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 worseher 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 .
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I'm twenty, and already, I've got nothing left to lose. That's why I didn't care that Bennington, Vermont, looked like a postcard for autumn in the country. The two-story bed-and-breakfast I pulled up to was no different. It even had a white picket fence and a steady swirl of sunset-colored leaves drifting down from the many trees in the yard.
My picturesque surroundings were in stark contrast to how I looked. If I hadn't been exhausted from grief and stress, I might've cared that my brown hair now resembled greasy mud. Or that my breath was in desperate need of a Mentos, and don't get me started on the coffee stains decorating my WMU shirt. Since I had more important things to worry about, I didn't even bother to cover my head against the downpour as I left my car and ran into the bed-and-breakfast.
"One moment!" a cheery voice called out from farther inside. Then a heavyset older woman with graying red hair came down the hallway.
"Hello, dear. I'm Mrs. Paulson. Are you Oh, my, you're soaked!"
"It's nothing," I said, but she bustled out of sight, returning moments later with a towel.
"You sit down and dry yourself off," she ordered in the same tsking tone my mother had used a million times before. A surge of grief had me dropping into the chair she waved at. The things you didn't realize you'd miss until they were gone
"Thanks," I said, determined not to cry in front of a total stranger. Then I pulled out the Ziploc bag I'd carried around for most of the day. "I'm looking for two people who might've stayed here the weekend before last."
As I spoke, I pulled out a picture of my sister, Jasmine, and her boyfriend, Tommy.
Mrs. Paulson got a pair of glasses from her apron pocket. Then she sat behind a large antique desk and accepted the picture. I sat, as well, not wanting to appear rude.
"Oh, what a pretty girl," she said, adding kindly, "just like you. But I've never seen either of them before, sorry."
"Thanks," I said, although I wanted to scream.
I'd spent the day showing Jasmine's picture to every hotel, motel and inn in Bennington, yet no one had recognized my sister. She'd been here, though. The last texts she'd sent came from Bennington, but the police already hinted that they thought she'd sent them while driving through. To them, Jasmine was an impulsive eighteen-year-old who'd gone on a road trip with her boyfriend. My sister might be impulsive, but she wouldn't have disappeared for over a week unless she was in real trouble.
I stuffed her picture back into the plastic bag and rose, so upset that I barely registered what Mrs. Paulson was saying.
" can't let you go back out in that, dear. Wait here until the rain stops."
I blinked in surprise at her unexpected kindness. Every other proprietor had been anxious for me to leave once they knew why I was there, as if losing a family member could somehow be contagious. My eyes stung with a sudden rush of tears. Maybe it was. My parents' funeral was the day after tomorrow. "Thank you, but I can't," I said, voice husky from emotions I couldn't let myself feel yet. The shock helped with that. Ten days ago, my biggest concern was making a bad impression on my Comparative Revolutions professor after my text message alerts kept going off in his class. Then I'd read Jasmine's texts, and everything changed.
Mrs. Paulson gave me another sympathetic smile. "At least let me make you a hot cup of tea"
A dark, hazy double image suddenly appeared over the reception lounge, making it look as though it had aged over a hundred years in an instant. I stifled a groan. Not this again.
The pricey antiques vanished, replaced by broken-down furniture or nothing at all. The temperature also plummeted, making me shiver before movement in the hallway caught my eye.
A blonde girl walked past the decrepit-looking reception lounge. Her face was smudged with dirt and she was bundled up in a tattered blanket, but I didn't need a second glance to recognize her.
"Jasmine," I whispered.
Mrs. Paulson came around the desk and grabbed me, coiling shadows suddenly darting across her face as if she had snakes trapped beneath her flesh. Jasmine continued to walk by as if she wasn't aware that we were there. If not for the innkeeper's surprisingly strong grip, I could have reached out and touched my sister.
"Wait!" I cried out.
The house blinked back into elegant furnishings and warm, cozy temperatures. Just as quickly, Jasmine disappeared. Mrs. Paulson still held me in a tight grip, although the shadows on her face had vanished. I finally managed to shove her away, heading down the hallway where I'd glimpsed my sister.
Before I made it three steps, pain exploded in the back of my head. It must've briefly knocked me out, because the next thing I knew, I was on my knees and Mrs. Paulson was about to hit me with a heavy picture frame again.
Get out! The single, emphatic thought was all my mind was capable of producing. My body must've agreed. I don't know how, but I was suddenly outside and slamming the door shut on my Cherokee. Then I sped away, wondering what hell had made Mrs. Paulson turn from a kindly old lady into a skull-smashing maniac.
I drove back to my hotel as though on autopilot. After I parked, I sat in the car with the engine off, trying to fight back nausea while I figured out my next mood. I could call 911, but I didn't want to admit that I'd had another weird hallucination right before Mrs. Paulson attacked me. If I told anyone that, I'd be signing up for a stay in a padded room. Again. Second, the cops in Bennington already didn't like me. As soon as I'd arrived this morning, I'd bitched them out for not doing enough to find Jasmine. They'd probably take Mrs. Paulson's side and assume I'd done something to provoke her.
I paused outside my door. Had I? I didn't remember getting away from Mrs. Paulson. What if I'd done something else I didn't remember? Maybe something that had scared her so much, she'd hit me in self-defense? The idea that I might be having blackouts in addition to hallucinations soured my already-bleak mood. I got out of the car and went to my hotel room. Once inside, I dropped my purse as though it were a fifty pound anchor, then flicked on the light.
Everything in me stiffened. The couch should've been empty, but a guy with hair the color of dark honey sat there, his large frame taking up most of the space. Strong brows, a straight nose, high cheekbones and a sensual mouth made up a face that was striking enough to adorn billboards. He didn't look startled by my appearance, either. In fact, if I didn't know better, I'd swear he'd been expecting me.
Gorgeous guys do not spend their evenings waiting around for me. That's why I thought he was another hallucination until he spoke. My hallucinations had never spoken to me before.
"Hi," the stranger said, his deep voice tinged with an accent I couldn't place. "Sorry to tell you, but you're about to have a really bad night."
I knew I should turn around, open the door and run, preferably while screaming. That was the only logical response; but I stood there, somehow unafraid of my intruder. Great. My survival instincts must've secretly made a suicide pact.
"If you knew the week I'd had, you'd realize that whatever you had planned could only make it better," I heard myself reply, proving my vocal cords were in on the death wish.
Then again, I wasn't wrong. My sister? Missing without a trace after texting me help and trapped! last Monday. Parents? Died in a car accident two days after they arrived in Bennington trying to retrace Jasmine's steps. Me? In addition to losing my whole family, I'd just nearly gotten my head bashed in. By comparison, being robbed sounded like a vacation.
A grin cocked the side of my intruder's mouth. Whatever response he'd been expecting, it hadn't been that.
"If I win? Probably. If I lose, things are about to get much, much worse," he assured me.
"What's the contest?" I asked, wondering why I was having a conversation with my intruder. Brain damage from the head wound?
He rose. Despite my baffling lack of fear, I flinched as he came nearer. He had to be a foot taller than my five-six height, with shoulders that would fill a door frame and muscles no bulky overcoat could hide. The only thing more striking was his eyes: a deep blue rimmed with gray so light it almost gleamed.
"The contest is to see who walks out of here with you," he replied, that silver-and-sapphire gaze sliding over me.
"What if I don't want to go anywhere?" I countered.
"It's too late for that," he said softly, reaching out and drawing my attention to the fact that he wore leather gloves.
I darted away. For some reason, I still wasn't consumed with terrorwake up, survival instincts!but I wasn't about to let him grab me. He didn't try to stop me as I ran past him into the bedroom. Then again, I realized with an inner groan, why would he? Now he stood between me and the room's only door.
He came toward me, and my heart started to hammer. Why hadn't I left when I had the chance? And why wasn't I screaming for help right now?
Three hard raps on the door startled me. Then I couldn't believe it when I recognized the voice.
"Miss Jenkins, could you let me in? It's Detective Kroger. We met this morning at the police station."
A cop when I needed one? Miracles did happen!
To my shock, my intruder turned around and opened the door. The two men stared at each other, and though the intruder had his back to me, I saw Detective Kroger size him up.
"He broke into my room," I said, making a "do something" gesture.
Kroger's brow went up. "Is that so, mister?"
"Guess you'd better take me in," my intruder drawled.
I expected Kroger to reach for his handcuffs. Instead, he came inside, shut the door and turned off the lights.
"What are you doing?" I gasped.
"Move over to the couch," Kroger said, and I didn't know if he was talking to me or my enigmatic intruder.
I wasn't going to remain in the dark to find out. I felt around the bedroom until I reached the nightstand, then turned on the lamp. Light flooded the room, showing that my intruder was still in the mini lounge area with Kroger. In fact, it didn't look like either man had moved an inch. What was going on?
"Why aren't you arresting me, Detective?" the intruder asked in his silky, accented voice.
"Good question," I added.
"Shut up, bitch," Kroger said harshly.
My jaw dropped. Before I could respond, Kroger's fist shot out, punching the bigger man in the shoulder. Then he frowned, as if surprised that it had no effect. The intruder caught Kroger's fist when he swung at him again.
Kroger stared, disbelief creasing his features as he tried to yank free and couldn't. Then, understanding seemed to dawn.
"You must be Adrian," Kroger spat. "In the flesh," my intruder responded lightly. I was about to ask what the hell was going on when shots rang out. I dropped down right as one of the men hurtled toward me, too fast to see who. I managed to leap away without getting flattened, though I took out the nightstand in my wild lunge.
The room went dark as the lamp broke. My heart pounded at the instant blindness. I hadn't been afraid before, but I was now, trapped in a room with two men who clearly wanted to kill each other. I began to feel my way around the bed again, and this time, stumbled on something big. That something grabbed me, and I freaked out, kicking, punching and clawing to get free.
Then I was yanked away and shoved viciously into the wall. Pain exploded over me, and when I swallowed, I tasted blood. I started to fall, dazed, when a rough grip hauled me up.
A beam of moonlight landed on my attacker's face, and I recoiled. Shadows flicked like snake tongues across Kroger's skin, turning his features into a sickening mask of evil. Worse, I knew I wasn't hallucinating. The pain I felt was too real.
"You want to know what happened to your sister?" Kroger's voice was harsh. Guttural. "You're about to find out."
Without thinking about it, I punched him as hard as I could. He looked surprised, but the blow didn't even make him flinch.
Suddenly, he was snatched backward and then flung straight up. As Kroger fell back down, Adrian kicked him hard enough to send him crashing through the bedroom window. Before I could even scream, Adrian leaped after him. Then all I heard were thumping noises and groans before a distinct snapping sound made something primal tense inside me.
One of them had just died, I knew it. But which one?
A dark form rose in the gaping hole where the window had been. I began to back away, every movement painful, when I saw something silvery gleam in the moonlight.
"Looks like you're coming with me, after all," he said while vaulting through the window.
I wasn't bothered by his casual tone or the fact that he'd just killed someone. I was too busy trying to absorb what I'd seen on Detective Kroger's face, let alone what he'd said.
You want to know what happened to your sister? You're about to find out.
Hope clawed through my reeling emotions. If the snakelike shadows on Kroger's face were real, then maybe so was my vision ofJasmine at the bed-and-breakfast!
"We need to get Jasmine," I managed to gasp, feeling something wet where I clutched my abdomen.
Adrian pried my hands away and sighed.
"You're hurt. Sorry, he was one of Demetrius's dogs, so he was harder to kill."
He picked me up. Despite Adrian's touch being far gentler than Kroger's, I couldn't stop my pained moan.
"Don't worry, you'll be better soon," he said, carrying me toward the door.
We need to get Jasmine! I wanted to insist, but my tongue seemed to have gone on strike. The tingling in my limbs and buzzing in my ears probably wasn't a good sign, either.
"What's your name, anyway?" I heard Adrian ask, his voice now sounding very far away.
I managed one word before everything went dark.
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I am blown away. Action packed and full of mystery, this Broken Destiny series is going to be phenomenal. Our leading lady here is Ivy. She quite a interesting character. She starts out being fairly naïve and trusting. As the story progresses you can see how she tries to shed her innocence to what is around her. So much is revealed about her but I suspect more to come in future books. Adrian, oh Adrian. The mysteries surrounding you. I am taken back as each layer is exposed. Is he the good guy, is he the bad guy? There is quite a battle raging within his mind. I thoroughly enjoyed their interactions between him and Ivy. Some were quite comical other were quite hot in the unrequited department. The journey Ivy and Adrian take is a tumultuous one. Their race to save Ivy's missing sister takes quite a few interesting turns. The old adage of 'If at first you don't succeed, Try, try again' definitely comes into play. While others may find it repetitive and annoying, I thoroughly enjoyed all the challenges they faced. There's quite a few additional characters that I hope to see in future installments in this series. There is one in particular I will touch upon, Zach. I get angels, or in his case, Archons, can very blasé about the whole human coil. Ivy begins the story in Bennington, Vermont, the last location of her sister, Jasmine, before she went missing. As she checks out one of the town's Bed & Breakfast inns, what she thought was a hallucination turns out to be real. See, Ivy's had these visions all of her life and was told they were due to a brain disorder. Now she knows they are real after meeting a hunk named Adrian who seems to know a lot more about her than Ivy knows about herself. And, he's a bit other worldly himself. The race to find her sister is the catalyst for everything that happens going forward.The action starts literally from the first page and almost never lets up. Ivy and Adrian are interesting individually, as a team and as a couple. The romance is the weak aspect but it's in tandem with what's going on. The supporting characters are really, really good and I like the mythology and the created world. It's not perfect but I rolled through the book. I'm in for the next in the series.
I love Jeanine Frost and have read all of her novels. This one was yet another book by her, I could not put down. I love the story line and chatacters. It is completely different from the other book with Cat and the side characters, yet equally entertaining.
I love YA paranormal. This book is no exception. Once I started, I started the day after it arrived on my front step, I could not stop. I wanted to stay up all night and finish but forced myself to put it down and rest my eyes. Yet, I woke up bright and early and first thing I did was pick it up and finish it! Now I am left needing more. Ivy and Adrian had chemistry. I was not sure from the beginning if this was a good thing or a bad thing. I wanted it to turn out to be a good thing, but were they meant to be? Can Adrian overcome his fate and be the guy that Ivy needs? All these were questions that I knew I had to have the answer to. I loved both these characters and knew that I had to find the answers to the questions I have and hope that the answers went the way I wanted them to. Although Ivy was searching for her sister throughout the entire book, I enjoyed the storyline of Ivy and Adrian more. I wanted Ivy to find her sister safely, but I wanted more of Ivy and Adrian. As Ivy was searching for her sister in the different realms, I could picture the creatures they encountered and the worlds they were visiting. The descriptions and graphics were absolutely perfect. I love when a book plays like a movie in my mind as I am reading. Jeaniene Frost did an excellent job writing The Beautiful Ashes. This is a series that I will be keeping an eye out for the rest of. Anyone who loves the paranormal world should check this book out.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review. I’m a huge fan of Ms. Frost’s Night Huntress series and when I saw this one come up for review over at Net Galley I had to request it. Let me just say up front, I did enjoy the book, my review might not sound like it, but I DID like it and will be continuing the series. This is a new series, a new world, and fans looking for something like Cat and Bone’s series may be disappointed as this book feels as if it is from a totally different author at times. Personally I feel it shows strength of an author to be able to change her style of writing while still delivering an entertaining read. Alright I get it, so why only three stars? Well this is a new series and I felt like there were some growing pains as Frost works things out. While reading this book I had no idea what level of audience it was aimed at. I thought it was going to be an Adult Fiction story, like the author shares on her website. However much of the book felt like it was Young Adult or this New Adult instead. It just didn’t feel like an Adult Novel. Another problem I faced was the lack of chemistry between Ivy and Adrian. There was this love you, hate you, love you, want to jump your bones, can’t get away from you fast enough mess, but little building of the bond between the two. I hope this changes in future books. I liked both Adrian and Ivy, but just didn’t like them as a couple. Maybe it was the lacking of a major steamy scene, lots of teasing, but no real action. The heat wasn’t there. This is part of what lead to the feel of it being a book aimed at a younger audience. This is a point where I missed the chemistry between Cat and Bones. So what did you like? I liked the set up of the world, just thought some of the characters need a little work. I loved this idea of a battle of Good vs. Evil where you are not really sure which side is which. I loved the twisted biblical history that sheds a new light on the roles of different figures in history and traditional roles of angels and demons. I also liked how Frost wasn’t afraid to go really dark in this story at times, and did so without going too graphic. I appreciated how it affected and changed Ivy, her responses to this new world felt authentic. There was some lighter, or clever, moments thrown in too. Much of the smart-ass humor was missing from this story that was present in Frost’s other series, but she managed to throw some in. I also liked Ivy’s integrity. We may question what side of the good/evil coin other characters fall on, but Ivy is firmly on the good side. She is tough and I expect good things to come from following her story. So if you decided to give this new series a go, put all your past perceptions of Ms. Frost’s works behind you. This is a new and different story that had tons of potential. I look forward to seeing where Frost takes us.
If I could rate this book ten stars, I would!! Two thumbs WAY up...Jeaniene has done it again!! I loved the characters (especially Adrian!!), loved the action, the romance, and the humor (I was laughing out loud numerous times). I knew I should've waited longer to read it...but I couldn't resist!! And now I have to wait for the second book!! The suspense is killing me! I first fell in love with Cat and Bones, then Vlad and Leila, and now Ivy and Adrian! It was such an amazing, unique storyline and had many twists and turns. I liked that there wasn't a lot of characters to keep track of, and I became attached to them all! No matter what anyone says, this book was awesome, amazing, super good...ok you get it. Read it!! And all of Jeaniene Frost's other books!!
When I found out that Ms. Frost was releasing a new book I was so excited. I mean who doesn't want more of her vampires? But then I read the blurb and wait a minute....there are no vampires in this book! Instead we have angels and demons. I read this book in one day and am eagerly waiting for the next in the series even though it'll be a year or so before it comes out. Ivy was probably my favorite under 25 heroine that I've read in awhile. She was equal parts scared spitless and incredibly strong willed. Adrian was a pretty strong alpha male that took time to warm up to, but was so worth the time. Can't wait to see where they go from here. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
These Ashes Are Truly Beautiful Um can I say that I LOVED The Beautiful Ashes!! I like to keep my reviews as spoiler free as possible but I will say this…Its about my most favorite things EVA!!! If you know me you can probably guess what that is. Any who I won’t come out and say it because it was a wonderful surprise while reading the book and I wan’t y'all to experience it as well. This is the first book I’ve read by Ms. Frost and it certainly wont be the last. I’m an insta fan and can’t wait to continue this series. T-aken, Ivy has lost so much in the last few days of her life she will search and do what needs to be done in order to find her sister. H-ope, coming across an older lady so seems kind is not at all what Ivy was hoping for. The shock of seeing her sister alerts Ivy as a threat now knowing her sisters location is only the beginning of her problems. E-ncounter, meeting someone who calls to her every being isn’t what Ivy thought she would find in her hotel room. Adrian didn’t understand his reaction to Ivy he had orders to carry out and will take her to safety. B-old, an officer who is not what he seems will shock Ivy into silence knowing her life is about to drastically change and needing answers going with Adrian is her only choice. E-clipsed, fear will have to take a back seat Ivy needs answers. Adrian knows who to ask because he himself has a few questions. A-nger, finding out who Ivy truly is brings a heavy cloud over Adrian’s head. Torn between what he knows he must do and what fate has always dictated Adrian lashes out at those nearest. U-npredictable, having found out some answers Ivy still doesn’t know why Adrian’s moods shift with varying degrees and frequency. T-rust, Ivy needs to find her sister and Adrian needs to fulfill his revenge working together is the only option these two have at the moment. I-ntrusion, knowing they cannot acquire what they seek Adrian will in list the help of his trusted friends in order to escape once they have broken into the dark dimensions. F-ighting, being lead by a higher calling everyone involved knows the risks of taking on pure evil. U-nion, knowing who Adrian is and the fate everyone keeps labeling him with should prompt Ivy to run but something deeper calls to her soul. L-ies, all of the pushing Adrian has inflicted on Ivy has been to protect her from him. Not wanting to give in but being caught in a moment of weakness unleashes something raw and deep out of his soul. A-lone, being tested time and time again Ivy realizes what she must do and carries out her plans with pain but determination. S-haken, finding the two things she has wanted most brings Ivy to her knees but in order to be successful she will have to face her worst nightmare. H-ope, what Ivy thought to be betrayal turned into a sacrifice she would not accept. Fighting with all of her heart will prove to be her strongest weapon. E-mbrace, knowing she reciprocates his feelings Ivy will fight till there is no strength remaining. Feeling Adrian’s arms around her fills her heart with new life. S-ecrets, being kept in the dark has been par for the course but this last admission is too much knowing what she should have known all along Ivy will cast what her heart wants most aside and do what she must. GAH! I can’t wait to get my hands on the next book this was soooooo good! Ms Frost’s pacing was great even though I guessed a couple of things before they happened it didn’t affect my love for this book. What a tragically great beginning to what I hope turns out to be an amazing new series. This one is definitely making my favorites list. I’d say it qualifies as a New Adult Paranormal. There wasn’t anything too steamy but there was a moment that I had to fan myself so I’d say 17+ but nothing too shocking. The chemistry between Adrian and Ivy is off the charts good! They are constantly fighting what they feel(for different reasons) but its an incredible rush anytime one of them breaks the others walls. *sigh the side characters were wonderful compliments to the storyline and fit marvelously. Get ready to devour this in one sitting, its that good! My Rating 4.5 Car Accident, B&B, Old Lady, Dirty Cop, Hooded Figure, Archon, Safety, Relic, History, Realms, Obsidiana, Demetrius, Boy, Axe, Cage, Hound, Zach, Jaz, Fulfilling a Destiny Love Filled Stars! I’m dying to get to the next one so I know you will too! This is making fav’s so I definitely recommend it!! Eeeeeep!
I loved and enjoyed reading the suspenseful, extraordinary, amazing & awesome, romantic story, The Beautiful Ashes, first book in a new series by the phenomenal Jeaniene Frost. Aria is looking for her sister, Jasmine, and finds out her hallucinations are really demon realms and her sister is stuck in one. Adrian, a hunky and sexy guy with super strength and powers helps her enter the demon realms to search for a hidden weapon that kills demons. Adrian continues to tell her not to trust him but Aria can't help falling for him. Read the outstanding, intriguing and captivating, highly recommended, wonderfully written love story of Aria and Adrian. I can't wait to read the thrilling second story in the series by the talented and incredible author, Jeaniene Frost.
I really liked the story. Great book.
The Beautiful Ashes is a very unique story about love, trust, and betrayal. Jeaniene Frost delivers a lot of angst along with a little bit of spice in this read. Jeaniene takes a biblical story that just about everyone knows and puts her own spin on it. Remember David and Goliath? Imagine being sent into the demon realm as the last living Davidian to steal the sling shot that was used to kill Goliath. Jeaniene takes an ordinary girl and makes her extraordinary. Ivy is just your regular girl next door trying to track down her twin sister Jasmine that had been missing for a few weeks. Her parents were trying to do the same when they had a terrible car accident and their lives were lost. Ivy is more determined than ever to find her sister after the accident. She had a bad feeling that something was not quite right. She had always been able to see things that others did not. She never spoke of it because people would think she was crazy. She never would have guessed that her ability to do so would be the thing that she needed to find Jasmine. Adrian is of Judas's line and knows that his destiny includes the betrayal of the last Davidian. He was raised in the demon realm and when he found out all that he was missing out on, he was angry. He hated that demons has tricked him for so many years into believing that the human realm was just as bad as the demon one. The one thing that everyone could trust about Adrian was his hatred of demons. When fates collide and Adrian is sent on a misson to help a young girl named Ivy escape the demons that are following her, you can only imagine how distruaght he becomes when he finds out she is the last Davidian. As time passes it only becomes harder as Adrian finds himself falling in love with her. He knows deep down his destiny is to hurt her so all he can do is force himself to stay as far away from her as he possibly can. Fate really sucks sometimes because Ivy finds herself so drawn to Adrian too. She begins to believe that there is no way that he can betray her when he shows up time and time again and saves her. But, when the time comes and Adrian is put in a compromising position will he save Ivy or himself? Jeaniene does an excellent job developing the characters in this story. Ivy is smart and strong and readers will find that they can identify with her easily. Adrian will steal your heart but also keep you wondering when the ball is going to be dropped. If you like reads with a lot angst that keep you on the edge of your seat you will enjoy this read. I really enjoyed the unique storyline that I could relate to being read the story of David and Goliath as a young child. She really takes and puts an interesting twist on things and in the second book Ivy will be looking for a new weapon that is just as powerful as the sling shot. If you are looking for a new paranormal romance series this is it. I am anxiously awaiting book two.
another great book by Jeaniene Frost
Ivy has always been different. She has visions of thins that just can't be real. Now her sister is missing and when she goes looking for her she finds out the truth. Her visions aren't fake they are real. She can see into another realm. Her sister is trapped there and she has to save her. She finds help in Adrian. Adrian knows all about the realm. It is where he was raised and where he walked away from. He and Ivy feel an attraction between them but they can't be together. He tries his best to help her find a relic that will enable her to take on the demons that have her sister. They both are heading into danger and falling in love just can't happen. Ivy has a lot to learn about who and what she is and the journey to find it is a dangerous one. Ivy s a wonderful character. When others would give up or go to the nut house she buckles down to save her sister. She sees other realms and what is in those realms would send a normal person screaming away. Not Ivy. She wants to know everything that has to do with what power she has and what is going on. She doesn't like secrets. Adrian seems moody at times. he has had a different upbringing than others and it has left his mark on him. He tries his best to resist anything to do with Ivy. Both are great characters with ties to an interesting history. I have to say this book turned out way different than what I thought it would. It was so much better! There is several twist i didn't even think of from reading the blurb and I love how the author twisted them in. This book is fast paced and you don't want to put it down for anything. You just keep wanting to read to see what next. I have to say Ivy does amazing at everything that is thrown at her. She has to do many things and change several times to reach her goal. Some of these changes are hilarious. While there is something between Adrian and Ivy for the most part they try to keep it under control. There is a lot of danger in this book and I loved seeing the different realm and creatures. I am now left with the impossible task of waiting for the next book. Something that is not easy to do as I love this world the author has create. I want to know what next. if you love a book with fabulous characters and a wonderful story line pick this one up!
The Beautiful Ashes, Jeaniene Frost Review from jeannie zelos book reviews So, being a long time fan of Jeaniene's works I was so happy to see a new series beginning. The Night Huntress main series has recently finished, and though there's still one in a spin off to come ( the fabulous Night Prince novels..) I was hoping she'd have something new coming out. So – wow – was I pleased to get this! Anyway, as with Night Huntress, its straight in with the action and the story unfolds via text and dialogue. It's not vampires this time, but Demons and Archons – a kind of angel- and the last descendents of biblical characters. As with many fantasy series the fate of humanity hinges on the outcome and success of the characters. We meet Ivy, who's long learned to cover up her visions and pretend all is normal, now her sister is missing and her parents killed in an accident. Investigating her sisters disappearnace brings her into danger from the demons who want to kill her . Luckily there's help, an Archon who speaks in non helpful ways, and won't do anything to help except what his orders specify, and Adrian. He's seriously hot, but was raised by Demons. He knows more than he's willing to share though, and all he really says is very basic info and strong warnings that Ivy Must Not Trust him. He says its his fate to betray her...but as they get more and more into danger they get closer and closer... It's a very exciting read as always, with well plotted and executed actions. No quick new powers for Jeaniene, her characters are always solid and face danger with what we know they've got. The world setting is good, I like the idea of parallel worlds,and the way to get into the Demon Realm was solid. Adrian, well, I'm always smitten by the hunks in fantasy... and like Ivy I'm not fixed on fate controlling everything either. She believes he's really a good guy, and most of his actions confirm that – but then is his appearing good all part of some master plan? She's kind of in a rock and hard place situation, and thinking of what was happening to her, and what could/would be done, kept me working mentally through lots of scenarios – I like to be kept guessing, to not have everything playing out predictably. The attraction between her and Adrian is palpable, searingly sensual, but unlike other books she's written Jeaniene keeps them more or less still on the edge of atttraction, still dancing back and forth by the end of this book. Given all the “don't trust me” vibes from Adrian, and the “should I/shouldn't I” ones from Ivy that fits well. I hope they get closer in future novels though – I think they'll make a great pair, and Jeaniene is good as adding sex to stories without it dominating the plots. The book doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but is complete as far as this part of the search goes. It does leave the way clear for the next book in the series. All I can say now is I hope its not too long before book two :-) Stars: well after all that how could I give less than five, clearly a series to join my keepers files... ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.
Ivy Jenkins always believed that her hallucinations weren't real. Ivy's parents are dead and now searching for her sister Jasmine. Ivy looking but is coming up against roadblocks she didn't expect. Adrian is complete stranger to Ivy but neither of them can deny their attraction to each other. Between Adrian and Zach explain that Ivy's descendant of an ancient line that can stop the demons. Zach being Archon or angel isn't always completely forthcoming with information but then again neither is Adrian. Can Ivy trust either Adrian or Zach? Can Jasmine be saved? Your answers await you in The Beautiful Ashes. An intriguing start to this brand new series. I'm never disappointed in what Ms. Frost writes. I believe Ms. Frost has created another series worth reading. I thought the characters and story were well written. I look forward to the next installment.
Top notch storyline that is truly hard to put down. Imagine David vs. Goliath & generations upon generation of descendants who know nothing of their supernatural antecedents.
Not as good as I thought it would be
This book is different from the Night Huntress series, but it is great in its own right. The world is richly build with great action and suspense. I fell for all of the characters as even the side characters are well developed and interesting. If you are a fan of her other books this should be right up your ally.
I loved this book can't wait for the second one!
Just like all of Jeaniene Frost's novels this was awesome & original. The only bad thing I can say is not about this book but the sequels. Pushing the second one back wasn't too bad because the thrid was supposed to follow a month later. June and July respectfully. Now I noticed according to B&N the second won't be released until July and the third in November. To stop fans from being mad they said it was a bonus that they would be released a month apart. For someone like me that was great because it only takes me a few hours to read a book. Now I'm pissed because we have to continue to wait, plus is the publisher going to keep pushing back the release date?
If you, like me, are considering this book because you liked Cat and Bones be prepared to be disappointed. I enjoyed the authors other series so much that I decided to give this one a try despite lukewarm reviews other places. I should have listened to those reviewers. The story line is weak, Character development is minimal, and the narrative leaves out a lot of description. The final comment was only exacerbated by the fact that I never became invested in the characters so my mind was free to question things like "how does the hero have a momentary grasp of advanced physics and still sound like a caveman?" "Why, after several instances where information was parsed out, does the heroine not ask questions?" "Who is ______ and what are they doing here?" The fact is Adrian has greater potential for interest and character but this is not his story and the main protagonist only rates a meh.
I love everything Ms. Frost writes , and this was another book with an engrossing plot,characters you love and always some good 'romantic scenes'. She always makes me laugh , too. Thanks again ! Annette
Had me intrigued from begining to end
DNF The Beautiful Ashes at 57%. The Beautiful Ashes is book one in the Broken Destiny series by Jeaniene Frost. It’s a Paranormal New Adult book. I’m a fan of (The Night Huntress Series and World). Those characters are funny, engaging, and memorable. Even if you hate them, you still love to hate them, and they also come alive in the writing. That being said this is not like that series. Ivy and Adrain are not memorable, really non of the characters are in this book. They don’t come alive and they aren’t even all that likable. I couldn’t stand the back and forth, back and forth, blah blah that Ivy and Adrain did. I was over it the first time it began. I couldn’t decide if they where teenagers or young adults in their 20’s. I also couldn’t stand all the time Ivy spends on thinking how attractive Adrain is. It got annoying. The would and plot where semi-interesting, but the characters got in the way. As for the cover it show a couple on the front that are much older then the two leads in this book. It’s kinda deceiving. I just couldn’t finish The Beautiful Ashes. I kept putting this book down and picking something else up to read, then coming back, and then repeating putting it down, coming back. I finally said that’s it. The Beautiful Ashes was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you. *Disclaimer: I won a copy through goodreads with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own. Reviewed by Angel's Guilty Pleasures
I was given a special offer to purchase firsts in the series in audiobook format for a deal! Of course, as much as I LOVE listening to audiobooks, I was all over it. I purchased several, and The Beautiful Ashes is one of them. It is not only written by one of my favorite authors, it also posed a wonderful concept; a paranormal romance that isn’t about vampires, werewolves etc. Hell, those creatures aren’t even in this one! What is in this book is Angels, Demons, and two extraordinary people thrown together; one on a quest for revenge, the other on a rescue mission. I was blown away by Tavia Gilbert, and really look forward to listing to more work from her, superb narrator! She brought the world to life ; I felt like I was there! I loved this new world Jeaniene Frost has created; it is so far removed from her Night Huntress or A Night Prince series, I was blown away. I can NOT wait for book 2; The Sweetest Burn, and I don’t have to wait for the audiobook, it's being released the same day! WOOHOO!...Sara
This was kind of meh for me. I didn't hate it or anything but I didn't love it either. This story honestly just didn't do a whole lot for me which makes me a little sad. I feel like this book should have been incredibly exciting based on the blurb....ancient legacies, visions of strange realms, powerful relics...how can that be anything but exciting? I was never pulled into the story and could always easily set it aside but I did think it had some high points. The basic plot was promising and things were going on from the very beginning of the story. Ivy has had hallucinations her whole life. She has seen doctors and has taken medication to control the her visions. But it turns out that what she sees is real. She is actually seeing the demon realm and has a few abilities that she didn't even know about. We are soon introduced to Adrian. He seems to know what is going on but doesn't necessarily feel the need to share what he knows with Ivy. Ivy isn't even sure which side Adrian is on and can't completely trust him. I never had a great feel for him to be honest. We know he is hot based on Ivy's descriptions but he is so selective on what he shares with her I never could tell what was real. He is a lot more skilled at handling the demon realm than Ivy could even dream of being. Ivy is kept in the dark about a lot of things in this book. Unfortunately, since the book is told from Ivy's point of view so is the reader. Over and over in the story we would learn that what we thought was true wasn't. It became somewhat tiring. I don't mind a few surprises but please give me something to build on. I didn't feel the chemistry between Ivy and Adrian that should have been there either so the book romance didn't do a lot for me either. I liked the narration for the story. Tavia Gilbert does a great job with the different characters in the story. I could always tell who was speaking as I listened to the story. Ivy was full of emotions and I thought that the narrator did a great job with portraying all of them. I would definitely listen to other audiobooks from this narrator. At this point, I am really not sure if I will continue with this series or not. I have found that the first book in a new series is often not quite as good as subsequent installments. I liked enough about this one that I may give the second book a try before giving up on the series completely. I generally love everything Jeaniene Frost writes so it is hard to give up too quickly.