AUTHOR: Jeanine Frost
PUBLICATION: Published August 26th 2014 by Harlequin HQN
GENRE: YA/NA > Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
PAGES: 304pages (Paperback)
SOURCE: paperback arc via publusher
RATING: 4 ★★★★
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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…
The Beautiful Ashes is like a chocolate. I devoured it in one sitting while muttering hateful things I hate about it.
Really, if you can see, my reading updates on Goodreads, you will read nothing but hate. Hate for the protagonist, hate for the love interest.. and much love for the plot. Okay, who could blame me?! In the first half of the book, the characters were nothing but annoying.
Ivy, our main protagonist, knows she is not normal. Ever since she was young she’s been seeing visions that no doctor can cure. When the story started, Ivy is in Bennington in hopes of finding her sister, Jasmine, who’s went missing. Her visions that she thought before as hallucinations were confirmed real when Adrian shows up at her room and together they embarked on a journey to not only find her sister but also find the weapons that can destroy the demons that has been haunting Adrian and herself. Did I mention that Adrian isn’t normal, too?
First of all, I LOVE THE PLOT. It’s absolutely interesting to me and I was amazed with the secrets between Ivy and Adrians ancestors. Because Frost is a new author in my radar (I know, what’s wrong with me) I don’t know her methods, her way of writing or how she captures her readers, but if all of her other works are like this, I’m pretty sure I’ll devour them all. I have no words on how readable this is. It was so fast paced, the world building is impressive and every time a new chapter ends, I was in the edge of my seat and looking forward to the next one. That’s how addictive this book is. Addictive I tell you, ADDICTIVE.
I had a hard time liking the characters though. Halfway through, I was surprised I’m still reading the book. I mean, in my experience, if I can’t enjoy the characters, I cannot enjoy the book as well. But this is a special case. I think it’s because the characters weren’t full annoying. The love interest, Adrian, just blurt out things like this:
“I don’t do subtle, it wastes time. Besides—” the silvery part of his eyes gleamed like liquid moonlight “—if you say you don’t find me attractive, I’ll know you’re lying.”
Then say things like this:
“I’m not just drawn to you, Ivy. I’ve wanted you since the first time you touched me. It was as if you reached inside and claimed something that had always been yours.”
IF THAT ISN’T SWOONY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS. And the main protagonist, Ivy, does things like this:
“I don’t know why I reached out, awkwardly touching his arm to feel the hard muscles beneath that bulky jacket. If I’d thought about it, I wouldn’t have done it. Yet I couldn’t make myself pull away.”
TO BE FAIR, the Instalove has a logical explanation. IT HAS A REASON.. and the reason, in my opinion is pretty awesome. And besides, she grew up (a little) when it was close to the end. And I think the author has some character developments planned out for her.
“No more. I’d fight and live, or I’d fight and die, but either way, I was fighting.”
And SHE’S FUNNY. She is.
Overall, I’m still torn about how I feel about the characters. There’s still the following books to read so maybe I’ll learn to love them more. But if you’re asking about the whole book, then yes, I am completely and extremely captivated. Maybe I’ll busy myself with Frosts Nigh Huntress series while waiting for the book two to come out. The Beautiful Ashes is an addictive and gripping read for me. It grabbed from the very first chapter and didn’t let me go. Everything is just fascinating! I cannot wait for more!!
And because I love you all, I prepared an Excerpt for all of you, in other words, more reason to buy the book. Here it is:
“What is that?”
Adrian’s voice startled me. For a second, I was disoriented, the dream clinging to me as it always did. Yes, I was in a car, but I wasn’t the unknown woman driving away from her baby. That wasn’t real. The glare Adrian leveled at my chest was, though.
“Is that a mirror?” He sounded horrified.
I looked down. My locket was open, the mirrored side facing me. At some point while I was sleeping, I must’ve opened it. Adrian’s hand shot out, but this time, I was too fast for him.
“Don’t you dare,” I snapped, holding it out of his reach. “It’s the only picture I have of my sister after you left everything I own back at that hotel in Bennington!”
He lunged again, actually letting go of the steering wheel to reach the side of the car where I held it. With a sharp yank, he wrested the locket from my hands. I tried to snatch it back, but he shoved me into my seat with one hand, finally grabbing the steering wheel with the other.
“Are you crazy?” I shrieked. “You could’ve gotten us killed!” If this hadn’t been a lonely stretch of desert road, our careening into the next lane might’ve had permanent consequences.
“You’re going to get yourself killed,” was his chilling response. Then, still pinning me to my chair with that single hand, he held my locket up.
I gasped. Something dark poked out of the small mirror, like a snake made of blackest smoke. It disappeared when Adrian smashed the mirror against the steering wheel, but an eerie wind whistled through the car, ruffling my hair and stinging my nostrils with its acrid scent.
Adrian muttered a word in that unknown language, and I didn’t need a translator to tell me it was a curse.
“What was that?” My voice was hoarse.
He threw me a pitying glance, which frightened me even more. If he wasn’t angry, we must really be screwed.
His next words proved that. “Brace yourself, Ivy. You’re about to meet a demon.”
Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.
For information on Jeaniene’s books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com