I would like to thank Andrew at Jo Fletcher Books for sending me a copy of Cemetery Girl in exchange for an honest review.

Cemetery Girl – Book One: The Pretenders, tells the story of Calexa, a teenage girl who almost dies and is left alone in a cemetery with no recollection of who she is and how she has come to be there. Calexa fears for her life, leading her to lurk in the shadows of the cemetery. Calexa ends up witnessing more than she bargained for and once again ends up with her life in danger.

If I’m honest, graphic novels are not really my thing. I’ve always thought them a bit silly and they’ve never grabbed me attention, I honestly didn’t see what all the fuss was about. But Cemetery Girl is co-written by Charlaine Harris, and that was enough to persuade me to read this book.

The first thing that struck me was the quality of the illustrations. I loved flicking through and following the story through the illustrations. This is a totally new concept to me and I have to say for my first venture in to graphic novels, I was impressed. I was drawn in from page one and sat and read the whole book in one sitting. It’s not particularly long, but the illustrations more than make up for the length.

The plot was intriguing, compelling and fast paced, with some brilliant twists and turns that kept me hooked. I loved being able to see the story unravel in front of my eyes through the illustrations. This graphic novel was well written and has a brilliant premise. I loved the pacing and the mystery surrounding the main character, Calexa, and how she ended up in the cemetery.

The cover is as beautifully illustrated as the pages inside, it really is a beautiful book and I loved the feel of it in my hands. I know I shall be eagerly awaiting the publication of part 2 of the Cemetery Girl series. I would love to follow Calexa’s journey and find out what happens next to this mysterious girl.

This is an enjoyable and eye catching book, which will convert any reader who has yet to understand the fascination with graphic novels. It is definitely a must for any fans of Charlaine Harris.

Cemetery Girl - Book One: The Pretenders Book Cover Cemetery Girl - Book One: The Pretenders
Charlaine Harris & Christopher Golden
Jo Fletcher Books
02/01/2014
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Calexa Rose Dunhill was just fourteen when she woke in a cemetery. Bruised, bloody and left for dead, with no memory of her previous life, she took a new name from the headstones that surrounded her. 

Now, three years on, Calexa still lives in Dunhill Cemetery, struggling with the desire to know her true identity - and the all-consuming fear of what she might discover when she does. 

Then, when she witnesses a gang of teenagers staging a stunt that goes horribly, fatally wrong, Calexa Rose Dunhill discovers she has a unique ability. One she cannot control...

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