Waiting on Wednesday: Ashes to Ashes

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

Title: Ashes to Ashes
Author: Melissa Walker (Twitter)
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publish Date: December 23, 2013
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Pages: 356

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.
It's been a while since a paranormal book has intrigued me, and it's been, like, forever since a ghost story has intrigued me. Here's the thing. I'm of the theory that ghosts should be every bit as "human" as possible in stories, without the whole tangible, audible and physical thing. It sounds to me that Ashes to Ashes might just have all that and more. Plus, I'm in the mood for a good love story. This could be the trifecta! What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?

33 comments:

  1. Wow, I'm not normally intrigued by paranormal either- especially ghost stories, either, but this one sounds fantastic! I like how the MC seems very real despite the fact that she's a ghost. The romance also sounds pretty good, so that makes me very excited for this book! :D

    Thanks for sharing, Melissa! <3

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    1. Of course! I think this one might be a paranormal I can actually get invested in...and that's saying something!

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  2. That cover is super pretty and super creepy at the same time. Can't stop staring at it. I usually don't get drawn in by ghost stories either -- I've only ever read one and actually really liked it though. This sounds really good!

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    1. Right?! I usually don't like books with simple girls in dresses on the covers, but this one is eerie! Love it :)

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  3. Huh, your thoughts on ghosts are interesting. And I would have to agree! The more human, the better. Assuming we're not talking about ghosts to terrify here. Because for me, the best ghosts in paranormal stories are the ones in which you can form an emotional connection towards. Which I guess makes the story all the more tragic. But anyways, this sounds fantastic - and I hadn't heard of it yet! Adding it to GR now, thanks.

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    1. haha ghosts to terrify is a whole other story there...I love those, too, but only in movies ;)

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  4. OOoh nice! Been seeing this one around I believe--can't see the cover unfortunately! Sounds like an awesome read!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. The cover is so pretty! I'm sorry you can't see it!

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  5. This one sounds really intresting. Normally I don't read ghost stories, but I might check this one out. Thanks for sharing!

    My WoW @ So Bookalicious

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    1. You're very welcome! I tend to avoid them, too, but this one sounds pretty darn promising! :)

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  6. Yes! I saw this on over on GReads! earlier this morning and squealed a little bit. I've been so excited about this one since I saw the cover reveal - which I think is SO LOVELY, BTW - and I just LOVE Melissa Walker's work. I'm super excited about this one too, Melissa, and I think it's a great pick for this week! xo

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    1. I love Melissa Walker's work, too! I think that this could be one of my favourites of the year if it lives up to that awesome synopsis! :)

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  7. I'm not digging paranormals at all of the last few months but this one seems promising.

    Thanks for sharing, Melissa! <33

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    1. Melanie, I haven't read a good paranormal in almost a year, and I pretty much swore off the genre, but I can't help but be utterly transfixed by this one!

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  8. Actually, this sounds really good. I *like* ghost stories but I don't always love them. However, this one definitely has me intrigued.

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    1. I'm right there with you, Mary. I'm really, really hoping that this lives up to what it could be!

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  9. I hadn't heard about this before, but it sounds intriguing! I need to add it to my TBR list. :) Thanks for sharing, and also for the follow! I'm now following you too via Bloglovin. :)

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    1. Of course! I think this could be a new favourite of mine, if it plays its cards right ;)

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  10. This sounds really good :) I would love to get my hands on this!

    Janina
    My WW!

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    1. Me, too, Janina! I really hope it lives up to (and surpasses) my expectations! :)

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  11. I really don't like ghost stories for some reason, but I love the cover of this book. It's so simple and gorgeous.

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  12. I love the sound of this one and it's been awhile since I read a good ghost story that actually captivates me. I hope this one doesn't disappoint. Great pick!

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  13. I can't wait for this one either Melissa! Love the cover, love the blurb, bring on the ghosts! Ghost stories can be really hit or miss with me, but like you said, it sounds like the characters in this one are going to feel very real despite being spirits:)

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  14. I really love both the cover and synopsis of this. I also feel like I've read something by this author and enjoyed it, so I need to go back and check. Either way, this is going straight onto my TBR - there are a sad dearth of paranormal novels there at the moment, but this seems really good. :)

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  15. I love the sound of this, Melissa! It has been a long time too since the last time I got interested over a ghost-book and this one sounds really great. But the release date is on December?! Ugh! That's quite long. Haha! But thanks for sharing this! This will sure be added on my tbr! :D

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  16. Oooh, I love the sound of this one - great pick!

    My WoW!

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  17. Ooh, I love a good ghost story. Thanks for suggesting this one.

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  18. Okay, this is a ghost romance story I can get behind and be excited for! I'm always weary of ghost/human romances because how can they end well? This is a romance between spirits, so this could have a happy ending! Yes! Also, I love dark and dangerous stories mixed in with my romance reads and this sounds lovely! This is going in the TBR! December is not too far off. Great pick, Melissa. :)

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  19. Ooohhhh, I have rarely found a ghost story that lives up to my expectations. But I do like Melissa Walker's writing. Maybe??? Thanks for putting this one on my radar. I'll definitely try it out!

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  20. This is definitely on my radar! Great pick!
    -Scott Reads It!

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  21. I really liked Walker's summer book last year so I'm excited for more of her writing; additionally ghosts are one of my favorite paranormal creatures so I think this could be a real winner.

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