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About the Author
- ASIN : B00ASPY3VE
- Publication date : December 29, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 927 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 425 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,750 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story did start to drag out for me, with scenes from victims points of view, which I don't think helped the story along at all, and quite a few scenes that were nice and well written enough, but not needed by the plot. I do tend to have kind of a low tolerance for teen romances and how intensely they're felt, the awkward silences and comments, the miscommunications about who likes whom…it's all a bit dramatic for me, in this case and in general, but there are probably many who would appreciate it .
Language: If there was foul language, I didn't notice it. My apologies if I missed something.
Sexual Content: None, just some kissing and infatuated day dreaming.
Over-all Message/Plot: No messages, just a girl with supernatural abilities and a serial killer. It was nice and worth the read, but the plot could have been a lot tighter with some serious 'darling-killing', to rephrase a common writer's motto. I may well check out the next in the series
But it was also a bit wordy for my particular taste (it won't be, for others). I felt like the story could have been told in a shorter amount of time, and that some of the back history of secondary characters wasn't essential to the plot. I also had a lot of trouble keeping people straight, since a lot of the secondary figures have similar names -- Liam and Logan, for instance. There's also two guys whose names start with N (Nick and Ned), and two guys whose names start with J that are about the same length!
It's nice to see a book that blends the supernatural (the main character is psychic, and something of a dream seer) with religion (nice references to God, although His name is also taken in vain on occasion), but it also contains some grisly moments that deal with a murderer beating girls to death, so the under 12 set might want to wait a few years.
The Shadow has an awesome storyline that I was very anxious to read. I love all things paranormal - including silly shows like Paranormal Witness - so after reading the synopsis for this book, I was ready to dive right in. Although some people find the paranormal to be totally fictional, I always wonder, "what if?" So, to me, reading about things like creepy dreams coming true and the likes always sends chills up my spine.
I think the characters in this story are pretty well developed, but the flow of the storyline is not quite there. This first installment is a definite nail-biter, but not until later in the story. It took some time to get into this book. After reading The Shadow it was obvious that this is a debut novel, which I'm not digging on in any way. Writing a book is difficult. It could have used an editor, though, and would have been much smoother if it was fifty or so pages shorter. I definitely want to continue the series, as I now feel connected to the characters, and excited by the plot. If you love the paranormal like I do, you'll want to get in on the ground floor for this series!
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Rayna, still mourning the death of her father, goes to work as an Intern at "The Landing" an upper class resort, whilst waiting to decide which college to attend and basically what to do with her life. Leaving her home friends behind she soon forms new friendships and attracts the attention of three different boys. Meanwhile, girls are going missing in another part of the country...and Rayna starts dreaming of them, and the man stalking them, "The Shadow". At the same time, she realises that she can sense the thoughts and feelings of those around her. Struggling with this plus her romantic entanglements, Rayna starts to try and unravel the mysteries and make sense of her life once more.
This is a page turner - certainly by the middle you will be racing towards the end with the need to KNOW - and is very well written. The flow of the story is great, although one very slight niggle is that I found it over wordy in places - too many sentences to get over a little information - but really thats just a personal thing and it didnt detract at all from my overall enjoyment of the book. Also I think its the proof reader in me - I automatically edit in my head! The romance angle was well done without suffering from what I call "Twilightitis" and the supernatural elements were well imagined and intriguing. The end made you want to dive straight into the next one and I am looking forward to finding out what happens next.
Characterisation was great. I loved Jace particularly although I couldnt tell you why - and the background for each character was informative enough for you to get a sense of them and how they have come to where they are. I'm hoping that future instalments will bring some of the secondary characters more to the foreground as there were a couple in there that didnt get a lot to do this novel and yet you feel that they have a lot to add. All in all an involving read - and I feel that this trilogy once completed with make a great addition to the genre. It is violent in places - perhaps not for younger "young adults" but certainly anyone over the age of 13 would love this and it is also a book that adult readers would enjoy. Happy Reading Folks!
This was a very long story, but I did enjoy it.
Rayna was certainly an interesting character. She told us maybe a little too much information at times, and she didn’t always come to conclusions very quickly.
The storyline in this was good, but this book did have issues. For a start there was a real excess of information, and this really slowed down the pace. Rayna didn’t always seem to see what was right in front of her nose, she agonised over everything, and there were also bits that didn’t make much sense.
Then there was the love triangle. I’m still not 100% sure what on earth she thought she was doing with Liam and Jayce, but there was certainly plenty of lip-locking.
The ending to this was good, but it was once again drawn out. I have to say that I am pleased to learn that the second book is shorter!
7 out of 10.