Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Review: Buried by Gerilyn Marin

Title: Buried

Author: Gerilyn Marin
Series: Book One
Published By: Curiosity Quills (March 18, 2013)
Source: Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 Stars!

Book Description:

Like every resident of Fane’s Cove, Cadence McKenna knows her town is, well, odd. And yet, they’re accustomed to the near-daily supernatural happenings- so accustomed, in fact, that when Grey Addison moves to town and stays, she is shocked to find that she’s the only one who insists that there must be something strange about him.

With her life-long- if minor- psychic sensitivity handed down from her grandmother, she knows that what she feels isn’t simple paranoia. After all, how many normal guys pay no mind to random poltergeist activity occurring right in front of them?

Cadence can’t blame anyone for wanting to ignore that there might be more to his presence there- perhaps if he is a normal guy, it’s just the first sign that whatever it is about the town that drives visitors away is fading. She might have even grudgingly let it go, but then she sees Grey acting very suspiciously and knows that she can’t dismiss her feelings until she understands why he’s in Fane’s Cove. Even if it means sticking her neck out by pretending to get close to him . . . and learning more about her town’s history than anyone would ever want to know.

My Thoughts and Review:

When I saw the synopsis for this one I was really hoping for something truly original. I read a lot of books and while that normally isn't a downfall of any proportions it can kind of hinder the ability to find something new in the genres that I read the most in. So when I do find something new and unheard of, it is rather refreshing.

I went into this read with absolutely no expectations whatsoever. Not just because the author was unknown to me but because honestly, I didn't want to be disappointed. I hate it when I get excited about what appears to be a completely original premises and later find out it is so cookie cutter it isn't even funny. So, yeah, no expectations whatsoever.

And you know what? I got an original storyline. In fact, I loved the storyline! My only complaint is that things moved a little slowly at first. In fact, even though things are being discovered and relationships built, it really isn't until the last 30% of the book that things really get rolling, but, it wasn't a bad thing.

I did have a few unanswered questions that I wish had been answered about Grey and Cadence's families but I am hoping the next book will get more into that. I did get a lot of my questions answered, just not all of them.

Cae and Grey were great characters, I liked them, maybe not loved them but I liked them well enough and I can see myself continuing with the series when the second book is released.

The author pulled me right into the story from the very first page and made it not only funny but even a little bit creepy at times with the poltergeist activity and the nightmares that Cae was plagued with.

I liked the story behind Jumping Black Flash and the history of Fane's Cove (although again, I wish there would have been just a little more detail behind the town's history but again, I am sure more details will be revealed with the next book). 

I think the author did a great job with this one and like I mentioned above, I would definitely continue with the story. 


  1. I like the sound of Fans's Cove. Supernatural towns always appeal to me. Awesome review Ali :)

  2. Oooo an original storyline?! WOO HOO! I'm glad this one exceeded your expectations in terms of originality even if the characters didn't absolutely blow you away. Thanks for your review, this book is new to me!

  3. Thanks Kim and Jenny! It is always nice to have something different and fun for a change in this genre.

  4. Isn't nice when you go in with low or no expectations and you are surprised. You know I am always about original! Sounds like a good read.

  5. Thanks for the great review. This sounds interesting. I haven't been into fantasy as much as I used to be, but I am adding this to my list for the future.

  6. Ooh glad this had an original story, even if it did take a while to get going. It's a great sign that you're willing to continue on with the series. I've got to check this series out, I'd never heard of it before now. Lovely review!

  7. Originality in YA? Does ...not ... compute...

    haha - seriously,glad you liked it overall.

  8. I like the cover...

    and the premise..

    hehe thats how I approach authors that are new to me as well, and most of the time I get nice surprises :)

    Glad this one met some of your expectations :D it looks promising.