Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker

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18052849If 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.

 

Ashes to Ashes is one of the most hauntingly beautiful books that I have read this year. It was one of those books were I picked it up and then just couldn’t set it down. It was so raw, so powerful, so intense….I just wanted to dive into that world and stay there forever. (hopefully while still being alive.)

My one and only complaint with Ashes to Ashes is that I wasn’t overly in love with Callie. I loved every single other character, but I found Callie to be a bit annoying and hyper. I also disagreed with the majority of her decisions and that makes it difficult to attach to a character. Everyone else, though, was brilliant. I especially loved Thatcher. Oh my goodness did I love Thatcher. He’s the kind of guy whose hesitant and withdrawn, but really steps it up and shows emotional, powerful moments. I had a real thing for Thatcher. I can’t wait to see him in the second book.

The storyline of Ashes to Ashes was something that I haven’t really seen before. It’s kind of similar to Hereafter by Tara Hudson in the sense of the main character dying and haunting their loved ones, but it’s also different in the sense that it’s actually Callie’s mission to haunt her loved ones so that she can move on. I loved reading about the interactions in the prism and then watching the characters come to earth and be with their loved ones. It almost seemed like two stories in one, but they both blended beautifully.

While this book is a paranormal read, it had a contemporary feel to it that made the haunting aspect so much more intense and emotional. I would find myself choking up, because it was constantly making me think of the what ifs. It was so real. So real! It did take me awhile to get into it. The contemporary feel kind of makes it slow at first, but it was just too haunting to pass up. I’m glad I stuck with it!

The ending of Ashes to Ashes……..I have no words. I did have that suspicion early on in the book, but it wasn’t something that was obvious. It was really me just trying to think of all the different types of scenarios that could go down. That was flipping brilliant! Probably one of the best endings that I’ve seen to a book. I can’t believe that Melissa C. Walker managed to pull that off. I can’t WAIT to read the next one. It sucks that I don’t have it.

Overall, I loved this book. I thought that it was great. Ashes to Ashes is a book that everyone is going to want to read, and it fits every group out there. Whether you love dystopia, contemporary, or paranormal…this one’s for you.

 

Pages: 356

Publication Date: December 23rd, 2013

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Rating: [rating: 4.5]