Series: Broken Destiny, #1
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: August 26, 2014
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Word Rating: Disappointing
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When I picked up and ARC of The Beautiful Ashes at BEA this year, I was really excited to read it. Visions of strange realms? Parallel realms? A war that could doom the world?! I'm in! Unfortunately, it wasn't as promising as I had hoped.
This might sound odd, but despite the fact that I was really excited about The Beautiful Ashes, I kind of went into it blind. I read the description before BEA, but between then and when I read it, I didn't read it again and I forgot what it was. This is what I do for a lot of what I read, but for The Beautiful Ashes, it made the beginning of the book a complete struggle to get into. I started reading the first two chapters and my brain was just like, "What is going on?? What????? THIS DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE." I was so confused that I had to flip over to the back of the book so I could have some semblance of an idea about what was happening. If I was a patient person I could have just read a few more short chapters to understand what was happening, but I just couldn't handle how cryptic it was and I needed to know what was going on.
Despite my initially reaction when reading The Beautiful Ashes, it definitely got better and I enjoyed reading it. The concept is really cool, being a twist on angels and demons and other things. I've never read a book that had a mythology like this and I thought Jeaniene Frost did a good job developing the idea.
The place where The Beautiful Ashes really fell through for me was the characters. The characters just didn't leap out of the page at me - the main character, Ivy, definitely had thoughts and emotions but the writing didn't make me feel those emotions with her. As for our other main character, Adrian, I just didn't think he was the most compelling love interest. Sure, I shipped it, but I wasn't as invested in the outcome as I've been in other books.
Overall, I liked The Beautiful Ashes but not as much as I had hoped. I've never read any of Jeaniene Frost's other books and I don't think this is a reflection of her best work. While the characters weren't the best, the concept was really cool and I enjoyed learning more about the world. I'm looking forward to seeing what else Jeaniene Frost has in store for the second book in the Broken Destiny series!
Have you read any angel and demon mythologies recently?
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