- Publisher: Corgi Childrens
- Format: Paperback | 352 pages
- Dimensions: 130mm x 198mm x 24mm | 222g
- Publication date: 1 April 2014
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0552565261
- ISBN 13: 9780552565264
- Sales rank: 142,398
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 double-act of the century to please both of them...Adding to her problems is the dangerously attractive Jason Murdoch, a trainee vampire hunter who loves to play cat and mouse in his spare time (Jace = cat; Moth = mouse). But when the young and gorgeous teenagers of Boston's wealthiest families start to disappear, it forces Moth and Jace into an uneasy truce. Will they be able to solve the mystery behind the disappearances - before someone winds up undead?
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Karen Mahoney gave up on her dreams of being Wonder Woman a long time ago, but has instead settled for being a writer of urban fantasy. Her first novel, THE IRON WITCH, was published by Corgi in 2011. She has also been published alongside some of her favourite authors, in anthologies like THE ETERNAL KISS and KISS ME DEADLY. She lives in London, though she dreams of one day living in Boston.
By Suzanne Finnegan 16 Oct 2012
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 and police the vampires.
Theo, is the head vampire of Boston, a hot young looking vampire, who wooed and dated Marie before losing control one night and then turning her, rather than letting her die. He claims it was a lapse in judgement, but now, must face the consequences from the Family. Marie will be allowed to live if Theo can kill Thomas Murdoch, a notorious vampire hunter, and produce his head for the Family. Otherwise, Moth will be ended, taking a little bit of Theo's soul with her. He has one week.
Someone is killing teenagers who are connected to Moth in some way. The first guy, Rick, is a guy she went to college with. When Moth gets a visit from the police because the dead guy has her name and address on him, she senses something fishy and knows she needs to look into this herself. It appears to be a vampire attack so if she can get to the body, she may be able to pick up the scent of the vampire. If Theo gets wind of this she'll be in trouble.
She heads to the hospital, only to run into Jason Murdoch, son of Thomas, the vampire hunter. After a brief tussle, he decides to check things out with her. He can't let a vampire stroll freely around a hospital. They arrive at the morgue just in time to see Rick, sitting on a slab, chewing on an arm, the nurse dead at this feet. All of a sudden, Moth and Jace are on the same side.
I truly loved this book. Moth is a spectacular heroine, brave with a smart mouth but extremely caring when it comes to people she cares about. She's not happy about what she is but accepts that she has to get on with it. Despite Jace being a hunter, she can't help but find him attractive. He is definitely swoonworthy. While a romance doesn't actually take off between the two, the tension is there and when the two of them are together were probably my favourite times in the book.
Theo is Moth's maker, and therefore, she has to do what he says. While she complains about him a lot, I could feel a caring, compassionate relationship between them.
This is my first book to read by Karen Mahoney but I will definitely be looking into others. Falling to Ash is fast paced with sufficient action to keep you on the edge of your seat. I didn't want to put this book down. As yet there is no information on the second book but I really hope we're not going to be kept too long waiting.
"The story is a wonderful who-dunnit and it breezes along to an explosive ending.The world of Falling to Ash is rich with folklore." My Favourite Books blog "I truly loved this book... it is fast-paced with sufficient action to keep you on the edge of your seat. I didn't want to put this book down." Paranormal Book Fan blog "Falling to Ash is simply outstanding. I 100% loved it... Karen Mahoney has taken the classic blood drinking vampire but put her own twist on them. So, vampire lovers, this is a must-read... I can't recommend it enough. It has it all - action, mystery, blood-thirsty vampires and a little bit of romance." Totally Bookalicious blog
Back cover copy
Marie O'Neal used to have a life, a family . . . and a pulse. But now, everything's changed. Marie is dead, and in her place newly-made vampire Moth stalks the streets of Boston, struggling to make sense of a world in which she no longer belongs . . . A thrilling tale of paranormal adventure and forbidden romance from the author of THE IRON WITCH. 'A fierce and funny book with a fiercely funny heroine. Loved it!' Alyxandra Harvey, author of THE DRAKE CHRONICLES