Fragments of Ash by Katy Regnery is an Adult Retelling of Cinderella and the seven installment of her Modern Fairytale series!
But don’t worry if you haven’t read the other books first because they can be read as a stand-alone!
“From New York Times bestselling author Katy Regnery comes a dark and twisted retelling of the beloved fairytale, Cinderella!
My name is Ashley Ellis…
I was thirteen years old when my mother – retired supermodel, Tig – married Mosier Răumann, who was twice her age and the head of the Răumann crime family.
When I turned eighteen, my mother mysteriously died. Only then did I discover the dark plans my stepfather had in store for me all along; the debauched “work” he expected me to do.
With the help of my godfather, Gus, I have escaped from Mosier’s clutches, but his twin sons and henchmen have been tasked with hunting me down. And they will stop at nothing to return my virgin body to their father
…dead or alive.”
** Contemporary Romance. Due to profanity and very strong sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.**
This book surprised me.
The content in the beginning is really dense to get through. We follow a girl who’s life is dealt in pieces. Her sister isn’t really her sister, and her stepfather is claiming her for himself and the priest she confided in may be in danger. Built on secrets and much more, this story is not for a lighter audience. There are trigger warnings for incest, strong language, and vivid sexual content.
I quickly noticed the similarities this book has with Cinderella. But it’s definitely not the Disney version we all came to know. This modern day twist has characters who are gender-swapped and others who are under different sexual orientation. And honestly, it fits really well with this story.
Going into such an intense read, I thought I was going to have trouble with continuing on, but I flew through this book! Each chapter brings out more information that you can’t help but read. There is a slow, intense romance that develops through the pages, and it is definitely a subplot that I could tell was going to happen, but watching it unfold was half the fun.
I also enjoyed reading the diary entries of her late mother. You can tell the character’s transformation with the writing style alone, and getting that raw, behind-the-scenes look at her life outside of Ash was interesting and intriguing.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. There is a lot of drama packed into this story, and if you love a more adult romance, this is the book for you. I really enjoyed how it all played out. Between the French dialogue and the strong antagonist, you can’t help but turn the page to find out what happens next.
The retelling aspect of the story as a unique twist to the otherwise innocent original story, and it’s perfect for those who like a modern day, evil twist.
But again, this isn’t a book for a younger readers. There is a lot of strong language and vivid sexual depictions in this installment, but if you like the New Adult and Adult content, this book is for you!
Published: 1 October 2018
Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery
Genre: Adult Retelling / Romance
How I Read It: ARC from Xpresso Book Tours
Fragments of Ash is part of the ~a modern fairytale~ collection: contemporary, standalone romances inspired by beloved fairy tales.
The Vixen and the Vet (Beauty & the Beast) – available now
Never Let You Go (Hansel & Gretel) – available now
Ginger’s Heart (Little Red Riding Hood) – available now
Dark Sexy Knight (Camelot) – available now
Don’t Speak (The Little Mermaid) – available now
Sheer Heaven (Rapunzel) – available now
Fragments of Ash (Cinderella) – coming October 1, 2018
Swan Song (The Ugly Duckling) – coming soon
“New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract, and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.
Thirty-five books later, Katy claims authorship of the multititled New York Times and USA Today bestselling Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; and several other stand-alone novels and novellas, including the critically-acclaimed, USA Today bestselling contemporary romance, Unloved, a love story.
Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s Blueberry Lane collection, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, became a New York Times e-book bestseller.
Katy’s books are available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Turkish.
Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.
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