Series: Hive Trilogy #1
Publisher: Self-Published on December 15, 2015
Genres: Urban Fantasy, New Adult
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Are you an Ash?
*Lack of appetite
*Beauty & Strength
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.
At A Glance
Liked the concept but it took forever to get anywhere.
I like the whole ‘the only female vamp hybrid’ concept. Who doesn’t want to be the special snowflake amongst beautiful half-vampire meat?
Charlie was a cool chick for the most part. She didn’t fall for all that pretty half-vamp Ash memorization crap that most of the female population seemed to. Then she had to ruin everything by becoming an Ash herself, which is impossible, because she’s a girl. But whatevs, you gotta roll with the punches. Ryder, ultra sexy Ash enforcer, is there to help Charlie learn how to fight for her place in the ash/vamp community. Literally fight. Like there’s 11 rooms and there are over 50 of you, so let’s start killing each other type of fighting. Yeah, sucks. But who doesn’t love a vamp Hunger Games!!!
The action was pretty good once it got started. I like the direction of the book. I was surprised by some of the reveals. I would be interested to see what happens to Charlie and her “uniqueness.”
I feel like a good chunk of this book dragged. It took forever to get to the big killing competition. Then the competition was pretty short in comparison to how long Charlie prepared for it. I was like, “That’s it?”
Charlie was not my favorite MC. She was whiney and weak. She was suppose to be special but she really wasn’t that good at anything. More often than not she had to be rescued by the menfolk.
Charlie and Ryder where a little too angsty for me. They spent the whole book pushing each other away that I didn’t even feel that happy once they got together. And there wasn’t even a sex scene to make it a little more interesting.
I was entertained for the most part but I wouldn’t spend money on the second book. Not enough happened for me to keep me interested. But I enjoyed the read overall.
“I was just as tough as most of the ash. Sure, I had boobs, but that only increased my power.”
“I had to harden all of my soft edges if I was going to survive my new life as a tasty Nutella unicorn.”
“I found my eyes drawn again to Ryder. I was like a fucking bee with a flower, needing to suck out whatever sweetness I knew was inside.”