ARC The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost – 3 Stars

The Beautiful Ashes

Cover art thanks to Goodreads, click on it to visit book’s page there.

Book one in the Broken Destiny series, release date 8/26/14

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

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…

My Review:

I’m a huge fan of Ms. Frost’s Night Huntress series and when I saw this one come up for review over at Net Galley I had to request it.   Let me just say up front, I did enjoy the book, my review might not sound like it, but I DID like it and will be continuing the series.  This is a new series, a new world, and fans looking for something like Cat and Bone’s series may be disappointed as this book feels as if it is from a totally different author at times.  Personally I feel it shows strength of an author to be able to change her style of writing while still delivering an entertaining read.

Alright I get it, so why only three stars?  Well this is a new series and I felt like there were some growing pains as Frost works things out.  While reading this book I had no idea what level of audience it was aimed at.  I thought it was going to be an Adult Fiction story, like the author shares on her website.  However much of the book felt like it was Young Adult or this New Adult instead.  It just didn’t feel like an Adult Novel.

Another problem I faced was the lack of chemistry between Ivy and Adrian.  There was this love you, hate you, love you, want to jump your bones, can’t get away from you fast enough mess, but little building of the bond between the two.  I hope this changes in future books.  I liked both Adrian and Ivy, but just didn’t like them as a couple.  Maybe it was the lacking of a major steamy scene, lots of teasing, but no real action.  The heat wasn’t there.  This is part of what lead to the feel of it being a book aimed at a younger audience.  This is a point where I missed the chemistry between Cat and Bones.

So what did you like? I liked the set up of the world, just thought some of the characters need a little work.  I loved this idea of a battle of Good vs. Evil where you are not really sure which side is which.  I loved the twisted biblical history that sheds a new light on the roles of different figures in history and traditional roles of angels and demons.   I also liked how Frost wasn’t afraid to go really dark in this story at times, and did so without going too graphic.  I appreciated how it affected and changed Ivy,  her responses to this new world felt authentic.  There was some lighter, or clever, moments thrown in too.  Much of the smart-ass humor was missing from this story that was present in Frost’s other series, but she managed to throw some in.  I also liked Ivy’s integrity.  We may question what side of the good/evil coin other characters fall on, but Ivy is firmly on the good side.  She is tough and I expect good things to come from following her story.

So if you decided to give this new series a go, put all your past perceptions of Ms. Frost’s works behind you.  This is a new and different story that had tons of potential.  I look forward to seeing where Frost takes us.

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