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The Beautiful Ashes (A Broken Destiny Novel) Mass Market Paperback – September 29, 2015
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From School Library Journal
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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
"Frost's fast-paced paranormal romantic thriller is a pure stunner... Frost skillfully balances passion and peril in an attention-grabbing story that's exciting from the first page." -Publishers Weekly on The Beautiful Ashes (Starred Review)
"Jeaniene Frost brings her signature wit, sizzle and extraordinary imagination to this epic new series. I was addicted from page one." -Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author, on The Beautiful Ashes
"Books don't get much more fun or action-packed than this." -RT Book Review on The Beautiful Ashes
"Jeaniene Frost is blessed with a creative soul." -#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon
"Reluctant readers as well as fans of the Twilight books and other paranormal romances will eat this one up."
-School Library Journal on The Beautiful Ashes
"If you prefer nail-biting, other-worldly suspense, and adventure with your love story, this one's for you."
-BookPage on The Beautiful Ashes
"Jeaniene Frost will win your hearts with The Beautiful Ashes." -Fresh Fiction
"...captivating romance and adventure all wrapped into one thrilling ride that will bind you until it drops you at the very last page." -The Book Whisperer on The Beautiful Ashes
"The Beautiful Ashes is a great start to a new urban fantasy series by Jeaniene Frost. I thoroughly enjoyed it." -Paranormal Kiss
"The Beautiful Ashes was a non-stop, action packed, mind twisting storyline. Frost masterfully builds this world within worlds with so many twists and turns I'm still reeling." -Beth, Tome Trender
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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.
Complex characters, intelligent dialogue.
The romance between the main characters is still developing, after living in so many secrets, they must learn to trust each other. And the fact that Zach knows so much about the future but can't reveal it until the right time, doesn't help.
Anxious to read the next one, when Ivy will have a new mission to save the Earth.
The detail with which Jeaniene Frost created her new world is incredible and fascinating and has me eager for the next installment in the Broken Destiny series. While the author ends each chapter with a cliffhanger that kept me reading and wanting more, this book can be read as a standalone. The Beautiful Ashes is not a Heaven and Hell story but is filled with mystery, action, and romance in a territorial war between angels and demons. I recommend this book for fans of the Fever series, which came to my mind more than once in my reading.