Review: The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost (DNF)

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The Beautiful Ashes Book Cover The Beautiful Ashes
Broken Destiny #1
Jeaniene Frost
Urban Fantasy - Paranormal - New Adult
HQN Books
September 29th 2015


Sometimes, falling in love really is the end of the world…

Ivy has always seen things that she cannot explain. Strange things. Otherworldly things. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is imprisoned in a realm beyond Ivy’s reach. The one person who can help her is the dangerously attractive rebel who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

The fate Adrian has fought to escape is here – but he never expected the burning need he feels for Ivy. With destiny on one side and desire on the other, Adrian must help Ivy search for the powerful relic that can save her sister. Yet he knows what Ivy doesn’t: the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could destroy the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other, and nothing but ashes in between… (



DNF The Beautiful Ashes at 57%.

The Beautiful Ashes is book one in the Broken Destiny series by Jeaniene Frost. It’s a Paranormal New Adult book. I’m a fan of (The Night Huntress Series and World). Those characters are funny, engaging, and memorable. Even if you hate them, you still love to hate them, and they also come alive in the writing. That being said this is not like that series.

Ivy and Adrain are not memorable, really non of the characters are in this book. They don’t come alive and they aren’t even all that likable. I couldn’t stand the back and forth, back and forth, blah blah that Ivy and Adrain did. I was over it the first time it began. I couldn’t decide if they where teenagers or young adults in their 20’s. I also couldn’t stand all the time Ivy spends on thinking how attractive Adrain is. It got annoying. The would and plot where semi-interesting, but the characters got in the way. As for the cover, it shows a couple on the front that are much older then the two leads in this book. It’s kinda deceiving.

I just couldn’t finish The Beautiful Ashes. I kept putting this book down and picking something else up to read, then coming back, and then repeating putting it down, coming back. I finally said that’s it.

The Beautiful Ashes was not the book for me. If the blurb intrigues you, I urge you to give it a shot. Just because it did not work for me does not mean it won’t for you.

*Disclaimer: I won a copy through goodreads with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.

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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

8 comments on “Review: The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost (DNF)

  1. I was very hesitant when I saw she was going to try New Adult. Just…eh. I’ve heard such mixed things I decided to skip em. Bummer they weren’t for ya 🙁
    anna@herding cats & burning soup recently posted…Audio Files– {Night Broken by Patricia Briggs} & {Unexpected Gifts by Elena Aitken}My Profile

    • I was the same on the reviews. They have been very mixed for this book. I wasn’t going to pursue this new series, but when I won a copy I thought well why not give it a try. Sadly it just didn’t work.

  2. I listened to this book. I remember thinking it was okay, but thinking it was no where near as good as the Night Huntress books. I do completely agree with you that the characters are completely forgettable. I don’t remember anything about that book.
    Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons recently posted…What is Whispersync? #JIAM2016My Profile

    • To be honest without looking at my review I don’t remember anything about this book. It just didn’t work for me. I agree it’s not as good as the Night Huntress/World books.

  3. I totally agree with you on the cover, I absolutely hate it! The first cover was way better in all aspects.
    Kim Bishop recently posted…Dreams, Fiction, and MeMy Profile

    • I didn’t love the first cover, but I think it fit the book better. This one is a very nice cover, but I feel it miss leads and doesn’t represent the book well. Thank’s for stoping by Kim.

  4. I remember liking this. It’s the myth that drew me in, the biblical artifacts, that I found unique. I guess you’re right about the characters because I hardly remember the details.
    Braine recently posted…Loved It: Love Is Red by Sophie JaffMy Profile

    • I did like the myth and biblical artifacts, but it just wasn’t enough to keep me interesting and reading. You and Rabid Reads where two bloggers I follow that liked it and I read those reviews that was back when it fist came out, but I really was struggling to read it.