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Parted by death. Tethered by love.

Lainey Bloom’s high school senior year is a complete disaster. The popular clique, led by mean girl Wynter Woods, bullies her constantly. The principal threatens not to let her graduate with the class of 1997 unless she completes a major research project. And everyone blames her for the death of Wynter’s boyfriend, Danny Obregon.

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Published May 31st 2014 by Red Adept Publishing, LLC
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Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Red Adept Publishing and NetGalley.)

“I was going to break up with her to be with you.”




This was an okay ghost story, but the pace was too slow for me.

I felt quite sorry for Lainey in this book as she really did get a rough deal of things at school and with mean girl Wynter! How unfair!

The storyline in this was about the mystery over who had killed Mexican boy Danny, and who had burned down ‘The Grung
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C.G. Drews
This was such a glorious read. Ghosts and murder. Omg. Yes please and thank you. I have quibbles (I always do because my analysing brain won't stoooop) but I really enjoyed this one. It suffered briefly from middle-book-yawns but there was ghoooosts. I LOVE GHOSTS. I don't read nearly enough ghost stories. (Although, after the prologue, which was narrated by a ghost, I expected a more The Girl from the Well vibe. It's nowhere near as creepy and ghostly as that.)

SO! If like me, you don't read bl
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Meghan
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received.

What would you do if the boy you fell in love with died in your arms after being hit by a car? Being hit by a car right after you two fought? Knowing he was standing there waiting for you to come back, that the last words you said to him were not nice at all? How would you feel if everyone blamed you, including your own mind? That is what happened to Lainey … and how the st
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Abbie
Jun 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, In exchange for an honest review.)

Actual rating - 2.5

I can't say I loved the main characters in this.

I just couldn't get interested in this one unfortunately, so I felt bored for the majority of it. Due to that, I found it dragging quite a lot.

Overall, Not awful, but not a book for me.
Yzabel Ginsberg
(I received a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

The title is a bit misleading, as there are indeed ghosts and graveyards, but don't expect literal gods to appear, and take those (as well their songs, linked to each chapter) for what they are: a tribute of an era gone by, as short as it was intense. I think this is the kind of story whose appeal will definitely vary *a lot* depending on the people: if you were a teenager in the 90s, it will resonate a lot differently than
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Misty Albaugh
Apr 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I just finished this book and am feeling quite nostalgic about my high school days.


This is not my normal genre I enjoy. After reading the first three chapters I contemplated putting it down. The "teen" label on the book made me feel old & I questioned if I would enjoy it. It came highly recommended though so I kept reading.
It took me until chapter five to realize I should listen to the songs that went with the chapters. After listening to the first few chapters songs on YouTube I felt like
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Sofia
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.25 stars

*Thanks to Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, so here it is:

THIS BOOK IS FREAKING FANTASTIC!!!

Goodreads description: Lainey Bloom’s high school senior year is a complete disaster. The popular clique, led by mean girl Wynter Woods, bullies her constantly. The principal threatens not to let her graduate with the class of 1997 unless she completes a major research project. And everyone blames her for the death of Wynter’s boyfriend, D
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Eureca Laurice
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Interestingly I like how it turns out.

That's my impression when I finished reading this. However I had a hard time recalling the story without cheating.

I did not cheat, I remember it now.

This is a paranormal story. (I can't come up with creative writing of this review. And I never ever did.) So it's gonna be pure side notes and all.
40%
When the story starts, I didn't hate Lainey until now. When I get to the back story part where 1 week before the accident happen, I'm starting to be furious about
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Farrah
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I read The Lady In Blue first, and was super sad when it ended, so I was pretty overjoyed to find out that there was actually another novel that came first!

I liked the songs that went with each chapter, and tried to listen to each one on YouTube as I was reading the novel--it was a nice touch, and although I was not a teenager in the 90's, I had heard of a number of these songs, so it was great for nostalgia (and new musical discoveries!).

This was a suspenseful and quick-ish read for me (I also
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Leah
I cannot believe that I almost stopped reading this book after the fourth chapter. What the hell had I been thinking? This book was intense and so goddamn frustrating that it made me want to SCREAM. But I mean that in a good way - because it invoked such an intense reaction out of me, I was able to appreciate this book far more than I thought I would. This book centers around Lainey Bloom and her slightly complicated 'relationship' with Danny Obregon, who died just as they were going to finally ...more
Jillian Lopez
What an engaging story! I'm surprised why this hasn't taken more of the spotlight because the book really deserves more love right now. I love the mystery in this because mystery has always been my favorite book genre to read about. The suspicion here makes you tingle with curiosity. Although I had mixed feelings with the romance, the romance was certainly very cute and light. I really liked Lainey and Danny as the two main characters! I loved the overall idea and execution of the story. It was ...more
Shay
Orginaly posted at The Story Goes... -Blog tour stops on the 17th and the 21st!

I really really enjoyed this book, I mean I just I loved it. The thing is, for me, the more I love a book the more nonsense I write in my review, so just a warning. It pretty much goes like, I loved everything, I just say that word, love, over and over again. It's like I just want to run up to random strangers thrust the book in there faces and yell "I love this book!" as loud as I can. So that's all you need to know
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Devin
Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Grunge Gods and Graveyards is a hidden gem in the young adult genre. There's nothing I didn't dislike about it, and almost everyone who has read it speaks highly of it. Quite frankly, I'm glad I discovered the book. It has a bit of everything: mystery, paranormal, and some dash of romance.

Although they were never more than friends, Lainey mourns the death of her friend Danny after he was struck and killed by a vehicle in a hit and run. Add the fact that she's picked on in school, may not graduat
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Sam
Jun 02, 2015 rated it really liked it

Thank you to NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!

I was intrigued by the cover, and I’m automatically drawn to books where the love interest is a musician (it was an bonus that he also happened to be a ghost), so I figured I’d give this one a shot. I ended up enjoying it a lot more than I thought I would!

What I liked:

-the fact that it takes place in the nineties. Admittedly, I would have been 7 when this story takes place, so my memories of the early nineties are
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
Where do I even begin with this book? Here's the things you need to know upfront: I am not particularly interested in music, and I don't believe in ghosts. Also, this book is awesome. Yes, I read a book about things that normally wouldn't even interest me, but it was so incredibly well written that I did not care. In fact, by the time it was over, I wanted to listen to some Nirvana while channeling Kurt Cobain. (Okay, I took it too far, I don't want to do those things.)

Anyway. I am about to age
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Nicole
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I flat out adored this book. At first, I was just wrapped up in the joy of experiencing the setting - the 90's - flannel and grunge music and cK One - it was like going home but better because I didn't have pimples or a curfew or that one boyfriend this time. And then she referenced The Afghan Whigs, guys! Frankly, I was a little surprised when I started to realized I was actually pretty interested in these characters. I cared about them and, at one point, I felt so frustrated for the protagonis ...more
Susan Barton
Lainey Bloom is teenager, just returning back to school after summer vacation. Senior year holds a mixture of emotions for most teens, but for Lainey, her life has been turned upside down. She recently lost her mom to cancer and over the summer her friend and long-time crush, Danny Obregon, was struck by a hit and run driver and died in Lainey's arms. To make matters even worse, because of this traumatic event, Lainey neglected to show up for summer school and now she's in danger of not graduati ...more
Jess(ToTheMoonAndBackReviews)
I don't think I can express in the right amount of words just how much I adored this book. I was expecting to like a book, most people do when they pick up something to read, but I LOVE this book.

The author did such a good job drawing out emotions and explaining them, you get sucked into this book and attached to your characters right off the bat. It might hit home more for me because I had an ex who I was close with and who died. But I could not imagine him dying in my arms moments after havin
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Rachel
Jun 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lainey was a girl that I could really relate to. When she grieved, I empathized with her pain and when she was frustrated, angry, or in despair, I was as well. I laughed, I cried, I cheered for her... and I had the strangest conviction that I understood her as a person and everything she'd been through in her life. I got to know everyone in Ash well... to the point that reaching the end of the book felt like saying goodbye to old friends. For me, this was a story where they all jumped off the pa ...more
Angela
Jun 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*Happy sigh*

I LOVED this book!! Kimberly G. Giarratano had me feeling like I was back in high school, watching Real World marathons and listening to Green Day (at full blast, of course). I was only bummed that "beepers" or "pagers" never made an appearance in the story, lol ;) Those were HUGE in my HS (before the onslaught of cell phones).

Anyway, moving on to the important stuff...

The plot kept my eyes glued to my Kindle, and the romance was incredibly sweet and swoon worthy. The writing was ve
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Elizabeth
Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The author blends romance, mystery, and supernatural brilliantly. I don’t typically read supernatural, but the description was intriguing. I loved the tenacity of Lainey and was impressed with the writing. This is a fantastic novel and I’m looking forward to more by this author. I recommend this for young adults and definitely adults as well.
Sara
Jun 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read! I read it in one day. I just could not put it down. I sincerely hope there is a follow up book to this! I would love to see Lainey and Liz help the "woman in blue" and I would love to see Lainey and Nutley together!!
Read it you won't be disappointed!
Barbara Hackel
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Set in 1996, this is a story of the summer before the start of senior year for Lainey Bloom and her friend Wilder. Unfortunately, Wilder's twin sister, Wynter, is a mean and popular girl who misses no opportunity to give Lainey grief or make a spectacle of her in front of the whole school. Right or wrong, Wynter gets away with her bullying. Of course she and Wilder live with their mom and the biggest bully in town, her uncle Carl. He is a cruel man who abuses his own son.

Lainey is obsessed with
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Nikki
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For adults too



Even though this is targeted towards young adults I borrowed this from my daughter and enjoyed it. Although a little predictable it was worth the read.
Angela C
Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: music, ghosts, review-copy
A free copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

When I was a kid, I used to like hanging out in graveyards (I was a weird child - what more can I say?). I would spend hours walking up and down the the rows, reading the tombstones and wondering about the people buried there. Thinking about those people and the lives they'd left behind always gave me a feeling of wistfulness; how could someone be there one day and gone the next? What business had they left u
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BookLoversLife
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Lainey is running through the woods to meet her new boyfriend Danny but little does she know that she is being observed. The Lady in Blue is right there with her the entire time. Lainey couldn't be happier than she is at the moment, she is finally dating Danny since last night even though he is technically still dating Wynter. She is just about to leave the trees to meet Danny when she sees Wynter, the schools most popular girl, leave his house. Wynter sidles up to Danny and kisses him and worst ...more
Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin*
This book was different than I expected. I expected the grunge gods to be more grungy and godlike, I expected the characters to be older for some reason, and I didn't expect a small town setting. Apparently I don't read blurbs very carefully. Or if I do, I promptly forget them. There was no lack of graveyards, at least.



The book starts off strongly with a really intriguing prologue. It's told from the perspective of the town ghost, the Lady in Blue, who witnesses a tragedy. Then the story shifts
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April
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to Red Adept Publishing, via NetGalley, for a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.

4.5

I didn't really read any of the earlier reviews in-depth -- sometimes I do, other times not. However, I did skim them and one of the reviewers said that she had no idea why this book isn't better known/hasn't gotten more attention than it has. And I agree with that question fully.

Grunge Gods and Graveyards was one of the best YA books I've read in a long time. I'm not entirely
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Kim
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I loved the emotions it stirred. I loved the characters. I loved the 90s music references. I loved the mystery and the intrigue. I loved it

Lainey's character is one that many of us can relate to, I think. She is grieving and sad and lost. Nothing in her life is going as she want it to and she is left floundering. The emotions that her character draws from the reader are often extreme. There were moments that I wanted to cry with her, others when I wanted to cheer fo
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JillJYA
High school senior Lainey never expected to be blamed when the body of fellow senior Danny Obregon was found in the woods one summer night in 1996. She certainly never expected that Danny's ghost would return to the small town Ash, or would ask her to discover the true identity of his murderer. Sure, Danny and Lainey bonded over their mutual love of grunge music, but wasn't he dating the snobbish Wynter - Lainey's best friend's twin sister? Now Lainey and Danny are racing against a clock to solv ...more
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Kimberly G. Giarratano lives in the woods of Northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and small children. A former ESL teacher and YA librarian, Kimberly loves politics, podcasts, and offbeat crime dramas. Her debut novel, Grunge Gods and Graveyards, won the 2015 Silver Falchion Award for Best YA at Killer Nashville.