Forced into servitude in her own house, Ashelandra’s only hope lies in her secret power as a sorceress. But saving her home may mean losing her heart. This fantasy-infused Cinderella story is a spellbinding read.
|Publisher:||Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||13 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Alicia Buck graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s in English. She worked in the Harold B. Library while working on her first book Flecks of Gold which was Cedar Forts bestselling novel for young adult fiction the year it was released. Alicia currently lives in St. George, Utah.
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Out of the Ashes based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
5 STARS I really enjoyed Out of the Ashes. It is loosely a Cinderella story with lots of twists and turns. I never knew where the story would take me. Full of magic, romance, with a feisty heroine. Ashelandra (Ash) mother was a sorceress who died giving birth to her. Her father died when she was 17 and she was left with a Uncle as guardian Lord Richard. Ash was full of life and she was teaching herself magic out of her mother's books. She loves to play pranks and be outdoors. Lord Richard and his two children moved into Ash's house. He had complete control over her and her house till she turned 21. He did not approve of Ash and kept punishing her. Till she was a servant in her own home. James was 17 and a lot like his father. Jane was 18 and quiet. She was shy. Of course there was Prince Phillip Ash found out that her home had secret tunnels and hiding spots that no one else knew about. She was able to hide her magic books and escape into the woods to practice magic when she was locked into her room. The setting was 1747 in a Kingdom that had banished magic and its creatures 30 years ago. Till there was only one sorcerer left in the Kingdom and he was at the castle. I did not want to put the book down till I had finished reading the book. I would love to read more books by Alicia Buck. I was given this Out of the Ashes to read by Cedar Fort Publisher. In return I agreed to give a honest review of Out of the Ashes and be part of it's blog tour.
Out of the Ashes is inspired by the Cinderella story. I must make a very bold statement: I like Out of the Ashes much better. As beautiful as Cinderella is, it truly pales in comparison to the heart, fun, despair, love story, and magic of Out of the Ashes. This book quenched my thirst, and I couldn’t stop drinking. I hated each time I had to put it down. Because this book is based on Cinderella, we all know the ending: she marries the prince. Though I knew that while reading, the book was never predictable, and was full of excitement, mischief, danger, and some of the most intense romantic chemistry and tension I have ever read. Ashelandra is a character that you wish could be your best friend in real life. She is strong-willed, adventurous, mischievous, silly, compassionate, humble, and self-sacrificing all in one. She is complex, and so likeable, even though many characters in the story don’t trust her, like her, or treat her well. Her circumstances damage her physically, but she never loses her spark, determination, and wit. She is the heroine of the story. No fairy godmother is necessary. She is not the only strong and likeable character, though. Prince Phillip is just as dynamic as Ash, and just as strong and likeable. He is also a true hero in the book. There are so many characters in the book that will either have you laughing, throwing up in your mouth, smiling adoringly, rolling your eyes, or squinting in confusion. Villains can be found in this story too. Rather than an evil stepmother, there is an evil uncle. I can’t think of a character without magical characteristics more vile, heartless, and self-serving than Lord Richard. He is truly despicable, and not even Ash, a sorceress in training, can save herself from his grasp. Did I not mention magic? Sorcery makes this book intriguing, hilarious, and dangerous too. Themes of racism regarding sorcerers are woven into the book, and will resonate to modern disunity. Ash is not the only sorcerer. There is another, Sorcerer Tioroso, one who we can’t be sure is good or evil. His actions spearhead a dangerous journey – a journey that brings Ashelandra and Prince Phillip together. For me, the most brilliant parts of the book were scenes with Prince Phillip and Ash during this journey. You could feel their attraction for each other, and how hard they tried to resist it. The chemistry was undeniable, and was enough to make you feel you were there experiencing it yourself. It was enough to make one giddy, almost bursting with excitement. I really want to see this book as a movie. It would be difficult to recreate the spells and the magical land of Ketskatoret, but I am sure it could be done so that viewers feel the uncertainty, fear, and even beauty within. I think this book will appeal more to women, but there is plenty of action, danger and intrigue for men too. Bottom line: Buy this book, and read it again and again!!!! www.ablisscomplete.com
I loved this Cinderella retelling! The death of Ash's father brings her horrible uncle, Lord Richard, into her life. He has a son, James, and a daughter, Jane. He tries to break Ash's spirit but she is tough and, due to a secret she carefully hides, is able to find ways to cope. While in disguise one night, Ash captures the attention of Prince Phillip, which starts a chain of events with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Prince Phillip is handsome and they have chemistry but he begins courting someone else. When his fiance is kidnapped, he takes Ash with him to find her and bring her home. There were so many times that I wanted her to reveal her true identity to the prince but she had her reasons to keep quiet. I couldn't tell where the story was going and loved the surprises along the way. At one point, they end up in a fantasy world and I was torn between her staying and returning back home. Ash makes the best of every situation she finds herself in and toughens up over time as she is forced to live a life she wasn't prepared for. This was such a fun book to read! I thought it was well done and enjoyed it from beginning to end. There's magic, romance, heartache, action, mild violence, humor, and yes, a happy ending! If you enjoy fairy tale retellings, this is one you'll want to read! I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
I LOVE fairy tale re-tellings and this one is a very unique telling of Cinderella. I loved the creativity that went into the story and the spins that made it its own story. I've never read one quite like this, with Cinderella having the magical powers. Ashelandra (aka Ash) seems to have it all, until her father dies and her wicked uncle obtains guardianship over her and her home. Life as she knows it goes downhill from there. I loved really seeing and understanding how she came to be in her circumstances and the steps she took to cope and move toward the future. I loved the twists on a familiar story. Instead of wicked step-sisters, we get two cousins, a male and female. I fell in love with a few of the characters. Ash is such a strong woman with a mind of her own. Prince Phillip has a rebellious streak and by his nature and description, I couldn't help but picture Prince Harry. A few of the side characters were great too. The first half of the story did move slower, as things were being set up and I felt the similarities between the classic and this one disappeared when the story picked up. Of course, the reader gains more adventure and magic, but the story took a life of its own. I wanted things to work out in a familiar way, yet I was intrigued by the twists and was taken by surprise with a few events. I wanted a little more fairy tale romance, but still really enjoyed the book. Content: mild violence (abuse, torture, etc--non-graphic); very mild romance. Clean! **I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review**