The Beautiful Ashes [Broken Destiny, #1] by Jeaniene Frost

Harlequin | ARC Paperback, 299 pages
Publication Date: August 26th, 2014
Adult Fiction | Paranormal Romance
Rating 3 out of 5 Stars

For a book as suspenseful and action-packed such as this, it boggles the mind that it took me two weeks to finally shelve this book, read.

Paranormal Romance fans will gobble this up like strawberries dipped in Nutella. I, on the other hand, was sadly bored. However, I think you can all blame it on me. My interest in these types of stories have been waning for a while now, so I’m saddened that I couldn’t be more excited about this brand new series from an author whose work I’ve enjoyed in the past.

Since she was a child, Ivy has been seeing some frightening visions which she suppressed by getting medicated. Every one thinks that she’s suffering from some sort of dementia. It was only in the recent events that she’s come to grips with exactly what those visions meant, as they were coming more frequently. Spurred on by the disappearance of her sister, she will discover the real truth about her identity and a destiny that she may or may not have a choice in the matter. Unless she does something about it.

So listen, the world building here is…well, it’s as to be expected, I supposed. The demon world is dark, cold, full of savage torture and killing of humans; frightening, and beautiful creatures. Jeaniene is, if anything very thorough, and explicit. I also love the lore; the myth, in which she combined a couple of Old and New Testament characters to based this series on. Descendants of David (good guys), and of Judas (bad guys) are at war for universal domination. They both need three weapons to defeat each other: David’s slingshot, Moses’ staff and the third is to be revealed. But only the last remaining descendant of David is able to find these weapons, so Ivy, being the last Davidian will always have a target on her back. Not to be killed, mind you. But to be used as a Hallowed weapons detector.

Her counterpart, and ultimately, her romantic interest is Adrian. He is a demon and whose destiny is to betray Ivy. I’m a huge fan of forbidden romances, and theirs couldn’t be any more forbidden than if Lucifer’s daughter and the Angel Gabriel’s son got together. The UST frustrated me to no end, but I’m glad Jeaniene didn’t rush it for the sake of pleasing her readers.

The other thing that frustrated me with this book is the unnecessary omission of truth from all parties. I mean, seriously. You tell a girl she’s meant to obliterate the demon realm, then skip some pertinent parts was just ridiculous. In the end, everything looked like a blatant attempt to manufacture conflict.

My Two Cents:

I will remain optimistic that this series will only get better from here. Provided that there are no more secrets to be had, I think fans of Frost should be able to forgive some of this book’s nuisances.

  • I can see where you had a few troubles with this book but overall i’m glad you ended up enjoying the book even if you didn’t love it!. I must admit i am a fan of paranormal books and demans and angels? Count me in!

  • This author seems to be very popular… and I’ve been waiting for a book by her to finally be available in the library. This Paranormal Romance doesn’t seem too bad, so maybe I’ll give it a try if I like her writing style.

  • Yay I had no idea JF had a new book out and I guess we have high expectations on it. I’m not too sold on the angels and demons aspect of this book, from the sounds of things it’s actually not manufactured very well but we shall see. Thanks for reviewing, Joy!

  • I kind of go back and forth with PNR. I infinitely prefer UF, but if there’s enough action, and not too much angst and/or instalove, I usually like it well enough. While this sounds action-packed . . . I’m not a huge fan of even oblique biblical references in my UF/PNR, and these sound pretty direct, AND truth withholding is the #1 cause of angst in PNR (as far as I’m concerned). SO. Hmmm . . . maybe. I don’t know. Excellent review though πŸ˜‰ I think I might go grab a spoon and a jar of nutella (’cause that’s how I roll).

  • I think I’ve only read up until book 2 of her Night Huntress series but I mean to finish it soon, especially since the series is over. The premise for this one is intriguing and I do love PNR, they’re my guilty pleasures so I think I might enjoy this one. I do agree that sometimes, it depends on the timing when you read the book, but we shall see if I will end up enjoying this more. Awesome review Joy!

  • I really enjoyed the Night Huntress and Night Prince books, so I’m definitely excited for this one! I don’t read a lot of adult PNR aside from Frost, actually. ._. So yeah, I’ll be grabbing this when I can. I love forbidden romances, too! Sorry you didn’t love this one–let’s hope you’ll enjoy the sequels more!

  • I do like my forbidden romances and I do enjoy a paranormal romance so I definitely think I am going to gobble this up! πŸ˜€ I am actually worried though because I am becoming less and less patient with pnr lately…. I want something different you know? I do think I’ll like this one though πŸ™‚

    Fantastic review, Joy! and I am sorry you didn’t enjoy it more πŸ™

  • The mythology of this sounds really interesting, but it’s probably not my cup of tea. I do hope it gets better for you as the series goes on, though! Great review Joy!

  • I could understand why this book wouldn’t be as interesting to you right now. Some fantasy novels just feels like a replica of other fantasies out there. I try to read in between dystopian, contemporary and fantasy to avoid it. But sometimes it would still be hard.

  • Oh no it’s too bad, I wanted it to be awesome but I hope the next one will be better…

  • Christy

    I’ve never had Nutella. Anyway, I’ve wanted to read her Night Huntress series for a long time now. I even have the 1st book. I think I’ll start there before reading this one.

  • Great rev Joy! I really hope the series gets better for you. I hate it when the first book isn’t strong in a series, but hopefully it gets better in the sequel πŸ™‚

    Happy Reading
    Patrick @ The Bookshelves

  • Man, the deception would get hard to read about

  • manufactured conflict…eeep.
    I know what you mean about how you find what you’re enjoying reading shift. I was really into YA for the past few years but lately I find myself so extremely hesitant to pick one up. I have a huge stack of them I WANT to read but I know I’ll likely only read a few and then Tina and Maggie will likely read many more of them than I will. I’m shifting back towards more adult SFF which was always my staple. I just think that its become a quantity over quality genre. As for PNR I’ve never even been really into it but I love Urban fantasy. You should give more of those a try if you’re tiring of this subgenre.

  • I’m sorry you weren’t able to connect very well with the story, Joy. I know exactly how you feel. I’m not going to lie, this book didn’t particularly appeal to me because it sounded like every other UF novel only with NA characters. It seems like I’m not going to miss out if I skip it. It’s a bummer you didn’t fully enjoy it, but it’s good that you have some hope for the next books!
    Great review, Joy.

  • I’m very much on the fence with this one. I keep seeing it everywhere, but I’m just not sure it’s for me. Great review! πŸ™‚

  • Aw, I’m sorry you didn’t fully love this book. But glad you still managed to enjoyed it πŸ˜€ Amazing review Joy. <3 Fingers crossed you will like the next books πŸ™‚

  • I have such high hopes for this one that even though you came it just may have been you, your review has me nervous about reading this one now.

    I really hope this one pans out. I love the premises!

  • Oh, a new Jeaniene Frost series! I enjoy paranormal romance but not when it’s boring. Haha. And Ivy’s “power” doesn’t sound exactly cool either… visions are pretty, meh (imo). On the other hand, I do love me some yummy forbidden romance~ So I might get it from the library at some point (like sometime in the next two years, haha) Great review! πŸ™‚

  • Sounds very interesting. I don’t know if I’ll enjoy it, though. I’m not a fan of forbidden love. Maybe I’ll wait for you to read book 2 to give this series a try.

  • I’ve become a really picky reader too when it comes to reading paranormal romances, so I can understand why it would take you this long to finish this book. Keeping secrets from other characters doesn’t usually sit too well with me either, but I love forbidden romances, so may have to give this book a go, for that reason alone! Fab review Joy!