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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Ash and Ruin Series Blog Tour by Shauna Granger + Review

There are two inherent truths in the world: life as we know it is over, and monsters are real.

The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive.

That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there can be safety in numbers, that they can watch out for each other. So the unlikely couple set off together through the barren wasteland to find a new life – if they can survive the roaming Pestas, bands of wild, gun-toting children, and piles of burning, pox-ridden bodies.

                                                                      My Review:

World of Ash by Shauna Granger was a quite intense post-apocalyptical read. The author doesn't waste time. In the opening pages we're introduced to Kat. And I instantly cringed and felt for her as she cut her hair. In those first few pages the author sets the tone with the Pesta's, the plague that took so many lives and how the ones left were surviving. Kat has reflections as she looks into a mirror, literally, about how her life was pre-plague and how far it varies now.

Hair styles, Pedi's, mani's, those are all things of the past. Just trying to survive is the number one priority. I felt for poor Kat, and it was heart wrenching to hear her reflections on the loss of her family.

There is some hope. Kat encounters Dylan, much in the same shape she's in, trying to survive. The plot gets interesting when they try to do it together.

I can easily imagine something like this happening. Remember the Black Plague? While World of Ash is certainly a fictional scenario, there are some elements that ring true in this series. And that's scary. Horror doesn't grab me, but something like this, to me, hands down, is true horror.

I need to mention that all three covers are absolutely gorgeous, or to be honest, bad ass!

Overall, Ms. Granger's series was a wonderful read. These books are not small, so understand what you're getting into, but a good story thick with plot, relatable characters, and an unforgettable journey never are!

Buy it here:   Amazon                  Add to Goodreads: Here

About the author:

Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis.