Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Book Review: Shadow Future by: Madison Louise

Release Date: June 22. 2012
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.



"Pearl Underwood doesn't have an easy life. Her mother died giving birth to her, which might mean she may die too, and ruin the way the OverShadowers have lived for centuries. And since her father isn't around either. She's been raised by the other women, and men of the OverShadowers. And you can't really find love there.
Then, she runs away, something an OverShadower--especially a girl OverShadower--should never do. Of course, she gets caught, and expects the worse. But her Leader gives her something she's always craved: Freedom.
Being the shy and laid back thing she is, she's surprised at one boy's reaction to her. But it doesn't bother her as much as it should.
Then, her powers start doing things they shouldn't, and her Fastening day is right around the corner. Which doesn't bode well for Pearl.Will she make it through? Or is that shadow future for her?"



My Thoughts:

Shadow Future is a very quick read. It centers around a young girl who has been brought up in a world where the rules equate rules from medieval times. Women are good for nothing but getting married and making babies, and they do so at the extremely young age of fifteen. The men hold all the power, so when our heroine wants freedom, naturally problems arise. The reader watches her try to find herself in a world where it seems nearly impossible. 

Pearl is a character that I think a lot of young girls can relate to. Aside from the paranormal aspects, she really is just a teenager. She feels trapped in her life, like most teens at one point, and she is just trying to figure out who she is and what her future holds. She goes from blindly accepting the way her life has been laid out to striving to make her life her own. I think all teens at some point feel that they have no control over their life and this book parallels that nicely. Then take these normal teenage problems and throw some paranormal in there and it just makes things worse.

While I enjoyed the story line, I was slightly disappointed. I just felt the story had so much more potential. It was good, but I think it could have been great. There was just something missing, I’m not entirely sure what. Maybe because I appreciated the story but I had a hard time relating to it. I think this book is better suited for younger teens. They will be able to relate to Pearl coming of age where it was very difficult for me to do so at this point in my life.

While the beginning was a bit slow, as the book progresses it gets better and better, which leaves me hope for the sequel. When I first started reading I was wary of the book and honestly was not sure if I would finish. However, as the story progressed I became more and more hooked. The end of the book really amps up the action and keeps you guessing. It takes numerous twists and turns and it is hard to know which characters can be trusted and which ones cannot be trusted.

Overall I would recommend this book to teen readers (13 to 16ish.) I think they will really enjoy this story and relate to Pearl in a way that adults cannot. It is a quick read and I think this series has a lot of potential.



3 comments:

  1. I was really attracted to the cover of this book....so intriguing and mysterious, but after reading your review I don't think this would be something I would enjoy, just because of the issue of not being able to connect with the main character. I'm still deciding if I should read this.

    Thanks for the honest review, Teresa! :D

    ~ Maida @ Literary Love Affair

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    1. Yea, my biggest issue was not being about to connect with Pearl and I had a very hard time looking past that. The book was not my cup of tea, but I think there are others out there who would really enjoy it.

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  2. Thanks for the review, Teresa! :)

    -Madison Louise

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