Book Review: “The Grave Winner” by Lindsey R. Loucks

Single tree in field during winter 2 4 Stars


Leigh Baxton is terrified her mom will come back from the dead — just like the prom queen did.

While the town goes beehive over the news, Leigh bikes to the local cemetery and buries some of her mom’s things in her grave to keep her there. When the hot and mysterious caretaker warns her not to give gifts to the dead, Leigh cranks up her punk music and keeps digging.

She should have listened.

Two dead sorceresses evicted the prom queen from her grave to bury someone who offered certain gifts. Bury them alive, that is, then resurrect them to create a trio of undead powerful enough to free the darkest sorceress ever from her prison inside the earth.

With help from the caretaker and the dead prom queen, Leigh must find out what’s so special about the gifts she gave, and why the sorceresses are stalking her and her little sister. If she doesn’t, she’ll either lose another loved one or have to give the ultimate gift to the dead – herself.


I received this book in exchange for an honest review (Lovers of Paranormal) on Goodreads

Leigh, a 15 year old high school student is dealing with the recent death of her mother and she is doing her best to cope.  What amazes me about this novel is that it really goes into interesting details about  how a teenager rise to cope with the death of a parent. Leigh being the heroin of this story, is strong, self assured and will do whatever it takes to keep her mother from coming back from the dead like the recently departed, yet reawakened Prom Queen that everyone in her school was mooring as well. WHOA…… about the walking dead. Anyway who wouldn’t be freaked out by that and would want to make sure that a recent family member stayed buried.

However Leigh has a best friend named Jo , the relationship between then two of them is humorous, loving and even sad at times as they interact during the book. Leigh, like a normal teenager is mourning her mother the best way she knows how and finds some solace in her best friends older brother Callum (Cal) who is being really nice to her. After finding out that the HS Prom Queen has somehow come back from the dead, Leigh heads to her mothers cemetery with a few her her mothers possessions to bury in her grave to make sure she stays there. In the midst of burying her mothers possessions, Leigh has an encounter with a cute boy named Tram who tries to warn her against doing such a thing, but Leigh does it anyway.

Ugh!!!!! I’m so trying not to give spoilers and its so hard…….however. Leigh and her entourage tries to figure out why the dead are coming back to life and why all of these strange things are happening in Krapper. Leigh has to battle paranormal entities whom are after not only herself, but her family and friends as well.

Who would have known that death can really come back to haunt you? This was a really interesting book to read as I loved the twists and turns that the author took in the plot. The heroin, Leigh was very strong and could hold her own and there was a little love triangle going on in  the background of the book, which actually is typical high school issues. The characters are believable and interesting to read as well as the plot was a very much unique as this was a different type of paranormal book for me. However I overall enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others to read especially if you like books were there are walking dead and other supernatural beings. Overall it was a great debut novel and I’m actually looking forward to reading a sequel to this as the ending sort of hinted at the possibility of another book.



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