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You can't choose your family . . . living or dead





Trapped between two very different worlds, newly made vampire Moth is struggling to find her place in either. Not only does she have to answer to her strict Irish-Catholic Dad, but her over-protective maker, Theo, is intent on making her the star attraction in his powerful Boston vampire clan. Moth will have to pull off the
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Paperback, 341 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Corgi Childrens
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Jasprit
Falling to Ash restored that little bit faith that I had lost in my paranormal reads. I used to be a paranormal junkie, but in the last year I found them repetitive and tiresome. That explains why in the last year there’s only been one paranormal read which has completely moved me, but I’m happy to say Falling to Ash was another book which took me by surprise.

The typical stories that we seem to be finding in paranormal books; “who is the mysterious character; I know he’s hiding something but I c
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Suzanne
Falling to Ash was a book that I hadn't even heard of until I was offered a chance to request it. Of course, my love of vampires just wouldn't let me refuse and I just couldn't wait get started on it.

Marie, or Moth, as she now calls her vampire self was turned about a year ago when she was 18, but her maker, Theo, kept her hidden from the Family, for fear of repercussions to himself and Moth if they knew he had turned her without permission from them. The Family, are a vampire council who rule
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Ferdy
2.5 stars — spoilers

-The plot was unimaginative and very average — newly turned vampire, Moth, investigates a bunch of deaths at her old college and yea, stuff happens.

-Moth was a decent heroine although she was quite dull for the most part — the only times I found her entertaining was when she was with Jace/Theo and when she was angsting over her family. She needed to get some life in her, she was just so blah - I'd rather read about an annoying, alpha bitch/Mary Sue heroine than a heroine who
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Kim
From the cover and title, nothing about the first impression screams ‘Vampire Story’, and yet, ‘Falling to Ash’ is, in fact, a fun vampire story. Not so different from others I’ve read in the past – aversions to light, silver and wooden stakes, with turnings being a tricky experience; but I’ve always been a fan of vampires books and I really enjoyed this one.

I really liked our leading lady, Moth. I liked her life – a fledgling vampire living in Boston trying to find her place in her new Vampire
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Maliha Khan
firstly, this book was amazing.

it was confusing to me at rare occasions, but probably because i didn't read the prequel novella. even so, the recaps clued me in enough.

i rarely give vamp books a chance nowadays, but the synopsis got me. plus, my friend had a copy lying around. it was exactly what i expected, and more.

the heroine is so kick ass, i instantly liked her. no college drama, either. it seemes a bit too fast paced for me, but maybe that's why it kept me turning pages. its like the autho
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Hannah
I have to admit, I'm a bit fed up with vampire stories. But Falling to Ash didn't bore me at all. For starters, Moth is a little rough around the edges as a vampire. She wears a leather jacket, steel toe capped biker boots and is extraordinarily witty. It kind of made me feel good though that even as a vampire, Moth wasn't unnaturally perfect all the time. The fact that Moth could still feel pain and had to overcome that to get things done made her character tougher and somehow more humane. Havi ...more
Nobonita
Oct 18, 2012 Nobonita rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of vampire books or paranormal romance
*10/10/12*
This one came with these two other books in the mail.Thanks so much Random House U.K!!! XD


*18.10.12*
My Review:

Also posted at my blog: http://perrytheplatypus1102-3daydream...

Thank you Random House U.K for the review copy.

While Falling To Ash did not have that one-of-the-best-books-I-have-ever-read effect on me,it wasn't half bad.The story had a relatively good character buildup,and the narration was pretty good as well.The book also has a drop-dead-gorgeous cover which everyone can alr
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Elspeth LaMorte
I think that my mixed feelings about this book are summed up in pros and cons lists.

PROS
-world building re: urban setting
-world building re: vampire politics & heirachy
-relatable heroine who was more emotionally crippled by her relationship with her sister than her relationship with potential love interest #1 or potential love interest #2
-consistent voice FOR THE MOST PART, when she was telling her story she seemed far more writerly than she had been for the entire book

CONS
-it read like the
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Snow
Falling to Ash is your bog standard paranormal adventure about a poor poor girl who loses her humanity.....throw in a bit about zombies and a tiny bit of well known FORBIDDEN LOVE and your all set...I'm not going to write a lot about this but it wasn't bad and it wasn't outstanding either..........I think its probably difficult to read something absolutely mindboggling in the paranormal genre anymore unless its something unique and individual
Caisee
So Get This:
Falling To Ash was extremely hard for me to enjoy. It took me three tries to read it, with the space of about 6 months between then and now. Moth/Marie was a likeable character, same goes for Jace Murdoch but for some reason I disliked Theo. I didn't understand the love interests in this novel either... I mean Jace was a vampire hunter and his mum was killed by a vampire; and Theo is like 200 years old... The story of Falling To Ash was okay. About halfway through i started becoming
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Zoë Marriott
OMG! So many feels. Why is it so hard to write a coherant review when there are so many FEELS? This book reminds me of The Silver Kiss and Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause, and I really can't say fairer than that.
Surangi
Absolutely adored the Moth stories in anthologies The Eternal Kiss and Kiss Me Deadly. Loved reading the manuscript "Beautiful Ghosts", can't wait for this to be published so I can at last read the final version.
Izzy
More of a 2.5 stars but it was quite enjoyable. I would have preferred the book to have been written for adults.
The main character, left to her own devices, was boring to read about. I didn't like Jace as a love interest because, well, human love interests are so boring compared to supernatural love interests. (That is why I read paranormal romance, after all!) Plus, Jace is an idiot. That said, I felt uncomfortable at the age difference between Theo and Moth.

If this book had been an adult novel
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Soso K
May 23, 2012 Soso K marked it as to-read
I have to wait till SEPTEMBER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! UGH!!!!!!!
Book Angel Emma
Review by Holly - Year 9

This book is based on Marie O’Neal, a teenage vampire. Marie is shocked when an old ‘acquaintance’ Jace, finds his way into her life as they encounter a series of vampires-gone-wrong who suspiciously resemble zombies and, take the form of her college peers. This book tells of Marie’s struggles to find out who truly is the bad guy in this twisted tale of paranormal adventure.
Personally, I found the ‘zombie’ element of this book most intriguing as they aren’t something I wo
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Serendipity Reviews
This is the first book I have ever read by Karen Mahoney and I now want to kick myself that I haven't read any of her books sooner. I warmed straight away to her writing style and fell in love with her humour. I was a bit wary about it being another vampire story, but I really think the author makes it her own and offers a whole new twist to the genre.
Moth is a brilliant lead character - as she struggles to come to terms with being a vampire, you discover she hasn't lost any of her humanity. She
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D.F. Jules
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Keiley
A very long time ago, someone gave me one of those anthology books for Christmas. You know the ones, The Eternal Kiss and stuff like that? Well I read it, of course, and while yeah, some of the stories were good, for the most part I found them to be pretty dull. But of course there was one story in it that I positively fell in love with. Everything about it was amazing. It was also called "Falling To Ash". But alas, it was a short story and I found myself incredibly annoyed that I couldn't simpl ...more
Khalia Hades
Funny and engaging with a dusting of darkness, Falling to Ash is a fresh vampire tale--and that pleases me so very much. It's my favorite Karen Mahoney book thus far.

Moth (neé Marie O'Neal) has spent the last several months in a kind of vampire lock-down situation. She's not your typical newly turned vamp. Her maker broke the rules in creating Moth (not in an Ethan/Merit way, but in a lost control way), and so she's had to keep under the radar until they're ready to introduce her to the vampire
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Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
Something Stirs
There has been an influx in vampire stories lately, audiences craving to read about more of them and it is due to this that there is a danger that most vampire stories become stereotypical, following the pattern of so many before them. It is also the reason that I now tread lightly when it comes to vampire stories. I love them, but I’ve been fixated on them for a long time and I am now starting to branch out and find other stories, creatures, to enjoy. But then every now and again
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Michelle (Much Loved Books)
Prior to reading Falling to AshIhad only ever read Karen's other books, The Iron Witch and The Wood Queen. When I first began reading Falling To Ash and Jace made anappearance I had to know the back story behind them, so purchased The Eternal Kiss and quickly skipped to Moth's story. Back history learnt I continued on with Falling To Ash.
My first thoughts when reading were Moth freakin rocks!!!!! I love her spunkiness and her attitude and I love her interaction with Jace and how they banter with
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Myra (Pieces of Whimsy)
Review first published on my blog: Pieces of Whimsy

I read a couple of the Moth novellas quite a while ago and always wanted to read more of Moth's story. I hoped the author would decide to write a novel based on Moth and imagine my surprise when I won this book, having had no idea what it was about!

I was excited to read this book and was even more excited to learn that Jason was going to be in it. Moth and Jason's first encounter in this book was very action-filled and exciting but after that my
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Chelsea [Vampire Book Club]
This review was originally published at Vampire Book Club.

Funny and engaging with a dusting of darkness, Falling to Ash is a fresh vampire tale—and that pleases me so very much. It’s my favorite Karen Mahoney book thus far. (Read reviews of The Iron Witch and The Wood Queen.)

Moth (neé Marie O’Neal) has spent the last several months in a kind of vampire lock-down situation. She’s not your typical newly turned vamp. Her maker broke the rules in creating Moth (not in an Ethan/Merit way, but in a lo
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Katherine
RATING: 3 Out Of 5

Looking at the cover of this novel, you would not think that the theme of this novel centred around vampires that’s for sure. Moth is a recently turned vampire who is trying to live a somewhat normal life. Though that becomes hard when she must cut contract with her family and drop out of high school due to her recent transition and the problems that arise from it – being around lots of people who are pumping yummy blood.

Jace is the son of a notorious vampire hunter and basica
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Silverfang
To be honest I put this book down about halfway through when I realised that I didn't care about any of the characters. Moth, our protagonist wasn't a good idea, i learnt almost nothing about her that helped her develop as a character without being made into some major part of the plot. It also would have been nice to learn some more about the other vampires living with Theo (and i apologise if that was brought up later on but it should have been done earlier)

The romance in this story was done l
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Becki
I first came across the character of Moth in a short story titled ‘Falling to Ash’ in a short story collection/anthology called The Eternal Kiss and I absolutely fell in love with the world and character Karen Mahoney created. So, of course, when I heard that Mahoney was going to write a novel based on that short story I had to get my hands on a copy.

The novel Falling to Ash is narrated by Moth – Marie O’Neal – a recently turned vampire. In the story Moth is still struggling to come to terms wit
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Lothfleur
Marie, ou Moth de son nom de vampire, est un personnage engageant, j’ai commencé le roman avec un grand sourire car on nous prend plutôt au dépourvu avec la jeune vampire qui se retrouve à enquêter sur un mort et à devoir se battre contre un zombie à l’aide d’un (aussi jeune) chasseur de vampires. Moth, au style qui tend vers le gothique, est vraiment attachante, on a mal au cœur pour elle. Je l’aurais bien enlacée pour lui dire « ça va aller », sans rire. Elle doit faire face à beaucoup de cho ...more
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

Marie lost her humanity a year ago, and now she's Moth, a fledgling vampire trying to get used to not having a pulse but still continue on living. She was supposed to be starting life as a college student but she was hurting after her mother's death and it led her to the arms of Theo, a man she loved, who also happens to be the Vampire Master of Boston, and now he's her maker. Moth just wants to figure out how she was to live her immortal life and that turning he
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
I enjoyed Karen Mahoney's two previous books (The Iron Witch and The Wood Queen) so I jumped at the chance to read and review her newest offering, the first title in a brand new series about vampires. The cover is gorgeous and the story sounded brilliant, just the kind of thing that appeals to my reading tastes, but unfortunately it didn't turn out to be quite as good as I was expecting. I normally love vampire stories but 'Falling to Ash' didn't tick all the boxes for me.

The story is about Moth
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THE IRON WITCH, THE WOOD QUEEN & THE STONE DEMON make up my YA contemporary fantasy trilogy for Flux in the US and Random House in the UK. It's about alchemy, dark elves, and a girl with magical iron tattoos. FALLING TO ASH (September 2012), began a new series for Random House UK about an ass-kicking teen vampire called Moth. You can read more of Moth's adv
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