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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Regina Doman (October 6, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981931804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981931807
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #579,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This series is geared toward older teens - adults.
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This reader believes there is room for more development of the story and the characters and this could be an excellent and exciting book.
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The story is timeless, the setting is very much today.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy on October 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Some books just fall into your hands, and instantly become treasures you want to share with all you know. This is one of those books. It is a modern retelling of the story from the Brothers Grimm, of Snow White and Rose Red. It is the story of two brothers and two sisters, all of whom have lost much in life and are not fully what they at first appear. The sisters have lost their father and had to move back into New York City. The brothers have lost their mother and have both been convicted of drug charges. Then one fateful night their fates become somehow intertwined.

The sisters are Blanch and Rose, two girls who grew up in the countryside, and who now reside in the city. They live with their mother and attend secondary school. The first of the brothers we meet is named Bear; he has dreadlocks, is big and tough, yet upon spending an evening with the Brier sisters and their mother he reveals different parts of his past. He has a passion for life, loves poetry and takes the girls on outings. But there is always a dark side to a Bear and this one is no different. He has secrets and his story and journey are still unfolding. The mystery revolves around a murdered priest, an abandoned church and the school the sisters are attending.

This story is wonderfully told. The author draws you in and keeps you captivated from first page to last. Each chapter begins with a quote from the original fairy tale, and foreshadows what is coming, yet in New York the mysteries and magic of a fairy tale are very different from the German countryside. Regina Doman is a true storyteller, not just an author.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rose Red on January 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Before I read The Shadow of the Bear, I read the Twilight series. It's funny, because with all the fame those books got, this book, and every one of Regina Doman's books, far exceed them. It's one of those rare Catholic books that bring God and good morals (unlike the Twilight books) into the story without making it dull or boring. I actually cried while reading Waking Rose, the third in the series. And even non-Catholics can appreciate the quality of this book. The way Regina writes her books is spectacular, using beautiful language that is almost like poetry. I not only purchased all four of her books for myself, but many of my friends and family, and all of them are hooked! Regina has a wonderful look on life, and teaches you how to be a good person whether you want her too or not. I stayed up until three in the morning once finishing this book, even though I had read it before! I fall in love with the characters every time I read it, and Regina has a way of making you feel their pain, joy, love, and sorrows. This book is one of the greatest books I've ever read. The only books that I enjoy more are the third and fourth books in her series!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Sheppard on April 11, 2009
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I have been trying to find a good Catholic series, especially for teens. This one is great! The way Ms. Doman has turned some of Grimm's fairy tales into novels with Catholic teaching and morals is interesting and fun to read. I couldn't put this one down, and I can't wait to read more!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Vallespir on January 12, 2009
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As a mother of 4 boys who is a little tired of all the junk out there in the mainstream culture, I appreciated this book not only for its bringing forth teen heroes who are virtuous instead of corrupted, but for its suspense and mystery which kept me up late at night reading when the kids were in bed! My 12 year-old son found it fascinating and stayed up late, finishing it in 2 days. You're really kept on the edge of your seat with this one. The great thing is, there is absolutely nothing in it that is inappropriate or damaging to kids' morals here. In fact, the teens depicted come up against the smut of the culture and react in inspiring yet realistic ways. They are not "holier than thou;" they're real kids encountering the real challenges of our day, but they're choosing to "be themselves" in a way that is guided by their faith in God. The air of mystery and adventure and danger is very vivid, too, and draws the reader in. A+! Loved the characters portrayed. I want to get the sequels.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sdbear on June 14, 2009
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I first read this book because I was looking for good summer reading for my 12 year old son. It's superbly written - I finished it in 2 1/2 hours. Couldn't put it down. My son finished it in one night as well and he had a great time. Ms. Doman portrays good, noble people in an attractive and exciting way. In her books, there is no ambiguity about right and wrong. Much modern fiction seems to be plagued by a kind of relativistic morality which is so damaging to young people because it infiltrates their minds so insidiously. The clear delineation between right and wrong gives Ms. Doman's books an almost luminous quality. More power to her! Keep writing, Regina!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Van Hecke VINE VOICE on October 27, 2008
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Blanche and Rose are two teenage sisters who have recently moved to New York City after living a secluded childhood in the country. The perky and social Rose adjusts well to the big-city Catholic high school - making lots of friends and even being invited to the Senior Prom by the most popular boy in school. Blanche, on the other hand, more nervous and shy by nature, is incessantly teased by her schoolmates and struggles with her own internal fears about life.

Despite Blanche's objections, Rose and their mother (who was recently widowed) befriend a scruffy (dread-locked) transient, "Bear", who spent time in Juvenile Hall for drug possession.

A page-turning adventure and mystery unfold in which appearances are not always what they seem and the two sisters grow in faith, friendship and determination.

In the background of the story whirl a myriad of ideas about life, love, courage, fear, reality, death and much more that teenagers (and adults too) struggle with. But in the end the reader walks away with a sense of hope and that, yes, life is difficult and many bad things can happen, but even so God is in charge and the truth will come out in the end if we don't give up.

If the average person on the street today were asked how they would define "a fairy tale", I think they would describe a story in which "perfect" people had certain adventures, but in the end lived happily ever after. Unfortunately our modern ideas of fairy tales come largely from animated Disney movies of the past 50 years.

"The Shadow of the Bear" is based on the classic fairy tale "Snow White and Rose Red". Yet it is nothing like our common idea of a fairy tale because our modern definition is flawed. Reading this book, might, in fact, enhance your idea of what a fairy tale is.
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