My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
How I Got It: eBook Purchase
Publication Date: May 2017
Publisher: Danger Bearing Press
Point of View: 1st Person Present
Genre: YA Fantasy Adventure
Those of you who have been following this blog for a while may remember my LOVE for this series back in 2017. I reviewed books 1 and 2 then, but I figured I'd go ahead and r-epost those reviews for all of you new folks . . . and then end the month with my review of book 3, which I am currently reading.
So here were my thoughts on Air and Ash:
You know those books that start RIGHT in the middle of action, leaving you a bit disoriented and wondering why you're supposed to care about these characters whose lives are imperiled? Yeah, I don't care for those either. But that's exactly how this book opened and somehow it just REALLY worked. I don't know if it was the way the author handled it, or the fact that I do have a soft-spot in my heart for a sea epic (I grew up watching the amazing Horatio Hornblower mini-series. Anyone else fans of those?). Whatever it was, something about that opening, which I fully expected to dislike grabbed me by the collar and held on tight.
Seriously, I felt as though I couldn't put this book down.
I loved the heroine, Nile. She's one of my favs now. I cringed at the mistakes she made but understood why she made them. I rooted for her motivations, I felt her pains. She was truly a fantastic viewpoint heroine.
The plot was engrossing and the world-building was spot-on, especially everything set at sea. You know this author must have researched like crazy, but she didn't let details choke the storytelling either. It was the perfect balance of authenticity and entertainment from beginning to end.
The love interest was PERFECT. At first I expected it to be a bit stereotypical, but then the author took the hero in a complete unexpected direction. Talk about a love/hate dynamic! I don't want to give spoilers on this one, but let me just say, I love a good slow burn, and this was an EXCELLENT slow burn.
I'm reviewing this book as part of my Author of the Month feature for January. If you'd like a chance to win this whole series on ebook for yourself, be certain to sign up for my Reader Group! I'll be hosting an exclusive giveaway at the end of the month.