Release Week Review | The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! 
This review was supposed to go up as an "Early Review" on Monday but #VacationProbz

I'm back to review a book from vacation and in all honesty, I would only do this for a Jeaniene Frost novel. 

Here is the blurb you can find on  the back cover of the novel:

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…

Jumping right into the story, we meet Ivy who is busy looking for her sister, Jasmine, after her disappearance and the death of both her parents. 
 Ivy has felt as if she was a hair short of clinically insane her whole life as she has believed that she is seeing things - creatures not short of being called monsters and rooms that mirror those she is currently in but slightly altered (to name a few)- but after finding a mysteriously sexy man named Adrian waiting for her inside her hotel room, she discovers that those monsters she has been seeing are in fact, real and a part of a fate she is slowly realizing she will not be able to fight. 
What we have here is a war between Archons (think heavenly angels) and demons. The difference Frost has brought to this age old tale of Angels vs. Demons is the involvement of descendants of 2 of the most famous family tree lines in the history of the world.
I don't want to say much. Honestly, it's not so much because of spoilers as it is because discovering these twists and turns is a part of what made The Beautiful Ashes such a great read for me. Learning Ivy's descendance and what her exact role will be in this war is a story line that developed well throughout the novel and helped create a steady and somewhat fast-paced plot. 
Although The Beautiful Ashes was one of my most anticipated books to read this summer because I truly adore Frost's Night Huntress Series, I was worried about entering this new world. I think the problem for me and other readers as well is that when you fall into a series/world that a particular author has created - and it was nothing short of a-freaking-mazing - you either a) worry that this new one will not come close to the awesomeness of the prior or b)expect this world to be similar by having like characteristics in any form. Thankfully, I did neither and completely ignored that this was a Jeaniene Frost novel. Honestly? I think you should do the same. Not only is this book in a different genre and kind of aimed for a different age-range, but the world is a completely different one.
End result? One of my top 3 reads of the summer. 
I thoroughly enjoyed Ivy's analytical viewpoint - she sees the problem and considers all angles before jumping in. She knows she could be right or end up looking like an asshole but she does it, anyway. 
Ivy's relationship with Adrian also reminded of one of the many reasons why I fell in love with Frost's Night Huntress novels (hey, I'm allowed one positive comparison, okay?); she creates the kind of love/ romantic relationship that is both unique and imperfect in a fantastical world. It's also not the main focus of the novel but an interesting and increasingly developing plot point. 
Overall, 4 stars to The Beautiful Ashes. Cannot wait to pick up the next novel in The Broken Destiny Series. 

Basic info. about this book:

Name: The Beautiful Ashes
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Review Source: Provided by Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Publishing Company: Harlequin
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Rating (out of 5): 4.0

Recommend? Yes!

Where it can be purchased: The Book Depository 
*because I'm out of the country & uploading via iPad, it is insanely difficult to add buy links. 
You can, however, purchase The Beautiful Ashes via Barnes & Noble and Amazon as well!

Author online: goodreads | website | Twitter

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