Welcome to YA Friday! Today I am reviewing the YA paranormal Ash, by Jaymin Eve and Leia Stone.
Charlie Bennet is eighteen and wants to live a normal life with her best friend. That all changes when Charlie becomes the first female Ash. She is forced to live in the Hive and fight to the death for a place in the community. Her trainer, Ryder, is too hot for words and just as deadly. With his help, she learns to fight and stay alive. But, the secret as to why she is the first female Ash complicates things, and soon others want to capture her and study her blood. Who can she trust? And will she survive?
If it is any indication, I immediately went to buy book 2 and found it is only for pre-order right now! So, obviously, I liked it. Charlie is a great character who handles all the things thrown her way with spunk and passion. She is believable and enjoyable to read about. Her relationship with Ryder is a given but doesn't get very far in this first book. Hopefully, we'll get more in book 2.
The plot is unique. The idea of only male offspring is intriguing and the way they are mixed into society is detailed and involved. Plus, all the girls seem to fall for them, except our hero of course. When Charlie ends up in the Hive, we see what jerks some of them really are. I find it interesting that only she seems interested in retaining her humanity. The whole complexity of the Hive and the goings on there are great. The background about the virus and the vampires is a good read too and adds texture to the story.
One note of caution, the language is coarse, more so than most YA. Overall I have to give this book 4.5 stars and I can't wait to read the next. Yep, I did pre-order it.