Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Blog Tour Book Review: From Flame and Ash by Carrie Ann Ryan

Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Series: Elements of Five #2
Audience: YA
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 19th 2019
My Rating: 4.5 Cups
Source: Give Me Books Promotions
Blurb (from Goodreads):
NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan continues Lyric’s epic journey in this spellbinding sequel to From Breath and Ruin.

Lyric lost her past, her friends, and even her connections to both worlds when she found out about the Maison realm and her calling. But now she must put that aside and travel back to the Maison realm to continue her training as the Spirit Priestess. Only her journey isn’t to Rhodes and those she fought alongside before. This time, Easton and the other Obscurité warriors will stand by her side as she tries to unlock her final three elements.

However, just as she starts to learn more about what she’s been prophesied to do, a Seer’s wish and the calling of the Lumière kingdom calls her forth, thrusting Lyric into another journey where she must trust those on both sides of the age-old war to survive…and keep those she loves safe.

*Disclaimer: I received an eARC of this book from Give Me Books Promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my rating or the content of my review in any way.

I have been waiting for this book for what felt like a very, very long time. I'm always excited for Carrie Ann Ryan's books, though, so it shouldn't be such a huge surprise to anyone. But I truly loved reading about Lyric and her journey in the previous book (and you can read my review for From Breath and Ruin here if you want to) and I was very interested in seeing what happens next for her and her friends.

When we meet Lyric again it's one year after the events of From Breath and Ruin. She's struggling to adjust with being back home, with hiding stuff from her parents and dealing with not having a lot of her friends with her. I loved to see how being back affected Lyric. Even if it was for just a small part in the beginning of the book, I loved seeing her go through that struggle of being the only one that knew the truth about what had happened. That is one of my favorite scenarios in fiction EVER, and the mental and emotional struggle that comes with it is always something that I love seeing characters go through.

A thing that I loved about Lyric, and it's something that I noticed in the first book as well and I identified with a lot, is her fear of making the wrong choice. It hit me this time as much as it hit me during the first book of the series, and it's something that I truly needed to read about. Again we see her struggle with human stuff, like choosing a major in college and it's the biggest thing I identified with (as young people say nowadays, I felt seen).

As always with a Carrie Ann Ryan book, this book was an emotional journey. There's heartbreak, there's hope, there's suspense, there's tension. There's a little bit of everything and I was very happy for that. I also found myself not trusting a few characters, much like it happened to me in the previous book. I had a lot of fun with that, but at the same time I was praying that some key characters wouldn't betray my expectations. I'll let you discover for yourselves if they end up being part of the good guys or the bad guys, but the journey was very interesting for me.

The pacing was awesome, and once I sat down I couldn't put it down. The ending was great and I didn't see that coming. I probably should have, but I totally didn't and now I need book 3 in my hands as soon as possible.

If you haven't yet picked up this series, you definitely have to because this is a series you definitely don't want to miss.

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Author Bio

Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, paranormal, and young adult romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Fractured Connections, and Elements of Five series, which have sold over 3.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over seventy-five novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not losing herself in her emotional and action-packed worlds, she’s reading as much as she can while wrangling her clowder of cats who have more followers than she does.

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