Ashes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey
Page Count: 373 pages
Published: June 27th 2013 by Philomel/Penguin
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.
This is also a hard book for me to review because I pretty much just skipped around. The ending was bittersweet because of the whole bonding thing and forever and eternity. I thought the characters were very well developed and likeable. They really were pretty much perfect for each other.
The basically went through a series of trials testing their love because some evil water creatures have frequent temper tantrums. And I really do mean frequent. *sigh*
Overall this book was magical and beautiful but just not really as perfect as I was hoping for. Annabel Lee is one of my favorite poems and the book just didn’t live up to it’s awesomeness. *shrugs* And now since I can’t think of much else to say I will illustrate the story through awesome picture with no spoilers 😀 (yay)