My name isn't Renae Martin. Everything about my life is a lie.
Recruited by the dead to steal memories from the living, I'll do anything to avoid going back to the sensory deprived hell that is the afterlife. To get through my probation as a reaper I just need to convince my handler that I don't suck at my job.
Too bad my gift has other plans. Gods help me because it wants to serve him—the ancient abomination I accidentally resurrected.
Now I'm enslaved to a man with a price on his head and he's determined to unravel my secrets one by one. I need to sever our psychic bond before it jeopardizes my mission, my sanity and self-control.
When Liam's quest for the truth threatens the tenuous balance between the worlds of the living and the dead, I'll need to decide where my loyalties lie once and for all—with the underworld organization that owns me, or with the man who could teach me what it truly means to be alive.
A lush paranormal romance full of twists and turns for fans of mythology, magic and scorching slow burns.
2021 Kiss of Death Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense finalist.
2022 Book Life Prize Quarter Finalist
Publisher's Note: This book contains mature themes intended for an adult audience and graphic content that may be a trigger for some readers. Reader discretion is advised. Please visit the author's website for a complete list of CWs.
Plot/Idea: The author crafts a creative, complex storyline, rich with detail and intriguing characters. The reader starts off puzzled but slowly becomes enlightened as the work progresses. The pace of the work is perfect, making it an easy and pleasurable read.
Prose: The author is an extremely strong writer, able to detail this strange new world in a way that makes sense to the reader without oversaturating the work with exposition.
Originality: This is a truly unique work that cleverly depicts a fresh, new world and distinctive characters.
Character Development/Execution: The author does a superb job with characterization, particularly with Renae as she works through her issues; her torment feels quite real, and readers will be quick to empathize.
Blurb: Readers looking for a creative and talented new author need look no further. J. Ember Hintz's The Ash Gardeners is clever, fun, and guaranteed to captivate.
Date Submitted: July 16, 2022
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