Shadow Weaver – ARC Review

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“To most people, shadows are things that remain stuck to walls and floors, but for me, they become whatever I wish-tacky, like clay, or as thin as smoke. I can mold them all to my will.”

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The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…

Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desperate not to lose her shadows, she turns to Dar who proposes a deal: Dar will change the noble’s mind, if Emmeline will help her become flesh as she once was. Emmeline agrees but the next morning the man in charge is in a coma and all that the witness saw was a long shadow with no one nearby to cast it. Scared to face punishment, Emmeline and Dar run away.

With the noble’s guards on her trail, Emmeline’s only hope of clearing her name is to escape capture and perform the ritual that will set Dar free. But Emmeline’s not sure she can trust Dar anymore, and it’s hard to keep secrets from someone who can never leave your side.

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When I first saw this book cover on NetGalley several months ago, I knew I simply had to get it. Much like the cover, Shadow Weaver is creepy, and eerie, and dark. Sadly, it was not enough to keep me hooked or make me love it.

While the story itself is interesting, I the writing style didn’t fully do it for me. It seemed too simplistic at times, even for a middle-grade novel. There was something about it that never fully got me fall into the world of the story. It’s a tale of magic and shadows and yet, the writing lacked some magic, at least, in my opinion.

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Plotwise and characterwise, the book actually did very well. The plot was interesting and engaging, especially in the second half of the novel. I also really enjoyed the characters, especially Lucas whom I would like to see more from.

As for Emmeline, there were moments I liked her and moments I didn’t. She was always lying and eavesdropping and whining about one thing or another. Her thoughts were also a bit repetitive at times, which I guess ties back in with the writing style. Lastly, it was frustrating to see how blindly Emmeline trusted her shadow, Dar, and how oblivious she was to its dark nature, despite all the signs.

Still, in the end, I actually liked reading through her adventure and watching her come into her own.

The book is a battle between light and dark, and dealing with our own shadows and it displays this very clearly and very well. Despite my problems with it, I highly recommend it. I have doubt that had I read it at a younger age, I would have probably loved it.

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**I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**

{Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly will be published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on January 2nd, 2018}


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