Grave Secrets by Alice James – Review and Blog Tour

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.

And 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 too. Really, what’s a girl meant to do?

I really, really loved this book! It is hands down the best Zombie book I have read. Easily one of my top reads of the year so far. 

Grave Secrets was funny, touching, well plotted and all round enjoyable. I adored Toni right from the start of the book. She just felt so real and believable (even with her ability to raise the dead). I was completely on her side the whole time. 

Those of you who are regular readers of my blog will know that I am usually a very vocal critic of the Insta-love trope and while it did feature in this book to my surprise I really didn’t mind it. I think because it was done in a different was to usual and wasn’t the absolute main plot of the book (in fact it wasn’t featured a lot at all). 

The Zombies in this book were brilliant, a very clever take on the genre and I loved how they weren’t just completely mindless. 

Our vamps were very much traditional vampires, which was just fine by me. The vampire society built up in the book was excellent as well. 

All the characters here were so well written but I have a special soft spot for Bredon and funnily enough Benedict (there are definitely some more revelations to come there). Peter is a darling as well. 

I can’t talk about this book without also mentioning the amazing cover that hits the feel of this book straight on. Also I adored the little images at the start of each chapter – its a long time since I saw a book do that and I loved it. We should try and make that the next big publishing thing – sprayed edges are pretty but I vote of little chapter pictures instead. 

If you love Zombies, Vampires or just books that are really good fun (even if gory in places) then you should definitely pick this one up. I will definitely be on the look out for the next book in this series. 

With thanks to Rebellion for sending me a copy in exchange for honest review. 

Grave Secrets is available 3rd September 2020

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