Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Review: The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer

  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: 4/9/2013
  • Source: ARC sent from the publisher for review
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Sometimes I forget for an hour or two that she's with me. Sometimes I convince myself that she was only a dream. Or that I'm crazy.

For as long as Lily Winston can remember, she has never been alone. Iris, a shadowy figure who mimics Lily's movements and whispers in her ear, is with her always—but invisible to the rest of the world. Iris is Lily's secret.

But when Lily's father is killed in a tragic accident, his cryptic final words suggest that he and Lily's mother have been keeping secrets of their own. Suddenly, Iris begins pushing Lily more than ever, possessing her thoughts and urging her to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle her father left behind. As she searches for answers, Lily finds herself drawn to Ty Collier, a mysterious new boy in town. Together, Lily and Ty must untangle a web of deception to discover the truth about her family, Iris . . . and Lily's own identity.

My Thoughts

When I first heard about this book I knew it was a book I wanted to read. I am big on psychological reads and I was really interested to know what these secrets were that were being kept from her her entire life. I wanted to know if Iris was real. I was interested to know more about Ty because everyone knows that a new mysterious boy is always up to something. This book grabbed my attention and I read it rather quickly. I didn't want to put it down until I knew how it all ended. Oh, bonus points for being a stand alone novel too. That's not to say that I didn't have issues with it, but I did enjoy it.

Lily was not always a very likeable character, in fact about half of the time I wanted to smack her and tell her to stop being so freaking selfish and self absorbed. You already know from the synopsis that she hears a voice and that her dad dies. She knows that her parents were hiding something from her, but days after her dad dies she's on her moms case about it. She's pushy and mean and lies to her. She even at one point tells her she hates her, which I believe is like a week after her dad died. I mean, come on!! I get she wants to know what is going on, but that is just ridiculous!! Then, there's mysterious new boy!! She gets all flirty with him at her dads funeral!! Not cool at all. And then she pretty much leads on her best friend thinking he might have a shot at her, but she knows that she really likes Ty. I could go on and on about her stupid decisions. I do think that she was a very determined person though, and she isn't afraid to stand up for what she thinks is right, but I don't like that sometimes she did it at the expense of others. Hmmm that didn't sound like I liked her much at all, but I actually did.

So then there's Ty. He has some secrets of his own, surprise, surprise right?! I actually really liked him though. He is never mean to anyone, but he will do what he has to in order to get the answers he needs too. He actually has a really good heart, and anything that he does to hurt people isn't intended. He just has such a desperation for why he needs to uncover a secret that you can't help but want him to succeed and get whatever answer he seeks!

The other characters didn't do much for me either. I couldn't stand her best friend Wyatt at all!! He was so freaking possessive and got jealous almost instantly when Ty talked to Lily the first time. Then when Lily is trying to discuss important things with Ty, Wyatt keeps butting in and saying stupid stuff. Ugh!! I wanted to hit him. He was so annoying that I didn't want to read the parts with him in it at all because I would start to get all worked up about it. He was a very unlikeable character and I pretty much wanted him to fall off of a mountain.

Overall I thought the story was really good though. A bit predictable, but still enjoyable to read with the exception of me feeling a bit violent toward Wyatt. I liked how the secrets and the past all got uncovered, but I do think in the end things were wrapped up a bit too tidy. I never really was able to connect with the characters, so there was no real emotion for me while reading, but I liked it and I would recommend it to people who want a quick psychological read that's not too in depth.




 

17 comments:

  1. Oh no Lily just sounds SO foul and horrible and UGHHH. *tries to smack her too* I mean, who flirts with a boy at her own dad's FUNERAL? Shouldn't she be grief-stricken or something? Because I've heard that funerals are so sad you cry EVEN IF you're not even related to the person >.< Wyatt also sounds like a horrible character, too. But I'm glad you liked the story, in the end.

    Great review, Amy! (I'm still trying to find a nickname for you. Amypie? Amycakes? Llama Amy? I'M WORKING ON IT)

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    1. Hehe!! I did like the story, but ugh!! Annoying characters!! Amypie and Amycakes are adorable! Giselle calls me Amypoo. Even puts that on the envelopes when she mails things lol!!

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  2. Well, thank you for making my decision about whether I should be readign this book or not easy for me. I hate the sound of Lily and I know that I will want to smack her a couple of times while reading the book. I usually can't get through a book if the MC pisses me off, so I'm going to stay away from it. She sounds like a heartless girl for flirting with some dude at her dad's funeral. Uggh!
    Great review, Amy!

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    1. Oh man, now I made people hate her lol!! She's got some good things going for her though. She is just so wrapped up in finding out what the secret is. She's not bad... most of the time.

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  3. I haven't heard of this one. It may be one I would have picked up, but I really do like to connect with the characters. I'm glad things wrapped up well though.

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    1. I think that maybe being older now and being a mom just made me get more irritated at her more than I would have if I was younger or had no kid. I just couldn't understand how she could be so mean to her mom, then in the next moment say she felt bad about it, but lying to her and being mean anyways. I know teenagers act out and all that, but dude, her dad JUST died. If it were normal circumstances I don't think I would have disliked her so bad at times.

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  4. Oh man, I think there is a good chance I would want to strangle the MC in this one, she sounds incredibly selfish. I mean I get that you want answer but let people mourn bitch! This one has never really been on my radar, I've seen it but never had the desire to add it to my GR, I kind of feel vindicated in that decision now, thanks! Happy that you did enjoy it overall though!

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  5. Trying to decide if I can make time for this one, but I think you've helped me make up my mind.
    Great review as always :)

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  6. I have heard a few mixed things, but mostly good, about this book. It's too bad the characters aren't more likable though. I do have a copy and am hoping I can read it soon.

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  7. *sigh* looks like another Harper book with a pretty cover which there seems to be too many of lately. (Expect for Sweet Peril, I’m reading that one right now and it’s really good!) I think I might skip this one, sounds like it would be a meh book for me too and I have way too many other books I want to read.

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  8. Disappointing but I may still pick it up. Great review, girl!

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  9. It seems like the characters really kept you from loving this book. I always feel sad when this happens. Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Oh man! I was hoping you like this one better. I really enjoyed the intensity towards the end with all the secrets. Thanks for being honest.

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  11. Bahahaa, I totally spaced on mentioning how she was all flirty at her dad's funeral. And how she totally got over being sad about his death like immediately. Ugh.

    However, I think it's interesting that you're pissed at Wyatt. He made more sense to me than Lily. He had reason to legit be concerned and upset, I thought, considering that she's running around with her freaking stalker and also making out with her bff without being up front about her thoughts. *kicks Lily*

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  12. Eeeek, I may hold off on this one for now (or indefinitely). Your issues with the characters sound like things that would drive me nuts. I have selfish MCs and I'm such a huge character reader, that I can see being very put-off by the characters alone. I still am a little curious about the plot though, so I may check it out someday...thanks for the honest & insightful review!!

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  13. I love psychological books but Lily sounds terrible. I might still pick it up just to see for myself but thanks for the warning. Great review!

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