Book The Shadow Society The Shadow Society begins on a very clich d note hot new guy who our protagonist is immediately attracted to who invades all her thoughts and seems to be enchanted by her
Book The Shadow Society The Shadow Society begins on a very clichéd note: hot new guy who our protagonist is immediately attracted to, who invades all her thoughts, and seems to be enchanted by her--the plain Jane. Let's just say I did not have high hopes after this. But fortunately, and as a big relief, things turn around quite drastically once we get over this beginning slump. This is when we find ourselves into a very intriguing and unique premise involving alternate dimensions.Alternate dimensions are not something I have often come upon in YA, I love the concept, it's brimming with endless possibilities. This is what I enjoyed the most in this novel. The concept is well done, there are some holes--mostly grey areas--but I found it quite fascinating overall. The explanation that caused the dimensional divide is both scary and thought provoking, and the differences between the two are as vast as I like to imagine they would be--butterfly effect and all. Furthermore, Marie created this new world with a lot of details and cinematic descriptions that had me easily portraying this alternate Chicago. It's beautiful and dangerous. The notion of shades is so very neat as well--how they live, what they can do, how they're considered evil and a thing to fear. Being able to disappear... who hasn't thought of that at least once? After gaining this knowledge about this world so unlike our own, we get an explanation for the stale beginning which gets us to understand Conn's initial attitude towards Darcy, changing my opinion of it all for the better. The story follows Darcy quite closely, there are some secondary characters, but other than the two love interests that forms our cliché triangle (we couldn't get away from them all), there aren't a whole lot of secondary character interaction--which is a shame because the ones we do meet briefly are a memorable bunch. At least, Darcy leads the show very well. I liked her personality. She's flawed, and she makes mistakes, but she's not oblivious to them. Her relationship with Conn is actually built, not born from passion and lust. This is partly due to Conn himself. I was never too sure where he stood. His character is intricate; he wants to be loyal and true, but to whom? Him being any kind of relationship with a shade is a definite unusual and strongly frowned upon idea, seeing as they're the enemy race. Although there wasn't a strong "forbidden love" tone I usually like from these romances, I thought their relationship growth was realistic, and perfectly combined with an obvious connection.After the not so exciting beginning, I'm happy to have found the book well paced. There is a ton going on once they arrive in the alternate world, from spying, to learning newly discovered ghosting abilities, to researching forgotten past; I was kept thoroughly entertained. The anti-climatic ending was a tad disappointing, though. The resolve was too easy for my taste, with some conveniences that were a little… implausible. It's not a perfect novel, but not one I would pass up either. I think my biggest problem lies in both extremities: the beginning and ending, which is where I often find is the most important to compel the reader. However, the originality of it alone is well worth it.--An advance copy was provided by the publisher for review.For more of my reviews, visit my blog at Xpresso Reads . The Shadow Society is a Ebook Darcy Jones doesn t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse She has never really belonged anywhere but she couldn t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arDarcy Jones doesn t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse She has never really belonged anywhere but she couldn t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn t thought possible But Conn s interest in her is confusing It doesn t line up with the way he first looked at her.As if she were his enemy.When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can t rely on anything not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades latest terrorist plot What she finds out will change her world forever .In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.. Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner s Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014 Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois a suburb of Chicago , as the oldest of four children She holds a BA from the University of Iowa and a PhD from Harvard University Marie is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children s literature and fiction writing She lives in New York City with her husband and two sonscmillan author marier. Bestseller Kindle The Shadow Society These days every time I go to pick up another Paranormal Romance I know I'll end up with some form of vampire, werewolf, zombie or ghost. And while there is nothing wrong any of those types of characters, it tends to get a little "tell me something I don't know, would ya?" I wanted something different, creative and imaginative. So when I first discovered The Shadow Society, I was really excited to read a novel that featured an entirely new Paranormal creature: Shades, children of the shadows (badass tagline, right?).Now even though in my bio it says I love reading Paranormal Romances, I am so picky with that genre because it has the biggest habit of falling into tropes that either annoy me or disturb me. At first I thought that would be The Shadow Society's fate as well. When our main character, Darcy, an orphan with a mysterious past, meets the new boy at school, Conn, they lock eyes and she finds herself thinking about him from that point forward. Do you see where this could have gone? Straight to my Did Not Finish list, that's where. But then I noticed something. Darcy and Conn started spending good, ol' fashion time together, getting to know each other without claiming their undying love. And just when I thought this would be a simple cutesy novel, betrayals, revelations, and mysteries ensue and I found myself wrapped up in the plot.If there is one thing that I have to commend Rutkoski on, it's how the novel is crafted around one real life story involving a knife and a fish tank. When Darcy discovers that she is really a Shade from an alternate dimension and that her kind are terrorists, she is heartbroken. All her life she has wanted to know about her past she couldn't seem to remember, but the longer she spends in the alternate division the more she discovers that it's filled with more that just shadows. I could easily sympathize with Darcy and loved how the book was told through her point-of-view. She doesn't always make the best decisions in the novel, but unlike other heroines, I have to give her credit for trying to fix her mistakes.The highlight of the novel is easily the secondary characters. They were hilarious with vibrant personalities, especially Jims. I LOVED him so hard. I only wish I could have seen a lot more of him and Darcy's friends. Conn, the love interest, was a confusing character for majority of the novel. It's understandable given his role in the plot (which I won't spoil for you even if you beg!), but it made it harder to connect with him. However, I did enjoy the romance and readers can rest assured that insta-love is absent from The Shadow Society. And while it is an important factor in the story, it never drove the plot, which I liked.Of course, this isn't a perfect novel. There were a few times where the story did slow down significantly and while I wasn't bored, it could be an issue for other readers. I also found the third boy's romantic interests in Darcy a bit unnecessary. She already had two admirers, one who reminded me of Blake from Onyx (if you've read Onyx, you'll know that isn't a compliment to that character), and Conn, the good guy. And no, there wasn't a love triangle. Then there was the issue of the friends somehow finding the alternate dimension and making a life there in such a short amount of time. But when Jims referred to himself as "Daddy," I quickly let that little issue slide. LOL. And finally, I felt that the ending's resolution ended a little too swiftly for my liking after so much build-up.If someone were to ask me if I'd recommend The Shadow Society, I think I would tell them to sample the first few chapters first. The Shadow Society gives me the same feelings Throne of Glass did in that it's very readable with an interesting premise. It won't change your life, but being a standalone read, it works well for one of those rainy days where you want to read something a little lighter with a satisfying ending.ARC was provided by Macmillan. Thank you!Want to enter for a chance to win the ARC? Visit Cuddlebuggery Book Blog.
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