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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
Maggie and Max
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
The Hobbit
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Monday, May 2, 2011

Book Review: Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw

Title:  Shadowcry
Author:  Jenna Burtenshaw
Publisher:  HarperCollins
Publish Date:  June 21, 2011
Source:  Dark Fairies ARC Tours

Synopsis (from Amazon): 
The Night of Souls—when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest—is only days away.
Albion is at war . . . and losing.
The wardens have descended, kidnapping innocent citizens for their army, but looking for one in particular.
And fifteen-year-old Kate Winters has just raised a blackbird from the dead.
As her home is torn apart by the wardens, Kate's discovery that she is one of the Skilled—the rare people who can cross the veil between life and death—makes her the most hunted person in all of Albion. Only she can unlock the secrets of Wintercraft, the ancient book of dangerous knowledge. Captured and taken to the graveyard city of Fume—with its secret tunnels and underground villages, and where her own parents met their deaths ten years ago—Kate must harness her extraordinary powers to save herself, her country, and the two men she cares for most. And she'll make a pact with a murderer to do it.
Those who wish to see the dark, be ready to pay your price.

My Thoughts:  I raced through this novel!  It was so good that I could not put it down.  It was very fresh for me as it was more fantasy and I haven't read from this genre since reading Garth Nix's Abhorsen series. 

Kate is living with her uncle and helping him run his little bookshop.  They know about the Wardens but having seen them in a long time.  However, Kate's uncle gets some information and is getting ready to take Kate and hide when the Wardens invade the town and Kate, her friend Edgar and her uncle must hide in the cellar.  There, Kate brings a dead bird back to life, discovers she is one of the skilled and that is where her trouble begins.

I loved Silas Dane!  He was the perfect evil character.  A man brought back from the dead and living with no soul, Silas thinks Kate can help him die.  He is completely mysterious and dark and I loved that!  He gave me chills every time he entered the scene.

Kate, the main character, was okay.  She was your typical heroine who was both brave and strong and gullible and naive all at the same time.  She didn't really annoy me but didn't have me cheering for her either. 

The descriptions of the Night Train, the Station and the city under attack by blackbirds was so detailed and alive!  I felt like I was right in the middle of all of it!  The book is very dark and full of magic and mystery and worth every minute!  I found myself saying "just one more chapter" and then after that chapter thinking "well, I can't stop now"!    It reminded my of Garth Nix's Abhorsen series (Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen) so if you liked those books, pick this one up!

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