Hi everyone. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve posted. Life got hectic again, but I’m here to post a mini review of a book I just finished and really enjoyed.
Girl at the Grave by Teri Bailey Black
Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother’s legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.
Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, even if it means losing Rowan in the end.
The book started a bit slow for me, but it really picked up steam as I progressed. I loved the main character Valentine. She was strong, independent, kind, but also had her flaws. The characters of Rowan & Sam were both well developed and added so much to the story. I’m not a huge fan of love triangles, and at times was frustrated with this one, but I like how everything was explained in the end. The mysteries of what happened in Feavers Crossing (both past and present) really kept me hooked. While I was able to figure who committed one of the bigger mysteries, I would never have guessed why. I loved the twists and turns this story took as well as the setting. If a second book was ever written, I’d definitely purchase it.
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Not going to lie, it took a bit for me to get into All the Feels, but I’m pretty sure it’s just because I wasn’t in the mood for reading at all when I started it. Even though I wasn’t in the right mood for reading when I started this book, as I read it I absolutely loved it. By far my favorite character was Xander. I loved that he stayed true to himself, was so supportive of Liv, and that he got Liv to go to Dragon Con! Now I’ve never been to Dragon Con, but I have been to NYCC and it’s intense. This book made me feel like I was right back at NYCC and I’m missing it so much and can’t wait for October to get here so I can go back! Danika was able to paint such a vivid picture because she’s a fangirl too and she’s been to Dragon Con (She’s currently there now!).
I also loved the character of Liv because it was so easy to relate to her. I’m a fangirl of so many shows, movies, celebrities, etc. I understand how Liv felt when her mom told her she had to leave the fandom. I’ve been there and it’s not easy. I also understand how nerve wracking meeting online friends can be. I’ve done it so many times and I have to say each experience has been good. Another thing I like about the character of Liv, was that she wasn’t your typical pretty girl. She had curves and wasn’t a size two.
I liked that Danika split the book into two sections. While some might think the book hops right into Dragon Con, it doesn’t. The first half is background and setting up the story for Liv and Xander. It allows you to connect with them. It makes reading the Dragon Con chapters all the more fun.
I definitely recommend this book and if you like mysteries, check out her other book Edge of Wild!