Scattered Ashes by Annie Anderson (4.5*)

Arc given in exchange for honest review by Shaz

Release Date: October 27th

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Aurelia Constantine is having a rough century.
Plagued by visions of murder, death and destruction, she has resigned herself to the nightmare her life has become. When an enemy from her past comes to her rescue, she must let go of old wounds and heal the breach so she may survive the evil poisoning her mind.

Rhys Stevens is guilty.
Murder. Betrayal. Treason. Take your pick; he’s guilty of them all. On the path of redemption, he must beg for forgiveness from the one person he fought to save – the woman he has always loved.

Thrown together in the trenches of war, they must work as a team to stop a monstrous puppet master from pulling their strings.

Ashes, ashes. We all fall down.
Get ready to burn.

Scattered Ashes

 Scattered Ashes (Ashes to Ashes Book 1)

I didn’t know what to expect going into this book. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a paranormal romance but what a pleasant surprise this book was.

We escape into a world full or Phoenixes, Wraiths and Seers, there we find Aurelia and Rhys who are bound together beyond their control. Aurelia hates Rhys, or does she? She has every reason too, but not everything is what it seems. There are two sides to every story after all.

Aurelia and Rhys must now stand together to fight an enemy that threatens to destroy them both. As they uncover the true depravity of their enemy and her reach,they also uncover their true feelings for each other.

There is a lot of detail in this book and I am in awe of Annies imagination and her ability to convey the images she creates. Many of the elements were new to me but she is able to explain them in a way that is understandable to new readers of this genre.

I really enjoyed the contemporary feel to this novel too and the strong female lead. She is very likable and doesn’t take any shit.

“When I said ready the safe house, I did not mean call every warrior and their brother to come guard us. I meant turn the lights and the hot tub on and get some booze. What the shit is going on?”

In fact, there are elements of humour throughout that bring light relief.
“There is nothing wrong with you,” Rhys tells Aurelia. “You are strong and beautiful, and I’m fucking lucky to have you. I just need to buy stock in fire extinguishers. No big,”

All in all this is a thoroughly enjoyable read and I look forward to the next installment now that I have been introduced into her world.

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