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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 22, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466261927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466261921
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,223,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Writer of questionable talent seeks readership with an appreciation for the fine art of mocking. Interests include candlelight dinners, long walks on the beach, and Abe Vigoda. Must love New England. Author of REAPERS WITH ISSUES and THE GODS OF ASPHALT series.

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Writer of questionable talent seeks readership with an appreciation for the fine art of mocking. Interests include candlelight dinners, long walks on the beach, and Abe Vigoda. Must love New England. Author of ICONIC INTERVIEWS, REAPERS WITH ISSUES and THE GODS OF ASPHALT series.

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The characters and setting of this novel were both very well developed.
Pure Jonel
All the characters are true to life and I can honestly say I enjoyed getting to know them all.
Trish @ Between My Lines
BuddhaKat PS: Happily, there's to be at least one more book, in this "series".
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By HastyWords on December 25, 2013
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I'm in love with three men, one father and two brothers, who have swept me off my feet with their rough dramatic charm. Written in such a way as to draw you in and keep you hooked this book felt like an introduction to friends I can't wait to hear from again.
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You enjoy sharing the time with Sawyer, his family and friends feeling like you belong. You understand them, you could be one of the family, and really enjoy their company.

Oh to be sought after by a guy like Sawyer. You just have to love him. Yeah, he does some stupid things, but then who doesn't. And actually, considering the road his life has gone down, it doesn't really surprise you, but it sure gives you an emotional reaction. H.E. Ellis does a great job of developing her characters and as the story unfolds, so do the personalities that you end up absolutely loving. So much so that I really can't wait to read Book 2, River, to hear more about him and of course Sawyer and the others. Sawyer is my hero now.

While you are trying to figure out what makes each of the characters tick, you have to marvel and how the author weaves the story to reveal each person in their own light, but also how the interaction affects them. Well, at least you think you have it figured out, or what the reasons might be, but then sometimes you didn't get it quite right, and the story brings you to another place and emotion, that you just didn't see coming.

Sometimes in a story, as you become involved with the characters, you want things to end a certain way, or things to happen in a certain way. H.E. Ellis is really good at creating the emotions that actually force you to become involved. It brings you to the party, and you just can't leave. No reader really has any other choice. You feel the joy, fear, pain, love; you name it, all the way through the book. And sometimes the clock stops ticking as you relate something to yourself, which gives you an even keener insight to the characters and the story.

I must admit, I didn't think I would be so entertained.
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By Tooie on February 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Engaging from beginning to end, The Gods of Asphalt takes us on a journey of emotion and growth. Sawyer and River, two brothers with a far from normal childhood, struggle with their past and find a way to define themselves through Ellis' depiction of teenage angst and growing pains.

Their relationship with each other, their family and their peers is written with such honesty and tension that the pages seem to turn themselves as you are wrapped into the weave of their lives. Within their turmoil we are given true insight into their characters and find something compelling in each of them. Ellis writes with such realism that the book takes on a life of its own. She gives depth to not only the main characters, but to each of the ensemble that support Sawyer and River on their adventure.

The Gods of Asphalt is the first in a series and this foray into the family dynamic puts the spotlight on Sawyer. His journey to finally break free of his past and live a life that is defined only by him is an endearing story and one that will have you strapping into your seat as you ride along on his roller coaster.

I would recommend setting aside several hours if you start this book because you won't be able to put it down.
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Fantastic read that gets 5 big, shiny stars from me. The action starts on the very first page, grabs your attention and just never lets up.

The story is told from a male pov which is more unusual in YA books and I have to say I found this a refreshing change. Sawyer and his brother River are the main characters and the relationship between them is endearing, it’s a no punches held one (literally! they scrap all the time!) but at the end of the day, they always have each other’s backs. The dialogue between them is snappy, witty and pure entertainment, a real highlight of the book for me.

The plot is interesting and I’m very happy that I choose to read this book at the weekend as I could just plough through it which was all I wanted to do. Sawyer moves to the town of Valentine to live with his grandfather to give himself the best chance of winning a basketball scholarship to college. So it’s about the new relationships he makes there and an ongoing conflict with his father. There are family secrets too. Some immediately obvious but I didn’t guess the full extent of these secrets until they were revealed near the end of the book.

All the characters are true to life and I can honestly say I enjoyed getting to know them all. And I just loved when I got to the end of the book and saw there is more books planned for the series, I feel like this is the start of a beautiful new friendship between me and folks of Valentine. And even better the next one is about bad boy River, bring it on asap, I can’t wait to have a full book all about him!

Note : Thanks to H.E. Ellis for gifting me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
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