Blood and Ashes: A Paranormal Romance Novel Kindle Edition
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Kaelin, a girl with a desire to become a nurse and help people while making her life (and the lives of her family better) stumbles upon a baby and them chaos ensues.
My favorite character was Liliana. Well written, the reader feels the emotions that the characters feel and it's plain that the author has a special relationship with the characters as well.
The financial situation the characters find themselves in, makes me think of current events, with businesses closing, people being deported, people losing everything, and those with hope struggling to survive.
When Kaelin found the baby, I really woke up, became hooked and knew I would have trouble putting the book down, even long enough for a bathroom break.
Her mother has a heart so big, so open and giving, I wish more for her. No one deserves a break more than she does. Some characters…and people…amaze me with their ability to give, and the depths of love that is freely given.
First an abandoned baby, then a kitty with itty bitty legs, Kaelin takes them home and makes them her own.
And Devin, the new guy across the hall. What’s up with him? Why doesn’t she question his sudden appearances? Almost as if he knows something. I know he’s going to be special.
Kaelin has friends, people looking out for her and her family, like Mrs Santiago, who owns the grocery store and Gwendolyn Griffin, a healer who offers to work with her to develop her healing abilities. If you ever want candy, be sure and visit Mrs Santiago’s store.
Kaelin is very resourceful, and even though she dumpster dives for additional food for the family, you would never know it by her attitude. She knows where to find apples and blueberries, ripe for the picking. She has a green thumb, and her touch can be like Miracle Gro.
She does everything she can to make it to college, wanting a better life for them all. But, even though she is accepted, due to cutbacks of the governmental kind, there is no money available to help her. She chooses an alternative, Gwendolyn Griffin’s traditional healing of the witchy kind.
I can see the kids with bags of Halloween costumes, as they are tossed willy nilly, while they each choose the perfect costume. Kaelin goes to the thrift store and creates a mish mash costume that makes her beauty bloom.
The book is divided into three parts.
Part I is Kaelin’s story that takes place in the human world.
Part II is Liliana’s Story that takes place in the fairie world. Liliana is a fairy that crosses into the human world. A romance goes wrong. But the world is not what it appears to be.
Part III brings them all together, exposing secrets and Kaelin’s true calling.
Human, Seelie, Unseelie, good fairies, bad fairies…Magic, danger, romance, love and loss.
Blood and Ashes is written for the young at heart, with easy reading and a quick pace. I love the imaginative world and characters Marilyn Peake has created. Such a great story. I found myself smiling at the simplest things. Her ability to spin a tale keeps her high on my reading list…no matter what genre she writes in.
Blood and Ashes is the first book by Marilyn Peake that I have read. I am an avid fan of paranormal romance, and the cover and blurb for this book piqued my interest. Kaelin comes off as an interesting character from the beginning. She’s doing what she must to help her family survive. Her dream is to go to nursing school to become a nurse and then work her way up the ladder. For now though, she forages and scrounges for food for herself and her family. With the shutdown of several factories years ago, nature has begun the process of reclamation and so new plants are growing. With people abandoning their houses to move away, old gardens are overgrowing and spreading out. I like that Kaelin never sits around and complains about her situation in life. The area that she and her family live in, while not ideal, have quite a few characters that are kind and generous to them. Kaelin’s life isn’t perfect but it could be worse as she later learns. There is a good variety of characters in this story that help it flow well and overall be an interested novel.
When I first started reading this story I got a bit confused because for a while I thought this was a dystopian novel as well. I thought this because when Kaelin goes outside, and the author is describing the factories and nature reclaiming so much, that’s immediately what came to mind. An economic or governmental upheaval that left many without, and that this is what was left. As I read along I learned that they are in the situation that they, based on an economic upset, but not one as dire as I had thought. Kaelin and her family are able to make ends meet to pay rent, have cell phones, and pay the bills on time. While keeping food on the table is a challenge, it’s not impossible.
As I read this story there were moments of where I honestly questioned, and had to double check on how old Kaelin actually is. She’s a young woman in her early twenties, but there are more than a few times of where I’m feeling more teenage angst, than young woman in her twenties. Kaelin’s attitude toward a woman who only wants to help her gets on my nerves more than a few times. She strives too often to attempt to flaunt some sort of misguided sense of superiority just because Gwen uses herbal remedies to help people. I find this annoying especially when Gwen explains to Kaelin, more than once, that not everyone in their area can afford doctor’s care and medicine. I feel that Kaelin should understand this all too well from her own personal experiences. But her attitude doesn’t stop at Gwen, it reaches across to Devin as well.
I was surprised to see that the story was broken up into three parts. Each part focuses on a different character. I wish that the story had been broken up differently. I think the story would have been a bit better if it had been alternating chapters with different characters. When the story is focused on Kaelin it focuses so much on her day to day life, her feelings toward Gwen, Devin and her struggles. At times the story becomes a bit tedious to read through. When it shifts to another character, the story quickly picks up, becomes more engaging and ceases to be as detailed as before. I feel that there is a lot lost when this happens. A part of me had hoped that maybe this book would be part of a series and that we would be left with a cliffhanger (mild or major) to lead into another book, but that is not the case.
I enjoyed reading this book, but I feel that I enjoyed the first quarter, and then the second half the most. The blurb gave me high expectations for this story, and I feel a bit let down. For that, I am rating this book 4 out of 5 stars. I enjoyed this book, but I feel that there could have been more to it. Most of what is going on is kept under the surface, and then everything is rushed. While this book doesn’t focus on Kaelin, her newfound powers, and how to control them as much I’d have liked this is still a good book. I look forward to reading more works by this author in the future.
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