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From Blood and Ash

(Blood and Ash #1)

4.32  ·  Rating details ·  113,625 ratings  ·  14,190 reviews
Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.

A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. W
Kindle Edition, 622 pages
Published March 29th 2020 by Blue Box Press
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I present to you: a tale of questionable consent, bAd BoYs with amber eyes, and foreshadowing so terrible I predicted every plot twist.

Otherwise known as From Mud and Trash.

This book was so bad that I made a whole photo album for the screenshots of “excuse me?” moments. There are 122 photos in total. *faith in literature flies out the window*

From Blood and Ash follows the Maiden, a girl named Poppy who is fated to Ascend soon. She isn’t allowed to speak to or touch anyone but a select few. Bu
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
living in these crazy times, i was pretty certain nothing could surprise me anymore. but then JLA pulls a beyoncé and just drops this book out of nowhere, as if it were a gift delivered from the book gods themselves.

and this story is truly a gift that keeps on giving. there is a strong, fierce heroine and her swoon-worthy personal guard, which leads to some pretty smouldering romance. but love isnt the only emotion - this story is overflowing with bravery, suspense, loyalty, curiosity, vengeanc
Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book got WILD lol
Sapir Englard
Apr 05, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
EDIT 12/11/020:

So Goodreads book choice award (is that what it's called?) has concluded and guess which book took first place in the romance category?

...Imma go ask Santa for a new book-shelving website.


This review contains spoilers. Just saying.

Rating: 1.5 stars.

There should be a new adult fantasy genre called Maas Fantasy, after Sarah J Maas. That genre would be full of pretty people, non original world building, out-of-genre writing that can be either really bad or even worse, love inter
• Lindsey Dahling •
Holy shit. I almost DNF this at 16%. I was bored. There were info dumps everywhere. The narrator was blah. The plot wasn’t moving. Goodness, even the TIME IN THE BOOK wasn’t moving. Pretty sure at 16% not even 24 hours had passed in this book world. I told myself I would jump ship if this did not improve by the 20% mark.

Damn did it improve. I’ve never been so glad I didn’t jump ship. (Okay, that’s a lie. I was also really glad I didn’t jump ship during season 5 of The Vampire Diaries.)

Arini ~ Miss Casually Reading

3.5 Stars

I hope this author never stops writing about all manner of supernatural beings bcs I’ve always had a craving for paranormal romances and she never disappoints. Even on the occasion when my rating might suggest otherwise.

Coming out with a fresh from the oven NA high fantasy series, JLA surprises us with this alluring and action packed tale of fallen kingdoms on the rise, cursed bloodthirsty creatures, reluctant maidens, and steamy forbidden love affairs.

Things you will love in this bo
Edit : Goodreads choice awards- Best Romance- 2020
So well deserved!

Five addictive, mesmerizing, heart-rending, sexy, adrenaline-inducing stars right away!

Ever had the feeling of numbness, the feeling of having your heart break and then remade, and the feeling of intensity flooding your body cells? Yeah, that was me, during and after reading this book.

There is action and violence, passion and romance, friendship and betrayal. It is the tale about a world where anguish leaves no room for lig
chan ☆
i went from thinking i had doo doo brains at the beginning of this convoluted mess to being

galaxy brained from 50%-the end of this

make of that what you will.


finally trying fantasy romance
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3 Kinda Bummed Stars, a couple things before we get started.

1) I'm not in a reviewing mood, but wanted to get something down before I completely forget and then lose all interest. So, I apologize beforehand for the lack of quality I'm sure is about to follow...

2) Don't throw figurative tomatoes at me for not loving this more. I'm not in the mood for that shit either. And I promise any responses to said tomatoes will not be...diplomatic.

But anyway, this book...

I feel like Jennifer L. Ar
marta the book slayer
Dec 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that wants to torture themselves
Recommended to marta the book slayer by: idk but you should be fired
Greetings students. Welcome to Writing 101: How to write the worst novel ever written in 2020 (and still WIN a Goodreads award). This is my first time teaching this class but rest assured my qualifications include: understanding the proper use of ellipses and knowing ten different names that sound better than Penellaphe. Please take out your syllabus. As you will see our assigned and only reading for this class is this novel. It is expected that you have read this novel before attending my class ...more
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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DNF @ 13%

I'm honestly flummoxed by the ratings of this book. How can DAMSEL, one of the best YA fantasies I've read recently, have a 3.4 rating on Goodreads, and this self-indulgent vampire AU version of ACoTaR has a 4.4? Like... I literally have no words. This is why I have trust issues, you guys. You have led me astray from the path of light.

FROM BLOOD AND ASH was all over my feed and even though I haven't been impressed with Armentrou

"From this moment until the last moment, I am yours."

At the end of 2020, I kept seeing this book all over book social media and it was being loved by such a vast range of bookish friends. And then it was the goodreads choice awards 2020 best romance winner! Up until this point, I had never really read anything by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but my curiosity was so very peaked! Then once I entered 2021, I still felt like I could not escape the hype of this series! Finally, I r
ELLIAS (elliasreads)
Feb 27, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-books

The fact that this was over 600 pages, the fact that this book has an average rating of (at the time of this review, a 4.36, that fact that IM— excuse me while I go and vomit all the angst and cringe out of me.

....This book won the Gooodreads Choice Awards for the category of rOmAnCE??!!!!!!1!!!!!11111!! That was a c h o i c e .


This was like reading a badly written fan fiction c
Mary S. R.
Sep 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: seekers of good enemies to lovers
(4.5 ★’s)

“You’re such a bad influence,”
“Only the bad can be influenced, Princess.”

That might make no sense to you but it makes perfect sense to me and to Hawke who might just be my very first book crush—how is that possible someone mark the date because hell has frozen over.

This was my very first book by JLA and I will willingly climb over your rooftop to shout at the top of my lungs and declare her an excellent writer for all and any of your neighbours to hear. Why? Because From Blood and A
Laura Thalassa
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book is officially my new obsession! I need you all to read it too so that we can all gush about it! Seriously, I haven't felt this way about a book since Holly Black's Folk of the Air series, and I'm having trouble concentrating on writing because I can't get this book and the characters out of my head! Putting this baby on my "Favorites" shelf! <3 ...more
☆Pelumi☆ (Going on hiatus because school exists)

" From Blood and Ash

We Shall Rise."


“You're an absolutely stunning, murderous little creature.”

EDIT: I just realised that the only WoC in this book, Tawny, was named after the very color of her skin. I must say JLA did not fail in the creativity aspect of this book.

Actual rating: 1.5 stars
Out of FIVE
Intensity: -12
Romance: meh! -5

Now if you look at my shelving, you'll be wonde
TheBibliotheque ♡
"You're an absolutely stunning, murderous, little creature."

YO. YOOOO. I have been keeping quiet about this book FOR A MONTH and all this contained fangirling energy almost makes me implode.


I know you know me and my neverending and neverdying love for Jen's books. So imagine the array of emotions that passed through my body when I was given the chance to read her upcoming novel early (elation, HAPPINESS, joy) but I was asked not to speak a word of it (contained fangirling, frustration, yearning)
Lucy Tonks
Nov 20, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: buddy-reads
Yes, I did in fact managed to finish this whole book. All 600 pages of it. And I can say that it was.. something. Definitely.

I don't understand how a book can be so bad. I went into this book with pretty low expectations because of all the mixed reviews that I've seen online, but somehow I'm still disappointed. I don't think I've ever cringed so much while reading a book. I'm not sure I have actually ever cringed while reading a book. Now I understand why Sofia calls this From Mud and Trash. I'
Chelsea Humphrey
"The next time you go out, wear better shoes and thicker clothing. Those slippers are likely to be the death of you, and that dress... the death of me."


I have no desire to cause a stink or debate on this book's worthiness of being read, because when it comes down to it, the issues I had with this book were all based in personal preference, and everyone has a right to their opinion of this book, myself as well as fans of this series. Typically, when I pick up a fantasy novel I'm looking for one o
WHY DID I NOT LISTEN TO EVERYONE WHO TOLD ME HOW AMAZING THIS BOOK WAS!?!? I've had this book since March and have been putting off reading it because it's over 500 pages. But I finally picked it up for a vlog and it is easily one of my new favorite books of 2020.

Poppy is a Maiden and is following orders and waiting for until the time for her Ascension. That means that she stays in her room, cannot show her face to anyone, cannot be friends with anyone, and must follow the orders of the Duke an
human [on hiatus]
This book won "Best Romance" in the Goodreads Choice Awards???

Someone, please explain.

Anyhow, at least now I know not to trust them!

(jkjk everyone's entitled to their own opinions :) I meant no offense.) (please don't flame me for this.)



Y'all, I have no words. Seriously. No one is more disappointed or surprised than I am. Just-

Where do I even start???

Going into this, after seeing all the positive reviews and actually reading the synopsis (I don't always submit blindly to th
Helena of Eretz ✰
“Fear and bravery are often one and the same. It either makes you a warrior or a coward. The only difference is the person it resides inside.”

For the record, this is my NINETEENTH Jennifer L. Armentrout novel that I've read and my favourite, thus far!!! (Do I say that with every book of hers I read? Yes, but that doesn’t make it any less true <3) If you had asked me 24 hours ago what my favourite JLA series was, I’d have immediately answered with the Covenant series because hello! greek mytholog
Lucie V.
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
“With my sword and with my life, I vow to keep you safe, Penellaphe,” he spoke, voice deep and smooth, reminding me of rich, decadent chocolate. “From this moment until the last moment, I am yours.”

✅ Strong badass main character
✅ Awesome love interest
✅ Sweet romance
✅ Funny banter
✅ Action
✅ Original way to present vampires
❗️❗️ Kind of cliffhanger

Oh. My. God.
So much drama, so much angst, so worth it.

Poppy escaped a brutal attack when she was a little girl, mysteriously surviv
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Just a big, bold WOW! I’m actually screaming: WOWZA!

Okay! Quick confession: this book started with frustration. I just grumbled a lot. I found the name choices a little awkward, weird , absurd, you name it. If you had a chance I certainly changed the heroine’s name: Pennallappe, really!??( even writing her name exhausted me) and I tried to pronounce it as I look in the mirror, twisting my mouth but as you may imagine I made several Gibberish sounds. It was more complex chanting a nursery rh
Whitney Atkinson
this book was just badly written at first (aka for 500 smut-less pages), but then it actually became disturbing and upsetting so i had to stop reading the at last 100 pages because i was so angry. this book was just so badly written and i couldn't stand either of the main characters, especially the love interest. ...more
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
There were some things I didn’t like but I love Poppy and her spunk and characters both alive and dead 😕

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾

Thankyou Mary S.R. for resolving one of the biggest issues i had with this book i.e - Poppy's issue with veil which is less of a "it's so hard to do" and more of a "i don't have a choice" thing. About how she can't do the simplest thing without having a choice in that matter. I've been forced to do things in my life - things i've never wanted to, and now that i think back to what Poppy felt, i can actually relate to her (a little). I mean, haven't we all been there? Living without a c
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“From Blood and Ash…. We Will Rise.”
This got WILD! My mind is a whirlwind with everything that happened towards the end. The unexpected turn of events really took me off guard. While I enjoyed this, I couldn’t say this was exceptional or something I haven’t read before. The characters were pretty strong and the world building easy to absorb.
It was also captivating and unputdownable to some extent. But it’s just that we’ve had better and I didn’t think this was perfect or flawless as such to des
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