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The Grave Winner - Lindsey R. Loucks This action-packed crossbreeding of undead horror with punker girl attitude is full of surprises. In a creepy-blood-dripping-like-sap-from-a-tree resurrection of sorceresses, prom queens, and arachnids, the plot goes serious when the stakes are teetering, and gets cheeky when Leigh and her BFF catch their breaths.The cast of supporting characters accentuates this eerie tale's charm. Pitched to a YA audience, the dynamic between the best friends is genuine and rich with heart-warming moments. Add to that, the dueling potential love interests: the BFF's brother, Callum, and the other world hottie, Tram. The boys are so different, how could Leigh choose between them? Doesn't matter. This tough girl has neither the time nor the inclination for boyfriend dramatude.The narrative voice is snarky and lively, the premise is just off-the-wall enough to keep you careening at the turn of every skin-tingling page. And the writing is so polished, it's hard to believe this is a debut novel. As a critique partner, I had the honor of witnessing the birth of this story. Ms. Loucks hypnotized me with her magical story-telling skills from draft one and hasn't let go.