Title: The Beautiful Ashes
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publisher/Publication Date: Harlequin, August 26, 2014
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format/Source: Paperback, Publisher
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 Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost has a dark tone. The story consisted of the common theme of a heroine—in this case Ivy—who was an integral part of the conflict and initially she didn't know why. So the journey is not only a search for her sister and the relic, it’s also a search for answers. It was difficult to understand Adrian. He was protective of Ivy, but he’s so overcome by darkness that he had difficulty imagining that he had power over his own life. I felt that the beginning was okay and would have rated it as average. But there were a couple of random scenes that seemed out of place and took away from my overall enjoyment of the story. So although I finished the book, I would not recommend it.
I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.