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The Beautiful Ashes (A Broken Destiny Novel) [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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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 upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. 

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: #10,618 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 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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12 of 12 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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12 of 15 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Ashes
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... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Lizz D
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! Can't wait for the next book to ...
Great read! Can't wait for the next book to come out. Frost is a fun storyteller and weaves a delightful tale.
Published 1 day ago by Coni
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love all of the Jeaniene Frost books and this one ...
I Love all of the Jeaniene Frost books and this one does not disappoint. Also, one thing I love about her books is that they do come to some sort of a conclusion at the end of... Read more
Published 2 days ago by L. D. Kuhn
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise
Yet another Jeanine Frost book that leaves me wanting more. I hope there are others in this series because the story line is as captivating as the others are.
Published 3 days ago by kelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A start to another great series!
Published 5 days ago by Shaunna Dunlap
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read. Jeaniene Frost will not disappoint
Great read. Jeaniene Frost will not disappoint.
Published 8 days ago by Daytha L Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book full of kick-ass action and snark
Jeaniene Frost is a writer already familiar to me, because I read the first three books of her Night Huntress series. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Bookworm Dreams
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating World
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“Besides, I ran out of 'normal' a long time ago, when I realized I saw things no one else did. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Dreams
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I was so looking forward to reading a new series from Jeaniene after her Night Huntress books, but I have to say that this was pretty disappointing. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Dani
4.0 out of 5 stars A Broken Destiny not in the same league as The Night Huntress series
I am spoiled to the Night Huntress series and expected to be captivated by this series as well. I enjoyed this first book and will read the next; however, it did fall short of my... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Dolores
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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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