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 a good foray into Young Adult by one of my favourite authors! Using a different kind of paranormal, while developing both the characters and the story on the go, I was caught in the net Ms. Frost weaved for me.
My The Beautiful Ashes review:
The Beautiful Ashes is a fast-paced story, written in first person point of view, past tense, from Ivy’s perspective. She hasn’t had just a bad day, she’s had a bad month, and at the start of the story, it seems to just be getting worse! Ivy can see other dimensions superimposed on the dimension here on Earth, and her whole life she has thought she was hallucinating, and that what she was seeing couldn’t be real. After her sister disappeared and her parents were killed in an accident, she decided to try to find her sister herself, and went asking questions in all the wrong places.
The different paranormal creatures are many and varied, there are angels, demons, hell-hounds, dragons and others, and they all have their role to play in the upcoming battle between good and evil. Ivy seems to have a role to play, too, but she doesn’t know much about herself until she is practically kidnapped by Adrian – who is saving her from a cop who isn’t really a cop.
The Beautiful Ashes involves a complex world, and even at the end, I don’t think I had achieved a full grasp of that, or the mythology. I did learn enough, however to enjoy the story, the action, the plot and the amazing fights that happened. Entering a realm that that is very different from those I usually enter through books contributed to my enjoyment, as did the characters who were all willing to put their lives on the line for their cause.
The writing is good, I mean, it’s written by Jeaniene Frost, right? However, the story and the characters are very different from her adult series – and I enjoyed that as well. Seeing a favorite author branch out into a different genre, and going into places that are far beyond the usual was really pleasing to me, and I can’t wait to see what will happen in the next instalment in the Broken Destiny series.
Some of my favorite The Beautiful Ashes quotes:
The car’s interior light showed a hint of stubble trying to break though the smooth skin along his jaw, shadowing it in a was that was far too attractive. His exotic accent wasn’t helping either.
Was it me, or did something happen when we touched? Something more than lust, although I had that bad, too. Could this be the supernatural bond Demetrius had spoken of? If so, he was right. It was getting stronger.
What Adrian described couldn’t be true. Good couldn’t give a complicit shrug to evil, and the faith of billions of people from eery race, background and creed couldn’t be worthless to whoever the Archon’s “boss” was.