Thursday, August 14, 2014

*Gizmos Early Reviews* The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

**I received this book via NetGalley/Harlequin HQN in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


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 shall open my review by saying that The Beautiful Ashes, the first installment in the Broken Destiny series, is not a Cat and Bone's spin-off. If you are expecting Frost to somehow manage to toss in a few of her Night Huntress characters that you love so much, you will walk away from this book disappointed. If you are looking for something perhaps a bit different from Frost's Night Huntress world, then you've come to the right place.

The Broken Destiny series features 20-year old Ivy Jenkins. Ivy has always been a bit different from others which has kept her away from being close to anyone other than her sister Jasmine. Ivy can not only sense hallowed places and hallowed artifacts, but she can also see through Demons glamour and tell them apart from "normal" humans. Right out of the gate, Ivy is thrown into a new world she has no understanding of. Her sister Jasmine has gone missing, her parents died while searching for her, Ivy is attacked, and ends up in an alliance with the mysterious Adrian who she manages to have an insta-connection to, and Zach who is more than he appears.

The Beautiful Ashes is filled with Archon's (Angels) and Demons. The world Frost created is unique, dark, and dangerous. Ivy faces challenges from all angles, and the story becomes a whirlwind journey across America, and Mexico searching for an artifact that could be the difference in the war between Demons and Angels. Readers should not expect Ivy to be another Cat, Adrian to be another Bones, or Zach to be Mencheres.

If you are looking for a bit of similarities, how about the Fever series by Karen Marie Moening? Pretty similair situation where you have one sister traveling to find her missing sister, only to run into the dark, dangerous, and mysterious male who is more than he appears. How about the fact that both stories surround the search for a powerful artifact, and learning of a heritage and strange world that actually exists away from human eyes?

There are some similarities in ages. I do believe that Cat was also 20 when the Night Huntress series first started. Ivy is the same age but she doesn't understand the world she lives in. She doesn't have vampires, or werewolves, or ghouls trying to eat her. She hasn't been trained by a master to hunt down and destroy her enemies. Ivy is an interesting character in that she takes her unusual situation with grace under pressure, and makes the best of what she has to work with. What else can she do, revert back into a sobbing, sniffling, hysterical mess and forget about the fate of her sister while she's off having sexual joy rides with her new addiction?

I've been told that The Beautiful Ashes is new adult series but I'm thinking more along the lines of Urban Fantasy. There is plenty of action, and suspense, and the story flows fairly smoothly. I'll end my review by quickly say that when all is said and done, there's not the normal sexual situations that Frost is famous for (Chapter 32). There is tension between Ivy and Adrian yes, but don't expect the epicness on the level that Cat and Bones had.

Author - Jeaniene Frost
Title - The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny # 1)
Published by Harlequin HQN
Releases: August 26, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy, New Adult
Format: E-Book 304 pages

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