The Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge was Paranormal for August so we decided on the new series debut from fan-favorite Jeaniene Frost! This one worked a little better for AH than it did for me, but we both plan to continue on in the series.
The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
Book #1 in Broken Destiny
Genres: New Adult Paranormal
Publication Date: August 26th 2014
ARC Provided by Netgalley and Harlequin HQN
AH and Christal’s Review
Jeaniene Frost is best known for writing the Night Huntress books, but this new series is completely different! Ivy and Adrian come face-to-face with the most terrifying evils they can imagine and are tasked with retrieving a powerful relic for the side of good. They are stronger when they work together, but can they actually trust one another in the end?
Christal – So… this one wasn’t what I was expecting from Frost. It didn’t blow me away and Ivy read as much younger than 20. I felt this was more YA than NA.
AH – I think that we need to set our expectations here – this is a new series, and while we were used to Cat and Bones and all the other vampire couples, we need to remember that this is supposed to be a different world. I do agree with you, Ivy did seem very young.
Christal – Adrian annoyed me by doling out information in tiny doses, especially the stuff about mirrors. It was really dumb and felt more like a plot device than something the character would actually do. The stuff about his background I get, but the other stuff, not so much.
“He was danger wrapped in secrets tied with a bow of bad intentions, and it was totally unfair that no one had made me feel that way before.”
AH – I was annoyed by that as well Not only did he not give her any useful information, the other character, Zach, was even more cryptic and manipulative.
Christal – The middle of this book draaaaaaaaaged for me. It was like search, get caught, punch, run away, rinse, repeat. I felt like I could have skipped about 100 pages and still had no problem understanding the ending.
AH – Actually, I didn’t mind the middle of the book. I was hooked. I enjoyed the action sequences.
“You want to fight demons, and you’re freaking out over spiders.”
Christal – I liked the world building and the angels vs demon. I even liked the idea of the search for the three relics. I guess I just didn’t like the actual searching part.
AH – The world building was a little frustrating for me. I understood that there were descendants and that each family of descendants had specific abilities. I just didn’t like that, because Adrian descended from a different house from Ivy, he would automatically betray her. I guess I have difficulty with the “sins of the parents falling on their children” concept.
Christal – I’m not up on my Bible reading, but did Judas betray David? I thought they were completely different stories. I don’t really get the destiny for Adrian to specifically betray a Davidian if the betrayal they are referencing is Judas and Jesus.
AH – Judas and David were not from the same time in the bible. David predates Judas by close to 1000 years. I think this story is based on a prophetic story. The three relics thing was kind of neat – David’s slingshot, the staff of Moses, and a mystery relic. I wonder what it will be?
Christal – I’m going to guess the cup from the Last Supper, aka “The Holy Grail.” One thing I didn’t really buy into was Jasmine, Ivy’s sister, being the best treated human in the demon world. I mean, wouldn’t her sister actually being tortured make Ivy move more quickly and potentially make more mistakes? Seems like a more plausible threat to me than just having her hanging around in a cage.
AH – That was odd. I also expected her to be in horrible condition.
Christal – With regards to the romance, I didn’t feel the connection between Ivy and Adrian. It just felt shoe-horned in without actually giving them time to connect. Insta-lust to the extreme.
AH – I didn’t see it as insta-love. There was an attraction but Adrian could not allow himself to be with Ivy because of the Judean/Davidian thing. The two did have some chemistry and I was a little disappointed that they didn’t get it on.
Christal – They just didn’t work for me as a couple… they were way too into each other for a story that only covered maybe a week or two. Also, I can’t believe how mad Ivy got at Adrian for not telling her the whole truth at the end after she KNOCKED HIM OUT. Not only that, she TIED HIM UP annnnnd DRAINED HIS BLOOD! Are you sure you’re not the Judean, Ivy?
AH – Maybe she’s related to Vlad Tepesh?
Christal – Ha! Well, I don’t think Vlad would have felt bad about it. Again, it just seemed like a plot contrivance for them not to have told Ivy about the three relics up front.
AH – I found that frustrating as well. I would have been more invested if I knew more.
Christal – Okay, that’s all for now. Overall, I wasn’t thrilled by it but I didn’t hate it either. I wasn’t wowed by the first Cat and Bones book either so I still plan to give Book 2 a shot.
AH – I think I am going to give this series a chance. Personally, I thought it was a good start to a new series. I know it’s hard, I just have to get Cat and Bones and the gang out of my head.
Thank you to Harlequin HQN and Netgalley for providing a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Be sure to join us next month for our romance read!
Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge Schedule:
January – Young Adult
February – Contemporary
March – Urban Fantasy
April – Middle Grade
May – Dystopian
June – High Fantasy
July – Adult
August – Paranormal
September – Romance
October – Sci-Fi
November – Historical Fiction
December – New Adult
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