Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

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Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene FrostThe Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Broken Destiny #1
Published by HQN
Pub Date: August 26th 2014
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback | Source: Blog Tour
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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3 Stars

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between...

Jeaniene Frost writes one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, Night Huntress, so when I found out she was writing a Paranormal New Adult series, I was SO on board with it.

This book does not ease you into anything. It starts off in full speed, which I thought was awesome. Ivy is a character whose feathers aren’t easily ruffled. She’s been seeing crazy things all her life, but until now she’s thought it was a mental illness. Enter Adrian, who is described to be looking like Thor, and tells her differently. Seriously, about Adrian, the book says he’s built like Thor, and well, his other features seem Thor like, minus the eyes and length of hair. But there you go. Just picture Thor. Man, that was a lot of Adrian/Thor talk! Back to business…

Ivy and Adrian are the same, but different. Their history runs deep…well, not THEIR history specifically, but their descendants’ history. This is probably the most interesting concept of the story for me. Their entangled fates/destinies/whatever you want to call it. The world building was also another great aspect. A lot of the book takes place in these imaginative and sometimes disturbing demon realms. I felt the characters were all great on their own, but I didn’t quite believe the emotional relationship between Ivy and Adrian. I did believe in their attraction/lust for each other however. For being New Adult, I was surprised this book didn’t have any actual sex in it, because lets face it, most do. It does contain one very sexy, handsy, steamy make-out sesh in Adrian’s car. I just wanted more….depth or something.

Overall it was a quick, enjoyable read. Jeaniene Frost’s writing is great and relatable. I’ll definitely be reading the next installment to hopefully fall in love with Ivy and Adrian as couple this time around. Despite that small issue, I really do recommend this book to Paranormal readers.

(Review copy provided by RockStarLit PR and Harlequin Books)



About Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene splits her time between North Carolina and Florida with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her. Jeaniene is represented by Nancy Yost at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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6 Responses to “Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost”

  1. Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook

    I picked this book up at BEA but haven’t read it yet. I was looking at it yesterday, though, and thinking I should read it soon. I haven’t read anything by Frost, but I’ve heard such wonderful things about her Night Huntress series.

    I’m glad you liked this for the most part, even if the chemistry between Ivy and Adrian wasn’t quite up to par.

  2. Danielle @ Love at First Page

    I was a little let down by this book – I thought Ivy made some pretty stupid choices, and Adrian’s need to keep information from her was unnecessary and cliche. But I do think their relationship builds more solid ground eventually, and I like that the story takes place over a longer period of time rather than just a few days. Will definitely be picking up the sequel.

    Great review, girl!

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