What it’s about
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…
3.5 Stars! An innovative world, snarky fun characters, and Jeaniene Frost’s distinctive storytelling makes The Beautiful Ashes an entertaining start to the Broken Destiny series!
I was hot to get my hands on The Beautiful Ashes and was hoping to get that all consuming feeling I got when I first read Halfway to the Grave, my favorite read by this author. While I enjoyed The Beautiful Ashes, the angelic and demonic entities, the fight to save humanity story line, it didn’t quite grab me to the point of distraction. It’s hard not to make the comparison, and probably not fair to the author, but it almost can’t be helped.
Ivy is a feisty kick-ass heroine, and it's her first person account that tells the tale in The Beautiful Ashes. Adrian is a sarcastic smoldering hottie hero, and he bands together with Ivy to fight the evil villains. They also wage war on their growing attraction to each other, which made for some very amusing moments. Ivy's take on her sticky situation, impending doom and wandering thoughts about Adrian, had me laughing out loud. These two never fully act on their impulses, but I'm hoping as the series moves forward that they will move forward too!
The plot was fun and creative, there was some unique world building, delicious devious characters, charming good guys, unusual creatures, and witty dialogue. While some of the storyline wraps up, there is much more to overcome and resolve. Ivy and Adrian are no Cat and Bones, but they do have promise, and their relationship and plight fascinated me enough that I have the need to know where their journey is headed. So, I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and will step through the portal again to see what fate has in store for Ivy and Adrian!
*A copy of the book was provided in exchange for an honest review*
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