[review] The Shadows (Dark Sentinels Book 1)

After a traumatic year, sixteen-year-old Roz is excited to move to Las Vegas… Instead, she gets her possessions rearranged and ghosts chasing her from her home. … Determined to stop the shadows from overtaking her world, Roz and her friends will put a stop to the looming darkness, or die trying.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51H-IbGxvkL.jpgSci-fi, paranormal, young adult – three underrated genres because they are among the three most heavily written about. The young adult market is so saturated with sub-par content, that it’d be easy to overlook yet another YA novel with a ‘unique’ teenager at its core. But, I’m not reviewing a sub-par novel.

From the get-go, the reader is wholly vested in Roz’s journey and understanding the events that quite literally follow her around. Set in the surreality of Las Vegas, you immediately give in to your suspension of disbelief as Roz discovers her first few unusual occurrences in her new home – objects moved, whispers. Instead of questioning her sanity, the reader wants answers just as badly as Roz does.

The Shadows‘ greatest strength is how engrossed the reader becomes in its world. The characters are incredibly believable for such an unbelievable situation, and it isn’t laden with predictable clichés of high-schoolers investigating ghosts – you’re wanting the team to find something, and make contact. I may be a bit older than its target audience, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t eager for its sequel.

Available on Goodreads, Amazon and Kindle.

Sunday Round Up #25

When was the last time you looked through the sites you follow?

Feel free to join in and link back to this post! Maybe I’ll discover some new blogs along the way… Otherwise, stick around, you might find something new!


For all things woolly and Yorkshire…y, Cathy’s site is honestly like a virtual crafter’s café. While Cathy covers a variety of topics, her Knit and Knatter Fridays are an evident favourite!

Recent post: February Scavenger Photo Hunt

In the never-ending search for playwrights on here, I’m always excited when I actually find one! However, online, Hannykha is a self-confessed listophile, with monthly lists of shows seen or venues visited.

Recent post: The Arab Theatre Institute Festival – Tunis January 2017

That Writing Pipedream

An adult what writes, sometimes plays, and you know they’re an adult because they own a kitchen table (his words, not mine).

Recent post: Writing: Nowt but showing off

CrawCrafts Beasties

For the crafters and monster-lovers among you, brace yourselves, because this may be the best happy accident going. Follow these beasties’ adventures, adopt one, or request a special kind of beastie!

Recent post: Please Excuse Us…


From short stories to insights of the people of LA, take the hand of this local and enter the city of Angels (or ‘angles’, as my fingers regularly prefer to type).

Recent post: My Heart Will Lead Me There

And now, a (long overdue) welcome to the Laidig clan:

More Than Just Dialogue | Japan Can(ada) Mix | Kindness Blog | A Little Raya Sunshine | dridenourwriter | Sunny Sleevez

(Note: I can only feature those with linked blogs – those without, I see you!)