Review: The Shadow Society

Title: The Shadow Society

Series: Stand-Alone
Genre: Young Adult-Paranormal/Fantasy
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Book: ARC sent by publisher

“Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.
As if she were his enemy.
When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .
In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.”

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love this book. I wish more books like this were published more often, Finally a new idea, something that is not overdone and not copied!!! THANK GOD!
What I loved most about this book, if you have not guessed it by now, is the plot. This is a plot that is well done and beautifully written. It’s heart-pounding, exciting, and just pure fun all together. In the story, Darcy is not who she thinks she is. She is something more and once that secret is out, Darcy is caught in the middle between the good guys and the bad guys. Or so we think… 
I admire how wonderful it was to keep both the reader and the main character out of the loop. This is the most exciting part. Going along with the character, taking out the pieces, and deciding for ourselves how we should we feel.
The characters themselves are so redeemable it’s amazing. I love a character who has been or was being steered the wrong way and BOOM! Changed for love. A love that is forbidden but so darn right. I LOVE it so much. And to see others start to see things clearly for the first time, it feels amazing, awestruck. The beauty of them going against everything they know, it’s just so freaking cool!
The Shadow Society is an dynamic story! Well told with a wonderful world building, you can’t help but be sucked in the beauty of it. The engrossing details of action and love, it fiercely shoots adrenaline to the reader. The Shadow Society is awesome!
I give it 5 BITES!
Happy Reading!

4 comments

  1. Jenny says:

    YAY! I loved this one so much too Savy! I just finished it this weekend and thought it was fantastic:) I wish we were given an explanation for the hatred between the Shades and humans, but that was a minor complaint, I loved everything else about it. I really hope it’s the beginning of a series, I want more:)

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