I fell in love with, I loved this book so much. “This is the best thing, Jo. Wow. I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly. SUMMARY: With the help of a young news reporter named Eddie, 17-year old Josephine Montfort investigates the suspicious circumstances following her father’s sudden suicide. There is danger, skulduggery, a whole slew of bad guys, and loads of excitement up against a stultifying upper-class life. It's a perfect combination for me and it was delightful to read this book and to follow its twists from the first page till the last one. 4.5* This was fantastic!! Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. These Shallow Graves – Review Rating: ★★★★★ Summary: Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Also, I have to add that this book is more than a mystery - it's a multi-layered cake, and is not subtle in its message, but rather forward and frank. Jo is determined to discover the truth at all costs. That’s slavery. This becomes a little exaggerated in the scenes where Grandmama, Jo’s fiancé’s grandmother, is discussing girls and marriage (“Fine set of hips on that girl too. This book certainly didn't disappoint. These Shallow Graves gripped me early. Definitely recommended!! Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Lovely prose, historical intrigue, unique characters and setting.I devoured this book! These Shallow Graves is set at the end of the 19th century when a young lady of the upper class was expected to learn all the social graces and marry well. Set during the Gilded Age in a time when feminism was actually necessary, at least in the view of some, the story is about society girl Josephine Montfort finding the life that she wants to live. She can't move without being noticed and observed and she can't be her own person and do as she wishes.“My darling Jo, there is no one more unfortunate than we ourselves,” she said. Pathetic nobodies. Yeah, I know it's a genre far from Harry Potter (which I embarrassingly still have yet read, and I fear I may have outgrown the excitement for), but there has always been something enchanting about venturing into the past and experiencing the world (the people, the culture, the customs, the language, etc) in a different age that has always appealed to me. Even though Jo and Eddie kept pointing at Kinch, I knew that the man was the victim. While the story does feature a love triangle, it’s a very small part of the book. [Especially after that a bit open ending. I am a huge mystery geek. No insta-love; MCs connected through the mystery: they had the same wish to get to the bottom of the things. Women from labor class are forced to work from young age; they have to endure hard labor. However, midway through the book, Donnelly reuses a plot point from her previous novel, Revolution, which I found incredibly frustrating. Yep, it's my guilty pleasure. Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Women from high society are nothing without men, they can't run a business or pursue a career. She is not ready to give up on her dreams, and I loved Jo for her stubbornness in following her goals. “We are not engaged yet, you and I. We’re spinsters. These Shallow Graves (Delacorte 2015) by Jennifer Donnelly set in New York City, 1890, is part Edith Wharton and part Charles Dickens and altogether young adult. It’s an original, gripping mystery with a heroine you are unlikely to forget. A drink and a smoke and no one to please but yourself. Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon—like all the girls in her class—she’ll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a … I loved everything about it. For today’s Book Rewind we are reviewing These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly, which was originally published in October of 2015.. Book Rewind is a meme where we review a backlist title to distinguish reviewed books that are in no way a new release. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. There was also a lot of humor and it helped to balance the dark mood and prevented the story from being gloomy. These Shallow Graves follows protagonist, Josephine Montfort, a girl … Which is the last thing she wants.… 5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story. Start by marking “These Shallow Graves” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Yours for the taking. The historical detail in this book is incredibly vivid. I love these computer games, I love to snoop and sneak with. But then a tragedy strikes, and for the first time in her life Jo's got an opportunity to pursue her dreams. Book Review: ‘These Shallow Graves’ by Jennifer Donnelly Gabrielle Bondi November 16, 2015. While I had my suspicions, there are plenty of twists I didn’t see coming. After this event, their relationship becomes less credible: Eddie agrees to continue helping Jo with her investigation, even though he supposedly “doesn’t care anymore” and Jo is now engaged to someone else. 1/20/2020 1 Comment If I possessed the power, I would make billions of stars in the night sky shower down around Jennifer Donnelly and her young adult novel These Shallow Graves instead of giving it a mere five-star rating. In the homes of the very rich, girls like Jo lead sheltered, privileged lives, with their whole futures mapped out by well-meaning families. Praise forThese Shallow Graves Action-packed chapters propel this compelling mystery [and] the injustices Donelly highlights remain all too relevant. And no one can forgive a girl for that.’, ‘ “But why would Mr. Smyth do such a thing?” Jo had asked Trudy.“Because Mrs. Smyth is a cold fish. And I can give you some:- this book has a headstrong, resilient heroine;- this book has a solid mystery with a very yummy clues for readers to follow with MCs;- this book has a strong reliable romance (absolutely sexy one);- this books is a historical fiction displaying the life of New-York city in the late 19th century - high society, labor class, social issues; - it is a pure aesthetic pleasure to read this book and to follow its directions. First published in 2015, the book follows an aspiring reporter investigating her father’s death, and the terrifying secrets she uncovers. Highly recommend it, Jennifer Donnelly is the author of thirteen novels -, “That was what people did when they wanted to stop a girl from doing something—they shamed her.”, “You, on the other hand, wish to know things. It deserves so much more praise than that. These Shallow Graves. The romance was perfect. Beautifully told, creepy, with a PERFECT, believable romance and an amazing, strong female lead. And that is all.”“Well, this Montfort’s going to do a bit more,” Jo declared. Written by Jennifer Donnelly Review by Caroline Wilson. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Josephine Montfort is a 17 year old girl born into privilege. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly – review. The city stretched out before you, glittering like a sack of diamonds. These Shallow Graves Jennifer Donnelly And that scene in the closet... “I want to tail Kinch,” Eddie said anxiously. The last 15% were crazy and awesome and absolutely breathtaking. More By and About This Author. Jo and Eddie were both well-drawn characters with plenty of flaws and I felt like they complimented each other’s strengths. To see what your friends thought of this book, Unfortunately, there will not be a sequel for this story, After a beautiful start, Donnelly and I have had a very rocky last two years. Both are being forced into unhappy situations, Jo into an unwanted marriage and Fay into prostitution and yet their friendship transcends this. And no one can forgive a girl for that.”, See all 11 questions about These Shallow Graves…, Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies, SOLVED. This book was my thing. One of her legs was between his, and one of his was between hers. She’ll breed as easily as an Ayrshire heifer.”) however it does ultimately show how constrained Jo is by her family’s expectations. Readers will be rooting for Jo and Eddie Gallagher, a young reporter who helps her investigate her father’s death, from the moment they begin to fall in love. I loved the writing, the plot, the characters and, get ready for it, the romance. Published by Delacorte Press, it is a young adult, romance, mystery, and historical fiction novel. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite books ever. [I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this book in the beginning but the first few chapters hooked me in and it was addicting. Every one of these women from different social circles are slaves and often are perceived as trophies and objects for trade.“But she’s a human being,” Jo protested, heartsick at the thought of Fay’s fate. Yep, it's my guilty pleasure. We must not be too forward in speech, dress, or emotion lest we put off a potential suitor. On April 6, 2016 By becketbrigade In books, fiction, history, review. These Shallow Graves Jennifer Donnelly Review by Justin Barisich. The character of Jo will stay with me, as I loved reading about all the restrictions she had to live by as a wealthy young woman, while she wished for nothing but freedom. I devoured this book!” No. Jo Montfort is the 17 year old daughter and only child of Charles, an aristocratic ship and newspaper owner, and Anna his wife. The police say it was an accident and her uncle suspects suicide but could it be that her father was murdered? Which is the last thing she wants. [Philip Montfort! The freedom to be your own best thing.”, ‘Why is it, she wondered now, that boys get to do things and be things and girls only get to watch?’, ‘What can I say? If you love a good historical fic, I cannot recommend this one enough. BookPage Teen Top Pick, November 2015. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for These Shallow Graves at Amazon.com. In modern society some issues are even more acute then they were before; they never vanished, just transformed into something even bigger and scarier than ever. Her cheek touched his jaw.“How dare you!” she sputtered, blushing furiously.“How could you?”“Hey, you’re welcome,” Eddie said.“What?”“I just saved your backside. Freedom. I loved the dark mood that was enveloping the story from the beginning.Moonlight spilled over the rows of graves and the looming towers of the asylum. I read A Northern Light about 10 years ago, and I never forgot your name, so when it was time to find a book to read during quarantine I searched your name and found, among others, These Shallow Graves. Set in 1890s New York, it is obviously very well researched and is brilliantly evocative of the time period. A nineteenth century would-be Nellie Bly is hot on uncovering a mystery, with the help of her new, disreputable friends. by Jennifer Donnelly ... Review Posted Online: July 15, 2015. This book will give you so much. by Random House Delacorte. Verified Purchase. Delacorte, $19.99 (496p) ISBN 978-0-385-73765-4. These Shallow Graves is a brilliant historical fiction novel that is bursting with mystery, suspense, a great love story, and a whole lot of girl power. Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. The affection they feel for each other is much more than just sympathy for each other’s suffering. Actual rating 4.5She felt like a fairy-tale princess woken by a kiss to a new world, new people, new emotions.Before I start this review I have a confession to make. It would’ve been anticlimactic if Kinch/Stephen Smith was the killer. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I love these computer games, I love to snoop and sneak with Nancy, digging and turning secrets step by step. I enjoyed this a lot. I can say that it's both. It was a bit of a whirlwind romance but I felt like that was explained by Jo’s naivety and it didn’t succumb to many popular clichés and tropes. Guardian children's books site teen reviewer. The mystery in this novel will keep readers guessing almost until the end of the book. Jennifer Donnelly is a fantastic writer. Absolutely beautifully done. I love a thorough mystery, I love when the author allows readers be a part of investigation. These shallow graves is a mystery with romance or a romance with a mystery? [s], Ruta Sepetys Explores the Spanish Civil War in New YA Novel. I loved it. The New York before her now was so much more interesting than the one she knew, and alone in her carriage, away from the oppressiveness of her mother’s rules, she could give free rein to her insatiable curiosity.This book has a strong feminist message. Check out my Review On A Post-It or my “Final Thought” Jo is part of NYC’s high society in the 1890’s and knows she’ll soon be done with finishing school and married off — even though she aspires to follow in the footsteps of a trailblazing female reporter hero of hers. “Like write stories for newspapers.”Jo knew she shouldn’t sit at the edge of her seat, her face pressed to the glass—Eager young ladies aren’t ladies at all, her mother would’ve said—but she couldn’t help it. This was after all the first book after ages I could properly review with all my notes and such. All the satisfaction of a Nancy Drew story as written by Charles Dickens. Despite the predictability of the story, I actually enjoyed the book a lot. I started reading this one last year but I somehow completely forgot about it, which now I am kicking myself because GOSH THIS WAS BRILLIANT AND WHY DID I EVER PUT IT DOWN. These shallow graves is a mix of best Sherlock Holmes tradition and Nancy Drew adventures. Jo sees Eddie with a pretty young girl and immediately assumes that she must be his girlfriend. “You can’t just buy and sell her. But these were genuine emotions on my part, and when the book makes you feel so much - it means it hit the right spot in your heart and this is your thing. It tells the story of 17-year-old Josephine Montfort who is rich, beautiful and waiting to be married off to a wealthy man. Does this issue still actual nowadays? This is an engaging historical thriller written by acclaimed author Jennifer Donnelly, which I enjoyed even more than her previous novels, A Gathering Light and Revolution. Fantastic read!! Praise for These Shallow Graves: ★ “Action-packed chapters propel this compelling mystery…[and] the injustices Donelly highlights remain all too relevant.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review “Lovely prose, historical intrigue, unique characters and setting. Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. She could feel every point of contact with his body. These Shallow Graves is a young adult historical mystery by Jennifer Donnelly. Yes. Being able to picture myself in 1890s New York, a time in history I barely knew anything about, was one of the amazing things about reading this book. I with no doubt can name These shallow graves - one of the best books of the year. ... With all these characters bouncing around, Han occasionally struggles to keep a steady hand on the novel's primary thrust: Lara Jean’s emotional development. There isn’t much of a resolution for their relationship at the end of the novel which is rather disappointing since I definitely wanted more of it. “I’m going to lose him if we don’t get out of here and he might be tough to find again.”“I’m going to lose my reputation if we don’t get out of here and that will be impossible to find again,” Jo said.Uh-huhNow Eddie turned to face the door, his back against the back wall, and Jo wedged herself in front of him, with her back against the door, and there was no room between them at all. These Shallow Graves is a lot of mystery and a lot of historical fiction so I wouldn’t recommend it to the younger side of young adult unless they are familiar with terms used but overall I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Have you no sense of morality?”“Morality is a luxury, my darling. I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. [Phillip Montfort being the villain and that the Van Houten traded slaves. I wouldn't say that the story was absolutely perfect. It is a book of 488 pages, each of which is filled with suspense, emotion, and mystery that will keep you … These Shallow Graves is a bit more conventional than the title would suggest, but that’s what I like about it. “One notes the position of the victim’s body, as well as its stiffness, color, and state of decay. That's right. Read it as soon as possible. Determines the absence or presence of powder burns. These two components of the book are intertwined and supplement each other perfectly. Jennifer Donnelly is a genius, made evident by her effortlessly smooth writing style. We can go nowhere on our own. Jo Montfort is a beautiful young woman from a wealthy family that will be expected to marry someone up to her family's standards as soon as she finishes finishing school. Mystery, a girl's father dies and she doesn’t believe what she is told about his death. In the late 19th century, young women, whether they were rich or poor, were rarely able to escape the social class they were born into. You should also check out Donnelly's other book Stepsister. From the grimy streets of Mulberry Bend to the austere Darkbriar asylum for the insane to the brightly lit Young Patron’s ball at the museum, Donnelly depicts a range of historical scenes in beautiful prose. You, on the other hand, wish to know things. this book had EVERYTHING I was hoping for and more! And from that wish desire to know each other was born and then love. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly. Unlike in many Young Adult novels, the romance in These Shallow Graves is convincing and well written. October 27th 2015 I didn’t even get suspicious of anyone else. These Shallow Graves takes a penetrating look at all spectrums of New York society in 1890. I really did. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite books ever. Which is the last thing she wants. Refresh and try again. Her eyes were blind in the darkness, but her sense of touch was heightened. I was gripped instantly simply from the prologue. As someone who. Jo grows so much as a character over the course of the novel and seeing her transition from a naïve girl who can’t believe anything wrong of her family to a daring, determined reporter is fascinating. She knows what she wants and what she's allowed to have. I'm so impressed!!! She writes great books. When Jo started to search for truth behind her father's death, she also found love. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly Published by Hot Key Books on October 27, 2015 Source: Borrowed Genres: Fiction, Historical, Romance, Mystery, Young Adult Amazon | Book Depository | Publisher | Angus & Robertson Add to Goodreads. No doubt your dear mama—if she’s worth a damn—tallied the fortunes and prospects of every young man of means in the city, weighing their dollars against your assets: beauty and breeding.” She paused to let her words sink in, then said, “One day soon, my darling, you’ll be doing the very same thing the girls here do, only you won’t get paid for it.”This book stands against women's slavery in any form. Set in Victorian New York, this story follows Jo Montfort as she longs to test the glittering restrictive world of her birth. I would highly recommend this book for readers aged 13 and up, especially those who have enjoyed Donnelly’s previous books. She dreams of being a reporter, a career deemed extremely unsuitable for a young lady of her class but apart from that her life is easy and comfortable until her father is found dead. All was mixed together so perfectly that I can't really imagine a person who wouldn't like this book at least for one of the many reasons. Like in Revolution, the girl turns out to be his sister but, by the time Jo finds out, they’re already angry with each other and torn apart by misunderstanding. November 2015. By Kasey Giard | October 27, 2015 - 7:00 am | June 6, 2016 Blogger's Favorites, Book Review and Content, Historical, Mystery/Suspense/Thriller, Romance, Young Adult/Teen 12-18. For me to go that far with a book shows that I enjoyed it enough. Differentiates between the cuts of a hatchet and those of a carving knife. If you like all of the above, then you are bound to fall in love with Jennifer Donnelly’s These Shallow Graves–an epic, thrilling, page-turner story about an elite young woman who gives up all the glamour of her high profile life in the pursuit of truth and justice. Sadly. But for heaven’s sake, until you get the man, smile like a dolt and talk about tulips, not mill girls!”Jo wants to be a reporter, but she is expected to marry as soon as possible, and she will have to say adieu to her dreams. 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