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In the Shadows Hardcover – 29 Apr 2014

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Loved Loved Loved!!! 29 April 2014
By Alexandra Saperstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Everything about the book made it very difficult to put down. I even had to bring it to work and sneak pages between appointments. I can't remember another book quite like this. It goes back and forth between an incredibly beautifully illustrated story with no words, and a text story. You know the tales are connected but you don't know how until the end.

The art in the book is a work of art in itself, and worth buying for that on its own, but fortunately, it also very much builds and brings the story forward. White's writing was fantastic too. I loved how the suspense built and built. This book needs a sequel, and hopefully there will be a movie based on the story at some point too.

Loved it from first page to last.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant, like no book I've ever read! 21 May 2014
By JWang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
SO GOOD! Jim Di Bartolo is Laini Taylor's (Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy) husband. I read about this book via Laini's blog, bought it and was blown away by how brilliant the book is. First of all, this is not a traditional book. It is a combination YA novel and a graphic novel. The novel part is written by Kiersten White, the graphic novel is illustrated by Jim Di Bartolo. DO NOT GET THIS ON KINDLE, IT MUST BE READ IN BOOK FORM! The artwork by Jim is amazing, you will refer to every illustrated page over and over and over. What's brilliant about the book is how the novel and the graphic novel are seemingly two different stories, with the graphic novel's panels interspersed throughout the novel. It's a bit confusing at first because you don't understand the connection between the two stories. But, slowly, you decipher the illustrated story, little by little, as you read the novel. By the end, you understand how the two stories dovetail into one whole. Just brilliant! I found myself looking at the graphics over and over, seeing new details every time. It was such a thrill. I've never had a reading experience like this before - it just blew my mind. So what's the story about? It's set in Maine 1900, involves two teenage sisters whose mother runs a boarding house, two teen brothers who stay there and a mysterious young man who is also living at the boarding house. The mood is mysterious and gothic, there are magical elements and and the graphics span a century of time and travels the globe. And yes, there is ROMANCE. So, basically, everything I love in a book. GET THIS BOOK! You will not be disappointed.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Classic Creepy Read 13 May 2014
By PeaTee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I really liked IN THE SHADOWS. It's a well written novel that has a classic "gothic" style. The main characters are well fleshed out and fit perfectly with their creepy and mysterious seaside setting. [Suitable for Middle-graders, YA, and Adults]

There are two backstories. The first belongs to sisters Cora and Minnie. They live with their family in a small New England town at the turn of the last century. After the death of their father, their mother opens their home to boarders, which is how they meet Thomas and Charles, and the mysterious, Arthur.

Thomas and Charles are the sisters counterparts. They are brothers, with Thom the older of them. He is interested in girls and the new music, Jazz, while Charles is unfortunately, slowly dying.

Thomas dotes on Charles and loves him fiercely, but sometimes the only way he can cope is to escape to a club where he can loose himself. It's coming back from a midnight escapade that Thom happens upon his father talking to a mysterious woman. For the only time he can recall, Thom notes that his father sounds afraid. The subject of the conversation isn't clear, but there is talk about a debt that must be paid, and that the sacrifice must be a large one. Shortly afterwards, Thomas and Charles are packed up and sent to Maine, where the meaning of the threat slowly becomes clearer.

IN THE SHADOWS is a hybrid novel. By which I mean that there are many graphic pages. And if I'm understanding these pages correctly, they are telling a slightly parallel story set partially in the future. (This might not make sense to you now, but it will, hopefully, after you get to the end of the book.)

The art is by Jim Di Bartolo's and it's amazing. Very striking and it is every bit as eery as the story which involves the blackest magic.

IN THE SHADOWS is full of action and suspense. It's a tale of love and friendship, good and evil, and I'd recommend it to readers looking for a good classically spooky story.

--review copy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Eerie. Gripping. Secretive. 6 May 2014
By Kimberly the Librarian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
A boardinghouse becomes the center of strange goings-on in a small American town, circa 1900. Cora and Minnie, two girls living at the boarding house, encounter a rash of new guests and each guest has secrets. Three handsome boys befriend the girls and before long all five teens are pulled into a supernatural intrigue.

Conspiracies abound in this story and nothing is too bizarre. The telling of two different stories, simultaneously, is well done. Normally, I would dread switching between the two viewpoints and time periods, let alone mediums (novel & graphic novel), but both the stories were equally captivating. The pictures were creepy and fast-paced and the plot was conveyed easily minus the dialogue.

I loved the characters! I so desperately wanted happy endings for each of the teens. The characters were rounded out with unique perspectives, no easy feat with five main characters.

If you are looking for a unique read—this is it. The novel may be reminiscent of The Invention of Hugo Cabret or Wonderstuck in format, but this tale blazes its own path. A science-fiction novel with a healthy dash of romance, I highly recommended it.

The review copy was provided by NetGalley.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Starts out confusing, but ends up being very cleverly done 5 May 2014
By K. Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. This is a creepy novel that alternates between graphic novel format and traditional book format. I ended up enjoying it a lot, but was a bit confused about what was going on for the first section of the book.

The graphic novel portion of this book is all done in pictures and shows a man chasing some creepy people and running into people with completely white eyes. The traditional book portion of the story tells about two brothers Thomas and Charles that have been sent to a small town for the summer in an effort to help Charles’s poor health. They end up staying at an inn where two girls their age live; Cora and Minnie. Cora and Minnie have noticed a lot of strange things happening around town, one of which is the arrival of one of their relations...an older boy named Arthur who has a mysterious past.

I am going to be honest here, it took me a while to get into this book. Up right until the end I would have given it three stars. Then at the end things are so wonderfully and creatively tied together that it just blew me away. The whole thing was very cleverly done.

I was seriously confused for a while trying to figure out how everything was related. Trust me, just go with it, you'll figure it out. And when you do figure out what is going on you will think "OMG, that is awesome!" Half of it is told in pictures in a wordless graphic novel type of format and half is told traditional book format. The two formats alternate, but it is quickly apparent that they are not telling the same story. The graphic novel portions and traditional book portions do not start at the same place in time...and to prevent spoilers that’s all I am going to say about that.

The story is mostly a dark mystery surrounding some strange dark events. Thomas, Charles, Arthur, Cora, and Minnie set out to solve this mystery...especially when they find out their lives are at stake. It’s a dark story involving demons, dark magic, and sacrifice.

All of our characters are engaging, although we don’t get to know any of them all that well. It was a fun read. The thing that really sets this book apart from others is the way the graphic novel part and the written part come together at the end in a very clever way. This is a book that keeps you on your toes and really makes you think.

Overall this was a very creative book and a very interesting read. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read some a bit different and clever. I would especially recommend if you are a fan of dark mysteries involving black magic.
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