Release-Day Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Broken Destiny #1)


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

5 Responses to “Release-Day Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost (Broken Destiny #1)”

  1. This is not the first time I’m seeing the Supernatural reference. So between that and the Fever series references I should be one happy camper when I FINALLY get to start it.

  2. Amy says:

    I think it’s difficult to start a new series / new world after Night Huntress. I mean that series and it’s spin-offs are favorites of many. They are almost a staple of PNR / UF reads.

    I liked Beautiful Ashes, but I wasn’t blown away by it. I will continue to read the series. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, now that everything has been established in this first book.

  3. Margaret says:

    I’m kind of afraid of new adult. The concept makes me feel old. And it makes me wonder if “old adult” will be the next trend and we’ll start to see a lot of heroes in their 60’s. But I’m about to start this book because I’ve seen so many good reviews. And because Jeannine Frost.

  4. Chelly Pike says:

    Great review. I loved the start of the Night Huntress series. The chemistry sort of waned for me toward the end, and I never picked up the spin-offs. While I’m not a big fan of angels, I do love demons and you’ve convinced me to give this a try. 🙂

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