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. I am a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. by Jennifer Donnelly ... Review Posted Online: July 15, 2015. This book was my thing. I was gripped instantly simply from the prologue. Also, I am a big fan of Nancy Drew games *gasp*. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. “How does one practice forensic medicine?” Jo asked, her curiosity overcoming her revulsion.“Through rigorous observation, my dear,” Oscar said in a professorial voice. REVIEW: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly Published by Hot Key Books on 27th October 2015 Pages: 496 Source: *Received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review* Set in gilded age New York, These Shallow Graves follows the story of Josephine Montfort, an American aristocrat. Have you no sense of morality?”“Morality is a luxury, my darling. 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. Praise forThese Shallow Graves Action-packed chapters propel this compelling mystery [and] the injustices Donelly highlights remain all too relevant. Published by Delacorte Press, it is a young adult, romance, mystery, and historical fiction novel. 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. These Shallow Graves Jennifer Donnelly 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. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly. One looks for blood spatter. The affection they feel for each other is much more than just sympathy for each other’s suffering. Yep, it's my guilty pleasure. These Shallow Graves is a murder mystery set in the City of New York during the years 1890 to 1891. 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. That’s my answer. I also feel that it was unlike Jo to make such a quick assumption about Eddie, considering how perceptive she was in making deductions related to her father’s death. These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly – review. It was a pure joy and entertainment to read. I'm so impressed!!! For fans of Elizabeth George and Libba Bray, These Shallow Graves is the story of how much a young woman is willing to risk and lose in order to find the truth. Welcome back. 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. I with no doubt can name These shallow graves - one of the best books of the year. it was my first book by Jennifer Donnelly, and I'd heard about all her lovely books--so I picked this one up at the airport on the way back from my own book tour....and, wow. I think a thank-you’s in order,” he said.Jo advanced on him, intending to give him what for, but his slow, teasing smile and his eyes, so deeply blue, stopped her cold.She grabbed his lapels, pulled him to her, and kissed him back.Lovers of romance will be delighted, trust me! Women from labor class are forced to work from young age; they have to endure hard labor. 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. We’d love your help. You, on the other hand, wish to know things. Does this issue still actual nowadays? He was too nice. However, midway through the book, Donnelly reuses a plot point from her previous novel, Revolution, which I found incredibly frustrating. “These Shallow Graves” is a novel by Jennifer Donnelly. 5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Story. 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. It would’ve been anticlimactic if Kinch/Stephen Smith was the killer. BookPage Teen Top Pick, November 2015. Set in Victorian New York, this story follows Jo Montfort as she longs to test the glittering restrictive world of her birth. Despite the predictability of the story, I actually enjoyed the book a lot. The romance was perfect. We are allowed no funds of our own, and most of all”—she squeezed Jo’s hand for emphasis—“no opinions.”“You know the rules: get yourself hitched, then do what you like. Set in 1890s New York, it is obviously very well researched and is brilliantly evocative of the time period. These Shallow Graves was a great book, lots of humor and I enjoyed it. Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. “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 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. Jennifer Donnelly is a fantastic writer. Her eyes were blind in the darkness, but her sense of touch was heightened. These Shallow Graves Jennifer Donnelly. [Philip Montfort! “We are not engaged yet, you and I. We’re spinsters. 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. I wouldn't say that the story was absolutely perfect. A wail rose on the night, high and piercing.There were gruesome moments, but it made the story more realistic, and made me fidget with unease and worry for MCs. It deserves so much more praise than that. If you love a good historical fic, I cannot recommend this one enough. 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. Reviewed in the United States on October 30, 2016. And that is all.”“Well, this Montfort’s going to do a bit more,” Jo declared. I loved everything about it. Which is the last thing she wants. The adventures of Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite books ever. A nineteenth century would-be Nellie Bly is hot on uncovering a mystery, with the help of her new, disreputable friends. We must not be too forward in speech, dress, or emotion lest we put off a potential suitor. Unlike in many Young Adult novels, the romance in These Shallow Graves is convincing and well written. 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. 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. 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. I would highly recommend this book for readers aged 13 and up, especially those who have enjoyed Donnelly’s previous books. One of her legs was between his, and one of his was between hers. Another interesting element is the friendship between Jo and Fay, a pickpocket who is abused by her cruel master. In short, These Shallow Graves is a good YA thriller that might have been great, were it one hundred pages shorter, but definitely worth a read if you’re looking for an absorbing page-turner. These Shallow Graves gripped me early. In the homes of the very rich, girls like Jo lead sheltered, privileged lives, with their whole futures mapped out by well-meaning families. [Phillip Montfort being the villain and that the Van Houten traded slaves. There is danger, skulduggery, a whole slew of bad guys, and loads of excitement up against a stultifying upper-class life. A very expensive one,” Esther said.“But—”<...>“You’re engaged to Abraham Aldrich, are you not? I love a thorough mystery, I love when the author allows readers be a part of investigation. ... 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. A drink and a smoke and no one to please but yourself. Jo Montfort is the 17 year old daughter and only child of Charles, an aristocratic ship and newspaper owner, and Anna his wife. Yours for the taking. Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. Yep, it's my guilty pleasure. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. From Jennifer Donnelly, the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of A Northern Light and Revolution, comes a mystery about dark secrets, dirty truths, and the lengths to which people will go for love and revenge.For fans of Elizabeth George and Libba Bray, These Shallow Graves is the story of how much a young woman is willing to risk and lose in order to find the truth. 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. THESE SHALLOW GRAVES. They have needs.”“Don’t women?” Jo had asked.“Only the bad ones.” Trudy replied.’, ‘I’d wish you good luck, but you won’t need it. I really did. 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. Men have to be kept satisfied. It is a book of 488 pages, each of which is filled with suspense, emotion, and mystery that will keep you … I loved it. I just finished reading These Shallow Graves and I loved everything about it, the setting, the characters, the story had me hooked. Even though Jo and Eddie kept pointing at Kinch, I knew that the man was the victim. 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. More By and About This Author. Brilliant characters, an immersive setting and a page turning plot. 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. Freedom. While the story does feature a love triangle, it’s a very small part of the book. What I loved about the way that this novel discusses gender equality and shows how women of all social classes are slaves to rules and traditions and have little opportunity to express themselves. 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. 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. The mystery in this novel will keep readers guessing almost until the end of the book. The last 15% were crazy and awesome and absolutely breathtaking. 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. 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? For me to go that far with a book shows that I enjoyed it enough. The author of 'Salt to the Sea' discusses the historical events that inspired her new YA novel. I loved the accuracy of investigation and the introduction of forensic medicine and the role it played in the investigation. Which is the last thing she wants.… That’s slavery. Written by Jennifer Donnelly Review by Caroline Wilson. This book will give you so much. Both are being forced into unhappy situations, Jo into an unwanted marriage and Fay into prostitution and yet their friendship transcends this. This was after all the first book after ages I could properly review with all my notes and such. I devoured this book!” Read it as soon as possible. No insta-love; MCs connected through the mystery: they had the same wish to get to the bottom of the things. These Shallow Graves was written by Jennifer Donnelly. Valentine. “This is the best thing, Jo. “Need I remind you that she’s a scandalous lady reporter who meddles in other people’s business and has no hope of marrying a decent man? I fell in love with, I loved this book so much. Jo secretly dreams of becoming a writer—a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly. 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. I did. Jo is a highly likable, headstrong heroine. [Though sometimes she was a bit blind and trusting due to her privileged and sheltered life. 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. October 27th 2015 Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for These Shallow Graves at Amazon.com. The police say it was an accident and her uncle suspects suicide but could it be that her father was murdered? 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. There was also a lot of humor and it helped to balance the dark mood and prevented the story from being gloomy. 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. Though not actually real people, the characters are also very realistic and at home in the setting. This book certainly didn't disappoint. 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. Book Review: ‘These Shallow Graves’ by Jennifer Donnelly Gabrielle Bondi November 16, 2015. 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 … Wow. 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. She knows what she wants and what she's allowed to have. You, in contrast, are a Montfort, and Montforts marry. As someone who. Refresh and try again. It tells the story of 17-year-old Josephine Montfort who is rich, beautiful and waiting to be married off to a wealthy man. The link to my Stepsister review will be linked at the end of this blog post. Josephine Montfort is a 17 year old girl born into privilege. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for These Shallow Graves at Amazon.com. Jennifer Donnelly is a genius, made evident by her effortlessly smooth writing style. Absolutely beautifully done. 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. 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. “You can’t just buy and sell her. Women from high society are nothing without men, they can't run a business or pursue a career. I didn’t even get suspicious of anyone else. Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of These Shallow Graves in exchange for an honest review. She is not ready to give up on her dreams, and I loved Jo for her stubbornness in following her goals. Publishers Weekly, Starred Review Lovely prose, historical intrigue, unique characters and setting.I devoured this book! These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly Rating: ★★★★☆ 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. “One notes the position of the victim’s body, as well as its stiffness, color, and state of decay. November 2015. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Determines the absence or presence of powder burns. Beautifully told, creepy, with a PERFECT, believable romance and an amazing, strong female lead. Also, I am a big fan of Nancy Drew games *gasp*. Reminded me more of the Tea Rose series which are my favorite. Definitely recommended!! Review: These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly. You should also check out Donnelly's other book Stepsister. Yes. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. 4.5* This was fantastic!! 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. Fantastic read!! The story is about Josephine/Jo Montfort, an American aristocrat. Verified Purchase. Delacorte, $19.99 (496p) ISBN 978-0-385-73765-4. 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. These Shallow Graves: A Review. 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. I love these computer games, I love to snoop and sneak with. WHAT I LIKED: These Shallow Graves was a fun read that I recommend for any middle school or high school library. We can go nowhere on our own. Pathetic nobodies. I love a thorough mystery, I love when the author allows readers be a part of investigation. 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. But then a tragedy strikes, and for the first time in her life Jo's got an opportunity to pursue her dreams. I enjoyed this a lot. 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. These two components of the book are intertwined and supplement each other perfectly. 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. Guardian children's books site teen reviewer. Teen romance books for childrens and teens. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published PODCAST. 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. These Shallow Graves is a bit more conventional than the title would suggest, but that’s what I like about it. You get to write your own story now. When Jo started to search for truth behind her father's death, she also found love. She could feel every point of contact with his body. Nothing’s luckier than that.’. 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. Mystery, a girl's father dies and she doesn’t believe what she is told about his death. Sadly. 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. Sparky can forgive that. She’ll breed as easily as an Ayrshire heifer.”) however it does ultimately show how constrained Jo is by her family’s expectations. I love these computer games, I love to snoop and sneak with Nancy, digging and turning secrets step by step. Jo sees Eddie with a pretty young girl and immediately assumes that she must be his girlfriend. She comes from an old-money and is bound by conventionalities and expectations of high society. No. ‘An original, gripping mystery with a heroine you are unlikely to forget’, Last modified on Wed 20 Sep 2017 11.19 BST. 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. [s], Ruta Sepetys Explores the Spanish Civil War in New YA Novel. On April 6, 2016 By becketbrigade In books, fiction, history, review. Nearly all the loose ends of this many-stranded story are nicely tied up at the end of the book and the conclusion is convincing while also satisfying. She writes great books. [Especially after that a bit open ending. this book had EVERYTHING I was hoping for and more! 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. You can tell by looking at her. I merely wish to smoke. 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. Differentiates between the cuts of a hatchet and those of a carving knife. “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 follows protagonist, Josephine Montfort, a girl … The historical detail in this book is incredibly vivid. First published in 2015, the book follows an aspiring reporter investigating her father’s death, and the terrifying secrets she uncovers.
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