Hi everyone! Usually I don’t include spoilers in my reviews but in order to talk about this one I might need to include spoilers. So if you don’t want to get spoiled you might want to click out for this one!
I really want to start off by talking about the unique graves and death culture in this book! Gosh I loved every second of it. The graves are my favorite part. You get to decorate, spend time in, and bond with our grave. I also love the door aspect of the graves. If we could really do this it would be so cool. I think it would really change out outlook about death and dying honestly. Having graves be so personal and cool is what I loved most about this book. I love that Athena spent so much time in her grave. Like most teenagers lock themselves in their room she spends tons of time in her grave which is pretty normal if you ask me. You know what would have been a great addition to this book? Illustrations! That would have made it even better in my opinion.
I really enjoyed the fact that death was kind of accepted thing. Like grave openings are celebrated which is the coolest thing in my opinion. It didn’t feel like death was as big a taboo in this book as it is in the real world. Minus talking about Lucy’s death. The Windham parents did not seem to keen about that but really would any family ever want to dwell on such a thing? Maybe not because she was young.
I really love all the characters in the story. I thought they were all well written. The only thing is I wish the book had been a little longer. I feel like it ended ver abruptly. We don’t get a lot of information about what happens to Charlie. I would have liked to read about how he dealt with his dad’s death and if he ever spoke to Laurel again. Also the whole thing with Van. We get a very small bit information and I understand that he isn’t meant to be in the story so much but still. I do love that he gets his redemption when he save Laurel but I just feel like the ending went by so fast!!
Now, the ghost. I have a mixed feeling about the ghost. On one side I really enjoyed reading from the point of view of the ghost and obviously the ghost plays a big role in the plot of the book. I know the reason the ghost tried to kill Laurel was because they were lonely but I still just wish I could jump into the story and give the ghost a good punch. I also want more back story on the ghost. Does the empty grave belong to the ghost? Did the book say it did and I just did not read context clues? Which is possible because I sometime read things and they won’t sink in so it is possible that I missed that.
While I was reading I felt a lot like Laurel. I wanted to know as much as I could about what happened to Lucy but the information was coming so slowly. I am glad that we find out it was Van who hit Lucy with his car and caused her death. It made me very happy at the end to ind out he had been redemmed in a way but sad because it stated being in any contact with Laurel might have him sent back to jail. Just one question and this could be included in the book I just might have not read properly ( this is what happens when I read while I’m busy I foret if things were included or not). Why does Van just live in the orchard? He lives in the middle of the forest and gives me major mountain man vibes. Who is he to the Windham family? Did I miss something?? I just want to know how he fits in with the family and where the realtionship with him started. We as readers can guess it ended with Lucy being killed but still. I need a little more.
Over all I really enjoyed this book. I had a lot of fun reading it and it was the first book I read off my October TBR.
Stay tuned for next time!