From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was really excited about this book and I was not disappointed. Loved the characters, the way Armentrout plays with the idea of vampirism, the shadowy area between right and wrong, good and evil. I also loved the fact that the closest people to the Maiden were willing to break rules to protect her. And then there’s Hawke. He’s awesome. I can’t say I was totally surprised by the turn of events toward the end of the book. I had my suspicions, but the ending was a total shocker and I love being surprised like that.
I’m not giving a full five star rating because at times something felt off for me, and I’m not even sure what it was. Maybe the very cautious way the author described certain things like the Duke’s “lessons” (which I thought kind of blurred or watered down the power potential of those scenes). Or the very immature (almost childish) way the Maiden sometimes related events or feelings.
That said, I am looking forward to reading the next one and I fully recommend this series to anyone who loves a good romantic fantasy. Thank you Ms. Armentrout for writing such a wonderful story.