October 17, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: From Ashes by Molly McAdams

I am completely dumbfounded by the 12,000+ people who gave this book five stars.

Appalled. Aghast. Bewildered. Dismayed. Flabbergasted. Floored. Mystified. Stunned.
I am without speech.

WTF?


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This book is so problematic that I don't even know where to begin. 

1. Every plot point has been done a million times over. 

2. There are multiple time jumps. The transitions aren't smooth and they occur without explanation. 

3. The dialog is choppy, juvenile, and unoriginal.

4. The main characters are nothing more than carbon copies of an archetype. There is zero depth and zero growth.


For example --
Cassidy is the beautiful and innocent Damsel In DistressShe can make a mean sandwich and enjoys watching football. She even knows the rules of the game! (Shocking, I know.) Every guy wants her for himself and she's constantly subjected to unwanted sexual advances.

Tyler, the sweet and handsome BFF and boy next door, is secretly in love with her and morphs into the devil in disguise when Cassidy shows interest elsewhere. 

Gage is the hotter than sin cousin of Tyler. He's wealthy, yet generous. Protective, but not possessive. He has the sexual prowess of a Greek god, and he's perfect in every way possible.

Cue eye roll.

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5. The secondary characters add nothing to the story, and the author fails to provide context about them. On more than one occasion, I thought I'd missed something because I couldn't figure who they were, why they were there, or how they played into the story (because they don't).

6. There are entire subplots that serve no other purpose than to showcase the desirability of the protagonist for the hundredth time. 


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This book was a complete waste of my time.
So, yeah. I'm still super annoyed and leave it at that.

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OVERALL: ❤️❤️ (only DNF's get one)
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 👩
STORY LINE: 📚
STEAM FACTOR: 🔥

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