|| Book Review || From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout ||
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Age category: Young Adult/ New Adult
Release Date: March 30th 2020
I have been looking forward to starting this series for quite a while but I have also been kind of sort of scared to start it too. I am a massive fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses and so when a lot of people were saying that this is really similar and if you loved that then you will love this that got me a bit more excited but also a bit more scared.
You know when you just want to like something so badly that sometimes its easier to keep it on your shelf and look forward to it rather than actually reading it and finding out it isn’t everything you wanted it to be? That’s pretty much me with this book. Anyway after a lot of procrastinating here I am, writing my review for the first book.
So where do I start?
First of all I think it is important to note that I actually did really enjoy this in the end. I found it quite tedious to start off with, the pace felt fairly slow and I wasn’t really connecting with any of the characters that much either. I must have read about half the book before I really felt like the book was going anywhere at all and it’s maybe 75% or so before things start getting pretty exciting so anyone considering reading this should definitely bear in mind that it takes quite a while to find its pace.
The thing that annoyed me about that is that in that initial 50-75% it just felt like a lot of filler. I don’t think feel there’s really much happening in terms of character development or world building. Obviously there is a little bit but its all very subtle and slow. It took me about 5 days to read this book but I felt like I had been reading it forever by the time I was finally done with it.
I found the world really intriguing when we finally learned more about it. Religion plays a huge part in the story and there is obviously a lot more to explore. Everything is quite corrupt and nothing is what it first appears and I liked that this book was able to so completely turn the plot upside down and surprise me in the way that it did.
It took me a little while to warm to the characters but when I finally connected with them and understood them I really enjoyed them.
Poppy is absolutely adorable and she is a fantastic female lead. She is such a believable character and with everything she has gone through it’s amazing that she has actually grown up to be so strong and well-rounded. She is very curious, adventurous and very naughty for lack of a better world. She is also incredibly witty and I love her one-liners and the chemistry between her and Hawke. It’s all just really, really good.
It took me a bit longer to warm to Hawke but that is because I knew that there was a lot more to him than what we were seeing and I can’t really connect until I know what a character is all about so I liked him but didn’t really love his character until the big reveal/shock at the end where we find out who he is and what his goals are. I mean I suspected who Hawke was before it was actually revealed but it was all still really well done and I enjoyed it.
The two main characters work really well together and its definitely a love/hate relationship they have going so far. I am excited to see where it goes in the next book.
As far as side characters go they are there and I really liked Viktor and Tawny but I don’t feel like they play a big enough part in the story and it would have been nice to see more of them.
This book was almost a 3 star read for me but the last 25% really made up for what the rest of it was missing and it is a worthy and solid 4 stars overall. I think for me to rate this book 5 stars I would have liked to have seen it shortened and the filler removed to pick up the pace a little bit because it just felt really slow right until the end. It’s a big book to read when nothing seems to happen until you’re almost finished.
I am going into the second book now and am looking forward to sharing my thoughts as I progress through the series!