Goodreads Book Description: Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead -- just like the prom queen did.
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.
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.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Grave Winner by Lindsey R. Loucks doesn't fall into an easy category.
The genre is most similar to a YA horror/paranormal (like the wonderful
Anna Dressed in Blood), but I don't want readers who aren't into horror
to discount this book. It has a lot of really terrific paranormal
elements and is a wonderful read. I'm not a horror buff either and I
loved it! This book stars Leigh, a typical rebellious teenager that has
just experienced what every other teen hopes not to experience-- the
death of her mother. A popular girl at school has just come back from
the dead, and Leigh is determined not to have her mother come back that
way. But events take an ominous turn and she struggles to keep her
family and friends safe as creepy things start to happen. She also gets
into a bit of a romantic triangle between a cute graveyard caretaker and
the brother of her best friend. Will Leigh be able to work all of this
out in time?
I loved this book. Every time I thought I could
pigeonhole the book, it surprised me in some way. I had some questions
along the way that I wasn't sure would be answered, but they were, in a
most satisfying way. The characters are terrific-- I think I would have
been lucky to have friends like Leigh and Jo in high school. The two
love interests sizzle, although I think I definitely have a soft spot
for the best friend's brother, Callum. The setting is creepy and
I have to mention this as well-- Loucks has the
best swag I've ever seen any author have. The items she has are pivotal
players in the book, and I was delighted to see how those elements
revealed themselves. I think it's a talent to have swag that enhances
the book even more.
Overall, a terrific and creepy read-- make
sure you have a warm blanket, pet, or significant other to squeeze
during the scary parts! I'll be watching Loucks career from here on out.
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