Friday, April 1, 2016

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Author: Kali Wallace
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date of publication: January 2016

Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain how.

Nor can she explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch, or why her heartbeat comes and goes. 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.

Haunted by happy memories from her life, Breezy sets out to find answers in the gritty, threatening 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 discovers is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.

Shallow Graves ended up being a different book than I was expecting.  I liked the premise and thought it was a good and new take on revenants and monsters.  Breezy wakes up in a shallow grave and immediately kills the man who dug her up.  She finds out she has been dead for a year and can now sense when someone is a murderer. She also has the ability to take their life. 
As I said, this was a cool premise.  I liked Breezy and I liked that her murder was a mystery throughout the book.  It definitely wasn't anything I was expecting.  

The rest of the story with Mother and the monsters was intriguing.  I liked the world that the author began to create.  However, I am kind of hoping this is the first book in a series.  I felt like in the end I was still left with a lot of unanswered questions that I would hope a next book would answer.  I think Breezy still had a lot of them as well.

I think any YA over 16 would enjoy this book.  It is a good creepy mystery that I do recommend checking out.

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