Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication Date: September 19, 2016
First things first: Rock Band! Now you know why I wanted to read Shadow of a Girl by Shannon Greenland.
With the help of her friend, Bluma, Eve has runaway. Because of her love of music she signs on as a roadie with a metal band, but realizes she hates metal and joins a music fest as a roadie; the headlining band is a rock band, Bus Stop. West, the lead singer for Bus Stop, is a player, until he meets Eve. She intrigues him, but more than that brings out his protective side. But Eve is running from Gideon, a man who has many, many resources on his side, and Eve knows that it would ultimately be dangerous to let West into her life.
Shadow of a Girl is one of those books that I just found hard to put down. The way that Greenland has written the story, it’s part young adult romance and part mystery. She very slowly divulges information so that you are constantly guessing as to Gideon’s role in Eve’s life and how Eve has come to live the life she’s living. But also, West has his own secret that he doesn’t share and a family that he’s never introduced to another girl before.
The romance involves the usual trust and mistrust issues, but, especially Eve’s case, they are expected. Eve’s fear is a very living thing.
The character of Anne, Eve’s roadie friend, is a great addition. She’s the push that Eve needs to start taking steps into normal society.
I wish that the ending hadn’t felt so hurried as this is the only thing that kept this from being an ultimately fantastic novel in my mind. At the end, I felt distanced from the action and what was happening to Eve, probably because there was a lot more “tell” than show whereas more than 3/4 of the novel involved the reader in action, the particulars that were happening to Eve and West. Some of the ending was summarized, which, after having felt so “hand-on” before, it was kind of a let down. However, with that said, this was still a really good, engrossing novel.
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
From Amazon: Shadow of a Girl
rating: (4 butterflies and a ladybug)
- 2x $10 Amazon gift cards