The Shadow and the Rose [NOOK Book]

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"A satisfying supernatural YA tale that effectively mixes high school, magic and mystery." --Kirkus Reviews

Book one of the Ash Grove Chronicles. In the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts draws the brightest and most talented teens. But beneath the peaceful surface, supernatural forces are at work...

When ordinary high-school junior Joy Sumner visits a graveyard at midnight on a dare, she doesn't expect to end up sharing a kiss with ...

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Overview

"A satisfying supernatural YA tale that effectively mixes high school, magic and mystery." --Kirkus Reviews

Book one of the Ash Grove Chronicles. In the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains, Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts draws the brightest and most talented teens. But beneath the peaceful surface, supernatural forces are at work...

When ordinary high-school junior Joy Sumner visits a graveyard at midnight on a dare, she doesn't expect to end up sharing a kiss with brooding teen model Tanner Lindsey. And she definitely doesn't expect to make an enemy of Tanner's seductive, sinister mentor, the ageless supermodel Melisande--who may not be entirely human--or to find that her sleepy little corner of North Carolina is buzzing with supernatural energy.

But most unexpected of all is when Joy finds out that she's pregnant. And when Tanner's love for her puts his life in danger, will she be able to rescue him--and save their future together?

Age level: 15 and up

A word from the author: As both a writer and a reader, I've always been drawn to stories in which the heroine rescues the hero, instead of the other way around. In The Shadow and the Rose, the main character, Joy, thinks of herself as ordinary and certainly not a heroine. But when she falls in love with teen model Tanner Lindsey, she finds that she has reserves of strength she never suspected. A loner from a toxic home, Tanner has never been loved before--not even by the beautiful (and much older) woman he's entangled with now--so he doesn't believe he's worth fighting for. But we and Joy know otherwise.

My inspiration for The Shadow and the Rose was a centuries-old Scottish ballad called "Tam Lin," about a handsome knight who is kidnapped by the queen of the fae and rescued by a brave mortal girl who has fallen in love with him. To me, the Tam Lin story is about having faith in the person you love even when they show you unattractive, even scary sides of themselves... and even when your rival is a supernatural temptress!

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Editorial Reviews

InD'Tale magazine (InDTale.com) - Rose Mary Espinoza
"This story ingeniously supplies all the required characters: the best friend, the mean classmate and the gorgeous boyfriend. Then the author adds the antihero Melisande, the beautiful model that readers will love to hate! ...The eerie and immoral relationship between Tanner and Melisande [is] believable and the readers will find themselves cheering for the budding relationship between Joy and Tanner!"
KirkusReviews.com - Kirkus Reviews
"The author portrays Joy and her friends smart and easy to love. . . . Their independence makes Ash Grove a realistic and engaging world, and its seclusion, fierce loyalties among friends, and compassionate adults are Hogwarts-like at times.

"A satisfying supernatural YA tale that effectively mixes high school, magic and mystery." --Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews
Teenagers in love battle a supernatural villain in this debut young-adult novel. Joy Sumner is an unassuming music student at Ash Grove, a prestigious performing-arts boarding school in North Carolina. Her father is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer, so Joy spends her time in the company of her loyal, plucky friends. When they overhear someone teasing a new student about the school's haunted graveyard, Joy bravely offers to put the myth to the test. She enters the graveyard at midnight and is surprised to find she's not alone: Tanner Lindsey, a handsome Ash Grove dropout, is brooding there--and he and Joy soon share a dramatic kiss. Joy's daring graveyard jaunt is overshadowed the next day by news of Melisande, a popular supermodel, arriving in Ash Grove with plans to recruit students as models. Joy is startled to find Tanner among Melisande's entourage, scantily clad and apparently drowsy with lust for his mentor. He's known now as Tristan, and he dismisses Joy, causing Joy's friends to grow suspicious. Tristan appears on Ash Grove's campus the next day, whisking Joy away and revealing how he went from being Tanner, a neglected musician, to Tristan, Melisande's most promising protégé. Although Joy is concerned about Melisande's mysterious power over Tristan, she continues their romance in secret until Melisande and her followers, including Tristan, disappear. While slogging through the emotional fallout, Joy discovers she's pregnant. Not long after, she experiences a strange "time slip" on campus, and the school's adults inform her that Ash Grove's many myths may not be myths after all. Joined by her friends, Joy sets out to rescue Tanner from Melisande's dangerous spell. The author portrays Joy and her friends smart and easy to love--especially Maddie, her sarcastic and protective best friend (she describes Melisande's mansion as "the Ikea version" of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water home.) Readers may wish for a more daring future for Joy, but her and Tanner's love is consistently believable. Their independence makes Ash Grove a realistic and engaging world, and its seclusion, fierce loyalties among friends, and compassionate adults are Hogwarts-like at times. A satisfying supernatural YA tale that effectively mixes high school, magic and mystery.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940045051569
  • Publisher: Amanda DeWees
  • Publication date: 10/29/2012
  • Series: Ash Grove Chronicles , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,658
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Amanda DeWees received her PhD in English literature from the University of Georgia and likes to startle people by announcing that her dissertation topic was vampire literature. Amanda's books include the widely praised historical gothic romance "Sea of Secrets," a finalist in the 2013 Maggie Award for Excellence historical category, and the Ash Grove Chronicles, a captivating young adult "paranormal lite" romance series set in modern-day North Carolina. Besides writing, Amanda's passions include theater, classic film, Ioan Gruffudd, costume design, and the preservation of apostrophes in their natural habitat. Visit her at amandadewees.com to explore book extras and more delightful diversions.
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  • Posted November 25, 2012

    The Shadow and the Rose by Amanda DeWees is the first book in th

    The Shadow and the Rose by Amanda DeWees is the first book in the Ash Grove Chronicles. If you are a fan of the YA Paranormal, you will like this book. It is an excellent addition to the YA genre, with the nefarious villain in the ageless and beautiful Melisande, insecure and malicious teenagers and of course, a journey into the mysterious supernatural world in the seemingly peaceful North Carolina!

    Sixteen year old Joy Summer, is our heroine. She is feisty, sweet, strong-willed and incredibly mature for her age and life experience. It is rare that you meet a young heroine who is comfortable with who she is, despite being plain in looks, especially notable in the beautiful world in which she lives at Ash Grove High - a school for the artistically gifted.

    Our swoon-worthy Hero is the gorgeous model Tanner Lindsay. He provides the drooling female students at Ash Grove (and worldwide) plenty of sweet dreams; is musically gifted, smart, yet is a loner, broody, isolated and insecure. (Finally, a teenage male Hero who is not arrogant, cocky and brash!) He is trapped in an artificial world revolving around Melisande, despite not recognizing its danger, but he is also trapped in his self opinion, where he believes he is worthless and unlovable. It was slightly unbelievable, until further explained, why he would be attracted to someone like Joy, yet as we understood more about Joy, especially through Tanner's eyes, the attraction is credible.

    The main theme of Joy and Tanner's overwhelming challenge to be together is typical to this Genre but it was well supported by the anxiety, insecurity, bullying and the see-saw self esteem issues universal to teenagers. The paranormal elements were that clever mix of unbelievable and extraordinary. Just enough definition with a touch of mystery as well.

    The supporting characters were just as enjoyable, especially the exuberant Maddie. The relationships and dialogues between the characters were fabulous; witty and fun. The teenage voice was captured well.

    The book finishes with a terrific climax. There are still many sub-stories to be explored, mysteries to be unraveled, and romances to be had, so I eagerly await the next installment, Casting Shadows.

    I was provided an ARC of The Shadow and the Rose by Amanda DeWees for an honest review. No compensation was received for this review.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 1, 2012

    A great start to a promising series!

    Amanda DeWees wrote an excellent gothic historical in Sea of Secrets. Since her Regency voice was pitch perfect, I was curious how she would make the transition to contemporary YA. I actually like this novel even better. Her heroine, Joy, is feisty and fiercely loyal to her friends. Tanner is the beautiful, seemingly unattainable hero, similar to Edward in the Twilight series. The secondary characters are funny, snarky, and smart, and their dialog is one of the best elements in the book. Joy and Tanner face some devastating and terrifying obstacles, and the villain of the book is unique and fascinating. The story is fresh, fast-paced, and will leave you wanting more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    We are proud to announce that "The Shadow and the Rose"

    We are proud to announce that "The Shadow and the Rose" by Amanda Dewees is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

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  • Posted August 19, 2013

    The Shadow and the Rose is a magical story filled with romance a

    The Shadow and the Rose is a magical story filled with romance and a strong heroine, all set in the modern age. It’s a story about standing up for the man you love, even when everyone else gives up on him. Though I didn't quite connect with Tanner (the leading man) and sometimes agreed with the people who wanted to give up him, this is truly a traditional romance with a modern, magical twist. I think romance fans will love this one.

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  • Posted July 11, 2013

    I  was given this as an ebook by the author for an honest review

    I  was given this as an ebook by the author for an honest review.
    I love that in this books we are seeing characters who are more like the people you would expect to see on the street.
    The development of the main characters is phenomenal, and the writing truly makes you feel some strong emotions from the start.  I really could see my younger self identifying with Joy, who really just wants to fit in and be liked.  She has a lot of issues dealing with living in the musical shadow of her deceased mother and her teacher father who is very ill, as Joy is an average person with nothing too extraordinary going for her.
    You really hate Melisande before long and you wonder what in the world are these people thinking? But the key here is, it makes you wonder.  
    It does take a little bit to see just what is going on and it really draws you in!  Once the story really gets going, it does not stop! I loved it! Due to some of the more mature things in this book, I do suggest discretion in letting younger ages read this one. 
    If you like your novels with drama, mystery, action, romance and  a paranormal touch, then I highly suggest this one!
    The Shadow and the Rose is the first in The Ash Grove Chronicles and I highly suggest that you line these up in your library and read on!

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  • Posted June 5, 2013

    The Shadow and The Rose is a well written YA novel that will app

    The Shadow and The Rose is a well written YA novel that will appeal to readers of all ages. Amanda DeWees captures the angst and uncertainty of being a teenager and combines it with a suspenseful paranormal tale. Joy wants to belong but she thinks she doesn't have the talent to succeed at Ash Grove High School for the Performing Arts. On a dare she goes to a grave yard at midnight to pick a rose. There she meets Tanner, a famous teen model. They are drawn to each other but Tanner is controlled by supermodel Melisande. Will the lover's fate be controlled by good or by evil. You don't want to miss this story. The characters are finely crafted and intelligent and the ending delivers a surprise.

    I was gifted The Shadow and The Rose by the author for an honest review.

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  • Posted June 3, 2013

    This was a great read. I am a HUGE Twilight fan, so of course I

    This was a great read. I am a HUGE Twilight fan, so of course I LOVE the paranormal YA heroin reads. I didn't in fact think it was that type of book until I dug further in.  I could really see myself being Joy and living that life. And...well HELLO... TANNER is certainly a benefit!!!!! Didn't quiet see that working out so well, or...together. But that was wicked. The story just flows, I love a book that flows in reading and that allows you to just escape, and I can honestly say that Amanda DeWees captured me in the book!  Ready for more!!!! Highly recommend to my friends and fellow readers!

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

    I was gifted this book for an honest review. From the blurb I wa

    I was gifted this book for an honest review.
    From the blurb I was really looking forward to reading this book and it didn’t disappoint .
    There is the Heroine ‘Joy’, the yummy male interest ‘Tan’, the evilness that is ‘Melisande’, the BFF’s (you’ll have to read it, too many to mention) and of course what High School would be incomplete without the ‘skin deep beauty’ of the bullys’.
    Joy is a surprisingly strong young lady who doesn’t let anyone get to her, even if they are ranting at her and doesn’t give up easily on what she wants. Regardless of how hopeless it seems.
    Tan is a broken young man who doesn’t feel he has anything that’s keeping him anchored. With a difficult past Tan feels worthless and that the only thing he has is his looks. Tan has the ability to see past the ‘skin deep’ beauty to the radiant ‘inner beauty’.
    The book provides you with a mix of emotions, angst, suspense & mystery. A book that’s really difficult to put down.
    Well-deserved 5 stars

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  • Posted April 21, 2013

    Amanda DeWees The Shadow and the Rose The Ash Grove Chronicles

    Amanda DeWees
    The Shadow and the Rose
    The Ash Grove Chronicles #1

    I jumped into this book not really knowing what to expect, and soon found myself completely immersed in Joy and Tanner’s lives. The story built without giving too much away, and slowly started to come together until it was all go towards the end. It’s well written and flows nicely throughout, even if you don’t enjoy paranormal / supernatural books this is still likely to appeal to you.

    I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted April 20, 2013

    I received this book as a gift in return of an honest review. T

    I received this book as a gift in return of an honest review.

    This is a wonderful story of love,loss and discovery.

    Joy is such a strong and amazing young woman and will do anything and everything she can to save Tanner(Tristan). I really like how Tanner let it be known that beauty on the inside out weights the physical beauty and the inner beauty he sees in Joy out shines anything else. Through the love that Joy shows him it gives him the strength to evade Melisande and the evil grip she has on him. By Joy not giving up on Tanner or her love for him she has gotten him away from the evil succubi.

    Now they can start their lives together and prepare for the birth of their daughter,and see what key Rose will play in their future. But they still do not know what has happened to Melisande or Raven, or what corner they could be lurking around.

    This is such a great story and I look forward to reading the remaining books in the series, and HIGHLY recommend this book! I would give this book 10 stars but only have a 5 star option.
    Melissa Williams Brown

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    Posted April 7, 2013

    How do u recieve books??

    Im interested in recieving books for honest reviews, but im not sure how too. For the book, i just got it and it looks fantastic. Cant wait to read it.

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  • Posted December 25, 2012

    My Review: I received this book from the author to give an hon


    My Review:

    I received this book from the author to give an honest review.
    First let me say I LOVE the cover, it is amazing. Very down to earth.
    Now on to the story. If you love YA paranormal than this is the book for you it is filled it with young love, some magic, and the paranormal. I found myself staying up way to late to see what was going to happen next. 
    Joy is a feisty, sweet and mature for her age sixteen year old. Who has lost her mother and her father is away from the school that he is an English teacher at. Ash Grove is a special school for those that have a talent whether it be a dancer, actor, or a musician this school is the place for you.
     Joy knows she is not beautiful as those that attend the school but she does not let that bother her much, she has a couple of friends that she loves hanging with and is okay with not being in the popular crowd. 
    One day Melisande comes into town and she is a big celebrity and she has a special guy in her life named Tristan. Joy and Tristan meet by accident in a graveyard and that is when their feelings for each other start. But will Melisande let Tristan or Tanner as he was used to be called go away or will she keep him for herself.
    Joy will fight for Tanner even when others think there is nothing that can be done. Because not only does she love him but she has something that will keep them joined no matter what. On the other hand Melisande has a hidden agenda with Ash Grove and Joy is going to uncover it. 
    The characters were very well written and I loved reading the dialogue between them all. The only thing I had trouble with is the Melisande for the life of me I just could not pronounce the name so I kept calling her Melissa. 
    There is young love, heartache, magic all rolled up into one. 

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  • Posted December 5, 2012

    I received this book from the author for an honest review. I wa

    I received this book from the author for an honest review.

    I was quickly immersed into this story that I found not only engaging but so well written I didn't realize how fast the time was going by until the book was done and so was half my day! The characters were well developed and the rolls they played were very true to life. Yes this is a paranormal but not one filled with magic filled characters, only people aware that the other side does exist. Except for a certain character that can literally suck the life out of any party!

    Joy is your average Junior attending Ash Grove, a private High School for the Performing Arts. Not fitting in with the in crowd is normal for her, but wouldn't it be nice to be accepted? So going out on a limb she takes a dare from Shelia to go into a graveyard at night and find a rose. But she ends up finding more than she expects and her life is changed with a simple kiss. We follow along with Joy as she deals with teenage angst over a sick father, a lack of musical ability and a new love life. With a group of great friends she finds out just how much it will take to uncover the truth behind a new neighbor who holds more than the guardianship to her new love, Tanner, she holds his life in her hands.

    I will have to mention that this is a YA book but it does have some of the late teen drama that some parents may not want the younger YA readers exposed to including characters smoking and some sexual content that leads to a teen pregnancy. I don't want to say more and give the story away, but I know I have younger daughters who read YA books that I would rather not be exposed to this element at this time. Not that they don't know this goes on, but the context of the story implies that it is ok to smoke and be a pregnant teen in a high school level with teachers who know and are fine with it. This should not deter readers of any age from reading it as it is too good of a book to miss! I can't wait to see where the Author takes it from here!

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