Not much. Probably more toward the end of the book, there is a scene or two. Also, there's a red-haired girl accused of being a witch. A sickly king. Suspected to-be-murderer. All that. Oh, and I was really happy to find a Christian aspect to Rising Shadows! There are themes of trusting God, forgiveness, and redemption. A sweet touch.
I hope it grows; and these themes are expounded even more in Chasing Shadows! Budding love. Unrequited romantic interest. Lovely read. I'm over halfway done the second book now, and loving being back in Serimone! I received a copy of Rising Shadows from the author in exchange for my honest review. Jun 27, Tricia Mingerink rated it really liked it Shelves: great-christian-fantasy. This is such an adorable book! When Sarah and her sister are accidentally sucked into a past, but a past that looks very different from anything they learned about in the history books, they are thrown into a situation that is way over their head.
Sarah must learn to be resourceful to get all of them out of danger and back home. That gets a little bit more complicated when she starts falling for someone. Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. And that ending I knew it was comin This is such an adorable book! I knew it was coming, but it still made me want to shake Sarah, though I could see why she made the choice she did.
It's the hard choice of any time-traveling book: stay with new friends or return to family. The writing is fairly simple, but this is the author's first book, and she'll only improve and grow from here. I can't wait to pick up the next one and find out what happens next! Sep 14, Galaxy Adventurer rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite , books-i-own , Oh my stars this book was soooooo good!!! Does someone know how to open a portal to Serimone? Mar 20, Deborah O'Carroll rated it really liked it Shelves: owned-ebooks , reviewed , medieval-fantasy , historical-fiction , got-for-review , ya , romance , realm-makers , retellings , king-arthur-robin-hood.
I think it's a great introduction to the series, though, if you actually read it first like one probably should Since I read the second book first, this was like getting to go back, and I was so happy to be in Serimone again! It just feels familiar and I like it. Sarah is an unexpectedly nice heroine; I love Karen, she really grows on you; and Seth too. He's probably the main reason I liked this book so much.
And their dialog back and forth is the best -- some really fun banter lines! He's kind of Robin-Hood-ish too, with some serious archery skills.
Anyone who goes around through forests and creeping into castles in a green cloak and hood being an undercover hero is awesome. I'm a major fan of this guy. That was great! I don't know, I just enjoyed it a lot. Things I didn't love: As for complaints, I don't have many and they're fairly minor. It's not really important, but she was kind of vague. Conclusion: Overall a very fun read! I received a free copy of this book from the author. I was in no way required to give a positive review. These opinions are my own. With this being her first novel, I was pleasantly surprised at the characters' depth in the story, which made for an enjoyable read.
Some authors master the storyline but never seem to make good characters. I am an extremely picky reader, and although I love to read, it is With this being her first novel, I was pleasantly surprised at the characters' depth in the story, which made for an enjoyable read.
I am an extremely picky reader, and although I love to read, it is hard to find books that I can fully enjoy. Lucky for me this was it!! It was a quick and easy read, but I didn't feel like the author was dumbing me down. The characters,I felt, were well thought out as well as easy to become "friends" with.
I also have to give her props for making me so passionate over the ending. It takes a good writer to elicite emotion from me while I am reading a novel. Apparently, I liked her characters enough to be frusrated with how she left things and to call her a very unsavory word. It kindda just slipped out, but now I'm dying for the sequel, so mission accomplished! The only thing that I think it was lacking was the surprise factor.
I wasn't surprised with who the Shadow was. I know she wasn't trying to surprise us that much, but in her next novel I really hope she does something really crazy and shocking.
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I want my hypathetical socks to pop off. I am looking forward to the next installment of this trilogy, and hope that other readers enjoyed this book as much as I did. Sep 04, Mandy Fender rated it really liked it. What an enjoyable book!
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I received this book and other goodies at a FB party the author hosted and was thrilled to win it! If you like time travel, a sweet love story, and a little suspense this book is for you! The end of the epilogue definitely has me curious, now I must read the next one to see what Sarah and Karen are going to do. Oct 06, Alea Harper rated it really liked it. I didn't really connect with the characters, but I really enjoyed the plot! There aren't enough time travel books. NOTE: I received a free ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I was exceedingly happy when the amazingly sweet Ashley Townsend allowed me to read her debut novel, Rising Shadows. I mean, time travel? Medieval settings? A mysterious, masked guy? So I could not wait to read this one, and it was a wonderful ride!
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Ashley Townsend built a beautiful setting and realistic characters that kept me up at night want NOTE: I received a free ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. Ashley Townsend built a beautiful setting and realistic characters that kept me up at night wanting to know what would happen next.
I really liked her explanation of how the time traveling worked, and the mystery revolving around the setting Sarah finds herself in got me greatly excited. Her awkwardness and the way she innocently blurts out her thoughts was endearing. Karen was one of my favorites.
She had a fun, reckless personality that drew me to her the moment she entered the pages. Like her, I adore Robin Hood, so it made me like this intriguing man even more. I loved seeing his character develop, every page of his pulling at my heartstrings a little harder each time. His character arc was wonderfully handled. Even the more minor characters stole my heart. All in all, the characters were beautifully done and I miss them already.
I very much appreciated the Christian aspect of the novel. Her faith runs deep and blesses many. Some of the Christian parts could have flowed a little smoother, a few scenes felt a little forced, but for the most part it was well handled. The plot kept me fairly interested, though it did feel rather lacking in a few areas and was fairly predictable. That said, the romance was very sweet and had me grinning many a time.
I really loved those two. But I do wish more had revolved around the evil plots that were promised near the beginning of the book. I had so many questions that never got answered. BUT this is only the first book. Chasing Shadows is the sequel and promises much more plot and answers. All in all, this had an interesting storyline, loveable characters, and was an all around good start of what I think will be a trilogy.
I immediately fell in love with the characters and was cheering them on all the way through. The writing-style provided a smooth, quick read, and the setting and history behind it kept me intrigued. And that ending! Get ready to snatch up the sequel as soon as you finish this one, trust me. I absolutely cannot WAIT to read the next book and delve deeper into this mysterious world and see how everything plays out. Overall, I think Ashley Townsend has written a great debut novel and I look forward to getting my hands on more of her works in the future.
There were some things that I didn't like about this book, but I liked it as a whole. One of the things I enjoyed the most about this book was the time travel. I thought it was so interesting to see the characters travel back in time! The world that Ashely created was so much fun to read about.
I am so excited to pick up book two so I can go back to the twelfth century! I also 3. I also thought the plot was really intriguing. The book was a little slow at times, and some things that happened seemed a little too convenient, but I still enjoyed it. Another thing I liked a lot about this book was Will. Will was charming, protective, kind, and mysterious. He was such an interesting character to learn about. I was always excited whenever he was in a scene. The main character, Sarah, was okay. I didn't necessary dislike her, but I didn't love her.
I thought she was a little bland at times and a bit oblivious. I am hoping she will have some more character development in the next book. The romance in this book was really cute.
I thought Ashley did a great job at pacing the romance and making it seem believable. The one thing that bugged me about the romance department of this book was that it seemed like every young male that crossed paths with Sarah was entranced by her. I am exaggerating a little, but it honestly felt that way to me. I thought that was a little ridiculous and I am sure it will lead to a love triangle in the future.
I will say that I am not extremely religious, and the religion aspects were a little heavy at times. I completely respect the religion of the author and the main character. I have read plenty of books were the main character was religious and I have enjoyed those books! That is why I still picked up this book even though it had a religion weaved through the book. I just thought this book was a little too focused on religion at times instead of the plot. I wanted to see more plot development or maybe more development of the romance.
However, that is just me! I am very excited to see how the story continues to develop. This was a neat book! I am a sucker for time travel novels, especially when characters are transported back in time. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and given that Rising Shadows is historical Christian fiction, I was really in for a treat. Sarah is just your typical girl, getting ready to start college. One day, during a thunderstorm, she and her younger sister Lilly are transported to the twelfth century.
Upon their arrival, they meet Karen, a college student who is also from the futur This was a neat book! Upon their arrival, they meet Karen, a college student who is also from the future. Karen is in the twelfth century with her adoptive father, who is a professor and coincidentally developed the time machine, which is really more of a neat time-travel set of watches. Karen and the professor ended up in the twelfth century by mistake, but while there, discovered a plot against the king and are working to bring the king's brother to justice, and therefore save the king's life. There were a lot of things I liked about Rising Shadows.
I liked Sarah and her levelheadedness. I liked her approach to problems, and her loyalty to others. I especially liked her faith in God, and how she turned to Him in times of trouble. I liked Karen as well. She was unpredictable something I love in a character and a great friend to Sarah. Will was a mystery for much of the book but I grew to really like him too. The minor characters were well fleshed-out and added a lot of depth to the story. There were several surprises along the way, which I loved. My favorite parts of Rising Shadows were the historical element and the Christian element, both of which were very well-handled.
I had a couple of problems with Rising Shadows. The first was that there were some predictable parts to the book. I knew who The Shadow was long before Sarah did. My second problem was that the ending was choppy. I hated Sarah's decision at the end of the book, then all of a sudden, the book was over. I kept clicking the 'next page' button on my Nook in vain, hoping for more, not wanting to believe that Townsend could leave me with such a cliff-hanger! I like being in suspense for the next novel, but leaving things so open between books always leaves me feeling frustrated.
For sure, it's a fine line between an ending that leaves you wanting to read the next book and a chopped-off ending with series novels, and it's something that I think is very hard to get right. Rising Shadows is the first in a trilogy, so hopefully book two will answer the many questions I have after reading book one. Overall, I enjoyed Rising Shadows. I plan to keep reading the series, and look forward to more from Ashley Townsend. I want this book. I want it I want it SO badly! I need it!!!!! I'm going to try to keep myself calm as all I think about.
The summary for my book is now available. I'd love for you to check it out! Stay tuned for updates. May 29, Richard Spillman rated it it was amazing. Her story takes Sarah, a present day teen, into the past where she encounters a fascinating medieval world. The way Sarah adapts and survives in that world is an entertaining read. I look forward the other stories this talent writer has to tell. An interesting take on a time travel story.
I was especially interested in the story because of the "Robin Hood" aspect that the story was going to take. It turned out more interesting than I thought it would, even though the Robin Hood part of the story was a back ground part of the story rather than a main theme. The place they are "transported" to is also a wonderful part of the story. How clever of the author!
She could pretty much make of the story what she wanted because where the girls we An interesting take on a time travel story. She could pretty much make of the story what she wanted because where the girls were sent wasn't an historical setting. I didn't really feel offended by unauthentic use of verbiage for the 12th century characters because who knows how they really spoke in that place at that time? I just lost myself in the story and stayed on pins and needles waiting for the bad guys to show up again. I've got book two loaded and ready to go! This was a clean read. View 1 comment.
Review to come! This novel has been on my TBR shelf for a bit, and it always intrigued me. Very few authors can pull off time travel well, and when you mix it with fantasy But this n Review to come! But this novel simply blew me away! I couldn't stop reading it! This novel is an exciting, epic adventure full of romance, medieval times, and a plot against the king. Plus, there's a gorgeous, swoonworthy hero. Seriously, you can't ask for a better combination in a book!
We first meet Sarah, our MC, in the 21st century. All she wants is one adventure in her life before she gives herself to books and studying at college. Well, Sarah certainly gets what she wishes for when she's quickly transported back in time to the s. The crazy adventures only begin there. Sarah was a very enjoyable female lead. She was strong, brave, and wasn't afraid to speak her mind. I absolutely loved this about her, and it made the story refreshing. Sarah is definitely an extremely relatable character, and the one thing that I did enjoy about her was her strength in regards to her faith.
Her faith never once wavers in this novel, and while her Christianity plays a large role in the story, it never overshadows the plot. Ashley Townsend incorporates Sarah's religion in a simple, but enjoyable way. Being Christian myself, I did appreciate seeing this in a main character as it's not something you typically see in books nowadays. Will, aka the swoonworthy blacksmith, had my heart immediately. I seriously ship Sarah and Will so hard right now it's not even funny haha!
He was mysterious, protective, and such a gentleman. I loved his sweet nature. The romance between Sarah and Will builds slowly hallelujah no insta-love!! Their budding romance is sweet and clean, which was also refreshing. Sometimes a girl needs a little break from NA. The secondary characters were equally as amazing. I loved that Ashley never just pushed them to the background. They all had a role to play. Whether it was helping out Sarah in times of need, or just helping Sarah grow.
Karen is wonderful character in this novel. She helps out Sarah in any way she can, especially since she's responsible for Sarah being there in the first place. Karen was fun and I loved her tenacity. Seth and his family were great additions to the story. While he did have budding feelings for Sarah, I never felt he would be a good match for her. He was a little annoying at times, but I liked how protective he was of both Sarah and Karen. There's also the interesting character of The Shadow. I won't say much on him, but he's definitely a Robin Hood of sorts. I highly recommend checking out this exciting fantasy novel!
Ashley Townsend has a wonderful talent for writing that immediately draws you into another world This novel was a fantastic and romantic adventure that has a little bit of everything. With suspense, some exciting twists, and intrigue, I can't wait to find out what happens next in Chasing Shadows! Happy reading Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of this ebook in exchange for a review from LibraryThing. This is no way affects my review. Preface: The opinions in this review are my own. They are not up for discussion. I am an atheist.
I do not want commentary about said atheism. I offer this review from my non-religious stand-point for other like-minded people. I have to be brutally honest. I wanted to hate this book. I really, really, really wanted to hate it. As shallow as it is and yes, I recog Disclaimer: I received a complementary copy of this ebook in exchange for a review from LibraryThing.
As shallow as it is and yes, I recognize it is shallow , I felt suckered into choosing this book for my LibraryThing review list. No where did anything indicate this book is Christian Fiction. Once I was selected, a link brought me to Kirkdale Press, the publisher. I was NOT a happy girl! Of course, if I ever wanted a book or ebook to review from LibraryThing again, I had to honor my commitment.
I could have just faked a review. But I am waaay above that. I could survive. So, I read it. Did it detract? Not particularly. Did it add to the story? Would it have been just as good without it? Of course, my opinion is yes. But I do think others would agree. I will say that religion in the classics is handled much differently than contemporary fiction. It is almost like contemporary authors have the need to lead the reader by the nose through bible verses in order to get their message across.
A little more subtlety could be just as effective. Why does it get 4 in the review? So, I rounded up. But, please understand that 4 stars is extremely high in my book. Only my all-time favorites get 5 stars. Riding Shadows is the story of a young girl who goes back in time, accidentally. Of course, this storyline has already been written. But Townsend is able to put a few twists so that we are kept engaged. Her character development is extremely well done. We are given a complete look at many of the characters and her stereotyping of others for brevity was appropriate. Her settings are so descriptive that I could easily see the forest for the trees a pun — a lot of the book takes place in the forest.
I have no idea what imagery she used, but it was fluid and refined. Nothing clunky about breaks, changes, or word choice. There were a few loose ends not tied up, or plotlines not pursued. What the heck happened to the professor? Why does Karen stay in the barn all the time? The end of the book made it obvious that this will be a series. Maybe these questions will be answered then. Holly and Corey are twins, daring and willing to take risks. Basically, my jaw was on the floor. Before you get on me about spoilers, this all happens before page I thought this was going to be totally my thing, but then the book got weird.
Apparently this mixes a lot of Hindu mythology, learned from Savitri, but it was a bit much for me. Savitri is definitely the best character. Chasing Shadows is often startling and terrifying. If you connect emotionally to the characters, events will probably ruin you. Her insanity after such a tragedy, particularly knowing he was right next to her when he died and probably saved her life, does seem possible, but the whole thing with Kortha and the Leopardess, her favorite superhero, was so ridiculous I had trouble taking it seriously.
I also ended up struggling with the graphic novel sections. Ultimately, I think Chasing Shadows has a lot of draws: free running, mental health, and diversity. Nov 15, Liviania rated it really liked it. But it's when they get in their cars to go home that tragedy strikes - Corey is shot and killed and Holly ends up in a com CHASING SHADOWS is a contemporary novel that incorporates elements of superhero comics and Hinduism in a very visceral way, which gives some passages the feeling of speculative fiction. But it's when they get in their cars to go home that tragedy strikes - Corey is shot and killed and Holly ends up in a coma.
It's a wonderful effect that demonstrates her breaks from reality quite well. I wasn't expecting to ugly cry throughout this book, but I did. Because yes, their relationship is under quite a bit of strain. I particularly liked the way Swati Avasthi wove the cops' search for Corey's murderer into the girls' story. Because Holly was shot and Sav got a better look at the guy, they are defined as only a victim and only a witness respectively.
But both girls are victims and witnesses, and those labels are important to their internal story, even if it doesn't help the case. Side note: I loved that Sav can't give a great physical description - white, not tall - but notices exactly how the guy walks because that's what is important to her as an athlete. Two graphic novels shape the girls' stories. One is a series about the Leopardess, a heroine Holly admires. The other is a telling of the legend that gave Sav her name.
The girls are both inspired by these comics and shamed by them, feeling guilty because they weren't fast or clever or something enough to save Corey. Holly's reality is distorted by them, the imagery and iconography bleeding into her waking world. It's a very interesting look at the way that fiction can shape lives. And, in the case of Sav, it's very clear how important her collection of comics starring Indians is to her and the ways it shaped her childhood. It's dark, and heartbreaking, and the triumphs are tempered by tragedy.
The freerunning and the mystery are incorporated better into the characters' story, as is the Chicago setting. This is a book well worth reading. Jul 28, Olivia Bozich rated it it was amazing. Corey, Savitri, and Holly are inseparable friends who live in a very dangerous neighborhood on Chicago's south side.
They had been friends almost all of their lives until suddenly, tragedy struck. Corey and Holly were on their way to school and stopped at a stop light. While stopped, a man in the car next to them shot both Holly and Corey, killing Corey and putting Holly into critical condition. Luckily, Savitri was right behind them, and tried to save them as much as she could while waiting for the paramedics.
After Holly recovers she is determined to find her brothers killer and bring them to justice. I really enjoyed this book because it had a lot of action in it. There was never a dull moment while reading this book. Readers will be forced to be put in the characters shoes and ask themselves how they would handle these situations. I recommend this book for teenagers and young adults. Apr 03, ElphaReads rated it really liked it Shelves: tragic , realistic-juvie-teen-fiction , reading-list , ya , we-need-diverse-books , school , graphic-novels.
Remember my deal? That unless I already had them on my list to read or loved a book, I wouldn't count my school books towards my year's book count? This one falls in the latter category, and I had no idea that I was going to love it as much as I did. I got it from the library, but I think I want my own dang copy of it. It's just so good. And painful. Holly, Savitri, and Corey are a tight knit group. They like to do free running, which essentially means they do gymnastics choreographed into sprints and jumps.
They live in Chicago, and plan on going to school together when they go to college though Savitri is considering going to Princeton without them, albeit silently , as they've always been a threesome through thick and thin. One night while they are running, the unthinkable happens; Corey and Holly are attacked by a gunman as Savitri watches. Corey is killed instantly, while Holly is put into a coma. While under, Holly has visions of Corey being taken away by a half man, half snake to a place known as the Shadowlands.
When Holly wakes up, she is convinced that Corey isn't really gone, and that she can retrieve him if Savitri is there to help her. Savitri wants to be there for her friend while they both mourn the loss of Corey, she is also alarmed by Holly's sudden obsession with finding the man who did it, and getting Corey back. Torn between being a good friend to Holly and doing what is right for herself, Savitri gets pulled further and further into her own grief, and Holly's grief and slowly building madness.
This book was incredibly powerful in multiple ways. The first way is the way that Avasthi handles grief. It shows how Holly deals with losing her twin slow descent into lunacy , how their parents deal with losing their son his father being high up in the Chicago PD , and how Savitri deals with the dual loss of her boyfriend and her best friend. Seeing everyone's raw sadness and emotion was difficult to read and raw, but it seemed to incredibly real and relatable that it blew me away.
Another powerful aspect was that of guilt, namely the guilt that Savitri feels throughout the story and how Holly uses that guilt to her advantage. Savitri feels guilt for not being able to save her boyfriend, for not being able to ID the person who shot him, for thinking of dumping him if she was accepted to Princeton, for thinking of GOING to Princeton and leaving Holly behind, for not being able to help Holly.
You can understand the pain and guilt that she feels, but you can also feel the frustration with this guilt because you just want her to get out of this grief cycle no matter how much her mentally ill friend tries to yank her back in. I also loved how complex the friendship is between Holly and Savitri. At one point Savitri's Mom says that Holly brings out the worst in Savitri, and the reader definitely gets the impression that's the case, no matter how badly you feel for Holly. Holly has a way, even before the tragedy, to get Corey and Savitri to do anything she wants them to. The large example is that they froze out her boyfriend who was part of their group after they broke up admittedly, he was a dick and deserved to be broken up with, but you get the distinct feeling that maybe the complete freeze out that continued even after he changed was extreme.
And the entitlement that Holly has regarding Savitri's attention and friendship is already a little disturbing, and even more so after the fact. But at the same time, you get that they really, really care for each other and have been through a lot together. The complexities were fabulous. I also really liked the graphic novel sections, which so beautifully conveyed Holly's sadness and madness. And ultimately, the story runs you right through the ringer. I recommend it those who like the complex and dark stories in life. This one will beat you up emotionally, but I found it to be so worth it.
Even if it hurts too. I love graphic novels. I think the art work is amazing. I love that you can get so wrapped up in a story through just pictures and dialogue. The fact that Chasing Shadows is both a prose novel and a graphic novel is something I knew I couldn't pass up. Of course, the synopsis did help a bit in my decision to read it. The story itself is heartbreaking. Savitri witnesses Corey's murder and Holly's attempted murder from a car not 45 feet away and is racked with survivor's guilt. Holly herself nearl I love graphic novels.
Holly herself nearly dies and is in a coma for about a month after the attack. While in her coma, Holly envisions herself in the Shadow Lands with Corey and a half-man half serpent named Korha, who is taking Corey's soul to the Cage of Souls. When Holly does wake up, she is obsessed with rescuing Corey and isn't ready to fully move on. Svaitri on the other hand is doing her best to be there for Holly, who is slowly unraveling, while trying to deal with Corey's death herself.
You can't help but feel for these girls. I find it hard to relate to either character. No, that's not right. Both characters are very believable and I can picture them vividly in my mind. They both stand on their own merit and have distinct personalities. Some of these scenes are so profoundly emotional that I found tears in my eyes.
At these times all I wanted to do was lock my brother and boyfriend in the basement. I don't care that they're bigger and stronger than I am. I'd find a way. But back Chasing Shadows and the majestic writing ability that is Swati Avasthi. It's not just what is happening in the scene that makes them so emotional. It's Avasthi's writing.
Her words are strong and her sentences just flow. You picture yourself in this story, but not as an outside.
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You are Holly and Svaitri. You're the one who lost their boyfriend and wrestling with the decision of going to Princeton or staying with Holly. You're also the one who lost their twin and are determined to bring him back from the Shadow Lands. Told in alternating narration, both Svaitri and Holly have strong voices. I always find it intriguing when authors write a dual perspective in first person, but I'm also wary. Avasthi however had no problem whatsoever pulling off the dual narration. If anything, it made the story stronger.. Even without checking the chapter headlines, you know exactly who was talking.
Her writing style differed slightly between the two girls, which I found completely wonderful. The artwork, done by Craig Phillips, serves to enhance the story. While I would have liked to have seen more of his work, I think it is the perfect addition. I love the scenes that Avasthi and Philllips chose to illustrate, making the novel feel more personal on some level.
Even if you're not a fan of graphic novels, you cannot pass up the opportunity to read this harrowing story about two young girls dealing with the murder of a loved one. With an engaging story line, beautiful illustrations, and wonderfully written prose, Chasing Shadows will stay with you long after you finish the last page. I'm an action oriented, zombie-loving kinda gal, but I read Swati Avasthi's SPLIT and was so taken with it, that I quickly picked up this book the second I saw that it was available One of Avasthi's great strengths are her characters.
They live. They breathe. They are dimensional and so realistic that it's hard not to be drawn into the stories where she places them. They are high schoolers in their senior year, and while deeply bound to one another, they face the divide that can be college. Corey and Holly are interested, but not inspired to leave the home town they love.
Savitri, however, has high aspirations and all three of them are trying to come to grips with the fact that Sav is moving on. That Princeton or another school beacons. All of their feelings about this are stripped away and made absolutely insignificant when Corey is shot and dies right in front of the girls.
What follows is a descent in sorrow and madness as the girls try to cope with the depth of their loss; and as they get the crazy notion to track down Corey's assassin.
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There is mostly text, but also some wonderful graphic novel pages by Craig Phillips. As a read I found it gut wrenching. Swati's portrayal of their grief and their parents' grief made me have to put the book down twice. But I always came back, because there's a mystery involved. And because I needed to know what the girls would do. This is a good Halloween read, by the way. There's a creepy under-story to the real world adventure.
I think other would like it better than I. It's just not my genre and the characters and I didn't really click. Swati Avasthi pushes the limits, and then goes even further to tell a raw, emotional, story of murder, friendship, love, sanity, and mental health. Using a combination of a graphic novel and first person narrative from two perspectives, readers will be hooked into the world Avasthi masterfully created. When a gunman targets their car and shoots Corey pointblank and barely l Swati Avasthi pushes the limits, and then goes even further to tell a raw, emotional, story of murder, friendship, love, sanity, and mental health.
When a gunman targets their car and shoots Corey pointblank and barely leaves Holly alive, everything changes. The murder was witnessed by Corey's girlfriend Savitri who was stopped in her car, waiting for them to go through the intersection after Corey and Holly became stuck at a red light. The three friends have had a long history together. They also have been involved in a unique sport - Freerunning, which involves incredible athleticism.
The scenes describing their activities are breathtaking. After Corey dies, Holly's mental health slips. Readers will be brought into her world, which is often depicted in graphic novel format. It's no less than astonishing. The time and energy, the emotion, the heart, pain, and ultimately her soul had to have been poured into this novel.
I think readers will learn a lot about taking risks, what friendship means and when you should put yourself first over a friend, and how one's sanity can slip quickly and how critical it is for those around to recognize the symptoms. Everyone copes with loss differently. This novel showed an honest portrayal of how people can react in times of deep grief. The novel doesn't have all the answers, but it shows that one needs to grasp on to what you can in order to find a way to continue, to have hope, to live.
Highly, highly recommend this novel. Sep 19, Michelle In Libris Veritas rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult , contemporary. Chasing Shadows really surprised me with how enveloping the story turned out to be and left me with chills. Centering around two high school seniors who must deal with the aftermath of the death of someone very near and dear to them, Chasing Shadows spins a fast paced and unique story of loss, recovery, and mental illness. This is the first book I have read with freerunning incorpo Chasing Shadows really surprised me with how enveloping the story turned out to be and left me with chills.
This is the first book I have read with freerunning incorporated and now I need more. The whole journey that Avasthi takes us on is full of emotion, ranging from exhilaration and love to panic and fear. The friendship between Holly and Savitri is at the forefront of this novel. It focuses on how close they were, how the death of Corey begins to tear them apart and glue them back together into something else entirely. It touches on how sometimes friendships become bad for you, and how even though it hurts letting go might be for the best.
Overall Chasing Shadows was a pleasant surprise that left me wanting more from this author. I loved the setting, the incorporation of mental illness, and even though parts of this tore my heart out I enjoyed seeing how Savitri and Holly dealt with their grief. Sep 16, Mrs. Corey, Holly and Savitri are a trio who would do anything for each other. Corey and Holly are twins that are closer than friends, Holly and Savitri are friends who are as close as sisters, and Corey and Savitri recently celebrated their one year anniversary.
Between freerunning through Chicago and planning to get an apartment together during college, this threesome is inseparable. Then a bullet is discharged and Corey is dead. Holly is half a person with her twin suddenly removed from this world Corey, Holly and Savitri are a trio who would do anything for each other.
Holly is half a person with her twin suddenly removed from this world and Savitri must cope with her own grief, help keep Holly from embracing insanity and decide what direction she wants the rest of her life to travel toward. Chasing Shadows spins a tale outside of normal boundaries. The story is told in alternating chapters with a graphic novel twist. Many portions are presented in comic book format that gives additional detail and insight into the thoughts of Holly. Avasthi catches the reader from the start and drags them through a tragic experience that affects both girls in astonishingly different ways.
Whether the reader is experienced with graphic novels or is being newly introduced, Chasing Shadows will give enough vivid information without feeling as if it is all pictures. I found myself hoping for a satisfying resolution and feel Avasthi gave this troubling issue the proper exploration and plausible closure. Oct 10, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: ebook. The writing was excellent, and the merging between text and illustrations was seamless and intriguing.
The story had great characters, great plotting and great sentences. My copy was a digital ARC and some of the words in the comic section were unreadable, but I imagine editing will fix that for actual copies sold. The violence is real and brutal. Avasthi rips the band-aid off quickly, but the pain of watching a family break apart is still there. The tra 4. The trauma stays with you long after the last page is flipped.
I think this is an important book to examine and discuss the grief process. Letting someone go is never easy, and this is such an honest appraisal that I think it would be a beneficial read. I am very excited to learn that the library has the author's other book as I will definitely be reading it. Mar 22, Sara Grochowski rated it it was amazing Shelves: bro-appeal , young-adult , contemporary , random-house , own , graphic-novel , mental-illness , unreliable-narrator.
Savitri, Holly, and Corey are a team. The three operate as one, whether at school, at home, or when they're out in Chicago freerunning. Their world comes crashing down one fateful night when Holly and Corey are attacked by a gunman while Savitri looks on, helpless. Now, Corey is dead, Holly is barely holding on after awakening from a coma, and Savitri is left alone, unable to fix what has been broken and u Savitri, Holly, and Corey are a team. Now, Corey is dead, Holly is barely holding on after awakening from a coma, and Savitri is left alone, unable to fix what has been broken and unable to let go.
I got this book in a subscription box and I have to admit that of not for that, I probably wouldn't have picked up this book at all. Wow, am I glad it came my way after all. What intrigued me was how the author chose to mix text with comics to tell the story and mostly I was curious about how that would be pulled of. Seamlessly, as it turns out. This is a book about friendship, and the cost of loyalty. And it's beautifully written and you really feel like you get under the skin of the characters.