Review: Ash to Embers by C.V. Larkin

Posted March 25th, 2015 in book review / 26 comments

Review: Ash to Embers by C.V. LarkinAsh to Embers by C.V. Larkin
Publisher: Self-Published on December 2014
Genres: Dark, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 340
Format: eBook
Source: Review Request
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: dnf

If Tian wasn’t a badass sociopath she’d be an emotional basket case. Warped is a pesky side effect of an immortality enslaved to the Dark Court of the Unseelie Sidhe. After an endless life of servitude she craves oblivion, but hey, she'll settle for the status quo that keeps her from being traded to an endless supply of sadists and psychotics for small favors. Too bad, the Sidhe Oracle is both and he’s tasked her to find a relic he’s lost in the human world. His violent insistence leaves her with two spectacular problems. The first is obtaining said Faerie relic without seeking help from her own kind. The second is a brutal hot stranger named Sio, who keeps derailing her cozy little train of soulless emotional vacancy.

Sio has the temperament of a hero and all the hobbies of a villain. The normal life he struggles with is a cover for the time he spends burying an abusive past under long lines of anonymous bedmates and bouts of violent underground fighting. Trouble is, his version of normal has been on the implode since lousy judgement and a spectacular sexual performance ran him afoul of a local wizard.

When Tian saves Sio from an assassin in the bathroom of a local nightclub, the only way out is a nice swift drop kick into the masticating shadows of Tir Na Nog. There Sio comes face to fae with a lifetime of personal demons, a murderous pack of rugrat night terrors, the meaning of true love, and the disturbing realization that the past he’s run from may not be the biggest secret in his life.
Unfortunately, the wizards are waiting for his return and they intend to kill them both.

That is, if the Unseelie Sidhe don’t get to them first.

At A Glance

What the hell was happening??? DNF

The Good

The concept appealed to me right away. The gritty world was totally up my alley.

The Bad

I made it to 40% of this book (And I was pushing myself. I wish I stopped at 10%), after that I just couldn’t endure anymore. I had NO idea what the hell was happening. It was like reading a twister of blood, monsters, and torture. I like my torture, don’t get me wrong, but inflicting pain happened for exactly 100% of the 40% that I read. Got a bit much. But the worst part was that I had no idea what was happening. It was a bunch of random occurrences smashed together with no background and history to explain it. I am still confused. I couldn’t even hint at what this book was about.

The Snuggly

I didn’t get far enough to know how the sex was, but I’m going to guess blood was involved.

Final Thoughts

I feel bad but seriously, don’t read this book. Or you can try to read it and then translate it for me because I still want to know what the hell was going on?? Not recommended.


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26 Responses to “Review: Ash to Embers by C.V. Larkin”

  1. kindlemom1

    Ack! I hate reads like this one. They leave such a bad taste in your mouth. It is so frustrating going into a book and not only not knowing the heck is happening but being so confused it just isn’t even worth it.

    • Jennifer Bielman

      Being confused while reading is the worst, unless things are cleared up right away.

  2. sherry fundin

    Great review and I think I’ll pass. When I saw in the blurb, badass sociopath, I thought it might be a good one. Sorry you didn’t enjoy it. 🙁

  3. Olivia

    This is definitely one I will be avoiding. I am sorry that you weren’t able to like it at all. It does sound like it could be a decent book if more than simply torture was going on throughout the whole thing…

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I think more than anything, it need to be less confusing and less focused on pain.

  4. Livia @ Butterfly-o-Meter Books

    Color me creeped out, lol! The blurb sounds so good! The concept is appealing to an evil reader like myself, mwahahaha. But still, I like some sense with the torture, some direction, lol. From the sound of it, you made the right call 🙁

  5. Jaclyn Canada

    Wow…I know you always try to push yourself and rarely DNF anything, but sometimes it has to be done. I know this one must’ve been a tough read. Time for a great one…

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