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Kingdom of Ashes In a world, where vampires took over a weather controlling device, people were reduced to small groups of resistance that hide and try fighting for their survival They re becoming desperate Hiding in caves, away from the sun is slowly killing them The only way to win is to kill the vampire prince and try to take over the Weather Wizard.Myra s mission is simple ambush and kill the vampire leader She volunteers for the task to prove she can be useful and strong Their plan seemed to be good, In a world, where vampires took over a weather controlling device, people were reduced to small groups of resistance that hide and try fighting for their survival They re becoming desperate Hiding in caves, away from the sun is slowly killing them The only way to win is to kill the vampire prince and try to take over the Weather Wizard.Myra s mission is simple ambush and kill the vampire leader She volunteers for the task to prove she can be useful and strong Their plan seemed to be good, but it would be way too easy if it all worked out, would it Now Myra is prince s prisoner.Why wasn t she killed or tortured for information about the resistance The answer s simple she s a writer Grant it, she s got a lot to learn to become a good one, but there s one thing you loose while becoming a vampire an ability to create.It was hard to believe this was Elena May s first published novel Her style was very appealing, I couldn t put the book down I loved the moments when Vlad thought Myra how to enhance her writing skills, I loved the twisted Sheherezad reference I didn t mind the weird bloody scenes after all, these are vampires we re talking about The twists, Vlad s plotting, and planning, all the support characters I liked it all.This was a very surprising read for me First of all, it s a vampire novel, where a young heroine is the main character and there s no falling in love with the prince of evil except maybe on my side, but it s still a love hate relationship You have no idea how refreshing it was No love at first sight, no triangles, forbidden love, etc, etc I probably sound like a romance hater, but don t get me wrong, I like a bit of love in the air, but after reading so many YA books it s fantastic to find one without it.So, yes a girl that hated vampires haven t fallen for the first one who trapped her and remained herself All the time Myra was planning to kill him, just as she intended from the beginning.It was great to read how she s growing, learning, discovering the world that was inaccessible to her earlier She s still a dreamer, but at the same time, she keeps track on what s happening around her and how can she change, or at least help to change, the current situation.And prince Vladimir is simply fantastic A complicated, highly intelligent character He plans, plots, deceives, but he also has hope and curiosity inside him Yes, he s scary and dangerous, he does some horrible things to get what he wants, but somehow I can t hate him He s one of those too awesome to be hated types P A fantastic creation I d love to read his story, maybe from earlier days Story moves at a steady pace, always interesting, always keeps you wantingIt concentrates on character s interaction, Myra s development as a writer and the ideas how to help people, how to save them It s just a first part and I love how it ended not exactly with a cliffhanger, but in a way you simply need to read.Should you read this book YES And fast, because it s worth it I d recommend it to all young adult, fantasy lovers especially if you need a rest from all the romance I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.find my reviews at First, I d like to say thank you to the author, Elena May, for sending me a copy of her amazing new book And chocolate Chocolate and books are always appreciated.Kingdom of Ashes focuses on Myra, a girl who starts off with the same headstrong determination, black and white views and passion for writing as Briony Tallis in Ian McEwan s Atonement Myra is a member of the Resistance, a dwindling pocket of humans trying to overthrow the world ruling vampire, Prince Vladimir She s sent on a missio First, I d like to say thank you to the author, Elena May, for sending me a copy of her amazing new book And chocolate Chocolate and books are always appreciated.Kingdom of Ashes focuses on Myra, a girl who starts off with the same headstrong determination, black and white views and passion for writing as Briony Tallis in Ian McEwan s Atonement Myra is a member of the Resistance, a dwindling pocket of humans trying to overthrow the world ruling vampire, Prince Vladimir She s sent on a mission to kill the Prince to wreak havoc among the vampires and so gain control But Myra becomes a captive of Prince Vladimir, a vampire who is as complexly layered as an onion or was that ogres , and who, in a surprisingly Sherlockian manner, desires to find an equal in the form of a worthy opponent Myra realises that she can give the vampires the one thing they don t have human creativity.At this point, you re probably thinking Oh no, not another book about vampires When will this plague end When will the world be rid of this clich d creature But don t fear Kingdom of Ashes is an original and worthy addition to the genre.For one, the story is unique as there is no romance between the main character and any of the vampires Even without romance, this book does not feel lacking I only wish there wereauthors out there who realise YA doesn t need to be synonymous with romance.May also articulated the human need to create,clearly than any other book I have read Through Myra and Tristan creativity can be seen as it truly is not a want, but a need May has captured this theme in such a frank way I find this easily relatable So much so that I felt the need to attempt some music inspired by May s book if I were Prince Vladimir, critiquing this book and making suggestions, I would suggest this addcliff hangers I understand that Kingdom of Ashes ischaracter driven than plot driven, but when you ve got the Prince throwing his weight around by threatening Myra, you ve got an opportunity to make the reader, well, read As it is, the chapters in Kingdom of Ashes feel rather self contained, similar to though not the same as Jennifer Egan s A Visit from the Goon Squad you can read any chapter at random and it would feel like a satisfying short story If you were to move some of the text to the following chapter you could create tension For example, when Prince Vladimir is about to kill the human boy to teach Myra a lesson end the chapter there Let us find out in the chapter after that whether he lives or dies.Overall, I found this to be an interesting read I m hoping book two, Men and Monsters not to be confused with Patrick Ness Monsters of Men , will fill in some of the blanks in characters backgrounds see Armida transform from a quiet, somewhat submissive character to a powerful princess and further the relationships of some of the characters Also available on the WondrousBooks blog Disclaimer I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.I have been very, very cautious with vampire books in the last couple of years In fact, I don t remember the last vampire novel that I read, aside from re reading The Historian and Dracula two years ago.However, I read the synopsis of Kingdom of Ashes, and the many positive reviews, and I decided to give it a shot And I m glad I did This book reminded me why I Also available on the WondrousBooks blog Disclaimer I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.I have been very, very cautious with vampire books in the last couple of years In fact, I don t remember the last vampire novel that I read, aside from re reading The Historian and Dracula two years ago.However, I read the synopsis of Kingdom of Ashes, and the many positive reviews, and I decided to give it a shot And I m glad I did This book reminded me why I love YA so much It was very engaging and it kept me flipping the pages to a point where I skipped lunch with my colleagues in order to read on a bench.The thing, which, for me, was very original and exciting, was the fact that every step of the way and every part of the narrative was cleverly thought through The author took all famous and silly vampire cliches and tropes and she turned them into an outspoken joke between the characters Elena May managed to make everything that could have destroyed the book its exact opposite For example at one point Myra tried to pull a Scheherazade on the prince and I was sitting there, worried whether this is going to be a real thing, because it was so obvious And then the prince himself recognized and ridiculed it.In terms of plot, there was one thing that was a bit of a cliched narrative and that was the fact that while the book is obviously not doing the Scheherazade it did go along the lines of Beauty and the Beast Watching the movie right after finishing the book just made me realize itclearly However, I m not sure that at a time such as ours where we are so over saturated with pop culture, it s possible to create anything that doesn t borrow from absolutely anywhere.Character wise, I liked the fact that there was a game of black white and shades of gray Myra was on the same boat as me when I was trying to make up my mind about whether the vampires are all evil or all good, or those are concepts that don t even apply to the situation For example, many of the points the prince made on humankind were just as challenging as what can be said about vampires in terms of the book In a world where vampires and humans co exist and vampires have overtaken the world and wiped out a big part of the population, I think it s still fair to say that that s nothing humans haven t done to other species or even to themselves The only reason why people generally sympathize with people, and not, say, vampires or werewolves, is simply because we are people But humans can be just as evil in a completely different way For example, just yesterday a colony of griffon vultures in Bulgaria was completely destroyed by hunters who poisoned all of the birds If that s not monstrous, I don t know what is.Having said all of this, while I did sympathize with Myra at certain times, I didn t necessarily think she was a nice person Contrary to what I read in the reviews of people who thought she was selfish and self absorbed, I think that was one of her most likable traits in terms of writing She was a very realistic person, unlike the perfect all I do is effing magic heroines of other YA books I wouldn t like Myra as a friend, but I can read about her and think Well that s true And her selfishness is something that can be attributed to most humans The fact that she is so focused on her book and improving as a writer is to be expected from any person with any artistic capabilities Then again, she was sometimes obnoxious and she did make stupid decisions, so I m on the verge with her But I am also known among my friends as someone who is specifically very demanding of female charactersAs is probably to be expected, I really liked Vlad, because I would say that I both appreciated his attitude, and got where he was coming from He followed his set of rules and had a reason to act the way he did I m a vampire, my nature requires me to drink blood, so I drink blood I like art, humans make art, I like humans The end.I am really excited for the next book in the series, I really hope it comes sooner, rather than later I m so happy vampires were just vampires, and not vampyrs, vampyres, etc and magic was just magic instead of magik or magick Utterly alluring and remarkable This story was set in a dystopian future where humanity is at the brink of annihilation When I started this book I was struck by how Ms May created a terrifying reality for humans who survived a harrowing extermination attempt I so enjoyed the attention to detail that explained the positions of both the side of the vampires and the humans in this conflict I was drawn to feel compassion for both species in this war and it can be compared to many past events th Utterly alluring and remarkable This story was set in a dystopian future where humanity is at the brink of annihilation When I started this book I was struck by how Ms May created a terrifying reality for humans who survived a harrowing extermination attempt I so enjoyed the attention to detail that explained the positions of both the side of the vampires and the humans in this conflict I was drawn to feel compassion for both species in this war and it can be compared to many past events that have occurred in our own histories.Myra is a great character She is na ve and overly confident and that leads her into absolute disaster I enjoy her naivet because given her role in the world she is living in I think she is spot on She would be idealistic and hopeful having not truly experienced her reality beyond the caves but when she is faced with reality she develops into a ninja of subterfuge and I love it Throughout everything she strives to maintain her humanity and keep her number one goal in mind.The relationship between Prince Vladimir and Myra reminded me strongly of the relationship between Scheherazade and Shahryar from One Thousand and One Nights or as often known in English as the Arabian Nights The parallel that I see is that Vlad spared the life of Myra because she captured his interest through a skill she exhibited and it is this skill set that he has become invested in and in turn keeps her alive If you are unfamiliar with that story there is also a similarity with Wesley from The Princess Bride and the Dread Pirate Roberts Who doesn t love that book Very interesting that Vlad has such a focus on Myra I spent much time trying to figure out what it was that he wanted from her What was he preparing her for Was it as simple as what they were suggesting I loved that I did not know for sure It was also a bit frustrating and confusing because it was so outside the norm for this genre but it was clearly what kept me fascinated I found it appealing that there was so much focus on her unique skill set I enjoyed that the focus was not fleeting and that there was much discussion and building around the subject I am sorry to be speaking in such vague terms but it is a large part of the overall story development and I cringe to give it away This was an amazing debut novel and I encourage you all to give this first installment in the Nightfall series a try It is sure to delight you Thank you to Author Elena May for this eARC of Kingdom of Ashes This review is based on an eARC I received from Author Elena May It is an honest and voluntary review and the advanced receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Find this review andat The Genre Minx Book Reviews Thanks to Elena May for giving me this book to review.Kingdom of Ashes is a really good paranormal dystopian novel which is fast paced and raised good questions about morality and what it is to be human I love the mix of post apocalyptic with the gothic paranormal the book has I also liked that where was not any romance between Myra and any of the vampires in this book as it was refreshing and would have been detrimental to the story Myra is na ve and creative but she is also very self centre Thanks to Elena May for giving me this book to review.Kingdom of Ashes is a really good paranormal dystopian novel which is fast paced and raised good questions about morality and what it is to be human I love the mix of post apocalyptic with the gothic paranormal the book has I also liked that where was not any romance between Myra and any of the vampires in this book as it was refreshing and would have been detrimental to the story Myra is na ve and creative but she is also very self centred which did not make her the most likable main character Vladimir is cunning and ruthless and I feel we have only just scratched the depths of who he is and what he wants Tristan is very loyal and big headed, and Armida hides her lack of self worth with a mask of confidence.I really enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading Men and Monsters I would recommend Kingdom of Ashes to fans of Fireblood by Trisha Wolfe and The River Witch by Helena RookwoodThis and my other reviews can be found at Amethyst Bookwyrm DNF at 52% I will make him say he is proud of me, Myra thought And then, only then, can I start thinking about killing himThat sentence was the last straw I can t take it any The MC is one of the dumbest I have ever read, and I read the first 3 books of Falling Kingdoms The dialogue was horrific It was stilted, overly dramatic, and it had no natural flow All of the humans in this book were just stupid I m not sure if this was on purpose or not The only enjoyment I got out of the book DNF at 52% I will make him say he is proud of me, Myra thought And then, only then, can I start thinking about killing himThat sentence was the last straw I can t take it any The MC is one of the dumbest I have ever read, and I read the first 3 books of Falling Kingdoms The dialogue was horrific It was stilted, overly dramatic, and it had no natural flow All of the humans in this book were just stupid I m not sure if this was on purpose or not The only enjoyment I got out of the book was the banter between Vlad, Tristan, and Armidathe 3 vampire MCs Apparently they are the only characters who are capable of intelligent speech and thought Vlad in particular I really likedhe loved to call out Myra s idiocy and I was rooting for his snark and sarcasm every step of the way Myra was childish, immature, and way too naive for this world.it doesn t even make sense to the story You would think that growing up a fugitive would harden a person, but no Myra s main goal in life was to frolic in the meadows and dance in the rain Barf It s not often I cheer for an MC to be killed, but ughhh can we kill off Myra already and have this book just be Vlad and Co I would read that Oh and this WeatherWizard thing Totally extra and not even relevant to the story It was just thrown in there for.reasonsthat I should know by the 52% mark But I don t The most intriguing part of the whole story gets basically 0 page time This book was 99 cents I will be asking for a refund A beauty and the beast retelling with vampires Yeah sure why not I want to thank Elena May for sending me a free copy of Kingdom of Ashes To be honest I had some prejudices against YA novels and I expected it to have a dull and common storyline but after reading Kingdom of Ashes my opinion changed in a good way I think Myra shows us you do not need to be physically strong to be called a heroine In fact Myra s writing skills are her only weapon The parts I enjoyed most were witty conversations between Myra and Prince Vladimir I hope the second book of Nig I want to thank Elena May for sending me a free copy of Kingdom of Ashes To be honest I had some prejudices against YA novels and I expected it to have a dull and common storyline but after reading Kingdom of Ashes my opinion changed in a good way I think Myra shows us you do not need to be physically strong to be called a heroine In fact Myra s writing skills are her only weapon The parts I enjoyed most were witty conversations between Myra and Prince Vladimir I hope the second book of Nightfall series will be as good as Kingdom of Ashes Myra never witnessed the Nightfall She has only heard stories from the eldest among them tales of the Old World and of the scientists who invented the WeatherWizard a technological innovation that controls the weather Unfortunately, the device also gave an ambitious vampire prince the means to cover the world in impenetrable clouds, allowing his armies to crawl out of their caves and conquer all.Vampires rule over the New World, breeding humans for food After fifty years of guerrilla warfare Myra never witnessed the Nightfall She has only heard stories from the eldest among them tales of the Old World and of the scientists who invented the WeatherWizard a technological innovation that controls the weather Unfortunately, the device also gave an ambitious vampire prince the means to cover the world in impenetrable clouds, allowing his armies to crawl out of their caves and conquer all.Vampires rule over the New World, breeding humans for food After fifty years of guerrilla warfare, the Resistance is fading, its supplies dwindling They must rally and succeed and soon or all hope of restoring human civilization will be lost.When Myra goes on a desperate mission to help the Resistance, she ends up a captive in the vampires palace With time running out, she must find a way to stop Prince Vladimir, and every wrong step leads to the death of innocents Her battle abilities prove useless, but Myra discovers she has another skill that can give her an edge over her captors Now, Myra must defeat the vampire leader at a power game he has been playing for almost two millennia.Rating 4 5 PenguinsQuick Reasons vampires I rather love vampire stories this is also dystopian, which works for me Myra is a bit naive and a lot annoying at times, but I loved her mostly the characters are complex and well written the relationships are believable and realistic the world building is great overall, an entertaining readHuge thanks to Elena May for sending me a copy of this title free in exchange for an honest review This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book So these are our enemies, she whispered as Alerie returned and crouched next to her Yeah, a motley band of peacocks, Alerie said Unfortunately, they fight better than they dress This book is LONG, penguins but such a quick and entertaining read I found myself, through many parts of the journey, wondering if perhaps there were manyfairy tales Elena May drew inspiration from then she lets on The biggest one, I believe, is Beauty and the Beast I am almost positive that several of the plot points woven throughout this story support this theory I won t bore you with the details, though I ll let you find them on your own Just trust me there are TONS of references and inspiration laced throughout this journey I doubt even I found them all, honestly mostly because I wasn t actively seeking them out until much later in the read.Elena May crafted a believable, action packed dystopian world While there were moments I found myself struggling to suspend my disbelief, these were all in regards to one character specifically and not due to the plot or world building In fact, I adore the world building of this book I feel we ve only just begun to skim the surface of this future, but already know SO MUCH about it I really like that we are taken in a much different direction than I expected when setting out on this read I LOVE that technology, in the end, is what caused the downfall of humanitythough not in the way I d have ever thought It was so seamlessly done, and brilliant I am bowing down at Elena May s feet.The Prince smirked My dear girl All humans are the same they can rarely create a compelling story without something bad happening, and so they always pick disasters to build their tales on I was a bit disappointed in Myra, honestly, though I rather adore her character arc While she starts this book out very naive and rather sillyshe comes a long, long way I definitely empathized with her throughout, and found myself wanting to shake her many times I think a large part of this has to do with myuhmsoft spot for anti villains, though, and not to do with her as a character per se I was intrigued that there was very little romance in this book when it came to Myra In fact, not once does it say anywhere anything about her being even remotely interested in another human or vampire, aside from in an inspirational way She observes, she watches and judges and changesbut never once does she seem interested in romance There IS a couple in this read, but even then, the focus is not really upon the relationship I am not sure if this was done on purpose, but I m not complaining either I love that Myra does, in the end, find a way to stand on her own two feetand do it alone The addition of a romance, in this story, would have detracted from the plot and character growth, I feel I am glad there wasn t one Besides, he added, you are the only person to call me Vlad As I have told you before, this is not even the proper way to shorten my name Fair enough, she said What is the proper short form, then Your Highness works In the end, this was an entertaining and surprising read I cannot wait to see where book two leads us I imagine there s still so much left to tell, so many adventures to leap into Also, obviously, I cannot wait to see how Myra s current plan works out I recommend this to lovers of dystopian fantasies, vampire lore with a twist, and unique world building Elena May took me on a wild ride with this book I can t wait to see what she does next I liked that Myra was confident and strong and did not give up I liked how it explained Myra s part in defeating Vlad I liked that the book explained how Myra was confident and I liked how it explained the positions all the characters were in I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading the Nightfall series I reaceived this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. Myra never witnessed the Nightfall She has only heard stories from the eldest among them tales of the Old World and of the scientists who invented the WeatherWizard a technological innovation that controls the weather Unfortunately, the device also gave an ambitious vampire prince the means to cover the world in impenetrable clouds, allowing his armies to crawl out of their caves and conquer allVampires rule over the New World, breeding humans for food After fifty years of guerrilla warfare, the Resistance is fading, its supplies dwindling They must rally and succeed and soon or all hope of restoring human civilization will be lostWhen Myra goes on a desperate mission to help the Resistance, she ends up a captive in the vampires palace With time running out, she must find a way to stop Prince Vladimir, and every wrong step leads to the death of innocents Her battle abilities prove useless, but Myra discovers she has another skill that can give her an edge over her captors Now, Myra must defeat the vampire leader at a power game he has been playing for almost two millennia


About the Author: Elena May

Elena May writes fantasy in dystopian and historical settings Born and raised in Bulgaria, she has studied in New Zealand and the US, worked in Germany and the UK, participated in various research or volunteer projects in Israel, Liechtenstein and Turkey, and traveled to over forty five countries In 2020 she relocated once again, this time to the land of little mermaids, ugly ducklings and snow queens.Out of all the places she has visited, the one that provided the greatest inspiration for her Nightfall vampire series is foggy London She spent a year there, sharing a tiny basement room with a humongous rat and wishing her landlord allowed cats In the absence of cats, she faced the rat in battle, armed with both modern and traditional weapons, including ultrasound, garlic, chili peppers, and fresh mint The rat wasn t impressed, but at least all vampires stayed away.She holds a B.Sc degree in Physics and a M Sc degree in Mathematics, but her one true love remains speculative fiction Her debut novel, Nightfall Kingdom of Ashes, was published on Halloween 2016 and received stellar reviews from multiple bloggers She is working onnovels and novellas in the Nightfall universe and on a historical fantasy based on Hans Christian Andersen s biography and fairy tales.


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