Author: Shawn Martin
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Shadowflesh, book one
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Dark, romantic, and gothic, I really enjoyed this creepy thriller with its elements of sweet, sexy romance--the interesting premise was great too! I really liked it.
This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Aileen McCormick has just moved into her grandmother's creepy house. Heartbroken over leaving her friends, she is angry and resentful, trying to fit in at a new school. But when she meets Addison Wake, a mysterious, beautiful boy she can't help but be drawn to, her life changes forever: She encounters darkness, magic, and first love. Only problem is, she might not make it out with her life intact..
What I liked:
-I liked the premise of the novel--the concept of the magic kind of reminded me of The Picture of Dorian Gray
-I liked Aileen, the girl who falls passionately in love with Addison--I felt like I was seventeen again, reading how she narrated the novel
-Addison, possibly one of the most complex characters in the book--he was absolutely swoon-worthy and when the romance began between him and Aileen, I couldn't put the book down
-I liked the way the book genre jumped from mystery, fantasy, romance and back--this book really has something for everyone
-I really liked Aileen's family as well, especially her grandmother and sister
-I really liked the ending as well--it was perfect and I cannot wait for the sequel!
What could've been better:
-A lot of the time, especially at the beginning, I definitely felt a Twilight-esque vibe with Addison and Aileen, and it was a tad off putting, to be honest
-Geoff, Barrett and Zach--one scene near the end of the novel nearly had me shivering with chills
-Aileen's new friends seemed a tad one-dimensional and they were hard to relate to
I really, really liked Shadowflesh! It was a lovely read. Anyone looking for a good, dark romance should grab it. Next on deck: Hounds of Autumn by Heather Blackwood!