March 31, 2020 by ceresbooksworld
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout
Book one in From Blood and Ash series
Publication date : March 31st, 2020
Source : eArc from the author
Rating : Evil Love
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom’s future rest on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And a longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her lofe when every blood-soaked threat that holds her together begins to unravel.
Penellaphe is the Chosen One, she must rise within a year because she has been chosen by the Gods. Currently, she is under the protection of the Duke and Duchess. She is protected by two bodyguards, Vikter and Rylan. Vikter teaches her to defend herself even if it is against all the rules. Indeed the chosen one must never leave the castle, she must never talk to anyone, must not be seen without her veil hiding her face, must not have any contact with a man, or even a social and friendly relationship. If she deviates from one of these rules she is punished by the Duke. After Rylan’s death, Hawke becomes her new guard. The latter is extremely attractive and he will challenge her vision of life.
I don’t really know how to tell you about this book without saying too much, so I’ll just say that I liked Penellaphe (poppy). She’s a strong, reckless girl who wants to protect the people but she doesn’t have the right to do so. She has no right to do anything and it weighs on her. Her meeting with Hawke will change everything.
Hawke is great, he protects Poppy but he also knows how to see everything she doesn’t tell him, he’s discreet and he likes to push Poppy into his corner, he tries to make her see the truth.
I loved Hawke, I saw through his game pretty quickly and it’s not because the story is clichéd but I think I’m starting to understand how Jennifer L Armentrout’s mind works.
I really loved this book, it’s another favorite for me and I can’t wait for you to read it so I can talk about it with you.
Quick word: a novel full of mystery that is absolutely brilliant.
Penellaphe est l’Elue, elle doit s’élever d’ici un an car elle a été choisie par les Dieux. Actuellement, elle est sous la protection du Duc et de la Duchesse. Elle est protégée par deux gardes du corps, Vikter et Rylan. Vikter lui apprend à se défendre mème si c’est contre toutes les règles. En effet l’élue ne doit jamais sortir du château, elle ne doit parler à personne, ne pas être vue sans son voile qui lui masque le visage, ne pas avoir de contacts avec un homme, ni même de relation sociale et amicale. Si elle déroge à une de ses règles elle est punie par le Duc. Après la mort de Rylan, Hawke devient son nouveau garde. Ce dernier est extrêmement séduisant et il va mettre à mal sa vision de la vie.
Je ne sais pas trop comment vous parler de ce livre sans trop en dire donc je vous dirai juste que j’ai aimé Penellaphe (poppy). C’est une jeune fille forte, téméraire, qui veut protéger le peuple mais qui n’en a pas le droit. Elle n’a le droit de rien faire et cela lui pèse. Sa rencontre avec Hawke va tout changer.
Hawke est génial, il protège Poppy mais il sait aussi voir tout ce qu’elle ne lui dit pas, il est discret et il aime pousser Poppy dans ses retranchements, il essaie de lui faire voir la vérité.
J’ai adoré Hawke, j’ai vu clair dans son jeu assez rapidement et ce n’est pas parce que l’histoire est clichée mais je pense que je commence à comprendre comment fonctionne l’esprit de Jennifer L Armentrout.
J’ai vraiment adoré ce livre, c’est un autre coup de cœur pour moi et j’ai hâte que vous le lisiez pour pouvoir en parler avec vous.
En bref : un roman plein de mystère absolument génial.
A propos de l’auteur
# 1 New York Times and # 1 International Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Charles Town, West Virginia. All the rumors you’ve heard about her state aren’t true. When she’s not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki. In early 2015, Jennifer was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a group of rare genetic disorders that involve a breakdown and death of cells in the retina, eventually resulting in loss of vision, among other complications. Due to this diagnosis, educating people on the varying degrees of blindness has become of passion of hers, right alongside writing, which she plans to do as long as she can.
Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories….which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Tor, HarperCollins Avon and William Morrow, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her Wicked Series has been optioned by PassionFlix. Jennifer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Reviewers Choice Award for Wait for You, the 2015 Editor’s Pick for Fall With Me, and the 2014/2015 Moerser-Jugendbuch- Jury award for Obsidian. Her young adult romantic suspense novel DON’T LOOK BACK was a 2014 nominated Best in Young Adult Fiction by YALSA. Her adult romantic suspense novel TILL DEATH was a Amazon Editor’s Pick and iBook Book of the Month. Her young adult contemporary THE PROBLEM WITH FOREVER is a 2017 RITA Award Winner in Young Adult Fiction. She also writes Adult and New Adult contemporary and paranormal romance under the name J. Lynn. She is published by Entangled Brazen and HarperCollins.
She is the owner of ApollyCon and The Origin Event, the successful annual events that features over hundred bestselling authors in Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult Fiction, panels, parties, and more.