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.
Audible Audio, Unabridged, 8 hours, 21 minutes
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Published August 26th 2014 by Blackstone Audio
Very different from Frost's previous Night Huntress series, The Beautiful Ashes is no less a fantastic story. True to Frost's previous books, The Beautiful Ashes has all of the action, intrigue, and angsty romance of a good paranormal romance series. There is a lot of world building -a necessity in the first book of a series- with plenty of backstory to immerse readers in the world.
The Beautiful Ashes begins in the midst of action and continues on accordingly. Ivy abruptly encounters a new world that includes things she'd only previously wondered about. Out of her element, Ivy doesn't know how to deal with this new reality. Along comes Adrian. With more to their relationship slowly unveiled, their interactions are touch and go. Of course, there's romance but it isn't going to be easy.
The Beautiful Ashes held my attention from the very beginning. The story moved quickly despite the time spent on world building. The characters -primary and secondary- were engaging and held a depth to make them believable. As I listened to the audiobook, I felt as if I could see the story play out before my eyes.
Tavia Gilbert (the narrator) did a wonderful job with the voices as she brought Frost's first book in this new series to life. I'll be awaiting the next book to see just what fate awaits Ivy and Adrian.
4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries