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Ahes by MK Harkins – Review by Erin Vosters

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Series Book 1)Ashes by MK Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is suitable for the young teen.

A modernized twist for Cinderella that can be relatable, especially for someone going through puberty. Ashley has to work in her family mortuary for her step mom and step sisters. Bad boy and pop sensation Harry is ordered to finish high school at Ashley’s school.

High school drama, home life misery, with romance.

Very good story and good read.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Skylar Daniels

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book of the modern-day fairy tale series and I fell in love with it immediately. The book immediately captured my attention from the very first page and I was not able to put the book down until I had finished it. This is also the first book that I have read from the author and I wasn’t disappointed.
Ashley Adams doesn’t have time for haters. Already too busy dealing with dead bodies after her stepmother purchased a mortuary, she is ready to put the lid on her judgmental peers and finally bury her high school experience. Falling in love was the last thing on her mind.
Too bad fate had other plans when the local celebrity lands in her life.
Pop sensation Harry James is ordered by the court to attend public school for his senior year or face jail time. He can’t afford any bad press if he wants his summer tour to go ahead. But when he ducks into the mortuary where Ashley works to escape a mob of fans, he wonders if he is chasing the wrong dream.
High school mean girls, a controlling publicist, and scheming stepsisters want to keep Ashley away from Harry. After all, everyone knows the popstar doesn’t belong with the social outcast.
If only they had some fairy magic to help them find their happy ending…
Ashes is a fun and snarky standalone YA romance. If you like captivating characters, emotional twists and turns, Fairies and Cinderella retellings, then you’ll adore MK Harkins’ fast-paced tale.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series and see what else the author has in store for this series.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Charlene Gonzalez

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I gave this 3 stars because this reminded me of Cinderalla getting picked at by her evil stepmom and her step sisters. The only difference here is a girl named Ashley trying to live a normal at High School without drawing too much attention to herself who later ends up helping prince charming Harry, who has to go to this school to get his life straight but ends up needing help to hide who he is and from people telling what to do. Both Ashely and Harry change their whole life around, is love worth it for them, or do they have to be told what to do?
Other than that it has some twisted parts and an interesting point of view of how Ashley shows her strong side in life.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Melissa Saxton

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A well done rock star forbidden romance that grips you quickly and you find yourself rooting for these characters quickly. Sprinkled in a Cinderella-ish female and the romance story is complete. A great read and a new author I enjoy.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Monique Espitia

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love retellings of childhood fairytales and couldn’t wait to give this book a shot. Especially when the original Disney version makes me want to gag. A Cinderella themed story with a MC who works in a funeral home?!?! Bring it on! I loved the story and it flowed very well. There was substantial character growth in both of the “main” characters and the world building was on point. The step mother and step sisters were absolutely wretched! Seriously deranged. It kept the story interesting and captured my full attention. I can’t tell you how many times I had to clutch my pearls!!! (Gasp!)

I’m so glad I read this book and loved the teasers thrown in. I can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Michelle G

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A modern day twist on the Cinderella story. Something different and a little left field. Definitely worth a read if you have some spare time!

My daughter loved reading it too – I love it when she finds a book that appeals to her.

Who knew that the modern day Cinderella worked in a mortuary?

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Karen Pearman

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Series Book 1)Ashes by MK Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Being another new author for me, I was excited to read this modern take on Cinderella. Let me first say that I loved the cover. It is very eye catching with the glass slipper on it. Once I started reading the book I was immediately enchanted with it and didn’t want to put it down. It is a very quick read which was a little disappointing because I really wanted more to read. Overall, I loved this book. It was well written; the characters were very relatable, and I could see everything that was going on in the book with my imagination. I really loved how she included all the characters, including the villains, so you could really understand from all perspectives. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Breanne Christian

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ashley Adams suffered misfortune after misfortune after her father passed away, leaving her with her evil stepmother and stepsisters, like a modern-day Cinderella. She was forced to work at her stepmother’s mortuary, giving her a less than popular reputation at Redmond High School. Ashley’s father left her with a trust, but not without a clause included by her stepmother. The clause, to graduate on time, was a no brainer for a student with a GPA of 4.0, or so Ashley thought. To add to her plight, popstar Harry James starts attending Redmond High School as part of his probation. Between her mixed feelings for Harry and her evil stepmother, Ashley struggles with keeping herself together. With the help of her best friend Laura, she just might make it, or will she?
Ashes is full of relatable characters and feelings. Through each heartbreak Ashley endures, the reader can feel along with her. The cute romance that occurs throughout the book, as well as an unraveling mystery, makes for a great read by itself. The introduction of fairy godmothers adds to its endearing traits. If you are looking for a fast-paced, cute romance/mystery, look no further. I did not want to put it down.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Tracy Greenhalgh

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

finish school, without being in trouble, they are sent to Redmond High.
Harry and Ashley feel an instant attraction, but are faced with many obstructions. They are told they cannot see each other.
With the step family and the popular girls at school trying to intervene in the friendship Will Harry and Ashley make it…
Throw in attempted murder, fairy involvement and cliff hanger ending; this is a great read that links together contempary romance, mystery and fairytale. Certainly an engaging read.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Stephanie Nordling

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The main character, Ashley, gives off strong Veronica Mars vibes (the character, not the show).
I like the way that the narration flips between whomever is the subject of the chapter. It’s always nice to get an inside look into the workings of their minds.
I saw some of the twists coming, but they were still so enjoyable! The ones that I didn’t see coming were much darker and more sad than expected, but helped flesh out the story. Think Ever After’s (the Drew Barrymore movie) envisioning of Cinderella, but made for today’s audience in a darker, 10 Things I Hate About You sort of way. The story flowed nicely. All of the main characters endeared themselves to me. I am invested in all of their storylines and I *need* the next book in the series. Haha!

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Ashes ( Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1 ) by MK Harkins – Review by Carla Clemmons

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This young adult read has it all! There’s romance, drama and a few plot twist that I was not expecting at all! I really enjoyed the characters in this book especially Ashley and Laura. I definitely was not expecting to finish this book as fast as I did. I didn’t want to stop reading because I wanted to know what would happen next and if Ashley would win. Her stepmother and step sisters definitely have it out for her and her trust. They will stop at nothing to get what they want. This is a great start to the series and I can’t wait to read more!

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Brittney Brady

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It is a modern day retelling of Cinderella. With a twist I did not see coming. It was a cute story, but the twist made it that much better. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Charlene Gonzalez

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I gave this 3 stars because this reminded me of Cinderalla getting picked at by her evil stepmom and her step sisters. The only difference here is a girl named Ashley trying to live a normal at High School without drawing too much attention to herself who later ends up helping prince charming Harry, who has to go to this school to get his life straight but ends up needing help to hide who he is and from people telling what to do. Both Ashely and Harry change their whole life around, is love worth it for them, or do they have to be told what to do?
Other than that it has some twisted parts and an interesting point of view of how Ashley shows her strong side in life.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Crystal Jimenez

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is my first time reading this author, and I will need to maybe try one more of her books to see if her writing gets better for me. This book seemed a little immature if you will, for a lack of a better word. It could just be her writing style, that’s why I will give her another chance. I’m on the fence on this book, but there is potential.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Michelle Collier

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What is better than a modern fairytale retelling? When you give Cinderella (Ashley in this story) spunk and you make Prince Charming (Harry) a famous pop star. I loved this story. The characters were charming yet very real and the twists were intriguing. I definitely can’t wait to read the next book in this series.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Amanda Glaspie

This was a cute adaptation of the Cinderella in modern day times. Ashley is a self proclaimed loner; our Cinderella. Harry is a troubled artist who found himself in trouble with the law (our prince). The two find each other in the most unlikely of places. The story was entertaining and fun to follow. I enjoyed listening to both sides of Ashley and Harry and the transition was very well done. The fairy godmothers seemed like an odd mix but definitely left for a potential sequel because lf them.

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Ashley Hasting

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ashley Adams has had a rough life, and she feels that it will always be that way. Her stepmother owns a mortuary, and she has to work in it after school. She always believed she will be by herself. That is till she meets Harry. This famous popstar hid in mortuary and found love at first sight with a dead body nearby. Her stepsisters and mother are doing everything they can to get in the way. During all of this, there are fairies at work helping her have love. I love the romance, friendship, and drama in this story. Can’t wait for the next book!!

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Ashes(Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins-Review by Heather Knalls

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A modern Cinderella story. Ashley has been left behind with her stepmother and stepsisters when her father passed away. She has been moved across the country to help take care of a funeral home her stepmother has decided she open. Come to find out bad boy pop star Harry is about to start at the same school she goes to. Is she excited, indifferent maybe before she saves him from his crazy fans she could care less. Is falling for him in her cards? Harry is finally feeling normal when he is around Ashley but will that last or will things come to a screeching halt!

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Donya Pedigo

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins is a modern retelling of Cinderella. This is a fun, fast, clean read that will capture the hearts of readers of all ages. This is the first book that I have read from this author but I assure you it won’t be my last.

Ashley Adams is tired of high school and all the drama that comes with it; she just wants to move on with her life and escape her stepmother so she can have some freedom. Until then she’ll spend her time taking care of the dearly departed that pass through the mortuary her stepmother purchased. Love isn’t even a blip on her radar, but fate or fairies have other ideas as singer sensation, Harry James crosses her path. He has recently been sentenced by the court to attend her public school for his senior year or face jail time, and since he doesn’t need anymore bad publicity he chooses school.

This is a charming take on a classic story. I’ve read and seen many retellings of Cinderella and I must say this is definitely on the top of the list. It’s common knowledge that a social pariah doesn’t belong with a rock star, but fate and fairies have different ideas. This is a fun standalone ya romance that is great for a lot of different age groups. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this series holds.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Heather Watson

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first-time reading M. K. Harkins, and I was a little worried at first. The whole Cinderella story line wasn’t my favorite. I was glad to keep reading past that. Even though it had the same line it had a lot of twist and turns. I would really love to hear Harry’s song to Ashley. I liked all the details in this story. The hint of things going on this book were not telling but they all come together in the end. Ashley and Harry’s story can’t end here and I am ready to read more by this author.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Amelia Stansell

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Loved this book. It is the first one in the series. It is a retelling of a classic with a twist. I cannot wait to read the next ones. Ashley your normal high school girl doesn’t have time for drama or anybody, she just wants to finish senior year. Her home life isn’t the greatest. Her stepmom bought a mortuary and spend the money that should be Ashley’s, her stepsisters are the worst.
Pop sensation Harry James has been ordered to go to high school or go to jail. He lands at Ashley’s school. He runs into her at her house when he ducks into the mortuary to hide from fans. Her stepsisters only want Harry for the fame. Along the way the two fall for each other. Can a bit of magic help them get the ending they both deserve?

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Devon Pulliam

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Series Book 1)Ashes by MK Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A modern day Cinderella story. I actually forgot till the last few pages this book involved fairy godmothers working behind the scenes for Ashley to find happiness again and even fall in love.

When Ashley saved pop singer Harry from his fans I knew he was her knight in shining armor! He still wanted to hang with her even after sitting in a mortuary with her while she did makeup on a dead person! Then the High School “mean girls” thrown in and you have modern day high school! I love the spunkiness of Ashley and her attitude to just not care that got stronger at the end. Her telling her step sisters off made me laugh!

I loved the friendship Laura and Ashley had and the connection they had with the boys to. It felt relatable and real. Laura’s mom was the first to really notice there was an issue with Ashley’s step mother and living situation.

Truly you will have to read this book to fall in love with the main characters and the story!

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Ashes By M.K. Harkins Review By Cheyenne Huffman

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ashes is a bittersweet, modern retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella.

And what a charming read it was! Putting a modern spin on classic fairytales can go either way, depending on how it’s done, but this book delivered very well!

You follow Ashley Adams who is just trying to make it through high school, graduate, and get away from her stepmother and step sisters. When her father passed away he left a trust fund to her, however, her stepmother has put some stipulations on her receiving it. Ashley must graduate on time, work at the funeral home, and much more!

Insert Harry, the prince- or prince of pop in this story- sent to Redmond High for part of his probation he is instantly drawn to Ashley from the moment he sees her, and Ashley.. well she finally has found someone she relates to. Things are about to get interesting. 😉

I don’t want to give any spoilers so that’s all I’m going to say, but definitely worth the read if you’re a fan of retellings.

I found it was a sweet, swoon-worthy take on a classic and the romance progressed more naturally than most fairytales which was a bonus! The cute plot, great characters, and an overall great retelling.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Lauren West

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love the mix of all the modern day Cinderella tales! Some are sweet and some are spicy! This is a teenage semi-sweet version with lots of chemistry and angst. Ashley and Harry are great together, and it’s a cute retell.
Every Cinderella has her day and this Ashley’s. It’s quite the wild ride, but lovable all the same!!

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Daryian Lucas

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4/5 Stars
This book is a retelling of the Cinderella and it’s pretty interesting. As an adult reading it, I had to remind myself that this book is meant for YA to not be too critical of it. This retelling of the classic story was one I haven’t seen before. It features a famous high school student and a student who works at a funeral home. I do think that it’ll be interesting to see how book two can continue on the story with the way this book ended. I’m not sure how the ending can be concluded in book two when the focus is on different characters. But I am interested in seeing!

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Wendy Wary

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a sweet take on a romance that comes together despite seemingly impossible obstacles. There’s an element of fairy magic, but most of the story isn’t about fairies or magic, so that part was a bit confusing as to why it was included in the story at all; however, I’m guessing perhaps there’s more to that in future books. The fairy/magic element didn’t take away from the overall story, either, though, so it’ll be interesting to see that develop a bit more into the storyline. Despite that, it was beautifully written and the characters are easy to fall in love with or hate. Worth a read, for sure!

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Lisa Helmick

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a wonderful YA story. I Loved that this is a play off of Cinderella. The characters are lively and I could empathize with them because they are so realistic. I liked that Ashley worked in a mortuary and lives with evil stepmother. How different yet Intriguing. Harry I was prepared not to like but somehow the author made me change my mind. I ended up really enjoying his kindness and thought process.

The ending give an implication that there will be another story either more of these two or another couple. Either way I will check it out. The writing is easy to read and flows very nicely. This is filled with drama, cliques an surprises. I enjoyed every second.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by La Toya Lewis

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ashes by MK Harkins is a modern-day retelling of the Cinderella fairy tale. Ashley is an outsider that gets bullied by her peers at school and is disliked by her stepmother. Harry is the “bad-boy” pop star attending her high school while he cleans up his act. They find that they have an instant connection when she hides hum from fans but it remains to be seen if they’ll be able to stay together. This is a pretty good read. I like the relationship between Ashley and Harry. The book has nice twists to keep it interesting. There is a good amount of character development, especially for Harry. This is a very good retelling of Cinderella. If you enjoy modern-day fairy tales, you will enjoy this book.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Bobbi Wagner

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed reading this young adult story. This is not my first book by this author but it is one of my favorites yet. One of the things I enjoy most about this author is her ability to pull me into her stories from the start. Her characters are connectable and bring the story to life on each page. This story is no different. This is a well written story that will make you question fairytale magic. Does it have a place in life or is it just that a fairytale? This is a fast paced story that I had a hard time putting down. It is an engaging story where the character’s growth is great. They have great chemistry and are supportive of each other throughout. This is a great story that I truly enjoyed and look forward to seeing what is next for this author. I highly recommend this book.

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Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale Book 1) by MK Harkins – Review by Ashley Johnson

Ashes (Modern-Day Fairy Tale, #1)Ashes by M.K. Harkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book! I finished it in one setting. The characters were amazing and the villains were exceptionally villainous. I loved that yes, it was a Cinderella retelling but it was original. The fairy Godmother story was my favorite part. I need more of that. I’m excited for the next book!

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