Series: Ashes #2
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 5, 2015
Genres: Paranormal, YA
Source: ARC borrowed thru Around the World ARC Tours
Perfect for fans of If I Stay or Imaginary Girls, Dust to Dust is the mysterious, thoughtful, and poignant sequel to Melissa Walker's haunting and heartbreaking novel Ashes to Ashes.
When Callie McPhee miraculously recovers from a tragic accident that should have taken her life, she thought her connection to the ghost world would be severed forever. And that she would never see Thatcher—the ghost she fell in love with in the hereafter—again. But when she receives unexpected signs from Thatcher, she's led down a dark road toward the angry souls who once tried to steal her soul's energy for another chance at life.
Now Callie must prevent the real world and the spirit world from colliding, and that could mean saying good-bye to people she'd never imagined she'd lose.
~I liked the first book, and I still love the concept of ghosts haunting their loved ones in order to help them get over their loss. But the second part of the duet just didn’t work as well for me.
~I was glad to see past favorites (Nick and Thatcher) and really enjoyed new character, Dylan Dixon, and more importantly, his family’s bookstore.
~But I had found myself annoyed with Carson and even more at Callie, who just seemed dumbed down. It’s been awhile since I read Ashes to Ashes, and I know I found Callie a little to impulsive, but I don’t remember thinking she was dumb. There were plenty of times in this book, though, that I was yelling at her to get a clue. There may have been some swearing and eye rolling.
~Carson’s character, which I enjoyed in book 1, was all over the place in this book. There was a reason behind it, but it’s hard to know what acts on her part were because of this reason or if she was just really overstepping the boundaries of friendship. I suspect a mixture of both.
~Something happened about halfway through the book that I found flat out gross (although I’m sure others will swoon), and it made everything else after less interesting to me because I kind of stopped caring about Callie’s fate. Seriously, it made me more uncomfortable than Bill Belichick accidentally kissing his grown daughter on the lips after the Super Bowl win. I wish they sold Mental Bleach Brain Wash to erase those uncomfortable images.
~ Ugh, I felt about Holly how I feel about Lindsey on Gilmore Girls. Yes, Dean had every right to move on after Rory fell for bad boy Jess, but no matter how nice Lindsey was, or how many magnets she purchased for Rory when they were kids, Lindsey still felt like an interloper. This book had way too much Holly in it. (Sorry, ya’ll, I have literally been watching Gilmore Girls for days and days and I can and will relate absolutely everything to that show for the next foreseeable future).
~ I loved how close Callie and her father have grown, and how much they talked. Even if their dialogue was a bit weird.
~I’m glad I stuck it out, because I think the author did a good job with the ending. I was afraid it would be magically wrapped up on a bow, and while it was a good ending, it wasn’t a fan fiction kind of end (you know, the one where everything was just a dream, the love interests are both alive and expecting twins and there’s cupcakes and birds helping the heroine to dress in the morning). Instead the ending was sweetly bittersweet.
Callie- newly awoken from a coma and her time in Prism, the afterlife bootcamp.
Thatcher- the ghost boy Callie fell in love with in the Prism.
Carson- Callie’s bff and wannabe ghost whisperer.
Nick- Callie’s super wonderful boyfriend, even if he’s staying with her out of guilt and she’s in love with a dead boy.
Captain McPhee- Callie’s father, recently more in touch with his feelings.
Reena and Leo- Thatcher’s ex-friends and current poltergeists who are making trouble for the living Callie.
Eli- friend’s with Nick and Callie.
Wendy- Thatcher’s sister and owner of a ring that Callie needs.
Dylan- somewhat mysterious boy who’s family owns a wonderfully cool bookstore.
Nurse K- Callie is spending quite a bit of time with the nice school nurse.
I literally lol-ed when Callie charged a possessed Eli- it reminded me of that saying ‘like a bull in a china shop’. I don’t think it was meant to be as amusing as it was to me, but it just seemed like Callie had lost her damn mind.
Stop the Clock:
While this book didn’t work as well as Ashes to Ashes did for me, it was still an okay read. I gravitate to dark and twisty books, but sometimes it’s nice to have something a little sweeter, a little lighter, even though it still deals with ghosts and poltergeists. For those of you that really liked book 1, you’ll like book 2. If you’re a Thatcher fan, then book 2 is worth reading (I may be in the minority of liking Nick more, not that I wanted him with Callie for a HEA). But I only liked Ashes to Ashes, so Dust to Dust was just okay for me.
Dust to Dust gets a Midnight Book rating of: