Review: Shadows

Sep •  24 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ShadowsShadows by Robin McKinley
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Nancy Paulsen Books on September 26th 2013
Genres: Young Adult -Fantasy
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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A compelling and inventive novel set in a world where science and magic are at odds, by Robin McKinley, the Newbery-winning author of The Hero and the Crown and The Blue Sword, as well as the classic titles Beauty, Chalice, Spindle’s End, Pegasus and Sunshine

Maggie knows something’s off about Val, her mom’s new husband. Val is from Oldworld, where they still use magic, and he won’t have any tech in his office-shed behind the house. But—more importantly—what are the huge, horrible, jagged, jumpy shadows following him around? Magic is illegal in Newworld, which is all about science. The magic-carrying gene was disabled two generations ago, back when Maggie’s great-grandmother was a notable magician. But that was a long time ago.

Then Maggie meets Casimir, the most beautiful boy she has ever seen. He’s from Oldworld too—and he’s heard of Maggie’s stepfather, and has a guess about Val’s shadows. Maggie doesn’t want to know . . . until earth-shattering events force her to depend on Val and his shadows. And perhaps on her own heritage.

In this dangerously unstable world, neither science nor magic has the necessary answers, but a truce between them is impossible. And although the two are supposed to be incompatible, Maggie’s discovering the world will need both to survive.

Taking a chance in reading a new authors work, I found this plot to be somewhat confusing.

Plot: This story begins in the shoes of Maggie, a young teenager who is not happy that her new stepfather is not what he seems. At first, this plot confused me cause I thought that Maggie was making up thing about her new stepdad since she didn’t really like the idea of her mom getting married. Furthermore into the story, the plot later reveals that there are many worlds in the world that this author is writing in. After getting that little bit of information, I found it a bit easier to understand the plot.

Friendship/Love: Once it is revealed about the Oldworld, there are a few characters who are more than what they seemed. Throughout the story, they help Maggie and her family through the struggle of governmental battle. Meeting Casmir, helps Maggie look at things different than being biased all the time. Casmir is good for Maggie cause he himself harbor’s secrets that in the end, help Maggie in who she is.

Ending: I sort of knew this part was going to happen being that well…when reading a story like this with magic and power struggle it always seems to come out this way. Maggie’s mom has been keeping certain things secret. A secret that will change Maggie. I enjoyed the dramatic ending cause it gave the story a completion.

Shadows is good story that follows magic and power. The chucky part of Maggie’s angst does throw off the reader a bit. Utilizing great detailing towards the middle of the story, the reader is then immerse in a whole new world. Nicely written with great evolving characters, Shadows is good.

I give it 3 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Sep 24, 2013

    I’m glad that despite getting off to a confusing start, you were able to settle in a bit and find some things about this one you enjoyed. You say it’s a dramatic ending, so that definitely has me wanting to know what happens, and a huge YAY for a stand-alone story:)

  2. Candace
    Sep 24, 2013

    I’m curious about this one, but her angst kind of turns me off. I’m curious about the ending though!

  3. I can see why this was confusing, the summary itself is super confusing! I read it 3 times trying to understand what exactly is going on. I do like the sound of the ending, though! I like dramatic finishes.

  4. Not liking the sound of the beginning, but since I’m an ending gal, I’m happy that the ending was so good. Dramatic but complete? Yes please. Sounds fab!

  5. Giselle
    Sep 24, 2013

    Yeah the summary does make it sounds like a confusing read. It sounds like a well written read, regardless, though. Glad you liked it! 🙂

  6. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Sep 26, 2013

    I’ve never read one of Robin McKinley’s books, and I do want to try one!
    Jen @ YA Romantics