Book Tour #review The Shadow Girl, by Misty Mount 5 of 5 stars @shanannigans81 @MistyAMount

Genre: YA/ Fantasy/ Coming of Age

Publication Date: December 28, 2017

Synopsis:

Shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia has always known she was different. Most teenagers feel unnoticed and unseen, but for Zylia, it’s something much worse. She’s disappearing from this world and doesn’t know how to stop it. At times, she’s not sure she wants to. Until she stumbles across a family mystery surrounding the disappearance of her great-aunt Angelica years earlier. During her quest to unravel the mystery, Zylia discovers she’s able to cross the boundary and enter the “in between” world. Now, it’s up to Zylia to save herself before she’s trapped “in between” forever.

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Quote:

 “As the freezing rain hit me, I could feel the stares…smoldering on my skin. I longed for invisibility. At times like this, the very curse that plagued me was also my protection.”

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Misty Mount

About the Author

Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist. She resides in Wichita, Kansas.

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Giveaway: 1 print copy of The Shadow Girl and 2 digital copies

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*Print copy is available to North American residents only

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MY REVIEW:

I think what I loved most about this book is the balance. There is a little mystery tied in, making you think and wonder. But, more importantly it brings about awareness on a couple different subjects that are rarely touched on. They’re real and necessary subjects that actual people and families face oh so often, making the entire story relate-able. From cover to cover this book brings about certain emotions that really tug on the heart strings! Tying it all together is the pace and character development, which was in my opinion perfected. I kind of felt like the pace was a bit slow, which in this particular case it made the story that much more real. It wasn’t rushed.

First lets talk about Zylia, the main character. She’s quiet and socially awkward, not only in school and around her peers, but at home as well. She goes un-noticed more often than not and prefers to disappear into the background. Her ambiance is borderline depressing, but in a poetic way… and its eye opening! Too often this is the case, especially with teens. We all know people who have suffered from this at one point in their lives or another, or even have suffered from it ourselves. Zylia gives us an insight to how it feels to be the outcast, the un-noticed one. I love how amidst her insecurities she’s also kind, compassionate, curious, and even clumsy. Her personality is one of a kind. This is no cookie cutter novel!

For me though there is one aspect that’s even bigger. Zylia’s grandmother has dementia. This aspect of the book really hit home for me, as my Grandpa is in the final stages of dementia as we speak. The similarities in behavior, temperament, and day to day changes of mindset between this character and my Grandpa was almost surreal to read. Misty Mount really hit the nail on the head with this disorder! Dementia is such a hard ailment, not only for the sufferer but also for the families involved. It’s confusing, draining, and just straight up devastating. This book portrayed it exactly as it is.

Kudos Misty! The Shadow Girl is an excellent book, very well written! It’s absolutely captivating and I’m thrilled to have experienced it!

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. Great review! I’m so glad to be on this blog tour with you. 🙂 Kudos Misty and Didi!

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    1. Thank you! Such a good book!

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  2. Fabulous review! I’m so glad you liked it 😊 Thanks Didi!

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    1. Thanks for having me Shan! 🙂 As always your tours are the best!

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  3. Misty Mount says:

    Thank you so very much for taking the time to read my book and share such kind words!!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Absolutely, Misty! You have so much talent! I’m so excited to read more of your work!

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      1. Misty Mount says:

        Ahh!!! You’re so sweet! Now I can’t stop smiling 😊😊😊

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  4. raistlin0903 says:

    I already had this on my to read list, but after reading this review I’m even more happy that I decided to do this. Wonderful post for what sounds like an amazing book 😊😊

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    1. I’m confident that you’ll like this one! It has a lot of depth! 🙂

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  5. Great review, Didi! I loved this book too 🙂

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    1. We must both have great taste 🙂

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  6. It’s very difficult to see a loved one struggling with dementia. Well done to Misty for tackling such a challenging issue. Great review!

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    1. Thanks Susie! And, you’re right! I’ve been watching my Grandpa on quite the quick paced downward spiral for just over a year, and they don’t expect him to live another month (although he’s proved the professionals wrong before so who knows). That said, even with my first hand experience I honestly wouldn’t know where to start in writing a dementia stricken character. I’m in Aww at how well Misty has done with this. Thanks for reading my review, and I hope you give the book a shot!

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      1. I’m really sorry to hear that about your Grandpa – I hope he will continue to prove the professionals wrong. And I definitely hope to read the book, thanks again for highlighting it!

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  7. Thank you so much for your kind words. And you’re most welcome for the recommend 🙂

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  8. Fantastic Review, Didi! I completely agree with your review!😍 The Shadow Girl was just awesome all around!😘

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