🌹Best Reads of 2020! (Day 13) Best Book With a Diverse Cast: The Rising Series by Kristen Ashley!🌹


Hey y’all… Day 13!🎅

I’m linking up with my blogger buddy, Sophie @Beware of the Reader to bring you another round of my BEST READS OF 2020! I’ve done this before and its so much fun! Go check out her blog if you get a chance, she’s fabulous!

OH! And just FYI: these are books that I read THIS year though they may have been PUBLISHED before 2020!

*From Sophie’s blog:

Hi friends,

If you follow me for some years you know that at the end of each year , in December, I give you my best reads of the year.

Daily posts looking back into 2020 and gushing about my favorites.

Well this is happening again!

It’s been launched on Instagram already with other bloggers cohosting with me, some of whom are on WordPress like @sophiesreadingcorner others not like @pavlinamich ; @eliz_white and @utcabookblog .

I will post on Instagram, the blog and facebook.

If you too want to show your favorites this year, I’d be very happy to see you join us.

We’ll used #bestreadsof2020 as hashtag on social media (I confess that I will follow on Instagram with an eagle eye LOL).

Here below are the topics.




And the award for Best Book With Diverse Cast goes to…

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The Rising Series by Kristen Ashley

The Beginning of Everything (The Rising #1)The Beginning of Everything by Kristen Ashley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Beginning of Everything is book 1 in The Rising series. There’s a total of 4 books so there will be a few cliffhangers…beware!!

I can’t even accurately describe the plot without giving anything away so here’s some important points to remember:

*This takes place in a parallel universe but does have similarities to THIS universe

*This is a fantasy of epic proportion with witches and warriors and such

*There’s multiple ARCs within the storyline that can be confusing… Stick with it, everything irons out!

*Understand that this is one of KA’s more “erotic” books (that may be a trigger for some) with multiple partners, ménages, rape

The Players

=”Triton’s four strongest warriors must wed its four most powerful witches, binding all nations together. There is the quiet maiden, Silence, born of Wodell.
And the savage king, Mars, born of Firenze.
And the cold warrior, Cassius, born to Airen.
And the fierce witch, Elena, born to the Nadirii.
And the steadfast soldier, True, born to Wodell.
And the banished beauty, Farah, born to Firenze.
And the pirate king, Aramus, ascended in Mar-el.
To make the crusading Ha-Lah his queen.”

So, this one started off a bit rocky for me because there’s so much going on, it became confusing! But I kept at it. I’ve read so much of KA’s work, I had faith that everything would work out and it did! The women are strong, the men are alpha, the sex scenes are crazy hot and the storyline is intense and fast paced. So far, Mars and Silence are my favorite characters. I love how possessive Mars is of Silence! Admittedly, it’s not my favorite PNR by Ms. Ashley but it’s definitely worth continuing on to the next installment! Told from multiple POVs with an insane ending. I voluntarily read and reviewed this book.

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This series turned out to be a good read, between the four books, I rated the series 4.5 stars! Have a marvelous day y’all!💜





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