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Shadow's Edge (Shadow's Edge Series #1)

Shadow's Edge (Shadow's Edge Series #1)

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by Maureen Lipinski

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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


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 everything—holidays, 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 guys—who may or may not be part of the evil magic—Leah must vanquish an ancient dark force. Unless an unimaginable secret about her family destroys her first.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Adult author Lipinski’s third book is her first foray into YA fiction. The concept is intriguing: while a symbiotic relationship between humans and faeries has been explored before, the notion that a human is necessary as a “shaman” for the Other raises all sorts of possibilities—none of which Lipinski explores. Shaman Leah Spencer is like a multitude of teenage protagonists with an unwilling connection to the nonhuman, and much of the first hundred pages of the novel is devoted to new school woes, football games, drunken partying, and romantic entanglements. Lipinski’s propensity to have Leah Think In Capital Letters and strain after witty exaggerations (“Despite feeling slightly like I’d been abducted and helicoptered to a parallel universe...”) makes it feel as though she’s trying too hard to create a credible teenage protagonist. Leah is eventually drawn back to her Other roots by murder and discord between the Light and the Dark Créatúir, which only Leah, of course, can resolve. It’s a pleasant, predictable excursion that doesn’t live up to its potential. Ages 12–up. Agent: Waxman Literary Agency. (Jan.)
VOYA - Allison Hunter Hill
Leah Spencer is determined to try to live a normal life. Football, cheerleaders, cafeterias, parties—sign her up. She will do anything to move on from her past life as a Shaman to the Creatuir, a group of magical beings divided into Light and Dark. After accidentally getting caught in the Other Realm for a whole year, Leah decided to take off the Shaman hat for good, and replace it with that of Normal Teenager. This is much easier said than done, especially with her magically gifted (and rather noticeable) family in tow, and an entire realm of Creatuir who will do anything to get her back. Matters only become more difficult when the same beings who are so desperately attempting to contact her begin to disappear. Maureen Lipinski's Shadow's Edge is enjoyable and unique. Despite her special powers, Leah is a realistic teen struggling to decide what is best for herself, for the Creatuir, and for her family. Many of the magical beings that inhabit this Other Realm are loosely based on Irish mythology—simultaneously beautiful and chilling—and yet completely unlike any of the currently popular fairies, angels, mermaids, or vampires. Lipinski's story is also unique in that, while there are plenty of cute and mysterious guys running around, appealing and mysterious girls evenly balance them out in the form of Leah's three sisters. This would be a good buy for any library with teens who appreciate the paranormal or urban fantasy. Teens could enjoy this for pleasure, as well as for a fun book club pick. Reviewer: Allison Hunter Hill
Kirkus Reviews
Sixteen-year-old Leah Spencer isn't just the new kid at Westerville High, she's an unwilling Créatúir Shaman, desperate to shed her responsibilities to the "Other Realm" and live the life of a normal Texas teenager. Unfortunately, the mystical beings aren't prepared to let her go off with the star quarterback without a fight. After a series of murders in the Other Realm drive the Light and Dark Créatúir to the brink of war, Leah reclaims her role as Shaman. With the help of her three sisters and one kickass homecoming queen, Leah learns to embrace her gift and harness the power of the elements to restore peace. Written from Leah's perspective, Lipinski's debut teen novel boasts all the right ingredients: cheerleaders and football players, teen romance, danger and fantasy. However, the recipe falls flat. The often-shocking descriptions of the mystical creatures often feel gratuitous, like cheap, gross-out gags with no real link to the story. In addition, while Leah uncovers a connection between the construction site for the new football field and a passageway to the Other Realm, this key plot element is never satisfactorily explored. The combined effect of these distractions and unanswered questions will likely leave readers scratching their heads as Leah races to save the day just a little too conveniently in the last quarter of the novel. Pass. (Fantasy. 12-15)

Product Details

North Star Editions
Publication date:
Shadow's Edge Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Meet the Author

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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Shadow's Edge 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ClaireFrith More than 1 year ago
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!