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Casting Shadows Everywhere by [Vargus, L.T., McBain, Tim]
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Length: 241 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 925 KB
  • Print Length: 241 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Smarmy Press (1 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CR0T70U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 50 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #412,745 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This isn't my normal choice of genre of book. However I thoroughly enjoyed it. The story is dark with many twists and turns throughout all of which were unexpected but flowed beautifully. The perspective the book is written in is brilliant and helps you really connect with him. They the book I couldn't see how the story would end but I really enjoyed the ending.
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I think I first found L T Vargus and Tim McBain on Twitter - a great resource for discovering indie authors! This novel of theirs, Casting Shadows Everywhere, was a free gift for signing up to their email newsletter and I am glad I did as I have already been able to take advantage of a reduced price offer for their Awake In The Dark trilogy boxed set.

Casting Shadows Everywhere follows a few months in the life of Jake, a shy American teenager, as he blossoms into confidence but seriously oversteps the good/bad line. Essentially it is a coming of age tale, but told from an interesting perspective. We learn everything from Jake's point of view, narrated in the first person, and so get to understand why he is drawn so far into his cousin, Nick's shady life and also how difficult the transition is. Jake is not just another good kid gone bad for no reason.

I liked the strong characters that lead this story. It is easy to believe the world they inhabit and understand the power struggles of young men trying to find their place in a social hierarchy that is based more on brute strength than intellectual ability. The female characters are nicely drawn too. Beth is fun and witty and I enjoyed the dialogue between her and Jake.

Vargus and McBain build the tension throughout the first two-thirds of the story. I wasn't sure how far either Nick or Jake would go and the unveiling of later horror is shocking. However I did not like the plot device that twists the tale! I won't explain it here as the spoiler would, well, spoil it for future readers, but REALLY?! (If you read the story, you'll know what I mean when you get there!)
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This story is about an adolescent boy realising a few things about growing up. It is written as a journal and you read about his experiences with a girl, school and this cousin who he sees as a role model who teaches him a few life essentials! ( you will understand the exclamation mark if you read it.) It involves murder, drink, drugs, burglary, kidnap, love, bullies, relatives, psychology and more.
The way it is written is actually very funny and flits from one subject to another as any young mind tends to, from very serious topics such as murder to less serious such as girls or a school lesson, the thing is that it really works and is a very good read.
I would definitely recommend it, especially as at the moment it is available free from the writers website.
It's genre is difficult to pinpoint, I would say it's a thriller with humour and a bit of horror thrown in for good measure. The last chapter I think is very funny and sums up an adolescent boy to a tee, no matter what happens in their lives as long as they have a certain well known brand of take away they are fine!
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Reading as a series of informal diary entries this book is written from the point of view of 15 year old Jake. An American teenager of a single parent family, Jake strives to do more with his life. He wants a reason to get up in the morning.

The opening scenes are very vivid, we meet Jake's cousin Nick who will play an important adult role in Jakes next few months. There are few males for Jake to look up to and Nick's air of danger entices Jake. No longer prepared to be a victim to school bullies Jake accepts Nick's offer to help him learn some important life lessons.

Jake finds that he likes the excitement and thrill that taking on Nick's tasks give him and he can feel himself changing and wanting to keep changing. Jake's college lessons help him analyse his feelings and actions which make him different from Nick. Nick ultimately becomes out of control relying on his one rule in life "Don't get caught".

The book deals with plenty of teenage issues such as bullying, bulimia, puberty and peer pressure. There is strong language and violence in Jake's journey to find meaning in life. He came full circle through his lessons with Nick. Nick felt life had no meaning. Jake did something with his life experience, he changed his outlook and at the end began living his life once again.

There is a lot of strength in this story and if you can see through the violence and some of the points that no parent wants to think about, there is a lot of true life experiences. Many teenagers are trying to find themselves and they have to deal with issues today that we all need to face.
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I received a free download of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Also never read anything by L.T. Vargus before so wanted to give it a go.

Jake is 15. This story is told through his eyes in excerpts from his journal. He is an admitted wimp. He gets bullied on a regular basis and can’t stand up for himself. His best friend is Beth. He is in love with her but too scared to do anything about it. Nick is his cousin and a complete opposite. He smokes, he drinks, he thinks he’s a badass and he performs burglaries for a living. Nick decides to take Jake under his wing to teach him all he knows. This includes stealing, drinking and accompanying him on burglaries. Jake discovers a more sinister side to Nick and has some important decisions to make. How to deal with Nick and how to deal with his own demons just beginning to surface.

I had no idea what this book was about before reading it but judging by the plethora of 5 star reviews (only looked at the ratings – didn’t read the reviews) decided to give it a go. It was totally not what I was expecting at all. This is a coming of age story told by Jake himself. It follows him from the age of 9 then jumps to present day when he is 15. He tells of his life in school, with Beth his secret love and Nick his cousin. He also has a tendency to jump to totally random thoughts in the journal and also describes in detail what he is learning from his psychology class.

That’s it. I was really disappointed with it. It was easy to read and very well written but I kept on waiting for that something to jump out and grab me by throat but it didn’t happen. Given the amount of 5 star reviews it has had it left me thinking I had missed something.
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