Book Review | The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Broken Destiny
Age: New Adult
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
Page Numbers: 304
Source: Rock Star Lit PR
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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…
My Rating: ★★★★★
My ThoughtsOMG ! This was a perfect start to Jeaniene Frost's newest New Adult series, Broken Destiny. Perfection. This story has an interesting take on the story of David and Goliath. I was skeptical at first, but I'm glad I read this and gave it a chance.
The story begins with Ivy finding out that her sister is missing and her parents have died coming to look for her. She is determined to find her sister. She pulls up at a bed and breakfast where she has a vision of her sister, but she gets hit by the owner. She returns to her hotel room to find a mysterious young man awaiting her arrival. This mysterious man is Adrian. He saves her life from a minion and takes her back to Zach only to find out that things are more than they seem and Ivy has bargained for more than she can handle. From there the stories goes into a world of Archons (angels), demons, realms and bloodlines of David and Goliath (can't explain too much without spoiling the story for you all).
Jeaniene has created some outstanding characters with very realistic attitudes and personas. Ivy is a sort of shy girl, but when you push her buttons she becomes confident and bold without question; she sort of believes everything is good. Adrian is the good guy with a dark, dreary past that has complicated his future and he just doesn't see a way to beat his odds until it's too late. Demetrius is the evil foster-father that has kept secrets only to turn his foster son against others. Zach is the secretive opt guy who does as he says and answers questions to T.
The world building was outstanding. I felt like every demon realm Ivy entered I was sucked into it. I never thought a demon realm would be cold, but as I read this book I shivered in my sheets just thinking about what Ivy felt like in the realms. Even the minions, demons and creatures drew me into the realms.
The romance between Ivy and Adrian was perfect. A forbidden love between two people from opposite bloodlines couldn't be more perfect. It was a seesaw of emotions. Ivy wanted Adrian, but he pushed her away. At the end Adrian wanted her, but she pushed him away. I can't wait to see how the romance plays out for them.
Zach was annoying to me. It's like he knew so much and could help, but didn't because he was following orders or looked at Ivy and Adrian as pawns. It pissed me off. I feel like he should have been like Castiel from Supernatural and said "f*ck these rules" -- I'm just saying. Demetrius just upset my thoughts and stomach. He was a spiteful demon … more like the devil himself.
The ending wasn't really a cliffhanger, but I felt like Adrian and the Archons betrayed Ivy equally. They way she pushed Adrian away killed me to pieces. I just can't even really think about it!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book to a T. Every page, word and sentence was gripping. I was sucked into this book and couldn't put it down. I'm excited to get my hands on the sequel!
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