The Beautiful Ashes, Jeaniene Frost
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
So, being a long time fan of Jeaniene’s works I was so happy to see a new series beginning. The Night Huntress main series has recently finished, and though there’s still one in a spin off to come ( the fabulous Night Prince novels..) I was hoping she’d have something new coming out. So – wow – was I pleased to get this!
Anyway, as with Night Huntress, its straight in with the action and the story unfolds via text and dialogue. It’s not vampires this time, but Demons and Archons – a kind of angel- and the last descendents of biblical characters. As with many fantasy series the fate of humanity hinges on the outcome and success of the characters. We meet Ivy, who’s long learned to cover up her visions and pretend all is normal, now her sister is missing and her parents killed in an accident. Investigating her sisters disappearnace brings her into danger from the demons who want to kill her . Luckily there’s help, an Archon who speaks in non helpful ways, and won’t do anything to help except what his orders specify, and Adrian. He’s seriously hot, but was raised by Demons. He knows more than he’s willing to share though, and all he really says is very basic info and strong warnings that Ivy Must Not Trust him. He says its his fate to betray her…but as they get more and more into danger they get closer and closer…
It’s a very exciting read as always, with well plotted and executed actions. No quick new powers for Jeaniene, her characters are always solid and face danger with what we know they’ve got. The world setting is good, I like the idea of parallel worlds,and the way to get into the Demon Realm was solid. Adrian, well, I’m always smitten by the hunks in fantasy… and like Ivy I’m not fixed on fate controlling everything either. She believes he’s really a good guy, and most of his actions confirm that – but then is his appearing good all part of some master plan? She’s kind of in a rock and hard place situation, and thinking of what was happening to her, and what could/would be done, kept me working mentally through lots of scenarios – I like to be kept guessing, to not have everything playing out predictably. The attraction between her and Adrian is palpable, searingly sensual, but unlike other books she’s written Jeaniene keeps them more or less still on the edge of atttraction, still dancing back and forth by the end of this book. Given all the “don’t trust me” vibes from Adrian, and the “should I/shouldn’t I” ones from Ivy that fits well. I hope they get closer in future novels though – I think they’ll make a great pair, and Jeaniene is good as adding sex to stories without it dominating the plots.
The book doesn’t end on a cliffhanger, but is complete as far as this part of the search goes. It does leave the way clear for the next book in the series. All I can say now is I hope its not too long before book two 🙂
Stars: well after all that how could I give less than five, clearly a series to join my keepers files…
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers.
Long, Hot Texas Summer, Carolyn Brown
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I’d really looked forward to this, it sounded fun and I enjoy western romances…but I need an edge to my reading, some drama and emotion, and this just felt too light and fluffy. Middle of the road, inoffensive,neutral, no depth to it… It didn’t help that Him Indoors is a film addict, John Wayne being a special favourtie so I’ve seen McLintock more times than I want, even though I don’t watch but am reading, the story slowly bleeds into my brain and I felt reading this book that it was so, so simliar that it just wasn’t working for me…maybe to do with the fact that I’m not keen on that ( or many) films too…..
So, after getting to around 40% I skim read to the end as I was bored…and didn’t find anything suprising, no drama, nothing really deep emotionally, and so its one of those novels where for me it was a bad choice. It’s well written and I’m sure for those who want an easy to read novel it will be just what they want. We all want different things after all thankfully, that’s what gives us such a wide range of novels.
Stars: two 😦 sorry Carolyn, just not a story that worked for me though I’m sure it will for many others.
ARC supplied via Netgalley.