Thursday, 2 January 2014

A Review for Out of the Ashes (The Ashes Series #1) Diana Gardin

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Posted by Jess
Release Date: December 12th, 2013
Finished Date: December 19th, 2013
Publishers: Self Published
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Buy: Amazon UK / Amazon US

Out of the frying pan and into the fire…

Paige Hill is discovering who she is again after losing everything she loves in a tragic fire. She’s endured a long road to recovery with the help of her best fiend Gillian and is finally beginning her life again: college, a job, and a blossoming love she never even saw coming.

Clay Forbes is the notorious campus playboy. He’s a star athlete, a senior architecture major, and the only son in a family with power and money back in his hometown. When he crashes into Paige, his whole perspective on life shifts, and his world as he knew it becomes nonexistent. He’s wrapped up in her.

They’re both learning how to love, but Clay’s ex-girlfriend Hannah won’t make it easy for them. She puts a target on Paige’s back, and won’t stop until she’s derailed their budding romance once and for all. Who will be left standing after the ashes settle for the second time?

The Review: Overall it wasn't bad. I liked the story and the writing was fine. I just found it a little predictable. I didn't much care for any of the characters, generally they aren't bad, I just felt that Paige seemed younger than 20, and I just thought that she maybe could have been a little stronger. Clay for a player was far too 'clean cut'. I don't like my book men to be clean cut, I like them to have an edge and Clay didn't really have one. 

As a story it works fine and Diana Gardin can write a good story. The ending although predictable was good and it has made me want to continue with the story. 

The book is classed as New Adult, it didn't have that feel for me, it all seemed a little more high school than college. Just a note for the author to maybe make it a little more adult to appeal to the wider readers. Don't be shy Diana! 

I do believe this is the authors 1st or 2nd piece of writing, so I believe there is room for improvement in the next book. Although I didn't think it was awesome, it was just ok for me. The 3 stars mostly for the ending having redeemed slightly. I will read the rest in the series, but I won't rush for them.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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