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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite
To the Grave is the first book in a new young adult fantasy by G.S. Hollaway. Lady Evangeline understands her role as heir to her father’s position, but something just feels suspicious about her mother’s death and her father’s new marriage. Upon discovering a hidden book, Evangeline and her sister Felicity suddenly find themselves facing the possibility that blood magic was involved in her mother’s death. Additionally, a curse involving a deadly beast that attacks the nearby village is somehow connected to Evangeline and Felicity, putting everyone’s lives in danger at each full moon. In their attempts to uncover the clues and solve the mystery of their mother’s death and their own curse, they learn that friends and enemies aren’t always what they seem. No one is safe when blood magic is involved.
Blurring the lines between history, fantasy, the supernatural, and adventure, To the Grave has everything that a reader could look for. There is non-stop action from the first to the last page, and G.S. Hollaway has woven together several complex plots that follow a variety of characters with their own unique qualities and problems. I especially enjoyed the contrast between Evangeline and Felicity and the way that these two sisters each played a role in unravelling the mysteries of the manor. It’s impossible to predict what will happen next, and so many twists and turns around every corner are sure to leave readers on their edge of their seats. I certainly look forward to reading more about Evangeline and Felicity in their future adventures.