Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Ashes by Blick

Ashes by Ilsa J Bick
out now
Goodreads link
review copy from library

I have been reading reviews of this book for months and still was not prepared for how epic this book is. I can only think to compare it to Stephen King's The Stand. It is that good. 
I started this one night and even though it is kind of chunky in size, I plowed through it in one day. The action started right away, and it never lets up. At the same time, action scene after action scene does not get old. Everything seems to happen for a good reason.
Also, I have never experienced a book boy crush before, but Tom is my kind of guy. Despite the fact that there are teens in the story, survival is way more important than who is kissing who. That brought this to a whole level of mature for me. Kudos!!!! 
I cannot wait for the sequel. I am not sure what the plan is for this, I just want more, more, more. NOW. 
Alex is a great hero! I love that she brings a bunch of skills to the table. This girl knows her guns, has some medical training, and is able to keep her head in some of the worst situations I have read in awhile. If the end of the world arrives, I want Alex (and Tom) by my side. 
I also love the hint of paranormal going on here. It's not in your face, just hints of something deeper (like The Stand!) 
Read it, read it, read it!!! 
And publisher-get this book a better cover, pronto! 


Christi said...

OK, so here's a difference between us--it took me a really, really long time to get through Ashes. I thought the first half was EPIC. One of the best books I've read all year. After that pivotal moment, though--you know the one I"m talking about--it TANKED. It was like someone else had written the second half. No drama, new characters--OMG it was just too disappointing for words. I was so upset by it that I haven't even reviewed it for my blog yet (your post just reminded me of that). For sure I'll be picking up the next volume, but I'm hoping that'll be more like the beginning of Ashes, rather than the end. (think I might just copy & paste this response for my review LOL)