Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Review: Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves
Title:  Shallow Graves 
Author:  Kali Wallace
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books 
Publishing Date:   January 26th 2016
Pages: 368
Genre: YA Psychological Horror
Series:  Stand Alone
Source:  ARC 
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.

This book was intersting. This book was different. This book was a really good read. I had no problem getting into it from the very beginning to keep reading all the way through. I will admit there were some strange things happening. It almost through me off liking the book at one point, but it recovered and came around and ended good. 

Breezy wakes up dead one day... yes dead. And now she is back alive... sort of like a zombie. She likes to kill, she needs to kill.. but she only kills those who have killed. Makes sense. Along her journey to kill and be satisfied, she wants to remember who killed her and why. Track them down and of course get revenge. Her journey leads her to more than that. She discovers so much more. She finds, true evil, danger, monsters worse than her. Everything for a great journey to happiness right???

I really liked this book. It was so original and refreshing. Paranormal horror that is addictive and creepy. I couldn't put the book down. From the very first page I was hooked. It's kind of like a zombie book but not really. Its really different. 

It did get a bit wonky in the middle and I didn't know where the story was going... I was a bit worried. I did stick through and it didn't take long to make more sense and I was like ohhhh okay... and kept on reading. 

The book really had lots of things going on that did end up connecting in the end. I love it when everything connects. It makes me very happy. There was zombies, fantasy creatures, cults and crazy cult leaders, murder, road trips, death. Yup lots of goodies. 

The story was written really well and I adored the main character. She was a mess. She was mad, she was lost, she was not happy but she was determined. She had to kill but she didn't want to kill innocent people. So she chose to kill killers. Makes sense to me. She enjoyed it too. Lost of killers out there for sure. She was also very sarcastic and sassy. So much like. 

The ending was good for me. It gave me resolution. The big questions were answered and really I couldn't have asked for a better ending. I do look forward to reading more from this author. Hopefully more of this world. Kind of like a monster hunting dectective crime solving zombie kind of story... like IZOMBIE!!! 

Liked it very very very much. It was  just what I needed in a horror story. 

Kali Wallace

Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed Magazine, and Her first novel will be published by Katherine Tegen Books in 2016. She lives in southern California.


  1. I am beyond interested! Adding it to my TBR pile as I write this. :D

  2. OOoh nice! I was pretty intrigued by this storyline and immediately added it to my TBR list! Glad it seems I made the right choice!! Great review!

  3. I like how stories get confusing in the beginning and ends up getting wrapped up well. This sounds like a nice read. Great review, Jenn! :)

    czai @ the Blacksheep Project

  4. I've been into zombie books lately and this one seems like an interesting twist on a typical zombie story. I hadn't given this book a thought, but I just might need to go snag it from Edelweiss now.

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

  5. Yeah, I don't think this is for me: "zombies, fantasy creatures, cults and crazy cult leaders, murder, road trips, death..." Out of that list only the road trip is something I'm excited about. Glad you loved it, though and thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

  6. Ooooh, my interest is definitely piqued. I am all about paranormal horror and sassy protagonists! Thanks for the review! I'll definitely have to go add this one to my TBR.

    ~ Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover

  7. I'm hoping to get to this one soon. Glad you liked it! Sounds different, and that's always a good thing.

  8. It does sounddifferent, and definitely my type of read, a little worried about being confused since there's so much going on, but if I'm forewarned, I can deal with it and I really do love when everything ends up connecting, too. Glad you liked it! :D


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