- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (April 9, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061834602
- ISBN-13: 978-0061834608
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,426,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Shadow Girl Paperback – April 9, 2013
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Gr 8 Up-Lily Winston has never truly been alone. Her "shadow girl," Iris, is always with her, whispering in her mind, keeping her company. On her 17th birthday, Iris saves Lily's life, but is unable to save her father from dying in a tragic accident. In the wake of his death, Lily's mother retreats into her grief and as her daughter tries to cope, she learns that her parents have been keeping secrets from her. As Lily begins delving into her parents' past, she confides in both her best friend, Wyatt, and the intriguing new guy in town, Ty, with her deepest secret. It turns out that Ty has secrets of his own, having come to Silver Lake to search specifically for Lily's father. Lily must decide who she can trust as she comes to learn her own true identity. Archer builds suspense beautifully, revealing small secrets one by one, building Lily's discoveries into one culminating life-altering event. Intermingled within the mystery of Lily's identity are her conflicting feelings for Wyatt and Ty, as well as her guilt and grief over her father's death. As the story concludes and Lily determines where she will go from here, the only detraction is one confrontation that seemed to be looming, but never actually comes to fruition. Aside from that, Lily's story is one that will draw in most readers with its well-done blend of suspense, mystery, and romance.-Jessica Miller, West Springfield Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"The Shadow Girl is an emotional thrill ride of self-discovery through the eyes of a teenager whose own shadow holds the key to her purpose and place in the world. The stunning conclusion left me starving for more of Jennifer Archer's evocative prose and phenomenal imagination. I'm a fan for life!" - A.G. Howard, author of Splintered
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'The Shadow Girl' is an enthralling and fully captivating young adult fantasy/mystery novel that follows Lily Winston after the tragic death of her father rips her family apart. After overhearing a strange conversation between her parents and her father's final - and cryptic - words to her, Lily begins to wonder what big secret her parents have been keeping from her. The shadowy figure inside Lily's consciousness and mind - Iris - begins to push Lily to find out what her parent's are hiding. What they discover will completely rock Lily's family, Iris' existence, and Lily's own identity.
This book was a mix of a masterful mystery and a supernatural story. I loved the twists and turns that filled the story - each one pressing me forward alongside Lily on her quest to figure out the big secret her parents have kept from her. The way the mystery is written, with only small snippets of clues and some flashbacks, really engages the reader to unravel the enigma and finally release the secrets that have been locked tightly away. The characters were interesting and quirky, especially the Lily and Iris relationship. Iris was a big part of the mystery and I found her to be fascinating and unnerving at the same time, only because I couldn't fully guess at her role in the book. Lily was a great main character and I immediately liked her and found myself pursuing the truth along with her throughout the novel. There is a bit of a love triangle in the story between Lily, Wyatt - her best friend since forever, and Ty - the mysterious and gorgeous stranger in town. Ty's role is also a bit of a mystery in the novel, at least for a while. It's clear that he somehow plays a bigger role than a love interest and I loved trying to figure out how he fit into the mix. The writing was very well done and the story was fast paced and exciting. The plot was unique and certainly was a breath of fresh air into the YA genre. I don't want to have any spoilers, so suffice it to say that this was a fantastically written, highly addictive supernatural mystery that fans of YA fiction will definitely NOT want to miss. Highly recommended!
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
The cover is fantastic. The faded image, the vibrant hair, that blue background. Love.
What is Iris? Who is she? Where did she come from? The billions of questions raised by the shadow girl will leave you hungry, plowing through the pages for answers.
Iris is creepy, a little off in a Luna Lovegood sort of way when she comes out of hiding and she’s a far more interesting puzzle than Lily.
The answers to the shadow girl origins will leave you reeling and shocked. You will never see it coming. There aren’t often books that surprise me anymore but this was a biting your nails, on the edge of your seat, what the hell just happened moment.
There are a few cute, funny scenes that will leave you smiling.
Lily’s hot and cold feelings towards both Ty and Wyatt are random and really unfounded. There’s not much buildup for their relationships and hardly any chemistry.
The climax, the crazy, life-changing reveal was gleaned over and what was said about it was left alone and pushed aside. It felt as though so much of the book was leading up to that scene when Lily learns the truth and there’s no finality, no antagonist to increase the thrill or danger. It fell flat.
The plot is slow to start and doesn’t have a strong, steady pace.