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The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  6,441 Ratings  ·  1,068 Reviews
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 at
ebook, 384 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Harlequin
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Emily May
Jan 18, 2013 Emily May rated it did not like it
“If I was ever kidnapped again, it had better be by an old, ugly guy. That would be less confusing to my emotions.”

Three words: HOT. GUY. SYNDROME.

If you've read a few books from the paranormal romance genre over the last few years - try Twilight, Hush Hush, Obsidian, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, for example - then I'm sure you recognise the symptoms of this disease. Instaobsession. Reckless stupidity. Douchebaggery excused by smoldering eyes and sexy smile. Nauseatingly endless descriptions
Jennifer Armentrout
May 20, 2014 Jennifer Armentrout rated it it was amazing
I just finished The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost and Oh my God, guys. Between the romance (ADRIAN!!!), the banter, and the freaking world building I want to marry this book. It comes out August 26th. This is totally pre-order worthy.
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost is book one in the Broken Destiny series. This is my first book by Ms. Frost and I am yelling at myself wondering why that is so. This book was fantastic. There was non-stop suspense filled action right from the start. And the build up of a love story that has the makings of a sigh worthy devotion, if they can live through everything they are dealt!

Ivy hasn’t had the easiest of childhoods. She grew up believing she was crazy. She had visions of parallel rea
So. I didn't love it.
Basically, you have the Angel/Demon thing going on. And, unfortunately, those stories aren't my favorite. I'm not saying I never like them, but I sort of groan inwardly when I realize that's what the story is about.

I'm not telling anyone not to read it, but it just wasn't for me.
There was never actually a point in this book where I was really interested in what was happening, or what would happen.
I've been a Frost fan for years, and she one of the few writers that dips
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
This was a book that had so much potential and then died. Too bad. I think Frost didn't know what she wanted to write, a YA novel, a "New Adult" book or an adult novel. Thus, she satisfied no one. It's just Blah Barbie gone badass with a side of information overload and a hunk of man/boy beef on the side.
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The Beautiful Ashes opens right in the thick of things. Ivy is traveling to find her sister, who has been missing for a couple of weeks. She's determined to find her, and being all alone in the world the cost doesn't matter. To be honest, I found Ivy a little contradictory - and I think I mean that in a good way. She would feel like this eminently strong character one moment, and then like she was going
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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This was kind of meh for me. I didn't hate it or anything but I didn't love it either. This story honestly just didn't do a whole lot for me which makes me a little sad. I feel like this book should have been incredibly exciting based on the blurb....ancient legacies, visions of strange realms, powerful can that be anything but exciting? I was never pulled into the story and could always easily set it aside but I did think it had
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 action packed stars!

“You’re the light I can never have...and I’m the darkness you’ll never succumb to.”

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It's no secret that I absolutely adore Jeaniene Frost, and with the conclusion of the Night Huntress series, I was pretty darn excited to see her publishing a new series.

Bring in The Beautiful Ashes , wildly different from her other books, it's the story of Ivy, a young college girl searching for her sister. After being attacked at the hotel where her sister went missing, a hunky and
Aug 03, 2014 Didi marked it as dnf
Shelves: pnr-uf

As I write this review, I hang my head in pitiful SHAME.

JF is one of my favorite authors, she's written incredible stuff, like The Night Huntress and The Night Prince series. Loved those, but oh, God...not this! I don't know who I'm more angry at: myself, for failing to give this book time to sit and see what others said about it, or at the author, for writing a plot I dislike tremendously.

I'm angry at myself.

I hate, cannot stand angels vs. demons story lines(
Nov 22, 2013 Taschima rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bea-2014
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List of things that I absolutely need in order to stay alive:

1. Oxygen
2. H2O
3. This book.
4. Chocolate


*Singing* This book is going to be awesome, this book is going to be awesome, this book is going to be aweeesome... *singing trails off*


Jan 21, 2014 Jenn marked it as to-read


A new series by one of my FAVORITE Authors!? I-I...WAT?!

Wait... What the HELL am I going t do till SEPTEMBER?

Nov 29, 2013 Jonetta rated it really liked it
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Quick summary
Ivy begins the story in Bennington, Vermont, the last location of her sister, Jasmine, before she went missing. As she checks out one of the town's Bed & Breakfast inns, what she thought was a hallucination turns out to be real. See, Ivy's had these visions all of her life and was told they were due to a brain disorder. Now she knows they are real after meeting a hunk named Adrian who seems to know a lot more about her than Ivy knows about her
Jul 05, 2014 ♥Rachel♥ rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio-book, dnf
DNF at 58%

I just can't read this anymore. I have no patience for the doomed, forbidden romance that I've had zero feelings for. Instant attraction can work for me, but it just doesn't here.

This feels like more of a YA read than an adult. Ivy comes off more like a fifteen-year-old than the twenty years she's supposed to be. To be fair, my impression may have been tainted by starting with the audio version which I had to stop listening to. The narrator made Ivy sound shrilly which is hardly an app
Jun 12, 2013 Patrycja rated it it was ok
2 stars

*Shakes head in shame*

I cannot handle the thought of not loving it with all my heart. I just can't :( Yghhh. Review to follow, when I will make peace with myself.

3.5 Stars! An innovative world, snarky fun characters, and Jeaniene Frost’s distinctive storytelling makes The Beautiful Ashes an entertaining start to the Broken Destiny series!

I was hot to get my hands on The Beautiful Ashes and was hoping to get that all consuming feeling I got when I first read Halfway to the Grave, my favorite read by this author. While while I enjoyed The Beautiful Ashes, the angelic and demonic entities, the fight to save humanity story line, it didn’t quite grab me to t
Ash Wednesday

Something about the world building made this story feel like a reworked, re-mastered, less charming Fever series to me. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing, but I was mostly lukewarm to Darkfever, thus tipping the scales towards the bad for me.

Review, hopefully in less time than it took me to finish this.
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
Jan 06, 2013 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it really liked it
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads.

Reading this book was a foregone conclusion for me because, well, it’s Jeaniene Frost, and that pretty much says it all in my opinion. I even skimmed the blurb which I NEVER do because New Adult isn’t really my genre, and I wanted to make sure that I knew what I was getting in to. Unfortunately the synopsis is rather vague, and I didn’t realize that this story was actually about Heaven & Hell until I had reached the point of no return. Angels are by far my least favo
Ashley Williams
Jun 12, 2014 Ashley Williams rated it liked it
What can I say about this book? It was okay, but I wanted and expected so much more. I wanted a romance like Bones and Cat and an adventure/mystery that I have grown accustomed to when reading a JF book. There was a journey involved, but it was littered with a lot of backstory, secrets, and tension. I found nothing really that was redeeming about Adrian's character after the fourth chapter on. Ivy's character is okay, but I would have liked her to be a bit stronger or sterner in certain situatio ...more
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Mar 17, 2014 Jo ★The Book Sloth★ marked it as i-want-it-yesterday
A new Urban-Fantasy series by Jeaniene Frost??

Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Quick review:

Cover: No likey
Rating: PG-13
Thumbs Up: 2
Overall: Really Bad
Characters: Not Good
Plot: Girl’s life is in danger.
Page Turner: Kind of
Series Cont.? Maybe
Recommend: No
Book Boyfriend: Adrian

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
Sad, but this book is a ugly mess. I can’t believe this book has been traditionally published. The editor should be fired. The plot is all over the place. The wantabe romance comes off insta lovie and psychotic. It’s a shame. I love this author.

For a full review and yu
I promised myself that I wouldn't compare Jeaniene Frost's new Broken Destiny series to her existing Night Huntress series, but just the fact that I am writing this statement indicates I obviously couldn't help it. I mean, the Night Huntress series is THE series that made the urban fantasy genre my go-to for reading material. But alas, both series are written by the one and only Jeaniene Frost so just that fact is promising in itself!

The Beautiful Ashes is very different from what I've read fro
2.5 stars
This book, this book has me stumped, did I like it or not ? I read it and I'm still unsure what it was. I went from ohhhh, to huh? to WTH ? and oh just shut up, through most of the first 3/4. I picked it up based on the author. I did not know anything about it, I didn't even read the back cover blurb before diving in. I'm not sure if this is NA YA or what it read like a YNA. I'm not found of the NA gene so far.
The first 85 pages where a trip down a familiar path. They covered details,
Oct 12, 2014 JAIME marked it as dnf
DNF 54%

The characters suck, I don't even care what happens to them. That's all the explanation I'm giving.
The BookChick
Aug 26, 2014 The BookChick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jeaniene Frost and Urban Fantasy lovers
So...The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost. This story contained a different flavor. My advice is to check your preconceived notions at the door and read this book as if you are reading a book by a new-to-you author, and not one whose writing you know well. If you start reading The Beautiful Ashes with the thought that this will be like the Night Huntress series, you will be greatly disappointed. There is no Cat, Bones, or vampires to be found in this book. However, if you suspend preconceptions ...more
Buddy read with Ange

As a huge fan of Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series I have had The Beautiful Ashes on my wish list ever since I first found out she was writing a new adult urban fantasy series. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that this was probably one of my most anticipated reads of the year so I can't even tell you how excited I was to get my hands on a review copy! This is quite a departure from the Night Huntress books though and Jeaniene Frost has created a fascinating new world fu
Initial Thoughts: A strong start to a dark new series by Jeaniene Frost. The Beautiful Ashes doesn't exactly bring to mind the story of Ivy, a young woman who can sense hallowed places and hallowed artifacts. Then again, I wasn't expecting to meet the dark and foreboding character of Adrian either. This is an intriguing trip around the US to various demon portals and demon realms in search of Ivy's sister Jasmine and (can you believe it?) an artifact going back to Biblical times. This is a story ...more
Jul 20, 2014 Renee rated it it was ok
This book did not work for me at all. I've read her Night Huntress series,and liked them well enough. This book I gave up on before the halfway point and just skipped to the end. Everything was flat. The characters didn't behave in rational ways and were uninteresting. Her entire family is kidnapped and/or killed and there's very little personal reaction. Plus, the plot of every chapter felt the same. Go here, do this, this happens, this happens, X shows up, moving on. Next chapter: repeat. Next ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Kristen rated it it was ok
2/5 stars

This book can be summed up in one word: okay. Don't get me wrong, there were parts that were humorous, a few that had my heart racing, and one that was semi-romantical. But, ultimately, it was just okay. I felt that the characters and the plot were pretty cliche; there wasn't anything terribly new or exciting that took place. I have read two other books by this author (Halfway to the Grave and One Foot in the Grave), and felt that they were significantly more fun, original, sexy, etc. t
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!

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 s
Megan • Reading Books Like a Boss
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The Beautiful Ashes is the first book in Jeaniene Frost's newest series set in a world where angels and demons are in battle with each other. Ivy Jenkins has lost everything in a small amount of time: her adoptive parents were killed and her little sister has been kidnapped. But circumstances get worse when she finds out that those responsible are demons who want one thing—her. A mysterious man named Adrian comes to her rescue after a run in wit
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Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the 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 fr ...more
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