Many thanks to Red Adept Publishing, via NetGalley, for a copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review.
I didn’t really read any of the earlier reviews in-depth — sometimes I do, other times not. However, I did skim them and one of the reviewers said that she had no idea why this book isn’t better known/hasn’t gotten more attention than it has. And I agree with that question fully.
Grunge Gods and Graveyards was one of the best YA books I’ve read in a long time. I’m not entirely sure how it would be classed — in my mind, it’s a combination of paranormal romance plus murder mystery, but even those words don’t encompass the awesomeness that was this book.
I really liked the protagonist, Lainey. I liked how imperfect she was, and although by the end it was getting tiresome to hear all of the “it was my fault that Danny died” stuff, I’m glad that she found out the truth at the end. And I hated, absolutely hated, Wynter and her bullying — again, until the end, when a little more was clarified about why Wynter was the way she was.
There is also a fair bit in this book dealing with corrupt officials, which is an interesting topic for a YA novel. Obviously, not normally tackled in YA books since I guess in general teens don’t really bother themselves with politics, but in this book, since the corrupt official “stuff” had to do with Danny’s death, Lainey got in the thick of it, so to speak.
I liked the similarities between Lainey and her sister, Liz, and how they eventually semi-bonded over them. I am also a sucker for happy endings, and this book definitely did provide that as well.
Will definitely recommend for anyone who is a fan of YA, paranormal romance, and/or murder mysteries. I’m so glad I was accepted to read Grunge Gods and Graveyards and I think more people should read it. I am definitely going to be looking for other books by Ms. Giarratano! 🙂