Review – The Heart's Ashes by A.M. Hudson

Title: The Heart's Ashes
Author: A.M. Hudson
Series: Dark Secrets #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published: June 23rd 2012

Death never leaves us. Once it's touched our souls, it hungers for our return--waiting for us to fall. And if it finds Ara again, she will have no way to escape.

Moving on from David was hard, forgetting the abduction and torture was almost impossible, but nothing as devastating as the thought that now, because of her, David might face the horrific punishments of the Set.

No one knows where David went after he lost Ara, but she can only hope he's the one leaving subtle clues for her to discover, and it makes her desperate to find him--desperate enough that she would risk her life, hanging out with an informant who means to kill her. What truths she is told about David's dark past, though, will threaten to change her heart and destroy the way Ara perceives everything. She must ask herself if it's right to love one monster, then hate the one who tried to destroy her.

In all her searching, the promise of immortality will finally be renewed, but sold at a price Ara's not sure she's willing to pay.

Is love enough to make her submit to this new role, or will it fail her once again and leave her reaching back for the grasp of death?
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The Heart's Ashes continues on from the end of the last book with Ara heading to her own wedding. She is beginning to regret the decision of letting David go so easily, and is not sure whether Mike can fill the hole in her heart that belonged to David. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but our favourite twins do return and we meet a new character that captures Ara’s attention.

I spent the first half of the book being frustrated with Ara. I found it hard to connect with her as she acts like a spoiled girl who pushes everyone away only to want them when they try to move on. I just wanted to go in there and shake her! Lol! However once the story unfolded a bit more I was able to see why she was struggling with her feelings for all the men in her life.

What I did like was the developing storyline, learning more about the Vampires and the Lilithian’s, where they came from and what happened to spark the feud between them. It was a great insight and a well thought out plot that lead to the circumstances in the second half of the book.

Ara endured so much in this book and grew up a lot by the end. Not all of her feelings are sorted out though, and she has to take on a big responsibility. Life has changed not only for her, but all of her friends as well. She has found some unusual allies and I am looking forward to see whether she is able to trust them or not.

I enjoy the way A.M. Hudson writes her books, but I found this one a little repetitive. Ara kept dealing with the same issues over and over and I started to skip some of the same arguments. The second half of the book was better and the action kept me glued to the pages. I was happy with the ending and I am looking forward to see what will happen in the vampire world next!!

A. M. Hudson loves her life in Australia and, despite wishing it would snow at Christmas, couldn't imagine living anywhere else in the world.

She fell in love with her husband at just sixteen, and since then, has added three boys to the mix.

A. M. prides herself on writing the shocking, the depthy and the highly-emotional subjects other writers steer away from. She addresses the uncomfortable with conviction and enjoys taking stories down dark paths.

Some of her heroes are Stephen King, Walt Disney, Hamish and Andy, Muse and 30 Seconds to Mars, and with influences like these, one can only imagine what stories will unfold.

When she's not writing, A. M. reads books, watches movies and chats with fans on Facebook.

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The first book of the series is now called Dark Secrets. When I read the beginning of the series they were 2 books. Check out my reviews below.



  1. Sounds like a great series. Sucks about the repetitiveness though. glad you still enjoyed it. :)

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  2. I did. I am looking forward to the next book. Things are starting to get exciting


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