Review: Ashes by Arlene Webb

Ashes by Arlene Webb
Release Date: June 24, 2011
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Page Count: 268
Source: book provided by author for review

Not happening. Four hours pass while Lyle Logan holds his brother’s corpse and pretends he’s the one not breathing.

Those responsible are dead. Only one reason to live now—vengeance.

Please. Lyle will do anything to alter reality. But he can’t. Instead he fills his stomach with ashes and unwittingly devours a myth.

I want to die. Guilt holds hands with grief. Lyle doesn’t care when authorities conclude that he committed the crime of Cain.

Acceptance. Lyle has no choice but to acknowledge the entity burning within.

When five stages lead to a precipice, Lyle takes the next step. So what he’ll lose his humanity and hold a miraculous creature hostage.

Resolution. Ashes to life, he will find a way to his brother.


Review: As the story started I was intrigued, but as the story progressed I was confused. It starts off with Lyle in the desert caressing his dead brother Myles who was murdered. Out of the corner of his eye he sees a bird and then the bird burst into flames, a voice tells him to consume the ashes of the bird. As soon as he does this, things turn for the worse and he feels very ill and starts hearing a voice in his head. He comes across his twin brother’s lover, Renold and together they decide to figure out who killed his brother, while Ren tries to keep his hands to himself since Lyle is not gay or bisexual. There were so many twist and turns it made it hard to keep up.

Come to find out it was an asexual firebird, a phoenix, Lyle consumed who had a craving for vanilla, at some point even went as far as to eat vanilla soap. They call the bird Benu, then it gets changed to Beni since they decide its a woman even though the entity has told them time and time again that it is asexual. Finally when I think I might have an idea what’s going one, they find Myles’ ashes and Lyle once again eats the ashes. Now he has the phoenix and his brother inside him. This is the part I got real confused, the author goes back and forth between the three so much I can’t keep up. I do like the way the author expresses the characters feelings, reads more like poetry than a book at times. By the time I was half way done with the book, the main person of interest they thought might have killed Myles is now dead and then a few new characters get introduced. I finally gave up reading it when Ren finally has his way with Lyle who was really Beni at the time. I am a huge paranormal fan, but this one was a bit too much for me. I just could not make myself finish the story and that is a first for me.

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