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Blood & Ash

(The Jezebel Files #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  203 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Cold-blooded kidnappers. Long-lost magic. When things get serious, she goes full Sherlock.

Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake.

She wasn’t counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn’t possess.

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Published January 14th 2020 by Te Da Media
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BLOOD & ASH by Deborah Wilde is a well-written urban fantasy detective book with a side of romance. It is book one in the Jezebel Files series.

This story mainly takes place in Vancouver, Canada where some people have magic and others don’t. Ashira Cohen is the only female private investigator in Vancouver and she works on non-magical cases. When she takes on a missing person case, she feels it will be an easy case. However, she is attacked and hits her head. A hidden tattoo is revealed and,
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

I'm pretty torn on this one. On one hand, we have Wilde's signature humour, good technical writing, and some nice diversity; on the other hand, we have an absolutely TERRIBLE plot and somewhat unenthusiastic romance.

Also, you know what? This felt WAY too much like reading Wilde's other series, the Unlikeable Demon Hunter, to the extent that I was getting deja vu.

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Ashira Cohen is a PI who's always thought she was Mundane,
Marta Cox
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in a new urban fantasy series by an author that never fails to entertain me. This time her protagonist is a most decidedly human private investigator working in a world where magic exists until she finds out that actually no she’s not just a mundane human but actually has powerful magic herself ! Ashira finds herself working alongside Levi the ever infuriating head honcho in the local supernatural community. So now she’s solving a missing persons case and trying to ...more
Jan 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: urban-fantasy
I've been wavering between a 2 (ok book) and 1 (didn't like) star rating, but at the end I prefer to be honest rather than kind. [Not that I want to be rude, mind you]

Unfortunately, I couldn't care less about the book, the heroine, the plot, so yes, this is probably an ok book, but one I didn't particularly enjoy reading.
It wins the Teflon award of the year, it doesn't stick (at least to this reader). And this should tell you a lot, given that the plot is supposedly about kidnapping and murder.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Urban Fantasy
*Rating* 3.5


Blood & Ash, by author Deborah Wilde, is the first installment in the authors Jezebel Files series. 28-year old Ashira Cohen is the only female private investigator in Vancouver along with her best friend Priya Khairi. As a supposed non-Nefesh, or non-magic user, she's forbidden from taking any magical cases. When she takes on a missing person case, unregistered Nefesh kid, she feels it will be an easy case. After taking a blow to
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ashira and Levi have been butting heads since they were young. Pretty much do the same as adults, but add in some mystery, sexual tension and they’re off. Deborah Wilde has created another snarky, taking names and kicking a$$ heroine that I can’t get enough of! I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough! Now I really need more. Like right now!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Deborah Wilde and I must say I quite liked it.
It was exactly what expected it to be in the best way possible. When I read the blurb I was intrigued and I'm happy to say the book didn't disappoint at all. Everything I hoped for when I started reading this book I got: magic & kick ass heroine, the action, sparks filled relationship between Ashira and Levi, fabulous secondary characters, interesting mythology... There are also some great relationship dynamics that I'm
Tonja Drecker
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Snarky is exactly what this detective is in an interesting nod at Sherlock Holmes, which packs tons of action, heaps of attitude and a romance which fits right into the slot.

Ash is a mundane detective, who despite laws and regulations, dabbles in cases of which touch upon the magical world as well. While tailing a teenage girl, whose mother is convinced she's on drugs, Ash stumbles across not only teens, who are hiding their magic, but upon something much more sinister. To make things worse, a
Natalie panda eyes
Pretty much feels like a sober Nava doing Leo’s job with an obsession of Sherlock Holmes in Alice in Wonderland. The characters are fun and quirky, ongoing mystery and so many references to Sherlock. I liked the bickering and chemistry between Ash and Levi. Want to see Pri and Miles in the same room. Favourite character was Arkady. That guy is badass fun. Will read the next one.
Sharon Tyler
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blood & Ash is the first book in the Jezebel Files series by Deborah Wilde. It is currently scheduled for release on January 14 2020.

Ashira Cohen takes pride in being the only female private investigator in Vancouver. With her skills, her missing persons case should be a piece of cake. She wasn’t counting on getting bashed in the skull, revealing a hidden tattoo and supernatural powers she shouldn’t possess. Or the bitter icing on top: a spree of abductions and terrifying ghostly creatures
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve read this author before, and I liked her snarky style. For some reason, I never read any others so I was excited to see another series start (I like to start at the beginning). I loved this book with its interesting characters, great writing, and fast-paced action. I do have to admit that the author has a way of writing (I can’t put my finger on it exactly) that takes me a minute to get used to. I also guessed at something right away and didn’t believe the red herring (no spoilers!). ...more
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
I found the romance uninspired, the story dull & the the snark repetitive. 1 star
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC copy of Blood and Ash from Te Da Media. This is my honest and voluntary review. Blood and Ash is set for publication Jan. 24, 2020.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this book in one sitting. I couldn't put it down. It's fast paced and the action doesn't stop. It's just what I expected from Deborah Wilde. I can't wait until the next book. #BloodAshASnarkyUrbanFantasyDetectiveSeries #NetGalley
Ash is a mundane where 10% of humans have some king of magical abilities, she's a PI reduced to minor investigations because the Head of House Pacifica has deemed her unable to investigate anything involving the magical, even cheating spouse cases. Then an innocent bump on the head reveals a strange tattoo and hitherto unknown magic blood powers.

If the idea of a secular Jewish PI with attitude and unheard of magical powers floats your boat then I think I have a new series for you. Engaging
Lucy Dosch
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the blend of investigation and magic in Of Ash and Blood.

As a Mundane Private Investigator, Ashira Cohen is forbidden from working a case involving Nefresh (magic users). She has already been warned by House Pacifica as well as pompous Levi Montefiore, who runs her local House. Problem is that no one advised her that her current investigation involved an unregistered Rogue magic user and when she gets knocked down and suffers a concussion, she needs to sweep the whole thing under the rug
Jan 15, 2020 rated it liked it
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Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In a world where you are either Mundane or Nefesh (those with magic abilities), it's not easy as a mundane PI to make a living. Especially if you're barred from taking on any cases that even remotely concern Nefesh. But Ashira Cohen (or just Ash) makes it work, together with her hacker friend Pri. Butting heads with the Nefesh Head of House Pacifica (and nemesis since childhood) Levi makes it all the more fun :)
That is, until a hit on the head reveals a broken ward and Ash suddenly isn't so
Angel Hatfield
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She was filming a teenager for cash. Charlotte Rose Scott-age sixteen was currently trying to break and enter a weathered Craftsman house. Ashira watched C R try every way she could think of to break in without success. Charlotte was Mundane which meant she had no magic, no powers. Except she had disappeared so apparently she wasn’t Mundane. Now Ashera was about to get screwed by House Pacifica. When Victoria Scott had hired Ashira to spy on her her kid who’d been acting cagey and obviously some ...more
Heather Rainwater-Alvarado
This is my first book of Wilde's and the cover artwork captivated my attention. It's very well done. I love wit and banter in books, so when I read the description as a "Snarky Supernatural Detective Series", I was hooked. Even partway through the first chapter, I was in love and was ready to rate this with 5 stars. Sadly, the book started rolling downhill for me. Slowly at first, but was all but sprinting by the end. It tears me apart to leave bad reviews, but I cannot find hardly any positives ...more
Ashley Reyes
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review through Netgalley.

This is the first book in a new series by this author. This is the second series that she's done and I've read, but it feels like they may be playing in the same world as the previous. In the Nava Katz series, they were Jewish mystic warriors, witches and demons. But, they never really did too much in regards to how the public saw magic, or the governmental structure of the public at large. But, this book has magic out in
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic blend of snark, girl power, urban fantasy and action. It’s such a witty book, with smart humour and laugh out loud moments. I love, love, love a female PI, tracking down clues, finding things out with a good dose of the underdog about her. I really enjoy that Ash isn’t a perfect heroine either, she’s got scars (literally and metaphorically).

She’s a very real character that is incredibly relatable, I think everyone can see parts of themselves in Ash. Her friendship with Priya is
Bobbie Kirkland
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of BLOOD AND ASH: A SNARKY URBAN FANTASY DETECTIVE SERIES (Book 1 of the Jezebel Files) by Deborah Wilde in exchange for an honest review. Ashira Cohen’s a bit of an anti-social, rulebreaking rebel. Ashira ditched her mother’s world of wealth, schmoozing, and anti-magic activism to be the only female private investigator in Vancouver. Though not anti-magic like her mom, Ashira frequently comes into conflict with her childhood nemesis Levi Montefiore, who now heads one of ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story takes off from Page One and had me enthralled

I loved The Unlikeable Demon Hunter series and although all good things must come to an end, I really wasn't ready to let Nava and Rohan go (or Leo and Drio, for that matter). I thought that no-one could replace the prickly, snarky, fiercely independent Nava and the just all-round delicious Rohan in my heart but I may have to rethink that. Meet Ashira Cohen, P.I.- smart, snarky, caring detective, working in a world where magic is
Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ashira Cohen works as a PI in Vancouver believing she is a “mundane,” a non-magical person until a blow to the head breaks a ward unleashing a powerful magic within her. Ashira finds herself thrust into a magical world that she previously only dealt with from the sidelines. Her childhood adversary, Levi Montefiore, heads up the most powerful magic House in the magic community. When Ashira is forced to work with him, all kind of sparks fly…some of the intense attraction kind.

Ashira has some deep
Kristi Gladden
I love this new series by Deborah Wilde, who first wrote the “Unlikeable Demon Hunter” series, one of my favorite series to date. I am an avid reader, especially series’ that include my favorite type of heroine - snarky, stubborn, and smart. I have read all of the major players in this genre, and Deborah Wilde can hold her own with the best of the best.
In this series, Ash begins as one of us normal humans, called “Mundanes” in a world that is also approximately 10 percent supernatural humans
Jenna R
Dec 04, 2019 rated it liked it
**I was provided an electronic ARC by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.**

In Deborah Wilde's Blood & Ash, we follow private investigator Ashira Cohen. Ashira is a Mundane, which means she doesn't have magical abilities. When Ashira gets a concussion on a case, she finds out about a tattoo she didn't know she had along with a bit more than she bargained for. Along with mysterious smudges appearing and causing heart attacks in magic users, Ashira teams up with the
Thank you to Te Da Media & NetGalley for the e-ARC to read and review!

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

This was my introduction into a mystery/thrill/suspense-esque type of book. I found Blood & Ash to be an okay book. It helped that there was a fantasy element to the story. The premise made it sound like this would be a good read but I wasn’t blown away by what happened.

Ashira is a very strong character with an incredibly strong voice and personality. I liked that she is trying to diversify
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
This is the best book I've read in a while, and I never give out 5 star ratings. If you took Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan and Jessica Jones, and they had a wonderfully snarky woman-baby, Ash would be it!

Ash is a mundane (or at least we all see her start the book that way) private investigator, in a world full of magical people. They are divided into Houses, and her old frenemy, Levi, is the leader of the local one. While following one of her client's kids on a failed B&E, she gets bonked on
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. The world building was great, the characters were well fleshed out and the dialogue was snarky but not overly so. Ash is a PI trying to help the mundane by exposing scammers and cheaters. She is hired to find out what a woman’s errant daughter is up to when she exposes the daughter and friend as unregistered magic users but not before she is knocked hard on the head and suddenly finds she has powers of her own. There is a strange smudge inhabiting and killing people with ...more
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A global wanderer, hopeless romantic, and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes urban fantasy to satisfy her love of smexy romances and tales of chicks who kick ass. This award-winning author is all about the happily-ever-after, with a huge dose of hilarity along the way. “It takes a bad girl to fight evil. Go Wilde.”

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