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Ashes to Ashes Hardcover – December 23, 2013
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In truth, I spent much of the novel highly annoyed with Callie because she continues to make the same stupid mistake while ignoring not only her inner conscious, but also her guide, Thatcher. The fact that Thatcher continually keeps Callie in the dark, refusing to supply answers or clarification, did little to put him in my good graces, either. Instead, he only frustrated me because there seems to be a disconnect and readers don’t know why. And, instead of answers, the same scene plays out many a time, nearly lulling me to sleep: Callie messes up and is really sorry. Thatcher is angry; he tells her not to do it again without really giving any concrete reasons why. They make up. Then, Callie does it again and is really sorry…. By the third time this sequence occurred, I was ready to put the book aside. I just felt like nothing was truly happening in the novel; I had no connections with anyone, and we rarely saw Callie attempting to comfort anyone still left on earth—the aspect I really wanted to see.
And then? Walker surprised me with her quick and fast ending—one I wasn’t expecting but that, in retrospect, makes sense.Read more ›
Warning: the ending was a little bit of a cliffhanger. It's great that I am still thinking about it, but I hope that there will be a sequel.
Undeterred by her strong yearning to return to earth, Thatcher perseveres in preparing her to merge with Solus, the final resting place for souls. Her preparation requires the proper use of haunting - an unobtrusive and unhurried method to help the living experience peaceful release of their departed loved ones. Callie, however, is bored to death (if that is even possible for ghosts!) by this method. She would rather follow a quicker and more direct route, which Thatcher says is dangerous because it disrupts the natural order of souls. Callie is neither aware of just how dangerous this direct route is and where it could lead, nor that Thatcher is protecting her from evil that is seeking to overtake her.
Unconvinced of Thatcher's haunting technique, let alone this whole concept of Solus, which means totally disconnecting with the earth, Callie befriends Reena and her small entourage, who teach her how to be more involved in earthly activity by making more direct connections with her loved ones.Read more ›
The world-building in Ashes to Ashes was the most interesting aspect of the novel. I have always been fascinated by everyone's different interpretations of the afterlife, and I liked learning about Prism. It was like a less artsy version of Heaven from the movie What Dreams May Come with Robin Williams (another favorite). Prism is more like Limbo than Heaven, and the spirits stay there to finish their hauntings before they can move on to Solus (Heaven). Each new spirit/ghost had a Guide to take them through the process and that's how Thatcher and Callie are thrown together.
I was about a third of the way into the book, and I knew where the story was going. Well, I had guessed (correctly) about what was going on with Lee and Reena. I knew the secret behind Callie's special snowflake powers without a shadow of doubt. I broke my cardinal rule of reading and skipped to the last chapter of the book. Sure enough, it was EXACTLY as I expected.
To be fair, I flipped through the middle third of the book that I had skipped, but I didn't really find anything that I needed. I already liked Callie well enough to have been able to read what I had, but I never really connected with her. (If it's not there before 100 pages in, it's not coming.) Thatcher really did not interest me because broody, standoffish male protagonists make me tired. The "villains" were even too vanilla for my tastes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have such an addiction to good ghost stories. This definitely falls in that category.Published 2 months ago by HP
Just a really great read..loved the story line and now to the second book..It was a easy read and the characters were all interesting Callie just has to quit being so... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
I could not put this book down. It felt captivating from start to finish. I am definitely reading the sequel!Published 10 months ago by Candace Thomas
I won this book during a giveaway this past Christmas and finally sat down to read it this past week. Guess what happened? I couldn't stop turning the pages! Read morePublished 15 months ago by Teri L Ridlon
I enjoyed reading another way of seeing life after death, and the ending was a surprise. I'd recommend it to anyone who is interested in the supernatural or after life.Published 20 months ago by Mistie Dawn
I could not put the book down. There were times when it seemed to get stagnate but that was quickly remedied. All I could say at the end was you got to be kidding me. Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by richard d dougherty
really enjoy the all book, i didnt like to much the end, but really like the drama, the love betwen 2 worldsPublished on March 2, 2014 by vanessa franco
My Thoughts: If I could give this one more than five cupcakes, I so would! I loved this!
We are introduced to Callie who has an amazing dad, an amazing boyfriend, and a... Read more
I wasn't expecting to enjoy Ashes to Ashes as much as I did, so I am very glad I was sent a review copy. Read morePublished on January 12, 2014 by Brandi Leigh Kosiner