I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Shadow, Shadow by V.B. Marlowe
Series: The Shadow Pines Trilogy #1
Published by the author (self-published) on February 15th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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"The four of you have been blessed with a great gift. Well, it's a gift for you, but a curse for someone else."
Harley receives a mysterious gift on her sixteenth birthday--a shadow box. The box gives her the power to trade someone to the shadows, meaning they will disappear and cease to exist. Harley can't imagine doing such a horrible thing and is warned that using the box comes at a price. Unfortunately, not using the box can be even more costly. Harley must make this life-altering decision as she discovers frightening revelations about the town she calls home.
This book was really good! It was super eerie. Gave me a bit of a chill when reading it.
I loved the characters, mostly Harley and Teaghan. They were such interesting main characters, both so different yet appealing in their own way. Life wasn’t great for the two of them. Harley probably had it worse, but she brought a lot of it on herself too. It wasn’t fair, but it could have been avoided.
I liked the plot, even though it seemed like it should have been more terrifying. People were underreacting to things. People constantly going missing? Like more than once a week? Oh, that’s normal. And when a certain person begins abusing the box, causing people to disappear at an alarming rate…I mean sure, they began treating that person with a bit more caution, but that’s all. This person was basically killing several people a week, and no moves were taken to stop him/her until a good many people ‘disappeared.’
The backstory was pretty interesting and kinda scary. It was told in a way that seemed fake, and the main characters did take a while to believe it, but that’s kinda what made it more scary. It only became obvious as the situation got worse.
The plot takes a lot of twists and turns. People do things that are completely unexpected. And the ending isn’t really satisfying—but boy, do I want to read more. It honestly felt a bit rushed, but it was an adrenaline rush, so I didn’t want to stop. It’s the sort of book that constantly keeps you on your toes. I was surprised that a book with such a depressing/eerie topic turned out so captivating and exciting while still being scary.
reaction upon finishing
*shivers* that was good!!
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