Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Release date: March 29, 2020
Series: Book 1 of 2: Blood And Ash Series
Rating: FIVE STARS
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
From Blood and Ash is the first book in the series Blood and Ash by Jennifer Armentrout. Jennifer Armentrout is one of my favorite authors and she wrote two of my favorite series Lux and Covenant. I loved this book and the story between Poppy and Hawke.
“I was the Maiden, the Chosen … I wasn’t Poppy but a shadow of a person who wasn’t allowed to experience, need, live, or want.”
Poppy is the Maiden and because of that Poppy’s life never was her own, she wasn’t allowed to have friends, to talk to anyone except her guards and her maid. She lived a solitary life with so many rules and she is waiting for the day of her Ascensions but until then she wants to really live. Poppy is a fierce woman who isn’t afraid to risk her life for the people around her or to protect them.
“You’re important to me, Poppy. Not because you’re the Maiden, but because you’re… you.”
When she meets Hawke she was attracted to him but she knew that she can’t be with him because she is the Maiden, so she pretended to be someone else for a night and to live a little without rules. But she didn’t know that Hawke will become her guard and he will discover that she is the woman. Hawke keeps her secret and she learned to trust in him. Hawke becomes her friend and she feels that she can talk about anything with him including her Ascensions.
“Would you love to hear that I really like you?” he asked.
My heart skipped a beat, but I ignored the stupid organ. “Would you be sad if I said no?”
“I’d be devastated.”
The relationship between Hawke and Poppy slowly developed through the whole book from friends to lovers. I enjoyed their relationship. From Blood and Ash have everything friendship, betrayal, great world-building, secrets, and so many twists and turns. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and I’m glad that I had to wait just two weeks. I recommend to everyone who enjoys a fantasy book.\
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About the author
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.
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