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Fifteen-year-old Willow is terrified of her new baby, Lilah, who has a peculiar form of epilepsy. Every time Lilah's eyes glaze over, terrible things happen: flowers shrivel, food goes to rot - even Willow's long, auburn hair turns stark white. But it's the death of the family cat that becomes the last straw; in the middle of the night, Willow and her mother dump the infan Fifteen-year-old Willow is terrified of her new baby, Lilah, who has a peculiar form of epilepsy. Every time Lilah's eyes glaze over, terrible things happen: flowers shrivel, food goes to rot - even Willow's long, auburn hair turns stark white. But it's the death of the family cat that becomes the last straw; in the middle of the night, Willow and her mother dump the infant at the fire station two towns over – and are never heard from again.  The next morning, Chief Stanley Quinn takes Lilah home and cares for the toddler as best as he can. With medication, her epilepsy remains under control... For the most part. But as a teenager, Lilah isn't always keen on taking her pills, and when she sneaks away to a rock concert with the cutest boy in school, something terrible happens, landing both of them in the hospital. After Stanley breaks down and confesses everything to his adopted daughter, she decides to track down the young girl who gave her up sixteen years ago; the young girl who never made it home that night… The young girl who is now presumed to be dead. Soon, Lilah's quest to find her birth mother becomes a quest to solve a sixteen-year-old missing persons case. She has everything she needs to find her – she just needs to learn how to control her peculiar ‘gift’ before she kills someone. Again.  * "The Girl Who Talks To Ashes is one of the most ingenious books I have ever read. [It's] the perfect creepy read for the season in the form of one of the most unique stories I've ever come across." - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Laura Dragonchild, The Magic Book Corner "This book makes you feel like you are on a journey of self-discovery, and that the journey matters. I was blown away! " - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sara Lawson, Book Editor "I enjoyed every minute of this book and I can’t recommend it enough." - V. Ash, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Goodreads review "Creepy, suspenseful, genuine, goosebump-inducing, sweet, charming, raw - it is all of these things and more. This is going on my list of absolute favorite books of all time!" - R. Hastings, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Goodreads review "I would highly recommend this book to everyone who appreciates a little 'magic' and a touch of darkness." - M. Reubzaet, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Goodreads review


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Fifteen-year-old Willow is terrified of her new baby, Lilah, who has a peculiar form of epilepsy. Every time Lilah's eyes glaze over, terrible things happen: flowers shrivel, food goes to rot - even Willow's long, auburn hair turns stark white. But it's the death of the family cat that becomes the last straw; in the middle of the night, Willow and her mother dump the infan Fifteen-year-old Willow is terrified of her new baby, Lilah, who has a peculiar form of epilepsy. Every time Lilah's eyes glaze over, terrible things happen: flowers shrivel, food goes to rot - even Willow's long, auburn hair turns stark white. But it's the death of the family cat that becomes the last straw; in the middle of the night, Willow and her mother dump the infant at the fire station two towns over – and are never heard from again.  The next morning, Chief Stanley Quinn takes Lilah home and cares for the toddler as best as he can. With medication, her epilepsy remains under control... For the most part. But as a teenager, Lilah isn't always keen on taking her pills, and when she sneaks away to a rock concert with the cutest boy in school, something terrible happens, landing both of them in the hospital. After Stanley breaks down and confesses everything to his adopted daughter, she decides to track down the young girl who gave her up sixteen years ago; the young girl who never made it home that night… The young girl who is now presumed to be dead. Soon, Lilah's quest to find her birth mother becomes a quest to solve a sixteen-year-old missing persons case. She has everything she needs to find her – she just needs to learn how to control her peculiar ‘gift’ before she kills someone. Again.  * "The Girl Who Talks To Ashes is one of the most ingenious books I have ever read. [It's] the perfect creepy read for the season in the form of one of the most unique stories I've ever come across." - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Laura Dragonchild, The Magic Book Corner "This book makes you feel like you are on a journey of self-discovery, and that the journey matters. I was blown away! " - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Sara Lawson, Book Editor "I enjoyed every minute of this book and I can’t recommend it enough." - V. Ash, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Goodreads review "Creepy, suspenseful, genuine, goosebump-inducing, sweet, charming, raw - it is all of these things and more. This is going on my list of absolute favorite books of all time!" - R. Hastings, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Goodreads review "I would highly recommend this book to everyone who appreciates a little 'magic' and a touch of darkness." - M. Reubzaet, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Goodreads review

30 review for The Girl Who Talks to Ashes

  1. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    5 fabulous stars for another read added to the shelf of my all-time favorites. The Girl Who Talks To Ashes is one of the most ingenious books I have ever read. Imagine The Ghost Whisperer starring Nancy Drew with a dash of a Wrinkle in Time and a pinch of Dr. Who and there you go! The Girl Who Talks To Ashes - a book that defies genre and pulls it off like a charm! The perfect creepy read for the season in the form of one of the most unique stories I've ever come across. Baby Lilah has a peculiar 5 fabulous stars for another read added to the shelf of my all-time favorites. The Girl Who Talks To Ashes is one of the most ingenious books I have ever read. Imagine The Ghost Whisperer starring Nancy Drew with a dash of a Wrinkle in Time and a pinch of Dr. Who and there you go! The Girl Who Talks To Ashes - a book that defies genre and pulls it off like a charm! The perfect creepy read for the season in the form of one of the most unique stories I've ever come across. Baby Lilah has a peculiar form of epilepsy. Every time her eyes glaze over, terrible things happen: flowers shrivel, food goes to rot, people age, dogs transform into puppies, and cats into bones. And this is why her 15 year old mother dumps her as an infant on the steps of a fire station in the middle of the night. To baby Lilah's luck, she finds a good home with Chief Stanley Quinn and his wife. Despite her seizures and all the weird things it seems to cause. With medication, her epilepsy is kept under control... For the most part. As long as Lilah takes her daily blue pill. Until the day she doesn't. That day everything changes and Lilah's life is turned completely upside down because she discovers her 'gift'. More like a curse if you ask Lilah! And yet, if she tries to understand it and even learns to control it, this ability of hers may provide the key to both Lilah's past and future, as well as a series of mysterious cold case murders that no one had been able to solve. Fast paced and gripping, with an absolutely engrossing mystery that slowly unravels before the readers' eyes and also manages to keep you at the edge of the seat till the very end, this novel here will keep you turning pages long into the wee hours of the night. Solid characters and profound relationships, believable and real-seeming, alongside a journey of self-discovery full of emotion and feeling, you'll find all of these and more within its pages. As genre goes, The Girl Who Talks To Ashes defies patterns. It's NA fantasy with touches of horror and sci-fi, as well as a riveting mystery with a lovely romance. Light enough to be considered YA and yet, full of both depth and meaning. Unique, riveting and downright fantastic! I highly recommend it to everyone who loves light fantasy that dwells deep within darkness. It is superb! Find this review and more on my book review and cover art blog The Magic Book Corner

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sara Lawson

    Things change around Lilah. Like "actually" change. An apple disintegrates. People age. Dogs transform into puppies. Or bones. These changes seem to be tied to her epileptic seizures which is why she has to take that daily little blue pill. In fact, the pill works so well that Lilah seems like any other normal teenager. Until the day she chooses not to take the pill. That day changes everything and Lilah begins to wonder what could happen if she let the seizures happen. But can she control them Things change around Lilah. Like "actually" change. An apple disintegrates. People age. Dogs transform into puppies. Or bones. These changes seem to be tied to her epileptic seizures which is why she has to take that daily little blue pill. In fact, the pill works so well that Lilah seems like any other normal teenager. Until the day she chooses not to take the pill. That day changes everything and Lilah begins to wonder what could happen if she let the seizures happen. But can she control them or will they control her? I was one of the lucky ones who had the privilege of reading this book before it was published and I was blown away! I love books that defy genre. On one hand, it felt like a Nancy Drew mystery, timeless. But there was a very sweet romance. A father trying to deal with the loss of his wife and raising a baby with severe health challenges on his own. A girl grieving the mother she had never known, well actually two mothers, since she was adopted. Also some cold case murders. And the ability to travel through time. Sort of. You'll have to read it. You'll want to read it. While I loved Rachel's Lightning Conjurer trilogy and Aspen's journey to rediscover her past in order to understand her future, I love this book in a different way. There is still some of that, as Lilah tries to figure out pieces from her past, but here there is no cosmic meaning to everything. Lilah wants to understand her past and her present because she's a teenager and that's what teenagers do. This book makes you feel like you are on a journey of self-discovery, and that the journey matters. There are always more questions than answers, but that's what makes you feel alive. And while you may shed a few tears as she finds answers along the way, you will also smile as you discover, with Lilah, that she was always loved, that her family is behind her, and that there are infinite possibilities ahead of her. I read a pre-release book from the author and reviewed it because I wanted to.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Travis Might

    The story of a young woman finding the truth about her past, her present, and her future. Abandoned and adopted at a young age, Lilah Quinn has no idea where she really came from. The mystery of her past creeps into her everyday life in the form of headaches; exploring their origin leads her to some fairly strange places in spacetime. The quirky take on time manipulation was very interesting to me, and it was really cool to see her gradually master the craft. I'm very interested in reading more The story of a young woman finding the truth about her past, her present, and her future. Abandoned and adopted at a young age, Lilah Quinn has no idea where she really came from. The mystery of her past creeps into her everyday life in the form of headaches; exploring their origin leads her to some fairly strange places in spacetime. The quirky take on time manipulation was very interesting to me, and it was really cool to see her gradually master the craft. I'm very interested in reading more stories of chronoforensic discovery in the future. Read the book as an ARC.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vinnie Ash

    The Girl Who Talks to Ashes is a truly engrossing novel that plays with the horror genre without being consumed by it, flirts with sci-fi without giving in to it, and explodes into a magnificent mystery that kept me reading long into the night. You might be tempted to call this a YA novel, but putting it into that box would do serious injustice to the maturity and depth offered by this fantastic story. I enjoyed every minute of this book and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s rare to finish a boo The Girl Who Talks to Ashes is a truly engrossing novel that plays with the horror genre without being consumed by it, flirts with sci-fi without giving in to it, and explodes into a magnificent mystery that kept me reading long into the night. You might be tempted to call this a YA novel, but putting it into that box would do serious injustice to the maturity and depth offered by this fantastic story. I enjoyed every minute of this book and I can’t recommend it enough. It’s rare to finish a book and immediately crave a sequel. I sincerely hope there will be more adventures with the time bending Lilah!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Marco Reubzaet

    Having read Ms. Rener's The Lightning Conjurer trilogy, I was both very excited and a bit concerned when I received an ARC of this book. The excitement came from the fact I love the author's writing style: fast-paced, with enough detail to set the scene but enough room for the reader's imagination to fill in the details. The concern was that I would be disappointed with this completely different story. My concern was unjustified. This story is every bit as enticing as TLC, but it also shows styl Having read Ms. Rener's The Lightning Conjurer trilogy, I was both very excited and a bit concerned when I received an ARC of this book. The excitement came from the fact I love the author's writing style: fast-paced, with enough detail to set the scene but enough room for the reader's imagination to fill in the details. The concern was that I would be disappointed with this completely different story. My concern was unjustified. This story is every bit as enticing as TLC, but it also shows stylistic signs of the author having matured, if you will. Her phrasing has become even more on point, her story arc has become even more suspenseful and all the details she offers just fit together so well. The story itself is involving and the characters are believable and (just like in TLC) mostly sympathetic. Although the premise is darker, this book contains enough lightheartedness to appeal to most readers. I would highly recommend this book to everyone who appreciates a little 'magic' and a touch of darkness.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I was lucky enough to have received an ARC of this book and I cannot say enough good things about it. Creepy, suspenseful, genuine, goosebump-inducing, sweet, charming, raw - it is all of these things and more. While I absolutely adored Rener's other series, The Lightning Conjurer, this was NOTHING like it and yet it was somehow just as good. This is going on my list of absolute favorite books of all time. I know it's a standalone book, but I hope there will be a sequel!!!!!! I was lucky enough to have received an ARC of this book and I cannot say enough good things about it. Creepy, suspenseful, genuine, goosebump-inducing, sweet, charming, raw - it is all of these things and more. While I absolutely adored Rener's other series, The Lightning Conjurer, this was NOTHING like it and yet it was somehow just as good. This is going on my list of absolute favorite books of all time. I know it's a standalone book, but I hope there will be a sequel!!!!!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Woznick

    Doctor Who meets Bones. A perfect light horror, high mystery book that unfolds page by page. I really hope there are more books to come. A timey-wimey Nancy Drew?

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    Surprising, intriguing, characters that both scare you and endear you, the title itself should have the curious pondering. Take the plunge...it’s worth it.a new to me author, I found this tale so very refreshing. This storyline gave me foreboding danger, unique character qualities, parental love as well as mistakes, just a plethora of real situations crossing paths with the mysterious. I had that “ I wish it wasn’t over” feeling yet knew the tale was complete. Totally a great read. All my review Surprising, intriguing, characters that both scare you and endear you, the title itself should have the curious pondering. Take the plunge...it’s worth it.a new to me author, I found this tale so very refreshing. This storyline gave me foreboding danger, unique character qualities, parental love as well as mistakes, just a plethora of real situations crossing paths with the mysterious. I had that “ I wish it wasn’t over” feeling yet knew the tale was complete. Totally a great read. All my reviews are always voluntarily written.

  9. 4 out of 5

    zara khan

    Great read Loved this book and would love to read a follow up of her solving crimes using her gift highly recommend this read

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carla

    Won this in a giveaway. I ended up spending the whole day reading it Just could not put it down. I hope that it is going to be a series.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Chirag

    Have you ever come across a book which takes you to a ride. A ride where you loose your existence and you ate molded with the storyline of the book and for those few days until you complete the book you have that hangover. This was my latest experience with a book I read. It's called "The Girl Who Talks to Ashes". Talking about the title of the book its a perfect one liner that describes about the storyline. Its a perfectly relevant one and I feel is best suited for the book. Cover on the other h Have you ever come across a book which takes you to a ride. A ride where you loose your existence and you ate molded with the storyline of the book and for those few days until you complete the book you have that hangover. This was my latest experience with a book I read. It's called "The Girl Who Talks to Ashes". Talking about the title of the book its a perfect one liner that describes about the storyline. Its a perfectly relevant one and I feel is best suited for the book. Cover on the other hand is a creative and catchy one. For both cover and the title I would like to give it a 2/2. Talking about the plot of the book, The world created by author Rachel Rener talks about a girl named Lilah. Who is mysterious. Okay! Imagine a girl who has some capabilities but is lost. Who doesn't know her about her existence. Who is unknown of her past, who is not able to figure out what exactly is it all about. Imagine yourself in place of that girl. This is why I said the book took me to a roller coaster ride into its world. The story of the book is basically self discovery. I loved the way it is writing like I could really relate realistic me to the world created by the author. The story is not just entertains you but gives lessons as well. I was literally hooked to the book because of this interesting writing and unique plot. I definitely recommend it to all the readers out there also I would like to thank the author for giving me such an experience through the book. For the storyline I would like to give it a 1.8/2. Talking about the words used, characterization and the language in terms of difficulty. The words used were pretty understandable and the characterization done by the author was on point also in terms of language difficulty I would rate it a level 2 where I personally didn't face any difficulty while reading the book. So what are you guys waiting for go grab your copy fast

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ava

    SPOILERS!!!!!! The books initial storyline was very promising but what made me a bit confused was that Lilah was told she has supernatural powers and 1. The author doesn’t include when her father told her this and 2. She acts as if it is completely normal to find this out ! What really annoyed me was there was I thought there was going to be a big twist murder mystery plot however that quickly disintegrated leaving quite an unsatisfactory ending.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nicoleeeleasexo

    Wow! I have never read a (Magical Realism) book like this before, I really love the that this book and the story had a lot of spiritual aspects to it as well that i really enjoyed and is the reason why I wanted to finish this book. I really liked where the story went because not only with the spiritual aspects but the twist and the detective turn that it made a long with the suspense aspect as well it was a very dynamic story.!

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Cole

    Hands down one of the most unique and creative books I've ever read. I'm not sure how the author wrote such a charming and endearing read while at the same time giving me chills with the subtle horror vibes. As with her other books, Rener's characters feel so remarkably real and genuine. Brilliantly done. Hands down one of the most unique and creative books I've ever read. I'm not sure how the author wrote such a charming and endearing read while at the same time giving me chills with the subtle horror vibes. As with her other books, Rener's characters feel so remarkably real and genuine. Brilliantly done.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Tina Merritt

    🍎 This book was not what I was expecting, but in a very good way! It jumps around timelines so pay attention to the 🍎. You get a decently full view of everything that happens and there is room for sequels of the author wishes!! Interesting concept!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Cecile

    Never thought I could enjoy the fantasy genre until I started reading Ms Rener's books! Never thought I could enjoy the fantasy genre until I started reading Ms Rener's books!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The suspense kept me hooked to the last page, and the characters were well written. What a great addition to the genre! I’m hoping there is a sequel 🙏🤞.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ariel Ramirez

    I LOVED this book! I COULDNT PUT IT DOWN! Such great characters and a great plot. Id definitely recommend reading it :’)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Amber Barnes

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather Horn

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Epperson

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sherrie

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anne

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Nicole Schwartz

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Hall

  27. 5 out of 5

    kresta

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cristina

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bella

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