The Grave Winner

The Grave Winner

by Lindsey R. Loucks


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The Grave Winner by Lindsey R. Loucks

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781515348375
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/03/2015
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.68(d)

About the Author

Lindsey R. Loucks works as a school librarian in rural Kansas. When she's not discussing books with anyone who will listen, she's dreaming up her own stories. Eventually her brain gives out, and she'll play hide and seek with her cat, put herself in a chocolate induced coma, or watch scary movies alone in the dark to reenergize.

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The Grave Winner 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
RAGREEN More than 1 year ago
Before I was halfway through The Grave Winner, by Lindsey R. Loucks, I’d been scared out of my pants five times and I still wanted to keep reading. I’m not someone who lies to be scared (I have to change the channel when a commercial for a horror movie comes on) but I HAD to know what was going to happen in this book. The creepy combination of One and Two, added to the cheerleader coming back from the dead and the main character, Leigh, desperately trying to make sure her mother won’t be resurrected next makes for a compelling storyline. One and Two are evil sorceresses who have been returned from the dead as powerful corpse-like creatures. They are searching for a Three to complete their party. They need a girl, like them, who communes with the dead. Once they have her they will be able to release their mistress, the most powerful sorceress to ever live, from her prison in the Earth’s core. And they’ve chosen Leigh as Three. While trying to avoid becoming Three, which involves being killed, buried and brought back to life as a gross, scary zombie girl, Leigh meets Tram. He is a super-hot guy who works to keep One and Two from releasing Gretchen. Sparks fly, of course, and the love story between Tram and Leigh becomes another hook to keep you reading.  I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick, compelling read that will make you desperate to turn each page.
craftymama More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I will throw out a warning that it's a dark YA paranormal read, so if you're anything like me you might want to read it during the daytime. ;) Leigh's mother passed away, and after the funeral some strange things start happening. While still at the cemetery, a former schoolmate of Leigh's rises from her grave. Leigh can only hope she's imagining things and that her mother doesn't come back the same way. I like how we get to experience Leigh's sadness and pain of losing her mother, but it's not so overwhelming that the book is hard to read. This book has a very original plot and will keep you glued to it with its fast-paced story line. Not only is Leigh trying to mourn her mother, she has mixed feelings over Tram and Callum, worry for her friend Jo, and the mystery to solve of why Sarah came back from the dead (along with some other unsavory beings). There are lots of twists along the way that will keep you surprised and guessing, and not everything, and everyone, are what they seem. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a paranormal read- you won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was concerned I wouldn't like this book, since I am not a fan of horror books and have never before read a zombie book...but this story isn't truly a horror story or a zombie story, there was action, creepiness, suspense, humor, and romance. The story was well-written and flowed smoothly, I was hooked in the first page and I had trouble putting it down The heroine of the story is 15 yr old Leigh, a sassy teenager, with a goth wardrobe, who, after her mother’s funeral, sees a prom queen who had recently committed suicide, come back from the dead. Leigh is now afraid that her mother will also come back from the dead, so she decides to bury a few favorite things to keep her in the grave. She is repeatedly warned by a strange boy, Tram, not to bury anything in her mother’s grave but persists in doing so, making a bad situation worse, she starts a chain of events that will put everyone she loves in danger. Leigh and her best friend Jo have a great relationship, I love their interaction and the snarky comments and the banter between them. There is also the interesting pull between Leigh and Jo’s brother Cal, which gets even more interesting when Tram enters the picture. There are plenty of twists and turns in the story, Leigh and Jo get help from unexpected people in their fight against the dark sorceress and her helpers. Secrets of the past unfold, and Leigh learns more about her family and a world previously unknown to her. I really enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more books by this author.
WhatsBeyondForks More than 1 year ago
The Grave Winner is the first book in The Grave Winner Series and the enjoyable debut novel by Lindsey R. Loucks. This book took zombies mixed with magic and spun them around into a highly unique and entertaining story. The ARC of The Grave Winner by Lindsey R. Loucks was provided to me by the author for review. The opinions are my own.
Book_And_Coffee_Addict More than 1 year ago
On the day of her mom’s funeral, 15 year old Leigh sees the reanimated corpse of a recently deceased classmate lurking in the graveyard. While the townspeople and the media find this a fascinating miracle, Leigh has firsthand knowledge of the wrongness (not to mention smell) of said miracle. She gets it into her head that if she buries her mother’s favorite things with her, it will somehow prevent her too from rising. That turns out to be a really bad idea, sparking off a chain reaction involving sorceresses, the living dead, and lots and lots of spiders. This book is a mild YA horror with a dash of romance. The plot is very original and unpredictable, and Leigh and her best friend, Jo, are great characters with very true to life personalities and great voice. While a love triangle does pop up over the course of the book, it takes a back seat to the rest of the plot.  My favorite character in this book was Sarah, the resurrected prom queen. The poor dead girl was dragged into the whole mess just because Tweedledee and Tweedledum needed her grave. Ultimately, Sarah ends up being both the victim and the hero of this tale, and a more tragic hero I have never seen. She committed suicide and now she is the living dead, forced to return to the world she was willing to die to get away from and rotting away piece by piece. She’s decaying, smells to holy hell, and can’t speak, but does she stay in her room and lament her fate? Possibly. But she also tries her damnedest to help Leigh, which really speaks to her character.  All in all, this was an enjoyable read that I would recommend to other paranormal lovers. The story was pretty low on angst despite some of the main concepts like death and sacrifice, but emotive enough for the reader to make an emotional connection. The end is nice and tied up, although enough questions are left unanswered that we may be seeing these characters again in the future.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite When a recently deceased cheerleader clambers out of the grave, the small town of Krapper, Kansas, becomes the center of media attention. Is it a miracle? Lazarus Syndrome? Sorceressi? Everyone's interested and harboring a tiny hope that maybe their own dead loved ones will do the same. Everyone, that is except fifteen-year-old Leigh. Ramone loving and thrift-store clad Leigh wants her mother to stay in the ground. Hanging back on the day of the funeral, Leigh was the first to catch a glimpse of the zombie cheerleader and it was not a pretty sight.  But reckless reanimation becomes the least of her problems when two sorceresses, the cause of the recently undead, come to town hell-bent on unlocking the gates to the magic world's most secure prison. They're determined to complete their mission and are nearly there, all that's missing is one small ingredient: Leigh's dead body.  I was super excited to read The Grave Winner and it did not disappoint. My only beef was that it ended far too quickly and was maybe a little heavy on the metaphors but those are fairly minor. The writing is very fun and clever with Leigh, our snarky protagonist, at the helm. I also like that despite her gruffness she's very close to her family and little sister Darby. There's a healthy dash of romance (I predict Teams being announced and fandom lines being drawn) and a kooky best friend to keep her grounded.  Witty and fast paced, The Grave Winner by Lindsey R. Loucks is a snarky blend of zombie horror and urban fantasy and though it lacks the blood-sucking sort it's sure to win over fans of Strange Angels or the Morganville Vampire series. I loved it.
joakess More than 1 year ago
Fantastic YA Paranormal! I was thoroughly entertained by The Grave Winner from start to finish. Ms. Loucks is a talented author and I appreciate her sense of humor and unique style. Although The Grave Winner is a dark story about teenaged, Leigh, losing her mother, and then becoming afraid she will rise from her grave, I found myself laughing out loud many times. I was totally amused by Leigh’s interpretation of the world and how she handles it — sometimes with her fist. There were other moments of heartbreaking anguish as Leigh tries to cope with the enormous changes to her family that left me feeling empathetic for her loss. So, Leigh Baxton’s world gets turned upside down when the dead begin rising from their graves and undead sorceresses attempt to kidnap her and make her their number 3. And, as if that weren’t enough, an unbelievably hot mystery guy keeps showing up every time she visits her mother’s grave at the cemetery. Leigh’s relationship with her little sister was sweet, well written, and believable. I really liked Leigh’s best friend, Jo. They do everything together from talking about guys to challenging the undead. I also enjoyed reading about Jo’s older brother, Callum. The beginnings of a love triangle starting between Leigh, the mystery guy, and Callum had me intrigued and curiously turning pages as fast as I could. Overall, the book is a great mix of paranormal, young love, and zombies that come together for a thrill ride in “Krapper, Kansas”. The Grave Winner is a bit twisted, dark, and delightful. I highly recommend it. Five stars.