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Ashes on the Waves

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  797 ratings  ·  174 reviews
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,
Hardcover, 373 pages
Published June 27th 2013 by Philomel/Penguin
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Mary Lindsey
Sep 10, 2012 Mary Lindsey added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Writing this book was an honor and delight. I am so grateful for the opportunity. Thank you to everyone who has given me support along the way.
Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
"I wept for my own condition. My loneliness. My misery. Myself."

Ye gods, so much emo here.

This book starts off with a text of Edgar Allan Poe's beloved poem, Annabel Lee. I am a proud, card-bearing member of the Edgar Allan Poe bandwagon. I absolutely love his writing, particularly his poetry, and Annabel Lee is among my favorite poem among his wide repertoire. The premise of the story being based on the poem suckered me in. And I mean, suckered, since this book is a hot mess with a microscopic
"He's cursed. He's human flesh worn by a demon."

A fantastically atmospheric Gothic novel, Ashes on the Waves is based on an eerie Edgar Allan Poe poem - which is really all you need to know, right?

In a way, this novel reminded me a little of Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz. It's set on a secluded island where people live in the old ways without much as far as laws and structure goes. There is also paranormal presence that makes the island unique, and a little chilling. Like in Teeth, you will need t
Mar 15, 2015 Hayden marked it as wishlist
My <3 for Mary Lindsey + my <3 for Edgar Allan Poe + my <3 for retellings = OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGTHISBOOKISGOINGTOBEAMAZING.
Oct 19, 2012 Joie marked it as to-read
Edit: 10/19/12

That. Cover.



Jun 28, 2013 Rachel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
Review TK if I can sum up my thoughts in any coherent way. Reading it a second time was better in some ways and more heartbreaking in others. But I loved this story, was totally transported. Liam was just as amazing as I remembered him and Anna was even more amazing than I remembered her to be.

I love this type of love story. One that's both ill-fated and hopeful. The author did an amazing job at bringing Poe's poem to life in a way that was much more relatable and "real."

So glad I re-read and th
Victoria Scott
Eerie and beautiful, Mary Lindsey takes you on a journey into a small town with haunting secrets. Liam is a character readers will immediately care for, and the intrigue surrounding him will keep them vested. I loved this book! Another HUGE success for Mary Lindsey!
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By this, i don't mean to offend the author in any way, i'm just expressing what i felt while reading it...

Jeez!! I'm depressed!! What a mess of non-stop dramas!

Drama number one: Liam, age twenty, lives in a godforsaken island where "people"(i'm inclined to just call them animals, but then i would be offending mother nature) live as if they're stuck on the fourteen century...i'm probably bei
Hmm, I am seeing many glowing reviews for this book, so I am wondering if I should have given it up earlier if I cared for it so little. I am trying to abandon books, particularly those I am screening for the Peach Award, if I can tell after 50 pages or an hour or so of reading that it doesn't seem to have a substantial teen audience or at least a middle-aged audience of one.. This novel, even though I wasn't loving it, seemed as if it might appeal to the angst-loving, blood and roses histrionic ...more
Emily S.
First of all, super huge thanks to Mary Lindsey and Rockstar Book Tours for providing me with an ARC for review. It's one that I've been DYING for, and when I got this chance, you better believe I jumped on it!

I can sum up my experience with this book in a few words: Gorgeous. Haunting. Breathtaking. Cruel. Hopeless. Shattering. Hopeful.

Wait, it's both hopeless AND hopeful?! How does that even work?

I'll attempt to tell you. Be warned, there might be spoilers afoot if you aren't familiar with Poe
This book was nothing like I'd expected, especially the ending. I was really surprised it was told from a male point of view, but it works because that's like the poem. The cover made it seem like it would be a girl point of view. The setting was perfect and created an eerie gothic setting. Ronan was my favorite character. Loved it.
First read from February 20 to 21, 2013

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 n
Olivia--Porcrastinator Extraordinaire
I, like many young readers, had a Poe phase. I was obsessed, and of course as a relatively romantic minded young woman, Annabel Lee was particularly appealing.

This book was an excellent idea in theory. Writing a flushed out story around one of the most romantic poems ever written? Where could this possibly go wrong? Well, I 'll tell you. For me, it was the modern day context or at least the way she did the modern day context. See, Liam is a crippled young man who is living on an island complete
This book blew me away. Honestly, this is one of those books that I can't properly put into words all the reasons I loved it so much. The writing, foremost, is absolutely stunning, bring to life not only the setting, but the atmosphere, the emotions, and all the little things... not to mention, Lindsey has done an amazing job of giving a Poe-esque voice to a teenage boy, without going too far one way or the other in terms of Poe or modern. Then there's Liam, who is not at all your typical hero, ...more
It's been a while since I liked a retelling. I loved this one.

I loved Liam. Anna rubbed me a bit the wrong way, but ended up being okay. I think the juxtaposition of old and new worked.

I was not a fan of the sea creatures, though. Not sure how Celtic tied to Poe, but I guess the winged seraphs of heaven and demons of the sea from the poem had to come from somewhere.

This is one I'll read again. I enjoyed the quotes at the beginning of each chapter and how the book tied to them. The book had a
I'm kind of at a loss as to how to review this.

At first I thought I was not going to like it. I couldn't get into Liam or Anna at all. Then, I couldn't put it down.

It is different and mysterious and the characters ended up really working for me.

I didn't like the way it ended until I read the poem again and really thought about it. Now, I'm okay with it.

After giving the book a couple of days to sink in, I think it is amazing and I will certainly read it again. Even if you don't like Edgar A. P
A school librarian friend got a review copy of this and let me read it.

Wow. I was blown away. It was beautiful. It was also creepy, dark, and the ending nearly killed me. Poe is one of my favorite authors ever and this book is based on his poem Annabel Lee. LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

I loved loved it. It was lyrical, touching, slow burning, song of a pained heart, and brought tears in my eyes. huh...I got so emotional. Review to come.
Annabelle Marie Veronica
Nov 14, 2012 Annabelle Marie Veronica marked it as wishlist
Well, I do love Annabel Lee. And the name Annabelle, no matter how it's spelled. :)
Stephanie Ward
'Ashes on the Waves' is a young adult fantasy/paranormal romance novel that is based off of the poem "Annabel Lee" by Edgar Allan Poe. It focuses on main character Liam MacGregor and his terrible life on the island of Dochas. Since his birth, Liam has been treated as an outcast or worse - a demon wearing a human's skin. Liam has minded his own business and kept himself linked to the only person he ever felt a true connection with: Annabel Leighton - a wealthy heiress whose family own a mansion o ...more
After 4 failed/mediocre attempts at pulling off Poe retellings, I feel like I need to tell YA authors to just back the hell off.

I wanted to like this one so, so much because I keep hoping for a truly decent re-imagining of the works of my very favorite author, but I just face disappointment after disappointment. I suppose this one is my fault. I had already tried a Lindsey book and, though I know she has it in her to create chilling atmospheres and truly stunning lines, I was also aware of her
the golden witch.
4.5/5 stars!

How much do I love this book? It was everything I was hoping for and more. Poe's "Annabel Lee" is one of my favorite of his works, and you can imagine I was super excited to see a YA book based on that extremely sad, grim poem. And Mary Lindsey did him proud with "Ashes on the Waves", a book full of ghosts, monsters, mobs, and the question: what makes us human? I absolutely adored "Ashes on the Waves", and I hope you do too.

The first thing that really struck me about "Ashes on the Wa
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
One of my absolute favorites. I adore Mary's writing style and her unique spin on Edgar Allan Poe's Annabel Lee. Full review to come. :)
Absolutely phenomenal. Such a beautiful world, such an amazing love.

I don't even have words.
Sophie Jordan
So honored to read this book early!
Amanda Gill
Not my usual read, but was a well written macabre love story. I'm not familiar with the Poe story this is inspired by, but after reading it and knowing what little I know about Poe it was very fitting. The story is full of romance, life, and tragedy. The story has left me bereft and I will go on now to a happier tale....
Liam has grown up on a small island I imagine is somewhere near Greenland. The story takes place in modern times, but the island is left with very few amenities and a society dee
The Biblio Fairy

Probably the hardest review to write is one that praises a book, which you consider as faultless. This is also probably the shortest review I will ever write. That’s because I have nothing to say except WOW.

That’s why I am having a difficult time right now.

Because there are no words.

There are simply no words to describe just how PERFECT this book is.

Saying that it’s beautiful is an injustice. It’s much, much more than that…

It has everything I want i
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: Beautiful gothic novel full of heartache, love, and destiny.

Opening Sentence: She looked like something out of a dream…or a nightmare.

The Review:

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
Jun 28, 2013 Jen added it
Ashes on the Waves offers up a heady blend of Gothic atmosphere and Celtic lore, a romantic, brooding tale of a pair of tragic lovers that is also a clever expansion on the Edgar Allan Poe poem "Annabel Lee."

Liam has grown up as an outcast on the remote island of Dòchas. An accident at his birth killed his mother and left one of his arms useless, and the villagers call him a demon. As a child, he played with heiress Annabel Leighton, daughter of the owners of Taibhreamh, a gloomy mansion by the
Aug 14, 2013 kari rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013, ya
I finished this one several days ago, but wanted to sit on my thoughts for a few days, see if my opinion changed.
It didn't.
This has too much atmosphere and too little coherent plot, with lots of stuff tossed in here and there.
And really stupid hero and heroine, which doesn't EVER work.
What really bothers me is when there is a big over-arching mystery which must be solved and our young lovers are desperately, when not being googly-eyed or smooching one another, trying to solve it. And it is all
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YA author of SHATTERED SOULS (2011), ASHES ON THE WAVES (2013), and FRAGILE SPIRITS (2014), all from Philomel/Penguin.

Represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette from the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Also writes under the pseudonym Marissa Clarke
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