Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! 2013 in Review

Happy New Year!!

In 2013 I.....

Read 240 books
Wrote 126 reviews
Posted a total of 443 blog posts 
Here is to another excellent year to come!

Review: Ashes by Sarah Gilman

Author:Sarah Gilman
Release Date: December 30, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Covet
ISBN:  1622661869
ISBN13: 9781622661862
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Publisher
Accidents happen for a reason...

Journalist Ambrosia Pellerin accepts an assignment involving the legendary phoenix, expecting, if nothing else, a little entertainment. Instead, she winds up pregnant—by a surprisingly human-looking firebird, Reece Bennu.

As the Phoenix prince, Reece is next in line to the throne and expected to marry a purebred royal. A common human such as Ambrosia is not in the cards. He swears, though, he’ll never be an absentee father.

As Ambrosia’s due date grows closer, so do the soon-to-be parents. But will their tentative lov
e survive the prejudice of Reece’s grandmother, who will stop at nothing to tear the two apart?

We have so many great books that came out in December of this year and ASHES is right there at the top with many others. I wanted to read ASHES because it sounded unique and it was that and more. 

Ambrosia stumbles upon the house that Reece is in as she is searching for help after she was attacked. She's surprised by Reece's sudden need for her to leave after he was so tender and caring taking care of her injuries and when the house Reece is in blows up as she is getting in his borrowed car she's horrified he didn't make it out. She has no clue how that event is going to change her life forever. 

I really enjoyed Ambrosia's character. She's suitably skeptical when Reece explains who he is and how she got pregnant. She doesn't blindly jump on board but makes him prove himself. There is nothing worse in a story as having someone blindly and immediately believe anything that comes out of a strangers mouth so this made me like Ambrosia right away. I also liked Reece. He is honest from the beginning and although I thought he was a bit of an ass at times I understood where he was coming from and he redeemed himself in the end. The romance was well written and the couples struggles felt genuine.

The story was fast paced, smooth and kept me interested.  I loved the world that ASHES takes place in. I loved the Phoenix storyline and everything that Sarah put into their history and way of life. I don't see anything that makes me think this will be part of a series and the ending completed the story nicely but I can't help wish there was more to read about Ambrosia and Reese. 

I gave it 4/5 stars

* This book was provided free of charge from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

New Releases: 12/29-1/4

Monday Dec 30

 Ashes by Sarah Gilman
Beg Me to Slay by Lisa Kessler

Tue Dec 31

 Deadshifted (Edie Spence #4) by Cassie Alexander
 Heart of Stone (Gargoyles #1) by Christine Warren
 Othersphere (Otherkin #3) by Nina Berry
 Sunroper (Goddesses Rising #3) by Natalie J. Damschroder

Happy Reading!