Monday, 25 February 2013

ASHES & ICE BY ROCHELLE MAYA CALLEN

ISBN: 9780988204218
Publisher: C & C Legacy Publishing
Pages: 258
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She is desperate to remember.
He is aching to forget.
Together, they are not broken.
But together, one may not survive.

​Jade wakes up with no memory of her past and blood on her hands. 

Plagued by wicked thoughts, she searches for answers. Instead, she finds a boy who doesn't offer her answers, but hope. But sometimes, when nightmares turn into reality and death follows you everywhere, hope is not enough. 

LUST. LOVE. LOSS. Sometimes, all that is left are Ashes and Ice.


MY REVIEW
This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review to be posted as part of the blog tour run by Lady Amber!
So I did the Cover Reveal previously so you will all probably know by now that I really like the cover. Obviously the cover makes even more sense and is relevant to the book once you have read it. I love the colours on the cover which suggest water, murkiness and mystery to me.
I would say this book is different to what I would normally read as it has a horror edge to it. I normally wouldn't read horror at all. I have to be totally honest and say to begin with I found the book quite frustrating, at times I wanted it to move faster, or show me more in certain places to make sense of things. The book is very cryptic and as I said has both a horror and thriller element to it. At times I just wanted to get a hold of the book and shake it. It felt a little unpolished in places. I felt that certain parts were missing, such as we should have had flashbacks or some more back story to Giovanni and Lynx. I wanted to know more about what had happened previously, so much so that at time this book felt like a book too. I seriously felt as if I had missed some important information somewhere. Having said all of that once the plot got going I really did enjoy the book. I just felt a little disappointed and felt it could have been so much, much, more. More could have been made of the Etcher, like perhaps characters hearing more on the radio or reading a newspaper article. I also wanted to know much more about Connor's Uncles. There was so much within the Uncles characters that could have been explored. What happened to them previously to make them as loud and brash as they are. Why Wade is so brash and leery, why Jesse appears all mouth and no action with the ladies, and why is Harry the quieter of the three. Also we could find out where they live and why they are all single and round at Desi and Connor's house so much. There was so much potential for further character exploration that has been missed.
Having said all that I did enjoy the plot and the end of the book has you on the edge of your seat biting your nails!
I loved the character of Connor and his relationship with his mum Desi is so heart warming. You literally feel their heartbreak at the loss of Connor's dad. I also warmed to Jade's character too, by the end of the book was really rooting for her to overcome the evil she was fighting with.
So did I enjoy the book? Yes,even though not my normal read I found the book refreshingly different and has opened me up a little more to the thriller/horror genres. Would I read a Book #2? I think I would do yes, I want to learn more about the characters in this book. Would I read more books by Rochelle Maya Callen? I would definitely browse and possibly go on to read more by this author. Would I recommend? This is a difficult question, as though I enjoyed the book as it is, it could have been so much more too. On the whole I would say that yes I would recommend.


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