Ash (book #1) by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone
Are you an Ash?
*Lack of appetite
*Beauty & Strength
Call the hotline if these symptoms come on suddenly!
Turns out Charlie Bennet was all of those things except the last. Don’t let the name fool you, Charlie was all woman and she wanted nothing to do with the ash … until the day she found out she was one.
It all started when infected bats bit a small group of humans and created what are now called vampires. Then, the male vampires knocked up some female humans and the result was a gorgeous race of all male ash. Superhuman freaks that had looks to kill.
Charlie is the first female ash, aka unicorn of the Hive – the gated compound in Portland that the humans have designated to isolate vampires and ash from society.
Problem? The Hive is full and only a select few will be allowed to live there. To live at all, really. If Charlie wants to earn the right to become a citizen of the Hive, she will have to survive the culling – a series of fights to the death. And guess what? Just because she’s a girl doesn’t mean she’ll get special treatment.
Good thing there’s Ryder, the mysterious lead ash enforcer, who seems to always have her back. But when secrets bubble to the surface, it will take more than one guy to save her.
Overall, I enjoyed these books, 4 out of 5 stars. This is my second time reading the series so it was cool to be a part of the world again and I really noticed different details than I did the first time around. I decided to do the series review as whole rather than each individual book because if anyone else is like me, you like to read it all in one go and I like to have an idea on whether it is worth it or not. This series falls into the young adult, paranormal fantasy genre.
Charlie goes from an average girl to an all unique female ash, where she has to learn to live in the vampire world of kill or be killed. I liked her character for the most part, she was caring and ended up being pretty bad-ass. I enjoyed the plot line, it follows the “chosen one” trope, but I don’t mind this at all, so no complaints from me. The romance in it felt fairly organic and I liked the supporting characters and the role they played. It also ends with a HEA, which I like. I hate being sad at the end of books lol.
The one complaint I have about it is that at the beginning of the books she hated the ash and vampires. Actively avoided learning about their world and overall had pretty racist attitudes towards the group even before her bad experience with 2 ash. Then after she becomes one, she is still distrusting of them, but then all of a sudden flips a switch and says something along the lines of you can’t hate what you are. While I am glad she ends up with a changed perceptive, I wish Stone and Eve would have addressed more her prejudice to start and her changing views, especially considering those sentiments pretty much parallel our world today towards minority groups. In the second book, Charlie even mentions humans hate ash for no reason and that they didn’t have control over what they become, like she wasn’t one of those people at first. I think that was a missed plot line and lesson learned on the authors part to really demonstrate the prejudice towards other groups of people.
I still definitely recommend reading these books. They are fairly light and can be read pretty quickly. It is action packed, has a pretty diverse character group, and a fair amount of cussing, so you have been warned. The book is available on Kindle Unlimited and for purchase.