Gravemaidens – Kelly Coon

Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Penguin Random House Canada
Published: October 29th, 2019
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Family, Death


This is the kind of commercial fantasy that you read, enjoy and then completely forget about. But I guess in this particular case I’m not allowed to forget about it because there will be a second and final book that will wrap up the story and decide Kammani’s fate once and for all.

To be honest, this book made me hate the concept of duologies. In some cases—rare cases—they work well and actually help deliver a good story without making the reader feel as though the entire book was cut in two with a sharp money-maker knife. Unfortunately, I felt the knife at work in this one.

But I was pretty entertained as well. It’s a fast-paced fantasy that contains a mystery case, cute predictable romance and lots of tense but fun sisterly interactions. Family is very important to Kammani; although I did feel at times that her wish to have her sister close to her was selfish. That she didn’t want to be left alone more than she didn’t want Nanaea to go to the Netherworld (die).

She was also very dramatic and always stressed out. Her stress was justified but really I wanted to scream at her, ‘‘CALM DOWN!’’ so many times. Regardless, despite that (or maybe because of it), I kept on reading, really interested to learn more about the Netherworld and cheering Kammani on as she basically tried to bring a very important person down in order to save herself and her sister.

I don’t like that this is a duology but I do like the writing, fast pacing, stressed out heroine and mystery component.


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