The Beautiful Ashes

The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

4 action packed stars!

“You’re the light I can never have…and I’m the darkness you’ll never succumb to.”

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It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Jeaniene Frost, and with the conclusion of the Night Huntress series, I was pretty darn excited to see her publishing a new series.

Bring in The Beautiful Ashes , wildly different from her other books, it’s the story of Ivy, a young college girl searching for her sister. After being attacked at the hotel where her sister went missing, a hunky and mysterious guy named Adrian comes to her rescue… and then takes Ivy against her will.

“Beauty fades, but Evil Bitch is forever.”

Turns out that Ivy is a key player in the fight between good and evil, and in order to save her sister from an alternate demon realm, Ivy must help Adrian and an Archon named Zach find a hidden weapon that kills demons. Sounds complicated, no? Well get this, Adrian’s bloodline has a long history of betraying Ivy’s bloodline. With a mounting sexual tension between the two of them, who can Ivy trust to get her sister back?

“Even if you didn’t have that bloodline, I’d still believe in you Ivy.”

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I think Ms. Frost did a great job showing her writing talents outside the Night Huntress realm.

“Whether by destiny or by choice, neither of us could completely walk away from the other.
Not yet.”

OH MY GOD the world-building!!! The demon realm totally creeped and skeezed me out. I literally was shuddering at some of the descriptions. This is what I imagined some of the less gross parts to look like:

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The chemistry between Ivy and Adrian was HOT. Those two exploded on the pages and I am super excited to where things may lead in the next installments.

“Adrian wasn’t just damaged goods, he was deranged goods, and coming from someone with a history of psychosis, that was saying something.”

The reason it’s not a 5 star book for me? I had a little trouble getting into the book. Part of it was it jumped in almost too quickly with the action and that was a bit disconcerting. The other part is not the author’s fault at all, but this book made me want to go back and reread Halfway to the Grave and I literally had to stop myself from pulling it off my bookshelf. Otherwise, I thought this was a fantastic book.

“Dreams were beautiful things to have, weren’t they?”


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