The Beautiful Ashes
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series: Broken Destiny #1
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Fantsay
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin HQN
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…
First Sentence: I’m twenty, and already, I’ve got nothing left to lose.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
I was beyond excited to get my hands on The Beautiful Ashes. It was one of my top priority books to get and when I actually got my hands on a copy, I squealed like a crazy person at home, resulting in family members thinking I’m crazy. I love, love, absolutely love Jeaniene Frost’s adult series, Night Huntress, which is also the adult series that made me start reading other adult books in the first place. Imagine my disappointment when I felt myself really struggling to finish The Beautiful Ashes and not loving it like how I love Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series.
I sadly couldn’t connect with any of the characters in The Beautiful Ashes. I felt nothing for them – I couldn’t even feel sorry for, or happy for, or even mad at any of the characters. I wasn’t invested in any of the characters either; they were all just flat and lack that character that makes me feel for them.
“Hi,” the stranger said, his deep voice tingled with an accent I couldn’t place. “Sorry to tell you, but you’re about to have a really bad night.” (ARC 11)
After reading Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, I thought that I would always ship every couple she writes. However, I sadly didn’t feel the romance in The Beautiful Ashes. Everything just happened way too fast for me – Ivy is attracted to Adrian when she first sees him and every time they’re together, we’re reminded about their attraction over and over and over again. When the “I love you”s then came near the end of the book, I just couldn’t root for them at all. I just didn’t feel their attraction, their chemistry, or any kind of spark between them. The romance was forced and entirely based on insta-lust.
There’s a lot of world-building through explanations in The Beautiful Ashes, but the problem is, the world-building is not explained well. I sometimes had to read the world-building explanations not once, not twice, but three, four, or even five times to finally get the general concept of what the world was like. Despite that world-building problem, the world-building in The Beautiful Ashes was well developed.
And they kept on coming, until I was convinced that the whole realm had emptied in their attempt to kill us.
Or kill me, specifically. (ARC 112)
I really wanted to DNF The Beautiful Ashes when I was about one-third into the book. I just didn’t feel it. The Beautiful Ashes didn’t hold my attention anymore, nothing interested me, and I was just bored. At that point in the book, The Beautiful Ashes was full of walking back and forth, hiding, some world-building explanation, fighting, some world-building explanation, hiding, walking back and forth, and fighting. I felt like I was reading the same scenes over and over again, only gaining very little information with the setting changing a little bit each time. The only reason why I struggled with and finished The Beautiful Ashes was because I was hoping things will get better because hello, Jeaniene Frost wrote this book. It sadly didn’t get any better.
Overall, The Beautiful Ashes was a huge disappointment. I’m not even sure if I want to read the sequel since I barely even managed to finish The Beautiful Ashes. I’ll have to think about it.