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|Read Pdf Î Kingdom of Ashes Å Asleep For A Hundred Years, Awoken By A Kiss Aurora S Life Was Supposed To Be A FairytaleBut Since Discovering That Loyalty To The Crown And Loyalty To Her Country Are Two Very Different Things, Aurora Knows She Can Only Dream Of Happily Ever After Once The Enchanted Princess, Savior Of Her People, She Is Now Branded A TraitorAurora Is Determined To Free Her Home From The King S Tyrannical Rule, Even If It Means Traveling Across The Sea To The Kingdom Of The Handsome And Devious Prince Finnegan Someone Who Seems To Know Far About Her Magic Than He Should However, Finnegan S Kingdom Has Perils Of Its Own, And Any Help He Gives Aurora Will Come At A PriceAs Aurora And Finnegan Work Together To Harness Her Power Something So Fiery And Dangerous That Is As Likely To Destroy Those Close To Aurora As It Is To Save Them She Begins To Unravel The Mysteries Surrounding The Curse That Was Placed On Her Over A Century Before And Uncover The Truth About The Destiny She Was Always Meant To FulfillBrimming With Captivating Fantasy And Life Threatening Danger, The Sequel To A Wicked Thing Takes Sleeping Beauty On An Adventure Unlike Any She S Ever Had Before I d like to thank Harper Teen for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review Receiving this book for free has in no way altered my opinion or review.Going into this book, I will say I ha to read a few reviews of and the blurb from the first book to re familiarize myself with the story I remember liking the first book but not loving it So I went into this book with a bit of trepidation because second books in a series do not always live up to what we want I should have had no fear at all This book far surpassed it s predecessor both in content and in writing.If you haven t read the first book in this series, I cannot promise there won t be spoilers in this review So stop here if you don t want to know anything Otherwise, continue on and see why it is I adored this book so much.The story picks up where it left off Aurora has fled Alyssinia after realizing that the fairytale her life should be has shattered into tiny pieces She is being hunted by King John With what seems like enemies on all sides, she suddenly finds herself in Vanhelm siding with Prince Finnegan, who she has not trusted in the past and is determined not to trust in the present I really loved Aurora in this book In the first book I found her character a bit lacking I wanted her to be stronger In this book she is so much stronger She has really come into herself and has grabbed at her chance to save her kingdom in any way she can She s not above doing whatever it takes to do so And she is so much decisive in this book She doesn t hesitate to make decisions as she did in the last book Perhaps because she now knows her place and knows what she must do to attain it.I remember liking Finnegan in the first book but not trusting him mostly because he was such a mystery to us He was my favorite character by far But what did we know about him I felt like he was out for himself in book one that his agenda with Aurora wasn t quite right I felt like he wanted to use her In this book, I understood Finnegan so much Maybe because we get a glimpse of his kingdom and its devastation Maybe because we meet his mother and learn how she has had to a rule a land devastated by events of the past We learn all about him in this book and who he is It s fascinating and intriguing He grew from a one dimensional character in book one to a complex one who had every intention of saving both his kingdom and Auraora s no matter what it took He s fairly conceited but at the same time you can see he still have insecurities And you can feel his loyalty, even though Aurora refuses to trust him completely.The romance in this book worked so much better than book one I remember being annoyed at a sort of love quadrangle in that book Aurora was torn in all different directions when it came to all these boys entering her life I could understand it, despite the fact that it annoyed me What did she know of love or trusting But in this book you can see she has learned what those things mean She realizes what her relationship with both Roderick and Tristan would be if she were with them and she also sees what potential she might have with Finnegan She certainly works this out in the book and it s nice to watch it grow and blossom I loved the tension and slow burn that was there and how things were totally in her hands, the decision completely hers I will say I m disappointed that she is a bit wishy washy with how the romance progresses She has no trust in herself to make the decision to have it blossom and this annoyed me.The action in this book was phenomenal It really carried the story I was never bored and the pacing kept me wanting to turn the page to find out what happened I will say that despite these books being a re telling of Sleeping Beauty, I actually think they are a re imagining than anything else This book does not stick with the story of the fairytale at all And while I really thought I d see a re telling, I think I am actually fond of the re imagining angle It kept me guessing and wanting to know.I really loved the writing I honestly felt almost like this book was written by a different author The descriptions were great, the world building of Venhelm spot on And the element of dragons made for a great amount of tension and intrigue The end of the book is very open I know this is a duology so I thought for sure things would be wrapped up But there are elements that are kind of glossed over and never actually addressed which makes me feel like there will be to the story than the author originally imagined I don t like having to guess at things Open ends are often my nemesis Overall, if you enjoyed A Wicked Thing at all, you will definitely like the finale of this story I ve seen that most people enjoyed this story than the first, and I would have to agree with their assessments If you like fairytale re imaginings then this story will hit the mark Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon ThomasBook Two of the A Wicked Thing seriesPublisher HarperTeenPublication Date February 23, 2016Rating 3 starsSource eARC from EdelweissSummary from Goodreads Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora s life was supposed to be a fairytale But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.Aurora is determined to free her home from the king s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan someone who seems to know far about her magic than he should However, Finnegan s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.Brimming with captivating fantasy and life threatening danger, the sequel to A Wicked Thing takes Sleeping Beauty on an adventure unlike any she s ever had before.What I Liked I actually liked this book, but I didn t like SOME things about it I can t help but compare this book to its predecessor, A Wicked Thing There were some things that were better addressed in this novel, but other things that were even poorer than in book one Kingdom of Ashes is the second and final book in this duology as is noted by the Publishers Weekly Rights Report.Aurora is on the run, hunted by King John, hunted by her own people in Alyssinia With the help of Nettle, a singer and spy for Vanhelm, Aurora flees to Vanhelm There, the prince of Vanhelm helps Aurora learn about and practice her magic, which is wildly out of control Aurora makes a deal with him help her with her magic, and she ll rid Vanhelm of the dragons that threaten the kingdom Aurora will learn than just magic she ll discover a century of truths and lies about her destiny.Something that really worked for me in this book Aurora is now less spineless and , let s say, innovative, than she ever was She goes to Vanhelm not because she has nowhere else to turn, but because she knows the Prince Finnegan can help her understand her magic She s much assertive and commanding in this book, much decisive There is a feminist quality to this book, and I was a fan of the growth of Aurora.I also really liked seeing Finnegan grow One of my complaints from A Wicked Thing was that Finnegan seemed very one dimensional That is not the case in this book We get a lot of personal information about Finnegan, a lot of background knowledge that makes him seem a lot less one dimensional I liked seeing him unsure and sad, because usually all we saw from him was charm and flirtation and assurances I love Finnegan s charm and whatnot I think he is a wonderful male protagonist.I liked that what I thought was a love triangle in the first book completely disappeared in this book I had had a feeling that Tristan would be less of a factor in the romance, and that is very true He appears in this book but Aurora doesn t even think of him any, as anything The romance is very minimal, but completely between Aurora and Finnegan.There is a strong presence of dragons I can t remember if there was a single dragon in book one, but there were a looot of them in this book The dragons are seen as a bad thing, a danger, a constant threat to Vanhelm and the world in general And they are They destroyed Vanhelm But at the same time, the dragons are animals, and magical I love the choice that Aurora makes, in terms of the dragons.The story was well written, well crafted, and I sped through this book As far as retellings go, this isn t the worst one, but it s not amazing I love the whole after the kiss aspect But I had some issues with this book, and I couldn t give it higher than three stars.What I Did Not Like POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD I was so so so disappointed by the romance I LOVED that the potential triangle aspect disappeared Tristan never existed as a love interest after A Wicked Thing ended I LOVED that Finnegan and Aurora had this slow burn type of relationship in this book sort of But I didn t like how many times Aurora hesitated to open herself to Finnegan, even though it s so obvious to everyone and to herself, that she likes, cares about, even loves him She s assertive and decisive in every way, except in acting on her feelings.The thing with feminist books is that there are some people that say that a woman shouldn t need a man, a girl doesn t need a boy, a book doesn t need a romance I despise that this is something that framed the romance in this book Aurora doesn t let herself act on her feelings saving Alyssinia is too important, despite the fact that she nearly killed Finnegan and half of Vanhelm in the process I don t like that she doesn t find his feelings important I don t like that in the end, she decides that opening herself to him isn t important It s so stupid, you know Feminism is all about empowering a woman s choice You love a prince Own it Why the f k should that be something weak or not feminist I m so sick of people saying that a woman doesn t need a man WHILE THAT IS TRUE, it doesn t mean that a woman shouldn t WANT one if that s who she s interested in And in this case, Aurora is very much interested much interested in Finnegan and Finnegan alone.Le sigh This romance could have been so much better minus the feminist bulls t blocking in Not that I m against feminism no, the opposite I m against feminism being used as an excuse not to have a relationship with the person you love And even if this isn t the case the romance was still pretty crappy Aurora needs to grow up in that aspect, and stopping jerking Finnegan around And what pisses me off even is that this book ends with her ambivalently dragging him along She won t marry him BUT she wants him to stay Who the h Ll do you think you are He s not some f king courtside lover He s a PRINCE, heir to the throne of Vanhelm Ahhh, this makes me mad Other things I didn t like the ending in general was very very open ended This book is it, since the series is a duology The issue with Celestine is hastily swept aside You think I m going to be happy with a she s not going to bother anyone any conclusion She s still alive Of course she s going to bother everyone You just spent two books fighting Celestine and her curse and THAT is the ending you come up with Weak Such a cop out.I think there were things like, this book seemed way too short and it read like one big scene not a ton happened , but the issues I mentioned were enough to piss me off and drop the rating.Would I Recommend It If you read A Wicked Thing and enjoyed it at least somewhat remember, I gave it three stars , then you should give this book a shot I ve seen most people like this one than book one, so that s a plus It could just be me And remember, three stars isn t bad I didn t hate this book Overall, it was decent Just not great.If you read A Wicked Thing and didn t like it have no zeal to continue the series, then do not waste your time It s not worth it This book isn t SO much better that you should give it a shot.Rating 3 stars I wanted to lean to the 2.5 star side, but I think 3 stars solid is the true rating I m glad I finished the series, even if I didn t enjoy it as much as I d hoped.Okay so I didn t LOVEA Wicked Thingbut I m curious about this sequel. Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and EdelweissI want you as an ally,This was an interesting story, and I liked the dragons I liked Aurora in this book, she seemed much stronger, and determined, and actually took charge instead of allowing other people to make decisions for her.The storyline in this started out with Aurora fleeing, burning down the odd village accidentally , and eventually escaping to another kingdom We then got dragons And Aurora learning a bit about her magic and its connection to the dragons also We had the evil witch show up, and a little bit of romance thrown in there too, and I did prefer this book to the first book in the series.The ending to this was pretty good, and this looks like the end of the road for this series.6.25 out of 10 This was much stronger than the first one It did drag for the first part of it, but then there were dragons and everything was better Aurora is intriguing in this book She s got magic and I was kept interested in reading her learn how to control it Finnegan is as much fun as before, possibly even , and I loved their scenes together Did I mention there were dragons Yeah, there are and they re awesome Aurora s connection with them may have been the best part of the entire book The ending was satisfying, but I m curious if there will be one story If there isn t, I m good If there is, I will absolutely read it Huge thanks to Harper Teen and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review