The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1)
Published: Aug. 26, 2014 (Harlequin)
Purchase: Book Depository or Amazon
Review Source: Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by: Chelsea
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Ivy is having the worst week of her life as The Beautiful Ashes opens. Her parents have died in a suspicious car accident, and her sister Jasmine has disappeared. She’s going from one tiny bed-and-breakfast to another trying to find Jaz. Her problems aren’t as simple as finding a sibling who doesn’t want to be found.
Her sister has been kidnapped by demons, and only Ivy can save her. And she has one hot, very off-limits guy to help her.
Jeaniene Frost employs some straightforward and engaging mythology. Ivy and Adrian, the hero, are mortals caught up in the battle between heaven and hell—or in this case Archons and demons. The two mortals are helping the angelic side (obviously), and have special gifts as being the last of their bloodlines. Each is descended from a key Biblical figure. The visuals in the book, especially when looking at demons or within demon realms, are the right balance of uncomfortable and familiar.
Supernatural fans will certainly find lots of love within the pages of The Beautiful Ashes. Battling demons, saving innocents, a bitchin’ car and often too-cryptic angels—for starters. The concept isn’t entirely new, and you’ll certainly spot some new adult tropes in action. However, Frost’s writing shines bright enough that it doesn’t matter.
Putting this book down once I began was near impossible. I was driven to get answers about Ivy and Adrian’s destiny. Their chemistry is palpable, and my chest tightened the first time they kissed. The pacing is spot on.
You don’t need to be a fan of the new adult genre trend to enjoy The Beautiful Ashes. Come for the romantic chemistry, stay for the adventure.
Sexual content: Hot-and-heavy kissing