Grave Matter

Grave Matter is Book A full review can be found at United by Pop This begins with a sense of pervading eeriness that haunts every page due to both the nature of the writing and the inky

Grave Matter is Book A full review can be found at United by Pop.This begins with a sense of pervading eeriness that haunts every page due to both the nature of the writing and the inky shades of the illustrations within. The opening scene features a drunk Samuel mourning atop the grave of his recently deceased girlfriend, Eliza. Snow carpets the ground and blurs the gravestones around him. His pain is almost total, only pushed aside to make room for the overwhelming anger that consumes him.The strength of emotion in the gloomy opening scene is felt, and not just witnessed, by the reader. Despite having never been prior introduced to the character who now eternally lies in her coffin home, I felt saddened by this loss and mourned with those left alive to grieve for her. Scenes from her short life punctuate their current grief to really drive home their feelings of undoing. We see the now-dead Eliza stand for feminism and we see the night that cut this fight short. We get to witness the love shared by ones so young as well as viewing the destruction of that love severed by death. Scenes from Samuel's own childhood interrupts to hint to the reader at what is about to follow, and provide the hope that all may not be lost.... Since the crash, since Eliza died, Samuel can t find a way to go on His need to see his love again is overwhelming, and so he ventures into the strange, terrifying world of Hoodoo Samuel is about to make a pact with powers he cannot comprehend, let alone control. A viral Kindle Grave Matter I really enjoyed this book! After reading an 11 book series it was nice to read a short yet interesting story! Perfect Halloween/gothic style story line. I will definitely be reading this book again!

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  1. Previously wrote under the name James DawsonQueen of Teen 2014 Juno Dawson is the multi award winning author of six novels for young adults In 2016, she authored the best selling World Book Day title SPOT THE DIFFERENCE.Her next novel is the beautiful and emotive MARGOT ME Jan 2017 which will be followed by her adult debut, the memoir THE GENDER GAMES Jul 17.Juno also wrote the bestselling non fiction guide to life for young LGBT people, THIS BOOK IS GAY In 2016 a follow up, MIND YOUR HEAD, featured everything a young person needs to know about mental health.Juno is a regular contributor to Attitude Magazine, Glamour Magazine and The Guardian and has contributed to news items on BBC Women s Hour, Front Row, ITV News, Channel 5 News, This Morning and Newsnight concerning sexuality, identity, literature and education.Juno s titles have received rave reviews and have been translated into than ten languages around the world.Juno grew up in West Yorkshire, writing imaginary episodes of Doctor Who She later turned her talent to journalism, interviewing luminaries such as Steps and Atomic Kitten before writing a weekly serial in a Brighton newspaper In 2015, Juno announced her intention to undergo gender transition and live as a woman.Juno writes full time and lives in Brighton In her spare time, she STILL loves Doctor Who and is a keen follower of horror films and connoisseur of pop music In 2014 Juno became a School Role Model for the charity STONEWALL.

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  1. A full review can be found at United by Pop.This begins with a sense of pervading eeriness that haunts every page due to both the nature of the writing and the inky shades of the illustrations within The opening scene features a drunk Samuel mourning atop the grave of his recently deceased girlfriend, Eliza Snow carpets the ground and blurs the gravestones around him His pain is almost total, only pushed aside to make room for the overwhelming anger that consumes him.The strength of emotion in t [...]


  2. I really enjoyed this book After reading an 11 book series it was nice to read a short yet interesting story Perfect Halloween gothic style story line I will definitely be reading this book again




  3. i came into this with no expectations and i was still disappointed the main issue was the narrative we are introduced to sam, a 16 year old , but the book doesn t read as such this narrative would have better suited a teenager of about 13 years the immaturity, the brevity of it all not to mention, the writing itself left something to be desired the author seems to have ditched show don t tell almost entirely the plot went through far too quickly, resulting in a messy culmination of events that l [...]


  4. This is a fab gothic romance story, the story line being very clever and obviously though through, along with the amazing creepy illustration that coincided with the text I really liked this book and would recommend for young adults who want a quick read



  5. Juno Dawson is well known as writer for young adults, writing not only smart, contemporary novels but also non fiction such as This Book Is Gay and Being A Boy A former teacher, she clearly understands teenagers very well and when I read a couple of her YA horror novels, Hollow Pike and Under My Skin, I felt that she wrote very convincingly from a teen perspective.This certainly comes across too in Grave Matter, a creepy Gothic tale of death, grief and black magic It s a short and easy read at j [...]


  6. I should have read Grave Matter sooner When it was announced back in October 2016 it became one of my most anticipated releases, but I d completely forgotten about it until I spotted it on the shelf in the library last week Beginning with the funeral of Sam s girlfriend, Eliza, who died in a car accident when he was driving, Grave Matter takes the reader on a brief exploration of the nature of grief and coming to terms with loss Sam decides that he can t live without Eliza, so he enlists the hel [...]


  7. A lovely melodramatic gothic romance One of Barrington Stoke s publishing stories for reluctant and dyslexic readers longer stories grown up air and the room to expand the plot This was pacy but you rarely felt short changed because of the detail in the writing The eerie atmosphere pervaded throughout and there were enough macabre scenes to keep you hooked and wondering Great for some of the reticent teen readers in my library as well as those who struggle with the printed word.


  8. It was a short read, quite simple and quite cliche It s good that books are being designed to be easily read by people who might naturally find it hard that element of the book should be mimicked often Since the book is trying to appeal to an audience that might not read a lot, and may therefore be unfamiliar with certain tropes it may not come across as so obvious and cliche to the intended audience As a seasoned reader, I knew exactly where this was going from page one, and it didn t deviate [...]


  9. Just your run of the mill story about bringing someone back from the dead only to find out that it was a terrible idea Read it before The illustrations were the best part like Tim Burton s style but restrained which I liked.And I wish authors would stop using characters with albinism as villains Albinism doesn t make you evil You want your creepy villain to be pale and ghostly, that s fine, but don t associate it with a deeply misunderstood medical condition.


  10. Really loved this snappy, creepy, deliciously illustrated book Where I can appreciate it is short for readers with difficulties, I enjoyed it THAT much, I longed for it to be a fully fledged, whopping sized young adult novel But we must be careful what we wish for, right The Milk Man was a delightfully devious character Would love to see him rise again Two thumbs up to both author and illustrator


  11. Beautiful story of loss and mourning.Poignant story of accepting the grief process and realising that no matter what those that are lost are never completely lost That they stay alive in your memories.I love the illustrations they drew me into the story.I would recommend this to anyone and everyone


  12. Dark tale of a boy who does terrible things to bring someone he loves back to life Perfect for older teen readers as it is quite gruesome and it would be good for reluctant readers as well as it isn t very long I will check out some of Dawson s other books now.


  13. Loved this story Really creative and spell bounding Beautiful illustrations too I just loved the whole concept of the story and the book its self is wonderful I love Juno so anything written by her is always a winner for me


  14. A really haunting short story that tackles lost as the main character Sam is conflicted in bringing he s teenage girlfriend back to life.This edition also included some wonderful illustrations that really added to the creepiness.


  15. creepiness lurks on each page, a quick little story to raise goosebumps and make you want to sleep with the lights on only four stars however as when i finished reading i didnt feel that ache of missing the characters, i was fine letting them be left on paper and on my bookshelf.



  16. Grave Matter is the latest young adult novella from Barrington Stoke designed for reluctant readers Juno Dawson returns to her love of horror with a story about bringing a girl back to life It had vibes of Buffy about it both when Dawn tries to bring their mum back and the start of season six It is also illustrated with creepy black and white drawings by Alex T Smith.


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