Tag: Jeaniene Frost

DNF Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

Posted January 20, 2020 by Holly in Reviews | 0 Comments

DNF Review: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene FrostReviewer: Holly
The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Series: Broken Destiny #1
Publisher: HQN
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible Escape
Point-of-View: First
Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »
Content Warning: View Spoiler »
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Length: 8 hours and 21 minutes
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Sometimes, falling in love really is the end of the world... don’t miss this fan-favorite tale from
New York Times
bestselling author Jeaniene Frost.
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...
Originally published in 2014

The Beautiful Ashes is the first book in the Broken Destiny series by Jeaniene Frost. I’ve heard wonderful things about Frost, but I’d never read her before. When I saw this book in the Audible Escape package, I figured I’d give it a try. Unfortunately it didn’t work for me at all and I ended up DNF’ing it around the halfway point.

Ivy is searching for her missing sister when she ends up on a small town and almost gets murdered by a vampire. She gets rescued by a guy, Adrian, who may or may not be good, and gets drawn into a deeper plot. Filled with angels, demons and all other kind of supernaturals, this book sounded like it was right up my alley.

Ivy was really young and made a lot of dumb decisions. Blindly following strangers, not asking questions or demanding answers when she did, etc. I was semi-interested in her search for her missing family, but her constant bumbling around and insta-lust with a creepy stranger was just too much for me. Not to mention the constant game playing and secret keeping from Adrian and everyone else. I wanted to like the story, but I just couldn’t continue on with it.

Rating: DNF

Broken Destiny

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Booksgiving with Book Binge: Day 10

Posted November 14, 2018 by Rowena in Giveaways | 25 Comments

November is a month of giving and a month of sharing so we had a thought. We’ve been at this book blogging thing for over eleven years now and to show our appreciation for all of you lovely readers taking this journey with us, we’ve got books to give away! We’re making this a month of Booksgiving and we hope you’ll join us.

Today’s giveaway includes the following:

What a Difference a Duke Makes by Lenora Bell
Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost
The Governess Game by Tessa Dare

To enter, please use the Gleam widget below. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, answering the question included in the widget and you are good to go.

Booksgiving with Book Binge, Day 10

What’s something you’re looking forward to in the future?

Good luck!


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Guest Review: One Grave At A Time by Jeaniene Frost

Posted January 18, 2012 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Publisher: Avon, Harper CollinsGenres: Paranormal Romance

Tracy’s review of One Grave at a Time (Night Huntress #6) by Jeaniene Frost

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving–leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit.

Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive. This year, however, a determined Cat and Bones must risk all to send him back to the other side of eternity–forever. But how do you kill a killer who’s already long dead?

Cat is approached by her ghost friend, Fabian, and his friend Elizabeth. Many years ago Elizabeth had been falsely accused of being a witch and was burned at the stake by a man name Heinrich Kramer. But he just didn’t incarcerate and then incinerate. No, he tortured and raped the women as well. After Elizabeth caused Kramer’s death he didn’t slip into the great beyond, no the evil bastard became a very strong ghost and one night a year, Halloween, he become corporeal and does to 3 women the same as he did to Elizabeth.

Elizabeth requests help from Cat and Bones to find Kramer and to somehow make him stop. To Cat and Bones this means trapping him in some way. Incensed by Kramer’s past Cat is more than anxious to take care of Kramer for good. Along the way to that end the couple and their friends are thwarted by Kramer himself as well as the new director of the Homeland security division that Cat used to work for, and her uncle used to be the head of. They use every trick at their disposal but Kramer is smarter and stronger than they ever expect.

Let me start by saying that Frost’s stories never cease to amaze me. This author’s brain works in such mysterious ways and I’m always fascinated in the premises that she comes up with time and again. That being said while many of the aspects of this book worked for me there were some that didn’t.

I love that Cat and Bones are stronger than ever. Their relationship has gone through a blender over the years and the fact that they are still so in love and stronger than a rock just makes me incredibly happy. Sure they have their moments of disagreement and frankly those are some of my favorites because A) It’s damn funny when they argue and B) It just shows how much they trust each other because they can get into each others faces and have it out and still not doubt their love for each other.

The fight scenes in this books were many and honestly, I loved them! They just worked for me on so many levels. It showed us the strength of the ghost that they were working against and it reemphasized Cat’s determination in fighting the bad guy. It did that by knocking her down but letting her get back up again and fight even harder.

The one major sex scene in the book was done while flying. Air sex. Who knew it could be so hot? Not me.

What didn’t work for me was one of the secondary characters, Tyler. Tyler was a huge help and funny at times but really, I found him more annoying than anything else. His presence after his initial introduction just didn’t work for me.

The other aspect of the book which was completely frustrating was the storyline with Cat’s dead uncle Don and the jerk head who took over his position in the security compound, James Madigan. Don knows this Madigan guy but never tells Cat and Bones how or even why he doesn’t trust the guy. Madigan has his own agenda – which is alluded to but it never goes farther than that. The main focus of the book was on the capture of Kramer the ghost which was fine but I hated being left in the dark when it came to Madigan because he is one bad egg.

Overall it was an entertaining read. I’ll more than likely continue with the series as I’ve liked what I’ve read so far.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

You can read more from Tracy at Tracy’s Place

This book is available from Avon. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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What I Read Last Week

Posted January 9, 2012 by Tracy in Features | 11 Comments

Greetings!
Well it was almost back to a full work week last week. I did have Monday off but then we had crazy things happening at work so it was really busy and really stressful. I was happy for the weekend where my youngest and I went to see Holly at her home. That was a ton of fun just talking books and stuff. We were there for 7 or 8 hours and it just didn’t seem like enough time! lol I have to say I was a giant tired lump yesterday doing…nothing but hanging with the fam, reading and watching movies. Nothing got done but hey – it’s not going anywhere right? All the stuff that needs to be done will still be there today when I get home today so I’ll work on it then. 🙂
On to what I read last week:
First up was Whispers in the Dark by Maya Banks. This is book 4 in the KGI series and it was about Nathan who has been captured in Afghanistan and is being tortured for information. He thinks he’s going crazy when he hears a female voice in his head and even starts talking to her. He’s not crazy. The woman is actually Shea Peterson and is a psychic who has been feeling Nathan’s pain. The story is about Shea helping Nathan and then Nathan helping Shea and their love story. It was a good story that I liked. I read this one for The Book Binge – here’s the link to the review. 4 out of 5
Next up was Caged by Tam Ames. This is a free story that Tam wrote because Wave said that hamster shifters couldn’t be done. Tam proved her wrong in a hilarious story about a hamster shifter and his owner. Very funny and well done. 4 out of 5
After that it was One Grave at a Time by Jeaniene Frost. Book 6 in the Night Huntress series has Cat and Bones working to capture a ghost who is extremely violent and can become corporeal on Halloween night. They’re also dealing with an asshole who has decided to take over her uncle’s position at the security compound who thinks he knows everything but doesn’t – and we never really learn what’s up with him as that storyline wasn’t completed. I really liked Cat and Bones and the strength of their relationship in this book. That’s something we don’t often see in UF books but this one is as strong as ever. The story was good and the fight scenes as well, but there was just something missing in this one for me that made it a good story but not fantastic. I read this for the Book Binge so I’ll let you know when my review posts. 3.5 out of 5
My next read was Amazon Heat by Melinda Leigh and Rayna Vause. This was a novella about Elizabeth who is doing research in Brazil and is saved from certain death by a group of women who turn out to be the mythical Amazons. Two years later her love, Logan, is looking for her in the same area when he is hurt and taken to the Amazon’s as well. Elizabeth must save his life and then they must try to escape as the Amazon’s aren’t ready to keep a man around for any period of time – especially after he’s worn out his usefulness. It was an interesting story but frankly I thought it was just too short. We didn’t get enough of Elizabeth and Logan or their background so the romance was just ok for me. On top of that it’s a story about the Amazon’s and we get little to know info on them or their life – how they’ve survived all these years, what their life is like, etc. Now there was a portion that looked like it was set up for a second book so maybe we’ll get more then? IDK. 3 out of 5
Next was Oracle’s Moon by Thea Harrison. I was lucky enough to get this one for review from The Book Binge and frankly I just couldn’t wait to crack that puppy open. It was the story of Kahlil who is a Djinn that we met in the previous books and Grace who is the Oracle. The story was not like anything that I expected but it was wonderful. Really romance and relationship focused and I LOVED Kahlil so very much. If you’ve been reading the Elder Races books don’t miss this one! 4.5 out of 5
Abercrombie Zombie by KZ Snow was next and it was a good one. This story followed psychic mediums Quinn and Hunter who are business partners as they deal with a man who claims to be a zombie. On top of that Quinn, who is in love with straight (well, maybe straight) Hunter, is trying to work through his feelings. The story is great and done very well and Quinn and Hunter were fabulous together. I just love KZ’s stories and this one was no different. 4 out of 5
My Tracy’s TBR Challenge read for the week was Forbidden which is boo 1 in the Playing With Fire series by Karen Erickson. The story was about roommates Michaela and Austin. They have the hots for each other but Michaela believes that Austin is gay since he’s not dated any women since they’ve known each other. Turns out he’s bi and he wants Michaela and all of her fantasies. Michaela has been held back by her conservative lovers and goes a bit wild with Austin as she trusts him. They act out fantasies together both at home and at a sex club. The story was extremely hot in the sex department but I thought that the relationship suffered more than a bit for the sake of the sexual aspect. While I really liked Austin I didn’t particularly care for Michaela all that much because of her indecision and sometimes overpowering shame and that diminished my enjoyment of the entire book. 3.25 out of 5
My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Happy Reading!


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Bones and Cat Fans, Check This Out!

Posted August 2, 2011 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments


One Grave at a Time is coming out at the end of August and I know there are a lot of fans out there that are itching to get their hands on it so our good friends over Avon thought it would be cool to share this book trailer with everyone, to whet their appetites for more Bones and Cat goodness.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget this book comes out on August 30, 2011 which is literally right around the corner so mark your calendars!

This book is available from Avon. You can pre-order it here or here in e-format.


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