Thursday, July 23, 2009

Reviewette - “Falling to Ash” by Karen Mahoney

Anthology: The Eternal Kiss
Story: 1 of 13
Pages: 32

Falling to Ash is the opening story in The Eternal Kiss collection – a new vampire themed anthology for young adults. Moth is 28, although she will always look 18 having been turned as a teenager. Returning to her home town to attend a memorial service for her mother, her sire intercepts her and demands a service. She is tasked with stealing back the urn of ashes of a local master vampire kept as a trophy by a rogue vampire hunter. Moth is almost caught by the hunter’s college-aged son during her break-in in a nicely choreographed scene that includes some fresh dialogue and a stolen kiss. Task accomplished, she attends the service at the family home - an unwelcome visit for her father wants to wash his hands of his bad seed daughter. Overall some nice relationship scenes are explored between Moth, her sire, the vampire hunters’ son and her family. The story had a feeling of being an outline for a larger story that I felt needed to be filled in more to be truly satisfying. Hopefully that’s the case and we can expect a complete Moth novel in the future.

Rating – 3½ Eternal Kisses (of 5)

Visit Karen Mahoney’s Website

Running Press
Published: July 28, 2009
ISBN #: 9780762437177
Format: Trade Paperback
Age Range: Young Adult
Pages: 416
Description:
There’s an allure to vampire tales that have seduced readers for generations. From Bram Stoker to Stephanie Meyer and beyond, vampire stories are here to stay. For those fresh-blooded fans of paranormal romance or for those whose hunt and hunger never dies, these stories have what readers want! This collection of original tales comes from some of the hottest, most popular, and best-selling YA writers.
  1. FALLING TO ASH by Karen Mahoney
  2. SHELTER ISLAND by Melissa de la Cruz
  3. SWORD POINT by Maria V. Snyder
  4. THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black
  5. UNDEAD IS VERY HOT RIGHT NOW by Sarah Rees Brennan
  6. KAT by Kelley Armstrong
  7. THE THIRTEENTH STEP by Libba Bray
  8. ALL HALLOWS by Rachel Caine
  9. WET TEETH by Cecil Castellucci
  10. OTHER BOYS by Cassandra Clare
  11. PASSING by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
  12. AMBITION by Lili St. Crow
  13. ALL WOUNDS by Dina James

8 comments:

  1. Hi Doug!

    I'll check this anthology out, I've finished all that I had and need a new one. Karen's story sounds good.

    Dottie :)

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  2. This anthology is just full of great writers. I'm waiting impatiently until I can buy it myself.

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  3. Dottie so far I am liking the anthology (well the first 3 stories anyway).

    Mardel I think it is out this week coming.

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  4. TheMiamiVampirelolAugust 31, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    I bought this book in my local Target and despite the fact that I expected all stories to be somewhat teenage like I liked the first story. It was about a teenage vampire who in a way had to deal with a sire who wanted a job to be done, a son of a vampire hunter *maybe they could hook up when he is a bit older* and her father who shunned her from the family home and from them. I have not read the whole book but until now, this story and The Coldest Girl in Cold Town are my faves.

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  5. TheMiamiVampirelol I am looking forward to Karen's full length novel based ion the character.

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  6. Hey, I bought this book and I love all the stories and I'm wondering if there actual books of each? Cuz I want the falling ti ash one !! Please respond asap. Thank you

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  7. Anonymous you are in luck because Karen has a YA novel called The Iron Witch coming out next year featuring her character Moth.

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  8. Wow! Nice blog. Nice review too. I'll be reading the book soon maybe later, so goodbye for now. Keep your comments up co-bloggers.

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