I received this book for free from Book Expo America in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Broken Destiny #1
Published by Harlequin HQN on August 26th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: Book Expo America
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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…
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Reasons to read:
There was an addictive quality to the story. I wanted to know what would happen and how things would end. However, I was never desperate for it. I never needed to know and it was hard to get past the bad writing in order to get absorbed in the story.
Some steamy scenes
There were a couple of times when I really wanted some sexy action to happen.
Interesting world building
Not the most original. Not the most unoriginal. Interesting but not mind numbingly brilliant.
Reasons to pass:
I love Jeaniene Frost. I adore her. I adore her Night Huntress and Dark Prince series. But sometimes the writing was just plain bad.
The beginning focused so much on the relationship, to an alarming, boring and painful degree. Coupled with the bad writing and awkward introduction of characters, it almost killed this novel for me.
It took me a long time to sail this ship. But when I did, it really took off.
The dialogue was either witty and great or painfully awkward. There was no happy medium, people!
If you’re a hardcore Frost fan who has to read everything she writes, even you might find yourself a little disappointed with this title.
I’m not the biggest fan of her Night Huntress series. tbh, I only read the first few books as palette cleanser. I was hoping for this to be a cute, fluffy read but if it’s worse than the adult series, then no can do. Obviously(sadly because I would like to like Bones), this Frost never wrote for me.
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I love her Night Huntress and Dark Prince series, but I was so disappointed when she announced she’s writing a YA book. The blurb didn’t stand out to me and the cover is just so-so. I won’t be reading this and I hope she writes more UF or paranormal romances, just not YA.