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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Rory Miller has just barely survived an attempt on her life. Her attacker, serial killer Steven Nell, is on the loose, so Rory, her father, and her sister must enter a witness-protection program. As the family begins a new life in the vacation town of Jupiter Landing, it appears as if this place could provide the fresh start they all need. Rory and Darcy have been at odds for years. They meet a group of popular teens and party on the beach, hike, and surf. Just as the Millers start to feel at home in their new town, one of their friends goes missing. Rory wonders if this is just a coincidence or if it has something to do with Steven Nell, and she notices that things are amiss in Jupiter Landing. One of the local guys lurks around where ever she goes. Then other people start disappearing, but Rory is the only person who notices. In an interesting ending, Shadowlands leaves readers surprised and eager for the next installment in the trilogy. Teens who like chick lit and bit of a mystery will enjoy this one.-Shannon Seglin, formerly at Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Brian’s staple milieu—stylish teens living soap opera–worthy lives—gets a supernatural twist in this uneven series opener. When Rory escapes a vicious killer, the FBI assures her they will catch him. In the meantime, she and her family are given new identities and sent to a secret location. They arrive in Juniper Landing, an idyllic vacation island, seemingly without incident, though Rory is troubled by nightmares of the killer murdering them on the road. Rory and her sister, Darcy, join a crew of insouciant, beautiful people who party all the time, but Rory senses something is wrong. People keep disappearing, and while she is sure the killer is responsible, everyone else seems suspiciously unconcerned. Many readers will figure out the paranormal twist long before the reveal, and while Brian builds a strong sense of menace, the abrupt ending leaves most of the interesting questions unanswered. Plot improbabilities, such as the stunning ineptitude of the FBI, and undifferentiated characters hamper what could have been a compelling mystery. Brian’s fans will nevertheless find much of what they’re looking for. Grades 9-12. --Krista Hutley

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  • File Size: 1002 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (January 8, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 8, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008UZIJ2I
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I am a total Jersey girl. I grew up in Bergen County, went to Rutgers University, lived in Hoboken for a year (requisite post-college party time) and then moved back to Bergen, got married, and bought a house ten minutes from where I grew up. I graduated from Rutgers with a double major in English and Journalism, worked as an Editor for four years, then decided I liked writing better and struck out on my own. You've been reading my books ever since!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on February 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I read some great reviews of Shadowlands before I decided to go ahead and read it. I mean, I was unconvinced that it would be as good as some people were saying it was. Nevertheless, I had already gotten the book, so I figured I might as well read it. I'm still trying to decide whether I loved it or not. I guess I did, but the ending kind of killed that love.

I'm begin with what I liked and/or loved about Shadowlands. Pretty much everything. I loved the characters, the setting, the plot, it was all great. I'll elaborate. Shadowlands grabbed my attention right from the start. It dived right into the action and I loved that. Kate Brian did a great job with the pacing of the story and with character development, which I thought was pretty good.

I liked just about all the characters. However, my favorite had to be Steven Nell, the serial killer. He was a fantastic character. I think he was so well written that I felt like he could actually be a real life serial killer and I found myself connecting with him much more than I did with Rory. I wanted to know more about him and know more about his side of the story, so I wish there was more on that.

As I previously said, Shadowlands moved at a great pace and I loved everything that was going on. It was definitely suspenseful and while there wasn't a ton of action, it kept me on my toes. I was pretty much terrified. I loved this book so, so much... right up until the ending. What a disappointment. I just didn't see that coming and that's what upset me. Some reviewers said that they expected it, I just didn't see any of the clues that led up to it and I felt like it just ended on a huge cliffhanger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Shadowlands is like a jigsaw puzzle - even though you try very hard to figure it out, you don't get to see the whole picture until the very end. And the pieces of this particular puzzle snap together even more tightly when you read the book the second time. Reading it is a phenomenal - I'd even go as far as to say diabolical - experience. It grips you from the opening lines and the ever-increasing tension never lets up. In the end, you're left completely breathless, confused as hell and eager to start from the beginning to try and figure out what in the world have you just read.

The story centres around Rory Miller, a teenage girl who somehow miraculously survived an attack from a serial killer. The killer - who also happens to be her teacher - have been watching her for months, obsessing over everything she did and said. And now he's determined to finish what he started.

After her brush with death, Rory and her family are sent away to a Juniper Landing (a small vacation town on a remote island) as part of a witness protection program. But what was supposed to be a fresh start quickly turns into yet another nightmare. The town is creepy. Weird and unexplainable things are happening, people act very suspiciously and it all adds up to a very disturbing and deeply bone-chilling picture. Things get even more intense when a local girl disappears without a trace and Rory catches glimpses of someone following her, someone who looks exactly like her former teacher.

Kate Brian evokes Rory's paralysing fear, pain and disorientation quite brilliantly. I couldn't help but to feel thoroughly creeped out - I swear I had goosebumps on my arms half of the time (must be some sort of a record!).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon (Scott Reads It!) on February 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have avoided writing this review for a couple of days and I am finally going to review it. For me the most difficult reviews to write are for 5 Star books. I tremendously enjoyed Shadowlands and I doubt any review could do this book justice. There are no spoilers for Shadowlands.

From the first chapter of Shadowlands I was immediately hooked into this intriguing mystery. Kate Brian starts off Shadowlands with a bang. Our protagonist Rory is being attacked by serial killer Steven Nell but she manages to escape his clutches. Rory's family moves to a vacation town called Juniper Landing. Juniper Landing seems like such a wonderful and relaxing place until one of Rory's new friends goes missing. Could Steve Nell be the cause of this disappearance?

This is my first time reading a book by Kate Brian and this definitely won't be the last time I read a book of hers. Shadowlands was extremely addicting to read and I couldn't bear to stop reading even for short periods of time. One of my favorite components of Shadowlands are the short chapters from Nell's point of view. It was seriously chilling to read about an attempted murder from a serial killer's point view. Juniper Landing was a terrific setting and Brian did a wonderful job with making a vacation town seem so strange and dark. Who ever thought a vacation place could be so grim and ghastly?

So many reviewers have stated that they found Shadowlands very predictable but I completely disagree. From the start of Shadowlands I had a bunch of predictions but they all turned out to be wrong. Just when I thought the book was going in a certain direction, Kate Brian threw in a gut wrenching plot twist. The ending of Shadowlands was just mindblowing and I honestly never saw it coming.
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