October 17, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: From Ashes by Molly McAdams

First of all, I am 100% dumbfounded by the 12,000+ people who have given this book a 5-star rating.

Appalled.
Aghast.
Bewildered.
Dismayed.
Flabbergasted.
Floored.
Mystified.
Stunned.

I am without speech.

Like...WTF?

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Honestly, this book is so problematic that I don't even know where to begin. The ONLY reason it gets two stars from me is because I reserve one-star ratings for the few, rare books that I don't finish.

I'm going to be very blunt with you. There will be no sugarcoating here.

1. Every plot point in this story has been overdone. 

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

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

4. The main characters are nothing more than standard issue, carbon copies of an archetype. Zero depth, zero growth.

Examples: Cassidy is the beautiful, innocent virgin and damsel in distress. She makes a mean sandwich, enjoys watching sports, and even understands how the game is played (shocking, I know)! Every guy she meets wants her for himself, and she's constantly subjected to their unwanted sexual advances. Tyler is the sweet and handsome BFF and boy next door. He's secretly in love with Cassidy and morphs into the devil in disguise when she shows interest elsewhere. Gage is the hotter than sin cousin of Tyler. He's wealthy, yet generous. He's protective but not possessive. He has the sexual prowess of a Greek god and is perfect in every other way imaginable.

Cue eye roll.

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There was a lot of this.

5. The secondary characters add absolutely nothing to the story, and the author failed to provide any context about them. On more than one occasion, I thought I'd missed something because I didn't understand how a specific character played into the story. (That's because they didn't.)

6. There are entire subplots that serve no other purpose than to showcase the desirability of the protagonist (for the umpteenth time...) and/or the hero's wealthiness and generosity. They added nothing to the story and were a complete waste of time.

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I'm honestly getting annoyed thinking about how dumb this book really is... so I'll just leave it at that.

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OVERALL: 💜💜
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 💜
STORY LINE: 💜
STEAM FACTOR: 💜

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