Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But the ...more
Arc Book Review
Unfortunately for me, this was really just an Ok read; I originally requested a copy of this because I was oh so intrigued by the actual blurb.
It really captured my attention and sounded ever so intriguing in its overall description.
But this one; for me was one that worked much better on paper than in its actuality.
Initially, I found myself rather bored and uninvested I also had real issues getting into and immersing myself in the story plot.
I'm not really sur ...more
CRIMSON ASH by Haley Sulich is a powerful tale of loss, emotional torment and choices when one sister flees to remain free and another is taken captive to become a robotic soldier without her memories, emotions or the freewill to fight against the false world she has be ...more
*a copy was provided by NetGalley*
I'm sooo excited to review this! Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich is such an amazing, unique book! It is a fun but dark read. So prepare for angst and a lot of emotion. The book moves fast. From the first chapter on, there are surprises that you don't see coming mixed with themes of dealing with depression, loss and self blame while learning on how to deal with all of those.
I literally devoured this book in one day. My only regret is that it's ...more
and, unfortunately, i could not get very far into it.
it's not that it's bad, it's just... it's been, like, 4 days maybe? and i could not to even 100 pages. every page i did read just did not grab my interest and it's been a struggle to even get myself to find the will to pick it up again.
since i didn't get that far, i'm not rating this. i think other people might like it? but it just wasn't for me and i really, really ...more
By judging synopsis, it looks like it is a story of sister bonding, Solanine and Ember, which it isn’t as it looks by title and synopsis.
Solanine story is from 3rd person POV While Ember is from her, it is the quite distracting thing, I am not the person who minds any POV, but the combination of two? No, it didn’t work. This is the dark dystopian tale, which is sorry to say flatly written and how can ...more
- cw for self-harm, suicide, PTSD, alcoholism
- eerily dark atmosphere
- focus: sibling relationship
- themes: depression, healing
- shaky/unclear motives from antagonist
- a bit more polishing needed tbh
Actual rating: 3 stars
There are stories that stay with you long after you've finished reading them. This might be such a story. It certainly is one I enjoy thinking about, discussing way more than actually reading it. Which sounds slightly negative, but it's not necessarily.
If you just want a relaxing read, this one isn't for you. But if you like your books dark, thought-provoking and tackling important and difficult top ...more
"Even though many of our loved ones may not be with us anymore, we must fight. Even when it hurts to know they're gone, we must fight. Even if you want to give up hope, we must fight against the enemy whose goal is to strip away all that makes us human. If we do not continue our fight, we will face a fate worse than death. Tonight, may the dead rest in peace knowing they haven't died in vain."
It's year 2065. Deadly virus, the Devil's Dream, decimated the population. The ones who are le ...more
Devoured this book in one day. My only regret is that it's over!
This book grips you from the moment you read that first page, and the author doesn't let the pace slip for even a minute. The world building is crazy; it's dark and twisted and dangerous and incredibly imaginative with the technological advances the author has thought up (some of which I want in my life). Set in a world reeling from a virus, Earth feels broken, and so do the characters.
The characters are some of the ...more
The story revolves around two sisters, Solanine and Ember, who were separated by the technology-devoted government years ago. Though there are quite a few conflicts that are raging through the story, the main idea seems to be consistent—the technology-abusing government to be thrown over and for humanity to be restored. For those who might not know, I’m a ...more
As soon as I started reading this book, I felt out of sorts. This novel throws you right into the action ... but with very little background. It almost felt like I was reading the second book in a series, and not the first. I kept waiting for there to be an explanation or some kind of recounting of events to explain how things got to be to the present time in the book, but it didn't really happen. The few things ...more
I honestly have no idea how (or why) I made it through this book, but here I am.
major trigger warnings for several suicide attempts and at least one suicide, frequent self-harm, and alcohol addiction.
I requested Crimson Ash on NetGalley months ago because the blurb sounded interesting - I love stories with sibling relationships, especially sisters, and I used to love dystopias. Then I kept putting off reading this book, and by ...more
Maybe it's because I finally belong as one of the Blinded.
The people may pretend with their forced laughter. False smiles. Dead eyes. But all of this is the result of conforming. To belong means to give up your dreams. Your identity.
Giving mine up is easy because the pa ...more
CRIMSON ASH started off rather slowly for me and I was starting to think that this was going to be one of those misses. However I found that Solanine had snuck up and became a character that I cared about. I started to cheer her on as she would get back up after a defeat ...more
It’s impossible to review a great book, I’m claiming that. This book is more than a page turner! It did a great job of turning the story round and round. So, this book review will have a lot of insights like WHY DID “THAT” HAPPEN TO Quill? Yep, just why. I love Quill.
The things is, I don’t usually read dystopian that’s why I slow-read this one at first. I don’t wanna miss a single information so Kindle highlights did a great job of helping me remember details. Orange for c ...more
Okay, seriously. I can’t tell if it’s my fault or the author’s fault that the writing is not grasping my attention lately.
In the case of Crimson Ash, I do have to give Haley Sulich a thumbs up for effort. She’s clearly trying to add more variety in her sentence structure by using multiple short bursts of phrases.
However, perhaps it’s a bit too clearly. I can ...more
When I first saw this book, I thought it sounded really promising. I've been on a - let's call it "dystopian revival kick" lately and when I read the synopsis of this one, I wanted to give it a chance.
Some of the reviewers said that this was an action-packed story that never lets up and I think I just went into it with way too high expectations. I know I'm a girl who deeply depends on connecting to characters to like a story. This obviously ...more
Crimson Ash is the story of two sisters set in a dystopian world. Solanine and Ember are sisters whose lives were changed completely the night their government kidnapped Ember. Erasing the memories of people to turn them into effective so ...more
I felt that she could have broken this up into two books at the minimum, especially since there were so many chapters. After the first fifty chapters, the first thing that I thought was, "This book is really really long." Don't get me wrong ...more
You may live as a soldier or face death. Choose wisely.
Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the ...more
Plot / Predictability
• The plot for this novel was something I don’t think I’ve ever read before, either in dystopian fiction or just in general fiction. That, and I was never able to predict where the story would take me next. One page would imply that things were finally looking up and the ...more
**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**
Solanine Lucille and Ember Lucille are living in the same world but under different roofs. Escaping the government's grasp, Solanine lives as a rebel, together with her fiance, Quill, outside the walls of the infamous City of Graven. On the other hand, Ember is a government's soldier, robbed of her memories, tasked to give the "Choice" and trained to be emotionless.
Now there's a rebel group of...more
To be honest, I’m still not completely su ...more
There weren't really any gripping relationships, despite being full of romance. Even the sibling bond the book is centered around falls flat, which is a tragedy because sibling relationships usually hold my interest above all other things. The plot alternates between periods of too-chillness where nothing is happening except people being angry at each other, and periods of frenzied yo-yoing action where desperate plans are launched and fail so quickly it's hard to keep track of ...more
Am I the only one who got DESTROYED at the end?? Because cahira KILLED me. And then nightshade KILLED me. And then everyone else KILLED me. There were times where it was a little slow but even then i flew through this. I’m so glad I got to read an early copy of it (thank you netgalley and the publisher). I would absolutely recommend reading this BEAUTY once it comes out!
DNF @ 43%
I donno what happened. The beginning of this book was really quite good. It was engaging and interesting. The description sounded so good and I really like the cover. But unfortunately at about 25% it started to descend. The story was not as strong and I got bored. I can see others clearly enjoyed this which is great but it just shows that its probably not the authors fault but more ...more
The story is unique and interesting. The characters are believable and well imagined. I just had a really hard time getting into this book for some reason.
Trigger Warning: Violence, Murder, Suicidal Tendency
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