Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Its purpose is to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.
This week I’m eagerly awaiting:
Ashes to Ashes by Melissa C. Walker
Expected Release Date: December 23, 2013
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 fans of Die for Me andImaginary Girls, and its breathtaking ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series conclusion, Dust to Dust.
When Callie’s life is cut short by a tragic accident, she expects to find nothingness, or maybe some version of heaven.
Instead, her spirit travels to the Prism, an ethereal plane populated by the ghosts she thought were fictional. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who is meant to guide her as she learns to haunt and bring peace to the loved ones she left behind.
However, Callie uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world: The angry souls who always populate ghost stories are real, dangerous, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.
As she fights to save them, Callie will learn that while it may no longer beat, her heart can still love-and break.
(summary via Goodreads)
Setting aside the kind of obnoxious comparison to two different pop culture-y things, I like Melissa Walker enough to give her new paranormal novel a chance. I haven’t read much paranormal this year (and with the Cybils coming up, I probably won’t get to much more until the end of December), but when it’s done well, I like it well enough.
I like the idea of encountering ghosts in the afterlife, and I’m not averse to some scarier stuff, if Walker can pull it off. It’d be a good read on a cold weekend when all you want to do is stay inside by a fire.
What are you waiting on this week?