I read Kali Wallace’s Dead Space last year and really liked it, so I picked this one out from the library without even reading the blurb. It was completely unexpected (no space!), but I liked this one too.
Breezy was a pretty typical teenage (16/17) girl, dealing with high school, sisters, and a best friend who isn’t all that nice to her (why do we all fall for that at that age?). Then, all of a sudden, she wakes up in a shallow grave a year after her murder. She stumbles home to find her family gone, and she has no idea what she is, where to go, and what to do. She’s not a zombie, but she is undead. She can’t die, she doesn’t eat, she doesn’t sleep, and she can sense when someone has killed. When she encounters a murderer, she can see it as a shadow. And if they go after her, she is able to yank on that shadow and either kill or seriously incapacitate them. As a teenage girl who’s never had any power before, she does kind of enjoy being unkillable and dangerous, but it’s a pretty lonely existence.
Breezy’s only been undead and on the road for two weeks when she meets some other “monsters” – a banshee, a pair of brothers who happen to be ghouls, and some other assorted not-quite-humans. There’s a homicidal nutcase who calls himself a Christian trying to either kill or cure all the monsters he can find. Breezy is intrigued by his claim of a cure, but seeing the lobotomy-like aftereffects of some of his flock, elects to run away instead. She sets out to find the ”demon” the cult calls “Mother” to see what kind of monster can “cure” other monsters. It goes about as well as you’d expect – yikes.
There are some loose ends left hanging, and it definitely felt like Breezy’s story could continue, but according to Kali Wallace’s website there isn’t a sequel (yet).