Series: Broken Destiny #1
Publisher: Harlequin HQN on August 26, 2014
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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…
I actually picked this book up at BEA. It seemed interesting so I was willing to give it a try.
I liked the premise of this novel, what with having two people being the last descendants of ancient biblical bloodlines working together to destroy demons. Then there was the added twist that the main male, a descendant from the line of Judas, was fated to betray the last descendant of the line of David. And of course, feelings start to build between the two of them.
Plot-wise, the novel was decently engaging. There was a pacing problem, about 20% in which made it practically impossible to read the book for long periods of time. At moments, I debated DNFing, but I really liked the basis of the novel and wanted to see it through. I’m glad that I did. The pacing eventually picked up and it was smooth sailing from then on.
Ivy was the last descendant of the Davidian line. She was a really brave and selfless character. She got dumped into the middle of all of this while looking for her sister who was kidnapped and then was almost kidnapped by a demon herself. Ivy was very trusting but not too much to the point of stupidity. She made some mistakes in the novel and made some decisions that I didn’t agree with, but that just made her seem more human. She was funny and a great character to read.
Adrian was one of those brooding male characters who believed that they were all bad. I can agree that Adrian did not make the best decisions in his past but he was trying to atone for them and that made me like his character. He was a bit too secretive for my tastes but that was something that I was able to get use to. He was a good guy who was trying to do the right thing and that was definitely apparent in his actions, even when he was acting like a jerk. Which was often.
The attraction between Adrian and Ivy was obvious from the beginning, in part from the attraction between members of the two lines. They, however, did manage to form a more emotional bond as the novel went on, although it wasn’t as deep as I was hoping for. Adrian tried all that he could to stay away, under the premise that he was destined to betray her and that he didn’t want to hurt her, but that all seemingly went down the drain too easily for my sake. From then on it was hard for me to get into the romance because it didn’t seem quite as real.
The Beautiful Ashes was an okay novel. It had some pacing problems and I couldn’t quite get into the romance, but the interesting premise makes up for it.