Sometimes, falling in love really is the end of the world…
Ivy has always seen things that she cannot explain. Strange things. Otherworldly things. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is imprisoned in a realm beyond Ivy’s reach. The one person who can help her is the dangerously attractive rebel who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.
The fate Adrian has fought to escape is here – but he never expected the burning need he feels for Ivy. With destiny on one side and desire on the other, Adrian must help Ivy search for the powerful relic that can save her sister. Yet he knows what Ivy doesn’t: the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could destroy the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side, Adrian on the other, and nothing but ashes in between…
A while back I decided to make a real concentrated effort to pick up books from my physical book shelf on a regular basis. It’s taken a while, but I’ve gotten back into the “habit” of switching between my ebooks and my physical books. I had no idea how many of my physical books I had neglected over the years. Which brings us to The Beautiful Ashes. Not only has it taken me a while to pick this one up, I’ve pretty much had it in my possession since its 2014-15 release. *sigh* ( FYI- If you look at my Goodreads account, please ignore the length of time it took me to read The Beautiful Ashes. It doesn’t reflect how much I enjoyed this book at all. I tend to read mostly at night with my Kindle and don’t always find time to snuggle into a cozy corner with a “real” book. I’m working on it though, so no judging. 😉 )
The Beautiful Ashes begins with Ivy knowing nothing about where she came from, other than she was adopted. She spent most of her life thinking she was crazy, turns out that all the strange things that she saw were wrapped up in her destiny. Learning about who she was didn’t make anything any easier. All she wanted to use her new found powers for were to rescue her sister and then go back to her normal life. “Destiny” had other plans for her though and they were all wrapped up with someone she found hard to resist, even though he wanted to have nothing to do with her. Trust was also an issue that neither her or Adrian gave easily.
There was a lot to love about The Beautiful Ashes. Witty characters, a forbidden romance, mystery and danger around pretty much every corner… and dimension. Even though it took me a while to read, before I knew it, their story was over – for now. The Sweetest Burn is next and given the fact that Adrian and Ivy left readers in a fairly tense cliff hanger, I can’t wait to continue the Broken Destiny series.
On another note – I love it when authors leave readers “Easter Eggs” from other books/series in their current books. There was a rather comical nod to The Night Huntress Universe that made me giggle…
“You want to save your sister?” he asked evenly. “You’ll need something strong enough to kill demons.”
This was too much too fast. “Like holy water? Or crosses?” I asked numbly.
His look became pointed. “Those are for vampires, and they don’t exist…””
Cat, Bones and company may have a few things to say about that… 😉