After a fantastic start book and an absolutely epic follow up, I was sure that Ashes to Ashes was going to go out with a bang and cement this series as one of my favourites. I waited (very impatiently) after the cliffhanger in Fire With Fire and I am so fucking mad that THIS is what I got. There will be spoilers in this review but I will hide them under a spoiler tag because everyone needs to know HOW FUCKING ANNOYED I AM.
First of all, most of the story was okay. We had Lillia being a QUEEN and we learnt more about Mary, but it was all very brushed over. Lillia was flawless as usual RIGHT UP UNTIL THAT DAMN EPILOGUE. I enjoyed the Mary stuff and there was, of course, some Reeve and Lillia drama.
I say “some” drama but what I really mean is that Han and Vivian threw it at us readers in spades. I spent most of the book sobbing because MY OTP. I just love Lillia and Reeve so much, you guys. It was a Veronica and Logan situation and it was so fucking good.
[spoiler]UNTIL THE EPILOGUE OF DOOM BECAUSE FOR SOME REASON THEY HAD LILLIA AND REEVE FORGET ALL ABOUT THEIR LOVE FOR EACH OTHER AND LILLIA FUCKING MARRIED THAT REICH GUY BECAUSE APPARENTLY MONEY SEEKS OUT MONEY AND REEVE WASN’T GOOD ENOUGH AND THEN WENT TO WORK FOR HIS ABUSIVE FATHER FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE[/spoiler]
WHAT THE FUCK KIND OF MESSAGE ARE YOU TRYING TO SEND HERE, HAN AND VIVIAN?? THAT IF YOU PINE OVER A GIRL LONG ENOUGH AND KEEP SENDING HER GIFTS AND TELLING HER THAT YOU DESERVE HER MORE THAN OTHER MEN THEN SHE WILL EVENTUALLY FALL IN LOVE WITH YOU? BECAUSE THAT’S THE KIND OF MESSAGE THAT I GOT AND IT’S FUCKING DISGUSTING AND I FEEL MILDLY DISTURBED BUT MOSTLY JUST FURIOUS.
I really, really, really hated that epilogue. And not just because I didn’t like what happened in it, but because the story was in NO FUCKING WAY resolved as it should have been. There was no wrap up. No ending. The chapters just ended and then we got a three page epilogue that brushed shit aside and undid everything that I ever loved.
I even created a special shelf JUST for this book (and I have since added others that are a load of fucking pointless shit) because I HATED THAT ENDING SO MUCH. JUSTICE FOR LILLIA. JUSTICE FOR REEVE. JUSTICE FOR KAT.
I never want to think about this series again because I am so disappointed by Ashes to Ashes and that epilogue that I think I might cry forever. I’m DISGUSTED. You don’t wrap up a trilogy in a three page epilogue. You don’t have a beloved character go back to their abusive parents. You don’t let one character go swanning off into the sunset with a nice rich kid while everyone else barely gets a mention. BUT HEY, AT LEAST LILLIA IS RICH FOREVER AND IN LOVE WITH HER PERFECT CREEPY HUSBAND HUH.