Sunday, 24 February 2013

Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Shadowlands (Shadowlands #1) By Kate Brian

Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: January 8th 2013
Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover
What It's About!

Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

 (For some reason I'm having trouble with the pink dotted border! >:(  -Just in case anyone was wondering haha)

Shadow Lands was a GREAT book, it's so full of mystery it'll make your head spin! I hadn't even read the description for this book before buying and reading it. I just knew by the cover and the author that I HAD to read it!

For the most part, the book was really well paced, loaded with mystery that got my heart pumping and my blood flowing and kept making me try to predict what would happen but making me fail miserably. It started out with this Steven Nell guy who tries to kidnap the main character, so I figured it was going to be a thriller-type book, but it turned out to be a thriller/mystery, and more. I hated Steven Nell. He was creepy as hell, especially since he was supposed to be a high school teacher! Most of the characters, like the main one, Rory, her sister and her father, were all pretty flat. By the time I finished the book, I didn't feel any closer to knowing who Rory was. Her sister Darcy was probably the flattest of all, being a total cliche, shallow, materialistic bitch who only cares about herself-even in times of danger, when her and Rory would be a lot better off sticking together. Darcy got on my nerves something bad. If it wasn't for the amazing plots and events I probably would have thrown this book out the window.

Even though Steven Nell was creepy as hell, he did help make the story a little bit. He was really only in the very beginning and very end of the book that Rory could see, but it seemed like he was always around, leaving clues here and there. It really added to the mystery of the book, because as Rory thinks she's going crazy, so did I. It was like he was there...but was he really?... CREEPY!

This is probably the best mystery/thriller-type book I have ever read. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen, I was so wrong. Especially the ending, I SO didn't see it coming. AT ALL. My first thought after that last sentence was: What a rude cliffhanger ending!!! HOW COULD THE AUTHOR LEAVE ME HANGING LIKE THIS?! It's the father of all cliffhanger endings. But then later, I was like wow, how freaking smart of Kate Brian, now whoever reads the first book is for sure going to have to read the second book, no questions asked. I strongly suggest that if you haven't read this yet, but plan to, wait until the second book comes out, or you'll be as sorry as I am right now lol.

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