Book Review Of “Grave Maidens” By Kelly Coon @DelacortePress @KellyCoon16

The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave. 

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. 

When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her. 

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

Thank you Delacorte Press and Netgalley for this E-ARC in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I was really hyped up for this book, I loved the concept of it, and felt like it was something new and fresh. I adored the cover, and the Author, Kelly Coon is incredibly nice. So when I was approved on Netgalley, I was stoked.

Shortly into the book, there is this intense scene that includes a brick, and while it was pretty graphic, it also set an ominous tone to the book. I don’t want to get too detailed with my review, because I am afraid to spoil anything about this book. But, what I will say is this, this book is about way more than what the synopsis leads on to. It’s about love, family, friendship, and the distances we will go to protect the ones we love.

I loved that Coon wrote such a strong, fierce, female lead. She was a pillar of strength, and she knew she didn’t need anyone but herself to do what she needed to do. I was however a little thrown off at the end, kind of mad actually, and even more mad because I have so LONG to wait for book #2.

This book is out Oct. 29th. I will include the Goodreads link below.

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