A Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene Frost

A Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1) by Jeaniene FrostSeries: Broken Destiny #1
on 2014-08-26
Pages: 304
AmazonNarrator: Tavia Gilbert
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 first in a stunning new series, this is New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost at her dazzling, inventive best.
three-half-stars

It took me almost 2 weeks to finish this audiobook and I had to dump the audiobook and switch to ebook.
Tavia Gilbert works well as Vlad in the Night Prince series, but she didn’t work as a narrator in Night Huntress nor this series.

I don’t know what didn’t work for me, but I like that the author was going for a completely different feel. This book was a good versus evil theme with Angels battling Demons. The story begins with the heroine Ivy look for her baby sister Jasmine, who has been missing. She comes upon Adrian and Zach who begin revealing to her the supernatural forces at work in her life. Ivy learns she is in the middle of a war that she knew nothing about, and her sister Jasmine was a casualty of war. Adrian and Zach vow to assist her, but their reasons were slow to trickle out. Ivy spent most of the story trying to grapple with the knowledge that angels and demons and gargoyles really exist. It takes her a while to get a clue.

Both main characters were annoying. Ivy was just too naive and soft. While Adrian was first condescending and then withholding vital information for various reasons.  I know this was a book 1 of a new urban fantasty but he world building was spotty. The book dragged and I just didn’t get a good sense of where this story was trying to go. I didn’t engage with any of the characters and so it was hard to care about finding Jasmine.  Zach and his parceling of information got old really quickly.

I am unsure if I will continue with this series.

**Special Thank you to Blackstone Audio and Audiobook Jukebox for the audiobook.

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