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Ashes to Ashes

(Ashes #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  161 reviews
If 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 fan
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published December 23rd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Sarah Elizabeth
“Thatcher opens his mouth, but I turn away before he can say another word, because I see the truth in his eyes. I’m dead.”

This was an okay YA paranormal story, but I did find the pace a little slow.

I did feel sorry for Callie, dying unexpectedly as a teenager must have been awful for her, but at the same time, she was such an idiot for driving so recklessly the way she did. Having a new car is not a license to drive at 90 miles per hour whilst talking on your mobile phone.

“My head crashes
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The whole world darkens; my body goes limp. And then I'm gone.

Here's the thing: when you throw a big bomb in the water like that at the end of a book, you are going to get a whole lot of varying reactions. When this 'big' and 'unforseen' twist comes pummelling through, some people are going to love the book more, and some are going to hate it b
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was actually pretty awesome. It’s not just another book about a girl who ends up in the afterlife. It has a different kind of take on being a ghost and haunting. It’s a quick, easy read and has some great characters and an interesting plot.

It starts out with Callie getting a new car from her dad, her taking it out for a spin, then going to a party with her friends, and then getting into a car accident on her way to her boyfriend Nick’s house. Then Callie wakes up in the afterlife or l
Princess Bookie
Jun 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2013
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 super cool best friend! Her life is pretty good. Yes, her mom passed away years ago but overall she is happy.

But that all changes one day, while she’s on the way to see her boyfriend. Her dad has just bought her a new car and she really enjoys having it. She picks up the phone as she’s driving, talks to her boyfriend, and gets in
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wanting something different, I picked up this book. I adored other books written by this author and wanted to see what this book could offer. Everyone, it was AWESOME!!

Plot: The plot begins with the author giving a good and quick back round on the main character Callie. As the reader, we see how she lives her day to day life and the events that lead up to it ending. I like that even in the first few chapters their are subtle hints of foreshadowing and emotions that I picked up on. And right away
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal
04/21/14: This book was a great story that almost seems dystopian with the action and plot twists. A great start to a new series, I can't wait to start the sequel dust to dust once it is released later this year!

06/13/17: Considering I gave this book five stars the first time I read it, I can't confidently say that I was more affected by it this time, or, more reeled in, but I almost feel like I was. Maybe having more experiences behind me than I did as a 12 year old lets the true meaning of thi
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 rating

I really liked the premise of this story--just what happens when you die? And it was done without being preachy AT ALL. Thank goodness! I loved the idea of an dimension (is that the right word?) you go to so you can "haunt" the ones you love. But in this book, haunting isn't a scary thing--its a peaceful thing that helps them move on in their lives.

I have to be honest that I didn't really connect with Callie. Maybe it was her daredevil ways. I'm not sure but I just never real
Feb 06, 2016 rated it did not like it
1.5/5 stars
THIS BOOK KILLED ME!! (Pun count: 1)

This book had so MUCH potential! At first, I really liked Callie and could sympathise with her situation.

And then Thatcher came into the story, a Guide in the Prison. He had this mysterious allure. Yet, after the many times he lied to Callie and as the story progressed, he had the personality of cardboard. I'm sorry, I really hate being harsh when it comes to books, but this book frustrated the HELL out of me.

It's safe to say I didn't finish this o
Isabella Diaz
Jan 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Spoiler Alert.
Oh. My. God.
I loved this book. LOVED LOVED LOVED LOVED.
This whole time i was dying to know what her boyfriend from earth was keeping from her the whole time yet the whole time i was falling more and more in love Thatcher. I loved him and his character, he was so hot. Yet, i felt great sympathy for her father, she was the last one left in his life, I actually cried when the father looked at the pictures of her as kid that broke my heart. But I still desparately need to know what her
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is so amazing because Callie seems so realistic. I feel like I actually know her and at some parts of the book, I was her. Carlton was the supportive best friend that was there your whole life. She was a little crazy with the voodoo and stuff though. I also love how mysterious and off limits Thatcher is. At first he is kind of closed off and maybe even mean but it is so fascinating to watch him open up to Callie. It's just so cute how he cares so much about Callie, too. The twigs in th ...more
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of paranormal and young love/romance
3.5 stars (I always round up when I can't give a half star, thus the 4-star rating)

I have been really eager to read this book since I heard about it. It sounded like it would be similar to Gabrielle Zevin's ELSEWHERE, which I read at the beginning of 2013 and really enjoyed. I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this book from Shana at A Book Vacation -- so thank you, Shana, for giving me the chance to read it!

I was intrigued by the idea behind ASHES TO ASHES -- our main character, Callie, dies yo
Izzy  P.
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I wasn't really sure what to expect with this story. Overall, it was nicely written and I would read it again. The characters varied; some of them were flat while others were deep...this made the story sometimes enjoyable and sometimes not. There were parts of this book that made my heart race and others I just wanted to get over with.
The whole plot of the book felt repetitive:
Thatcher: Cali, no!
Cali: Cali yes!
The plot felt drawn out and I had a sense of Deja vu throughout it. There are some pa
Ashley (Loves Books)
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
**This review will post to Ashley Loves Books at a later date.**

Real rating: 3.5 stars

There is one main thing that I think a person should know going into reading Ashes To Ashes: this is a duet. There will be a second book! I had absolutely no idea when I read it, I thought it was a standalone—but as I crept closer and closer to the end of the book, I started thinking, “Hmmm…all these questions and still ninety BILLION questions?!” And I remember thinking good heavens there BETTER be a second bo
Lisa Nocita
Callie is sixteen and lives on the edge taking daring risks for the thrill to fill the void left behind when her mother died she was six. Her father though loving and kind, is emotionally withdrawn, a military man who won't let himself be vulnerable to heartache since his wife died. One early summer day, just before Callie is going off to a collegiate camp, he gives her a new car, a sporty BMW. The same day, Callie takes one too many risks and ends up paying the ultimate price, catapulting herse ...more
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Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nichole
Originally posted on, reviewed by Nichole.

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
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2014
I don't feel like I should really give a young adult novel about ghosts five stars, right? I mean, it's another paranormal book with another love triangle and a protagonist that's a little slow and a lot irritating at times.

But... it was such an enjoyable story!

Basically, the novel focuses on Callie, a teenager who dies one night (in her brand new car... go figure!) on the way to her boyfriend's house. (This isn't a spoiler! I promise!) She wakes up to a strange, glowy existence only to discove
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!!!! One day to read one page to get hooked into this to come….

My review:
Let me first say I LOVED IT! I was not sure what I was getting into when I started this one, I read the blurb just to see but thought, “ I am not sure this is a book I will enjoy” But let me say that’s was SO very wrong. I loved it and enjoyed it so much it took me 7 hours to read it. I COULD NOT put it down. I was just needed to get to the next chapter to see what was going to happen. Walker wrote not onl
Jan 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Seventeen-year-old Callie is excited for her upcoming senior year - she's got the perfect boyfriend, a great best friend, and a brand-new car courtesy of her dad. But when Callie crashes her car, she is taken to the Prism - a transitional place between life and death where she will spend some time as a ghost, haunting those she loves until they are able to accept her death. "Haunting," in this book, doesn't refer to the typical scary and angry haunting, but rather to a method of connecting with ...more
Brandi Kosiner
Nov 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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. I read some of Melissa's other books, but they seemed so different, and I felt like I was done with ghost stories, but this had a spin that I enjoyed.
I enjoyed Callie, and wanted to know why she was special, having all of the energy, clear memories and emotions when she first crossed into the Prism, and I was curious about the mysterious Thatcher. There is also another group that does not
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
Ashes to Ashes was reviewed by our reviewer Fiona. This review can be found on

4.5 Stars!

What happens to your body when you die? Where does your soul go? How do you reach your loved ones to help them get over your passing and what if they still had something to tell you?

Ashes to Ashes is a journey that 16 year old Callie takes after a horrific accident. Callie is a thrill seeker, she uses this to mask the emptiness that she has after losing her mother to a
Dec 29, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, did-not-finish
I couldn't even finish this book and it pisses me off because I wasted almost $9 of my Christmas money on it. This is gonna be a bit of a rant.

I bought Ashes to Ashes because it sounded intriguing and it was set in Charleston. I live in Upstate SC but my brother goes to college in Charleston and I love the city. I read the sample on my Kindle and the author mentioned so many familiar places and stories that I decided I had to read it. Mistake.

My first problem is with the main character. I didn't
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh my lawd. Oh. My. Lawd. I enjoyed Ashes To Ashes so much more than I thought I would. What had me on edge about reading this was the fact that there are alot of books that come off like it. You know where someone dies and become trapped in the in between having to watch their loved ones grief. Personally, it depends on the book for me to like those plot ideas. But this knocked it out of the park. Ashes To Ashes completey changed my view on "stuck in the in between" books. Callie gets into a ca ...more
Z (Through The Inked Pages)
I feel like I want to be so done with YA novels. I am sick of this insta-love, whining MC cliché. The first book of 2014 and I'm already disappointed.

She reminisces about Nick, then turns around and starts to fantasize about her new guide named Thatcher who, by the way, sounds like the typical boy in a YA novel (blond hair that falls over his blue eyes, broad shoulders, yadda yadda yadda). Not even that, but as soon as the newly Dead named Genevieve asks what's-her-face (she's not that important
Jan 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, 2014
I received a copy of Ashes to Ashes from a GoodReads first reads giveaway.

I don't usually read paranormal novels so I was not sure what to expect. i was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The premise is that thrill seeker Callie dies in a car accident and wakes up in Prism, where she must haunt her friends and family until they have accepted her death, and then she can move on to Soulus. She has a guide named Thatcher who is supposed to teach her how to complete her haunting.

The best part of t
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Callie is a thrill-seeker; it is the only way she knows how to feel alive… until it leads to her untimely death. She finds herself in an afterlife existence in Prism, a place between Earth and whatever comes next. Callie meets a boy ghost, Thatcher, who is a spirit guide and will help her to haunt her loved ones so they can move on. Thatcher’s version of haunting is quiet and peaceful and will help those left behind to heal. Callie feels frustrated with the slowness of this type of healing; inst ...more
Shelbi Adams
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Oh my gosh! okay! so I love love loveddddd this book! the only reason I didn't give it a 5 star is the ended. I almost ripped the book in half! Such a cliffhanger! thank god there is going to be a sequel otherwise this book would have been a 1 star because that was the dumbest ending I've ever read! I hate getting myself involved in series though. especially when the next book isn't even out yet. However, I can't rant about this book until I read the conclusion of it in the next book in December ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-for-orj
This was much better than I thought! The premise seemed kind of tired, but I found myself immersed quickly. It's a story about letting go and finding peace after death, both from the side of the living and from those who have passed on. It's a thoughtful premise, but along with it are some genuinely creepy stakes as poltergeists try to learn how to possess living bodies permanently.

I was also really pleased that there was a good explanation for why Callie was "different" as a ghost- too often in
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Started this book in the morning, finished it in the evening. Perfect for fans of the movie Ghost or the book If I Stay. Callie is in a car accident and the next thing she knows she's in a version of the afterlife with a guide named Thatcher. He's there to guide her goodbyes to her family & friends and help them find peace with what has happened. But there's also others in the afterlife that are encouraging Callie to join them and find a way to permanently stay on earth. As a reader you are tryi ...more
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
I dnfed this book roughly 76 pages in. Even though I did not finish it, it is handy for me to know why I did not finish it so here I go.

This wasn't a bad book, but it just couldn't keep my attention. I love reading books about the afterlife so I thought this would be up my alley. The afterlife shown in this book has some interesting ideas but it is mostly ghosts stalking the living which I have seen done many times before in books. The book also seems to revolve more around romance, there's even
A Leisure Moment
Feb 22, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult

Although, it was smoothly written, the plot did not appear completely original. Something, that I feel is truly a must with so many titles in the Young Adult Genre being introduced daily. This is the first book that I have read by Melissa Walker. I do plan to check out some of her other titles as well.

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