This Book is LGBTQIA+ is my way of putting a spotlight on books that may not be widely recognised as such. I want these books to have as much exposure as they can, and I hope you add some of these titles (or all) to those never-ending TBR piles!
Today’s book is:
shallow graves by kali wallace
Title: Shallow Graves
Author: Kali Wallace
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Genre/s: Horror, Paranormal
Breezy remembers leaving the party: the warm, wet grass under her feet, her cheek still stinging from a slap to her face. But when she wakes up, scared and pulling dirt from her mouth, a year has passed and she can’t explain how.
Nor can she explain the man lying at her grave, dead from her touch, or why her heartbeat comes and goes. She doesn’t remember who killed her or why. All she knows is that she’s somehow conscious—and not only that, she’s able to sense who around her is hiding a murderous past.
Haunted by happy memories from her life, Breezy sets out to find answers in the gritty, threatening world to which she now belongs—where killers hide in plain sight, and a sinister cult is hunting for strange creatures like her. What she discovers is at once empowering, redemptive, and dangerous.
Debut author Kali Wallace interweaves folklore and myths from all over the world in this stunning novel about the heartbreaking trauma of a girl’s life cut short and her struggle to reconcile her humanity with the monster she’s become.
Why This Book is LGBTQIA+
The main character in Shallow Graves, Breezy, is bisexual. Which was amazing, because this book is in no way a YA contemporary. Breezy herself isn’t even human when you’re introduced to her, and it’s just so incredibly awesome to read about queer characters that feature in books that aren’t contemporary, which we desperately need more of.
Another amazing thing about Shallow Graves is that there’s no romance. The only romantic things in this book are to do with Breezy’s memories of being a human (and in those memories, the only attractions that are mentioned are towards girls, and just Y E S). There’s also no coming out drama – the only scene where Breezy tells someone is when she tells her sister and her sister is pretty much like “so?” (in an excellent way). The way Breezy’s sexuality is written into the story is beautiful.
I absolutely adored Shallow Graves, and you can read my full review here.
(Trigger warnings: multiple murders, physical assault, abduction, a violent cult, and domestic abuse in this novel)