Tuesday, July 2, 2013

3 stars: The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer

"Sometimes I forget for an hour or two that she's with me. Sometimes I convince myself that she was only a dream. Or that I'm crazy.

For as long as Lily Winston can remember, she has never been alone. Iris, a shadowy figure who mimics Lily's movements and whispers in her ear, is with her always—but invisible to the rest of the world. Iris is Lily's secret.

But when Lily's father is killed in a tragic accident, his cryptic final words suggest that he and Lily's mother have been keeping secrets of their own. Suddenly, Iris begins pushing Lily more than ever, possessing her thoughts and urging her to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle her father left behind. As she searches for answers, Lily finds herself drawn to Ty Collier, a mysterious new boy in town. Together, Lily and Ty must untangle a web of deception to discover the truth about her family, Iris . . . and Lily's own identity."

Published April 9th 2013 by HarperTeen.

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to read this book; I had been wanting to read it months before it was released. Maybe that was part of the reason why it didn't meet my expectations.

I think that I had just been expecting more from the book. Things were pretty predictable to me for a while. Plus, it seemed like a romantic relationship for Lily didn't really have a place in this story and that it was forced. In fact, her two love interests (one doesn't even really count, so I won't call this a love triangle) didn't interest me, and that's a bad sign. Iris (the "shadow girl") also didn't interest me. She was one dimensional and had no substance... but perhaps that's why she's just a "shadow." It took me a while to read, because the pacing was off; the only time I couldn't put it down was during the last 60 pages or so.

I'm sorry Jennifer Archer, because I really did want to love it, and I know I even tweeted you about my excitement. This doesn't mean I won't read any of her other books though, because she does write well, so even though this story might not have been for me, another plot might work better when written by her.    

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