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A Tale of Ashes (Tales of Fairy)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Across the country, human teens are going missing, and all eyes are turning to the fae.

Seventeen-year-old Freddie is a human at a magically diverse boarding school who longs to report on the war-torn realms of Fairy. When humans disappear on campus, it’s the perfect opportunity to jump-start her journalism career. While the public blame the fae, Freddie wants facts. If she
Published April 13th 2021 (first published April 2020)
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Ellie Blackwood
Apr 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Rounded up from 4.5 stars

This is a YA fantasy about a 17-year-old student journalist, Freddie, who must use her investigative skills to find out who’s been kidnapping her fellow students. Along the way, she meets a mysterious fae called Aiden, and starts falling for him even though he might be the very kidnapper she’s trying to hunt down ...

I gotta say, I LOVED the characters in this book! Freddie is whip-smart and super brave with a heart of gold. Aiden, despite being a brooding bad boy, is sec
Rosalyn Briar
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author for providing me with an ARC of the novel. These opinions are my own.

A Tale of Ashes is a fantastic YA fantasy with a diverse cast of characters and lots of magic. If you love dual POV stories with mystery, romance, and action, AToA is for you!

The strongest part of the story for me was how the author used magical beings to show how racism affects society. It was so well done.

Freddie and Aiden are the MC’s and are both likeable in their own ways. Freddie is hard-working, b
Laurel Chandler
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
*I received an eARC from the author for an honest review*

A Tale of Ashes is the first book in a new series that promises mystery, adventure, and slow-burned romance.

At first, I was a bit disoriented in this world where magical creatures and human coexisted. It took me a while to understand how many kinds of magical creatures there were and how magic worked. After Freddie started her investigation things became more interesting and I just couldn’t put it down! The book is overall well-paced and a
Stephanie - Books Less Travelled
*I received a copy of this complementary of the author. This does not affect my review.*

I had high hoped for this one, the blurb sounds like exactly my kind of read, and I couldn't wait to meet these characters and see their stories! My only complaint is....what took me so long to start this?

I had so much fun reading this and meeting Freddie and Aiden, as well as the rest of the cast, and getting to see this glimpse into their lives. I loved every minute of this story, and am already eager for
❀ Alex ❀ (The Scribe Owl)
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Thank you to the author for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review!

4/5 stars!

A Tale of Ashes is a paranormal urban fantasy story set in our modern world, perfect for fans of The Mortal Instruments!

Going into A Tale of Ashes, I had just read four contemporary books in a row and I was starving for a fantasy, any fantasy. I didn't have abnormally high expectations either, but I loved this! More than I was expecting to. On the surface le
Casey Williams
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was ok
Firstly, happy release date to Tale of Ashes. I would like to congratulate the author, I know it’s not easy to right a book and release it.
The author did send me a review copy, however my review is not biased and all thoughts and options are my own.
I was truly hoping to like this book as it’s not easy being sent a book for review and it not being for you. I just want to state that even though this was not my type of read, you may love it so please don’t let my options sway your thoughts. If t
Apr 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Note: I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for a voluntarily and honest review.
Original review on my blog Boekensteeg

A Tale of Ashes is the first part of Ann Dayleview's Tales of Fairy series of four and also her debut.

After a night out, Freddie kisses a handsome fae. What she doesn't know, however, is that he is the most feared dark fae soldier named Aiden. Meanwhile, more and more human students are disappearing and all arrows point to the fae, but Freddie is sure they ar
Shannon McCarter
Apr 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like CANDY! A Tale of Ashes is very reminiscent of A School For Good and Evil with a Riverdale twist and I honestly couldn’t get enough.

There are some issues here and there with the structure but the characters and campiness more than made up for it for me. My favorite part was seeing our dark brooding boy Aiden be fascinated by everything, it was absolutely adorable.

I’ll definitely have my eye out for more from this author; I think with a little more polishing her writin
Apr 01, 2021 rated it liked it
A tale of ashes is a nice fantasy that combines modern reality with fantasy. It started out great but somewhere in the middle I felt like something is missing. The first club scene was great and it made a great atmosphere for the next parts. The murder mysteries were a great addition for the action.
I liked Aiden more than Freddie, and I would have liked to see more of his backstory than Pelrin's awful flirting. I had some good laughs but there were a few issues that bothered me a bit, like the
Olivia Helewa
Who doesn't love magically disappearing teens and fae in a book? I certainly do as I read through, A Tale of Ashes about 17-year-old Freddie in a magical boarding school, (she's human). I really enjoyed having the fantasy fairy world mashed with our modern one to create the story setting. This was quite enjoyable and I liked reading scenes with Freddie and Aiden together. ...more
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to receive and ARC copy of this from the author.

The modern world melding with Fairy is great! This book tackles many issues we are facing today.
The characters are interesting. Freddie is super relatable and who doesn’t love a “bad” boy, Aiden.

The story definitely pulled me in, though there were a few slow moments.

I highly recommend for fans of fae and can’t wait to see what else happens!!!!
Megan Rivera
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Aiden is a fae soldier with a murderous reputation. Raised in the dark fae court and forced to partake in the brutal Fairy Civil War, he thirsts for revenge against the realm which murdered his family. It was a great book and I highly recommend reading it. Thank you to StoryOrign for allowing me to read this book.
Maddie Powell
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I do not typically enjoy fantasy novels but this was fantastic and impossible to put down. It felt like the political climate of our reality but with magic and mythical creatures added in. I need a sequel. Stat.
Maryam Mohammed
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author who provided me with an ARC copy and welcomed an honest review!

I have a thing for strong, confident, driven and somewhat stubborn female protagonists and this book definitely delivers. Freddie seems to go diving into trouble without much thought of the consequences. She is passionate about not just her chosen career but about actual social issues in the human world and in Fairy. When we meet Aiden though, I do really start to question Freddie's judgement but it's fantastic w
Apr 15, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I feel like this book was trying to be too many things at once, and because of this I didn’t feel fully invested in it. The school setting made it feel a bit young with her petty feud with her fellow student, while she was also investigating the disappearances. We then get this fae war that is going on, and I felt like that was very two-dimensional and I didn’t feel like the author would actually kill off any central characters with that sub plot, so wasn’t that invested. I did like th
Apr 17, 2021 rated it liked it
I bought this book because the cover drew me into the blurb, which sounds like a lot of fun. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t right for me, but that might not mean it won’t be right for others. Fae live alongside humans, but the reader doesn't have a hierarchy. There are no explanations of the different kinds and colors of Fae, they are just there, and we have to parse them out for ourselves. They are also at war, but we don’t know why.

I felt that the descriptions went from being overly flowy to
Jen Lowry
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This YA Contemporary Fantasy has it all: Fae, Magic, Mystery, Love, Friendship, Intrigue, Twists, Turns, and all the good stuff. What’s more, is that it is a #bookthatmatters. Ann Dayleview takes on social issues within this fantasy world including immigration, stereotypes, and racism. This book can serve as a catalyst for discussions that are so relevant for today.

The characters will draw you into their worlds. Freddie, the 17-year-old investigative journalist with a bright future in the field,
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021
So it started with potential. I liked the MC, Freddie. I like her friends. I even liked Aiden, who was the other POV in the story. I wish we could more depth from him. I was even sympathetic toward Freddie’s treatment of Pelrin. I wanted to know more about him and also more about his rivalry with Aiden. I needed more info when it came to their hatred towards each other. There’s history there. I also wished we got more info on Aiden and who he is. The first book is about drawing readers in to kno ...more
Elizabeth Sedell
Mar 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
*I was given an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review."

Fun mystery
Original world

Campy, cheesy moments
World building

Am I happy I read this book? Yes
Would I recommend it to a friend? Yes
First thoughts on finishing the book? Ahh, now I have to wait for the second one!
Will I be continuing the series? Yes

I absolutely devoured this book. I read it in less than a day, almost all in one sitting. It was such a fun, easy read and I loved the chapter shifts between Fredd
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
Read more reviews like this on my blog!

As someone who does not typically read fantasy, this book was the perfect way to ease back into the genre. Author Ann Dayleview blends fantasy and human worlds in a way that makes the setting easy to understand. By creating a society similar to ours today — with people facing prejudice, police bias, and hate even after being “equal under the law” — Dayleview is able to make commentary on our world in a creative and interesting way.

A Tale of Ashes also make
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very exciting Urban Fantasy featuring all kinds of Fae. Themes that are recognizable in modern society, especially when it comes to immigration. Freddie is a take no crap from anyone hero and Aiden is a pretty developed character that goes through a lot of growth in the novel. Can't wait for more.

Good for fans of urban fantasy ya, and tales with strong-minded heroines.

I received a copy from StoryOrigin. All opinions are my own
Apr 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
A Tale of Ashes
by Ann Dayleview
Book 1 in the Tale of Fairy series
Rating: 4/5

I always love experiencing new authors, especially when it comes to YA fantasy. I was NOT disappointed! Ann Dayleview writes with an easy style and slowly but surely captivates her audience. The story had its own unique twists and turns along with fabulous world-building that manages to stand out from the rest. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this first installment and I cannot wait for the next book.

Highly recommend this Y
Apr 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I liked this one. As far as young adult fantasy books go, this is one of the lighter ones. It was easy to read and overall fairly enjoyable, but I did feel like it lacked layers or depth to it to truly help it stand out in the crowd.

It raised some relevant topics such as racism and immigration, biased media reporting, and dodgy politics in a world where fairies, vampires and werewolves live among regular humans. I liked this and found it quite interesting. I also liked the bubbling relationship
M. Michelle
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Although A Tale of Ashes is only the first book, it very clearly sets up the Tales of Fairy series to be wildly successful. Freddie and Aiden can easily garner the same cult following as Bella and Edward. This author has a long career ahead of her in the YA fantasy space. Side note: it cracked me up so much every time Freddie called Mallory everything but her name.
HGB Tlusty
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review by the author.

I truly enjoyed the premise of this book. I loved that the story was not your typical journey, and the world building was fresh and unique.

Where it fell a little flat for me is that it was not as descriptive as I would have liked. I enjoy descriptions so thorough that it is easy for me to envision myself within the world the author is creating.

This also felt more geared toward middle school aged readers rather than
Stephanie Watt
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down! I really enjoyed how well the two perspectives of the story meshed. I loved the dimension that was added to the story by Freddie pursuing journalism and her journey to break a big story. I can't wait to read the next book! ...more
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to the author for providing me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed A Tale of Ashes! Ann Dayleview grabbed my attention right from the start, when we meet Freddie, a human, and we get a glimpse of Aiden, a badass fae.

This book follows Freddie as she tries to get an article published in a prominent paper by investigating missing people from her area. It also follows Aiden, a male fae well known for killing and serving the Dark Fae.

Morgan Bernard
Jan 29, 2021 rated it liked it
An intriguing mix of contemporary mystery and fairy love story. This novel melds modern day issues (racial profiling, biased reporting, deportation, and corrupt politics) with the cruel possibility of war in a neighboring fae world.

The book weaves together two narratives--a young reporter's passion to find the truth in a kidnapping plot alongside a traumatized fae soldier's search for revenge. Freddie's and Aiden's stories merge into a tentative tale of friendship and potential love. Although th
Kirsty Dunn
Jan 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Jan 23, 2021 rated it liked it
I am used to YA fantasy books being dark and heavy, A Tale of Ashes was not. The book would be perfect for middle grades and lower young adult if they want something fantasy but without all the gore and darkness. Dayleview creates two worlds (I think); the human world and the supernatural world. It seems they border each other and the human and the supernatural creatures (vampires, werewolves, and fae) can cross between the two. I wish the author would have spent more time setting up the worlds ...more
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Ann Dayleview writes fantasy novels which aim to transport the reader to worlds unlike any other. She reads any young adult and middle grade fantasy novel she can get her hands on. Her writing is often inspired by the wild assortment of music she listens to as well as her travels into different countries and cultures.

In addition to writing, Ann loves spending time with her two dogs, baking all th

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