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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  3,385 ratings  ·  752 reviews
Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain how.

Nor can she explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch, or why her heartbeat comes and goes. She doesn’t remember who killed her or w
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 26th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Emily May
Aug 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t a screaming captive being dragged into the darkness. I wasn’t pleading and begging. If that’s what she expected, she was going to be disappointed. I was here to meet her, one monster to another.

3 1/2 stars, tentatively rounded up.

Shallow Graves has a fantastic, creepy atmosphere and I loved the ending, but the second half (minus ending) pretty much necessitates a sequel that I'm not sure is coming.

A new paranormal YA novel always instills a mixture of curiosity and apprehension in
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I loved the beginning of the book, but I thought for a minute when Breezy got caught up with some jerks in a cult that it was not going to be as good, but for me, that is not the case. I really hope the author decides to write a sequel to this book!

Breezy wakes up in a grave, clawing her way out and there is a dead man there who she killed, but why....

She can't figure out how she is alive, but not... She's not a zombie, what the hell is she? I know, but I'm

Imagine waking up in a shallow grave and the last thing you remember was dying.It is beyond creepy to think about breathing in the damp soil and much creepier still to think when you'll get the munchies for BRAINSSS. This is the compelling start of Shallow Graves, with our main character Breezy finding herself in a shallow grave a year after she was killed. With no memory of who or what killed her and what she'd become, Breezy begins her life after death by searching for answers.

In the tradition
Paula M
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Do you want a book that take a hold of your full attention from the first chapter until the end? Then Shallow Graves is for you. This novel is not at all what I expected. I was in a kind of roller coaster ride while I was reading the book. There were a lot of stuff that I really liked and made the book standout but there are certain things that left me confuse as well and it's making me demand for a sequel.

Breezy was a such a refreshing charac
Heidi Heilig
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up at around 11am sunday and had it read by 8am Monday.

The first line hooked me. Every subsequent line reeled me in. Part of the reason I couldn't put it down is that the ending of each chapter drew me on to the next--just one more, just one more.

Like that old short story about the elevator of the dead, but even creepier.

That's also what i found myself saying after I finished this book. Just one more, Wallace, one more story about Breezy, one more story about this world you
Julie Eshbaugh
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: the-sweet-16s
I was fortunate enough to read an ARC of SHALLOW GRAVES by Kali Wallace, and I'm excited to share my honest review. This book was all the things a horror story should be and more. Yes, it was chilling and full of tension, but it also asked hard questions about the nature of life and death and what it means to be human. The character of Breezy is someone you will care about and empathize with. Her voice is authentic, and despite the incredible nature of her situation, I was convinced one hundred ...more
Brittany Cavallaro
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is so much to say about this book.

First of all: the writing. It's so elegant and assured and smart but still feels, wholly, like a teenage girl's voice. Breezy Lin is angry, and calculating, and hurt, and a good friend who made some mistakes, and someone who misses her family who she can never see again. She wanted to be an astronaut, and some of the most beautiful passages in this book are about her mother's friend, Karen, a scientist who was Breezy's role model (and a first crush). I lov
S.M. Parker
Oct 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From page one of this book (okay, seriously?—the FIRST LINE) I was ALL IN. There’s a girl. She’s back from the dead. She develops a new sense now that she's back. This newly acquired *ahem* talent and her very undeadness are the catalysts that force Breezy to examine good vs. evil; right vs. wrong; religion; femaleness; trust, and revenge. But Wallace manages to keep Breezy an authentic teenage girl as she navigates a new reality violent with these huge concepts.

Wallace is a gorgeous writer. He
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Shallow Graves was a read that I was really looking forward to sinking my teeth into. It sounded original, fun, and I loved the paranormal aspect the synopsis hinted at and couldn't wait to see if it was anywhere as good as it promised to be.

I wouldn't say I was disappointed with this read but I will say that it wasn't at all what I was expecting it to be.

In fact this was definitely a unique read in some ways and just simply strange in others. I never quite felt like I connected to the characte
Alexis Hall
Oof. So this was dark. Startlingly dark, the way only YA/YA-adjacent things can be sometimes.

The premise here is that our teenage heroine—Breezy Lin—wakes up, uh, murdered? A year after she was murdered. Clawing her way out of her somewhat shallow grave. She’s dead, but still functioning, and definitely not a zombie. She also has vigilante powers: she’s unkillable, heals wounds, can tell when someone has killed someone, and kill them right back by some kind of soul-ripping type technique. This
Drcong O '
Aw man, this book was a dissapointment. I loved how the story started out, but as it progressed I was starting to lose interest. It was just meh.


The main character is a 17 year old walking corpse. Breezy is an Asian girl who is good at science and math. She's also bisexual, iliked Breezy though. She was smart, calm, thoughtful, and ambitious.

The beginning was so interesting and I found myself itching to read on, but as we read on it becomes confusing. The reader is being thrown into a world of
Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I had the opportunity to read an ARC of SHALLOW GRAVES by Kali Wallace.

Wow. Wow, wow, wow! I would classify this book as literary horror, which is not a genre that I typically read. However, Kali Wallace has made me a believer. The book is scary yet hopeful. Full of dread yet beautifully written. And there was such great dark humor throughout.

I love books that make me think. This one 100 percent did. I need a book group to talk about it with. So nuanced and smart. And Breezy. Breezy Lin, the m
Wendy Darling
Loved the first half and the ending, but some of the threads feel underdeveloped and unresolved. The meandering style suits the book in the beginning, but the plot never solidifies as satisfactorily as you'd hope. Pity, since the ideas are so out of the ordinary, and the writing style so compelling.

Would love to read another book by this author though. Intriguing debut.

A bit more of a review to come.

3.5 stars, I think. Probably rounded up in stars.

Sep 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This. Book. Is. So. Creepy.

Don't let that cover fool you--this is a good old-fashioned HORROR. The first chapter immediately grabbed and horrified me, and that feeling didn't really let up. There are things I want to say, but they seem like spoilers, even if they do become apparent in the first couple chapters, so instead I'll just say this: the concept is more interesting than the synopsis makes it seem, and the book is darker than the cover makes it seem.

Wallace puts you into the head of some
Ashley Blake
Oct 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was super unique and disturbing in all the best ways, an engrossing and humanizing ghost story.
2 stars might be too high of a rating.

I was definitely intrigued by the premise. Zombies are my jam and mindfuckery is my favorite genre. This was not necessarily either of those things.

Breezy is an okay character. Her situation is the most interesting thing about her. I liked Zeke and Jake, even Rain was unique; however there was definitely something lacking.

The plot didn't seem to have a purpose. Things happened and there was conflict, but at the end I didn't feel like I had any answers. Or
Margot Harrison
A young girl walks along a desolate highway, thumbing a ride. She's in danger, right?

No. She is the danger.

I had high expectations for this book as soon as I heard the premise, because I'm a fan of horror in general, and literary or feminist horror in particular. It met those expectations and then some.

Though I'm calling it "horror," Shallow Graves doesn't fit any standard genre plot templates. Its heroine explores a shadow world of "monsters," magicians, and monster hunters, but it doesn't feel
Booknut 101
Feb 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Book cover: If there ever was a book whose title and cover were a match-made-in-heaven, it would be Shallow Graves. Pair the title with a darkened sky and some circling birds, and you get an overall sense of unrest and foreboding that really ignites the imagination.

But the best part has to be the 'shallow grave' with the rose trapped amongst the tangled roots a.k.a the place where the roses from The Bachelor got to die. The symbolism is beautiful and a ni
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
A story involving murder, revenge, and monsters..yes, please! Kali Wallace has indeed made a lasting impression on me with Shallow Graves. It is a completely atmospheric, tension-laced, chilling novel that I just could not put down. I needed to know how Breezy died and what happened to her. Not to mention, what is going to happen to her?

“The first time I killed a man it was an accident.”

What an opening line! I mean..seriously. You’re left immediately wondering how many times have you kille
Brooks Benjamin
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Horror will always have a home in my heart. So when this ARC was up for grabs, I jumped at the chance to read it. It was going to be my very first YA horror. That being said, I went into this thinking it was going to be scary, sure. But that kind of scary that you tell around campfires--spooky, but safe, just enough to get a quick scream and then a laugh before everyone goes to their tents and dreams of S'mores and mosquitoes.

That w
Sarah Ahiers
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I can't stop thinking about this book!

Breezy Lin wakes up buried underground a year after she's been murdered. Alive-ish again, she can see and sense murderers, and when she touches them, she has a compulsion to use a new found power to end their lives.
Breezy can't go home because she's dead, so instead she begins to travel around the country, looking for answers, finding murderers everywhere and learning about what really makes someone a monster.

Shallow Graves starts off with a magical realism
Colleen Fauchelle
In the acknowledgments the Author, thanks her agent for taking a chance and believing in the stories everybody else said were too gruesome to be released into the wild.
Boy was she right about her story. This was to dark for me, not at all what I expected. I like ghost stories, But this was too much for me.
Ths story is about a girl who is murdered and wakes up a year later. We meet her at a truck stop, waiting for a ride, when a boy comes and gives her a information sheet about a house for peop

"The patchwork girl I had stitched together was gone. She had never existed at all.
She had been less real than the wisp of a shadow. There was only me."

The minute I started this, it was easy to see that the author wanted to hit all the "right" buttons with this story: moving it as far away as possible from the usual ya "tropes". Unfortunately, the execution is extremely flawed when compared with the awesome concept.

The main character Breezy _ yeah, the irony of a walking corpse with that sort o
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
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“All of us, she said, all of us and all of everything that had ever existed and ever would exist, it was all made up of matter that formed in the very first moments of the universe, and it would all last until the very end.”

This book reminded me so much of The Lonely Bones that I knew there was no
Adriana Mather
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wowza. This book is delightfully creepy! Amazing imagination, fascinating characters, and good ole page-turning suspense. Legit. I stayed up super late reading this one.

Let me just say that I NEVER read horror, not since fourth grade when I traumatized myself with a book about an evil doll. So the fact that I devoured this book, and loved every minute of it places it securely in my "beyond rad" category.

I LOVED how surprising the plot was. I could not guess my way through it and every time I th
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a fun little interesting mystery. Half parts fantasy, half parts mystery - this story had a unique twist that I think makes it stand out in the sea of other fantasy/paranormal genre.

I hope this becomes a Book 1 and we get another one. I would love to visit this interesting world again and see where next road takes us.
Rep: biracial Chinese Irish American bi mc, mlm side character

CWs: implied domestic abuse, descriptions of murder, gore, violence, exorcisms, torture
Update 1/26/16 Christal and I discuss this book on Badass Book Reviews. Check it out!

My Review:
This was an OK read for me. I liked the writing style, however the story bothered me because I had a lot of unanswered questions. For example, we are told that Breezy wakes up in her grave about a year after her death. As the story is told from Breezy's point of view, we are never really sure how it was possible that she was reanimated and what kind of creature she was. Then there are the monster hunte
Amber Smith
Jul 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dark, creepy, so scary. And the writing...unbelievably gorgeous! The scenes and descriptions were beautiful and terrifyingly real, painted with such rich, almost cinematic detail I could have kept on reading this book forever. I was hooked from the first page to the very last. The story was so complex, multilayered, and engaging that I was more than willing to suspend my disbelief in reanimated corpses, ghouls, and all otherworldly creatures in order to become fully immersed in Breezy's frighten ...more
Laura Shovan
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't review books, but I do blog about them.

Read my post about SHALLOW GRAVES here:
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Kali Wallace studied geology and geophysics before she decided she enjoyed inventing imaginary worlds as much as she liked researching the real one. Her short fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, Lightspeed Magazine, and She is the author of the dark, fantastical teen novels Shallow Graves (2016) and The Memory Trees (2017), as well as the middle grade fantasy adventure C ...more

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