May 022013
 
Review: Sarah’s ShadowsSarah’s Shadows (Shadows and Light #1) by Debra Robinson
Published by Imaginary Friend Publishing on Jun 11, 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, YA
Format: eARC from Author
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Rating: five-stars

Sarah can’t believe she’s dead. But apparently she is, because no one can see or hear her—at least not until her dead brother Jesse shows up! Jesse explains the mission: to save their father, who’s stuck in this ominous Shadow Land between life and death—a strange world full of zombies, monsters, and demons. But Jesse has broken the rules to meet Sarah here, and the demons are sticklers for rules. Now they want their due—Jesse and Sarah.

A twisted Wizard of Oz meets a sinister afterlife, in a new kind of coming-of-age adventure. Here, the Dark side disguises itself as the Light, and a Fallen Angel falls for Sarah. Supernatural Suspense at its finest, Sarah’s Shadows is the first book of the Shadows and Light series.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I sat down to start the book and promptly read it all in one sitting. It was a serious, older YA story with an overall energetic, hurried, deadline feel that is constant the whole way through the book. The story jumps right into the action, and never seems to let up.

The characters are well developed and felt consistent. I thought Jason felt a little one dimensional with his constant hitting on Sarah, but it wasn’t out of place. I adored Maya, even if her zoo was horribly disturbing. I loved how her and Sarah bond so strongly. It helps to reduce the insta-love feel between Sarah and Charlie, and adds a lightness to some of the more serious parts.

The ending is both happy and sad and ties up the story nicely while still leaving room for future books. The story stands alone well, but does have a series feel.

Overall, it was a great story. Very emotional and powerful. It showcases an afterlife without making religion a huge part, which is something very tricky and hard to do. I think the book could be popular and hope lots of readers find and read it.

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