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Ashes Fall (James Matthews Book 3) by [Smith, Adrian J.]
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Eleven years after the love of her life dies, James hopes everything would be normal and works to construct her reality as such. Her adopted daughter, Lily, finishes her sophomore year of high school with nothing other than good grades, a best friend for life, and goals for the future. James, after stepping back into the dating world, has a girlfriend with a steady, non-life-threatening job. Life is as peaceful as it can be. But a day at the waterpark with her daughter reveals the largest crack in the façade.

And nothing can stop chaos from ensuing.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2247 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
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  • Publisher: Supposed Crimes LLC (Sept. 1 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MXD2GH2
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This book had intrigue and suspense. It was one of those books that you can't put down,the writing was so good it just drew you in and had you hooked.

The story of James and Lily's gift was exciting, it was a perfect Sci-fi book. James was a very strong and loving character. She faced challenges any mother wouldn't want to have to face. Lily was a very difficult young woman. The turn of events throughout this book were more drastic than I thought they would be.

I wish I would have realized there were more books before reading this one, I had no problem following the story with this book, everything was written very clear, but it would have been nice having read them in order, at first I was left wondering more about the back story. Definitely need to get the first two. Loved this book, just bet the first two are just as good.

I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

Sherry
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f2d2c9c) out of 5 stars 5 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f2e56fc) out of 5 stars A Must Read Dec 2 2014
By Charlene Leatherman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Being a teenager and being adopted are hard for a girl to come to grips with. Being a mother of a teenage girl, being an adoptive parent, being a single mom, being in a tenuous relationship is difficult for an adult. Being the parent of a psychologically tormented child is supremely difficult for any adult, let alone a single adoptive mom. Take those elements alone and you have a gripping story.

Add Pyrokinesis, which is an alleged psychic ability allowing a person to create, manipulate and control fire with the mind, to the above fragile, damaged psyche of that troubled teenager and you a thrilling page turner.

Blurb:

Eleven years after the love of her life dies, James hopes everything would be normal and works to construct her reality as such. Her adopted daughter, Lily, finishes her sophomore year of high school with nothing other than good grades, a best friend for life, and goals for the future. James, after stepping back into the dating world, has a girlfriend with a steady, non-life-threatening job. Life is as peaceful as it can be. But a day at the waterpark with her daughter reveals the largest crack in the façade.

And nothing can stop chaos from ensuing.

Further Comment:

I was not aware this was part of a trilogy until I read another person’s review on Amazon.com. This book stands very well on its own.

James is a lesbian firefighter as well as a “widow” in that she was in a committed relationship and lost her soul mate, the love of her life, to cancer. She is also gifted with an supernatural ability. She is also an single adoptive mother of a mentally ill, supernaturally gifted child. The name James is a bit strange to get used to. The story flows so naturally as parent and teenage daughter struggle that when a male name is mentioned the first thought is to a father figure instead of a mother figure. However, as I said, the story flows around the difficulty with marvelous tension and suspense. The scenes involving the lesbian relationship translates into any kind of loving relationship you can imagine. James is a person who was in a loving relationship with her soul mate and who is suffering from grief and struggling with her loss. As someone who lost her husband recently I could completely relate. Adrian J. Smith writes with compelling realism. Lilly is the troubled teenager. Again, as someone who raised teenagers, the writing was totally believable. I cringed, wanted to stomp my feet in anger and wanted to scream with James.

Ashes Fall is a paranormal novel. However, it is also much more. It is a novel that deals with the angst and agony and the frustration of both parent and the child emerging into adulthood. It is also a story that touches on the fear of mental psychosis — the fear the person suffering from the psychosis feels as they lose control, the fear the parent feels as they see their beloved child slip deeper and deeper into the illness and the fear others who do not understand the illness feel. Ashes Fall is definitely recommended as a must read.
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HASH(0x9f2e5750) out of 5 stars 4 Stars reviewed by Sean - World of Diversity Fiction Sept. 1 2014
By World of Diversity Fiction - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Reviewed at World of Diversity Fiction

Title: Ashes Fall (James Matthew Trilogy, #3)
Author: Adrian J. Smith
Cover Artist: N/A
Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC
Reviewer: Sean
Genre: Fantasy & Sci-Fi
Type: Non-Romance
Pairing: Lesbian
Length: Novel
Heat Rating: ♨♨
Book Rating: ★★★★☆

This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

Blurb:

Eleven years after the love of her life dies, James hopes everything would be normal and works to construct her reality as such. Her adopted daughter, Lily, finishes her sophomore year of high school with nothing other than good grades, a best friend for life, and goals for the future. James, after stepping back into the dating world, has a girlfriend with a steady, non-life-threatening job. Life is as peaceful as it can be. But a day at the waterpark with her daughter reveals the largest crack in the façade.

And nothing can stop chaos from ensuing.

Review:

I didn't know it was part of trilogy and happened to be the final book. The book easily can be a stand-alone novel in the series, so that was a good thing. After reading this one, I knew I have to check out the first two books.

I am going to start with why I rated it four stars instead of five when it actually deserved it. It was my own minor issue with how the author portrayed the character as sixteen years old. She read as a twelve to fourteen years old instead of sixteen. She was very childish and stubborn. It was just my own feeling and it often pulled me out of the story and tried to ignore the age of the young girl. I could see how much she had gone through growing up but I thought she'd be a bit smarter and mature? She'd just completed sophomore at high school and she sounded like she'd just completed junior high instead.

Ok, now that was over. The whole novel was amazing. There were so many things going on and nothing was being left out so that was a good thing especially when it was actually a final book of the trilogy. The young girl, Lily, had a lot of issues to deal with. She didn't know what was right or wrong making her all vulnerable to what was happening around her. But in a certain point, she did know what happened and done them on purpose. It was terrifying to read about. It somewhat reminded me of firestarter (if that was the name of the movie) I watched when I was young.

James, I felt so bad for what she had to go through with all of the dramas she tried to make things easier on Lily but nothing was happening. It wasn't easy to read about her part. She'd lost her true love to a horrible disease. It wasn't just that, there were much more she had to go through and remained strong. If it was me, I wouldn't be able to survive so much pain she had.

There were also too many head hopping and it did bug me a bit at the beginning but I eventually had gotten used to it without any issue. I was able to follow who did the thinking and did the talking. It wasn't difficult as I went further into the novel.

All in all, this book held a spot in my heart and I look forward to read the first two novels. It was a great lesbian urban fantasy novel. It focuses on the issues rather than the romance part, which was right up to my alley. Highly recommended!!
HASH(0x9f2e5b88) out of 5 stars A Wonderful Surprise Dec 11 2014
By Everything Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow! What a surprise! At first, I thought I wasn't going to like this story as I'm not into urban fantasy vey much, but this book was a pleasant surprise!

So, we first meet James, a female; yes female firefighter who is also supernatural. I will admit, the name, had some getting used to but I kind of like the uniqueness about it. Anyways, so James just lost the love of her life and is now a single mother to a teenager daughter, Lily. Now as you can image, having a teenage daughter can be a handful, plus having powers is a whole other can of worms. Lily seemed to be a little immature at times, but then I think all 16 year old girls can be. :)

The plot was well conceived and the writing style was clear and precise. I would have liked to see a little more backstory, however, this is the third book in the series, so perhaps the backstory was in the prior novels.

Nonetheless, I still enjoyed this story and will recommend to anyone who likes urban fantasy romance, with a sci-fi"ish" twist. I look forward to reading additional stories from this author.
HASH(0x9f2e5f48) out of 5 stars the writing was so good it just drew you in and had you hooked Nov. 30 2014
By InkedRainbowReads - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
FourandHalfStars

This book had intrigue and suspense. It was one of those books that you can't put down,the writing was so good it just drew you in and had you hooked.

The story of James and Lily's gift was exciting, it was a perfect Sci-fi book. James was a very strong and loving character. She faced challenges any mother wouldn't want to have to face. Lily was a very difficult young woman. The turn of events throughout this book were more drastic than I thought they would be.

I wish I would have realized there were more books before reading this one, I had no problem following the story with this book, everything was written very clear, but it would have been nice having read them in order, at first I was left wondering more about the back story. Definitely need to get the first two. Loved this book, just bet the first two are just as good.

I was given this in return for an honest review by Inked Rainbow Reads.

Sherry
HASH(0x9f2eb048) out of 5 stars The only thing I would have enjoyed more is if there had been more of a ... Dec 11 2014
By Book Happiness - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this for an honest review. This was an interesting story because usually I don't read these kind of books. I thought the writing was done well. The book was enjoyable because it had enough intrigue and suspense to keep me interested. The only thing I would have enjoyed more is if there had been more of a back story to these characters and finding out that this is the 3rd and final book in this series I probably would have gotten that had I read the first two books. Was able to keep up and read this as a standalone very well. I give this a 3.5 rating out of 5