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Scattered Ashes

(Phoenix Rising #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  919 ratings  ·  178 reviews
To say I'm having a rough century would be a vast understatement.
I'm on the run, plagued by visions of death, and forced to rely on the man who killed my husband. Yeah, my life is just peachy.

But when the truth shakes out, I find that maybe Rhys didn't ruin my life those many years ago. Maybe he saved it. Now, it's my turn to save us both.

Ashes, ashes. We all fall down.
Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Annie Anderson
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First of all, I got and read this book because I participated in a "blind date with a book" event hosted by Quirky Blind Date with a Book (Club). The special part about this blind date is that you choose the book you're interested in by its tagline instead of the cover. Hence, Scattered Ashes is my first blind date and I have to admit that it isn't something I would normally read. The story turns out to be okay for me but I can't say I enjoy it tremendously.

I'll review this book in the form of
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
3.75 rating. Might review it, might not.
Sometimes a girl just likes to read without commitment ;)
~~~ 3.5 stars~~~

I'm not sure how to rate this book. I really enjoyed it, due to the humor, action and fast-paced story with an intriguing paranormal plot, but I had lots of issues with it.

Aurelia was a kickass, foul-mouthed, stubborn and sassy Seer/Oracle/Phoenix heroine.

Rhys was a tortured, loyal, protective and sweet Soldier/Guardian/Phoenix hero.

Rhys killed her husband in order to save Aurelia, her unborn child dies and she was being tortured. Rhys and Aurelia were forced to bond.
I'm not s
Oct 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Aurelia Constantine is one Sassy, Badass Phoenix!

As a seer with a past full of heartache and an infinite future to deal with the pain, Aurelia has hardened herself to many things most yearn for. Even in sleep she can not escape the pain. No, for Aurelia sleep is when the visions come. Visions of heartbreaks to come. Try though she might, she can not stop the events from unfolding, she can only sit and watch the terrors occur.

Rhys is her Soldier, her protector, the one chosen to watch over her.
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Scattered Ashes is the first book in a brand new series, Ashes To Ashes, by Annie Anderson. In book one we meet Aurelia Constantine, a phoenix that is over 100 years old, has visions because she is an oracle, and has been on the run for over a century because the leader of her kind deemed all Oracles are to lose their eyes; Aurelia happens to like them right where they are!

Rhys Stevens is bound to Aurelia through no choice of his own. He has done many things through no choice of his own. Because
Misty Nickels
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes paranormal romance with action!
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I had no idea what to expect when I started reading this book. Ok, I am beginning to notice that I am always skeptical by a new book by an author that I do not know. I may eventually get out of this bias, and I am working on it.

After the first chapter of this book I was hooked. Once the book started flowing past the introductions and history (that at the time was confusing to me) the book was exactly someth
I liked a lot about this book. Aurelia was sassy, resilient, and determined, and she had a...well, huge grudge against Rhys. Poor Rhys! Rhys was the strong, protective guy and a silent pillar of support in the face of Aurelia’s hate. Their argumentative discussions were amusing because they played so well off one another, even in anger. Their romance, however, was where I struggled. I think Rhys truly has feelings for Aurelia, but her about face came too fast after a century of hate. I would rat ...more
Nov 09, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Beauté De Livres  (Vivian Freeman)
3.5 STARS!!

I haven't read a Paranormal Romance in so long and after reading Scattered Ashes I don't exactly know why I stayed away for so long. If you need to be introduced to this genre or reminded of all the reasons why you should continue to read it - Scattered Ashes is for you.

Getting introduced to a world filled with Phoenixes, Wraiths & Seers in a circle of connections that continue to live through centuries, we meet Aurelia and Rhys. A fiery Seer and her dedicated guard. Bound together in
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Review:

As with any new book, I went into Scattered Ashes with the hope that it would take me away….into a new place, a new realm, where the impossible could exist, and where sexy heroes, and heroines alike, were there to swoop in and save the day. I wasn’t disappointed. I was immediately drawn in by the main character, Aurelia Constantine. She is a total bad ass. Faced with devastating betrayal and injustice in her youth, Aurelia had no choice but to fend for herself. In doing so, she taught
Barb Shuler
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
For the love of all that is holy and fiery....

Wait before I get into this let me thank Annie Anderson and HEA Book Tours for allowing me a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review. This is my first book by Annie Anderson and I can promise you it won't be the last. Not even a chance of that happening.

I love paranormal reads. Period. One of my favorites and I've read many wonderful books but this one, Scattered Ashes is different than anything I have read to date. That's saying
Kathleen R.
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Overall Stars: 4 STARS


Her capacity to see the future prepares her to change it if need be, but she never was able to change her past.

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.
Jewel Book Lover
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
ACR copy received in exchange of an honest review

Lately I’ve not read a lot of paranormal romances so I had no idea what to expect from this book. But turning the first pages I saw the word “phoenix” and I knew I’d be hooked. The phoenix has always been a creature that fascinated me, a creature that rises from its ashes. For me the symbol of how to live my life: fight, accept the defeat, but always be able to rise over and over again.
At the beginning the story was a little bit confusing to me.
Bookaholics Reading
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scattered Ashes- Annie Anderson.

5 Sizzling Stars!

Aurelia Constantine is one bad ass phoenix!

She's had a lot to deal with over the years, that's for sure. It seems all she wants to do i, be left alone with her paints!
She's been on the run from her legion since 1855 following a tragedy that took away the two things she cared about the most, her husband Lucien and their unborn child.


Rhys is another story all together and one of the reasons she has been on the run. For some reason unknown to he
Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon
***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

Annie Anderson's debut novel is impressive. This is a wonderful paranormal story filled with love, loss, and the fight to survive.

Our heroine, Aurelia, is witty, tough, and has a lot of sass. Just the way I like them. She's an immortal seer and has been on the run for centuries, but the past has a way of catching up.

Her visions turn nightmarish and then she runs into Rhys, her protector. The same guy she's been avoiding for many years.

Their parting was epic... but as n
Oct 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC for an honest review for United Indie Book Blog

We all want to know what the future holds but sometimes knowing what to come, and the consequences and lasting effects that comes with it. Aurelia past comes with a lot of pain and devastation and the one man she is destined to be tied to for the rest of her long life is the man she feels is responsible her all her pain and suffering . Rhys is her guardian and love he has been there even when she detested him he loved her. This sto
Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog
This was a great unexpected Paranormal Romance, sometimes I'm asked to read a book and I may read the blurb or not. With this one I took a chance on it without really looking too much into it. In the end I was so impressed, I haven't read a PR book in awhile and reading this made me realize just how over due I was for a book from this genre. Annie has created an amazing world that you will find yourself getting lost in, I couldn't put this book down. Also for a debut author the writing was top n ...more
The Book Fairy Reviews
Filled with passion, suspense and danger even when you fall asleep this book is amazing. Aurelia's gift is not what she would consider a gift, seeing the future and not being able to do anything to help the out come is not what you would imagine this gift to be. It haunts he sleep making it impossible to close her eyes.
She hides from the on that has hunted her for years, but she has her protector Rhys. Although she hates him for doing the unthinkable, her bond to him in permanent. Rhys will do a
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced paranormal thriller with some serious heat

Aurelia is fiery, sarcastic, capable and (understandably) angry. She is very independent and a fighter. Yes, attitude is what she has in spades. Rhys loves Aurelia and is very likeable, although Aurelia hates him. HATES him. The story is dark and suspenseful. The POV changes from Aurelia and Rhys (first person) which gives you both sides of the story, which is nice, but it can get a bit confusing because you have to switch all the time. The gr
Oct 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very fast paced book. Our heroine Aurelia is a Phoenix and a seer. She escaped from her destiny after the murder of her husband. She has to stay hidden, or she will be dragged back and tortured again. In the human world she makes a very good living as an artist.
Rhys is Aurelia's soldier. Her protector and mate. This bond was forced on them many years ago, but because he is the one who killed her husband Aurelia refuses to have anything to do with him.
The Primary of the Phoenix, is th
Brandi Reeves-Pearson
Oct 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
First starting out with this book, I was drawn in just from the prologue. I found myself confused and very interested in what was going on. We slowly get the story behind everything, and I was shocked to say the least. I never thought that outcome would happen. This book is packed full of action and two sides that never thought they would work together, help fight off the one person who wants them all dead. I thought some parts was funny, so it was nice to have a bit of humor. Other parts didn’t ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A strong start to a new series.

This is a whole new world to me, Phoenix are completely reimagined. There's also a hierarchy, not all people that rule are good though.

Aurelia and Rhys are great main characthers and I really enjoyed them ironing out there problems in between the battles going on around them.

Evan makes a fun but deadly sidekick to Aurelia.

This is a first in series so there's lots of background/history bought into book which all help you to be pulled in into this new and interest
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book by entering a goodreads drawing.
3.5 stars
Annie Anderson has done a good job writing this paranormal romance. The story has lots of action and flows quickly so I found it very easy to keep reading. There are explicit sex scenes so this is definitely not for under 18. The characters are well developed so it is easy to get into their lives and care what happens to them.

I had never come across a human phoenix before. Ms. Anderson has done a great job describing the challenges a
Terri Wilson
This is another case where I would love to be able to give a 3.5. It's a great story, but I would have liked to see a little more character development. However, I will add that for a debut novel she did a good job and I bet the rest of the series will only get better. This unique story started off with a bang and only continues to build from there. When Aurelia and Rhys get together their pain and passion work against and for them. I liked the blending of paranormal characters that we don't oft ...more
Angela Sanders
Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a unique twist on the lives of both Phoenix and Wraith!

This book is action packed and full of twists that will leave you reeling! The author developed not only the main characters, but side characters as well. They're all neatly woven into a mysterious tale of treachery, hatred and a drive for revenge that pushes two lost loves into one another's arms. I fell in love with this story immediately and couldn't put it down! I can't wait to sink my teeth into book two! 5 stars!
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent! What a great story! And very well written!

Oh! I loved this book! The character development was awesome and the way the author brought in their backstories was brilliant! It was such a well written story too - which any voracious reader knows is just too rare a happening. This book made me so happy, simply because it was so well done in every area, ie, story and character development, dark plots and painful loss, fighting and torture that is respected for its long term negative effects
Olivia Rofrits
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just amazing!! I love Aurelia she is sassy and bada$$ just loved her!
she had to put up with lot i know I Would be killing everyone around me after
losing the love of my life and child and being bonded with the man who took that
all away having to deal with him god she amazing women!!

well she forgive Rhys for everything he had to do and well she give him the chance to tell his
side of the story? and well the all live long to with the evil around every corner?

bloggin with m.brennan
Angel Anderson
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely, positively love this series. Its not the kind of book that you know what's about to happen before it does. This story keeps you on the edge of your seat excited to see what happens next but dreading the coming of the end. Love how the author ends the eager to start book two. ...more
Suzanne Giorgione
I am in love with another series for sure! One of the best I have ever read! Wow! Such detailed descriptions make you feel like you are there in the story! Amazing characters that have you rooting them on and biting your nails waiting for the outcome. Betrayal, treason, deceit, friendship, love that stands the test of time. Action, adventure, mystery, romance, heat - it's all there and worth every second of the time it takes to read! I am starting on the next book and can't wait!! Annie Anderson ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a paranormal read with a strong woman, a great love interest and lots of interaction between different paranormal beings.

This is the first book I have read from this new to me author, I like both hot sex scenes and paranormal love and this book has both.

Aurelie is a Phoenix who has suffered as she is also an oracle and she escaped the tyranny of the life she was supposed to live. She lost everything but started to rebuild her life with her bonded
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Annie Anderson is the author of the international bestselling Rogue Ethereal series. A United States Air Force veteran, Annie pens fast-paced Urban Fantasy novels filled with strong, snarky heroines and a boatload of magic. When she takes a break from writing, she can be found binge-watching The Magicians, flirting with her husband, wrangling children, or bribing her cantankerous dogs to go on a w ...more

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