by Kali Wallace
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Publication Date: January 26th 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult | Horror | Paranormal
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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. (Goodreads)
To be honest, the first thing that drew me in to Shallow Graves was the cover. I can't help it, I LOVE a gorgeous cover, and this book definitely has one. Once I read the storyline for the book, my curiosity was piqued, even though this was listed as a horror story, which I am generally not a fan of. However, I was too curious about the book not to read it, so I did.
The story is about 17 year old Breezy Lin, a girl who wakes up one night in a shallow grave a year after she had been buried there, not knowing how she got there or why she's come back to life. Or why she can now sense when people are murders. As she sets out to discover what she really is, she finds that things are not what they seem, and this new life that she has awoken into can be extremely dangerous.
One of the things I loved most about Breezy was that she was a huge space nerd. She loved the stars and space, and wanted nothing more than to one day be an astronaut on a journey to Mars. She wanted this so much, and it was sad to see that dream slip away from her. I rooted for her throughout the story, hoping that she would find out what happened in the past to make her the way she is now.
The storyline for this book was intense. Seriously, I was on the edge of my seat throughout most of the story, waiting to see what was going to happen next for Breezy. The world she woke up to was definitely a dangerous place for the creature that she has become. But it didn't have to be, as long as she could control what's inside herself.
Overall; While I'm not usually a fan of horror novels, I really, really enjoyed Shallow Graves. From the characters to the addictive storyline, I was hooked. I'm really looking forward to reading more by Kali Wallace in the future, as I definitely want to read more!