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Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the ...
Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they're starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?
Posted March 24, 2013
Shadowlands by Kate Brian was such an amazing book! I mean, I knew it was going to a really great read, but to actually experience it was ah-mazing! From the very first page, when we’re introduced to the evil Mr. Nell to the very last page, I was hooked and there was no way that I was going to be able to put this book down.
The story opens up with the reader witnessing the crazy mind of a serial killer. Seeing how his demented mind strategically hunted his prey. Unfortunately, he has his eyes set on Rory Miller. While taking a short cut through the woods, Mr. Nell takes hold of his opportunity to go after Rory and claim her as his next victim. He is so good at what he does, that he has alluded the authorities for the past ten years.
In this life or death situation put before her, Rory fights for her life and with a stroke of luck, manages to thwart Mr. Nell and escape. But safe is not a feeling that Rory feels at all. Mr. Nell still has his sights set on her, and he will stop at nothing to finish what he has started.
Under the direction of the FBI, Rory and her family are uprooted to Juniper Landing in the witness protection program until this serial killer is apprehended. Starting over in a vacation town is something Rory, her sister Darcy, and her father need to get used to. With the local kids staring at Rory for some unknown reason, and everyone wanting to get to know Rory more, rather than her more popular sister, it seems as though they’ve stepped through some bizzaro world.
That is, until Rory starts to hear Mr. Nell’s favorite song being hummed, gets the feeling of being watched, and starts to find little things that seem to indicate that her stalker may have found her.
Completely and totally full of suspense, Shadowlands by Kate Brian had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. And take into account that the majority of the reading that I did was done at night, I was kind of freaking myself out. Little noises in the house, shadows from the windows…I was creeped out beyond belief! Shadowlands was like a murder mystery movie unfolding in my mind. Kate Brian’s writing style is so addictive and she certainly has a gift in writing a suspenseful, thrilling read.
I mean, the whole truck on the highway scene. Reading that part of the book had my heart halfway up my throat and beating like I was Rory herself! I could clearly picture the events unfold and I was terrified. Mr. Nell was a perfectly written villain. To have been able to see what was going on in his twisted mind made the events unfolding even more real.
My one complaint would have to be the sister, Darcy. I mean, her sister was almost abducted and killed and she’s still harping on about boys and clothes and partying. Whenever she opened her mouth I was shaking my head and seething at her attitude. And I guess it was because of this annoyance that I had with this character that had me feel more towards Rory. Not only did I feel sorry for this kid who was attacked by someone she was supposed to trust, but she was getting no love from her family.
If you’re in the mood for an edge of your seat read where you’ll most likely read it in one sitting, I absolutely recommend Shadowlands by Kate Brian. Your eyes will be glued to the pages and the ending will have you WTFing all over the place! I need book 2 like, yesterday! I really hope this book becomes a movie! The images that were flipping through my mind would be so epic on the big screen. What a thrill ride and what a twist!
The one thing that I’m really shocked with is how much I liked Shadowlands by author Kate Brian. Scratch that, I didn’t like it—I loved it. I’ll admit that at a first glance I thought that Shadowlands would just be like every other story, you read it, you like it and then you finish it and prepare for the next plot the universe sends to you. Oh my god, Shadowlands is one of those novels that can stand apart from the rest. It was addictive right from the first page and by the time it finished I felt empty inside and didn’t know what to do with my emotions. Shadowlands took me for a thrilling ride and totally blew my freaking mind / completely messed with my head.
Shadowlands is the story of main character Rory Miller who is put into the witness protection program to be kept safe from her serial killer match teacher Steven Nell. Steven Nell that has murdered fourteen girls and is obsessed with finally getting to kill Rory, however what makes Rory his most unique victim is that she escaped from him. The last girl to survive an attack from Steven Nell had her entire family murdered before she was killed and now that Rory is being kept away from him, it’s obvious that he will try to get to her by any means necessary. When the FBI sends Rory to Juniper Landing her terrifying reality continues when Steven Nell begins to stalk her on the supposedly safe island. Something about the perfect island is wrong and Rory can’t seem to put her finger on what it is that makes the town and its citizens seem so suspicious. As things seem to finally get normal, one of Rory and her sister Darcy’s new friends, Olive, goes missing and every fibre of Rory’s being believes that Steven Nell has something to do with it…
The number one thing that had me hooked on Shadowlands was the very first chapter. If the novel had started any other way I probably wouldn’t be as in love with it as I am now. It begins with the killer himself, Steven Nell, following Rory in the woods when he decides to attack her in a predator vs. prey manor. Rory manages to hit him with a branch and gets away from him, she later finds out his real identity and if I were to go on any further I’d pretty much ruin the awesome beginning. My point is that it starts out in a way that immediately grabs the readers’ attention. Not only was I dying to see if Rory would survive, but I was also going crazy with how suspenseful the first four chapters of the story were. Each one just screamed: Go, go, go! And set a pretty fast pace for the novel.
I found myself thinking a lot of I Hunt Killers by author Barry Lyga when it came to the chapters in the POV (point of view) of Steven Nell. They were so creepy and I adored how each one of his chapters gave me goose bumps and had my eyes widened at some of his insane thoughts. Being in the mind of the killer not only changes the mood of the novel drastically but it also did some foreshadowing as to what Nell planned to do to Rory. Every single time I assumed something about Nell, it would be one of his chapters that would confirm my thoughts and the way he constantly whistles or plays The Long & Winding Road by the Beatles, just added to how creepy he is.
The author’s writing style not only gave me vivid ideas of the setting and characters, but also really managed to get to my mind. What I mean by that is how the story is being told from Rory’s POV which means that the reader is reading Rory’s thoughts and as the novel progresses she does get more and more paranoid about Steven Nell. I’ll admit that when Rory got freaked out in the novel, I got freaked out and when Rory’s fight or flight instincts kicked in mine did too. The more suspenseful scenes that we experience with Rory really start to feel real and add to the experience.
To be honest about the novel, I have no complaints about it. It was a novel that I couldn’t stop reading and I mean that literally since I spent a few hours just reading away at it until suddenly it was done. What has left me dying about the novel is the ending. The very last bit of dialogue literally had me staring wide eyed at the words before my eyes as everything suddenly clicked together. Young adults who are still in a school setting will probably be creeped out more by the novel just because it l
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Posted February 21, 2013
It didnt turn out at all like i expected. I really liked the beginning. it was intense and fun to read but as it went along it became somewhat confusing and it seems like at some point in the middle it turns into two different books. I didnt like the ending. I felt like there too many holes in the story to make the ending believable. I didnt understand how the serial killer fit into the ending or why he would be there. I think it could have been a better book without the twist ending. I understand that some authors want to to gasp and have questions after you read it but i didnt agree with it this time. it was an interesting book but i wouldnt read it again.
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Posted February 23, 2013
I was speachless by the time I opened the book to when I closed it. One of the BEST books I have ever read. I finished it in a day because I could not put it down. I definately recommend it to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful read. I can't wait for the next book!!!! I hope it will top this one!
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Posted January 17, 2013
First off, I would like to say that ever since I reading the Private series, around five years ago, Kate Brian has become my favorite author.
So, naturally, I couldn't wait for this book to come out but I was slightly disappointed. I'm not sure if it 's because I've outgrown the teen genre
or what but this book was very...different. I liked the suspense packed beginning but after that, there was a big lull starting in the middle of
the book. I just kept reading, waiting for it to get better but it didn't really. I have so many questions and the answer (if you can call it an
answer) made no sense whatsoever. Obviously, I'm not going to say it on here but I still have no idea what the purpose of the ending was,it doesn't make any sense. So, I am glad Kate Brian is writing this new series and I will buy the next book but it's just a little (a lot) weird and confusing.
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Posted March 27, 2014
Posted March 10, 2014
This book is just... oh my gosh. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It look me less than 24 hours to read and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I absolutely loved the ending. I didn't see it coming and I literally screamed with shock when I read it. I seriously reccommend this and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. Happy Reading:)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 27, 2013
Shadowlands by Kate Brian
Print Length: 338 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423164830
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (January 8, 2013)
I received this book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for a honest unbiased review.
I LOVED THIS BOOK! This is the first book I have read by this author and I'm exceptionally pleased. This author knows how to make you feel exactly what the character feels through the emotions of what Rory goes through. This book is a ginormous puzzle and nothing is what it seems. The suspense is what makes this book amazing. I love the stalker vibe that this book has. I love love love the mystery that surrounds Juniper Landing. I adore the characters. Rory, she is a very relateable character having hidden strength that goes beyond her own comprehension. I love the boys Tristan and Joaquin. They are quite mysterious and did I mention extremely hotness. This book is just such a thriller I can't seem to get enough and can't get it out of my head. I seriously had to re-read the ending to make sure I read it right, then flip to the beginning again. It left me floored and dying to get my hands on the next book in this thriller. I can't possibly wait for the next amazing book in this series. I adore this type of thriller. It is creepy at times and mysterious other and then you throw in hot guys and some humorous dialogue and you have one bombtastic book. I'm having a severely hard time not spoiling the book by telling everyone and gushing about certain scenes in this book, but I will keep it basic because this book is worth the read. I suggest this be a must read!! Will Steven Nell find her and finish what he started? Can Rory survive a second time?
Amazon Book Description~
Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived … and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now she must enter the witness protection program. At first it seems like her family's new home may be just the fresh start they need. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of Rory's new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again? New York Times best-selling author Kate Brian is back with a haunting new YA series packed with dark twists and turns.
Posted November 21, 2013
Definitely one of her best books, and the second book doesn't disappoint either. It's a lot like the first few "Private" novels, with her unique delivery and setting, Kate Brian really delivers an interesting page-turner.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 19, 2013
I can’t honestly tell if this was a really fantastic read or not, because the ending left me completely confused and bewildered. It was more a “what the....?” than a “oh wow.” No seriously, I’m still all...what just happened????
The first quarter or so of the story is a little rough around the edges and feels hastily put together. Events don’t really flow smoothly and it took me quite some time to really get into the swing of things. Even now that’s it’s all over, I can honestly say that I haven’t connected with any of these characters, yet I was captivated enough by the plot to finish Shadowlands in less than a day. Only the very last sentence confirmed what I had already suspected, but I actually expected more a whopper of a reveal.
I pretty much have an idea of what’s going for what, but I’m still left with a ton of questions; my biggest question being how the heck it all came together. You know, usually after a big reveal you have that light bulb moment where all the events starts making sense and you finally understand how everything fit together to give that big reveal a bit more bang. But it just never happened for me, because I’m still curious as to know why Rory, specifically, was the centre point focus for all the locals of Juniper Landing, and why her sister who lives to be the life of the party, was practically being ignored by the locals. I have about twenty more questions, but I don’t want to include spoilers.
Enough about my confusion. After a slow start, I really immersed myself into the story once Rory, her sister Darcy, and their father, moved into their new house on the island. From the time they leave the ferry, the eeriness of the island and the strangeness of its inhabitants is captured beautifully. And because I’m a fan of horror and everything that goes bump in the night, I was more curious about all the strange disappearances, the sudden fog, and the island locals’ mysterious behavior, than I was worried about the serial killer stalking Rory and her family. You’d think as the biggest threat to Rory’s life the serial killer will have a few more chapters from his perspective, but no, he’s placed on the shelf until he’s needed to do what it is he has to do.
Overall, it was a suspenseful read and I breezed through it. But what spoiled it for me was the frustration of getting to the end and not understanding how it all came together. It wasn’t explained at all. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time from the minute the Millers left their home to move to Juniper Landing, and I was completely creeped out by a handful of events that occurred during their stay on the island until the very finale, but I felt let down that the villian came to such an abrupt ending, and really, I don’t even understand what happened to him in the end. I get that this is the first book in this series, and I’m hoping book two will have more answers than the mountain of questions the first book left me with, although I’m of the opinion that this story could’ve been told in one book without it being dragged out into a series.
My recommendation: a gripping read which I think will be enjoyed by most of the younger readers in the YA spectrum. I especially recommend Shadowlands to those who enjoyed Gretchen McNeil’s Ten.
Posted October 16, 2013
Posted August 9, 2013
I've been lusting after this book ever since they released the cover and summary on Goodreads. First of all, the cover is perfection. I'm not a graphic design expert in any way, shape, or form... but I can't imagine it being any more exquisite. Then there's the summary. Serial killers, a beach setting, the witness protection program... I was positive that this book would wow me. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Shadowlands and thought it was such an addictive read, but I expected so much more from Kate Brian. There were quite a few times throughout Shadowlands when I thought to myself, "Something just feels off...", "This isn't making any sense.", or even "This story isn't that believable." The whole plot of Shadowlands had a ton of potential but I felt like there were clumsy pieces that could have been thought out better.
While Shadowlands is more of a plot-driven novel, I did enjoy Rory and the other characters (except Rory's sister, Darcy). Like the summary notes above, Rory and her sister Darcy fall in with a group of carefree teens that do nothing productive with their time. This was so much fun to read about considering it's basically an extended vacation with no limits for teenagers... who wouldn't love that?!
Overall, Kate Brian wrote a solid first book in a new series that will hopefully improve as it continues. Even though Shadowlands wasn't as amazing as I hoped, the end definitely left me wanting more and I'm really excited to see where the next book takes us.
Posted August 8, 2013
Posted July 18, 2013
What a fantastic book, kate brian has done it again. Right from the second page I couldn't put the book down, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole entire time. I highly reccomend this book, Im the type of person who has to be intrigued after the first few pages to continue reading a book and kate brian did just that, after the second page I was hooked. This is a must read!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 30, 2013
This book was amazing! It was the perfect mystery, action story. I was addicted. And if there is one ill definitely read the next book. But, at the end, it was confusing when rory found out everyone on the island was dead. It didnt make any sense. Why would everyone go looking for darcy? Why wouls mr nell be there anyway?? And when did they even die? And also... the story was supposed to be about rory SURVIVING not being DEAD. I am still interested to see what happens next, but i really think the story wouldve been better withoutthe supernatural twist. This was a good read though... as annoyed as i am with it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2013
I would like to congratulate the author for writing such good mystery story. I had immediately guessed that Rory was just making up all the events in the book due to her PTSD, which was caused of the death of her mom. When Rory's family was relocated to Juniper Landing by the FBI, I had a hunch that the place was the La La Land. I laughed out loud when I got to the end, because I was right all along. No wonder the title of the second book was Hereafter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 29, 2013
Best suspense book I've read in a long time! I was addicted and finished it in four hours. I thought I had an idea of what was going on about halfway through. but Kate Brian totally surprised me. The ending was not what I was expecting, but it made sense when you looked back and thought about, I cannot wait till the next book come out!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2013
I absolutly loathe how this book ends.......first, she finds out she is dead and then nobody explains what is really going on........i can only assume that the "visitors" are people in comas, but then who are the locals really and when does rory actually die?
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Posted March 9, 2013
Posted February 11, 2013
Recently ive been wanting to read mystery books and i found this. I always been a fan of the author, Kate Brian, this book was more than her usual genre. Actually more spooky after reading it . The first chapter start out straight into the action of the attempted murder. The book also include narrative from the killer, so it makes it more creepy/scary. Through the whole reading, I kept wanting to find out whats so mysterious about the place she is living. At the end it makes end but still spooky. def. recommend this book, since there isnt that many mystery books for teens.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 8, 2013
This book became one of my favorite books after finishing it. It was incredibly mysterious, compelling, and suspenseful. It had me guessing till the very end. Shadowlands is definitely one of the best books of the new year, and I can not wait for the next book to the series!! Kate Brian is such a talented author, and her work is always amazing. You're missing out if you don't read this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.