Walk the Plank On the Horizon – girl at the grave (Teri Bailey Black)

Ahoy there me mateys!  I received this young adult gothic fiction eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  So here be me honest musings . . .

girl at the grave (Teri Bailey Black)

Title: girl at the grave

Author: Teri Bailey Black

Publisher: Macmillian-Tor/Forge

Publication Date: TODAY! (hardcover/e-book)

ISBN: 978-0765399489

Source: NetGalley

The beginning of this novel was promising but it ended up being not to me taste.  The positive things that made me finish the book were two-fold:

  1. I liked the main character, Valentine.  She was smart and resourceful.
  2. I wanted to know how Valentine was going to prove her mother’s innocence and find the true killer.

Unfortunately, there were several plot issues that made this an unlikable read for me.

  1. The love triangle.  This was the primary plot of the story.  Who was Val going to pick?  The angst drove me bonkers even though I liked both love interests for once.  I just honestly didn’t care who she chose.
  2. The murders.  Val did not really use her brain for solving the crime.  She was too busy trying to decide who she loved.  The “clues” were lackluster and Val admits to herself in the book that she was focused on boy problems and willfully ignored everything else.
  3. The killer.  The who-dunnit was so boring and not really fun.  In fact I just sighed in exasperation about how reveal happened.
  4. The scariness.  Well there wasn’t really any.  I didn’t really feel there was any suspense or danger or excitement.
  5. The ending.  It had a convenient plot “twist” to make Val’s life magically get better in an instant.

Though the Gothic elements were technically there, the novel itself really had no Gothic feel in either writing style or plot.  Most of it felt like a typical teen romance novel with a historical fiction veneer.  I was disappointed in the plot in terms of the murder mystery element.  The true version of events just felt convoluted and unexciting.  Shame because I wanted to like this one.  Unfortunately it must walk the plank!  Arrrr!

So lastly . . .

Thank you Macmillian-Tor/Forge!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

Valentine has spent years trying to outrun her mother’s legacy. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer.

Only one person believes Valentine is innocent—Rowan Blackshaw, the son of the man her mother killed all those years ago. Valentine vows to find the real killer, but when she finally uncovers the horrifying truth, she must choose to face her own dark secrets, even if it means losing Rowan in the end.

To visit the author’s website go to:

Teri Bailey Black – Author

To buy the novel go to:

girl at the grave – Book

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11 thoughts on “Walk the Plank On the Horizon – girl at the grave (Teri Bailey Black)

  1. OK, so you and I have a mutual blogger friend (SJ Higbee), but this is only my first time visiting your site. And I love how write your posts in pirate slang! It makes things so entertaining. 😀

    That’s too bad about this book, though. I put it on my “wishlist” after another SFF blogger mentioned it in a Stacking The Shelves post. But the love triangle and the emphasis of romance over solving the murder… I’ve read enough YA fantasies to be wary of that combination. Good job with the review, though.

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    1. Ahoy there matey and welcome to me crew! I just read yer site for the first time as well and have added it to the list. And yes Sarah is wonderful and lovely. This book was loved by many of me crew so it might be another case of the problem being me. A lot of the young adult has been a miss for me lately. Looking forward to readin’ more of your posts in the future. Arrrr!
      x The Captain

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  2. Ugh. That’s so disappointing. When I read a YA book with a love triangle, I want to know I am about to be reading it! 🤣 I love the description of a historical veneer. Does the setting come to life at all, or does the “historical” aspect feel completely unneeded?

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    1. The setting did come to life a bit The murder mystery aspects certainly couldn’t happen like that today. And parts of the book certainly came from the gothic tradition – like the tumbling down, half-ruined, manor house. It’s just that for the entire middle of the book it could have been a contemporary. I just wish more YA books would have no romance.
      x The Captain


  3. I completely agree: if a love triangle is the main plot, and causes the main character to willfully ignore other, more important things, this book is not for me. Sorry you didn’t enjoy the book!

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  4. Oh rats. I have a copy of this and I’ll probably read it sometime this month. Yeah, you certainly can’t tell from the cover that there’s a huge love triangle plot behind the covers😐

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