book and the characters out of my head! Putting this baby on my "Favorites" shelf! <3
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  • Bre *B.B. Lynn Reads*
    January 1, 1970
    From Blood and Ash. We Will Rise.Vicious and swoon-worthy, From Blood and Ash will take you on an adventure in a world where nothing is black and white. This story is about a young girl caught between good and bad, truth and lies. Maiden or not, good or bad, Chosen or forsaken, I deserved to live and to exist without being cloistered by rules I never agreed to.Poppy is the maiden, a position thrust upon her without choice. She cannot be looked upon or spoken to. Poppy has been sheltered, always “From Blood and Ash. We Will Rise.”Vicious and swoon-worthy, From Blood and Ash will take you on an adventure in a world where nothing is black and white. This story is about a young girl caught between good and bad, truth and lies. “Maiden or not, good or bad, Chosen or forsaken, I deserved to live and to exist without being cloistered by rules I never agreed to.”Poppy is the maiden, a position thrust upon her without choice. She cannot be looked upon or spoken to. Poppy has been sheltered, always believing what she’s been told about her past and her future. But what no one else knows is that Poppy has a vicious determination, willing to sacrifice all for the truth. But what happens when everything she’s been told is questioned and the world she lives in is no longer black and white?“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.”Hawke is the golden boy guard who always has female attention. But he’s not interested in following the rules and prompts Poppy to question her entire life. We purposely don’t get a ton of back story on Hawke, but that makes the story all the more intriguing.“Promise me you won’t forget this, Poppy. That no matter what happens tomorrow, the next day, next week, you won’t forget this—forget that this was real.”I absolutely loved the plot! I didn’t know what to expect. And just when you start feeling like you get what’s going on, she throws you for a loop. The creatures are imaginative, the world is slow to build, and it all comes together for an unputdownable book!“You can’t have me. I’m…I’m un-have-able.” “I’m confident that’s not even a word.”With all the Fantasy books out there, it’s hard to find one that stands out among the crowd. Taking ordinary fantasy elements and transforming them into a unique and remarkable story, From Blood and Ash will reignite your flame for Fantasy. “Forgive me. I failed you.”
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  • Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK. It's the BEST BOOK I HAVE READ THIS YEAR. Hands down my #1 FAVORITE read of 2020 so far. I cannot even explain how thrilling and twisty and intense and intoxicating every word was. Truly incredible! I feel utterly consumed with this story and these characters. A must read and a GUARANTEED book hangover. 6+++++ million stars.
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  • Sapir Englard
    January 1, 1970
    This review contains spoilers. Just saying.Rating: 1.5 stars.There should be a new adult fantasy genre called Maas Fantasy, after Sarah J Maas. That genre would be full of pretty people, non original world building, out-of-genre writing that can be either really bad or even worse, love interests that all they do is be horny assholes yet get a sway with because theyre hOT, and the use of the terms MALES and FEMALES.Ive read a lot of books by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I dont think shes a bad author This review contains spoilers. Just saying.Rating: 1.5 stars.There should be a new adult fantasy genre called Maas Fantasy, after Sarah J Maas. That genre would be full of pretty people, non original world building, out-of-genre writing that can be either really bad or even worse, love interests that all they do is be horny assholes yet get a sway with because they’re hOT, and the use of the terms MALES and FEMALES.I’ve read a lot of books by Jennifer L. Armentrout. I don’t think she’s a bad author - but her writing style and concepts belong more to the contemporary romance area. She writes good sex scenes, builds up just the right amount of sexual tension between the two main characters, and this is why I think her Wait For You series is the best, since it represents these elements down to the T.However, I read fantasy and paranormal series from Armentrout, and even though I’m disappointed every time anew, I keep falling for it. I actually thought this book would be different from her Covenant and White Hot Kiss series. Especially since I had faith she learned from her SUPER OBVIOUS PLAGIARISM in Half-Blood, a matter that still makes me mad to this day, but I was willing to move past that. I completely was.Then comes this book.This book starts with an info-dump, a writing device that becomes worryingly more and more common nowadays within the fantasy writers. I have to admit, I skipped them all, because YAWN - I don’t want to read about your marvelous world on the first chapter without any suspense as to what’s going on. It’s so Urban Fantasy, and I’m OVER IT.Next, after everything is shoved down my throat (although, as admitted above, I skipped it all, returning whenever there was quotation marks that indicated something happening) we have a disturbing scene in which we are supposed to believe that what’s-her-face is that sheltered Maiden written about in the book summary as she encounters the love interest, Hawke, whose behavior was COMPLETELY CREEPY AND DISTURBING. The banter was weak, POP-Tart was acting like an idiot, and it all read like a scene straight out from an urban fantasy book, only instead of a club we have some weird version of a love motel.Moving on, I skipped a lot of the beginning. It was dull, the murder-mystery thing it had going on was boring, and I was not at all enthralled with either Pop-tart or her honey bunny in the making. I also hated that Tawny fell into the Mandatory POC trope since she had absolutely zero influence on the plot, and was there to fluff the feather of the BEAUTIFUL WHITE CHARACTER. I mean, COME THE FUCK ON. Can we NOT?Also, there’s a recurring theme in Armentrout’s books: the villains are very BAD, and the good people are very GOOD. There’s no in between. No morally gray characters. No depths to her villains. Absolutely nothing. And it pisses me off, especially since the audience she aims for is no longer an idiot.Now let’s talk about Pop-tart and Hawke, since they were supposedly the least shallow of the rest. Pop-tart was annoying, stupid, “sassy”, “mouthy”, ethereally beautiful with sCArS, and if that sounds familiar, it could be because: 1) It’s every main character in Armentrout’s books, and 2) It’s the YA/NA Quirky Protagonist Syndrome (QPS?) that can be seen in many book of this genre. The “mystery” of this book was so dumb, so predictable, every plot twist got a complete YAWN from me, and yet Pop-tart was such an imbecile, not getting any of it until she was told it all. And Hawke called her “smart”. Cue my facial question mark.Which is, by the way, ANOTHER recurring theme in Armentrout’s book: STUPID HEROINES & PREDICTABLE PLOT POINTS. Her mysteries are always pushed into your face from page 1, and it’s all because of her overly-thick foreshadowing that people can tell them from miles away. The whole point of foreshadowing is to be SUBTLE, but I guess the readers are too stupid, right, Armentrout? Also, the fact the basic bitch heroines don’t get it is a cause for an endless migraine.Next, Hawke. From a writer’s POV, I understand what Armentrout was going for when writing him; the sexy, hot, mysterious guy who then, supposedly, becomes morally gray, and wicked, and hot, and super good in bed, and, of course, immortal, and fights for the TRUE GOOD SIDE and so forth. What she ended up with was a horny asshole, and I’m talking about the last part of the book, after all, or most, at least, has been revealed to the dumb-fucker who is Pop-tart. After being betrayed, you would expect Pop-tart to be rational, but no, he’s HOT, and she’s IN LOVE with him, so LET’S SEX IT UP, BABY!Ew. Ew. Ew. I found everything that happened in the last few chapters revolting, and not in the cute, sexy way Armentrout was aiming for, but in the call-the-police way.Let’s go back to Pop-tart for a moment. For someone who’s supposedly been sheltered her ENTIRE LIFE, she surely doesn’t act like that. She’s supposed to, but she doesn’t, and that’s just lazy writing right there, but again, I really shouldn’t have expected anything from this book in the first place. Still, the sex scenes, while hot - because Armentrout is great at writing those - and the sex-times before that, Pop-tart acted as if she knew more than she should, which leads me to the point of that erotic novel she was reading - like, she’s sheltered and a virgin. WHY WOULD THERE BE A BOOK LIKE THIS WITHIN HER GRASP IN THE FIRST PLACE?! But again, high fantasy is not what it used to be, and consistency and good worldbuilding is a complete nonsense, am I right?Anyway, Pop-tart and Hawke were completely annoying, and I don’t like them at all. I especially don’t like the ending, about Pop-tart being a hybrid because that’s just Armentrout ripping off her own work - Wicked ending, much? - and basically giving in to the whole Special Snowflake trope. Also, Hawke whisking her away to MARRY when she’s EIGHTEEN is fucking revolting.Now let’s talk writing. This was not a high fantasy writing. While I don’t need a Game of Thrones type of writing, because that’s too heavy even for me, there’s something about setting the tone and air of the book, and when you write, “I totally got that” it reads as a millennial, not an eighteen-year-old sheltered girl in a fantasy land. The usage of our-world words pissed me off. You can’t drink Champagne in your fantasy world - because Champagne is a place in France, and if your world has no France, then there will be no Champagne! Call it wine or something, but at least be accurate! It’s like using a Dijon mustard or eating burgers!The terms Males and Females reared their fugly head in this book, too, which is a wink to SJM that I really didn’t appreciate, and also let me in to the fact Armentrout was probably reading SJM books, which is disturbing, and will probably try to rip off one of them because I still can’t forgive the Half-Blood plagiarism issue.Other terms that struck me out as too modern: Earth, sweater, and many, many more.Now let’s talk about the names. Masadonia? Atlantia? Can’t you be at least original and not rip off places of our REAL WORLD unless there’s a GOOD REASON for you to do that? Like, come the fuck on. Also Changing words in people’s names with E doesn’t make them fantasy: Vikter instead of Viktor, Malessa - Malissa, Teerman - Tearman. So just stop. Also, Penellaphe Balfour? Really? REALLY? In addition, there’s King Malec and Prince Malik, both of which translates directly into “King” which is stupid, and vamprys, which is a fancy way to write vampires, and Casteel, which is a type of Beer so I won’t even start.Other rip-offs: Pop-tart’s magical ability is not original at all. It’s like Sascha Duncan from Psy/Changeling and the Dementors from HP made a baby, and tada! A NEW POWER WAS BORN! Not. Which leads me to the point of the vampire-ish creatures of this so-called world. I mean, COME THE FUCK ON. You have the option to create new races and you go with VAMPIRES? AGAIN? COME. ON.One last thing: a nugget that made me giggle. Pop-tart said, “How had I not seen him for what he was? Could I be that foolish? Or was he simply that clever? Probably both.” Brah, you were stupid. That’s all there is to it.I can go on forever, but this review is long enough. Anyway, if you enjoyed this book, and this type of nonsensical writing and worldbuilding and plot is your thing, good for you. For me, it’s just pissing on everything the high fantasy genre stands for, much like SJM in that way.That’s my take on it. Hopefully, I won’t forget the content of this book by the time the next one comes, which will lead me to not read it, but I’m doubtful. Oh, well.(P.S The half star is for the sex scenes because when something IS good, it deserves the credit).
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Star Rating: > 5 StarsOHMYGODDDD. This was f*cking fantastic. This was just SO. GOOD. GOLD, PURE GOLDi cant even take the feelings that I have... going on... right now.This was absolutely intoxicating. Every second. And omfg so swoon worthy. I loved how I truly felt, on some level, a connection with Poppy, where I was finding things out in time, just as she was. I really liked this. It was refreshing to be constantly guessing! Some of the outcome was predictable, but only to a certain degree, Star Rating: —> 5 StarsOHMYGODDDD. This was f*cking fantastic. This was just SO. GOOD. GOLD, PURE GOLDi can’t even take the feelings that I have... going on... right now.This was absolutely intoxicating. Every second. And omfg so swoon worthy. I loved how I truly felt, on some level, a connection with Poppy, where I was finding things out in time, just as she was. I really liked this. It was refreshing to be constantly guessing! Some of the outcome was predictable, but only to a certain degree, and the rest was definitely not was I was expecting. Honestly, though, I had no idea what to expect, so. 🤷🏼‍♀️What I got though, was a richly imagined Paranormal Romance in a high fantasy world with incredible characters. I might’ve even cried in several moments. Felt joy, frustration, anger, fire... I felt like everything Poppy felt, I could feel. And God is she a BADASS! She don’t take no sh*t!!I just love JLA SO much. She writes in a way that is just so. damn. compelling! She has never disappointed me before, and she beyond exceeded expectations this time. I don’t know how long I’m going to have to wait for Blood & Ash #2... but I NEED IT NOW!!!! The ending hints of what is to come, and I have ideas, because, no way was that ending 100% serious! But yeah. Holy sh*t. I am SO looking forward to the journey in the next book & seeing where poppy goes from here. I truly love her as our MC. She’s just FAB !100% recommend.Truly the greatest surprise ever. What a book! Whew! Jennifer L. Armentrout you have my thanks, gratitude, & heart. 😂❤️🖤♥️🖤❤️_____________________So damn thankful for this freakin’ surprise of a novel from one of my fav authors; saved me from a book slump! _____________________Omfg where did this even come from?!?!?
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  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    Both halves are as beautiful as the whole." Well ladies and gentleman, I present to you the best book Ive read so far in 2020! I cant believe how amazing, and sexy this book was! The world building? Amazing!! The characters? Amazing! Creative and interesting powers, magic and backstory? Absolutely! This book had me hooked literally from the very first chapter. The concept of the Maiden and Poppys gifts were something I want to read more about. Its been a while since Ive read a book with such ”Both halves are as beautiful as the whole." Well ladies and gentleman, I present to you the best book I’ve read so far in 2020! I can’t believe how amazing, and sexy this book was! The world building? Amazing!! The characters? Amazing! Creative and interesting powers, magic and backstory? Absolutely! This book had me hooked literally from the very first chapter. The concept of the Maiden and Poppy’s gifts were something I want to read more about. It’s been a while since I’ve read a book with such unique magic!!I know a lot of people aren’t into smut or explicit scenes in books but if you’re like me, a slut for smut haha then you’ll be very happy with how well written the scenes are in this book. They were realistic, non cringy and H O T! I couldn’t get enough. With that being said, this book is NOT YA. Hawke, hawke, hawke!! My god he could make anyone go against anything they’ve ever believed haha and I wouldn’t have a regret in the world! Is Hawke at the top of my book boyfriend list? Absolutely!The MC in this book was very likeable and I felt like I related to her character in a lot of ways. Poppy had flaws that she was self conscious about but she pushed through that and learned that there’s nothing wrong with them. She was smart, innocent in a lot of ways and a bad ass who could defend herself! And I loved her for it!I figured out the plot twist before it was revealed but it still kept me on the edge of my seat and kept my heart racing. My mouth dropped at that ending and I’m guessing this is going to be a duology or maybe even a series? I definitely have to check out more books by the author to hold me until the release of the next book! Please I’m begging everyone to pick this book up. You will NOT be disappointed!!5/5 🌟’s
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  • Darce
    January 1, 1970
    well then. i don't know what to say.on one hand this was soooo good: i loved the characters, setting and drama. but on the other hand i was lowkey disappointed, it just wasn't anything amazing, unlike most of JLA's books. but don't let that turn you off!! i still really enjoyed reading From Blood and Ash, i didn't get up until almost 2:00pm yesterday because i couldn't put it down! i really liked our main character, Poppy, and how she was depicted, she had JLA's classic snark and i loved it. and well then. i don't know what to say.on one hand this was soooo good: i loved the characters, setting and drama. but on the other hand i was lowkey disappointed, it just wasn't anything amazing, unlike most of JLA's books. but don't let that turn you off!! i still really enjoyed reading From Blood and Ash, i didn't get up until almost 2:00pm yesterday because i couldn't put it down! i really liked our main character, Poppy, and how she was depicted, she had JLA's classic snark and i loved it. and the love interest definitely grew on me, Hawke was a pretty interesting character and i loved that he was honest and sweet to Poppy. however the characters that i really loved were Tawny and Poppy's father figure, Vikter. Vikter was my guy, shout out to JLA for putting him in the story! plus the setting of the entire book was so cool, i loved the interesting world and all it's creatures. the only big disappointment with the story was that it was way too easy to guess what was gonna happen, i'd worked out all the big reveals by the time i was halfway through the story. it was a bit predictable, but ah well. this was a bit disappointing but that was my only issue, apart from a few irritations i had with Hawke. otherwise it was classic JLA beauty, ripe with adventure and mystery!~~~pre-reading review: HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS AHHH I'M GOING TO READ IT RIGHT NOW. ALL OTHER BOOKS ARE PUT ON HOLD. I WON'T RETURN UNTIL I FINISH AND RECOVER FROM THIS, IT WAS NICE KNOWING YOU ALL.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Excuse me while I scream into a pillow because YES IT WAS THAT GOOD.Thank you Tani for suggesting to buddy read this book and for having the kind of patience that's probably only granted to angels. I'm sorry it took so long, but I hella enjoyed reading this together.It's been a while since I read a JLA novel and I was a little bit nervous to start this to be honest but oh boy did this book deliver. I really liked Poppy (especially when she started to change under Hawke's influence) and I got so Excuse me while I scream into a pillow because YES IT WAS THAT GOOD.Thank you Tani for suggesting to buddy read this book and for having the kind of patience that's probably only granted to angels. I'm sorry it took so long, but I hella enjoyed reading this together.It's been a while since I read a JLA novel and I was a little bit nervous to start this to be honest but oh boy did this book deliver. I really liked Poppy (especially when she started to change under Hawke's influence) and I got so invested in her, her friends and this world. I got so angry at times because of how much injustice is going on but the banter between Poppy and Hawke made things a lot lighter. I loved the two of them together! The sad part about me writing reviews about books I loved is that I can't get any further than repeating the words "so" and "good" a lot, but I feel like nothing I will say can do this gem justice. So I'm just going to tell you you should read this.I can't wait for the next book in this series!
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  • • Lindsey Dahling •
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsHoly shit. I almost DNF this at 16%. I was bored. There were info dumps everywhere. The narrator was blah. The plot wasnt moving. Goodness, even the TIME IN THE BOOK wasnt moving. Pretty sure at 16% not even 24 hours had passed in this book world. I told myself I would jump ship if this did not improve by the 20% mark.Damn did it improve. Ive never been so glad I didnt jump ship. (Okay, thats a lie. I was also really glad I didnt jump ship during season 5 of The Vampire Diaries.) 4.5 starsHoly shit. I almost DNF this at 16%. I was bored. There were info dumps everywhere. The narrator was blah. The plot wasn’t moving. Goodness, even the TIME IN THE BOOK wasn’t moving. Pretty sure at 16% not even 24 hours had passed in this book world. I told myself I would jump ship if this did not improve by the 20% mark.Damn did it improve. I’ve never been so glad I didn’t jump ship. (Okay, that’s a lie. I was also really glad I didn’t jump ship during season 5 of The Vampire Diaries.)Suddenly...—there was dialogue. And not just dialogue—witty banter.—the narrator SHOWED she was a badass.—there was a male lead who did something other than be gorgeous.—the villains started to make their presence known (and my blood boil 😡💯👏🏻).—we had side characters who were super likable.—we had a slow burn romance that didn’t feel forced.I’ll be honest—witty banter alone will keep me reading. But then LITERALLY ALL OF THE OTHER TROPES I ADORE showed up and I was just 😏😏😏😏😏😏😏😏😏😏 for the rest of the book.I finished about 5 minutes ago, so I’m not even sure I’m typing coherent sentences right now. The book is THAT good. Just push through the boring beginning. You can do it.
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  • Valliya Rennell
    January 1, 1970
    3.25 starsIt has been a hot minute since I've read a Jennifer L. Armentrout book. She is my hands down favorite author. Although this was my most disappointing book that I have read from her yet, I do think that the sequel will be much much better and I genuinely cannot wait. From Blood and Ash is Armentrout's first high fantasy novel that she has written. We follow Penellaphe, Poppy, the Maiden: a girl who must be kept secluded and pure before she is given to the girls on the day of her 3.25 starsIt has been a hot minute since I've read a Jennifer L. Armentrout book. She is my hands down favorite author. Although this was my most disappointing book that I have read from her yet, I do think that the sequel will be much much better and I genuinely cannot wait. From Blood and Ash is Armentrout's first high fantasy novel that she has written. We follow Penellaphe, Poppy, the Maiden: a girl who must be kept secluded and pure before she is given to the girls on the day of her Ascension in hopes that she will one day save the kingdom. As her guard kicks the bucket during a series of murders going on in the castle, Hawke, a dashing new guard from the capital, is chosen to fill the role. As the day of her Ascension nears and pressures around her rise, Poppy must finally figure out what is more important to her: serving a system she knows nothing about or actually living for a while?The best part of the novel, other than the steamy romance, was definitely the subtle exploration of a very dark theme. Throughout the story Poppy goes round in circles trying to figure out who she wants to be. No one wants to let her figure this out as she is the Maiden and must be kept 'pure' for the gods. This means no interactions, no friends, no lovers, no learning of basic skills. She sacrifices so much without realising it because she is brainwashed that she is serving a greater purpose and she will help move her society forward. She sacrifices herself for the people. Although at surface level, one might not even notice the commentary present, I think that it is actually a very important aspect. I find that a lot of people in society lose themselves in their jobs, egos, and honor. They are so drilled to keep working, that they never even realise that they aren't human anymore, but are just people filling a mould created for them by their bosses. My greatest issue with this book is the tragic, terrible, horrendous world-building. I know that this is JLA's first high fantasy so I am trying to be as light here as possible, but wow. I struggled so much through the first 30% of the book because I just couldn't wrap my head around the huge info-dumps that happen in the beginning. Best part is, the info-dumps don't even explain half of the things that will be relevant moving forwards. Or they say one thing in passing and we are expected to remember it 200 pages down the road when it becomes relevant. After you wrap your head around what is going on, you'll be fine. The trouble is trying to understand the systems of the world in place.As always, the romance was great.Filled with angst and very steamy, sexy scenes, this book once again solidifies JLA in the pantheon of erotica/romance gods. I am just wowed. Although I did have a few problems with the love-interest, I found the relationship, the build up, and the pay off to be very well done. I genuinely cannot wait to see where things go from here.In comparison to some of her other books, the characterisation wasn't that great. A lot of the characters were just shallow, for example, evil for the sake of being evil. There are literally two characters who do nothing in the story other than torture Poppy both mentally and physically... for NO REASON. If there was a reason for their actions, I guess I'd be fine with it(?). Even if the explanation would be that they get gratification through hurting others. We didn't get anything, though. I had issues with Hawke, the love interest. He reminded me of Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses when he does kind of act like a sexual predator in book 1... but worse. I understand that most of the time Hawke toys with Poppy, but you get to a point where "no means no". I think that St. Delphi from Half-Blood is a perfect love interest. There were plenty sexy scenes there, but nothing JLA wrote ever went into that 'lowkey not ok' territory. The two characters that I can whole-heartedly say that I really enjoyed were Poppy and her father figure Vikter. Not only do I think that their relationship was well done, but I think that them by themselves seemed like real people. Both of them had motivations, unique perspectives that really shown through. Unfortunately, most of the other characters weren't that well done which caused a lot of wonky dialogueThis book is super atmospheric. I loved how you could just sense the eeriness of the castle or the mystery of the Blood Forest. I thought this atmosphere that was present throughout gave the opportunity for the vampire-esque creatures to really get a unique feel and not be just another rip off of Twilight. This atmospheric writing was something that I really haven't seen from Jennifer L. Armentrout before, however I think that if she really weighs into this for the sequel, it will be even better.To quickly sum up, although From Blood and Ash wasn't exactly my favorite book from my queen Jennifer L. Armentrout, it was still a solid book that many people will enjoy much much more than I did. I truly do recommend it to people. Now that I finally understand the world and what is going on, I have high hopes for the sequel!
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  • Nadine
    January 1, 1970
    From Blood and Ash is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Both are romance heavy fantasy novels with a competent main characters and dark alpha male love interests.From Blood and Ash follows Poppy, the Maiden, as shes sequestered away while she awaits the day she Ascends, a rite of passage cloaked in mystery. Life is tedious and mundane as shes restricted from just about anything enjoyable or pleasurable until a new personal guard is assigned to her.Poppy is a From Blood and Ash is perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. Both are romance heavy fantasy novels with a competent main characters and dark alpha male love interests.From Blood and Ash follows Poppy, the Maiden, as she’s sequestered away while she awaits the day she Ascends, a rite of passage cloaked in mystery. Life is tedious and mundane as she’s restricted from just about anything enjoyable or pleasurable until a new personal guard is assigned to her.Poppy is a competent and intelligent main character. She is physically capable and socially adept despite her isolation. As her title suggests, Poppy is lacking in her experience with relationships. The trope of experienced male and inexperience female is one I dislike, but Armentrout makes good use of the trope by allowing Poppy to embrace her sensuality. Hawke, the male love interest, straddles the line of overbearing alpha male without being too obnoxious or borderline abusive. He’s firm yet yielding when needed. I wish Hawke had more screen time, but From Blood and Ash is Poppy’s story as she discovers herself and the world she lives in. I’ll be interested to see if Hawke gets his own perspective in the sequel.The chemistry between Poppy and Hawke is electric from the first scene until the last. Their attraction to each other sizzles making it a real concern that the pages might suddenly catch fire. What else would you expect from an Armentrout novel?Armentrout has never had an issue with world building and lore within her novels. The Covenant series is a great example of her world building capabilities. Now, From Blood and Ash will be the novel I point to as an excellent example of her creativity and attention to detail. From Blood and Ash features a world with an expansive history, gods, and beliefs systems that are all slowly explained to the reader as the story develops.I almost rated From Blood and Ash 4.5 stars because the pace in the middle of the novel slows down too much. Readers simmer in the world with Poppy as Armentrout sets up the climax of the novel. Once the pace picks back up, it kept me reading until the end leaving me desperate for more.Overall, From Blood and Ash is the perfect read for fans of Sarah J. Maas. It strikes the perfect balance between fantasy and romance elements leaving the world feeling lived in and full while allowing the relationship between the main characters feeling real and authentic.
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  • Tani
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book. That's it. That's all I'm going to say. I need to thank Kim for hearing out my every thought and opinion. She's just the best.Buddy read with the Odd Cookie.<3
  • Angela Moon
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars. This novel is 5 stars in every way. I wish I could rate it even higher it's that good. Jennifer L. Armentrout is my favorite author and I did not know what to expect from this new series, but when she released it today (now yesterday) I knew I had to drop everything and read it. And after 11 hours of non-stop reading and completion of the book I am left in AWE. Literal awe. This is the BEST book she has ever written PERIOD. The level of writing here is so elevated from her previous 5 stars. This novel is 5 stars in every way. I wish I could rate it even higher it's that good. Jennifer L. Armentrout is my favorite author and I did not know what to expect from this new series, but when she released it today (now yesterday) I knew I had to drop everything and read it. And after 11 hours of non-stop reading and completion of the book I am left in AWE. Literal awe. This is the BEST book she has ever written PERIOD. The level of writing here is so elevated from her previous books. It's incredibly in-depth in its world, its narrative, its lore, and even in its characterization. The plot itself is so incredibly complex and while it may be predictable in some ways, it still is so original in how she spins it all together. I honestly was shocked by some events that transpired in this book and the last 200 pages I was just blazing through trying to ascertain what was the truth and what was going on. The ending is quite the cliffhanger.. Nothing is settled, nothing is determined, and our characters are at an interesting impasse, but it makes you want to immediately dive into the next installment. This novel has everything in it - suspense, action, adventure, horror, mystery, fantasy, comedy and romance. In a nutshell it's amazing and one of the best books I have ever read in my life. I believe that this novel will definitely attract more readers and fans and if you have not read this book yet... DO IT!
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  • Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥
    January 1, 1970
    From Blood and Ash is my favorite book ever! The story was layered and the twists and turns were breathtaking. The sexual tension was absolutely perfect and the characters are forever etched into my heart. The storyline enchanted me and the action kept me glued to the pages. This book refused to be put down! If you love fantasy and romance, you definitely need to add this one to your tbr! Youre such a bad influence, I murmured as I placed my hand in his. Hawke curled his fingers around mine. From Blood and Ash is my favorite book ever! The story was layered and the twists and turns were breathtaking. The sexual tension was absolutely perfect and the characters are forever etched into my heart. The storyline enchanted me and the action kept me glued to the pages. This book refused to be put down! If you love fantasy and romance, you definitely need to add this one to your tbr! “You’re such a bad influence,” I murmured as I placed my hand in his. Hawke curled his fingers around mine. The weight and warmth of his hand was a pleasant shock. “Only the bad can be influenced, Princess.” The story started off racy, but the world they lived in could be so harsh. We were brought into a land with castles, Kings, Queens, Lords, Ladies, commoners and I was obsessed learning about it all. The Ascended ruled the land, and were given gifts from the Gods. They had fought a war hundreds of years ago, but were still plagued by the Atlantians who believed Prince Casteel should be the rightful ruler. He was said to be the reason behind most of the death that was brought to their land. And the threat of creatures that were made out of nightmares always felt a breath away. While Poppy had a past with them, she wouldn't let fear rule her present or future! “We’re going to walk out of here,” he said. “You’re not going to make a sound, and you’re not going to give me any trouble, are you, Maiden?” My fingers closed around the smooth, cool handle of the dagger. I shook my head no. Penellaphe, aka Poppy, is my favorite heroine! She was chosen by the Gods to be the Maiden. She spent her life being veiled and protected at all costs. She wasn't allowed to socialize, besides with her maid Tawny, who I loved! And she wasn't to be spoken to or even touched. Her life felt so lonely at times. But underneath what everyone else saw, was a girl who could easily hold her own. Poppy was fierce, brave, a fighter, and extremely brave! And I loved listening to her thoughts. She was so easy to click with and feel her emotions, especially when it came to Hawke! “You’re an absolutely stunning, murderous little creature.” I have betrayed all of my other book boyfriends because of Hawke Flynn. He felt like a mix between Aiden and Roth, yet he was even sexier and more forward. So Hawke was honor, respect, completely addictive and absolutely beautiful. Of course I was obsessed with him. Hawke was a guard and his interactions with Poppy had me smiling, sighing and laughing out loud. I loved that he could be seductive and sexy, and then in the next moment he was protective and thoughtful. Plus he had this ability to be sarcastic and also put people in their place, it made me love him that much harder. I didn’t care that I knew so very little about him, all I cared about is how he made me feel. I couldn’t help but shiver when his eyes finally met mine. “You’re so damn beautiful,” he whispered, his voice thick. “And so damn unexpected.” When Poppy and Hawke were around each other, their antics and sexual tension had me over the moon happy. They messed with each other, and I loved how Hawke called her Princess. But neither could deny that there was a strong attraction between them. It almost felt like it was something more, especially since the friendship was so easy between them. But as the story progressed, moments between them were erotic and scorching hot! Their chemistry was steamy, even when they didn’t have the easiest path. I knew what the consequences could be. I knew what I was, and what was expected of me, and I knew I could no longer be that. It wasn’t what I wanted in life. It had never been my choice. But this…this I wanted. Hawke was who I wanted. This was my choice. As the story unfolded, we got to see how layered it truly was. There were twists and turns. And while I saw some coming, others completely shocked me to my core. And that didn’t even include the deaths. Some I cheered at the top of my lungs for and others my sobs were inconsolable. I stared in shock at the pages, never once thinking that things would play out how they did. It felt like it twisted in the wrong way. But just wait, because by the end of From Blood and Ash I was screaming with happiness. I loved how things ended up and it made so much sense for how the story played out. So hold on, because it was an extremely emotional road and I loved every single tear, smile and sigh it pulled from me. This story was truly brilliant! “When you listen to me, I think the stars will fall.” He followed me down so he spoke just above my ear. “I wish I could capture this moment somehow.” From Blood and Ash is my favorite Jennifer L. Armentrout book! I loved how there was lightness and darkness mixed together in this story. I loved how I would go from laughing and sighing to crying my eyes out. I loved every single moment in this book, even the ones that gutted me. I can’t recommend this book enough!My other favorite quotes: Hawke’s gaze remained fastened on mine as he stepped forward. “Both halves are as beautiful as the whole.” My lips parted on a sharp inhale. I couldn’t even look to see what the Duke’s reaction was, though I was sure it was nothing short of cataclysmic. Hawke sensed my move and shifted, blocking my knee with his thigh. “You’re so incredibly violent.” He paused. “I think I like it.” “Let me go!” I seethed. “And be kicked or stabbed?” He shoved his leg between mine, preventing any future kicks. “We’ve already covered that, Princess. More than once.” “I will kill them,” he whispered. “I will fucking kill them all.” I didn’t think he was talking about the old scars. Then I wasn’t thinking at all. “Promise me,” he said, seeming to not hear me as he lifted his head. His gaze snagged with mine. “Promise me you won’t forget this, Poppy. That no matter what happens tomorrow, the next day, next week, you won’t forget this—forget that this was real.” I couldn’t look away. “I promise. I won’t forget.” He lifted his chin, kissing my forehead. He leaned back, sliding his thumb along my jaw. “You deserve so much more than what awaits you.” *I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book, provided by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*For more of my reviews, please visit:
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  • Maroua Zaatour
    January 1, 1970
    This novel was a surprise release from Jennifer L. Armentrout. I only knew of its existence on the day of its release (me, the big JLAnder that I am). And what a surprise! ❤Anyone who knows me knows that Jennifer is one of my absolute favorite writers and it's not for nothing. With each new book, I can only fall more for her writing style and crave for more! But take it from a JLAnder, if you are really intending to read any of her books, then brace yourselves for the amount of action, emotions This novel was a surprise release from Jennifer L. Armentrout. I only knew of its existence on the day of its release (me, the big JLAnder that I am). And what a surprise! ❤Anyone who knows me knows that Jennifer is one of my absolute favorite writers and it's not for nothing. With each new book, I can only fall more for her writing style and crave for more! But take it from a JLAnder, if you are really intending to read any of her books, then brace yourselves for the amount of action, emotions and twists!! And brace yourselves because you will hardly be able to drop any of her books down. And this book is no different 😁OMG what this book has done to me! I'm still shook, and I seriously need book No. 2 like right away!! 😳Thank you, Jennifer, for this beautiful gift that brightened up my quarantine 😍
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  • Kilikina
    January 1, 1970
    Didn't hate this but I'm in the middle of too many other books that's hooking me more right now, so I'm putting this on hold at 17% ------If I don't love this I'll be SO upset
  • micolreads
    January 1, 1970
    It's always good to read a new book by this amazing author, she is my safe place! I started reading this book expecting something completely different and unfortunately it influenced my reading.I'm probably going against everyone else's thought saying that I preferred the first part of the book instead of the second (last few chapters). I'm still not sure about Hawke and Poppy, they didn't completely steal my heart. A good book with a very predictable plot twist, but an amazing first installment It's always good to read a new book by this amazing author, she is my safe place! I started reading this book expecting something completely different and unfortunately it influenced my reading.I'm probably going against everyone else's thought saying that I preferred the first part of the book instead of the second (last few chapters). I'm still not sure about Hawke and Poppy, they didn't completely steal my heart. A good book with a very predictable plot twist, but an amazing first installment nonetheless.Final vote: 4/5
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  • Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
    January 1, 1970
    Well, thank you Jennifer L. Armentrout for blessing my quarantine! Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin Well, thank you Jennifer L. Armentrout for blessing my quarantine! Blog | Twitter | Instagram | BlogLovin’
  • Sentranced Jem
    January 1, 1970
    I've had 3 hours of sleep and my god was this book worth the sleepness night. I may have even dreamt about reading the book in my dreams 🤔😂As a die hard fan of the Lux series, I had high expectations but this one blew me away. It's jam packed with action and adventure. It has a badass heroine that makes this girl want to scream GIRL POWER! The chemistry between Hawke and the Maiden aka Poppy is SO FUCKING HOT!I'm not going to sugar this but brace yourself for a turmoil of emotions with From I've had 3 hours of sleep and my god was this book worth the sleepness night. I may have even dreamt about reading the book in my dreams 🤔😂As a die hard fan of the Lux series, I had high expectations but this one blew me away. It's jam packed with action and adventure. It has a badass heroine that makes this girl want to scream GIRL POWER! The chemistry between Hawke and the Maiden aka Poppy is SO FUCKING HOT!I'm not going to sugar this but brace yourself for a turmoil of emotions with From Blood and Ash.It captives your attention from the get go. The action in this book makes you unintentionally stop breathing. It's the type that vanquishes your sleepiness, it makes you sit straighter because you are at the edge of your seat. This book will also tug your heartstrings. Love comes in all form and this book proves that with the bond of friendship. I will also heed you to take my warning because this book WILL MAKE YOU CRY. Don't tell me you haven't been warned.It's suffice to say that I loved this book. The cliffhanger though... Geez woman! I need book...I don't know when it's coming but it's making me angsty just knowing that I have to wait for the next one.
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  • Lisazj1
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! Wow. Was not expecting that. I'm not really sure why but I haven't been reading much from JLA lately, even though I buy her books automatically when they're released. She's literally an auto-buy author for me. And I love her stories, so I don't know why I haven't.I'm glad I picked this one up! Holy entertainment, I mean damn. And I loved Poppy. I love a badass heroine, though she's not much more than a girl, and a pretty sheltered one at that. She's still a badass. Hawke (view 4.5 stars! Wow. Was not expecting that. I'm not really sure why but I haven't been reading much from JLA lately, even though I buy her books automatically when they're released. She's literally an auto-buy author for me. And I love her stories, so I don't know why I haven't.I'm glad I picked this one up! Holy entertainment, I mean damn. And I loved Poppy. I love a badass heroine, though she's not much more than a girl, and a pretty sheltered one at that. She's still a badass. Hawke (view spoiler)[or rather Cas (hide spoiler)] is kind of on my shitlist right now. Though I do understand the reasons for what he's done, I'm glad Poppy's not just letting him off the hook.I'm very much looking forward to where this one is going to go! Damn good read.
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  • melissafandomworld
    January 1, 1970
    4 solid stars! Review to come!
  • AJ
    January 1, 1970
    5+ EPIC STARS!Holy wow! Its been a while since a book has blown me away like this one, and almost a full day after finishing it Im still riding the high of an absolutely epic read! JLA has delivered an amazing read, an NA-ish high fantasy with incredible characters, a wonderfully complex world and a fast-paced, action-filled story that twists and turns and had me gasping right up to the very last moment. And, of course, a fun, passionate, emotional and chemistry-filled romance that completely 5+ EPIC STARS!Holy wow! It’s been a while since a book has blown me away like this one, and almost a full day after finishing it I’m still riding the high of an absolutely epic read! JLA has delivered an amazing read, an NA-ish high fantasy with incredible characters, a wonderfully complex world and a fast-paced, action-filled story that twists and turns and had me gasping right up to the very last moment. And, of course, a fun, passionate, emotional and chemistry-filled romance that completely owned my heart. It’s an incredible read, an instant fave, and I already know it will be one of the best books I read in 2020.Since birth, Poppy has been Chosen. She is the Maiden, a pure figure forced to lead a life of solitude and celibacy with no contact other than her guards and her maid, no friendships, no touch, limited conversation and no choice in any of it. It is her destiny to ‘Ascend’ and to usher in a new era for the people of her land. But secretly, she is a spirited girl who longs for more. She trains to fight, she has close friends in her guards and her maid, and she escapes the palace where she is kept virtually as a prisoner as often as she can. Desperate to experience more. I was the Maiden, the Chosen … I wasn’t Poppy but a shadow of a person who wasn’t allowed to experience, need, live, or want. And then Hawke. Her new guard is not only gorgeous, confident and sweet with a delicious sarcastic streak, but he seems to see so much more than others do. He sees her spirit, he recognises her desperate need to live more than the life that has been forced upon her, and he wants to be the one right next to her as she explores it all. “You’re such a bad influence,” I murmured as I placed my hand in his.Hawke curled his fingers around mine. The weight and warmth of his hand was a pleasant shock. “Only the bad can be influenced, Princess.” But, of course, there is something more between them, a simmering attraction that sizzles every encounter and had my heart pounding. And it’s that attraction that proves to be the tipping point for Poppy to begin questioning everything that she thought she wanted. “I’m the Maiden, Hawke,” I reminded him – or myself, I wasn’t sure.“And I don’t care.”My eyes flew open in shock. “I can’t believe you just said that.”“I did. And I’ll say it again. I don’t care what you are.” Hawke’s hand slid off my back. A moment later, I felt his palm flatten against my cheek with unerring accuracy. “I care about who you are.” I’m not going to say anything more than that because you just need to dive in and experience it. The outline above sets the scene, but there is so much about this story to take in. The fantasy world is complicated, and it did take me a little while to get my head around it all, but it unfolds so beautifully. We come to understand Poppy, her world and her life, we fall in love with so many wonderful characters, and with the story written entirely from her perspective, we feel and experience everything along with her. Though I kind of figured out where the story was going, I was in no way prepared for it as it all unfolded. The story twists and turns, with surprises and reveals sprinkled throughout. Some that had me gasping, others that had me screaming out loud with the surprise and genius of it all. There are violent fights, epic bad guys, political upheavals, huge action scenes, tender heartbreaking moments, brilliant banter, laugh-out-loud interactions, sizzling sexy time, and swoony and emotional romance. “It doesn’t matter if I want--”“And you do want.” His whisper danced over my cheek. “What you want is me.”My breath caught. “That doesn’t matter.”“What you want should always matter.” This book has it all, and I was completely hooked through 600+ pages of everything. And even though it took me 10+ hours of reading, I just want to dive right back into it again!Of course, being a JLA book, there is a cliffhanger. It’s not as nasty as it could have been, but it definitely leaves us hanging. I’m desperate for the next book and can’t wait to see where the story is going to go from here!An absolute must-read for fantasy/paranormal fans.5 massive stars! An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Siobhan Davis
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. What an EPIC read! Jenn has created an incredible world, with a kickass heroine, swoon-worthy hero, and an intriguing plot that has me dying for the next book already! Now, I'm in book hangover hell, but it's oh so worth it. ALL THE STARS!
  • mandy ❤
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 We Will Rise Stars!*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.*From Blood And Ash, the first novel in the brand new Blood And Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the authors first foray into the high fantasy genre. Its the story of 18 year old Penellaphe aka Poppy as she navigates the choice of doing her duty for the Kingdom of Solis or following her heart.I know what youre thinking: youve heard this story tagline before. I must admit that when I read the book blurb for the first 4.5 ‘We Will Rise’ Stars!*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.*From Blood And Ash, the first novel in the brand new Blood And Ash series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, is the authors’ first foray into the high fantasy genre. It’s the story of 18 year old Penellaphe aka Poppy as she navigates the choice of doing her duty for the Kingdom of Solis or following her heart.I know what you’re thinking: you’ve heard this story tagline before. I must admit that when I read the book blurb for the first time, I thought the same thing. But, trust me the book blurb is just the tip of the iceberg of this story. It doesn’t give away the really good stuff. So, don’t let that blurb fool you. This is way more than just a girl choosing between her duty and her heart. It’s also about revenge, family, lies, secrets, and of course - love.I honestly wish I could just say every single thing that happens in this book. The fact that this is a surprise release and that I can’t talk about it until its out, is killing me! How do I even begin to explain how addictive this story was without giving anything away?Jennifer has had this story idea since 2016 and she just now decided to write it. I’m so happy she did because this book was EPIC. All the clues that she’d given us up to the release made me think the story was going to be a certain way, but it turned out totally different than what I expected. Not that I’m complaining. The surprise of all of the unexpected things that happened in here is what made reading this exciting for me. I could not put this down - I pulled an all nighter just to finish it because I had to get to the end to see how it all panned out.This story was definitely something Jennifer hasn’t done before. Not just because its high fantasy, but also because its much darker. She wasn’t kidding when she said there would be blood and lots of it. This book definitely isn’t for those with a weak stomach or the faint of heart.One thing that still had the same JLA stamp on it was the love story. She can always make you fall for and root for her main couple. This time was no exception. Poppy and Hawke had me from their first interaction. I devoured every single one of their scenes. Their banter, the tension, the forbiddeness of it all…was *chefs kiss*. Hawke was super sweet and protective towards Poppy. He also had a cocky side. I can see why JLA compared him to both Aiden from the Covenant series and Roth from The Dark Elements. However, she also compared him to Hunter from the Lux series. Because of spoilers, I can’t tell you why he’s Hunter-like. But let me tell you, he might just give Hunter a run for his money.The twists and turns in this book were seriously some of the best JLA has ever done. The plot twist in particular I thought was genius. It makes the stakes from here on out so much higher, so much more complicated. I totally guessed it by the middle of the book, but I loved the validation of knowing I was right! I think you guys will be just as shocked/excited when you get to that part! And what comes after the big twist? Well, buckle up buttercups because you’re in for some BLOOD, ACTION, AND ANGST!The only downside to reading this, for me anyway, was at the start when we were being told all this info on the world and how everything worked. It was a bit of an info overload and I got kinda confused. But as the story goes on, you get more info bit by bit and it eventually all comes together in your head. So just be aware - don’t get frustrated if you don’t have it all figured out at the start.I have absolutely no clue where the story is going to go from here. With this world Jennifer has created, there are so many paths to take. I just want Poppy and Hawke to be happy, though. That’s not too much to ask…is it?FB&A IS OUT NOW!Amazon: https://amzn.to/39nro2IApple Books: https://apple.co/3byVPo7Amazon Worldwide: http://mybook.to/bloodashNook: coming soonKobo: https://bit.ly/2Us5gjiGoogle Play: https://bit.ly/39yLW8hAmazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2UuUUiFTo receive the FREE gift with your purchase of FROM BLOOD AND ASH, click here: https://bit.ly/2WTMCTh
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  • Nancy The book junkie
    January 1, 1970
    The first book of this series follow Penellaphe, "Poppy" (for her friends) Shes The Maiden, the Chosen by the Gods. Her life is completely controlled by the rules and traditions that govern the society in which she lives. Everybody who choose to Ascend depend of her to receive the blessing of the Gods. Her own ascension approaches, and she feels how she is lost in this world where she cannot make any kind of decision or be herself. The only moments in which she can be herself is when she takes The first book of this series follow Penellaphe, "Poppy" (for her friends) She’s The Maiden, the Chosen by the Gods. Her life is completely controlled by the rules and traditions that govern the society in which she lives. Everybody who choose to Ascend depend of her to receive the blessing of the Gods. Her own ascension approaches, and she feels how she is lost in this world where she cannot make any kind of decision or be herself. The only moments in which she can be herself is when she takes off her veil, puts on her hood, grabs her dagger and escapes at night to live new experiences and when she give a dignified death to those who have have been wounded and cursed by terrifying creatures, the Craven, mythological beings created by the Atlanteans, a race extinct two centuries ago in the War of the Two Kings . That war pitted the Atlanteans and the Ascendants two centuries ago, and the Kingdom of Atlantia disappeared, but the evil creatures they created continue to provoke terror. Only the walls protect them and the Gods have not spoken for a long time. Therefore, the lives of many depend on Poppy. She is much more than a sweet maiden and, in addition, she has several gifts that make her special, much more special than a simple girl.One night she escapes to The Red Pearl, a den of pleasure and sin and this is when her whole life begin to change. Her path will cross the new Royal Guard, Hawke, and this encounter will make her feel alive for the first time. From there, everything begins to pick up speed, the attacks on Masadonia begin to happen, and even end up going through the walls of the Castle where Poppy lives trapped. The violence grows and, in addition, Poppy fears that Hawke will discover that she is the woman with whom he had an encounter in The Red Pearl, and that she is much more than a helpless maiden.Hawke is much more than a Royal Guard. With him Poppy begins to feel more sure of herself and to consider many things that until then she had not considered. But Hawke also has his own secrets ...This book has everything you need: amazing twists, darkness, tons of passion, lots of action, and a plot that grabs you from the start. Original as few. Alluring, intriguing. It picks you up and doesn't let you go until the end. The protagonists are incredible, Poppy and Hawke are wonderful, have incredible chemistry and they make an incredible couple, although their future is nothing but brightHawke is ... God, I don't even know how to describe him. He is dark, bright, sexy, intriguing, threatening ... You are going to fall for him without any doubt.Poppy is a very strong female character and an impressive protagonist. She is strong, smart and very brave. She’s also vulnerable, but it is wonderful to see how she grows and develops throughout the book (thanks to Hawke, for the most part).As usual, Jennifer manages to play with your emotions and leave you with a desire to keep reading, Honestly, I couldn’t stop reading this book and, it’s pure torture to wait for the next one because that ending….THAT ENDING!! Pick it up you won’t regret it!
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  • Sarah Ponce
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 ⭐This is it. This is the LAST book I will read by Armentrout. I've read so many of her other books and I did love them. But there's only so many times I can read about the same character in different settings going by different names over and over again. She does the same thing in all her books. It's not refreshing. It's not new.I love fantasy books. so when I saw this came out I thought "hey let's give it a try."It was so slow in the beginning it took me several tries to get through it. 2.5 ⭐This is it. This is the LAST book I will read by Armentrout. I've read so many of her other books and I did love them. But there's only so many times I can read about the same character in different settings going by different names over and over again. She does the same thing in all her books. It's not refreshing. It's not new.I love fantasy books. so when I saw this came out I thought "hey let's give it a try."It was so slow in the beginning it took me several tries to get through it. Even the "action" isn't very exciting. This book was a major drag. I don't understand why everyone's going crazy over the ending. Most of it was utterly predictable.
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  • Kayleigh {K-Books}
    January 1, 1970
    From Blood and Ash Review on K-Books "From blood and ash, we will rise." There were no words to describe just how excited I am to be writing this review right now. It's no surprise to any of you who have been following me a while just how much I adore Jennifer L Armentrout. Ever since getting an ARC of her debut back in 2011 I have been completely and utterly obsessed. No matter how much I adored every single thing that she has wrote (and I really have) I still had this utter need for her to From Blood and Ash Review on K-Books "From blood and ash, we will rise." There were no words to describe just how excited I am to be writing this review right now. It's no surprise to any of you who have been following me a while just how much I adore Jennifer L Armentrout. Ever since getting an ARC of her debut back in 2011 I have been completely and utterly obsessed. No matter how much I adored every single thing that she has wrote (and I really have) I still had this utter need for her to write a fantasy novel. Fantasy is my all time favourite genre of book and I could think of nothing better than my favourite author writing a fantasy novel. So I'm sure you can imagine my excitement to hear she had wrote a fantasy. I knew from the moment she announced she was writing it that it would be epic... and I was right. This has surpassed all of Jen's previous work for me. It was definitely worth the wait. From Blood and Ash is in a word... perfection!From Blood and Ash had absolutely everything I adore in a fantasy book, wrapped up in the most beautiful exterior... I mean come on, look at that cover. It's a masterpiece. And the inside matches up. There are no words for me to adequately describe just how phenomenal this book is. I loved every single moment of it. It is a little bit slower to get into than Jennifer's previous works but as an avid fantasy reader, I expected this. Epic fantasy books just take that much more build up of the history and the magical world that the story is set in. Once I started reading it, I couldn't put it down and I devoured this 500+ page book in a matter of two days.I loved everything about this book. The world, the history, the magic, the twists and turns and the romance. From Blood and Ash takes you on one hell of a journey and you are left at the end begging for more. This book has some of the best, multi-dimensional characters that I have ever read. I loved every single moment of Poppy and Hawke's complex relationship and the journey that they go through throughout this book. They both go through such a personal journey throughout this novel and grow so much as individuals. It has been a long, long time since I have felt the urge to re-read a book immediately after finishing reading but I did with this one. The moment I read the last page, I just wanted to start it all over again. I am sat here envious of all the people who still get to experience this absolute masterpiece for the very first time. It is just complete perfection.From Blood and Ash is a phenomenal fantasy novel that is filled to the brim with danger, mystery and heart melting romance. I loved every single second of it and I couldn't get enough of this new fantastical world. A heart stopping start to what is clearly going to be a stunning series, perfect for both those who love fantasy and those who are new to the genre. An absolute must-read. "You look absolutely exquisite, Poppy. I just needed to tell you that."
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