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Out of the Ashes

(Ashes #1)

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3.61  ·  Rating details ·  161 ratings  ·  30 reviews
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
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Published December 12th 2013 by Diana Gardin (first published December 10th 2013)
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Tracy Reads
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
arc received in exchange for an honest review

well holy moses cliffhanger , this book pulled me in right from the very start and it in no way went how I expected ,I got so caught up in it I didn't even realise when it came to the end and the scream I let rip because I'm dying to know what happened shocked my husband, I could not put this book down and at times when I had to I thought of nothing but it and could not wait to get back to it, 5 huge well deserved brilliant stars great book Diana, fe
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TeriLyn
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
**ARC graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**

After reading the blurb for Out of the Ashes I was intrigued. I both liked the story and felt frustrated with parts of this story, I'll do my best to explain both aspects. It's more YA than NA, making it a bit young for me. The writing is engaging and fluid. The plot is very good, I enjoyed the premise of this and the heroine's back story. The story starts at telling us about the past year of Paige's life and it's nothing
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Katrina
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given the opportunity to read this book by the author pre publication.
The due date for publication is December 12.

Please check out my full review here
https://www.facebook.com/trinastantil...

In all honesty, make sure you set your calendar for December 12th because this book is epic; it’s a story that is going to touch your heart.

After a unforgettable traumatic event Paige finally gets to piece her life back together again and starts to feel confident about herself and even manages to go out
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Nora Bay
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
I've been sitting on this review for a while. Like, a really long time, actually. I wrote it a few days after I had finished it, because I didn't want to give a negative review until I had time to think about it and ensure that my initial feelings were warranted. And my initial feelings were not good. And when I read over my review, I felt bad about posting it because this is self-pubbed and I did not want to contribute to its downfall, neither did I want to write a dishonest review for the sake ...more
Kim Whitehead
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exciting, intense and emotional!! Loved it!!
Cassie
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received an ARC copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*

I have no words to describe how remarkable this story was. Seriously. I just finished it and am sitting here in complete awe, confusion and frustration. There will definitely be a sequel because, unfortunately, it ends on a HUGE cliffhanger. Why? Why, Diana Gardin?! Why must you authors do this to us?

We first meet Paige Hill. Paige has had it rough. And I don’t mean “I have daddy issues” rough. I’m talking she lost her entire
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Sharon Xuereb
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
See my full review here: http://sharonsbooknook.com/2014/02/11...

*Copy provided by the Author in exchange for an honest review*

This book is a wonderful story of survival and finding the strength to get on with life. Paige has lost everything; her family included in a tragic house fire and after spending a year recovering from extensive burns in hospital she is now well enough to leave and is keen to start living her life.

This book is well written, very clear and concise, flows along at a good pa
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Stephanie Phillips (Stephanie's Book Reports)
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Review can been seen on my website www.stephaniesbookreports starting 12/20/13.

Paige is a year late starting college because of a tragic fire causing her family to parish and she received severe burns. After a year of many surgeries and lots of work on herself she start college to do what her parents would have wanted her to do. She's not looking for any type relationship and even tries to keep herself in the safety of her own apar
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Jan
Loved this college romance.

Paige is a girl trying to move on after losing everything including people she loved in a fire. Her scars have faded but still visible and the nightmares and memories are still very present. With the support of her best friend and a year of physical healing Paige is ready to start college.

Paige is a girl still trying to find her way gaining her confidence with every step.

Clay, he's a popular guy, on the football team, a guy the girls fall over, typical College Jock.
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Jennifer Shiels
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book. Paige Hill has gone through literal hell. Her house burns down and she loses all of her family (parents and brother) and she has burns all over her body. She finally makes it to college and rooms with her best friend, Gillian. Paige meets Clay Forbes who is gorgeous and women all want him. He's a playboy and never really interested in sticking around with one girl. A girl that thought she was going to marry Clay, Hannah, is psycho. She thinks she and Clay are going t ...more
Keerthana Ramani
Mar 27, 2014 rated it liked it
I gotta say I loved the authors style in this book! The book is written from the point of view of both Paige and Clay!

I was glued to the book right from the beginning and I finished the book in a day!

You obviously find out about Paige in the book, who from the title is a victim of a fire accident...
The rest of the story revolves around her life, the fact that she is attending college a year later, dealing with the bruises in her body causes by the accident, meeting a new dreamy guy Clay! Deal
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Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Nov 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
arc received in exchange for an honest review

I really enjoyed this book. An original story line which you hardly see now. 2 good characters with great chemistry. I could have used more build up to them being in love but it kinda worked. Didnt want the story to end but the cliffhanger was interesting. want the next book now!!!
✿kawehi.reviews
Dec 04, 2013 marked it as to-read
I heard this ends on a cliffhanger :( ;(
*going to skip for now*
Kristina Harris
Good read

It was a good read. Plenty of twist and turns and lots of drama. Leaves you on a bit of a cliffhanger but I'm definitely interested in reading the next book.
Iluvbooks44
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Diana's books, she is one of my favourite authors.

I loved this book from start to finish.

I love the characters and the story.
Jillian Stein
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
You can also find my review on my blog:
http://www.read-love-blog.com/2013/12...

Out of the Ashes is the first in a new series from author Diana Gardin and a book I really enjoyed.

After a horrific fire took her entire family from her, Paige Hill enrolls in college with her best friend and is trying her best to live her life. The scars that mar her skin have healed pretty well, but the scars that mar her soul will never go away. It’s those emotional scars she wants to keep buried deep. Keeping peop
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Amy
Jan 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
Out of Ashes by Diana Gardin started off strong. I felt for Paige and her story. I even loved Clay. However, as the drama heated up, I think things got out of hand. Plus that ending came out of no where! So in the end, I can say that I liked it for the most part, but I couldn’t love it.

Paige lost her entire family in an accidental house fire. In Out of Ashes, we see her entering back into a regular life with her best friend as her only family. I loved Paige. I could understand her grief and her
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Jan
Loved this college romance.

Paige is a girl trying to move on after losing everything including people she loved in a fire. Her scars have faded but still visible and the nightmares and memories are still very present. With the support of her best friend and a year of physical healing Paige is ready to start college.

Paige is a girl still trying to find her way gaining her confidence with every step.

Clay, he's a popular guy, on the football team, a guy the girls fall over, typical College Jock.
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Jess
Dec 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, new-adult, arc
3 stars. 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
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Natalie Hughes
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I really like Clay and Paige. This story had alot of potential to get a 5 star from me but I felt like there was alot going on in it. Budding romance, lots of secrets, ex girlfriend, ex boyfriend and more. I just think maybe there was a little to much going on in the one book and then their was the triangle. I hate love triangles with all my heart.
Overlooking all of the above I really couldn't wait to get into book 2. Well worth a read.
Amber
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I gave it three stars because this story could have ended in one book and I don't like cliff hangers. I'm not sure I will continue reading the next book. I would like to know if there is a happily ever after, but not sure I want to pay for the next book to find out esp. if the story goes on and on for 3 or 4 more books. I rather authors just make one longer book. I think another 50 pages or so this book could have been wrapped up, not another whole book.
Kimberly
Aug 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
I enjoyed the book, but I'm not sure I enjoyed it enough to read book 2. There wasn't anything I disliked about it other than punctuation errors. If you're going to publish a book it should be grammatically correct. :)
Jennifer
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book! Great balance between the romance, action and suspense! I couldn't put this one down and hated when I had to. Loved it!
Belle
Dec 18, 2013 rated it liked it
Pretty predictable; but nice, sweet story!
Robin B
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: jenny
3.5 stars

Full review to come on release.

Just OMFG! Where's the next one???
Karin Enders
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serious cliffhanger!

Thank god the second book in the series is out! I'm not sure I'd make it if I had to wait months to see what happens with Clay and Paige.
Kristin Young
Not the best book I've ever read, but entertaining enough to finish.
Reading with 2 book lovers
this was a first read for me bu diana gardin and boy did she bring it.
i loved paige and clay so much im about to dig into the 2nd book.
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Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it
3 stars
Full review to follow on www.aloveaffairwithbooks.com soon
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