Friday, April 12, 2013

Book Review: From Ashes by Molly McAdams

From Ashes
by Molly McAdams
Received for Review
Average Goodreads Rating:
Published by: William Morrows Paperback
Released On: December 11, 2012
Pages: 416

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

When Cassidy Jameson's best friend Tyler took her to Texas with him when he left for college, she was expecting his cousin, their new roommate, to be a Stetson-wearing cowboy since his family owned a ranch; not this incredibly gorgeous guy with a husky Southern drawl that seemed to make the world stop whenever she looked at him. Because of her past, she's only ever trusted two men in her life, Tyler and her dad whom passed away when she was six. But there's something about Gage that draws her to him in a way she can't explain, only problem? He's always telling Tyler that he doesn't want Cassidy living there and sees her as nothing more than his little sister.

Gage Carson was excited his cousin Tyler was coming to live with, and go to college with him. When he'd called to ask if he could bring his friend Cassi with him, Gage didn't care. Gage had heard about this mysterious friend since they were kids and felt like he already knew her. Nothing would prepare him for watching her jump out of Ty's Jeep though. Not only was Cassi the most beautiful girl he'd ever seen, but there was something about her that within seconds of meeting her, made Gage want to protect her, and make her his. Too bad Tyler made it a point to remind Gage on a daily basis that he was dating her and she was completely off limits.

For a year and a half, Gage and Cassidy dance around their feelings for each other as Tyler continues to keep them apart; until one day Tyler unknowingly pushes her right into Gage's arms. With Tyler unable to keep lying to them, they finally start a relationship both have been craving since their first meeting. But when an accident and disaster sends her back to Tyler and California, will Cassidy be able to come face to face with the demons from her past to live a life she and Gage deserve; or will the fact that she once again ran to Tyler be the final push that ends Cassidy and Gage for good?

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received an electronic ARC of this novel from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my honest review. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for my review. 

An Overview of the Novel: Cassidy's life hasn't been easy. Her parents were abusive, and that's putting it lightly. She lived her whole life wondering if she would even make it until she was eighteen. 

Her best friend Tyler was the only bright spot in her life. He was the one who helped her butterfly her wounds and the one who who kept ice in his room for when she came over injured. Now he's provided an escape for her. He's agreed to take her to Texas with him.

But when she meets his cousin Gage, she falls in love with him at first sight. The only problem is that according to Tyler he doesn't like her at all. Tyler claims he loves her. The only problem is she doesn't feel the same way. But if Gage doesn't love her, why shouldn't she go for Tyler.

From the moment Gage first saw Cassidy, he knew she was the one for him. The only problem is that his cousin has told him that Cassidy is off-limits. He tries to respect his cousin's wishes, but he really likes Cassidy. Then Tyler tells him that Cassidy just wants to be friends. But he just can't get over her.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I had heard really mixed things about this book going into it. I knew that some people had really disliked the book and so I was hesitant to read it. However, I really liked it.

The characters were intriguing, really frustrating, but I enjoyed watching them grow and progress. Tyler drove me nuts. All of his lies made me want to beat him with a stick. Cassidy and Gage were clearly meant to be together and he kept getting in the way.

McAdams created characters that caught my interest from the beginning. I love books that talk about deeper issues and this book did just that. McAdams  wrote about these issues in a poignant way. This book was an emotional read and for most of the book I wanted to throw it against the wall.

However, I liked it. 

In Summary: McAdams's novel presents an emotional read centered around intriguingly frustrating characters and a masterfully developed plot. 

Warnings/Side-notes: For adults, instances of language and sexual content. 

The Wrap-up: I enjoyed this novel. I did feel frustrated for most of the time reading this book; however, any book that can make me feel this deeply easily           grabs my attention. 


Danica Baird


  1. I would like to read this book. I love it when someone frustrates you, but you love them/sympathize with them anyway. That would be Tyler, right? I think I would hate him for his lies, but love him for being there for Cassidy....hmmm.
    Great review!

  2. I am so glad you liked this. I have been seeing mixed reviews on it and I have it to read also. Now I am looking forward to it.


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