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Ashes on the Waves

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,093 ratings  ·  203 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
Aug 15, 2012 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, first of her name, mother of 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
Sarah Elizabeth

“Love is the only thing that lasts forever.”

This was one of those books which when I tried to read it, it really irritated me, but when I tried listening to it instead, I actually quite liked it.

Anna was a bit of a b*tch at the start of this book, but it was nice to see how she grew over the course of the story. I found it quite difficult to really connect with Liam, and I can’t say I really felt all that much for him, I preferred Anna.

The storyline in this was a little strange, and it was
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, own
"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
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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Remember when TWILIGHT was at the height of its popularity, and people began opening up Wikipedia to search for paranormal creatures to have fall in love with some ditzy teenage girl so they could write the Next Big YA Paranormal Romance, too? Yeah. I think we all remember the "girls in prom dresses" period of YA fiction. Those were dark times, my friends. Dark, dark times.

I feel like ASHES ON THE WAVES is definitely influenced by TWILIG
Jan 01, 2012 marked it as to-read
My <3 for Mary Lindsey + my <3 for Edgar Allan Poe + my <3 for retellings = OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGTHISBOOKISGOINGTOBEAMAZING.
Jan 06, 2012 marked it as to-read
Edit: 10/19/12

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Jun 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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. ...more
Olivia--Porcrastinator Extraordinaire
Jul 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
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
Brad Sells
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
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Aug 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, read-in-2015
Source: I own an ebook copy of this book.
Cost: Free

Title: Ashes on the Waves
Author: Mary Lindsey
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Overall Rating: 2.5 stars

This book had such promise.

The synopsis was so promising, but it quickly went downhill after the first chapter. There was no coherency in this book, I didn't understand what the story was until over halfway through, there was too much build up and when the action finally fell short.

I love me some Edgar Allen Poe. My favourite Poe poem is
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
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
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jan 04, 2012 marked it as wishlist
Well, I do love Annabel Lee. And the name Annabelle, no matter how it's spelled. :) ...more
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.
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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
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
Stephanie Ward
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
'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
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh Mary I loved it!!!!!!!!
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: penguin, i-own, conference
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. :) ...more
Aug 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2013
Absolutely phenomenal. Such a beautiful world, such an amazing love.

I don't even have words.
Sophie Jordan
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So honored to read this book early!
Katharine Ott
May 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, fantasy
"Ashes on the Waves" - written by Mary Lindsey and published in 2013 by Philomel, Penguin Books. This book could be described as the epitome of romantic YA fantasy. A boy whose heritage is unknown (at least by him) grows up on an isolated island removed from the advances of civilization. Selkies, Bean Sidhes and some evil blue-skinned sea people cause lots of trouble. "Dochas was different: the villagers' beliefs gave the Otherworlders enough power to transcend their plane and interact in ours." ...more
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Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. She lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband.

Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roac

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