Waiting on Wednesday – Shallow Graves (YA)

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Shallow Graves

by: Kali Wallace

Release date: January 26th, 2016

Synopsis: (from amazon.com)

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.

Why am I waiting on it?

Basically the first sentence of the synopsis. It totally drew me in and it seems really creepy and different from other things I’ve read. Plus, I always love giving a debut author a chance!

Pawn by Aimee Carter

Pawn by Aimee Carter

Carter, Aimee. Pawn. Don Mills, Ont: Harlequin Teen, 2013. Print. Formats available: hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. Paperback $9.99. Kindle $4.99.

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If you could trade everything you’ve ever known and loved for a better place in society, would you? After Kitty gets a measly 3 on her placement test, guaranteeing her a miserable, difficult, and dangerous life, she is offered this choice. She can take a dead girl’s place as a 7. All she needs to do is say goodbye to the world she’s known and the people she loves. Kitty makes the deal, only to find out it comes with serious strings attached. Now she’s thrown into an even more dangerous life than being a 3 would have been. Her new “family” is secretive, conniving, and murderous. And they expect her to stop the rebellion that her predecessor started.

Kitt is about to find herself no more than a pawn in their games.


Themes include: Betrayal, lies, privilege, consequences, choice, love, and sacrifice.

My Thoughts: Pawn has many similarities to the popular The Selection series by Kiera Cass, with the dystopian society with a numbered caste system. It also features something of a love triangle dynamic, when Kitty escapes life as a 3, leaving her boyfriend behind, and meets a new boy in her new life as a 7. There is also a Hunger Games feel to the story as Kitty is pressured into being a Pawn for those around her. The story never quite lives up to its potential, lacking the kind of emotional intensity and immediacy that other popular dystopian tales have managed, and while Kitty is a character we can all root for, the secondary characters never seem to be fully realized. There is plenty of intrigue and plot twists to keep the reader guessing at what will happen next, and with a few big shockers along the way, though, that many fans of the Dystopian genre will eagerly dive into the next installment in this series.

Liked it? Loved it? Gotta have more of it?
The next book in the The Blackcoat Rebellion is Captive.


About the Author: Aimee Carter is the author of The Blackcoat Rebellion, as well as other books.

Citation & Credits
Book cover image: Courtesy of Amazon.com.
Book Talk: Kelsey Bogan. 2015. All rights reserved.
Harlequinn Books. “Pawn by Aimee Carter (Book Trailer).” Online video clip. YouTube.com. 25 Nov 2013. Web. 01 Aug 2015.