REVIEW: SHALLOW GRAVES

 

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Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Date Published: 26th January 2016

Pages: 360

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Thriller

 

 

 

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SUMMARY:

 

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.

 

WRITING STYLE:

 

This book is told in the first person from the perspective of Breezy. The reader is taken through an atmospheric and eerie tale with beautiful prose in a search for a place in the world.

 

CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT:

 

Breezy is an unreliable narrator at the beginning due to her amnesia after coming back from the dead. Through the book the readers get a glimpse at Breezy’s past as she slowly regains her memory and discovers what she has now become and what this will mean for her. While Breezy is not to a place of fully understanding and accepting herself by the end of the book she is on the road there.

 

THEMES:

 

The True Meaning Of Monster: Monster is a term thrown around a lot in this book. However, there is an examination of what it actually means to be a monster. Is it the creature skulking around at the dead of night? Or the creature who looks like the guy next door harbouring a horrible secret?

 

Revenge: Revenge is a constant struggle Breezy faces as she slowly regains her memory of what happened to her. Should she seek justice for the wrongs committed against her or focus on a greater good?

 

Forging Ones Own Path: Being told your destined for something and actually doing that thing are completely different. Breezy showed great strength in resisting her supposed destiny and forging her own path.

 

 

OVERALL THOUGHTS:

 

This darkly atmospheric read slowly unravels a truly unnatural world, searching for an inner truth to who you are.

 

I really enjoyed this book, it is not something I generally gravitate towards but the writing really sucked me in. I finished this in the matter of a day it was that engrossing. The mythology and grittiness of this world really appealed to me and reminded me of the atmosphere from Supernatural.

 

This one is definitely good for the fall months or any time of the year when you’re feeling up for a thriller.

 

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Keep Calm and Read On,

Kati

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