In her attempts to come to terms with her dead mother and never-around father, Moth spends a wonderful night with Theo. However, what she doesn’t anticipate is that Theo would bite her, turning her into a vampire. Moth must now follow Theo’s control – as her maker, he is in charge of her life. However, at home, Moth is also under the control of her super-strict Catholic dad (when he’s around, at least), and she never anticipated her teenage years would become this complicated.
In a human world that is unaware of the existence of vampires, there are a few with paranormal knowledge – the vampire hunters. One such Vampire Hunter is Thomas Murdoch, who Theo has sworn to personally kill. But Thomas has a son, Jason, and after a string of teenagers are found brutally murdered, Moth and Jace need to put aside their mutual dislike to try and uncover some answers.
As far as Vampire Young Adult Novels go, Falling To Ash by Karen Mahoney is at least slightly unique. There are no love triangles. No dark and mysterious, what are they hiding characters. It’s entertaining, the characters are reasonably engaging, and some moments are laugh-out-loud funny.
Told from the perspective of Moth, we get a good insight into life not only as a teenager, trying to come to terms with the world around her, but as a new vampire. At times I found the character of Moth to be slightly lacking, but where she was missing personality, Jace more than made up for it.
If you’re looking for a paranormal YA read, but are totally sick of the twilightesque novels filling the shelves at bookstores, Falling to Ash makes for a good read. If you’re after something a little different, and thought provoking, maybe give it a skip this time around.
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