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Review – Sara Baysinger’s Ashen City

Happy Monday, Reader Friends!!

Today I’m sharing my review of Sara Baysinger’s Ashen City. This YA dystopian novel is a must read! It releases April 6th so be sure and pre-order it (link below!) If you haven’t read Book One, Black Tiger, you can purchase it from Amazon.

Let’s get started!

About the Book


The Blurb: “Make your choice, Ember Carter. And make it count.

Ember Carter has escaped the flames of death. But will she ever be free from Chief Titus? When the orchard goes up in smoke and her family turns up missing, Ember returns to Frankfort hoping to find her brother and father, and to get Titus to drop the death wish he has against her.

But Titus is always one step ahead. When Ember faces him head-on, she’s captured, only to receive another death sentence. But on her way to her execution, plans go a little askew, and Ember finds herself traveling to the one place no one dares travel: Louisville. If the outskirts of Ky were a ghost town, the ashen city is the borderline of hell itself, but it’s the one place Ember can find refuge from the people who want her dead. 

In the ashen city, Ember must learn that being a hero is more than doing what is right because she can, but doing it for the good of the people. And when plans take a turn for the worst, she must decide if it’s worth risking her life to save her country.”

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Mind. Blown.

Y’all, I had to take a day before I could sit down to right this review. Seriously, talk about book hangover! No, talk about mind. Blown. 

I really enjoyed Black Tiger, but Ashen City … There are not adequate words to describe the awesomeness packed in this dystopian read, but I’m going to try.

First, I loved the opening. It picked right up from Black Tiger and I was thrilled. This book had so much in it. Action, Introspection, Romance, Twists and Turns, and a cliff-hanger ending that will have you stalking Ms. Baysinger’s social media sites for a glimpse of book 3 (rest assured, it’s coming folks). 

The action was fantastic. I loved the scenes and often reread them just to take in their glory one more time.

And the introspection! Let’s just say, Ember discovering God is a beautiful thing. One of my favorite quotes is in the picture to the right.

Isn’t that a beautiful image? God bringing forth life. The way Ember describes her experiences with the Creator brings tears to my eyes.

And the romance…I don’t want to give it away, so I’ll just say Ms. Baysinger chose the right man. I’ve been waiting for the solidification of this romance since I read Book 1 and when it happened I wanted to cheer. (I know, I’m a dork!) There were so many great scenes between these two. One that had me reaching for the tissues as my heart shattered in sympathy and one that had me cheesing from ear to ear.
Y’all, this book had so many twists and turns, my stomach dipped and rolled as if I was on a roller coaster. Seriously epic!! I don’t want to give it away, so I beg you, when you’re done reading it, hit me up on Facebook so I can talk to you about it! Mind. Blown! Ms. Baysinger is a dystopian writing genius! I can totally picture this on the big screen. It’s that good.

So don’t take my word for it, go out and read it and report back. 🙂

*I give this a 5 out of 5 (but seriously it deserves a 6 because I will be rereading this.)
**I received a free copy from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.

About the Author


Sara Baysinger grew up in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Ecuador where she spent her time exploring uncharted lands and reading all things magical. She now lives among the endless cornfields of Indiana with her husband and two young children. BLACK TIGER is her first novel.

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2 thoughts on “Review – Sara Baysinger’s Ashen City”

  1. This book sounds really good! It definitely looks like one that would keep me on the edge of my seat. The cover is fantastic, too!


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