The debut novel from Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone titled, simply, Ash, was an entertaining paranormal romance read. I purchased this book via audiobook, looking for something different, and think that having it on audiobook was the only reason I made it to the end. It was entertaining, yes, but original, it was not.
The concept I liked was that of the Ash and the Hive. Vampires are part of accepted society and their half-vamp offspring are called the Ash. For some reason though, a lot of people don’t know if they are half vampire or not (this was a bit of suspension of disbelief) – which is what happens to the main character Charlie Bennet. She thought she was a normal chick, until she suddenly could run a marathon and was looking a lot hotter. The kicker was that she was female and there hadn’t ever been a female Ash before. It was your typical PNR plot line, unwitting heroine gets superpowers and becomes wrapped up in a plot of paranormal proportions.
Charlie’s character was very strong and one I enjoyed, but it was the only redeeming part of this story. If you factor in the stereotypical vampire novel aspect, the 2D and stereotypical secondary characters, the plot holes that were there to only promote the angst – well it was okay. I felt like I had read this story before – because it was what you would expect from a vampy PNR – but more Young Adult than adult. Think Vampire Academy, with a little more mature themes.
Overall, I would recommend you read this one if you are into trope vamp novels and looking for your next fix. If you aren’t too judgmental about it, give it a go. The writing is good and the main character is kick-ass, so it redeems it. I always love a good kick-ass chick novel.
Ash by Jaymin Eve, Leia StoneSeries: Hive Trilogy #1
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform on December 19th 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Are you an Ash? *Increased stamina *Lack of appetite *Anger outbursts *Insatiable thirst *Beauty & Strength *Male 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. **Recommended reading age is 17+ due to language