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Summary

Are you an ash?

Increased stamina....

Lack of appetite....

Anger outbursts....

Insatiable thirst....

Beauty and strength....

Male....

Call the hotline if these symptoms come on suddenly!

Turns out Charlie Bennet was all of those things except the last. Don't let the name fool you, Charlie was all woman, and she wanted nothing to do with the ash...until the day she found out she was one.

It all started when infected bats bit a small group of humans and created what are now called vampires. Then, the male vampires knocked up some female humans, and the result was a gorgeous race of all male ash - superhuman freaks that had looks to kill.

Charlie is the first female ash, aka unicorn of the Hive - the gated compound in Portland that the humans have designated to isolate vampires and ash from society.

Problem? The Hive is full, and only a select few will be allowed to live there. To live at all, really. If Charlie wants to earn the right to become a citizen of the Hive, she will have to survive the culling - a series of fights to the death. And guess what? Just because she's a girl doesn't mean she'll get special treatment.

Good thing there's Ryder, the mysterious lead ash enforcer, who seems to always have her back. But when secrets bubble to the surface, it will take more than one guy to save her.

Recommended for ages 17+ due to language.

©2015 Leia Stone (P)2016 Leia Stone

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Good Read by an Author I have never read before

Who was your favorite character and why?

I enjoyed the development of Ryder. He didn't chase the main character. He stays professional as an enforcer. I like the fact he seems to have a good sense of ethics and morality.

What about Dara Rosenberg’s performance did you like?

Powerful performance by Dara Rosenberg. Her character voices were not brilliant but very acceptable.

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The story had pace and gave a new view on how vampires came in to existence. In the recent past vaguely believable series of circumstances created Vampires and Ash. The story is full of strong characters. I don't like long drawn out battle scenes but the fights which allowed her to survive the culling where sufficiently detailed to show the brutality.
It was a very worthwhile read. I will definitely watch for the next book in the series.

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Everything that happens in films & not real life

The narration was really good but I found myself rolling my eyes at the story far too often.
Every cliche around love is used. There are so many declarations of love and feelings in every way. It was a bit too much for me and crowded the story too much.
The story itself is really good and the twist near the end stopped me from turning it off but it was all found in the shadow of the overly Hollywood-esk love story. No relationship in history has ever been like that!
Not bad as background entertainment.

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Great!

I loved this book, it had me laughing so many times I had to rewind it just to laugh at it again! can't wait to read the next one!

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totally enjoyable

She makes me laugh all the way. Charlie, BFF and BAFF all of them have their own voice to keep you waiting for the next line. It gives to the n book and extra star. Great job.

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A very good start to a series

What did you like most about Ash?

A very different take on vampires/Ash, good storyline though aimed at a younger reader than myself. Will look for next book.

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Enjoyable and a good storyline, the language level isn't as good as I would have enjoyed especially considering the lead had almost finished College (University) ... My one annoyance is that no one told the narrator that her Scottish, Australian and English accents are in fact terrible variations of Cockney English... Grrrr

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Nice idea ....

Nice idea but poorly executed. I think I’m the wrong age for this book because the dialogue grated on me. Pretty much everyone is described as hot so it was difficult to get a feel for who the characters were. They all blended into one. The narration was also a problem as all ladies sounded the same and all men sounded the same which made it hard to follow.

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  • 06-10-18

Thoroughly brilliant

I really enjoyed listening to this book.
Written well, great characters, fab story line, great interactions. Would definitely recommend

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has potential

storyline defintey has potential but there are a few points in the book that could be better including the ending.

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Need more readers

I really liked the story however there as only a single female reader which didnt bring the story to life as she read the narritive for the male characters. Plus the accents were not very good

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  • 18-08-16

Not bad... If I was 16

This book wasn't for me. I love paranormal fantasy, however, I just cannot relate to a character who is 20 years old and talks like she is 15. I wish I had known that the main character was so young as this would have hinted at the age-group this book was intended for. Unfortunately, I just can't get on board with someone who talks like she texts and has survival instincts comparable to those of a drunk lemur.

The narrator was great, but unfortunately the story just wasn't for me.

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  • Anonreader
  • 24-02-16

Compelling, exciting, and surprisingly brutal.

When I caught the flu and had to stay in bed all day, I spent my waking hours listening to ASH. Vampire hybrids who must fight to the death to survive. Sexy commando type love interests. Best Friends Forever. What's not to love? I will be waiting for the sequel.

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  • Heather
  • 12-02-16

For young readers...

This book is more in line with young adult, teen angst than an adult story. It has a interesting premise but how the character's talk and how Charlie thinks makes me want to tear my hair out. At one point they actually use the word "tot's" and when Ryder asks her out she responds " yes, a million times yes". I'm sorry at the age of 37 I don't want to read about a child that can't speak or think as an adult even though she is supposedly 21, maybe I'm lucky and know older acting 20 something year old people but I don't hear them talk like this. very annoying. I don't mind teen story's as long as it is shown as such , hunger games being a prime example. that was a wonderful book. Okay sorry I'm off my rant now. The book had promise, it wasn't bad but it wasn't great. It lacked something. maturity would be my guess.

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  • Steven
  • 10-02-16

Loved the audio version!

Having read everything from both authors. I fell in love with this story too. As I am an OTR Driver I'm always looking for audio books. I really love this Narrator. She had done other books by these two and I think really does a great job with the characters. Loved It!

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  • J pieper
  • 03-03-16

So good

Interesting new take on a vamp storyline. It's really good. I listened all the way through and can't wait for the next book!

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  • raheme johnson
  • 03-05-16

great read ,

The story is a great take on the vampire genre. It was equal parts comical, heartwarming, and action packed. The narrator is extremely entertaining and brings an already great story to life.

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  • Raven
  • 09-05-16

JUST FINISHED THE FIRST... I NEED THE SECOND!!!!!!

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I just finished the first book on my run at lunch today. I was so pissed when it ended. I knew that they haven't done the second book yet, but I was still angry. (In a great way though) Meaning this book was awesome!

The narrator was wonderful. She did a great job playing the main character "Charlie". I really loved every character. I want to be like charlie!

Leia and Jaymin did such a great job with this book. There was detail, character development, and action. If your looking for something that will keep you hooked, I HIGHLY recommend this book! I want MORE! Also, it made my runs so awesome. Girl power, kicking butt. Loved every minute of it.

Great job with this!

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  • Cherish
  • 17-03-16

We'll see

I think I would like these characters to mature a bit. For example she uses a lot of curse words but it's like someone that is trying to curse as opposed to someone that just does it everyday.

More young than adult. Meh

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  • Sondra Glynn
  • 28-02-16

Great listen

The performance was a great addition to a highly entertaining and great story. Buy it

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  • Bunny Who Skis
  • 05-03-16

Divergent, Hunger Games and vampires all in one!

If you could sum up Ash in three words, what would they be?

Great narrator. Story line was exciting and fun. If you liked Divergent and the Hunger Games, you will love this book. The main character is a strong female that kicks ass and has a great sense of humor. Her supporting characters are funny too.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Main character's male roommate.

Which character – as performed by Dara Rosenberg – was your favorite?

Main female character

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Excitement. I loved the twists and turns and history of the characters that gets revealed.

Any additional comments?

Dara Rosenberg is a great narrator.

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