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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

REVIEW: In the Shadows by Julieanne Lynch


“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?

Book: In the Shadows by Julieanne Lynch
Release Date: July 20, 2011
Format: eBook
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Young Adult
Series: Shadows Trilogy, #1
Obtained: As part of a book tour
Rating:PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket1/2 (3.5 Zombies)

I debated for a while on whether I wanted to give In the Shadows 3 or 4 zombies, but finally decided on 3.5 because, despite the awesome world and some really great characters, I couldn't quite get over the slightly awkward writing.

Giselle was an awesome main character, much more realistic than most, and not some kick ass, impossible to relate to Valkyrie. She was really fun to get to know and I can't wait for the next book in this series.

The only problem I had with In the Shadows was the writing itself. Sometimes, the dialogue could get extremely awkward-sounding, and that pulled me out of the story somewhat. The characters had a stiff, too-formal way of speaking at times that could've easily been avoided by throwing in a few contractions and some less than perfect grammar that normal teens use, but it wasn't too huge of a deal.

If you like vampires and sexy page-turners, then In the Shadows is a book that I would definitely recommend, although it is not for young teens and tweens because of the sex scenes and more mature topics.