Book Review: The Caged GravesAuthor: Dianne K. Salerni
Published: May 2013
Genre: Historical Fiction
The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
17-year-old Verity Boone expects a warm homecoming when she returns to Catawissa, Pennsylvania, in 1867, pledged to marry a man she has never met. Instead, she finds a father she barely knows and a future husband with whom she apparently has nothing in common. One truly horrifying surprise awaits her: the graves of her mother and aunt are enclosed in iron cages outside the local cemetery. Nobody in town will explain why, but Verity hears rumors of buried treasure and witchcraft. Perhaps the cages were built to keep grave robbers out . . . or to keep the women in. Determined to understand, Verity finds herself in a life-and-death struggle with people she trusted.
My Two Cents
My feels are very mixed with this book. Here's what I liked...
1) I liked the potential paranormal aspect of this book. You weren't sure if something was going to pop out at you and hence kept you on your toes the entire book.
2) The romance between Nate and Verity is superb. The right amount of fighting coupled with the right amount of swoon-worthy moments. True love is hard work right people?
What The Caged Graves missed for me
1) I was borderline wanting to throttle Verity. Salerni tells us several times that Verity is an independent teenage girl with courage aplenty. And while Verity may not faint at the sight of blood she was anything but independent. She's going to marry a farmer, and yet she never raises a finger for anything. And Verity with the love triangle? Make up your mind already woman!
All in all Verity sort of soured this book for me, 3.5 out of 5 stars. I loved the historical fiction and paranormal tidbits but Verity and her harem of men took away much from the real plot (and entertainment) of this story.