Happy Monday everyone! I ran across this post on Book Date and liked the idea of sharing what I’m currently reading, and hopefully hearing about what you’ve picked up off your shelf. So here goes!
First Sentence Read: “By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was too warm to wear it.”
First Sentence Read: “Night fell as death rode into the Great Library of Summershall.”
A word of advice regarding Ninth House. Read the first 25% when you have the time to take it all in and really immerse yourself in the book. I read it in pieces and started wondering what all the fuss was about. It wasn’t until I took an afternoon of reading the book that I was able to get into the story and appreciate the mystery. It was fabulous. It just took me a little while to get to that point.
Valentine grew up in a small New England town where her legacy as the daughter of a woman who murdered the beloved son of one of the founding families and was hanged for it. Years later when more people are murdered in their town people start pointing fingers at Valentine and she has to investigate to prove her own innocence.
Girl at the Grave is labeled as a Gothic Mystery and definitely gives off that dark historical vibe. Told from Valentine’s POV we see the townspeople change from her childhood views to a new adult perspective. The mystery intertwines through so many layers of not only Valentine’s life but those of the people around her as well. It was worth the time it took for the author to take us on the road to discover who was behind these crimes. I was truly surprised and did not figure this one out. I must’ve changed my mind every time that road twisted.
There were two love interests for Valentine. Sam, the boy she grew up with. He was comfortable, solid, and sweet. There was also Rowan who was the son of the man that her mother killed. Handsome, rich, smart and always on the peripheral of her mind. Someone she admired, living a life she wanted to be a part of. I loved the intricacies of the mystery so much that I thought this love triangle actually detracted a little bit from the story. It did not ruin it though.
Girl at the Grave is a very refreshing historical mystery. Technically it’s a YA novel but most of the time I forgot the age, and unlike other YA novels the adults had a presence and were actually a HUGE part of this story and Valentine held her own. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for my honest review and it was honest!
Opinions from around the Blogosphere
“Girl At The Girl is a stand-alone YA debut novel by Teri Bailey Black. Well, this book has a great potential but sadly it falls short of perfection. To be honest, I enjoyed the story-line, but it was disappointing that the plot focused more on the romance and less on the murder mystery.” Dreamy Addictions
“This novel kept me guessing. At certain points, I rolled my eyes, certain I knew which direction the plot was headed, and how similar this book was to so many others I’d read. And I was very pleasantly proven wrong.” Books and Such