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Falling to Ash

(Moth #1)

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  550 ratings  ·  69 reviews
From the author of The Iron Witch, an action-packed tale of vampire adolescence and forbidden romance

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 overprotective maker, Theo, is intent on making her the star attraction in his powerful B
Paperback, 341 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Corgi Childrens
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Oct 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Rebecca L
Jan 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2016-reads
Ok so first off this is my first vampire book ever. I know; I need to get out more.
Second I got this book Zip from the Library as I wanted to read some Gothic/Vampire books and this one looked really interesting out of the list I found on Goodreads. (Not that that has anything to do with anything)
So when I picked this book up I had a open mind and wasn't biased about I wasn't going to like it or anything even though I've never really been all that into vampires (Until I watched Hotel Transylvani
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 03, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
Part of me feels like giving this 2 stars is too low.... but there's another part of me which just felt this story was a big... meh.

I liked Moth, I really did. She was funny and confident and clumsy and bad-ass all at the same time. But gah, I just couldn't get on with the story. It feels a bit incomplete, like you're getting some details, but not enough to become fully immersed in the world. You get tidbits of her relationships, but not enough to actually feel anything for anyone in particular.
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal, vampires
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
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, vampires
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
Nobonita - The Bengali Nomad
Oct 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of vampire books or paranormal romance
This one came with these two other books in the mail.Thanks so much Random House U.K!!! XD

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
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 18, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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. ...more
Soso K
May 23, 2012 marked it as to-read
I have to wait till SEPTEMBER?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! UGH!!!!!!!
Wee Shubba's World
Oct 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Read My 5 Star review On Totally Bookalicious: http://totallybookalicious.blogspot.c... ...more
Sep 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned
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
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Very interesting and a fun read.
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
D.F. Jules
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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3.5 stars.

Yeah yeah, I know. Vampire books. The great untouchable thing in YA after Twilight caused an influx of vampire novels that made no agent, editor, or reader want to touch them and more from new authors probably won't be published for a few more years still. But I'm one of those readers who will see a vampire book and think MINE because vampire books made me a reader and I'm suddenly finding a lot more comedic vampire novels that sound like they kn
Nov 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guest-reviews
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
If you were to sum up this book it’d be average. This book was not amazing; it was typical of the genre - vampires, zombies and death...*unenthusiastic cheer*. Although, it wasn't all bad. Actually, I can’t think of anything that really stood out or was good about this book *lowers rating to 2/5 stars*.

Now, to sum up the plot in a non-spoilery way: The book is narrated by female protagonist named Marie a.k.a ‘Moth’. She was turned into a vampire by Theo, a guy she was supposably dating (it tells
Nov 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: signed-by-author
Prior to reading Falling to Ash I had 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 an appearance  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 ban
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
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Serendipity Reviews
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Khalia Hades
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
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
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
Aug 11, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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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 adventu

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