From Ashes

From Ashes

by Molly McAdams

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ISBN-13: 9780062267726
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/16/2013
Series: From Ashes , #1
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 476,614
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling, and long walks on the beach . . . which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes.

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Jennifer L. Armentrout

“From Ashes kicks off with a bang and holds nothing back. You’ll be enthralled, romanced by the wonderfully spun tale of love and acceptance, and hoping for a Gage of your own.”

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From Ashes 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 419 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. McAdams has done it again! I laughed, got teary eyed and pissed off! One character, I just wanted to give him a good cussing, and one I wanted to ask if she knew what she had right in front of her eyes. Some are saying the additional love interest towards the end was too much, but I think it was needed so Cass could get over her past and move on. Great job! And if you haven't read Taking Chances, I highly recommend it as well!
BookGeekConfesses More than 1 year ago
It would be dishonest for me to say that I did not like parts of this book. I have no problem with the first half. I thought the love story was sweet and really rooted for Gage and Cassidy. I got to the halfway mark and realized that this book is very similar to the energizer bunny. It just keeps going and going and going. This book is melodramatic. I don’t mean, because Cassidy was abused as a child or because the main characters are absolutely horrible at communication. This book is melodramatic, because of the dialogue, because the characters are ridiculously unrealistic and because too much happens. Honestly, more happens to these characters in a yearlong period than in the lifespan of a normal person. Halfway into the book the author introduces a new character that comes with his own set of drama. Then 75% in a new love interest is thrown in to shake things up. Why? I honestly don’t understand why these characters were introduced. How is the reader supposed to be invested or even care about these new characters? They came 75% in, obviously they’re not important, now you’re just making us suffer through your ridiculous story. I say suffer, because very few people will quit a book after reading 75% of it. Then there are the characters. I understand why authors make their heroine’s damaged and tragic. Some of my favorite characters in literature are damaged. No, I do not mind a damaged heroine; I do mind a stupid heroine. Cassidy is stupid. I get that she’s had a traumatic past and has issues with trust, getting to know people and taking care of herself. That is all clear, still I found her to be incredibly stupid. The first half of this book consists of misdirection and miscommunication. There were moments where Cassidy’s inability to read a situation astounded me. I could not believe how difficult it was for her to see that she was being manipulated and lied to. Having common sense really can save you grief in life and Cassidy has none of it. Then there is Tyler. Ty is an affront to best friends everywhere. At this moment there is a BFF giving their friend half of their dinner, because they know their friend doesn’t have any. There is a BFF asking their parents if their abused friend can stay the night so that their friend can have a night of peace. It goes on and on. The fact that Ty could go from that BFF to the bastard he became is beyond my comprehension. It is fine that he loves Cassidy. It is fine that he wants to continue to be the number one man in her life. Everything else about this character is awful and I have to admit unrealistic. He emotionally blackmails, manipulates and abuses not only the girl he has spent his life tending, but also the cousin who takes him in. Worst of all, this side of him comes out of nowhere. Cassidy before the epilogue is 19 years old. She is finally free of her abusive family and it never occurs to her to make a plan? She doesn’t save up money to go to school, start a business, or anything. I’m not even sure that she graduated from high school. There is not even a mention on whether or not Cassidy sees her future as a stay at home mother. Everyone is different. I literally wouldn’t care what her plan was, as long as she had a plan. Nope, she gets away from her abusive life, focuses on guys and that’s it. A love story should have romance and two people who cannot live without each other. Still, a healthy love has two independent people who have lives outside of each other.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!  I was frustrated, happy, appalled, excited, sad, empathetic, and devastated during this book right alongside with the characters.  I loved this book  just as much if not more than Taking Chances, and i cannot wait to see what  Molly McAdams comes up with next!
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
I'm writing this at different points of finish. I normally really do wait until I'm completely finished reading a book with next to none or no notes taken. Just kind of write what I feel. But this book has me feeling so much that I'm needing to get it out now. There may be a few tiny spoilers but ones that shouldn't ruin the book for you in any way. I'll start off by saying I was really surprised, baffled even by the sheer number of negative reviews and star ratings at 2 and below on Goodreads. And most of them stated DNF at the start. I really didn't read the reviews because too many people out there love dropping spoilers without properly hiding it or at the very least warning you like I did. So normally I just browse star ratings but still I really wanted to read this book. Sentence after sentence, paragraph after paragraph, scene after scene, chapter after chapter...I'm still baffled. I'm loving this book. Of course I'm outraged and hate Tyler with a fiery passion and hope that he rots in the deepest darkest spots of hell. But still, what love story doesn't have some dark evil force, *Cough*Tyler*Cough*, working against them. Still I'm loving the book. It gets near 50% and everything is utter bliss. After facing obstacles we have love and passion, ohhh the passion *sigh*, and I'm thinking wow I read this pretty fast and I look down and realize holy crap there's like 53% left of the book still. Now I'm worried. Page after page I'm waiting for the bomb to drop. For the big explosion that will rock this sweet, tender love completely off it's axis. So here I am at this very moment. It's 57-60% in. I say this because the bump starts at 57% and slowly starts ticking away at me until it's 60% and I am ready to explode. I really think I see and understand how so many people could throw their hands up and walk away. It's beyond frustrating and I have now gone from really liking and feeling so horrible for Cassidy and the complete crap her life has been until now to complete shock. Right now...I don't get her at all. I don't get her decision making, her motivation, I just--I wish I could be like the people who gave up. I'm that frustrated. But I can't not finish. It's not in my nature. I guess maybe at this point I'm still in it for Gage? I'm pushing myself because I know in my heart he deserves a HEA. So fingers crossed I hope he gets it and...I'm going back in. Now at 68% I'm starting to question my sanity for wanting to go on. I think if Gage winds up with Cassidy in the end it's only going to piss me off. He deserves so much better. So much. And everything is just getting ridiculous. There are too many people in this...this.. thing. Tyler and Gage is one thing. But Jesse? Connor? Do you think this is helping me to liking Cassi any better? NO. I don't care how screwed up her life was. At this point the only person she deserves to be with is Tyler. And I think he's a chump. So, yeah, there ya go. Done reading now and there are two parts of me. One part wants to erase everything I've written so far and start over, while the other half wants to keep things as they are so someone contemplating reading can see the wide range of feelings I had towards the book at different stages and maybe not give up just like me and possibly like it in the end? You never know. I mean I can't believe this either after reading through everything I wrote at the start to the point I'm at now, because at the end of it all I'm happy I finished. I can't even tell you what just clicked in me to change it, all I know is I went from: Start: 5 out of 5 57-60%: 3 out of 5 68%: 1 out of 5 72%: 2.5 out of 5 77%: 3.5 out of 5 The End: 4.5 out of 5 (Honestly I woulda probably gone 5/5 but I'm taking off half a point for mental anguish :P) I don't know how the hell it happened either!!! I mean one minute I'm sitting there fuming at all this stuff going on that makes no sense to me and then it's near the end and I'm crying and then I'm just... happy. Molly McAdams is some sort of evil genius! And I look forward to letting her torture me again in the future :)
Franchesca Juliana More than 1 year ago
Love, Love, Love Molly McAdams! This was a great book, not as great as Taking Chances but I'm not sure there is any book as great as Taking Chances! Can't wait for more from her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those struggling with the preorder...Archive the book on your nook. Then go to bn website to my nook, library, and then take out out archive. Then go to your nook and refresh. Thats what I had to do after getting help from the author, who is fabs by the way, and friends on goodreads.
usscout5wife More than 1 year ago
Was worth the wait!! Molly you have done it again. I Love from Ashes. I can't wait for your next book. It takes alot for me to want to buy a book in paper form and this book along with Taking Chances is def on my wish list for paper. Cassi's story broke my heart. Gage's struggle with how to grab hold and keep hold of his soulmate leaves me wanting for a guy to love me like that. This story is a great insight into the life of a person who comes through the ashes to make a life for themselves that they deserve. I would love to read more about Connor :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is overall pretty good. However, I think it is a little drawn out. Cassidy is overly dramatic at times and Tyler is a little weird sometimes. It is good, but I like Taking Chances much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another wonderful book...the first 20 pgs had me in tears, but this book was romantic & sad. Over 300 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Started off really well but soon became too wordy. I found myself skipping parts to keep from being bored. I almost did not finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was decent. it was not as good as Taking Chances. i felt like there were too many near misses and the story lasted longer than it needed to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was the book well writen? Yes, but it was so unrealistic and just too much. I was constantly rolling my eyes. As someone who should have been so emtionally damaged she sure came out of it pretty well. And of course all the guys wanted her. It was all just to perfect and reeked of pretentiousness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good book but there were pages and pages that were not needed...the love triangle was weird the story kept growing without resovling anything and then wam bam all wrapped up with a bow on happy ever after. Im definitly conflicted in my feelings for the characters. But overall it was an ok story.
RomanceFeedsTheSoul More than 1 year ago
The love triangles and emotional turmoil that envelope the novel simoly paint a vvivid picture of finding yourself in a crossraod of pain and happiness. Their story is worth every heart wrenching moment! I love this story, cannot wait for Ms. McAdams next captivating novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was full of suspense and romance it was definitley a people pleaser :) i wish i could read it all over again and it wasnt a short read full of details but i have to say one of my favorite books and the book before it Taking chances was also amazing look for my review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very long winded, but overall good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was not for me. Cassidy is a weak, unfocused dramatic girl. Her "best friend" is a selfish, egotistical jerk. Her love interest is a one note stereotype. This book drags on forever; the only emotions I felt were repulsion for the characters and horror that the book was not over.
baby11696 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely LOVED this book! After reading Taking Chances I knew I had to read this one and it was all I could have hoped it would be. This book made me laugh and cry. If you liked Taking Chances I highly recommend you read this one as well. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I really enjoyed Taking Chances but it toyed with my emotions so much i was nervous about this book. But this book was different and Gage is such a sweet character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved "Taking Chances" so much (one of my all-time favorites!) that I couldn't wait for this book and read it in one day. I enjoyed this book almost as much. "Taking Chances" is still my favorite because I responded so emotionally to the story but this book is also very emotional - sweet, sexy, funny, sad...you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I never get tired of reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this before but as i reread it, I realized Iove it even more now. All Molly McAdams books have been amazing!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved every word!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I own all the Molly McAdams books and they are some of my favorites, wonderful book and worth a re-read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago