Series: Ashes To Ashes, #1
Release Date: December 23, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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If I Stay meets the movie Ghost in this first book in a teen duology about a teenage-girl-turned-ghost who must cling to the echoes of her former life to save the people she left behind.
Ashes to Ashes is author Melissa Walker's sweeping, romantic, and emotionally rich story about the things that torment and tempt us, even from the Great Beyond. This book is perfect for fans of Die for Me and Imaginary Girls, and its breathtaking ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series conclusion, Dust to Dust.
When Callie's life is cut short by a tragic accident, she expects to find nothingness, or maybe some version of heaven.
Instead, her spirit travels to the Prism, an ethereal plane populated by the ghosts she thought were fictional. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who is meant to guide her as she learns to haunt and bring peace to the loved ones she left behind.
However, Callie uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world: The angry souls who always populate ghost stories are real, dangerous, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.
As she fights to save them, Callie will learn that while it may no longer beat, her heart can still love-and break.
The whole world darkens; my body goes limp. And then I’m gone.
Here’s the thing: when you throw a big bomb in the water like that at the end of a book, you are going to get a whole lot of varying reactions. When this ‘big’ and ‘unforseen’ twist comes pummelling through, some people are going to love the book more, and some are going to hate it because, like me, I saw it coming early on in the book. And that’s coming from someone who already ruled out fortune telling for their future job career.
Callie May’s future disappears when her life is cut short by a car accident. No more best friend, no more boyfriend, no more father to see again. Just a strange place called the Prism. And an overbearingly serious ghost named Thatcher. Soon Callie discovers that when someone dies, they don’t go straight to some place like Heaven like Callie had thought. First, they must be taken to the Prism where ghosts stay to charge energy while haunting their loved ones on Earth. However, like the process of the afterlife, things are different. Haunting does not mean to scare and spook, it is actually a practice that helps your loved ones grieve.
The main character was bearable to follow along with but not the brightest. Callie was certainly headstrong and determinded to connect with her loved ones but a hard head made Callie pretty dim-witted and gullible. She continuously ignores Thatcher’s warnings about Leo and Reena but she brushes it off thinking he’s just being boring instead of helpful. Another example is when Callie learns that all ghosts have no emotions and no senses; but she still acts and has emotions like a normal, living human being. She never really questions why she is so different. I constantly wanted to scream out: Use your freakin brain! Question it! Quite frankly, Callie isn’t too curious about those things and is way too infatuated with trying to talk to her loved ones who are grieving on Earth.
There is a romance in Ashes to Ashes. Callie and Nick have been together for a while before the book begins so there is nothing to base the romance off. However from what I could gather from the short-lived romance was that it was very intimate. Yet I got annoyed at the amount of times Callie talked about how Nick was so damn hilarious and good-looking. Just a minor quibble. I wouldn’t say that there is a love triangle, but Callie and Thatcher do begin to grow some feelings for each other along the way. But I don’t get how Thatcher gets feelings for Callie when he has no emotions? Compliments can only go so far. Plot holes, plot holes. The best friend, Carson, was an easily likable character. Unlike with the romance where I had not much to base my opinion around, Carson is extremely interested about the afterlife and ghosts so when Callie dies, Carson is more than sure that she will be able to talk to Callie with her séances and Ouija boards.
As for the pace, it was real slow. I wasn’t awfully invested with the haunting and want the actual plot to come in–it didn’t really feel like it was progressing until near the end. On the other hand, I was a huge fan of the writing. It helped set the tone of the story which was dark and moody.
Overall, Ashes to Ashes contained a refreshing premise however it was not executed as well as it could have with it’s terrible slow pace, meh main character and minor plot holes and unbelievable romance.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
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