Friday, February 15, 2019

Review: Broken Destiny series (Books #1-3)

Sometimes falling in love really is the end of the world ...

The Broken Destiny series was written by Jeaniene Frost. It consists of three books: The Beautiful Ashes, The Sweetest Burn, and The Brightest Embers.

The Beautiful Ashes, by Jeaniene Frost, is the first book in the Broken Destiny series. Ivy has always seen strange, otherworldly things that she cannot explain. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse--her hallucinations are real, and her sister is imprisoned in a supernatural realm beyond Ivy's reach. Meanwhile, 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.

The Sweetest Burn, by Jeaniene Frost, is the second book in the Broken Destiny series. Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerously handsome Adrian. Ivy isn't sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian. At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he's vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins.

The Brightest Embers, by Jeaniene Frost, is the third book in the Broken Destiny series. Ivy thought she and Adrian they had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she’s determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave--there’s probably no coming back from this one. Adrian’s dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy.

My goodness, this novel series was breathtakingly action-packed and sexy! I enjoyed the first two books, which focused on the lead characters' backstory and dangerous quest to find the relics to seal the demon realm. Despite the fast-paced nature of the plot, the conclusion in the third book left much to be desired. It started out with a lot of promise in the first two novels -- good chemistry between the lead characters, inventive plot with high stakes on the line, and a humor element that is familiar in Frost's writing. If the trilogy contract left Frost little room for imagination, it was quite telling in the final book, The Brightest Embers. The first third of the book seemed like another author wrote it. The second half dragged with Ivy self-reflecting on her life -- something that should have been addressed in the second book, The Sweetest Burn. The ending also seemed very rushed and abrupt with no epilogue to tie up loose ends on what happened to Ivy and Adrian. I still recommend this book for the action and mystery that made the adventure worth reading. But I believed that Ivy and Adrian deserved a better ending. Frost's other novels in the Night Huntress Universe are of much higher quality -- and spread out for building up character development. 

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