Blog Tour – Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich [Review + Giveaway]

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Crimson Ash is a YA dystopian, science fiction by Haley Sulich and is expected to be published on May 10th, 2018 by Write Plan. 

synopsis

You may live as a soldier or face death. Choose wisely.

Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the weapons needed for revenge.

After raiding a rebel camp, sixteen-year-old Ember doesn’t understand why killing some boy bothers her. She’s a soldier—she has killed hundreds of people without remorse. But after she fails a mission, the rebels hold her hostage and restore her memories. Ember recognizes her sister among the rebels and realizes the boy she killed was Solanine’s fiancé.

Ember knows she can’t hide the truth forever, but Solanine has secrets too.

As their worlds clash, the two sisters must decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. And one wrong move could destroy everything—and everyone—in their path.

 

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3 stars

The story revolves around two sisters, Solanine and Ember, who were separated by the technology-devoted government years ago. Though there are quite a few conflicts that are raging through the story, the main idea seems to be consistent—the technology-abusing government to be thrown over and for humanity to be restored. For those who might not know, I’m a huge fan of humanizing oriented facets especially when they are spotlighted in a worsened dystopian future. This one worked really well in that aspect, I would say. 

The characters were quite well developed. Solanine and Ember were evidently focused on more and I wouldn’t call it bad since their sibling relationship was the main focus throughout. While Solanine was an on-the-run-to-find-her-sister refugee, Ember was a soldier in The City Of Graven. Speaking of this city, it was a locked down place where everyone were either brainwashed or mind-controlled by someone whose name would give away spoilers and you guys know how huge of an advocate I am of sealing my mouth when it comes to spoilers. 

Both the main characters touched my heart at different points throughout the story. Solanine was the more ‘human’ one who couldn’t believe how easily people were killed. On the other hand, Ember had been succumbed to her instiled ideologies which made her make unforgivable mistakes. Her genetically altered dark eyes, expressionless face, and a night vision that didn’t allow her to see the stars, made her look as deadly as she could be. And of course, it hurt Solanine to see her sister this way.

The supporting characters were built up pretty good and I found myself cheering for all of them at one point. While I’m at it, let me state a warning: there are quick, unexpected deaths in this story and some might rip your heart off so good luck sewing it again. Which brings me to the descriptions and world building. I liked it. There’s enough information to create the scene perfectly and the illustrative writing can easily make an overwhelming sequence vivid enough. Another trigger warning: graphic scenes especially centered around possible suicide. 

One thing I would mention (because it requires a round of applause) is how the I-love-a-person-but-they-are-gay scene relayed in this story and the gay was a girl so it’s like a love triangle—though it isn’t established—where there are two girls and a guy (like it always happens, haha) but the girl is a lesbian, though she might even be bi since it isn’t clearly stated. Anyway, what I mean is I appreciate usual tropes being used on queer characters since that shows them to be more real than people wish to believe. 

The writing was fine for me. It was good enough with the visual elucidations but overall it fell a little flat; I wasn’t particularly drawn into it but it wasn’t frustrating either. Also, while the overall story was played out well enough, it wasn’t anything out of the box. A fairly good science fiction, dystopian is what I would regard it. There were disclosures and revelations during the first half that rose my intrigue but once every thing was laid out, the story unfolded quite predictably. Did I not like it? No, I did like it but I would say my preferences made this a more entertaining read for me.

I would recommend this to all those who love a dystopian ridden with some tropes but parallelly developing a sibling relationship while fixing it all with some science and a rebel attitude.

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Haley Sulich currently lives in Minnesota, but she hopes to own a house near the beach someday. Her writing inspiration stems from her battle with depression, which shows through the darker elements of Crimson Ash. Starting out on Wattpad, she was a Featured Author on the site for over a year. She’s also the founder of the book-editing and publishing company Write Plan. When she isn’t writing or editing, she likes watching horror movies, paintballing, taking photographs, and eating ice cream, which happens to be half of her diet.

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giveaway

Win a signed copy of Crimson Ash! Open INTL and ends March 21st. 

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disclaimer

Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this via my participation in a promotional blog tour but that in no way influences my rating and/or opinion about it. Thank you ThatBookshelfBitch, Haley Sulich, and Write Plan!

 

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