á Ashes of Twilight ß Download by ☆ Kassy Tayler

á Ashes of Twilight ß Download by ☆ Kassy Tayler For those of you thinking of abandoning Ashes of Twilight after the first chapter, I really can t blame you There s just something about Kassy Tayler s writing, exposition heavy, consisting of chained sentences reading like a shopping list of events than a story, lots of telling instead of showing, that really doesn t make this an easy book to read And although I have to say the writing markedly improves as the story progresses, any improvements in the writing couldn t make up for the disappointing plot that s far too predictable for anyone who s familiar with the dystopian genre.
But truth be told, it all comes down to Wren she s a really poor narrator It s pretty easy to imagine the basic premise, a society forced to live in a domed city because the rest of the world s been incinerated by a comet except, maybe the city s leaders are lying, maybe the world s perfectly fine beyond the dome, but Wren though, she just tries way too hard getting her point across Even beyond the action scenes that s basically five or six sentences in a row of I followed by one of a selection of verbs in the present tense which annoyed me to no end, could she be a little creative in telling me what she s doing , she s just really repetitive, not subtle at all, and leaves nothing to the reader s imagination Intuitively, I know Wren yearns to be something than just a coal miner, a shiner, stuck at the dirty bottom of this society while the royals get their nice houses and live large off everyone else s hard work, I get it, but it s really disappointing and gets really old really fast that Wren spends so much time telling and summarizing her problems rather than showing them I think her overemphasis on how terribly unfair and unjust life in the domed city is actually detracted from the hardscrabble coal mining to support the dome world Wren was supposed to show.
Because, don t get me wrong, there are actually a few powerful scenes later on After Wren s friend Alex is burned to death for discovering the truth, after she meets this guy Pace who s wanted for also knowing the truth, after she has to hide him in the abandoned coal mining tunnels underneath the city, there s this really neat scene, just the two of them, on the run, desperate, with nothing but their determination to get the truth out there, and they re really not doing anything besides sitting next to each other in this cave, but it s one of the few scenes not overburdened by Wren s tendency to overexplain everything and it actually works because it s the rare scene that shows exactly what Wren normally tells That s how you make an impact But unfortunately, the vast majority of the time, it s just Wren telling me how it is instead of showing through details and actions, and telling just doesn t have the same effect or impact, no matter how unfair this system of supporting the royals is.
The writing may have been the biggest issue for me, but the plot didn t really do it either The summary pretty much gives away everything I needed to know, all that s left is for Wren and her friends to expose the conspiracy keeping everyone inside the dome, and wow did Wren take her time getting to the bottom of things In the meantime, Wren and Pace, they had a few scenes, but what dystopian couple don t they remind me of I m actually intrigued by Alex, Lucy, and David because the three of them at least don t so blatantly suffer from the plot mandated relationship, their triangle sets the events of the book in motion, and Alex s death genuinely affects Lucy But at the end of the day, when Alex is vindicated, when his death is given meaning, when Wren finally figures out why they ve been kept behind the dome all this time, I m actually really disappointed Not only by the reveal with Wren s father that couldn t be cliche or the reason for keeping everyone inside not being because of roving bands of flesh eating mutants although the people in charge probably wouldn t have to hide that , no, the actual reason just reinforces my impression that I ve just read a typical dystopian where the evil dystopian government perpetrates this big lie on its citizens so it can stay in power and for two hundred years everyone s been really dumb about it and not questioned how the fans and vents worked Even though Wren must ve pointed out this fact once every three chapters or so.
I think I would ve been much impressed with Ashes of Twilight had the plot twists not been as predictable and generic as they were, but even so, the writing really sank this one, I m afraid Disappointment overall, although turns out that canary on the cover s actually pretty relevant to the plot.
I love the little bird Pip and I want one The heroine Wren is so interesting as is the whole premise of the story I can t even imagine living in an environment like that Chilling I can t figure out where in history this story might have happened It could even be the future I suppose I think that s part of the book s charm.
I recently discovered the book giveaways here, so you can probably imagine my surprise and delight when I received an email saying I won this book A free book through Goodreads First Reads Yay The package arrived about a few weeks later, which I eagerly ripped open to take a look When I flipped the book over to the back, I discovered it was in the Young Adult genre Oh boy I m in my 30 s The only YA books I ve read over the past 10 years is Harry Potter The Hunger Games But, hey, I m an avid reader, and will give anything a chance, especially when I m gifted with a free book.
Much to my delight, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book The plot is unique and interesting, the characters are well developed, and the writing is wonderful The story flowed well and kept me interested, so much so that I didn t want to put it down.
I am so in love with this cover For those of you thinking of abandoning Ashes of Twilight after the first chapter, I really can t blame you There s just something about Kassy Tayler s writing, exposition heavy, consisting of chained sentences reading like a shopping list of events than a story, lots of telling instead of showing, that really doesn t make this an easy book to read And although I have to say the writing markedly improves as the story progresses, any improvements in the writing couldn t make up for the disappointing plot that s far too predictable for anyone who s familiar with the dystopian genre.
But truth be told, it all comes down to Wren she s a really poor narrator It s pretty easy to imagine the basic premise, a society forced to live in a domed city because the rest of the world s been incinerated by a comet except, maybe the city s leaders are lying, maybe the world s perfectly fine beyond the dome, but Wren though, she just tries way too hard getting her point across Even beyond the action scenes that s basically five or six sentences in a row of I followed by one of a selection of verbs in the present tense which annoyed me to no end, could she be a little creative in telling me what she s doing , she s just really repetitive, not subtle at all, and leaves nothing to the reader s imagination Intuitively, I know Wren yearns to be something than just a coal miner, a shiner, stuck at the dirty bottom of this society while the royals get their nice houses and live large off everyone else s hard work, I get it, but it s really disappointing and gets really old really fast that Wren spends so much time telling and summarizing her problems rather than showing them I think her overemphasis on how terribly unfair and unjust life in the domed city is actually detracted from the hardscrabble coal mining to support the dome world Wren was supposed to show.
Because, don t get me wrong, there are actually a few powerful scenes later on After Wren s friend Alex is burned to death for discovering the truth, after she meets this guy Pace who s wanted for also knowing the truth, after she has to hide him in the abandoned coal mining tunnels underneath the city, there s this really neat scene, just the two of them, on the run, desperate, with nothing but their determination to get the truth out there, and they re really not doing anything besides sitting next to each other in this cave, but it s one of the few scenes not overburdened by Wren s tendency to overexplain everything and it actually works because it s the rare scene that shows exactly what Wren normally tells That s how you make an impact But unfortunately, the vast majority of the time, it s just Wren telling me how it is instead of showing through details and actions, and telling just doesn t have the same effect or impact, no matter how unfair this system of supporting the royals is.
The writing may have been the biggest issue for me, but the plot didn t really do it either The summary pretty much gives away everything I needed to know, all that s left is for Wren and her friends to expose the conspiracy keeping everyone inside the dome, and wow did Wren take her time getting to the bottom of things In the meantime, Wren and Pace, they had a few scenes, but what dystopian couple don t they remind me of I m actually intrigued by Alex, Lucy, and David because the three of them at least don t so blatantly suffer from the plot mandated relationship, their triangle sets the events of the book in motion, and Alex s death genuinely affects Lucy But at the end of the day, when Alex is vindicated, when his death is given meaning, when Wren finally figures out why they ve been kept behind the dome all this time, I m actually really disappointed Not only by the reveal with Wren s father that couldn t be cliche or the reason for keeping everyone inside not being because of roving bands of flesh eating mutants although the people in charge probably wouldn t have to hide that , no, the actual reason just reinforces my impression that I ve just read a typical dystopian where the evil dystopian government perpetrates this big lie on its citizens so it can stay in power and for two hundred years everyone s been really dumb about it and not questioned how the fans and vents worked Even though Wren must ve pointed out this fact once every three chapters or so.
I think I would ve been much impressed with Ashes of Twilight had the plot twists not been as predictable and generic as they were, but even so, the writing really sank this one, I m afraid Disappointment overall, although turns out that canary on the cover s actually pretty relevant to the plot.
I love the little bird Pip and I want one The heroine Wren is so interesting as is the whole premise of the story I can t even imagine living in an environment like that Chilling I can t figure out where in history this story might have happened It could even be the future I suppose I think that s part of the book s charm.
I recently discovered the book giveaways here, so you can probably imagine my surprise and delight when I received an email saying I won this book A free book through Goodreads First Reads Yay The package arrived about a few weeks later, which I eagerly ripped open to take a look When I flipped the book over to the back, I discovered it was in the Young Adult genre Oh boy I m in my 30 s The only YA books I ve read over the past 10 years is Harry Potter The Hunger Games But, hey, I m an avid reader, and will give anything a chance, especially when I m gifted with a free book.
Much to my delight, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book The plot is unique and interesting, the characters are well developed, and the writing is wonderful The story flowed well and kept me interested, so much so that I didn t want to put it down.
I am so in love with this cover Having seen a couple of uninspiring reviews for Ashes of Twilight, I did not have high hopes for my own enjoyment of the novel However, when a review copy comes, you do what you have to do Thankfully, I enjoyed this than my compatriots did, finding it an easy, enjoyable read.
The best part of Ashes of Twilight is the writing Tayler s style suited me well, with pretty sentences and just enough slang that I guessed the book was set in England By the end of the book, I marked down several quotes I enjoyed Tayler has a mature writing style, with no abuse of sentence fragments.
Wren MacAvoy wants out of life Born a shiner, she climbs out of the mines every day into the dangerous reaches of her domed world to speculate on what s above The rulers say that flames fill the world outside, making the dome a necessity, but she does not think she sees flames out there Wren is a seeker, curious and unwilling to settle for anything, most especially a life she s been told to live and a boy she s been told to marry.
The characters that stole the show were the animals I just love adorable animals with tons of personality in my fiction, and Tayler included bunches Even better, none of them die, which there has been altogether to much of in my recent reads Tayler kills people instead Cat, a cleverly named cat, is my personal favorite Pip, a canary, also warms my heart So do the ponies with whom Wren works in the mines, who would not have survived without her aid I love Wren and Pace for taking such good care of them, and I love Tayler for not putting animals in just to kill them off tragically.
While I did enjoy Ashes of Twilight, I really wish there had been to it, something unique None of the elements herein were unfamiliar to me the dome, the class hierarchy punishing to those on the bottom most rungs, the terrible air quality, the mining, the instalove, the abusive guy who wants to marry Wren, the twist regarding Wren s father, or the plot arc All of this I have read in other dystopian novels, not all together like this, but I would still hope to see something solely of Tayler s creation I have read a lot of dystopian novels, however, so this might not be an issue for readers without so much knowledge of the genre.
One element which should have been better handled is the inclusion of the biblical references For whatever reason, the shiners only have one book, The Bible As such, Wren references scripture a lot, as she does in the first sentence I never really could see a point made with this The references come thick and fast at the beginning of the novel, but drop off significantly towards the end, without seeming to impact the plot These should either have served a plot purpose or be taken out entirely They were not preachy particularly, just out of place.
The most worrying aspect of Ashes of Twilight is Wren s tendency to exhibit TSTL syndrome As I mentioned, the guy she was supposed to marry, James is abusive In one of the first scenes, he tries to force himself on her She is, rightly, uncomfortable around him for the rest of the book However, she also tells him multiple times that he is a great guy who will make some other girl very happy No, Wren, he s actually not a great guy, and this makes me doubt your sanity Can we please stop this trend of pretending that attempted rapists are the kinds of guys any girl should want They re not End of story.
Ashes of Twilight does have rather a slow pace, but, if you do not mind that, you might enjoy this book Tayler s debut might work better for those without too much familiarity with the dystopian genre.
This sounds hopelessly like the Hunger Games, even by dystopian YA standards Break THG down to its barest elements and you get this.
Oh well, I might check it out.
Wren MacAvoy Works As A Coal Miner For A Domed City That Was Constructed In The Mid Nineteenth Century To Protect The Royal Blood Line Of England When Astronomers Spotted A Comet On A Collision Course With Earth Humanity Would Be Saved By The Most Groundbreaking Technology Of The Time But After Nearly Years Of Life Beneath The Dome, Society Has Become Complacent And The Coal Is Running Out Plus There Are Those Who Wonder, Is There Life Outside The Dome Or Is The World Still Consumed By Fire When One Of Wren S Friends Escapes The Confines Of The Dome, He Is Burned Alive And Put On Display As A Warning To Those Seeking To Disrupt The Dome S Way Of Life But Alex S Final Words Are Haunting The Sky Is Blue What Happens Next Is A Whirlwind Of Adventure, Romance, Conspiracy And The Struggle To Stay Alive In A World Where Nothing Is As It Seems Wren Unwittingly Becomes A Catalyst For A Revolution That Destroys The Dome And The Only Way To Survive Might Be To Embrace What The Entire Society Has Feared Their Entire Existence Ashes of Twilight Is The First Book In A Trilogy By Kassy Tayler 4.
5 Stars Ashes of Twilight is a breathtaking steam punk novel that will captivate readers until the end I enjoyed the action, suspense and the plot twists that I was not expecting at all I m very much looking forward to the sequel, Shadows of Glass.
Just imagine living in a dome, believing that you must live under it because everything outside of the glass is burning, but then you find out that someone close to you has tried to escape and they have found out something big There is no fire And the sky is not red and black It is blue The most beautiful shade of blue Would you want to stay within the dome Or escape Well, that s the choice that Wren MacAvoy had to make Along side her plotting to escape is the gorgeous Pace, a rebel guard, and some of her friends from the coalmines Together they will begin a revolution and destroy the dome.
I knew I would love this book as soon as I read the blurb The premise sounded exciting and I was curious to see the romance side it in The idea did remind me ofBreathe by Sarah Crossan, which I loved, but when I readAshes of Twilight I was simply amazed It was unique and the characters were incredibly engaging, and they all had played a significant part in the story.
I loved most things about this book but the one point that let it down was the romance I mean, I loved the romance between Wren and Pace but I felt that their relationship was a bit too sudden insta love They said I love you after about two weeks after they met and my reaction was something like, No Don t ruin the book with insta love PLEASE NNOOOOOOO Though, I didn t really mind that much after that brief though because the author did write about their relationship extremely well and it was like the two had known each other for years Pace also made the book a little exciting, and I fell in love with his funny and optimistic personality Ashes of Twilight is not a book that you should miss if you love the steam punk genre, and if you haven t read a steam pink novel before then you better start with this book I m anxiously awaiting the sequel because the book ended with such a cliffhanger July 2013, come soon LOVED this book The opening paragraph blew me away and sucked me right in Kassy Tayler is a fantastic writer who is about to make a huge splash in the dystopian and YA genres Can t wait to read According to Huffington Post, Ashes of Twilight is a likely successor to Hunger Games.


This sounds hopelessly like the Hunger Games, even by dystopian YA standards Break THG down to its barest elements and you get this.
Oh well, I might check it out.
Having seen a couple of uninspiring reviews for Ashes of Twilight, I did not have high hopes for my own enjoyment of the novel However, when a review copy comes, you do what you have to do Thankfully, I enjoyed this than my compatriots did, finding it an easy, enjoyable read.
The best part of Ashes of Twilight is the writing Tayler s style suited me well, with pretty sentences and just enough slang that I guessed the book was set in England By the end of the book, I marked down several quotes I enjoyed Tayler has a mature writing style, with no abuse of sentence fragments.
Wren MacAvoy wants out of life Born a shiner, she climbs out of the mines every day into the dangerous reaches of her domed world to speculate on what s above The rulers say that flames fill the world outside, making the dome a necessity, but she does not think she sees flames out there Wren is a seeker, curious and unwilling to settle for anything, most especially a life she s been told to live and a boy she s been told to marry.
The characters that stole the show were the animals I just love adorable animals with tons of personality in my fiction, and Tayler included bunches Even better, none of them die, which there has been altogether to much of in my recent reads Tayler kills people instead Cat, a cleverly named cat, is my personal favorite Pip, a canary, also warms my heart So do the ponies with whom Wren works in the mines, who would not have survived without her aid I love Wren and Pace for taking such good care of them, and I love Tayler for not putting animals in just to kill them off tragically.
While I did enjoy Ashes of Twilight, I really wish there had been to it, something unique None of the elements herein were unfamiliar to me the dome, the class hierarchy punishing to those on the bottom most rungs, the terrible air quality, the mining, the instalove, the abusive guy who wants to marry Wren, the twist regarding Wren s father, or the plot arc All of this I have read in other dystopian novels, not all together like this, but I would still hope to see something solely of Tayler s creation I have read a lot of dystopian novels, however, so this might not be an issue for readers without so much knowledge of the genre.
One element which should have been better handled is the inclusion of the biblical references For whatever reason, the shiners only have one book, The Bible As such, Wren references scripture a lot, as she does in the first sentence I never really could see a point made with this The references come thick and fast at the beginning of the novel, but drop off significantly towards the end, without seeming to impact the plot These should either have served a plot purpose or be taken out entirely They were not preachy particularly, just out of place.
The most worrying aspect of Ashes of Twilight is Wren s tendency to exhibit TSTL syndrome As I mentioned, the guy she was supposed to marry, James is abusive In one of the first scenes, he tries to force himself on her She is, rightly, uncomfortable around him for the rest of the book However, she also tells him multiple times that he is a great guy who will make some other girl very happy No, Wren, he s actually not a great guy, and this makes me doubt your sanity Can we please stop this trend of pretending that attempted rapists are the kinds of guys any girl should want They re not End of story.
Ashes of Twilight does have rather a slow pace, but, if you do not mind that, you might enjoy this book Tayler s debut might work better for those without too much familiarity with the dystopian genre.
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5 Stars Ashes of Twilight is a breathtaking steam punk novel that will captivate readers until the end I enjoyed the action, suspense and the plot twists that I was not expecting at all I m very much looking forward to the sequel, Shadows of Glass.
Just imagine living in a dome, believing that you must live under it because everything outside of the glass is burning, but then you find out that someone close to you has tried to escape and they have found out something big There is no fire And the sky is not red and black It is blue The most beautiful shade of blue Would you want to stay within the dome Or escape Well, that s the choice that Wren MacAvoy had to make Along side her plotting to escape is the gorgeous Pace, a rebel guard, and some of her friends from the coalmines Together they will begin a revolution and destroy the dome.
I knew I would love this book as soon as I read the blurb The premise sounded exciting and I was curious to see the romance side it in The idea did remind me ofBreathe by Sarah Crossan, which I loved, but when I readAshes of Twilight I was simply amazed It was unique and the characters were incredibly engaging, and they all had played a significant part in the story.
I loved most things about this book but the one point that let it down was the romance I mean, I loved the romance between Wren and Pace but I felt that their relationship was a bit too sudden insta love They said I love you after about two weeks after they met and my reaction was something like, No Don t ruin the book with insta love PLEASE NNOOOOOOO Though, I didn t really mind that much after that brief though because the author did write about their relationship extremely well and it was like the two had known each other for years Pace also made the book a little exciting, and I fell in love with his funny and optimistic personality Ashes of Twilight is not a book that you should miss if you love the steam punk genre, and if you haven t read a steam pink novel before then you better start with this book I m anxiously awaiting the sequel because the book ended with such a cliffhanger July 2013, come soon LOVED this book The opening paragraph blew me away and sucked me right in Kassy Tayler is a fantastic writer who is about to make a huge splash in the dystopian and YA genres Can t wait to read According to Huffington Post, Ashes of Twilight is a likely successor to Hunger Games.