Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace has me intrigued. While maybe that’s a pretty obvious statement considering this is a Waiting On Wednesday post where I gush about anticipated new releases, but still; I feel the need to underline just how excited I am to devour this debut. The premise is cool-in a fantastical Pretty Little Liars-esque way- and it’s got some 2016 buzzwords being thrown around with sinister cults, mysterious creatures, and killers all being mentioned. Oh yeah, and any author willing to give their character a hipster approved name like Breezy has earned my adoration and attention. More than anything else though is the two authors works it’s being compared to; Nova Ren Suma and Holly Black. Now hold up there, anyone who has read my past blog posts knows me and Black’s books are hardly on the best of terms; to sum it up best her synopsis’s beckon me like a siren call, but when it comes down to the actual reading it’s everything I can do to finish sanity intact. And while I’ve only read one of Suma’s books, I have a natural aversion to anything even remotely related to magical realism. So why oh why am I even considering reading Shallow Graves? Hath I no self-respect? I assure you I do, and I am well to aware that every library should have a sign declaring life to be too short for bad books. But the thing is, I feel compelled to try again because maybe oh maybe this will be the time when a book flying high as a kite compels me to soar with it. There’s a small chance that I really just like writing snarky reviews on books I passionately dislike, but more than that I’m a believer. For those of you out there not familiar with the story it follows Breezy, a dead girl who wakes up in a “shallow grave” one year after her passing suddenly conscious and with mysterious powers that allow her to sense those around her and their connection to her untimely death. That’s about all I know but with hardcore intense adjectives like tense, complex, and wholly engaging I’d imagine there’s a lot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer butt kicking and Veronica Mars sleuthing to be had. Though by nature it will clearly have an “all is not as it may seem” feel to it, I’m fairly confident that with the addition of a linear and concrete mystery to be solved the plot will keep from becoming plodding and monotonous; which was my main complaint with books like Imaginary Girls and The Accident Season. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t concerned that the magical monsters eluded to in the synopsis were really a metaphor for some deep, existential, meaning of life (normally I’d be down for that, but lately I just don’t have the tolerance for real life issues masquerading as fantasy) but I also think there’s a good chance Kami Wallace means to make them just that. With what I know right now the closest comparison I can come up with is last year’s debut by Natalie C. Parker’s Beware the Wild, a marsh mystery that successfully grounded the element of the unknown with a tangible and heartfelt storyline. Fingers crossed that I can come at you guys January 25th (when this book hits shelves) with a flying color review and a newfound interest in the magical realism genre. For more Waiting On Wednesday posts check here: Breaking the Spine, and please let me know in the comments what your most anticipated upcoming release is for January, the winter season, or 2016. Happy reading!