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12/11/2016

Book Review #11: The Shadow and the Rose (Ash Grove Chronicles #1) by Amanda DeWees




The Shadow and the Rose (Ash Grove Chronicles #1)
by 
Amanda DeWees


*Spoiler Alert*
This is one I tried really, really hard to get through, but was unable to in the end. The first thing that that struck me (and let it be known I was home schooled so I do not know if this is common place) but a high school has a coffee bar? I wasn't sure about that one, but to my limited knowledge it could have been accurate. Dunno, just found it odd. 
Out of the get go MC didn't do much to endear me to her, the first time we learn that her father has cancer and she says something to the point that she is glad he was no longer on campus so that she is no longer the teacher's kid. Did not make me like her and put me off of the story a great bit, almost closed it then. But I continued. 
Next she goes to a graveyard on a dare and runs into this angry stranger who proceeds to yell at her. He then pins her to a tree and what is her response? Kiss him. That is... just weird to me. Anyone who has been following my reviews knows that one of my biggest pet peeves is the name/brand/artist/author/book/movie/character/famous-person drop. I don't like em. This book was riddled with them. 
The whole thing read like it was meant to be college kids, but the author went back and CTRL-F replaced it with a high school. Also too many characters without spark. I had to keep reading back to remember who was who. 
I slogged on through until page 66, determined to get to the end. Then the author slammed me with one I couldn't handle. It started innocently enough, it was obvious that the starkly white famous woman was a vampire/ghost/fae/supernatural-something-that-is-ancient-beyond-imagining so LI is telling MC how he came to find her. (Keep in mind the main cast is all 15-16) So LI goes up to starkly white's room and then she proceeds to make him strip for a "medical" examination. While she is gone he sees photos of her with various celebs (cue more name dropping) and one is Elvis. He picks it up and muses on how she was a girl when Elvis hit it big time. So then my brain started crankin. Saying that we use Elvis' first film as the mark, that makes it roughly 1956, right? So to be a "girl" let us assume minimum age is 4-6. So I go back to the copyright to see the book is from 2012. That puts miss starkly white at 60-64 years old AT THE LEAST! And 16 year old LI ADMITS and REALIZES this in the flash-back narrative. Then she saunters back in with her 60ish year old self and performs statutory rape and he is happy about it. Nope. Nope. Nope. I was done. I know tons of vampire/werewolf/supernatural-boogie-boo books have very old LIs and that is perfectly fine, at least they look somewhat close to the age of the MC and not 44+ years their elders.


All in all this was not an engaging enough story for me to continue and I came across a plot element that made me put it down.

⭐️

Reading Format: Kindle
Read from: Nov 2016-Nov 2016 
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