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What I liked about this story was how it got right to the point but not in a bad way without giving everything away at the very beginning. It was a page turner from the first page until the end. Ivy's character was very interesting to read about. I loved her no BS attitude and how she takes action even though she may not come out on top she still does not give up.
Adrienwas full of secrets and I was dying to find out what he is. It was those moments when he would open up just enough and then close off at the last second. I understood why he was secretive and a part of me had hurt for him because it was nothing that he had brought upon himself. It was passed down.
Ivy and Adrien were good together but it took me a moment to connect to them together. It was instant but it didn't hope right into the I Love You's. It played out throughout the story.
There was a bit of both paranormal and biblical background added into the story which I thought was neat. Overall I enjoyed reading this story and I look forward to the rest of the series.
I know that people are expecting a lot just based on the fact the Jeaniene Frost is the author of the beloved Night Huntress series (see: Halfway to the Grave) and all it's spin-offs. I think that fact might hurt this story more than help it. I, too, found myself thinking I could anticipate things based on how the Night Huntress series went (i.e. "she left him at this one point so the same thing must happen in The Beautiful Ashes as well"). I know this is silly of me, but I couldn't help it. I will say I was pretty much wrong in guessing that Jeaniene Frost would follow the same pattern in one series that she did in another. Again silly of me to think this would happen, but I tell you I couldn't help it.
Once I got over these terrible preconceived notions, I really appreciated the story a lot more. Jeaniene Frost pretty much starts us out running and doesn't let up. We begin the story as Ivy is looking for her sister who's been missing for a few days. Ivy's world is quickly turned upside down as she learns the visions she's been seeing since she was a child (and subsequently told were just halluinations) are all real. She's then trust into a fight of, what else, good vs. evil and she finds out she may play a bigger part than anyone knows. But all Ivy is concerned with is getting her sister back.
Along the way she meets Adrian, handsome and with secrets of his own. Secrets that he's not yet willing to share with Ivy, of course. But he helps her on her quest and despite their obvious attraction to one another, he always tries to keep her at arms length (again because of secrets!). Eventually we find out what Adrian is keeping from Ivy, but really I'm tired of the whole "it's for your own good that you don't know everything".
Ivy handles things pretty well on her end. She tries really hard and absorbes as much info as she can. She is dedicated to finding her sister and nothing will stand in her way. A downside to Ivy is that she's clearly new to fighting evil yet she jumps right in with her thoughts I think without knowing the score. She faults the good guys for not fixing every problem right away just because they may have the power to do so. She doesn't know what the bigger picture is yet, but she comes across as knowing what should be done in certain situations. Although to be fair I do think this is something she will get over as the series continues.
Overall, I think that this is a promising start to a new series. I think that Jeaniene Frost does really well with developing the world. There's a lot of wonderful imagery. I think The Beautiful Ashes suffer from what a lot of first books suffer from. It has to develop the overall tone of the entire series which can make it feel a bit daunting and make the plot specific to this story seem a bit rushed. Since things have been established and we see our characters placed with an overarching goal I'm very interested to continue on with the series.
The book starts out with Ivy a college student who is looking for her sister who had vanished. Her parents recently killed and the only clue she has was the last place her sister was at a bed and breakfast. She wasn’t able to find her sister but meets up with the detective and get’s saved by this stranger who seems to be one of the sexiest things she’s seen on earth. This stranger Adrian kidnaps her and they both find out about Ivy’s real heritage and Adrian’s.
Ivy does talk to herself and about the logical things she should be doing, though she doesn’t seem to listen to the logical things she says. She’s dragged into this supernatural world that she didn’t want to be in all she wanted was to get her sister and live normal. Now she has to work for an angel, with a guy who’s destiny is intertwined with her and fighting demons. There’s trails that she has to face and it get’s complicated with her feelings getting in the way about Adrian.
This book has a mixture of mythology, history and some hints of Christianity. The points it makes Jeaniene keeps it close enough to where it doesn’t clash badly with christianity and some of history. There is a lot of humor as most of Jeaniene’s books bring to the table. I found myself laughing with the interactions of Ivy and Adrian even the friends Adrian has.
Over all the book is funny and rather enjoyable, there is some sexual content but it’s not something that overload’s you to where you are wondering about the content of the book. I’ve enjoyed it and can’t wait till the second book comes out. 4 Stars out of 5 at the moment.