A tale of necromancy, vampires and shenanigans, reminiscent of Terry Pratchett writing for the modern woman, Alice James’ Grave Secrets is a delight of a paranormal romance. I’ve hyped this up so much that my partner’s mum has just taken the ARC off me to read herself, so I guess that speaks for itself!
Many thanks to Rebellion Publishing and Hanna Waigh for sending me an ARC and including me on this blog tour!
RELEASE DATE: 03/09/20
STAR RATING: 4/5 ✶
SUMMARY: Toni Windsor is trying to live a quiet life in the green and pleasant county of Staffordshire. She’d love to finally master the rules of croquet, acquire a decent boyfriend and make some commission as an estate agent. All that might have to wait, though, because there are zombies rising from their graves, vampires sneaking out of their coffins and a murder to solve. It’s all made rather more complicated by the fact that she’s the one raising all the zombies – oh, and she’s dating one of the vampires. It can’t be the best decision she’s ever made, but he’s so pretty. Really, what’s a girl meant to do? (from Solaris)
OPINIONS: Grave Secrets is one of the most hilarious books I have read in a long time. I was chuckling the whole time I was reading Toni’s story and at times even laughing out loud – my poor partner who was trying to write their dissertation at the same time! Toni is a wonderful heroine, flawed and complex, spunky and independent. She knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to go after it, all the while being a kick-ass necromancer and adorkable at the same time.
Her menagerie of men is just as fun and exciting – there is a three-hundred year dead zombie named Bredon who loves to eat, the handsome vampire Oscar, dashing doctor Peter, who happens to be human, and what about the rakishly dangerous vampire Benedict Toni loves to hate? While this first volume of the story is quite clear on her loyalties, it leaves a lot of speculation for the future as Toni’s chemistry with all of these men is high and she might have to re-evaluate her options after everything that happens in Grave Secrets….
Grave Secrets is well-written, funny, sexy, and highly addictive – I need more as soon as I can get it. I cannot wait for the second volume of the Lavington Windsor Mysteries to be released so I can get my fix of this wonderful paranormal romance series and decide on which ship to stan. Add Grave Secrets on Goodreads and order a copy via Waterstones or your book dealer of choice!