on January 26, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.
When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.
Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace.
Shallow Graves is pitched for fans of Holly Black and I think for once that was spot on! This book is dark and strange but filled to the brim with fascinating and likeable characters.
Breezy wakes up to find that she’s dead and had been for awhile. Now she can spot murderers and easily kill them. What a captivating concept! Shallow Graves really starts off with a bang and doesn’t slow down much throughout the book.
Breezy was a great main character. It was easy to relate to her lost feelings. I like that she was so tough but not distant. Her interactions with Zeke were fun. I’m a little sad that didn’t blossom into something more. But maybe a sequel, yes?
I was honestly a tiny bit worried about the cult aspect of the story. I’ve read a few books where a cult just ruined the story for me, but I shouldn’t have worried. Kali Wallace has written a new, slightly scary, world with monsters in plain sight and real monsters (humans) out to kill them. It’s a very creative and engrossing world. I hope we get to see more!
Shallow Graves is a nice dark read. I definitely recommend it if you like those kinds of books, but read it even if you don’t. It quietly covers a lot of important topics. I think everyone can appreciate that and I think you will like it.