The Blonde Bookworm: Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace -- Review

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace -- Review

Friday, September 2, 2016

Title: Shallow Graves 
Author: Kali Wallace 
Pages: 360
ISBN: 0062366203
Publisher: January 26th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books


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.


At first glance, this book really intrigued me. The first few chapters were fun and interesting, constantly leaving me wanting more and extremely curious as to where the plot was headed. It was like a mix between Dexter and The Walking Dead, but then it just kept going on and on and on with no real direction. 

Breezy wakes up with a dead man next to her grave... she remembers she died but she doesn't remember how. She now has the power to sense if a person has killed someone, so she attempts to rid the world (or at least the small world that surrounds her) of these evil people. Sounds good right? Well, the good part kind of stops there. Breezy becomes slightly annoying and tries to do everything herself instead of reaching out for help. Her personality gets bogged down by the other people she meets along the way, and the author leads her on little pit stops that blur the lines of the plot.

This story had a very promising start with interesting thought processes that aren't often seen in YA, but I think the story got a little off topic from time to time and the ending felt a little rushed and confusing. I know a lot of people are anxiously awaiting the announcement of a sequel, but I will not be picking it up. Every reader has a different point of view, so please don't let me change yours. I didn't love this book, but it might be something you would like. If the summary sounds interesting, you should give it a try! 

Rating 2.5/5


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