- File Size: 2488 KB
- Print Length: 275 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Darksbane Books; 1 edition (November 16, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 16, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MSMYE0L
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Dead Girl's Ashes: A tale of vampires, love, and peril. (Dying Ashes Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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Ashley is a 20 something year old with a fairly mundane life in all respects. The only exception being her two year relationship with her girlfriend, Lori, who is her shining star. On her way home from work, Ashley gets ambushed in a seemingly random attack and her world gets turned on its head. After the worst 36 hrs of her existence she manages to get home to find Lori is gone and she is being dogged by the unthinkable...
From there, it's part mystery and part personal growth story. Ashley needs to find out what the heck happened to Lori, why she herself was attacked in the first place and by whom, and why she is being pursued to her death even now as she comes to terms with her new reality and her place in the world. Luckily, she falls in line with a quirky cast of characters that help her on her quest.
Its paranormal world atmosphere is well done and characters are fleshed out...though the details behind the world building are not completely explained so some readers might wish there was more in that respect. Ashley is a sarcastic, strong lead and despite any grimness the story has humor peppered throughout. The one thing not missing in this book is action. There's a ton of it and the book moves at a steady pace towards the story's resolution...which, spoiler, isn't a particularly happy ending but it's not dire, either. Ashley looks that way on the cover of the book for a reason so one can guess that a happy-happy, joy-joy ending isn't exactly befitting.
Though Ashley is in her 20s, I felt the book had more of a YA feel to it mainly because she feels like a young protagonist. She's not naive but I could easily see the author making her a 16-18 year old and it not having much affect on the story. There's gore in the book but no sex. And, even though Ashley and Lori are in a relationship, the book is absent of romance. This is definitely a paranormal action thriller, if anything.
For fantasy, paranormal fans I think this would be a fun read and one worth checking out. I'll definitely move onto reading the 2nd book in the series.
Good story, complicated characters, great read.
I started following the author when I discovered her Dakota Shepherd series on kindle unlimited. Dakota is a very light series with cuddling and wolves nuzzling. If you're expecting this series to be similar, then I'll correct it now. Within the first few chapters, our protagonist gets dragged into an alley, beaten bloody, crawls to the street just to be eaten by a vampire, wakes to be stabbed by an army-zombie-vampire-hunter, and gets hit by a car. Worst. Day. Ever. The story has a much darker tone than Dakota, but it has some lighter moments. In the beginning, I felt too much happened too quickly and the protagonist felt the same way. It takes a bit of time to absorb the chaos her life becomes and the character interactions are a bit awkward because of it. Then the story slows down a bit and we start learning what's going on. I enjoyed the story, though admittedly I like Dakota more.