Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Title: The Beautiful Ashes
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Book One in the Broken Destiny Series
Published By: Harlequin (August 26, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
My Rating: 3 Stars 

 Book Description:
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 am a huge Jeaniene Frost fan so when I saw that she was branching out into another genre, I just knew it was something that I would have to try.

The whole concept behind the storyline might not have been completely original but Frost has this unmistakable talent for taking the over done and putting a whole new fresh spin on it and that is exactly what she has done in The Beautiful Ashes. 

This isn't your typical story about another dimension or even angels versus demons. Instead it is an action packed, plot driven, take on an old tale with so many new twists, turns, and excitement that you can't help but be captured in the story as the old takes on the new.

While this didn't quite live up to the wonderfulness that is her Night Huntress series it does have potential with a fiery heroine that is just as tough and ever bit as snarky as her heroine in her adult UF series and a male lead that has potential in all the right ways.


I think this will be one series to watch out for. With Frost's ability to write one heck of a kick butt heroine, a sexy hero, and her story lines that are always as action based as they are filled with romance, this is one series we are sure to want to get hooked on.






*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*

42 comments:

  1. I think I'm going to hold off on this series until we've got a few more installments. I loved Frost's Night Huntress series too, and I want to give this series a fair shot . . . I'm afraid that if I read this one immediately, I'll write it off as MEH, and never continue with it . . .

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    1. It is possible it could happen but I do think it has a lot of potential.

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  2. ah yes this book... I keep hearing mixed things about it and it makes me sad, I wanted it to be so good, but it seems it's not the case...

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    1. Not as good as I was hoping but honestly, it wasn't bad at all either.

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  3. I liked this book slightly more than you did I think. I was disappointed that it's about angels / demons as that's not really mentioned in the blurb, and I'm not a big fan of those supes. Book 2 will be the deciding factor as to whether I'll continue reading this series.

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  4. I loved the Night Huntress series, but I've been hearing some mixed things about this book. Most people have rated it 3 stars like you did and I think I'm going to wait before I read it.
    I do like that she's made the book action-packed and the MC sounds fierce!
    Glad you liked this one overall. Lovely review! :)

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  5. I agree Ali!!! This one wasn't quite as amazing as her first Night Huntress book for me, but like you said, it has a great deal of potential. I didn't love Ivy as much as I do Cat, but I can see her becoming someone I adore down the line for sure, and I can't wait to see how she grows throughout the series.

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  6. I like it when an author can use something already existing and craft it in her way. I'm so glad that Frost does that. I have heard of this author but haven't read any of her books. I'm glad you enjoyed this one. Great review :)

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    1. Definitely don't start here with her books, try her Night Huntress series first. Cat and Bones are fabulous!

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  7. I think the hardest thing going into a series like this is the fact that Cat and Bones are going to be a hard act to follow. But, I'm excited to read this new theme and meet Ivy. Glad you enjoyed it, Ali :)

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    1. I think you are right Kim and I think that is exactly what makes it so darn hard. I wanted them to be another Cat and Bones and I just know that isn't going to happen nor is it fair of me to ask it of her.

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  8. I've heard mixed things about this one. I have it but I keep going back and forth. I might wait until more books are out and read them together.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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  9. I didn't realize Frost had a new series in the works, I'll definitely keep an eye out for this book :)

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    1. Yep and I am hoping it only gets better. :)

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  10. I am hesitant on this one it seems most of my fav Adult authors don't quite do the Ya transition so I will keep an eye on this for now. It doesn't seem like you were over the moon over it.

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    1. So true Heidi. I think she did okay though just not quite as great as her adult but I can see it getting there.

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  11. I'm a little disappointed that it's only 3 stars, but sometimes starts of new series are like. I do like the sound of the MC and it's Jeaniene Frost, so I'll definitely read it!

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    1. Many new series are like that for me Candace, it usually takes a couple of books before I truly fall in love with them. ;)

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  12. I'm excited to read this too. I haven't read NH so I won't be able to compare her writing. But as a fan, I'm glad she got your approval for this.

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    1. You never know, that might be a good thing!

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  13. I haven't read anything by this author, but I think I'll start her UF series first.

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    1. Oh my gosh you haven't? Gah Christy you need to at least give it a try.

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  14. Thanks for the review Kindlemom. She's a new to me author.

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    1. Oh you need to try her as well Debbie, if you love UF at all you will like her writing.

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  15. Aww sad to see it's only 3 stars for you but I'm glad to hear it's action packed!

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    1. It definitely has a lot of action in it, which kept it pretty fast paced for the most part.

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  16. I have a copy of this and like you, I have such high expectations. But truth be told, the last few Night Huntress books were very disappointing for me. I hope this one won't be, not like that.
    Great review, Ali!

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    1. I hope you end up liking it Maja. Can't wait to see what you think.

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  17. Joyousreads rated this 3 star as well, I still need to finish her other series but I do agree that there's a possibility that with each book it will get better so I think I'm going to wait until the 2nd and 3rd book comes out before picking up this one. I need to finish her Night series too! I should check the library if they have it. Lovely review, as always, Kindlemom!

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  18. I need to finish the NH series as well I have been putting it off because I don't want it to be over.

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  19. It sucks that this wasn't as badass as her Night Huntress books, but I'm glad to hear there is potential and a fiery heroine! Awesome review!

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  20. Thanks for review. This series is new to me.

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    1. I hope you give it a try sometime.

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  21. I've seen several mixed reviews for this, and I'm actually in the middle of reading it! I agree with you about liking the main character, and although I'm not quite sold on Adrian yet, I'm curious to see where things will go. Awesome review :)

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    1. Glad you are liking it so far, he does grow on you. ;)

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