September 18, 2014

Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Title: The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher: Harlequin
Release date: August 26th 2014
Source: Netgalley
Format: eARC
Reading level: Ages 18 and up

Rating: 3/5

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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…

The Beautiful Ashes is the first book in the The Broken Destiny series, I enjoyed it but I didn´t love it as I expected, the story is okay, it´s the classic battle between good and evil and where the future of many lies in the hands of the main characters, which is nothing new.

Ivy is a young woman that all her life has seen things that are not there, dark places and in some point in her life had received psychological help. And that right now isn´t having a good week because her sister is missing and when she arrives to town to ask around about her disappearance, she´s attacked by some people and rescued/kidnapped by a mysterious man. And soon she´ll discover that what she has seen all her life were not hallucinations but she can see what happens in another dimension and its inhabitants are demons and that she will need the help of Adrian (her abductor/savior) to get back her sister.

The dimension of demons and how is ruled reminded me a lot of the Soul Screamers series demon dimensions, which is very dark, cold and extremely dangerous.

Overall, I liked the story and it had me guessing who is really Adrian, because he´s someone with many secrets, someone who does not trust easily and someone that Ivy who should not trust (his words). This story comes is part the paranormal romance New Adult genre, it´s action-packed, with romance and a little bit of mystery. The romance it felt like insta-attraction/lust, almost at first sight, but it was also handled like that are meant to attract each other.


  1. The story does sound interesting, but it kind of reminds me of a lot of other books. I guess it just doesn't seem completely original. I'm glad you kind of liked it though! Maybe I'll still give it a try. Thanks for sharing :)

    Tracy @ Cornerfolds

  2. I like that it's a new adult paranormal, which I haven't really read yet. I might give this a try just for that.

  3. I have heard some mixed things about this one, but it sounds like it is good enough to give it a try regardless. I normally don't read New Adult because I tend to pick ones that have been so similar to the previous, but this one sounds very different from the others I have tried, so I might have to give it a shot. Thanks for your review!

  4. Mary DeBorde
    I just heard about this one, and thought I'd really like the parallel world idea, it
    sounds like a great mix of paranormal even WITH a bit of the ol' insta-love lol

  5. This one keeps grabbing my attention for some reason. hmmmm kinda meh about it now though. Thanks for the review!
    ~ Britt @

  6. So many people were eager to read this. While it does sound decent I am glad I held off while reading some other new titles for the time being.

  7. I rated it the same as you did. The fresh take on mythology and the demons and all that were great but the insta-love bugged me. It also seemed to me like at the end all the trips into demon realms felt repetitive and all blended together. Hopefully the series will only improve from here! Awesome review ^^

    Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews