I read almost every genre & I enjoy venturing into unfamiliar territory. As a library volunteer, I'm constantly bringing home novels. Being a substitute teacher, I read lots of YA & children's books.
The title of the novel is what caught my eye so I picked it up the other day at the library. I thought the bright colorful glossy illustrations were a plus but after reading this novel, there wasn’t anything special about this graphic novel that pulled me in. I was hoping for something different. I felt like everything was revealed in the end and there was no suspense, no mystery to carry me through the novel. It felt like one of those novels where this happened, then this happened and then this happened and then this all because of this (big reveal). Couldn’t the author give us readers a bit of the big reveal in the writing, I really needed something to drag me through this novel.
The novel began with a girl, bloody and bruised, inside a cemetery. Who she is and how she got there is a mystery. She decides to stay inside there since that is where someone put her and she’s afraid of what lies outside the cemetery walls. She takes the names of the dead as her own, finding names from the burial sites surrounding her, as her own name is lost to her. Celexa feels safe inside her new fortress yet she realizes that the spirits of the dead can see her as she makes her way around the graveyard. Celexa finds food from various individuals nearby and she ponders what her next steps will be. Graveyards are an attraction for individuals and this one is no acceptation. One evening, Celexa comes upon a group of teens out for a night of fun and she watches them from a distance. Their fun turns deadly and Celexa cannot believe what she is seeing. Memories flood her mind, but there is something off about these memories.
I really enjoyed the facial images in the illustrations. I liked the bright illustrations that were set against the black outline of this novel, as I thought they added to the peculiar setting of this novel. My final thoughts, as she is living in the graveyard what is she really doing every day? As she is looking for food every day, who allows someone to break into their house, eat their food and is not all concerned about who it is? I just couldn’t grasp this. I’m not sure if I will continue to read this series or not, I am wondering if it will be same concept as this first novel.