River of Ashes | Review

Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thank you to Katie and Brey PA, Vesuvian Media, Lucas Astor, and Alexandrea Weis for providing me with a digital copy of this book. This is my honest review.

Firsts Impressions

This one since it was a horror, it was very slow at the beginning for any reason, we can do horror without slow burn really. the setting was in high school, for a lot of us that could have been hell most probably, for others will be the best time of their lives and for the very weird minority we don’t even really register it.

Now we did have the very tense atmosphere of adolescence in it’s breaking point, guys and girls discovering what they wanted in life and making plans.

for me it was very difficult to relate to almost any character but leslie maybe, so that didn’t help me since it was more like a task by the end.

Characters

Leslie did have a personality that was good, I liked that in insight she did have a little maturity to her not all the way but more than the other girls in this book.

Beau was absolutely despicable, but I do think that was the aim with him, why are girls always wanting a douche like that I will never know.

Dawn I could understood her in a very long shot, but there’s always that friend that is insecure but doesn’t seem that way and you envy her because she is perfect.

Derek was so sweet he was I think the only good think in these whole ordeal.

Themes

Now we did have a lot of triggers in this one, we did have rape, cruelty, horrible parenting, to say a few.

Final Thoughts

By the end it did surprise me with that twist, but it didn’t peak my interest for a later date really, I was just glad it was over and in the worst case scenario it shed a little light but it was already too late.

About the book

Some truths are better kept secret. Some secrets are better off dead.

ALONG THE BANKS OF THE BOGUE FALAYA RIVER, sits the abandoned St. Francis Seminary. Beneath a canopy of oaks, blocked from prying eyes, the teens of St. Benedict High gather here on Fridays. The rest of the week belongs to school and family—but weekends belong to the river.

And the river belongs to Beau Devereaux.

The only child of a powerful family, Beau can do no wrong. Star quarterback. Handsome. Charming. The “prince” of St. Benedict is the ultimate catch.

He is also a psychopath.

A dirty family secret buried for years, Beau’s evil grows unchecked. In the shadows of the haunted abbey, he commits unspeakable acts on his victims and ensures their silence with threats and intimidation. Senior year, Beau sets his sights on his girlfriend’s headstrong twin sister, Leslie, who hates him. Everything he wants but cannot have, she will be his ultimate prize.

As the victim toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone must stop Beau Devereaux.

And that someone will pay with their life.

About the author

Alexandrea Weis is an advanced practice registered nurse who was born and raised in New Orleans. Having been brought up in the motion picture industry, she learned to tell stories from a different perspective and began writing at the age of eight. Infusing the rich tapestry of her hometown into her award-winning novels, she believes that creating vivid characters makes a story moving and memorable. A permitted/certified wildlife rehabber with the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries, Weis rescues orphaned and injured wildlife. She lives with her husband and pets in New Orleans.

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