ARC Review – Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

22663629Title: Shallow Graves

Author: Kali Wallace

Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis: 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.

Huge thank you to the publisher for sending me a copy of this for review!

River’s Review:

Honestly, I had no idea what this book was going to be about. Zombies? I went into it with low expectations and thought I’d just get through it and review it but I ended up REALLY enjoying it! I started reading it in the middle of the night and didn’t want to put it down before going to sleep.

My only complaint about this book is that it felt like it could have been about 100 pages longer. I WANTED MORE! Especially when it came to the monster department. A lot of the monsters weren’t really explained and I feel like if you’re proficient in monster lore then you’ll Get It. But I only vaguely know stuff about ghouls and banshees and this book either expects you to know a lot more or it also only knows vague things.

Aside from wanting more explanations about the monsters, this book was very good. Breezy wakes up in a shallow grave, a year after her death. A man is digging her up (okay another thing that is never really fully explained… why was he digging her up? Did I miss the reason?) and she kills him. She spends a couple weeks trying to figure out what she is and what her limits are. Does she need to breathe? No. Does she die if she tries to kill herself? Nope. Have people stopped looking for her? Yup.

Unsure of what to do with herself Breezy starts to just… wander. She hitchhikes and gets picked up by random strangers who take her with them. She makes up stories about why she’s wandering around and ends up at a gas station where she meets a boy who gives her a flyer for a church that “helps people like her” and then she gets into the car with a murder (Breezy can “see” when people have killed before).

Eventually Breezy finds her way to the church on the flier only to find out that it’s really a place that takes monsters and “fixes” them. Breezy, not wanting to be “fixed” (which from what she’s seen from the people at the church, means killing them or basically taking away their faculties) and tries to make a run for it. Along the way she gets capture, meets other monsters, escapes, and faces her own demons and the questions of what is she and who killed her.

Aside from some details being glossed over and vague, I really enjoyed Breezy as a character and I loved her voice. I also enjoyed ALL of the side characters. The creepy church and religious aspects were wonderful, and I really loved how dark this could get.

I honestly can’t pin down what I loved about this book so much other than I just DID.

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