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Grave Matter by Juno Dawson - Review

Saturday, January 19, 2019

I'd picked this up at the library on my last visit there before Christmas, it's one of those easy to read Barrington Stoke books but I liked the premise of the book so I picked it up.

Samuel has just lost his girlfriend, Eliza, in a car crash that was his fault. He's finding it really hard to move on without her - he can't sleep, he doesn't want to go back to school, and he just feels depressed. His parents - his dad is a vicar and his mum is a doctor - are no help either. But then Samuel remembers his dad's sister, who is estranged from the family, and goes to ask her for help in raising Eliza from the dead.

His aunt can't help, but her assistant tells Samuel to visit a man called the Milkman. There, Samuel gets a recipe to, indeed, raise Eliza from the dead, so he sets about getting everything on the list and digging up Eliza's body to put the potion in her mouth.

I really did like the premise of this book, I liked Samuel and I liked the spell he had to do, and I liked what happened after he did (no spoilers!). However, I thought that parts of it were quite hackneyed and a bit stereotyped, which I didn't like at all.

I'm giving this 3.5 out of five, sorry to be a bit of a downer but the stereotypical bits ruined it for me a bit.


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