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The Beautiful Ashes (A Broken Destiny Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jeaniene Frost
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Book Description

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, Adrian on the other, and nothing but ashes in between....


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Gr 9 Up—Twenty-year-old Ivy is looking for her younger sister Jasmine after she suddenly disappears. During her search, Ivy discovers the truth behind the strange visions that have afflicted her since childhood—she is able to see into the demon realm, and this just happens to be where Jasmine is trapped. With the guidance of the brooding, too-perfect male specimen Adrian, Ivy will stop at nothing to rescue her sister. However, there's a catch. It turns out that Ivy is the last descendent of the biblical hero David and is the only one that can find and wield a powerful relic to triumph over evil. Adrian is battling demons of his own with a dark past riddled with secrets that deeply conflict with his powerful attraction to Ivy. Unfortunately, there isn't a lot of world- or character-building to be had, and the plot can be groan-inducingly predictable at times. Ideally, the sequels will delve a bit more deeply to give the series some substance. Still, the pacing is tight and readers should fly through the story. Reluctant readers as well as fans of the "Twilight" books and other paranormal romances will eat this one up. A slightly steamy romance scene and the occasional curse word make this appropriate for older teens.—Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Hudson Library & Historical Society, OH

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"Leavened with strong emotion and dark humor, and featuring superior writing as well as a thoughtfully structured plot, Cat and Bones's final adventure is appropriately splendid and satisfying." --

Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Up From the Grave

"A taut, intriguing paranormal romantic suspense that keeps the pages turning from the very first paragraph."

--Kirkus Reviews on Twice Tempted

"I always open a Frost book with happy anticipation, and I've never been disappointed."

--#1 New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris on Once Burned

"As Cat's journey continues, Frost's fans are assured of plenty of sexy sizzle along with their doses of extreme jeopardy."

--RT Book Reviews on One Grave at a Time

"A refreshing change of pace in a genre...new and returning readers alike will enjoy this warmhearted and often hot-blooded adventure."

--Publishers Weekly on This Side of the Grave

"Wildly romantic as well as action-packed."

--RT Book Reviews on Eternal Kiss of Darkness

"A passionate and tantalizing tale, filled with dark sensuality and fast-paced action. "

--#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole on First Drop of Crimson

Product Details

  • File Size: 394 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373779054
  • Publisher: Harlequin HQN (August 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IB5D940
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes gory, rarely sweet, and 100% Jeaniene Frost! 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I had expected. September 7, 2014
By Shera
Format:Kindle Edition
****Review copy received for an honest review.****

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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Ashes October 24, 2014
By Lizz D
Format:Kindle Edition
So, I am a huge Jeaniene Frost fan, but, honestly, I could not get into this book. The characters and the subject matter was sooo different from her Night Huntress series that it was like reading a completely different author.

The subject of the book is something to do with angels, and demons, and bible related stuff mixed with paranormal romance. Since I am not a religious person, the biblical references not only flew over my head, but were kind of boring. The paranormal stuff was pretty cool, but the book reminded me of reading a twisted version of a Supernatural episode.

I was unable to finish this book, and I will not continue this series. I will however still try to read anything Ms. Frost puts out, because she is a good author.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yet another world that I can easily get lost in August 26, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Frost has done it again and created yet another world that I can easily get lost in! This new world is complex, dark, and full of action. I admit that I absolutely loved the Night Huntress series and was sad to see it end, but Frost has delivered a completely new world to enjoy. The Beautiful Ashes has a much different feel than the Night Huntress books. There's no sex in this book, it is pure world building and laying the foundation for the series. The story starts off with a bang and action ensues right away.

In The Beautiful Ashes we are introduced to Ivy, a 20 year old college student, who should be enjoying her life as a carefree student. However, fate has stepped in and her whole world is turned upside down. While trying to process the horrific loss of both parents in a car accident, Ivy is now investigating the disappearance of her only sister as well. Ivy is determined to find and rescue her sister from whatever misfortune has found her, however she quickly discovers that there is much more happening than she could have ever imagined. Ivy has a heritage and legacy that will shape the future of mankind and could possibly reshape the world as we know it.

Adrian steps in to save Ivy and soon discovers that their two destinies may be irrevocably intertwined whether they want it or not. Adrian is more than he seems, has a dark and disturbing past, as well as his own agenda. Adrian knows who and what he is, as well as what being around Ivy will mean to both of them. He is determined to fight the legacy that his bloodline has cursed him with. He also believes that in order to escape his destiny has must help Ivy and then get away from her as quickly as possible despite his growing feelings for her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
Very enjoyable, good read, w/ action, interesting characters that reveal their story during the novel, storyline moves along and can't wait to see what happens next.
Published 5 days ago by Snickers113
2.0 out of 5 stars Ironic
The book discusses fate and changing your destiny a lot. It's too bad that the author didn't keep that in mind when she was writing this book. Read more
Published 8 days ago by A. richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars I just can't get on this author's bandwagon. I've ...
I just can't get on this author's bandwagon. I've tried. Maybe it's a personality thing. Something is lacking in her characters. Creativity and action get high marks though.
Published 8 days ago by Gwen Safranski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved this, this is going to be the start of an awesome series i think
Published 9 days ago by Rozzie Chambers
4.0 out of 5 stars Love!
What a great book! Had me hooked from the start. I really hope their is another book in the series.
Published 20 days ago by Kara2015
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!
Ive read her other books and loved them but wasn't sure about a whole new character. Found myself pleasantly surprised. Looking forward to the next adventure for Ivy an Adrian
Published 28 days ago by carol mcglothlen
4.0 out of 5 stars Different from her regular books. Interesting story and characters ...
Different from her regular books.
Interesting story and characters.
Different concept on Angels &Demons.
Held by interested.
Published 1 month ago by Mercedes Prizmonte
3.0 out of 5 stars I liked it...
I read the Huntress series and this was definitely a different read. Maybe it'll pick up in the next book? Not sure. I just didn't feel a connection with the characters. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Victoria Markowicz
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I wanted but willing to give this series a try
"Well, Ivy, I've got good news and bad news. The good news is, you're not crazy. The bad news is, everything you've seen is real, and now, it'll be coming for you. Read more
Published 1 month ago by My Book Muse
1.0 out of 5 stars I have liked Frost's other books and enjoyed them
I have liked Frost's other books and enjoyed them, but I had to force myself to finish this one. The male lead doesn't have much of a personality other than broody and... Read more
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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.

For more information on Jeaniene's books, including reading the first 20% of her novels, deleted scenes, and more, go to: http://www.jeanienefrost.com/

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