Grunge Gods and Graveyards

Grunge Gods and Graveyards

by Kimberly G. Giarratano

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ISBN-13: 9781717201621
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 04/19/2018
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Kimberly G. Giarratano lives in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and small children. She loves politics, podcasts, and British crime dramas.

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Grunge Gods and Graveyards 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LeandraWallace More than 1 year ago
GG&G is a fantastic, atmospheric debut with a great cast of characters(I want my own Danny!). The love story is poignant and completely drew me in- I kept wishing I could just jump into the story and fix everything so that Lainey and Danny didn't have to go through a thing. The writing is superb, as well as the mystery elements. The ending leads up to a explosive finale with lots of edge-of-your-seat moments. There's also sarcasm, of which, I am a fan. Also, Lainey's dad totally owes her a night at Vercelli's w/all the garlic bread she can eat. Do you hear me, Mr. Bloom? ;)   Some of my fav lines:   The Lady in Blue had stopped to play with the ghostly orphans when a flash of red caught her eye, interrupting her nightly ritual.   An engine revved, tires squealed, and headlights turned night into noon.   Mrs. Garcia was gone for the day, so it was just me, Nutley, and my ghost. There was something incredibly sexy about your high school crush standing alone at a concert, wearing ripped jeans and the band's T-shirt.  "Stop it." She bumped her shoulder into mine. "I know he likes me. It was harmless flirting. He made me a mixtape. He didn't declare  his love." "A mixtape is a declaration," I said.  Like me, she was dressed all in black. The streetlamp's yellow glow gave her a hollow appearance, and I was suddenly struck by how sorrowful my best friend appeared in the dark.  He winked. "I'm sure." He handed me a ten-dollar bill from petty cash. "The Flaming Burrito. Extra spicy." "Just like you, Pete." I smiled for the first time all afternoon.             
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!  I loved the emotions it stirred.  I loved the characters.  I loved the 90s music references.  I loved the mystery and the intrigue.  I loved it Lainey's character is one that many of us can relate to, I think.  She is grieving and sad and lost.  Nothing in her life is going as she want it to and she is left floundering.  The emotions that her character draws from the reader are often extreme.  There were moments that I wanted to cry with her, others when I wanted to cheer for her.  There were moments that I was so sad for her and wanted to reach through the Kindle and hug her.  There were times when I was so frustrated for her, frustrated with the people around her and the way that she was treated. All of the characters were wonderful!  Some of them were clear villains, the ones we love to hate.  Others had stories of their own, those stories often changing how we feel about those characters.  I loved that many of the characters had moments of good and bad, never thoroughly slotted in the "ally" role, but given the depth that true humanity has. The mystery and intrigue was on point and well paced.  There were so many twists and turns that took the story in places that I never expected it to go.  There was a nice blend of themes between that mystery and intrigue, a little romance, and the emotional struggles that the characters were experiencing. This is touted as a YA novel, which it is.  But I think that the music references are some that will truly appreciated by those of us that were young in that era.  It was fantastic! Things to love...    --Well developed characters.  By the end of the book, I felt like I knew the characters!    --The mystery.  It is a well paced mystery with lots of surprises.    --The music references.  I loved the 90's references and chapter titles. My Recommendation:  If you love a great mystery with some real emotional pull, this is the book for you!
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Not what I expected but a pleasant surprise.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book was great...especially if your believe in ghosts.. finished reading this book and it had me totally interested . I never lost track of the story a young girl falls in love with a ghost who was blamed for things that happened years before..i feel I should just keep you in suspense ...it would be great if you read the book around this season perfect!!!!
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
While on the surface Grunge Gods and Graveyards is a ghost story with the common story conflict that the spirit in question is in limbo and needs something resolved before he can cross over to the other side, the story is much more than that. At its heart, it is a mystery. It’s a story about friendship and living as an outcast from the popular crowd. It shines a light on the good and bad of small town life. And last, as you might expect with the word grunge in the title, there is a subtle theme of the power of music to bring people together. An enjoyable read. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Grunge Gods and Graveyards I received a copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. No other consideration was offered, expected or received. What would you do if the boy you fell in love with died in your arms after being hit by a car? Being hit by a car right after you two fought? Knowing he was standing there waiting for you to come back, that the last words you said to him were not nice at all? How would you feel if everyone blamed you, including your own mind? That is what happened to Lainey … and how the story begins. I am a '70s baby (being born at the end) and grew up in the '80s and '90s. Seeing the music that I loved from the '90s being used in this way was a lot of fun. A great idea and something I haven't seen before. But then I haven't quite seen a book like this. The cover is what grabbed me and drew me in – and even though I am not a fan of romance, I knew, for some reason, that I had to read this book. This story was really powerful – the things she does, the things she finds out, the way she is treated – you just really get behind Lainey and feel for her, her pain and her happiness, as she goes through this mission to help save the boy she loved. And Wynter, the evil bully (did all schools have one of those?) is very well written. Kimberly is an awesome author – it is not very often that you see such talent with a first-time author, but she is amazing, eloquent – her descriptions of the different settings – and the characters – are very well written, allowing you to see everything in your head, playing out as if you were watching a movie. I can't wait to see what she gives to us next. (Red Adept Publishing, you have done it again. You NEVER disappoint me with your authors.) Favorite character: Wilder. Even though I like Lainey and Danny, the fact that, as the new year of school began, Wilder was ready to protect Lainey against the whole school, even her twin sister Wynter, shows the kind of friend that she is and how much she cared about her.
s-o-d-a More than 1 year ago
 I really really enjoyed this book, I mean I just I loved it. The thing is, for me, the more I love a book the more nonsense I write in my review, so just a warning. It pretty much goes like, I loved everything, I just say that word, love, over and over again. It's like I just want to run up to random strangers thrust the book in there faces and yell "I love this book!" as loud as I can. So that's all you need to know right? Right?    Let's start with the setting, not just the town, but the year, 1996, and this is mainly because of grunge music, hence the Grunge Gods part of the title. I loved all the music references and how music played into this book, it's not what makes this book so awesome but it's like the icing on the cake of awesomeness. I just loved it so much. I am a sucker for any kind of musical reference in books, whether the main character just listens to music or sings or whatever, and I've never seen anything that focuses on Grunge music and I just loved it so much.(Should we count how many times I say the word love?)   Then you have the graveyards, because if you're going to have ghosts you have to have graveyards. Let's actually talk ghosts though, okay? I loved(dammit) the mystery aspect to this book, of solving Danny's murder and everything, it really did keep me guessing until the very end. I really liked(ha) the way ghosts were portrayed in this book, I'm a huge fan of ghost books whether they're scary or bitter sweet, and I really liked the version the author chose to use, they weren't crazy or mean they were just stuck. It was bitter sweet and heartbreaking to see Danny's ghost and all the unsaid things between Lainey and him, it just gave me all the feels,  like I wanted them to be together and then I wanted her to move on and then it's just so sad and all the feels...you know?   Which brings me to the next thing I loved, which was Lainey and her journey to acceptance, my heart broke a little bit each time she would remember that though she could see Danny he really was gone and...the feels, okay? The feels. All the scenes from the short week or so they had together and then the memories from before that when they were sorta kinda friends, I loved that we got to see so much of their relationship without it overwhelming the rest of the story. I also really enjoyed Lainey's relationship with her sister Liz, and her best friend Wilder(I really really enjoyed Wilders character). I thought all the characters were done really well, they never really annoyed me which says a lot, really it does, and they were believable which is always good. I wanted more Nutley though, from like the first sentence he was mentioned in I knew I was going to love him but we didn't really get to see much of him which was a little disappointing!   So basically I loved this book, there were a few little things that I didn't like, like I wanted more Nutely and more about the Lady In Blue but...I still loved this book. Also I don't know if this is going to be a series or what, but I really really want it to be one!
BookLoversLife1 More than 1 year ago
Lainey is running through the woods to meet her new boyfriend Danny but little does she know that she is being observed. The Lady in Blue is right there with her the entire time. Lainey couldn't be happier than she is at the moment, she is finally dating Danny since last night even though he is technically still dating Wynter. She is just about to leave the trees to meet Danny when she sees Wynter, the schools most popular girl, leave his house. Wynter sidles up to Danny and kisses him and worst of all Danny seems to be kissing her back.  Lainey is devastated. Was it all a trick? Does Danny really like her or was he playing her? She turns to run away but Danny sees. He takes off after her. They run into the road and Danny begs Lainey to listen to him. She turns to him but suddenly there's a car. Danny doesn't have time to move and the car knocks him down and keeps going. Lainey runs to Danny and just as she cradles his head, he dies.  Lainey now has to face up to the fact that everyone blames her for Dannys death. Wynter has labeled her a stalker and told everyone that Danny was running away from her and thats why he got killed. Laineys life is spiraling out of control and worst of all she seems to be seeing Dannys ghost. What is happening her? How can she clear her name and help Dannys ghost rest?  Well first things first, isn't that cover awesome!! I love the font and the creepy atmosphere of it. It totally catches the eye.  This book took me by surprise. Ill admit that I hadn't heard of this till the author approached me to review it. I was still hesitant to read it because I wasn't sure if it would be the kind of book I like. I thought it would be heavy on the music but it wasn't. I'm so glad I read it because its a gem of a book.  I loved the setting of Grunge Gods and Graveyards. Its set in 1997 which to any one over 30 will be able to relate to. I was a teen at that stage and I remember some of the bands etc that are mentioned. It was quite nostalgic. Lol. A lot of books I read at the moment are set in the future so it was a nice change.  The characters as well are something I loved. Lainey is a typical teen, who loves boys and music. Her life is tough since Danny died but she tries to put on a brave face. She loved Danny and its extra hard on her because everyone blames her. Then to top it all off, she starts seeing ghosts!  Then we have Danny. He is a popular musician with his own band. He has been dating Wynter for a year but has been crushing on Lainey. He is tied to the town of his death and knows the only way he will rest is if they can solve his death. Was it accidental or murder?  Lainey and Dannys relationship is the only problem I had with this book. Now don't get me wrong, I loved seeing their relationship blossom but the problem I had was that we didn't get a feel for what Lainey or Danny felt for each other before the tragedy. All of a shot they are at a concert and Danny confesses he likes her, even though he is dating Wynter, next thing we know they are going out then bam he is dead! I felt like if there was more of a back story to their relationship then this book would of been perfect. Other than that I loved Grunge Gods and Graveyards.  Overall Grunge Gods and Graveyards is a perfect blend of mystery and romance. When I started I found it hard to put down because I had to see what happened next. The last half of the book was phenomenal, fast paced and incredibly intense. I had an idea of who was involved but when it came to the big reveal I was wrong. The author throws enough clues that you think you know who did it but doesn't give away enough!! Lol.  Its a blast from the past and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will definitely be keeping an eye on this author. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great read! I read it in one day. I just could not put it down. I sincerely hope there is a follow up book to this! I would love to see Lainey and Liz help the "woman in blue" and I would love to see Lainey and Nutley together!! Read it you won't be disappointed!