Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

Shallow Graves by Kali WallaceShallow Graves
by Kali Wallace
Published by Katherine Tegen Books
Release date : January 26th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Source: The Publisher | Format: ARC
Reading Challenges: 2016 Debut Author Challenge

For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.

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.

Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My thoughts

My my little book, you are in a word, weird.

When Shallow Graves landed on my door step, I was E.X.C.I.T.E.D. The first time I saw this book I immediately thought, “NOW THAT, IS A ME BOOK!” Even after finishing, I still feel like this is a ME book. But while I liked the idea behind it, the weird and creepy undertone, I just didn’t love it.

Could you imagine “waking up” in a shallow grave; mouth full of dirt and no recollection of where you are, how you got there or how much time has passed? Then imagine, killing a man and absorbing all this memories? Yeah, creepy for the win. This was all in the first few chapters!

Breezy is what some would call a Zombie (without the whole, eat your brains thing). There are many other “monsters” in the book, which I enjoyed simply because it gave us a variety of characters. I also thought the magic aspect was different, too. But some didn’t make sense. Whether or not it flew over my head is anyone’s guess.

There are many different suspenseful parts that are weaved throughout the book that leave you hanging on and trying to decipher. What happened to Breezy? Why is she the way she is? What is her purpose? Who the heck is Mother???

So why didn’t I love it? Well…. Shallow Graves started out with a bang and the potential to go to new heights. But somewhere around the half way part, things just got.. boring. THEN! Picked up exponentially towards the end and then… over. Don’t get me wrong, I love the way it ended. It left a lot open for the reader to think about Breezy’s path. But the characters were underdeveloped and the lack of depth to the cult, the magic and well, the monsters, kind of deflated me. I just feel like we were given enough to not starve but never get full.

Obviously, my thoughts are a jumbled mess, but the gist is, I liked parts, disliked others and it was overall, just okay. I did enjoy the creepiness, and I love weird things so BONUS.


Rating Report
Overall: 3.6



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6 thoughts on “Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

    1. tonyalee

      Awesome, I hope you liked it too!! It’s very different and her writing is lovely. And yes, it’s eerie!

      Thank you! <3

  1. Karen Blue

    Okay, I finally typed up my review so now I can read yours. I kinda felt the same way. It was a gripping read, but a lot of it didn’t make sense. The ending killed me. Seriously, wth! The writing was really good though, it was descriptive and engaging. I had mixed feelings, too. I gave it 3/5 stars.
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