“Nothing is ever simple. And when it is, it’s rarely ever worth it.”
A Maiden…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.
A Duty…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.
A Kingdom…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.
Today we’re taking on the INSANELY hyped book that is From Blood and Ash. Chances are you’ve recently heard everyone and their mother raving about Jennifer Armentrout’s latest fantasy series so, let’s talk about if this book (in my opinion) is truly worth all the raving reviews it’s been getting.
What I Liked
🧛🏻♂️ Vampires are back and sexier than ever. Listen, if there’s one thing that’s going to pull me into a book it’s the word vampires. One of the things that I really enjoyed about this book is that we have different types of vampires (sexy ones vs. not so sexy-blood frenzied ones, if you will). And while it does take time to explain the history behind each type of vampire I thought that it was done really well. Moving forward with the series I’m definitely excited to see more of the vampires now that we have a little more of their backstory.
👸🏻 Fierce female MC. We love a lady who is supposed to be a docile little puppet for the Gods but instead is a trained, murdering machine when her kingdom is at stake. Poppy was such a fun character to read about. She’s badass, has a huge heart, and wants more than the cards she’s been dealt in life. I was cheering her on so hard when she started to take her life back and do things that made her feel good and happy just because she wanted to.
😂 Incredible banter. This is a book that will definitely have you laughing out loud quite a few times. The banter between Poppy and Hawke flows effortlessly and was just so enjoyable to read. Any time the two of them weren’t together I was wishing they were just to read more conversation between them. And even when they’re incredibly mad at each other they still managed to crack wise remarks back and forth, it was truly top notch in the banter department.
💖 Seriously steamy. Helllllllo, vampire smut. I am living for it. I love a good ol’ smutty romance any day of the week, but vampire smut just hits different and I won’t lie this is the main reason I picked the book up. Granted, you have to get through a decent chunk of the book before you actually get to those scenes but there’s enough tension early on to keep you suffering and pining after Poppy and Hawke. Plus, after how this book ended I think the sexiness is going to be taken to a whole new level in the next book…or at least I hope so.
What I Didn’t Like
📈Pacing. Not going to lie the beginning of this started off pretty slow for me. Once I hit the 25% mark things definitely started to pick up but by the end I felt like things were going way too fast. For a book that comes in at over 600 pages I definitely think the pacing could have been improved on.
✔️ Trope heavy. This book is super trope heavy which normally I won’t mind but by end of this book I felt like I had whiplash from the amount of tropes that got thrown in in the second half. Overall, the tropes do seem to set up the story for a promising sequel but it did get to the point where I found myself thinking “Jesus, not another one”.
👀 Predictable AF. I did my best to avoid any and all reviews once I started to see how much this book was being talked about but even with all the avoiding I did I still knew what the big plot twist was going to be long before even starting this. Thank you book twitter for continually being the worst. However, all of the other smaller plot twists I didn’t know prior to starting were still really easy to pick up on and even the big plot twist was something I would have been able to see coming from a mile away had I not known.
Is it worth the hype?
Now for the moment of truth…is From Blood and Ash worth all the hype it’s been getting? Yes and no. It’s fun, it leads for an extremely promising sequel, and if I’m being honest it’s just a nice book to lose yourself in with the mess of a year that 2020 has been. But is it a groundbreaking, never been done before type of read. Definitely not, and that’s totally okay. Either way, I’m planning on diving into the next book this coming week because I’m very curious to see what will happen next and I have a feeling that A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire will be better than From Blood and Ash.
Until next time,