{Book Review} Amber to Ashes by Gail McHugh

Posted September 11, 2015 by Lucy in New Adult, Review / 0 Comments

{Book Review} Amber to Ashes  by Gail McHugh
Amber to Ashes (Torn Hearts, #1)
By: Gail McHugh


Genres: Contemporary Romance

Series: Torn Hearts #1
Published on June 9th 2015
Published by Atria Books
Pages: 480
Format: Kindle

From the New York Times bestselling author of Collide and Pulse comes a gritty new novel about a shattered young woman who unexpectedly falls for two best friends.
They were a storm I never saw coming, an unforeseen heartbreak on the edge of a dangerous cliff.
Amber Moretti’s life changes in the span of minutes. An orphaned outsider, she is desperate to start fresh the moment she walks onto campus. In the time it takes to cross the university’s dining hall, she meets two men who bring color, air, and light to her darkened world.
They became my addiction, each a needle to my next hit, my high.
Brock Cunningham’s appeal is dizzying, a potent force Amber can’t deny. A green-eyed smooth talker, he instantly attracts Amber. It doesn’t take long for him to consume her every thought.
Ryder Ashcroft, a blue-eyed, tattooed, and pierced bad boy, turns Amber off immediately—that is, until he kisses her, stealing a piece of her heart.
They were as opposite as fire and ice, yet I ached for them equally.
Never knowing she could be broken down in so many unexpected ways, Amber finds herself falling for both men.
Immoral? Maybe. I say undeniable. Uncontained.
But one devastating event changes everything…and Amber isn’t sure she can recover from it.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.


DNF at 50% this review may contain some spoilers.

I wanted to read this book because I was curious by the book blurb. But then about halfway through reading I realized this book was made up basically very long and dull inner dialogs, which were overly descriptive and wordy. So at 50% I quit.

To be honest the story started alright, since I generally enjoyed books that has school element, I was pretty excited with that dinner hall scenario. But then the story just got really weird. I thought it had skipped all of the in-between, “get to know you” moments.


Shortly after Amber met Brock, she confessed her dark, dark past, and then very soon there was the revelation of Brock’s dark, dark secret. It was also a very much instant attraction, lust, love that sort of romance, which was quite disappointed, because what else is new? So, one girl falls in love with two guys, which I have no issues with the scenario, as long as the girl ended up with both guys, for me that’s the happy ending (one can only hope, right?). I have to be honest, I almost didn’t want to read this book because the love-triangle bits.


To be honest I didn’t like Amber, I thought her character was very contradicted, and inconsistent.  Given her background, I had a really difficult time to believe she would date and fallen in love with not one but two drug dealers. Not to mention, she was most likely born addicted (it was implied), she even emphasized that was why she hates drugs. And it really bothered me how Amber was simply ok to surround herself with drugs. I had a feeling before she met Brock she had never used any forms of drugs before. The fact that Amber easily gave in and started using, because Brock wanted her to try, it made no sense to me. She just give in so easily, she didn’t even fight against it. I thought Amber was supposed be a tough, and strong character, but she was anything but. She continuously makes poor choices, and hardly had any self-control. I didn’t like her philosophy

Brock was another character I really didn’t like. I thought Brock’s excuses why he had to be in control, and how he recruited his friends to deal drugs were just wrong and not convincing. Brock was also a terrible influences on Amber, while I didn’t get far enough to see how Ryder may have influenced her, but I can’t imagined it was any better.


However, compare to other two leading characters, I actually liked Ryder. Because Ryder didn’t bother to pretend nor did he give excuses on his character. Even though I didn’t finished this book, I kind of hope Amber ended with Ryder instead of Brock, that guy just gives me the creep. Or better yet, Ryder should get his girl, who is nothing like Amber.

I had a really hard time trying to read this book, I was very much detach to the story, and skimming through the inner dialogs, which was a lot…in the end I just didn’t care enough to finish to stories.

Happy Reading!XO

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