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Why was I concerned? The story was enthralling, the characters fully-formed in an fascinating and intricate world!
The Beautiful Ashes immediately introduces us to our heroine, college student Ivy. Ivy has managed to live a normal life, even though she has been plagued by hallucinations and psychological testing her whole life. Her parents were just killed in a car accident and she is frantic to find her only remaining family member, her sister, Jasmine. Jasmine, after sending a few alarming text messages, has gone missing. During her frantic search to find Jasmine, Ivy is "kidnapped" by the strong and mysterious Adrian. Adrian will help Ivy find Jasmine, but Ivy must help him find a potent artifact first. While working with Adrian, Ivy discovers that her "hallucinations" are actually an ability to "see" demon realms. As the story unfolds, she learns of her bloodline heritage and how it intertwines with Adrian's. They are both powerful humans with an ancient legacy that threatens the dynamic and passionate bond they immediately begin to form.
As usual with Jeaniene's book, she has written a smart, strong, take-no-crap heroine. Ivy may be a human underdog in a world of mighty angels and forceful demons, but she remained resourceful and resolute. She learns that what she thought was her life story is wrong, but we don't find out her entire origin story. Yet. Even when she did things that made me shout, "nooooo," I admired her tenacity in remembering her ultimate goal (save Jasmine), her courage to do finish what she started (find the artifact) and her restraint in not knocking boots with the smoldering Adrian every chance she got (sex him up, girlfriend!).
Adrian. Strong, sexy, brooding, broken, capable, captivating Adrian. Adrian's past, and probable future, is revealed in layers throughout the book. Each revelation for the reader is a revelation for Ivy as well. So it is with a mixture of curiosity, desire and dread, we get to go on the roller coaster of emotions with her as Adrian is revealed to be many things, but never, ever is he boring. (Which is the cardinal sin of any medium to me.)
Learning the ins and outs of the realms of the angels and demons was interesting. Trust me, it's not harps, halos, fire and pitchforks! There are no salt guns or demon bone knives, but angelic bombs and mirrors-as-portal are introduced. Demonic realms are accessed via portals and vortexes and, instead of being hell-hot, are bone-searingly cold and devoid of light. Personally, I found some of the angelic and demonic logic/mythology to border of some deep theology. You're not hit over the head with it, by any means, but it's there if you want to delve into it.
The Beautiful Ashes is the first in a trilogy and I cannot WAIT for the next two books! I read this in one sitting, over the course of a night. Who needs sleep when you got a good book, right? I would recommend this if you like Jeaniene's previous work and/or paranormal fiction, especially if you enjoy multi-layered characters within an intricate world.
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