Saturday, June 1, 2013

Brad About Books: Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

Read from February 20 to 21, 2013
(that's an awesome title, by the way)
Expected Publication Date: June 27, 2013
Publisher: Philomel (Penguin)
Format: ARC
Page Count: 387 pages
Source: Received for review in exchange for an honest review

Can the bonds of true love ever be severed? 

Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, "Annabel Lee," Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.

Ashes on the Waves is a powerful and chilling read that haunted me late into the night and had me on the edge of my seat. This is easily one of the best books I have ever read.

Talk about a creepy atmosphere. Right from page one, Ashes on the Waves delivers a strong and creepy atmosphere that consumes this world with darkness and curses. The town of Dochas was so original, luminous and a bit terrifying. I knew that something was up with this world - this novel blew me away. I can't even begin to express how much I love this book. It's unreal how fantastic and genius it is.

The character were the best part of the book for me. Liam and Anna together are brilliant - I can see them being the next big love couple. They're misfits living in a cruel and broken world, but when they find each other, everything changes. I loved Anna right from the moment she enters the novel. She's incredible! I felt so many emotions with her character, and Lindsey did a stunning job at building her character development up so well. I felt so bad for Liam! He's basically been named a monster by everyone; seeing him so alone and shattered really made me connect to his character. I was rooting for him the entire book!

And oh gosh, oh gosh, oh gosh, oh gosh, oh gosh, oh gosh that ending. If you've been reading my reviews for awhile now, you'll probably know that I am huge sucker for climatic and thrilling endings - and Ashes on the Waves packs in just that and more. I zipped through those final 50 pages; the book was too fast-paced and energetic to put down! And this is one of those books where I didn't even consider putting it down. I had to know what would happen! Needless to say, Ashes on the Waves is a phenomenal and riveting novel.

Overall, Ashes on the Waves is truly a masterpiece and a definite must-read. Riveting, haunting and fantastic in every way possible, Mary Lindsey's sophomore novel is a climatic and mind-bending novel. Absolutely wonderful.

M Y    R A T I N G


  1. I love books that can really creep me out. This one has been on my radar for quite sometime. Glad you enjoyed it, Brad. Thank you so much for the great review!

  2. Sounds like a thrilling ride putting this on my TBR list.

  3. Cursed world? Sounds epic. Great review!



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