From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) By Jennifer L. Armentrout [Review]

From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash, #1)RELEASE DATE: March 29th 2020
Jennifer L. Armentrout
New-Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance.
Blue Box Press

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.



MY REV (Copy)

It’s been a very long time since I’ve read J. Lynn’s book. She’s one of my favorite authors. When I saw this book, I couldn’t wait to dive into it. The story was sexy and action packed. It was a good read but it wasn’t my favorite. Some of the aspects were easy to predict if you’re already familiar with paranormal romances. Personally, I’m not fan of the characters, but It doesn’t mean that I hate them. I really enjoyed the hate to love thing going on between them.

Poppy is a naive maiden who never had a say in her life. She’s forbidden to socialize with others and she don’t have friends except for her maid Tawny. I felt bad with Poppy’s situation. She isn’t actually my favorite protagonist, but I did admired her fierceness and strength. Coming to the golden eyed Hawk, I have mixed feelings about him. He’s kind of an anti-hero and his twisted behavior towards Poppy at the end was creepy and disturbing. I didn’t find that part sexy at all. I hope the next book will make me warm up to him. The romance between Poppy and Hawk was filled with lots of angst and sexual tension. J. Lynn never fails to impress me in that aspect.

The plot was interesting but I easily predicted most of the twists. There’s also some info dumping parts which slowed down the pace and this book is LONG. A little too long in my opinion. As always, the author has a captivating writing style. I enjoyed Poppy’s POV but I wish there was also Hawke’s POV in the book. I hope the sequel has dual POV’s. The world building was good but not great. It’s a decent medieval setting with vampires and werewolves. However, I’m still looking forward to explore more of this world.

Overall, I liked it! It was a good start to a new series. I had a couple of problems but for the most part, I was really into it. Can’t wait to read the next book!

 Recommend it?

I would recommend this book if you’re into Paranormal Romances!


[4/5 Stars]

So, What do you think of this book? Have you read it yet? Do you Plan to read it?
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10 thoughts on “From Blood and Ash (Blood and Ash #1) By Jennifer L. Armentrout [Review]

  1. Sophie @BewareOfTheReader October 11, 2020 / 12:56 am

    Excellent review! I finished it a few days ago and seem not to have the same issues with Hawk’s behavior by the end of the book. I did predict most of the twists too though!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions October 27, 2020 / 1:00 am

      Thank you, Sophie! I’m glad you enjoyed Hawk’s character more than I did. I haven’t read the sequel yet but I will get to it next month.


  2. stephaniesbookreviews October 12, 2020 / 5:06 am

    Great review! You enjoyed this one a little more than I did. I used to love JLA, but I find myself not clicking with her writing anymore. This one didn’t get a good rating from me and I DNF-ed the previous books I read by her. I definitely seem to be in the minority, though!

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    • Raven @ Dreamy Addictions October 27, 2020 / 1:03 am

      Thank you! I can understand why her recent works aren’t working out for you. They’re all kind of predictable and not very extra ordinary. My favorites are her older works.

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  3. anovelglimpse October 12, 2020 / 10:17 pm

    It’s nice to read your positive review. I’ve heard some mixed things about this one. I wasn’t planning on reading it, but I was curious. Great review!

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  4. Jen November 19, 2020 / 7:23 am

    YAY for reading this book and enjoying it! So the behavior at the end can definitely be seen as creepy, but I’ve read WAYYYY too many JLA books and know there’s always a reason for that creepiness lol! It’s all explained in the next book and makes a ton of sense why it’s a non-negotiable thing ♥.


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