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To Wake the Shadows [Kindle Edition]

Hannah Kollef
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Book Description


Mary Margaret is not having a good year. The trouble begins on her fifteenth birthday, when she is attacked by a demon made of shadows. Soon after, she becomes plagued by prophetic dreams. Her grandmother suffers a devastating heart attack. And, as if all that isn’t enough to worry about, something evil is stirring in her basement, waiting for the opportunity to strike.

To combat these evil forces, Mary Margaret’s cousin, Andy, contacts Emmeline, a powerful psychic from the South. Together the trio fends off a violent, shadow-infected attackers and attempts to cast the darkness out of Mary’s house. Just when they seem to be winning, Mary's boyfriend stumbles into this mess, and things become really complicated.

Written in the tradition of the Southern Gothic with a modern paranormal twist, To Wake the Shadows is part horror novel, part family drama, and part coming of age story. Not recommended to be read alone, late at night, when you can hear the floorboards creaking…


Hannah Kollef spent four years studying Japanese and Politics in order to find a job as an unemployed writer. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hannah Kollef; 1 edition (February 2, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0075LQHKO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,047,576 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Done February 5, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book makes it seem that you are really in the neighborhood. You are there. If you like Stephen King stories mixed with a little of clive Barker. The character development plays out as it does in Hitchcock's movies. If that is your thing then this is the book for you. It is short and jumps right in there. I loved it. Oh yea and PS it says this is this girls first book. WOW just Wow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's in your basement? MWAHHHHHHHH March 9, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Oh my....amazing story...I can still feel the goose bumps/chills I got when I was reading it. The story grabs you from the very beginning; it had me glued and hooked. I got threw half the story in one sitting about 4hrs then finished the other half in another 4hrs. Love stories where the author describes everything down to the smallest detail were you can actually picture it in your mind and can see yourself standing right in the middle of it all. The beginning like I said was great however towards the middle it was kind of slow but still good and the ending well let me just say I did not see that coming. I know I missed something I feel that I was a little lost when the action starts to happen towards the end, so I will be going back and re-reading it. Thank you Hannah Kollef for the copy of your amazing story, I will be keeping an eye out for your future books. Also thanks to Janina, read2review was a great idea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars good idea... just didn't deliver March 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I wish I could give this more stars. I wanted to love it... It had promise. It just didn't fulfill that promise. The prologue was nice, you were introduced to Emily. When I read "...she knew what it was to lose her innocence, that beautiful, flighty bird that had kept her company all her life." I was touched. I was really looking forward to learning what evil was lurking in the basement and what happened to young Emily. I was a bit scared after reading the Prologue.

Sadly you don't find out what evil is in the basement until almost halfway through the book. Halfway through you encounter an adult Emily. The writing felt so forced, even when Emmeline (Emily), badass psychic with an attitude, makes an appearance it just felt so fake and didn't flow. I didn't buy it. All the swearing and redneck attitude didn't sell me on it. Almost half of the book was used to describe Mary (a nice girl who doesn't fit in). Andy (her cousin who loves Mary & grandmother very much). Grandmother who has a gift that we don't explore til later (sort of), Lisa (wholesome Lisa who gets picked on). But all along we know there is something evil in the basement. What is it?!?!? What is the evil?? And what does it want with saintly Mary??

Overall, I liked the story idea but the first half was painful to read. I never connected with the characters. I wanted to love this. I really did. There were some great scenes just too little too late. I was actually reminded of Anne Rice's "The Witching Hour" probably because I just re-read it not too long ago. In it, you are introduced to a house that is deteriorating. Haunted by something evil. You quickly are introduced to "The Man" and learn that it is the spirit of Lasher that is attacking the house and it's inhabitants.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 12-Star Supernatural Encounter!!! March 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
To Wake the Shadows

Oh, I loved this book from the first sentence. What an ability the author has to capture setting, character, personality, venue, in such lyrical imagery. This is a book into which the reader will pour all her emotions. I'm not ashamed to say that by the fifth page, if not earlier, I found myself hunched over my computer, heart in my throat, totally and completely absorbed in the story, seeing the events through the eyes of Emily, feeling her pain and fear and dread, anxiety on her behalf squirming its way out into the open and becoming outright fear. Absolutely love this book!

Shivers, shakes, and stunning events abound, all couched in prose that verges on the poetic. Wow-this novel is a great read and sure to be a rereader often. There are ghost stories and then there are ghost stories-and I doubt this story will ever be out of my thoughts or memory-ever. Readers who love Peter Straub's "Ghost Story" know the kind of superb writing, plotting, and mystery to which I refer-here is another fine example.

Any reader who can read even the Prologue without the story becoming just as much a part of her as it did of me, will be a reader who has overlooked a treasure and a gem. This is one incredible novel. From a newly-turned-seven-year-old Southern natural medium, to a nearly-fifteen-year-old young lady, a late bloomer in terms of puberty, the Shadows haunt and enshroud each, and for each young girl, life will forever be changed. So, too, will life be altered for each reader, because once we are enticed into this glorious story, we will never look at "reality" in the same way again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spooky realistic supernatural March 21, 2012
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While the first part of the book was a little slow (there was a lot of effort put into setting up the scene and the characters, which bogged down the story a bit), once we get more action, the story practically flies.

Mary, raised by her grandmother, and her cousin Andy are left in a house filled with evil after their grandmother collapses and is taken to the hospital. Evil is invading Mary's life - she has awoken the shadows of the world, and now she must beat them back.

Mary is a believable teenager, with her first major crush and her best friend. Andy seems a fairly typical good guy, who loves his cousin and grandmother, and has some unresolved issues (don't we all...). The grandmother, especially in the chapters from her point of view (there were two or three) seems a bit cuckoo, but desperately loves her grandbabies.

The supernatural aspects of the story were wonderfully creepy, and very real. While evil does influence those around it, the actions themselves are of the individuals, things that happen everyday already - the mother who kills her child, the successful man who hurts his family. These are real occurrences, but here seen through a dark tilt.

Overall, the characters were believable and the story was interesting.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Unfinished Polish
Light and Dark. Good and Evil. Love and Hate. To Wake the Shadows, by Hannah Kollef, explores the yin and yang of life - how one side of the spectrum cannot exist without the... Read more
Published on March 21, 2012 by Stitch
3.0 out of 5 stars Great 2nd half.
I have mixed emotions on this book. I really liked the second half but the first half was very hard to get in to. Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars scary!
I received a free copy of this ebook from goodreads. The book was slow getting started. there needs to be more action earlier in the book, better pacing to ensure that readers... Read more
Published on March 16, 2012 by Candace
1.0 out of 5 stars good idea, but really confusing
When I read what this book was about I was excited to read it, but my excitement didn't last very far into the book. The beginning with Emily and her mom was good. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Jalyn
4.0 out of 5 stars thoroghly enjoyed
to wake the shaodows was real good, the last several chapters i couldn't put it down,, it took a little while for the prolouge to come back around and mix with the story,, i didn't... Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by noliea
5.0 out of 5 stars good book.
This book was really well written. the way that everything was described throughout the book kept me on my toes. I am so glad that I decided to read this book. Read more
Published on March 12, 2012 by Lorraine Marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow to start and a little confusing.
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Published on March 6, 2012 by Justine
2.0 out of 5 stars OK read...
Ok I'm a little torn about this book. There are great scenes intermixed in the book. The love and bond between Andy, Mary, and her Grandmother were my favorite parts in this book. Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by teaspa05
5.0 out of 5 stars A rising star in the horror genre
I purchased this book on the recommendation of a friend and was not disappointed. The author grabs you at the prologue and doesn't let you go until the last page. Read more
Published on February 16, 2012 by Hudson Reader
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More About the Author

Hannah Kollef was born on the anniversary of Genghis Khan's death. She believes this is responsible for her poor table manners and love of pillaging.

Hannah earned her BA in Japanese and Political Science at Washington and Lee University. Upon graduating, she decided to pursue writing and published her first novel, "To Wake the Shadows." In October 2012 she published the first in her new Paths series, titled "Path of Needles." She also launched her new website,, a multimedia collaboration with input from a variety of talented musicians and artists.

​In addition to her novels, Hannah has been published in various magazines including In General magazine and Hometown Quarterly. She also works as a freelance copywriter, editor, and social media consultant for several small businesses. She lives close to New York City.

Visit to learn more, and to get exclusive bonus material for Hannah's books.

PS: The author photograph was taken by iMadGenative Photography and Design.

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