October 17, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: From Ashes by Molly McAdams

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. 

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.


The following are a few 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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5. The secondary characters add nothing to the story, and the author fails to provide context about them. On more than one occasion, I actually thought I'd missed something because I couldn't figure out why they were even 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) or the hero's wealth and generosity. 


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

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

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