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Blood & Ash

(The Jezebel Files #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,841 ratings  ·  423 reviews
Listening length: 8 hours, 45 minutes

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
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Published January 23rd 2020 by Deborah Wilde (first published January 10th 2020)
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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, muc
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures)
Blood & Ash is a brand new Urban Fantasy series by Deborah Wilde. It’s a whirlwind adventure with a dash of Alice and Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, and Hidden Legacy series.

The story takes place in Vancouver, Canada with a lot of Jewish mythology rooted in.

Ashira is a human private investigator working in a world where magic exits until an unexpected accident happens and now she’s got magic. Ashira was a fun character. I liked how her mind worked. She’s a Sherlock Homes type character and their
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I liked this so much more than I had anticipated. Who doesn't love a strong willed, snarky heroine who is willing to do whatever it takes to not only do the right thing, but help those she cares about, damn the consequences?
Such a fun and different take on magic and monsters. I can't wait for book two. This had me entertained from beginning to end.
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.
I wasn't able to listen to this audiobook on NetGalley Shelf App no matter how hard I tried to fix the issues. Install, uninstall, download, delete...and all I managed was listen to chapter 1. over and over again. I will def take a pause of requesting audiobooks from NetGalley for some time.

As I could listen to chapter one on repeat, I became very curious about the rest of the book so I downloaded in on another app and listen to it.

This is an amazing urban fantasy novel.
I love the heroine and
I felt like I was reading an unpolished mash-up type of fan fiction of Ilona Andrews’s stories.

This world can be divided into those who have powers (Nefresh) and those who don’t (Mundane). Those who have powers are even in Houses, like in IA’s Hidden Legacy. And the heroine has blood magic like Kate Daniels. There’s also a snarky love-hate thing between Ash (the h) and Levi (the H) that, at times, feels reminiscent of Nevada and Rogan. But, imo, their romance/relationship comes off as forced an
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.

Quick Summary

Ashira Cohen is a PI who's always thought she was Mundan
Robin (Bridge Four)
This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart

Review copy was received from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

3.5 hearts

Blood and Ash is the first book in The Jezebel Files and as such it sets the tone and direction for the entire series.   This seems to be off to a good start though using some lore from Judaism that doesn’t seem to get a lot of attention or representation in literature.  So far the series has a few things goi
Kind of like a Contiki Tour of Urban Fantasy.
Young people who are really only interested in getting drunk and hooking up are bussed into thousand year old castles where they can get drunk and hook up.

It's OK, just not all that original.
Jacob Proffitt
I enjoyed this alternate history Urban Fantasy. It has an interesting flavor where the characters are culturally Jewish, though not religiously observant, really. And the magic flows from a Jewish origin and that manifests in interesting ways, I think. I particularly liked running into actual golems and with the features those would have given that heritage.

And I liked Ashira, though her mental issues are rather broad. Her mistrust of absolutely everybody (with the exception of her best friend)
Great start to a new urban fantasy series.

First off: I listened to the audiobook narrated by Hollie Jackson. Hollie brought the characters to life and made the story more enjoyable. Her voice and tone was great for each character. I 100% recommend the audiobook and I will be listening to the second audiobook soon.

The story takes place in Vancouver, Canada in an alternate reality where some have magic. It is packed with interesting elements and enjoyable secondary characters. Our main character
Geri Reads
Not a bad start to a series. I want to give this a higher rating but I feel like the world building isn’t well developed and felt too derivative to me.

For example, magical ruling houses. It reminded me too much of Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series. IA don’t own this trope and there are other series who did the same thing. But other authors who did it made the trope their own like Jessie Mihalik’s consortium series. It didn’t feel like an imitation.

This book however, felt like a pale imitatio
Marta Cox
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 discove ...more

A group of people with diverse magical powers? Cool.
Enemies to lovers story line? Yes please.
Strong female friendship? Thank you!
Secret society trying sew dissension? Intriguing.

And a h who was a mundane P.I. until she discovered she has strange powers of her own...and unique powers to boot? ...Kind of well worn territory, but her magic is pretty cool- blood magic.

Don't know why but it makes me think of Deadman Wonderland

Ash is a private investigator in an alternate magically touched Vancouver. She is funny, smart and a spit fire that speaks her mind, when it comes to something, she is passionate about…and she is non-magical. Or at least she was, until she is conked on the head and a magical tattoo is revealed.

Levi is the leader of the Nefesh, magical beings, in the Vancouver area and is also the bain of Ash’s existence. They seem to clash all the time so when he starts noticing Ash’s new found abilities, she is

Really wanted to like this one. I DNF books very quickly, but I swear I came back to this one maybe 5 times in the last few months, which is unheard of for me.

The idea of an interesting magic/political world and a childhood rivalry to lovers trope is...chef's kiss👌🏾The writing was good too.

Most of it fell flat for me though.

The snarky heroine had absolutely no charm or authenticity. She was insecure and childish, only playing the role of what she thinks a badass is. She had a few moments o

I can't believe it took me two months to finish this book. I don't even know why.
This was a fun, entertaining, easy read starring a smart, kick-ass heroine and an aloof yet very yummy love interest. I quite enjoyed the storyline, even though the pacing wasn't always perfect.

So I'm blaming my tardiness on my seemingly never-ending book funk I just can't seem to escape.
Oh well.

Definitely reading book #2!

ARC provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I saw an Urban Fantasy Romance available as an audiobook on Netgalley, I knew I had to request it. I feel like it's been a little while since I read a book in that genre and while this was entertaining and funny, I don't think my need for UFR is completely satisfied.

In Blood & Ash, you'll follow Ash, a mundane who grew up thinking she had no powers whatsoever. However, one day, she finds out she actually has magic - blood magic. She can take powers from others if she wishes to. When people
I am a lazy reader when it comes to urban fantasy books -- meaning, if you present me with an alternate universe, you better give me explanation about how it works. I don't want to deduce everything from conversations or snippets of information here and there.

Unfortunately, this is what the book feels for me. There's not enough explanation of the world build. Suddenly I'm presented with Nefesh, Mundane, House, Van Gogh, etc. etc. The heroine and hero seemed to have previous relationship off page
Olivia Wildenstein
Thank you to Netgalley for my audio review copy.

This book was hilarious and satisfying. Reminded me of The Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris. Narration was impeccable.

Cannot recommend enough!
I liked it enough to finish but there was a weird combination of stuff just happening and too much stuff happening. I don’t know how that’s possible. There were hidden doors, puzzles, escape rooms...too much investigating and figuring out to play on the whole Sherlock Holmes thing. A couple surprise investigations were good even awesome, but there were so many I was done with them. And how many times can someone say Holmes, Watson, and Moriarty?? Too many, far too many. Now even though there was ...more
Montzalee Wittmann
Blood & Ash (The Jezebel Files #1)
A Snarky Urban Fantasy Detective Series
by Deborah Wilde
Narrated by Hollie Jackson
This book is one I requested from NetGalley and the review is voluntary. I tried over 20 times to download it from the NetGalley Shelf App but it is a very poor app and I find it works poorly for audible books most of the time. I was able to listen to it from another site.
The story has magic users and stresses the division between those that have magic and those without. Good chara
Chantale Canadian Book Addict
I loved this book. I was entertained and really didn't want to stop reading this one.

I think this is the first time I have ever read a book by Deborah Wylde and it will not be the last.

I do recommend this book .
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I received a copy of the audiobook via Netgalley, however it would not download to my phone. Therefore, I took the risk of borrowing the book through KU and purchasing the audio at a reduced price. The risk paid off as I enjoyed the story, the characters and the world the author created.

Blood and Ash by Deborah Wilde, the first book in The Jezebel Files series took me on a journey to a world filled with magic, adventure, mystery and romance. The story took place in Vancouver and it introduced me
Vishnu Chevli
Oct 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: listen
I was sincerely waiting for Audiobook review copies by Netgalley. I started checking out books within a month of audiobook launch. But my selective choices have delayed my Netgalley audiobook experience by 2 months. The very first book for which I applied and received a review copy in exchange for an honest review was "Blood & Ash" by Deborah Wilde. I could have reviewed the book within 15 days of approval, but a month was wasted as due to some technical issues in the app, I was unable to downlo ...more
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Blood & Ash sounded like an interesting book. In the beginning, I was bit intrigued by a couple of things. For example, the world, the magic, and the characters. Yet, along the way I feel like I'm left with a lot more questions than answers.

Don't get me wrong, this book had some good things in it. Once a hidden tattoo came into play, I was down for anything and everything this book was going to offer. Give me a couple of tw
Rhiannon Chillingworth
This was pretty good Urban Fantasy!

Ash was a complex character. Sometimes her irreverence got a little annoying, but she was suitably complex enough to keep me interested. I loved her friendship with the Pink Manace, aka her besite and room mate.

I also like the dynamic between her and Levi. It's fraustrating, but the chemistry is there.

Add tobthat decent enough, if slightly vague, world building and you get an enjoyable read! Off to read the next one.
*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 the
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Blood Rose Books
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the first in a new series, Deborah Wilde introduces readers to Ashire Cohen, Human, Private Investigator and all around bad-ass:

Ashire Cohen has made a name for herself as a human private investigator in Vancouver and with the skill she has acquired over the years, she should be able to find a missing teenager. What she was not planning on was the mother lying to Ash about her abilities and ending up getting hit in the head, which revealed and disfigured a tattoo that she had on her head. A t
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A global wanderer and total cynic with a broken edit button, Deborah writes urban fantasy to satisfy her love of stories about women who kick ass, and smart, sexy romance. 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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