Shadow's Edge (Shadow's Edge Series #1)by Maureen Lipinski
My magical life is dead to me now . . . This is my last chance at freedom. Once, Leah Spencer didn’t mind being a natural-born Shaman to the Cr _atœir, a human helper to faeries, shapeshifters, and other magical beings. But that was before she listened to her friend Fiona and broke Rule #1, traveling unprepared to the Other Realm where she quickly lost a whole year of time. She missed out on everythingholidays, school, her sixteenth birthday, the boyfriend who ditched her. After that, Leah swore to leave all things magical behind and lead the life of a normal high school girl. Now Fiona is missing, and something is killing off the Cr _atœir, both Light and Dark. As the Cr _atœir prepare to go to war, Leah is torn between her safe new life and solving the Other Realm murder spree. With the help of her three sisters (each with her own magical gift), and three gorgeous guyswho may or may not be part of the evil magicLeah must vanquish an ancient dark force. Unless an unimaginable secret about her family destroys her first.
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Maureen Lipinski (Lombard, IL) is also the author of Shadow’s Edge (Flux), A Bump in the Road (St. Martin’s Press), and Not Ready for Mom Jeans (St. Martin’s Press). Visit her online at MaureenLipinski.com.
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Leah is a Creatuir Shaman - a mortal who can see the spirit world, or something like that. After losing a year of her life whilst in the Other Realm - Time works differently there - she decides to give up her Shaman duties and live a normal life. However, her best friend is murdered and so she re-takes her duties and sets out to find what happened. I think the worst part of this story for me was the main character, Leah. She might have been all shy around boys, thinks she isn't that great, but as the Shaman, she thinks she is all that and the world just won't survive without her. That bugged me A LOT. All the other characters, I loved. I giggled when I read that all four of the sisters names rhymed. The romantic interests also seemed too obvious, and I was hoping the story would throw me a curve ball and she would end up with Slade. The story had an interesting premise and I really enjoyed it, although I thought the ending wrapped up way too fast. I'm not sure exactly what I expected, but this wasn't it. This book was very up/down for me. I loved parts and didn't really like others. It was like I got to parts that I felt dragged or were pointless, and I put it down and I didn't really want to pick it up again. But after I did, I delved right back into it. Give this book a try for yourself! You just might like it too!