Series: Broken Destiny #1
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Published by Harlequin on September 1st 2014
Reviewed by: SherriPurchase Links: Amazon ✦ Barnes & Noble
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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 and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between….
Why I Choose this Book: Hey it’s Jeaniene Frost and I loved her Night Huntress series so I had to try out her new series.
Short and Sweet Summary: Ivy has always experienced visions but when her sister is kidnapped she realizes that things are far worse than she imaged. Throw in an attractive guy, Adrian, who is destined to betray her and you have the beginning salvo in a supernatural war.
The Courtship: After an attempt on her life, Ivy is whisked away to safety by Adrian. Their relationship slowly grows, and there is that whole destiny thing about Adrian betraying Ivy, but hey, a romance has to have some trials to it.
What I Liked: The story explored a lot of themes that have been previously done but The Beautiful Ashes had a twist in it that I hadn’t read before. The characters are enjoyable but they didn’t have that “WOW” factor for me. Ivy is a young character and I’m hoping that as the series moves along she will abandon some childish ways and mature a bit. Adrian is the proverbial bad boy trying to be good boy and his future is a bit shaky; based on how he left things with Ivy. We’ll have to wait and see if continues his good guy journey.
Zack and Demetrious were interesting secondary characters and I actually found myself drawn to them more. They had more depth to them and were not as predictable as Ivy and Adrian’s characters were. Also, the world building was perhaps my favorite item. The parallel dimension was very easy to imagine due to how well written it was. I’m hoping this alternate dimension makes an appearance in future books.
What I Didn’t Like: What I envisioned the story to be from the back blurb and what the book was actually about was very different from my initial idea. Although I didn’t dislike the story, I feel that the blurb was made intentionally vague from revealing too much of the story and in some weird twisted way made me not enjoy it as much.
The Recap: Truthfully, I’m on the fence about The Beautiful Ashes. I wanted to love it because it was written by Jeaniene Frost; but frankly it was just an OK read for me. I wasn’t expecting a continuation or even a copy of Night Huntress but I did want something fresh and dynamic. Since it is the first release of the series I’m willing to give the next installment a try since sometimes it takes a bit for a series to realize its potential.
If you’ve read this one, please leave a comment. I’m interested to hear your opinion on this one.