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"Frost's fast-paced paranormal romantic thriller is a pure stunner...Frost skillfully balances passion and peril in an attention-grabbing story that's exciting from the first page. The mythos is intriguing and inventive. Readers will hungrily anticipate the next installment."  - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. 

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  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (September 1, 2014)
  • Publication Date: August 26, 2014
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IB5D940
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the new Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina 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 with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling - by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By RabidReads on August 26, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Reading this book was a foregone conclusion for me because, well, it's Jeaniene Frost, and that pretty much says it all in my opinion. I even skimmed the blurb which I NEVER do because New Adult isn't really my genre, and I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was getting in to. Unfortunately the synopsis is rather vague, and I didn't realize that this story was actually about Heaven & Hell until I had reached the point of no return. Angels are by far my least favourite supe, so THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES' saving grace was the fact that it revolved mostly around demons, and again... it's Jeaniene Frost. I'd even go so far as to say that it's a NA version of SUPERNATURAL--the protagonists are driving around in a black car ('68 Challenger) with an arsenal of weapons in the trunk searching for a special (Colt) slingshot. Now, I'm not claiming that Adrian is hotter than Dean Winchester because that would be a bold faced lie, but the world, characters, and writing were excellent, as always because, yup--Jeaniene Frost.

The very foundation of the BROKEN DESTINY universe is in itself somewhat of a spoiler, and although I'm sure that there will be plenty of reviewers who'll spill the beans, I won't be one of them. So, please excuse my vagueness, but I loved how the author selected a specific religious story, and built her mythology around it. One of my main problems with `angel books' is the whole Heaven vs. Hell plot line; it doesn't matter if it's vampires, werewolves, or witches because in the end it always comes down to good fighting evil. And, don't get me wrong, that is ultimately what THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES is about, but the story is also more personal because Frost has upped the stakes. Meet Adrian, a reformed Demon prince who's destined to screw up (anti-hero fan girls, REJOICE!!).
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Shera (Book Whispers) on September 7, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
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The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, book 1) by Jeaniene Frost

Part of me likes to believe that if I hadn't read The Dark World by Cara Lynn Shultz, or any of the other-world-with-demon books, I would have loved The Beautiful Ashes more. The reality is, it's just boring and quite honestly it does not bring more then two new things to the angel/demon genre. First was Frost's signature wit. The second thing is the mythology, while it's not 100% unique the bloodlines part is fun and I enjoyed Frost's interpretation and alternate view on all that biblical mythology. (And you'll want to have a certain Lady Gaga song handy.)

While I was excited that Ivy would be a different kind of lead for Frost, I soon realized that if Ivy was put in a line up with many other YA/NA characters out there I couldn't pick her out. Maybe if she cracked a joke, but other then that she doesn't stand out. Even with things I love such as bravery, loyalty, and perseverance to put her on my good side. Ivy isn't a bad character, and if anything it's nice to have a smart and strong lead. The genre needs them! What hurt my connection to Ivy is that there isn't much development and then at page 11 the male lead enters. He just happens to have broken in to her hotel and is waiting for Ivy, who just got attacked. She isn't worried, nope she instead thinks this:

"I knew I should turn around, open the door and run, preferably while screaming. That was the only logical response, but I stood there, somehow unafraid of my intruder. Great. My survival instincts must've secretly made a suicide pact."

No Ivy dear. What you're survival instincts are suffering from is what I like to call the plague of storytelling: Instalove.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kris on October 3, 2014
Format: Paperback
*** The Beautiful Ashes has some potentially offensive content highlighted in my review. I'd recommend taking note of them before you dive in ***

The Beautiful Ashes presents a haunting world on the brink of a supernatural war. Ivy's situation feels reminiscent of that of Aislinn from Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series. Both have been able to see the supernatural world for as long as they can remember, and once they find themselves entangled in it, there is no escape for them. This is a dark and dangerous world that you cannot escape once you've entered it.

That said, while the world is one that many may find intriguing, however, the characters are a hit or a miss in this one. Ivy has a character that's pretty out there. One minute, she's calm and collected—and proud of herself for it. The next, she's a raging inferno. This is evident not just in her emotions but how she acts around people. She vascillates between feeling the hots for Adrian and reminding herself that he's a deranged psychopath, not to mention someone who essentially kidnaps her. And with Zach, she alternates between hating on him for not being there in her time of need and reminding herself that his boss (God) lets everything happen for a greater purpose. She can also be pretty manipulative, oftentimes so that she can go off and do something stupid and reckless. Besides the fact that there's little character stability in Ivy, I just couldn't like her because of the way she's so quick to change her mind about people without thinking about the possible reasons for them doing whatever they did that offended her.

Romance-wise, I just couldn't feel it. I think if events progressed differently I might have liked Adrian, but the way things are worked against him.
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