Shallow Graves

I have to say this was okay. I didn’t hate it but I definitely didn’t love it either. I’m surprised I liked it even as much as I did. It’s just not really my type of book. At least not right now. I have read other paranormal, fantasy books before but at the moment I am just not that into them. Either way, it wasn’t bad. It’s actually a different concept than anything I’ve read before. I liked the writing style. It has decent writing and the dialog isn’t bad either. There isn’t much dialog, but what is there, is well done. Kali Wallace is good at describing someone’s thoughts. Set in first person in Breezy’s perspective, she thought a lot to herself and had a lot of inner dialog.

Some parts of the book I didn’t care for. I just wanted to get past them as quick as possible. I didn’t feel engaged during parts that probably should have made me feel more. I also feel like I didn’t get any answers to questions I had or even questions Breezy had. I hear it’s just a stand alone and that confused me because I figured we would get some answers in the second book, so we are basically left with a cliff hanger indefinitely.

Breezy met quite a few people in her journey for answers. Some I didn’t like and some I liked a lot. I wish there was more of Jake and Zeke. Two brothers that she came into contact with who helped her when she needed it. They were nice and helpful and they were kind of funny as well. I wish that there was more with them, it might have made it more interesting. Rain was a girl she met and I did not like this girl at all. She was rude, condescending and just not a nice person. I was glad when she got rid of her.

It was a quick and easy read but I’m not sure if I would pick up any other books by Kali Wallace in the future unless she comes out with a second book to this. Then I might read that because I feel like I need to know more of the story.

Shallow Graves Book Cover Shallow Graves
Kali Wallace
Juvenile Fiction
Katherine Tegen Books
January 26, 2016

Breezy remembers leaving the party, the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to the face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain the necklace of bruises around her neck. She also can’t explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch.

Returning home seems impossible. Her parents and sisters have clearly grieved and struggled to move on, and Breezy can’t begin to answer their inevitable questions. Her heartbeat comes and goes, she doesn’t need to eat or drink, she can see the inky memories of murderers, and she can somehow pull on this dark guilt to kill them. Haunted by the happy memories from her life and disgusted by the half-dead creature she’s become, Breezy embarks on a reckless quest to find answers and a dangerous healing magic…but the cure is as dark and terrible as the disease.

Set in a gorgeous, terrifying world, Shallow Graves is a stunning novel about the heartbreaking trauma of a girl’s life cut short and her struggle to reconcile her humanity with the creature she’s become.

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