Monday, March 24, 2014

The Pretenders (Cemetery Girl)

Title: The Pretenders

Author: Charlaine Harris [Website][Facebook][IMDb] and Christopher Golden [Website][Facebook][Twitter]; Illustrated by Don Kramer [Website][Facebook]

Publisher: InkLit

Series: Cemetery Girl, Bk 1

ISBN: 9780425256664

Length: 120 + script excerpt of Bk 2: Inheritance

Obtained: Library copy

Why this book?:

As soon as I saw Charlaine Harris had a couple new series coming out I requested the library purchase them.  This was after reading the Harper Connelly series and starting the Lily Bard series.


Reading this went very fast.  I started on my lunch hour and was 3/4 through when I had to go back to work.  I finished it that evening.

The story is very graphic (in the violence, etc. not the graphic novel format, though it is that too) and I can definitely see Charlaine Harris's writing in it as that (the graphic nature) is something I noticed quite a bit of in her other series. 

While part of what made it such a fast read is its format, part was due to how engrossing the story was.  I was almost, though not quite, as interested to learn who Calexa was/is as she is.  I found her newly discovered (newly occurring?) abilities intriguing.  Another part of what makes the story move is the jumps in time.  Days, weeks, and months go by, all with just quick notations here or a flash over pictures there.

I was a bit thrown by the way Calexa narrates the stories.  I'll admit I don't read graphic novels often, so perhaps this is normal.  But I expected thought bubbles in present tense, not narrations to catch the reader up on the time jumps.  (I hope that made sense... I don't know how else to explain it.)

Anyway, the story exclusive to this book of the new series revolves around a group of teens that decide to get into some dark stuff in the cemetery where Calexa is living (mostly on whim, but with one serious participant) and get involved in murder.  Calexa is a witness, but can she do anything to seek justice for the victim?

I look forward to reading Inheritance and finding out more of Calexa's past, as well as seeing what other mysteries she will stumble upon while living in a cemetery.


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