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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 (September 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IB5D940
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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22 of 22 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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31 of 34 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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8 of 8 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I really wanted to love it! August 28, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love Frost's books and really wanted/expected to love this too, but I don't.

The story is original and interesting, but. I never fell for the characters like I did with Cat and Bones.

Ivy is blah. For starters she is too young and she says led a sheltered life until just weeks before the book opened. So crossing her age with her sudden worldly view didn't work for me. Nor did the fact that Adrian was portrayed as so much older. The two of them just never clicked for me and that is hard to say because there were points in the Night Huntress series where I was devastated by events between Cat and Bones. In many ways this book read more like a young adult novel.

I also felt like the writing seemed cliche and forced at times. Example: "He was danger wrapped in secrets tied with a bow of bad intentions ..." p. 71. In other areas it didn't read smoothly, rather like it was rushed or poorly edited.

It really does bother me to say all this as I really love the Night Huntress series.

I am hoping the next book in that storyline (Vlad) erases the bad taste this one has left.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hot mess
The cover summary is rather vague, so it's hard to share anything about the plot in case it's considered a spoiler. But I will tell you this:

BONDAGE LIZARD PARTY. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Tez Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great new series.
Another great read and new series from Ms. Frost! I've never been disappointed with any of her novels.
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Loved the new book, I can't wait for more!
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big fan of all frost books and this one did not disappoint me. Can not wait for the next book. Great read .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Jeaniene Frost
Loved this book! It made me fall in love with Jeaniene Frost all over again. If you like any of Jeaniene's other novels (the beginning of her series that is) then you'll love this... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hot Mess
I love this author but this book was a hot mess.
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1.0 out of 5 stars boring
I read everything of hers this was very boring. No sex even. Not interested in reading the next in this series.
Published 18 days ago by Diana M.
5.0 out of 5 stars What Ivey sees... is really there.
Ivy has nothing left to lose - her parents just died, her sister Jaz went missing, and her sanity has been relying on pills for years. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Sylvia McIvers
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!!!
Where shall I begin...? Gladys Disclaimer: I LOVE JEANIENE FROST!! SQUEALLLLLLLL!!!

Now true to form, I didn't read The Beautiful Ashes when I got the book because I... Read more
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To be honest, for about 75% I was just thinking how ridiculous this book was and that I didn't really like it. 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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