I received this book for free from the Publisher at BookCon in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Broken Destiny #1
Published by Harlequin on 2014-08-26
Genres: Fiction, New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Source: the Publisher at BookCon
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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….
I was really excited when I got my hands on this book at BookCon. I have admittedly only read one Jeaniene Frost book so far (Halfway to the Grave) but I definitely enjoyed it. It had chemistry and mystery and suspense and action and lots of great fun. I was hoping for all of those things again in this book with the added benefit of it being New Adult. I still haven’t read many New Adult paranormal books so all things combined, I was hopeful for this book. Unfortunately, it just didn’t deliver what I had wanted. On all accounts it was fine, enjoyable, and good enough. But I just didn’t fall for the book like I wanted to.
In The Beautiful Ashes we meet Ivy. Ivy is looking for her sister who went missing a week ago and is dealing with the very recent loss of her parents to a car crash. Her parents were looking for Jasmine, her sister, when they died. When Ivy goes to look for her, she ends up in a strange place with some strange people. But she is also about to get some answers to questions she’s had her whole life. Since she was a child, Ivy has had visions or hallucinations. Doctors couldn’t figure out what it was but when she meets Adrian, he knows why she sees what she sees. He can sense things as well. As the story progresses, we find out just how connected Ivy and Adrian are and what their destinies hold. The big questions in this book are can they save Ivy’s sister and will they fulfill their destinies?
My biggest problem with this book was that it was just okay. I didn’t really have any big problems with it but I also didn’t love anything about it. It was a perfectly good story with acceptable characters who did semi-interesting things. And I just don’t really know what else to say about it. It’s really unfortunate because if there is anything I remember about Halfway to the Grave it’s the chemistry between Cat and Bones. And while Ivy and Adrian are definitely attracted to each other, it felt more like “okay, that person is attractive, I think I want to kiss them” kind of attraction and not the “they are consuming me and I must be near them and the more I get to know them the more I like them” attraction. It was definitely disappointing.
I will say that if you aren’t a fan of the guy-knows-everything-and-doesn’t-tell-the-girl-anything-because-he-wants-to-protect-her-from-herself thing then you probably won’t enjoy this book much. I wasn’t really a big fan of Adrian because of this. He seemed to think he knew what Ivy needed to know and what she couldn’t handle more than she did. I don’t like that in male characters. I liked that Ivy really tried to fight and be a part of everything and really wanted to get her sister back and know everything and wasn’t stupid. I hate nothing more than an MC that’s just stupid. She didn’t always make the right choices but she also didn’t always have all of the information that would have helped her. She let Adrian get away with more than he should have but she also took matters into her own hands and didn’t just wait for someone else to save her sister. I hope she’ll continue to grow in strength as this series continues and I hope Adrian will learn that keeping secrets isn’t fun for anyone.
I wish I had more good things to say about this book. It was one I was really looking forward to. In the end, it really wasn’t bad. I’d still recommend it to people looking for a New Adult Paranormal book, especially fans of demons and angels and good vs evil stories. There were some fun parts and some action. But there was also a lot of secrets and a male lead that I wasn’t a huge fan of. If you can put those things aside and just enjoy this book for the fun escape it’s meant to be, I think you’ll really enjoy it. If you’re looking for a book on par with Halfway to the Grave, I think you’ll be disappointed.