Thursday, November 19, 2015

Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
Expected publication date:  January 26, 2016

Description (taken from Kali Wallace' website):
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.

Breezy has just spent a year buried under the ground.  And now she's back from the dead with a creepy ability.  She initially spends her time hitch-hiking across the country.  At a truck stop, she meets a boy whose random act of kindness sets events into motion.  Breezy doesn't know what to make of her life, but she could sure use some help trying to straighten herself out.

As a reanimated corpse, Breezy can sense murderers in a crowd.  She can feel a killer instantly and desires the killer's life force.  But once she puts herself into questionable situations, she looks for help.  The only problem is the people who offer her help also offer another side of the world.  And it's not quite the help she could have imagined.  Can Breezy determine friend from foe quick enough before things get crazy?

The best way I can put this story is it was weird.  After finishing it, I'm still trying to puzzle out what the main point of the story was.  Maybe it's zombies need a reason to live too?  Or it's a discombulated collection of short stories thrown together without much explanation?  Without a good purpose, I found myself lost in the story without living the story.  It was weird, and I didn't really know what was going on.

I feel like I'm on a trend of reading books that are coming out next year and were only 'meh' for me.  I definitely recommend you find other reviews before giving this book a try.

Thanks goes to Around the World ARC Tours for providing me a review copy.

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