Title: The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1)
Author: Jeaniene Frost
Publication Date: 26 August 2014
Format: E-Book - PDF
Genre: Fantasy/New Adult
Source: ARC via NetGalley
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… (Goodreads Synopsis)
In general, I found The Beautiful Ashes a pleasant read. The storyline was interesting and offered an idea that I haven't seen presented in this way before. So, although the plot followed the predictable path for this type of story, it still had a freshness.
The characters are well drawn and reasonably realistic. There were only a few moments I doubted their actions. One time a character put on lipstick. It felt silly given the circumstances she was in and it pulled me out of the story. Later it was clear it was so the author could put in some humour, but as a plot device it felt so wrong for the moment that it became contrived.
I did find my attention wandered a little in the middle of the book as I wished things would hurry up and reach a head. When they finally did, I thought the ending was nicely paced and left a pleasing segue ready for the start of the next book.