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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Whole New Story

Shadowcry is an amazingly fresh new read that will be released this year by author Jenna Burtenshaw.
What I find so amazing in this book is that the concept of the storyline is like none other that I have read yet this year, and the characters are so secretive and yet...
Shadowcry is an amazingly fresh new read that will be released this year by author Jenna Burtenshaw.
What I find so amazing in this book is that the concept of the storyline is like none other that I have read yet this year, and the characters are so secretive and yet so amazing.

Shadowcry takes us into a future that is dark and riddled with power and corruption. The populous is in a state of repressed fear from the tyranny of the capitol city. Sending teams of wardens out to collect workers from the main population the city basically creates a constant flow of slavery while all the time "harvesting" the select few of the Skilled, people with Talent, hidden among them. The Skilled are people with special inborn talents that the leaders of the cities want to use and produce as weapons towards their constant wars with each other.

The story centers around our main character, Kate Winters, and the abrupt introduction to her talent during a harvesting that changes her world forever. We are introduced to several amazing characters throughout the story as Kate finds her way through her past and into her growing powers and their implications in the use towards the wardens' plans.

One of the secondary characters that I was fascinated with was Silas Dane. Carrying a heavy curse brought about from a lifetime of suffering and slavey and magical testing Silas really carried the story for me. His dialog, and personal motive justification, and application was just a great and integral part to the story.
I loved Silas as a character and with the way he worked, it really added that extra element that made the book so much more impactful for me to read.

If you are looking for a book that carries many amazing elements and that has a spectacular plot with many twists and turns, then Shadowcry will be a fantastic read. Dystopian intrigue and action, yep. A hint of romance, gotcha. But most of all if you are looking for something that carries many of the elements in YA and then a lot more and a variety of greatness, then I encourage you to pick up Shadowcry. You will not be disappointed.

posted by terilhack on May 28, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

I found Shadowcry online and bought it the minute it came out. I

I found Shadowcry online and bought it the minute it came out. I went on vacation and decided to bring it along, thinking it would be an interesting read. It was, except for one thing. . . . .
The main character Kate Winters needs to grow a spine; I've never seen a char...
I found Shadowcry online and bought it the minute it came out. I went on vacation and decided to bring it along, thinking it would be an interesting read. It was, except for one thing. . . . .
The main character Kate Winters needs to grow a spine; I've never seen a character that gets walked on so often. She can't pick a fight, she can't fight back, and she always turns into a damsel in distress. Reading this book was entertaining but everytime Kate did something halfminded or. . . .submissive, I wanted to literally reach into the book and punch her. Which was often.
I only say this because of my stance as a feminist but if it were me writing this, I'd give my female character something to be proud of: a strong fist, a whitty tongue, a quick mind and the common sense to think fast and fight back without having to rely on someone else to do the saving. It's about time the prince charmings took a break and let the princesses run the show.
Anyway, rambling besides, I thought the story was interesting, the villians complexing but at the same time the protagonist was bland, the development was poor, and the "supposed" love interest (I say "supposed" because of the lack of chemistry between them) was barely there. Will I read the sequel (if there is one). . . .yeah I guess. Will I fall in love with the book. . . .probably not. But it's a book and I'll read just about anything to spare a couple of hours.

posted by GhostWriter94 on March 23, 2012

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

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    A Whole New Story

    Shadowcry is an amazingly fresh new read that will be released this year by author Jenna Burtenshaw.
    What I find so amazing in this book is that the concept of the storyline is like none other that I have read yet this year, and the characters are so secretive and yet so amazing.

    Shadowcry takes us into a future that is dark and riddled with power and corruption. The populous is in a state of repressed fear from the tyranny of the capitol city. Sending teams of wardens out to collect workers from the main population the city basically creates a constant flow of slavery while all the time "harvesting" the select few of the Skilled, people with Talent, hidden among them. The Skilled are people with special inborn talents that the leaders of the cities want to use and produce as weapons towards their constant wars with each other.

    The story centers around our main character, Kate Winters, and the abrupt introduction to her talent during a harvesting that changes her world forever. We are introduced to several amazing characters throughout the story as Kate finds her way through her past and into her growing powers and their implications in the use towards the wardens' plans.

    One of the secondary characters that I was fascinated with was Silas Dane. Carrying a heavy curse brought about from a lifetime of suffering and slavey and magical testing Silas really carried the story for me. His dialog, and personal motive justification, and application was just a great and integral part to the story.
    I loved Silas as a character and with the way he worked, it really added that extra element that made the book so much more impactful for me to read.

    If you are looking for a book that carries many amazing elements and that has a spectacular plot with many twists and turns, then Shadowcry will be a fantastic read. Dystopian intrigue and action, yep. A hint of romance, gotcha. But most of all if you are looking for something that carries many of the elements in YA and then a lot more and a variety of greatness, then I encourage you to pick up Shadowcry. You will not be disappointed.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    In a word: Amazing.

    Every character in this story had their own motivation, their own agenda, and they firmly stuck to that. No character ever wavered in their conviction, which I found immensely satisfying. The beginning is a bit confusing to wade through with all the information being thrown at you, but this book is completely worth it (and of course it gets easier as you get further and further into it).

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 21, 2012

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    EXCELLENT

    This is an You really love the characters and the world building is incredible. Amazing book!

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    Amazing read

    I picked up this book because I didn't have anything else to read and this was the only book that mildly interest me. So I went back to my house and started reading. It was kinda slow at first but then it was all like BANG something captures your attention. Then it slowed down a bit and just as I was about to call it quits it was all like BANG BANG BANG. Things started happening really quick and by the time I reached the end of the book I was totally and utterly hooked.

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