by Kali Wallace
2016 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
A Junior Library Guild Selection
One of Barnes & Noble Teen’s Most Anticipated of 2016
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens 2016
For fans of Holly Black and Nova Ren Suma, a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric novel about murder, revenge, and a world where monsters—human and otherwise—lurk at the fringes.
When seventeen-year-old Breezy Lin wakes up in a shallow grave one year after her death, she doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past. In life, Breezy was always drawn to the elegance of the universe and the mystery of the stars. Now she must set out to find answers and discover what is to become of her in the gritty, dangerous world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she finds is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.
Tense, complex, and wholly engaging, Shallow Graves is a stunning first novel from Kali Wallace.
North American publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, January 2016
Foreign rights contact: Anica Rissi, Katherine Tegen Books
Film rights contact: Allison Devereux, Wolf Literary Services
A surprisingly nuanced first novel … It’s a fast-paced story with an interesting hook, and a thoughtful look at what it means to be human versus what it means to be a monster. The end result is a superbly crafted debut bound to entrance.”—Booklist, Starred Review
Marvelously suspenseful … Constantly entertaining, intriguing, and suspenseful.”—Kirkus Reviews
Dark humor laces Breezy’s narration, making this a perfect readalike to Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood.”—BCCB
Kali Wallace’s Shallow Graves is a stunner, set in a world filled with monsters both real and imagined, where something bad lives in every shadow. Good thing Wallace’s heroine is tough enough to take on the worst. Gripping, gory, and insightful. I loved it.”—Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Antigoddess
A fast-paced ride through a dark, imaginative world.”—Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink and A Madness So Discreet
A phenomenally written, spine-chilling story, Kali Wallace’s Shallow Graves is sure to keep you up all night.”—Kimberly Derting, author of the Taking series
Writing in Breezy’s pragmatic and engaging voice, Wallace weaves an unsettling tale that explores Breezy’s strange existence, while also thoughtfully examining a life cut short…her struggle to reconcile what she has become with the human she used to be forms the heart of this bittersweet story.”—Publishers Weekly
Wallace has created a world that’s both natural and unsettling … and reminds us with Breezy’s story that true terror is not a monster, but what lurks in the dark corners of human nature.”—Madeleine Roux, New York Times bestselling author of the Asylum series