Series: Burn for Burn, #3
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Australia
Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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New Year's Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come.
After Rennie's death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn't left with Reeve... If Kat had only stayed with Rennie... Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same.
Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?
Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire are some of the best high school revenge stories I’ve ever read. Han and Vivian manage to create drama that doesn’t feel aimless or overly melodramatic and characters with incredible depth and growth. It’s safe to say that yes, I loved this series up until this very last instalment which has pretty much tainted my feelings towards the entire series. Words do not even begin to explain how disappointed I am with this series ender.
I firstly want to say that Ashes to Ashes was a decent novel until the last three pages. It had it’s problems, but it was still thoroughly enjoyable (though still, not as amazing as the first two instalments). This book is set not long after where Fire With Fire ends and everyone is dealing with the repercussions of Rennie’s death. The start of this novel is bleak and notably dark. You can feel the guilt that Lillia and Reeve hold in their arms, as they try to juggle with the grief and despair too. As for Kat, she’s confused. She was once Rennie’s best friend and while on one hand she doesn’t want to care, but she’s trembling inside. If I were to rate the beginning of this book, I’d smack 5 stars all over it. However, things soon make a turn for the worse.
I’ll be blunt: I did not like the plot line at all. I didn’t feel that much happened until the second half of the book. Sure, there’s plenty of drama but I couldn’t help asking myself: “Where the heck is the plot line?” I cannot divulge what happens in this book because there’s a big reveal at the start of the book that I don’t think I should be spoiling, but it has to do with Mary. I will say that she becomes completely blinded by revenge on Reeve, and goes absolutely crazy with her infatuation with him. I wasn’t a huge fan of this aspect of the novel, or the big reveal that I aforementioned. Sure, it made many things that happened in the first two novels make sense, but at the same time it felt rather abrupt for Mary’s character to take a 180 twist. I mean, she just went actually crazy here, and it didn’t feel plausible at all because she didn’t even hint that in the first two novels.
What Ashes to Ashes excels in is the romance department. Reeve and Lillia feels all the freaking way; I loved it! Their romance has obvious chemistry to it, and that’s what I loved about Reeve and Lillia. You can tell how much Reeve actually cares for Lillia and it’s seriously the most beautiful thing to read about. There’s plenty of cute scenes in this one, which makes it the highlight of the book.
The ending is pretty much where everything, EVERYTHING goes downhill. I’m hiding my thoughts on the ending in spoiler tags, so only peek at them if you’ve read Ashes to Ashes or if you are a naughty and sneaky person. View Spoiler »Firstly, HOW ANTICLIMACTIC WAS THE ENDING? In one flimsy page, Mary just decides that she’s found her peace and disappears, just like that. Secondly, OH MY LORD THAT LAST CHAPTER/EPILOGUE. These authors spent the entire series building these strong relationships with Reeve, Lillia, Kat and Alex and THEN THEY JUST BLOW IT ALL AWAY IN THREE PAGES. THREE. PAGES. Everything these books preached about? All down the drain. I was really hoping that Reeve and Lillia would end up together because their romance was so freaking beautiful and chemistry-filled. These authors spent ages on writing about them, and then… nada. Goodbye, my ship. Instead, Lillia ends up with Alex. ALEX… WHAT THE HELL?! I mean, Alex is Lillia’s second choice and there wasn’t even any build up to their romance. If the authors had given them some build up during this book, I might’ve been able to accept that ending more, but it was seriously out of the blue. Also, why couldn’t have Kat and Alex gotten together? THEY WERE ALREADY SERIOUSLY AMAZING FRIENDS; IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT. I really don’t understand why this book ended the way it did. It simply makes the ENTIRE series pointless. It just made no sense to me, and it saddens me even more that Lillia and Kat didn’t stay close friends after everything they went through together. « Hide Spoiler
In all, Ashes to Ashes left me incredibly disappointed. I’ve probably used that word too many times already but it’s simply the only emotion I felt once I finished this book. The ending, the plot, and even some of the characters just didn’t make this the epic finale that I hoped it would be.
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~Thank you Simon and Schuster Australia for sending me this copy!~
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