Saturday, 27 July 2013

New Release: The Grave Winner by Lindsey Loucks

Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead -- just like the prom queen did.

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.

With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself.

Released May 2013.

My review:

* I received a free copy of this book from the author through Goodreads in return for an honest review*

Leigh is mourning the death of her beloved mother as her family tries not to fall apart. When a suicide victim buried nearby comes back from the grave in a grotesque form, Leigh panics that her mother might rise again and decides to bury a few favourite things to keep her in the grave, unaware that she has just started a chain of events that will put everyone she loves at risk.

There were plenty of good things about the book. The writing style was smooth and easy to follow, it wasn't over-descriptive and a decent amount of character development took place. I think the balance was pretty much spot on. Plot wise, it was a nice change to have the story as someone trying not to raise a dead loved one. I liked the story itself and the paranormal elements were nicely woven through the story. It was a bit slow to get into but the second half of the book moves along at a good pace as it reaches its conclusion.

The one thing that did annoy me a bit was the love triangle. Callum was a total jerk and he bugged me every time he messed Leigh about, blaming her for everything he does wrong, and having a go at her about stupid things when the girl is facing death and the end of the world. What is wrong with this idiot? As for Leigh, well put it this way, if I thought my mum was about to come back as a zombie, scary monsters were chasing me, and the end of the world was coming, the last thing on my mind would be which guy I like more! However, as annoying as it was, this is a YA book aimed at the Twilight market so love triangles and teenage hormones are part of that package and most of the target audience probably loved it, so I can hardly blame the author for appealing to her target readers!

Callum aside, I did enjoy reading the book and it will be interesting to see how the story develops in the next book.
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