Monday, May 13, 2013

Book Review: THE GRAVE WINNER by Lindsey Loucks


By Lindsey Loucks

Published by Crescent Moon Press, available May 15, 2013


Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead -- just like the prom queen did.

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.

With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself


I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book from the author. And I'm so glad I did! The book will be available May 15th, and I totally recommend grabbing a copy for your beach bag!

Fresh ideas, crisp writing and a compelling storyline make The Grave Winner a great choice for summer reading!

The story starts fast, jumping right in and answering questions later. We first meet the main character Leigh Baxton at her mother's funeral, standing graveside with her father and little sister Darby. We don't know how her mother died, but we can see this is a turning point in Leigh's life.

The story is all told in first person from Leigh's point of view, and we hear her sarcastic, rebellious voice right from the get-go. She throws curse words at the "in" crowd and doesn't follow direction well, even when it's in her own best interest. But she does have a good heart and strong family bonds, as well as a fierce sense of loyalty to her friends.

She also has a secret thing for her best friend's older brother, Callum, or Cal. Suddenly he seems to be paying attention, seeing her for the first time. This could be great... if only there wasn't a dead cheerleader back from the grave and stirring things up in Leigh's once sleepy Kansas town.

Hooked yet? Me too. I think I may have to read this one again! (And keep my fingers crossed for a sequel!)


Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she's not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she's dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she'll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

She's been with her significant other for almost two decades.

Check out her website for more information and to contact her. She would love to hear from you!

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