Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: Scattered Ashes by Jessica Sorensen

Title: Scattered Ashes
Author: Jessica Sorensen
Series: Shattered Promises #4
Genre: New Adult/ Urban Fantasy/ Romance
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing 
Publication Date: June 24th 2015
Pages: Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon US | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository

      My name is Gemma Lucas and my life’s a wreck. Alex, the guy I just might be falling in love with, and the father of my unborn child, left me. Not to mention if I do admit I’m in love with him, it could potentially kill us both. My father’s trapped in his own mind and my mom’s working for the dark side. 
     Oh, and did I mention I was being haunted by the ghost of Nicholas, the annoying half-faerie, half Foreseer who won’t leave me alone. 
     The world has entered apocalyptic mode; fires in the streets, mad chaos. Everyday more vampires, witches, and fey get marked by evil. Innocent humans are dying. And I’m the only one who can stop it, which sounds easy, but I have to die in order to save everyone. And I have to let Alex die as well, something I’m not so certain I can do.


It feels like it's been much longer than a year since I read the previous book. It took about half the first chapter for me to remember what happened, once I got there, I was able to really dive into this book.

I think Gemma has had some great character development from the start of the series to now, Alex as well. They both started out as these fairly annoying characters not to mention kind of one dimensional; something that could be mistaken as poor writing, when it's actually the characters had their emotions removed from them, either through magic or an abusive parent. 

This book was told from both Gemma and Alex's POV. I really liked seeing things from Alex's perspective. It would have liked it more of it had been this way the whole series, since more than once at the start of the series I was unsure of his motives. There were some things that were a little glossed over that I think could have used more attention but they weren't huge things, so it was more personal preference over actual need for it to have more attention. 

Aislin and Laylen got to be a bigger part of this book as their own team than they were in the previous books. I still like Laylen more than Alex, but to each their own I guess. But Alex has become a much more likable character. 

I really enjoyed this book, the ending left me curious if Sorensen is going to do what she did with the YA version of the series and write a spin-off. I would love a novella or something from Laylen's POV as well.

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