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Review of Out Of the Ashes

4 Jan 2014


Out of the frying pan and into the fire…

Paige Hill is discovering who she is again after losing everything she loves in a tragic fire. She’s endured a long road to recovery with the help of her best fiend Gillian and is finally beginning her life again: college, a job, and a blossoming love she never even saw coming.

Clay Forbes is the notorious campus playboy. He’s a star athlete, a senior architecture major, and the only son in a family with power and money back in his hometown. When he crashes into Paige, his whole perspective on life shifts, and his world as he knew it becomes nonexistent. He’s wrapped up in her.

They’re both learning how to love, but Clay’s ex-girlfriend Hannah won’t make it easy for them. She puts a target on Paige’s back, and won’t stop until she’s derailed their budding romance once and for all. Who will be left standing after the ashes settle for the second time?


Paige is unlike many characters. She really has been through hell and has somehow made it out on the other side. A fire turned her world upside down. Not only did she lose her family and her home in the fire, she also was burned and now finds herself trying to hide the disfigurements.

I really felt for Paige’s character throughout the story. She really struggled with every aspect of life and it was obvious where her resistance towards Clay and any type of relationship came from. Despite understanding Paige, sometimes I found it hard to really connect with her character. She didn’t so much as heal throughout the story; she just changed what she thought.
Clay was the typical popular college guy who falls for the underdog. I really enjoyed his character; I just wished that we had learned a little bit more about his back-story. There seemed to be more to him then met the eye.  His ex-girlfriend is the evil villain of the story and she really left you wondering how Clay could have put up with her. She was horrible to Paige and it was obvious that she was one of those people who felt like the world owed them. She was manipulative to the point that she even called Clay’s mom to further try to mess up his relationship with Paige.

And holy mother of Jesus, I was so not expecting the cliffhanger that was the end of the book. It definitely leaves you wanting more and to find out what exactly will happen between Paige and Clay.

Ultimately I really enjoyed the book, and the cliffhanger has made sure that I will definitely be
reading the next book. The biggest fault I had with the story was the pace. Once again I felt that the main characters fell in love way too quickly and there was just a little something missing to their story. If you like an interesting story with an enticing cliffhanger, I definitely recommend this book.
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