Are you an ash?
Lack of appetite....
Beauty and strength....
Call the hotline if these symptoms come on suddenly!
Turns out Charlie Bennet was all of those things except the last. Don't let the name fool you, Charlie was all woman, and she wanted nothing to do with the ash...until the day she found out she was one.
It all started when infected bats bit a small group of humans and created what are now called vampires. Then, the male vampires knocked up some female humans, and the result was a gorgeous race of all male ash - superhuman freaks that had looks to kill.
Charlie is the first female ash, aka unicorn of the Hive - the gated compound in Portland that the humans have designated to isolate vampires and ash from society.
Problem? The Hive is full, and only a select few will be allowed to live there. To live at all, really. If Charlie wants to earn the right to become a citizen of the Hive, she will have to survive the culling - a series of fights to the death. And guess what? Just because she's a girl doesn't mean she'll get special treatment.
Good thing there's Ryder, the mysterious lead ash enforcer, who seems to always have her back. But when secrets bubble to the surface, it will take more than one guy to save her.
Recommended for ages 17+ due to language.
©2015 Leia Stone (P)2016 Leia Stone
I am a Wife, a Mum and a Grandma. I am also strong willed and wilfil at times. I have worked all my life and drempt for wining the lottery
I enjoyed the development of Ryder. He didn't chase the main character. He stays professional as an enforcer. I like the fact he seems to have a good sense of ethics and morality.
Powerful performance by Dara Rosenberg. Her character voices were not brilliant but very acceptable.
The story had pace and gave a new view on how vampires came in to existence. In the recent past vaguely believable series of circumstances created Vampires and Ash. The story is full of strong characters. I don't like long drawn out battle scenes but the fights which allowed her to survive the culling where sufficiently detailed to show the brutality.
It was a very worthwhile read. I will definitely watch for the next book in the series.
She makes me laugh all the way. Charlie, BFF and BAFF all of them have their own voice to keep you waiting for the next line. It gives to the n book and extra star. Great job.
The narration was really good but I found myself rolling my eyes at the story far too often.
Every cliche around love is used. There are so many declarations of love and feelings in every way. It was a bit too much for me and crowded the story too much.
The story itself is really good and the twist near the end stopped me from turning it off but it was all found in the shadow of the overly Hollywood-esk love story. No relationship in history has ever been like that!
Not bad as background entertainment.
Engrossed in one book at a time kinda gal.
I really liked the story however there as only a single female reader which didnt bring the story to life as she read the narritive for the male characters. Plus the accents were not very good
I am 48 ,self employed , mum of two. I love my kindle and have now discovered audio and can't stop listening
A very different take on vampires/Ash, good storyline though aimed at a younger reader than myself. Will look for next book.
The performance was a great addition to a highly entertaining and great story. Buy it
"Loved the audio version!"
Having read everything from both authors. I fell in love with this story too. As I am an OTR Driver I'm always looking for audio books. I really love this Narrator. She had done other books by these two and I think really does a great job with the characters. Loved It!
"Compelling, exciting, and surprisingly brutal."
When I caught the flu and had to stay in bed all day, I spent my waking hours listening to ASH. Vampire hybrids who must fight to the death to survive. Sexy commando type love interests. Best Friends Forever. What's not to love? I will be waiting for the sequel.
Interesting new take on a vamp storyline. It's really good. I listened all the way through and can't wait for the next book!
Intricate storyline with just the right mix of buff male bods and interesting female. Excellent first book of a trilogy. Recommended good read.
"great read ,"
The story is a great take on the vampire genre. It was equal parts comical, heartwarming, and action packed. The narrator is extremely entertaining and brings an already great story to life.
I think I would like these characters to mature a bit. For example she uses a lot of curse words but it's like someone that is trying to curse as opposed to someone that just does it everyday.
More young than adult. Meh
"Great Find "
Loved it and on my way to listening again. cant wait to start book 2!!!!!
"JUST FINISHED THE FIRST... I NEED THE SECOND!!!!!!"
I just finished the first book on my run at lunch today. I was so pissed when it ended. I knew that they haven't done the second book yet, but I was still angry. (In a great way though) Meaning this book was awesome!
The narrator was wonderful. She did a great job playing the main character "Charlie". I really loved every character. I want to be like charlie!
Leia and Jaymin did such a great job with this book. There was detail, character development, and action. If your looking for something that will keep you hooked, I HIGHLY recommend this book! I want MORE! Also, it made my runs so awesome. Girl power, kicking butt. Loved every minute of it.
Great job with this!
"I NEED THE OTHER BOOKS"
I went to purchase the 2nd book in this series as soon as "the end" was said & got pissed off. It's not there. How can you put one book of this trilogy in audio version and not give me the rest? That is just cruel. This is a different take on vampire stories where vamps can have children that are called ASH [rather than half bloods] and they live in Hives with the Vamps. However, they only have male offspring and yet one female is born. The beginning has a Hunger Games type scenario in it. I just can't mention too much more because I don't want to give anything away.
I can't wait to learn more about the world that Charlie and Ryder live in. Even though I enjoyed the book, I was left wanting more as if it just cut off at the place I had been waiting for things to really take off. There was action but... My sheer frustration at that made me rate it a 4 on the story rather than a 5. I needed more NOW. The 8.5 hour book flew by so fast that I was shocked when it was over. I even checked twice to see if my phone had malfunctioned and skipped chapters. Sadly, not.
The characters are so well defined that I can see many, many books to come from this series. I know that the planned trilogy just isn't enough. I have too many questions about all the supporting characters They have drawn me in and I am hooked. Ryder's team needs to be fully explored as do Charlie's friends. Plus, I need to know the backstory about Charlie's Mom & Dad. I'm sure that her Dad has an exciting story to tell. The only way I can see full justice done to the supporting characters is for each book to be at least 20-30 hours long (if it is going to be a trilogy). Most of my interest was placed on the characters because I could actually see many as people that I may have known in my life. I laughed at their antics but was also worried about the outcome of their lives.
The author did too good of a job and has me hooked. That's not a good thing for my frustration level right now. Just call me frustrated and wanting more.
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