Thursday, September 22, 2011

Book Review: In The Shadows

Author: Julieanne Lynch
Title: In The Shadows
Publisher: Strict Publishing International
Publish Date: July 20, 2011
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Bewitching Book Tours and the author
Book Blurb: “In The Shadows”, the first of The Shadows trilogy, is an urban fantasy of vampires and the supernatural, and much, much more. In the shadows you will find lust and passion, battles for power and for blood, and death and fear around every corner. In the shadows you are carried away to an unknown future. Your destiny awaits, and you are no longer who you thought you were. You have a thirst, for blood perhaps, but a thirst for very much more than that.

Giselle was a normal girl with an attitude common to most girls of her age. Her family might not have been perfect (whose is?) but she loved them, and her future looked bright. She had an awesome best friend and a steady boyfriend, but how could she possibly have been so wrong about someone she loved? And how could she have been prepared for the darkness and for what she was to become?

Review: The first book in the Shadows trilogy by Julieanne Lynch and it will leave its readers wanting more immediately upon completion.

Giselle is not your typical heroine. She's unique, just like her name, but boy does she get into some trouble. That trouble all revolves around her bff Alex, who we learn is not what he seems and her boyfriend Marc. There's a lot of betrayal here, from both guys and when one turns out to be a vampire...and a not so nice one, things really get tricky.

This book is geared to the YA market and it has some minor sex scenes, but nothing overly erotic, in my opinion. The pacing is a bit fast, and sometimes it feels a bit disjointed, but it isn't difficult to follow. 

The spin Julieanne gives to the vampire legend is really interesting, as her vampires aren't necessarily immortal, and the new breed of vampire that occurs with Giselle is even more interesting. A vamp that isn't dead or undead and still eats food. Definitely a new spin on an old paranormal creature.

The other thing that makes In The Shadows such a great book, are the secondary characters, especially Alex's father, who later becomes Giselle's lover.

Yes, there's some interesting stuff going on in this book.

Readers of YA Paranormal fiction will gobble this one up, I know I did, and I can't wait for book two.

Rating: 4 flowers


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