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Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

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Fragments of Ash
Katy Regnery
(A Modern Fairytale #7)
Publication date: October 1st 2018
Genres: Fairy Tales, Romance, Adult
From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!
My name is Ashley Ellis…
I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.
When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.
With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father
…dead or alive.

** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**

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Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.

The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now

Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now

Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now

Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now

Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available now

Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) – available now

Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) – coming October 1, 2018

Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon

My Review
Fragments of Ash is the first book I've read by Katy Regnery, but it won't be the last. I absolutely love fairy tale retellings, so I'm not sure how I missed these, but I'll be checking out the previous books as soon as I possibly can, that's for sure.

Fragments of Ash is a retelling of Cinderella, but instead of an evil stepmother and stepsisters, Ashley, our main character, has an evil stepfather and stepbrothers. The story started off so dark, I had to put it down about 10% of the way in because it was a bit too much for me to handle at the time. If you're sensitive to certain subject matter, please note this book may possibly be triggering to some readers. I, personally, don't consider myself sensitive to much (horror is my favorite genre), but I guess I wasn't expecting this story to be so dark, and that's why it affected me so much.
 Once it gets a little further into the story, it eases up and is much easier to read.  

Anyway, on to my review...

Ashley is an 18 year old girl who is dealing with a lot. Her mother, super famous model Tig, who was a teen mom, died suddenly and mysteriously. Left with only her stepfather and stepbrothers, who are part of a crime family, Ashley has no idea what's in store for her. Her grandparents want nothing to do with her, and her mother's only friend, Gus, has been banned from seeing Ashley or having any association with her. 
And, unfortunately for Ashley, her stepfather has a very disturbing future planned out for her. When she discovers the truth, she confides in the priest at her school, and he helps get her into hiding. It's there that she meets Julian, who wants nothing to do with her at first. Eventually he starts to thaw and finds himself drawn to her. But what will happen if her stepfather tracks her down? Read it and find  out!

I have to say, I really did enjoy Fragments of Ash. It was intense, but also had a "real" sort of vibe to it. It was a fast-paced read for me, only because I was so anxious to see what would happen to Ashley and how everything would play out. Would she get her HEA? Or would her stepfather snatch her away from Julian and force her to live out the rest of her days in misery? 

The characters are really well-written. They have flaws, which makes them relatable, and you actually feel like they're people you could know in real life. I especially liked the character growth with Julian. He has a secretive past too, and I really liked how it finally came to terms with it. 

Overall, Fragments of Ash is a fantastic fairytale retelling, and I can't wait to read the other books in the series (they're standalones, so that's a plus).

Five stars from me!

Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.
Forty books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, 2018 RITA© nominated, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.
Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
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  1. Great review, Jasmine! It sounds like a fun retelling and compelling overall! Glad you liked it! :)


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