Monday, 22 February 2010

Review: Tombstone Tea by Joanne Dahme

Publisher: Running Press
Format: Hardcover
Released: February 4th, 2010
Grade rating: B-

Amazon summary:

In order to be accepted by the “in crowd” at her new high school, Jessie accepts a dare to spend one night in a local cemetery collecting rubbings from ten gravestones. Once inside the gate of the dark and frightening burial ground, Jessie meets Paul, a handsome boy who works as a caretaker at the cemetery. Paul explains to Jessie about Tombstone Tea: a fund-raising performance in which actors impersonate the people buried in the cemetery. The actors are supposedly rehearsing on this particular evening, but Jessie quickly discovers that they aren’t actors at all but the ghosts of men and women buried in the cemetery. When one woman decides to adopt Jessie to replace her lost daughter, our heroine fears she may never escape the cemetery.


Although Tombstone Tea had a fantastic premise, I thought it could have been better, and it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I'm going to put that down to my slight dislike of main character Jessie, as the writing was good and the plot intriguing.

My favourite part of the book was the second section, which was narrated by Paul. He was more appealing than Jessie, and had a far more likeable voice. His story was interesting, and I could easily have read the whole book from his perspective. Jessie was too damsel-in-distress for my liking, and I still can't fathom out why she went to the graveyard in the first place. I wouldn't have thought a school prank would be more important than her safety, but she seems to easily overlook that when popularity gain is involved.

The Tombstone Tea itself was a great idea, and I enjoyed meeting all the ghosts and hearing their many tales of lives long past. I also enjoyed Dahme's writing style, and am tempted to read her other work. It did take me a while to get into this book, but once I reached part two, I was hooked for the most part.

Tombstone Tea might not be up there with my favourite books, but it's a good read if you want a graveyard of ghosts and a different supernaural spin on things. It's not all about vampires and werewolves anymore!


Becky said...

I'm not really sure this is for me. The premise doesn't really appeal. I guess that comes from my wimpy nature although it doesn't sound scary. Thanks for an honest review.

PolishOutlander said...

Oh dear. I had wanted to read this previously too. Maybe I'll read it anyway one day if it happens to come across my way. Thanks for the review.

Ryan Woods said...

Sounds a bit weird, but the cover is awesome. Nice review. :)

Kate said...

Hmm, I'm not sure about this book. It sounds inteeresting but Jessie sounds quite shallow. Thanks for the honest review!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I love the idea of the Tombstone Tea so it's shame that you didn't connect with the main charcter very much. Great review, though!

Luisa at Chicklish said...

Interesting review, and good to read your honest thoughts on the book. Thanks!

Bere said...

The cover is cool, I like it. The story sounds
interesting, but not sure if it is something for me. Great review =)

Ladybug said...

Thank you for this great review =) I would want to read this book it sounds like it stands out a bit compared to many other YA novels in the supernatural genre.