Title: Ashes on the Waves
Author: Mary Lindsey
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: June 27, 2013
Format: Hardcover, 373 Pages
ISBN-10: 0399159398 (Philomel/Penguin)
ISBN-13: 978-0399159398 (Philomel/Penguin)
Reviewed by: Bridget
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 a wager 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.
Quick & Dirty: Beautiful gothic novel full of heartache, love, and destiny.
Opening Sentence: She looked like something out of a dream…or a nightmare.
Liam MacGregor has been called a demon his whole life. The small island of Dòchas is very remote and way behind on modern day technology. The people there are superstitious and there are many legends about otherworld creatures drawing helpless humans to their deaths. Liam was not born under normal circumstances and he has been ostracized because of it. Liam has been shown very few acts of kindness in his life and he had accepted that he would never find happiness. But all that changes when the beautiful Annabel Leighton is exiled to the island by her very wealthy parents.
Anna’s parents own a mansion on the island and one summer when she was a child she played with Liam. She hasn’t been back until now, but Liam never forgot her. She is so full of life and she looks at Liam different than everyone else. It is easy for him to fall for Anna and their love seems like the forever kind. But the otherworld creatures on the island decide to play a cruel game with the sweet young couple, and as things escalate their love isn’t the only thing in danger of being destroyed.
Majority of the story is told from Liam’s POV, which I absolutely loved. Liam is a genuinely good person that has been treated awful his whole life. Instead of letting that get him down and becoming the demon everyone fears, he has turned into an amazing person with a very sweet demeanor. Loving Anna brings down some of the walls he has built around himself and he is finally able to open himself up to someone. He goes from being a shy guarded boy to a confident strong man. It was easy to feel sympathy for him and his situation, but I also respected and admired how he dealt with it.
Anna is your typical rich party girl. She grew up in New York among the high society and lives to rebel against her parents in any way possible. She went a little overboard recently and was sent to live on the island to prevent anymore scandals from surfacing until her brother gets married. She expected to despise the island but then she meets Liam. For the first time in her life she feels like she can be herself and there are no expectations of her. Anna is a beautiful girl that has been lost for a long time and it was heartwarming to watch her find herself in Liam. She is spontaneous and a little on the wild side, but she also had a heart full of gold. She was a wonderful heroine and easy to love.
Ashes on the Waves was a beautiful heartwarming story of true love and all the trials that come with it. The romance developed very quickly and normally I’m not a fan of that, but Lindsey did a wonderful job of making Anna and Liam’s relationship feel realistic. With a hauntingly gorgeous setting and a suspenseful mystery, this was an intense read that was hard to put down. I did feel that the ending was a little rushed and the plot was slightly predictable. But overall, this was a very enjoyable read and I would highly recommend it to YA paranormal fans.
“Why are you here, Anna?” I don’t know what answer I was anticipating, but it certainly wasn’t the answer she gave.
“To kiss you, of course.”
I’d never fainted in my life, but I was certain I was on the brink at that moment. “I’m sorry about that. It was wrong of me.”
She smiled. “I thought it was adorable.”
Adorable. I stood stunned in the middle of my tiny shack staring at the most beautiful girl in the world, unable to move—hardly adorable at the moment.
FTC Advisory: Philomel/Penguin provided me with a copy of Ashes on the Waves. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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