Thursday, May 7, 2015

BOOK TOUR [My Review of Age Of Blood + Giveaway] Shauna Granger's ASH AND RUIN Series

World of Ash (Ash and Ruin #1)
Release Date: 12/02/13

Summary from Goodreads:

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.

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Time of Ruin (Ash and Ruin #2)
Release Date: 07/22/14

Summary from Goodreads:
The world has ended, and hope is the most dangerous thing left.

Battered and bruised after barely escaping San Francisco with their lives, Kat, Dylan, and Blue press north – desperate to reach the possibility of a new home.

But strange, monstrous ravens are tracking the remaining survivors, food is becoming scarce, gasoline is running short, and people are becoming suicidal, making survival almost impossible.

And the Pestas are growing bolder. Somehow, their numbers are growing.

The further north they go, the harder it becomes to ignore the signs that they’ve made a fatal mistake. Kat must face the impossible truth that there is no escape, there is no safe haven, and their worst nightmares don’t come close to their new reality.

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Age of Blood (Ash and Ruin #3)
Release Date: 05/05/15

Summary from Goodreads:
Hope is a dangerous thing, but powerful. Hope keeps you going. Hope can keep you alive.

But hope can shatter your world.

Kat and Dylan have found a home, but the monsters are still out there. The pox and plague still ravage the world. They have hope of finding a vaccine, but their encampment isn't equipped to develop it.

Dylan is still too weak from the pox to leave the encampment, so Kat must decide between staying by his side and protecting her last remaining family member as he leaves to find supplies. Separated for the first time since they came together, Kat and Dylan will have to fight their own battles to save what is left of their bloody world.

Kat will have to hold on to hope that she has anything left to save and someone to come home to. If she can survive.

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I just can't say enough good things about this series. Shauna did an amazing job with this trilogy. If you haven't read them you need to.

Age Of Blood started where 
Time of Ruin left off. They had found a safe place to let Dylan heal. Kat finally finds someone that's she's been looking for but the rest definitely didn't turn out as Kat would have wanted. Then along with a few survivors  they were back on the road to finding supplies to help find a cure. This book tells about the trials and loss they had while out on a supply run. It is non stop and I can say I didn't want to put it down. It was a fast enjoyable read and I hate to see this series come to an end. I had come to really like Dylan, Kat and her dog Blue.

It was a perfect ending to the trilogy and anyone who likes dystopian post apocalyptic books will love this series. It takes the supernatural genre to a whole different level.

5 stars for this book and for the Ash and Ruin entire series!!!!

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.

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Lisa Brown said...

thank you for the chance to win

Natalie said...

This sounds like a great read!

Janet W. said...

Sounds like a great series!

steve weber said...

love the cover! thanks for the chance to win.

Judy Thomas said...

That's a really scary looking cover! :)

Nikolina said...

Enjoyed reading your review, thank you!

Sarah Benson said...

Michelle - thanks for your review of the Ash and Run Series. They look like they would provide many hours of good reading. In your opinion (another Christian homeschooling mom asking) do you think these books would be appropriate for my teens? Ages 15 and 12? Thanks!