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READ EBOOK ♿ Ash to Embers (Courting Shadows, #1) ♅

This is a paranormal romance that takes place in San Francisco and in Tir Na Nog Fairie It is written in the third person narration by C.V Larkin this is the first book by this author that I ve read and it definitely won t be the last.This is a tale about two beings who are so totally different yet fit together so well She has lived a harsh life, or lives She is a warrior who has lived a life of servitude He is a beautiful man who seems to draw attention to himself without even trying.When they meet the chemistry is electrifying She is sent on a mission and he gets caught up in it She feels the need to protect him and he wants answers There are some very dangerous moments that nearly kill them.In my opinion this is an awesome read the storytelling is fabulous this author paints a wonderful picture keeping you into the story until the end and leaves you hanging enough to desperately need the next story I highly recommend if you like paranormal fantasy romance. If you like your urban fantasy on the gritty side, if you want plotting that pulls no punches, characters who refuse to let their damages hold them back, and a storyline that sprints from crisis to crisis with barely a break, I do I do then grab this title as fast as you can.The author drops you right into the middle of Tian Sio s lives and lets you pick up the pieces of the story as you ride along from adventure to fight to confrontation The fancy reviewers call that in media res I call it a rocking good time I wouldn t recommend this as a first introduction to the world of modern Fae stories, because none of the mythological terminology or personalities are given much background, but as long as the reader has a passing familiarity with folklore and the idea of the Seelie Unseelie courts, the action will carry the day.And oh, is there action Thumping fights, steamy sex I would put this at a firmly adult rating, pun intentional, oh, my yes long running conspiracies and hidden pasts that come to light You ll get all that andTian and Sio are complicated people, and their friends allies are fully realized people with their own problems and motives There s plenty of room forstories in this world, and I m looking forward to the next Nitpicky details paragraph it s not a polished gem of editorial perfection, although it gets close Admirably close The premise was on the murky side due to the total lack of exposition There s a gray area between building mystery and reader confusion, and plot revelations were heavily weighted to the end of the story The use of of slang description in narrative sometimes went from entertaining to jarring, for me, especially when a paragraph would use two synonyms for face and never say face, f rex Sometimes it s cool when a character has to wrap his brain around something, but sometimes the extravagance would jar me out of my immersion in the world There That s my due diligence on critical elements Now, proceed straight to the buy button on , click, and enjoy the heck out of this dark, brutal, bloody, sexy delightful read. READ EBOOK ☧ Ash to Embers (Courting Shadows, #1) ♁ 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 VacancySio 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 WizardWhen 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 LifeUnfortunately, The Wizards Are Waiting For His Return And They Intend To Kill Them BothThat Is, If The Unseelie Sidhe Don T Get To Them First I can t get into it Maybe it s me, I find the writing doesn t flow, I have to concentrate a lot, reread passages several times.It hasn t gripped me so it s a DNF for me.. I wasn t sure what to expect when I started reading Ash to Embers, but I was pleasantly surprised C.V Larkin has written an original and enthralling novel combing elements of our world and the fantasy work of the Celtic Fae Larkin has woven the lore of the past with our present world.I loved that the main characters Tian and Sio are as flawed as they are They begin with absolute emptiness They are not nice people, but you grow to love and admire them They are complex and layered, continuing to revealandLarkin has a brilliant way of creating beauty in a touch The other characters are just as intriguing and complex, helping to move the story along with candor and humor The worlds that Larkin has created are darkly rich and ugly, which I loved She has taken fantasy, romance and horror and mashed them all together in a rich tapestry of intricate plot and sub plot My only complaint is that Larkin s overuse of uncommon words often took me out of the story Please do not misunderstand, I love that the author used words that are often ignored in the everyday vernacular, and they painted amazing visuals, but at times, it seemed overdone and I felt myself being pulled to the words rather than enjoying the imagery Larkin was trying to create.Despite the occasional removal from the story, I was enthralled I loved that Larkin pulls no punches and writes gritty, dark ugliness as well as emotional beauty I would absolutely recommend this book. Fantasy is a new genre for me, and one that is quickly becoming my favorite This particular book isn t one I would have normally picked up on my own since the cover is dark and ominous, and as I use books for escapism I frequently opt for the light and fluffy variety Ash to Embers was highly recommended to me by a friend, and after reading I am quite glad for the recommendation I don t bother with synopses so had no clue what to expect when I first opened this book In the opening scene heroine Tian receives a message, magically etched into her skin She eventually answers the call by stepping into a lit fireplace, to be transferred to another realm After being burned by the fire, she gets swallowed up by the stone, and then spit out somewhere else I was completely flummoxed, but so intrigued I had to read on Never before have I been so fascinated and so perplexed at to what the heck is going on, at the same time The author has an impressive vocabulary and uses it well My usual method of just skipping over the words I don t know and assuming I can figure out what is being said by context didn t work here Once I started looking up the unfamiliar words everything made perfect sense but I was a good halfway in before I finally started using that handy dictionary tool It is mainly the fae and mythology jargon I didn t know, and as this is a book that involves fae and other mythological people the references should be expected.This is a really well written story The plot is fairly complex, the characters are solid, and the story is fast paced and wild There is no spelling out what is going on for the newbies, so the reader needs to jump in and go along for the ride Everything makes sense in the end There were so many mental lightbulbs going off in my head in the latter part of the book, it was like a fireworks display I guess it s time to take a break from my light and fluffy escapism One thing to note, though In the early chapters there seems to be some minor scenes which I assumed were inconsequential They weren t In this book everything matters I can t wait for the next one. 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 any 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. I know you ve heard it 1,000 times, but C.V Larkin s style of writing is TRULY refreshing and original With all the novels I ve read over the years, I ve become a bit jaded by the status quo style of contemporary writing The language and imagery that C.V Larkin uses is unlike anything I ve read in a novel before Her use of casual language in the narrative made the whole ride feel muchintimate than most other novels I ve read as if being told the story by a close friend rather than watching a TV documentary of events It s raw and doesn t hold back I personally couldn t get enough of it The story itself is dark, gripping, and in a few ways not for the faint of heart And with the added casual language noted above makes the novel come to life in a real, plausible, way This is one author I am honored to have stumbled upon Reading this novel was like sharing in one of her closest held secret stories I cannot wait to read the rest of this series There are so many aspects to this book that will draw in the reader, for instance, the characters are imperfect and broken in their own way They are not personified to be a work of perfection although they are considered to be aesthetically pleasing, they are, also, composed of grit, anguish, and a dark side The character development and details of their world, in which strangely resembles an aspect of the streets of San Francisco that you never expected to exist, will engulf your imagination from the start Both of the main characters, whom are devoid of emotional attachments or the ability to connect with another living soul, suddenly are fighting the urge to allow the other to enter their personal world Yet, as they are thrown into a duel with demons to save their own skin, each learns from the other things they never knew or has kept hidden deep in the depths of their mind Only, Sio, the human whom has a proclivity to mindless sexual encounters, is about to learnabout his own life than he anticipated or expected With each road along their journey, you will root for some, while feeling empathy for some of the others who use Tian, our heroine faerie, in inexplicable ways that will make your toes curl, at the vivid imagery that will flash through your head with the descriptive narrative this unique author creates for our pleasure It was a treat to be captivated so early in a new book but, be ready for every little gory detail of a world so distinctively painted that you may think twice of your surroundings and environment that revolves around your existence It is definitely a story unlike any other in its genre yet, will enrapture any reader with its sexual explicitness and unabridged, no holds bar havoc to save all mankind, humans and non humans alike. Great book The characters and the world that C.V created are great I love the plot Tian is a great character I recommend it to others It s one that needs to added to your TBR list I look forward to readingof C.V s books.