Shadow of Time

Shadow of Time

by Jen Minkman

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ISBN-13: 9781480242234
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/13/2012
Pages: 404
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English, career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!).

In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation, so she joins her brother Ben for the summer in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben's childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. Josh turns out to suddenly be a hot guy, and Hannah starts feeling more for him than just friendship. But then. a few nights after meeting Josh, Hannah has strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows who are after her. Not just that, but Josh is also in these weird dreams. I read a lot of books in this genre, but this has got to be one of the most original stories I've come across in a long time. It starts out a bit generic, but then things start to get interesting. The author has clearly done SO much research in order to make the world of the Navajo believable in this book, it is amazing. I loved the romance in this book, but also the rich history and sense of spirituality in the story. Shadow of Time has interesting and relatable characters, a gripping mystery, and a wealth of information about the Navajos and Native Americans. Don't miss this book if you like paranormal romance, get it NOW!
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog: Tangled Up In Books I received this book from Jen Minkman in exchange for an honest review. It feels good to say this for a change but there was so much good in this book I'm not even sure where to begin. Starting with one of the biggest parts of this book, the Native American aspect. It was brilliant and you could really tell Jen did her research. And the way she wrote the book it was like teaching you things about the Navajo and their culture in a way that didn't feel like you were being taught. If that makes sense? It was just woven into the story. It completely fascinated me, the Native American culture on a whole always has. This was another one of those books for me that secondary characters really make or break books and also another case of them making it. I loved pretty much every character that made it's way onto the pages. I mean don't get me wrong Hannah and Josh by themselves were pretty amazing but the people around them made them even better. I loved the closeness and the bond between Hannah and her brother Ben. They really cared for each other and it was sweet to read. Even better was the way that the circle of people bonded together and became something more than just friends. Even three people who they meet at the beginning of the summer. The way they all took each other in and watched out for one another. It makes you long to have a tight knit group like that. Can we talk sexual tension for a moment? Because holy crap, the build up with the sexual tension between Hannah and Josh was insane. Every time I thought something was finally going to happen something would come along and interrupt it. Either another person or misunderstood signals would stop them or one of them snapping back to reality and holding back. I wanted to scream! (All in a good way I swear) So finally, when it happened I was cheering like crazy. Actually one line from one of her friends when she was telling her about it the next day totally summed up what I was thinking: "Oh my God! Finally! That's awesome, I'm so excited for you!" I totally fell in love with Josh and Hannah's romance. My heart fluttered every time hers did, it broke and I felt the emptiness when things were bad. I was 100% emotionally invested in the two of them. And it was an awesome and emotional ride that I loved every second of. If the love story part doesn't have you hooked then the rest of the storyline will. The revelation of the nightmares and the part they played in the story was just brilliant. I couldn't even begin to guess what was going on there. Any suspicions I had were completely wrong and until the story came out I had no clue. It was such a fun and exciting adventure. If any of this sparks a bit of interest I highly recommend it. Thank you again Jen for sending me this book and I can't wait to read more!! :)
niyatimav More than 1 year ago
A paranormal romance? Are you crazy? Was my first reaction when I opened Jen Minkman’s novel, The Shadow of Time. There in the introduction was one line that bowled me over… All Hannah longs for is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship. But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams? Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you. I started the book in earnest. The novel takes you to Navajo Nation and back to the Indians who were original inhabitants of America. Hannah, a school teacher, comes to spend the summer with her younger brother Ben at their home in St. Ports. There she meets Josh, Ben’s best friend and starts falling in love with Josh. There is something about him which she cannot place. Neither can she explain the irresistible force Josh has. As she discovers love, Hannah is plagued with nightmares and supernatural incidences. It almost feels as if she is cursed. And amidst that, her relationship with Josh takes a tumble. Hannah is in absolute despair. Till this point, I was already enthralled. Then came Jen’s master card. Josh comes clean about having experienced his past life on a vision quest he took when he was 14 years old. Hannah realizes that their bond stretches far beyond this life. But will their love be able to destroy demons from the past? Will they ever be able to live a normal life? Would they end up together in their next life? And what about those terrifying nightmares which look like parts of a Civil War Movie? So many questions and what a fitting end. The highlight of this novel is definitely when Josh takes Hannah and indeed the reader on a beautiful journey across the rich heritage and history of Navajos in America and how they adapted to a cultural and territorial invasion from the ‘palefaces’ who they fought with. It was such a marvelous insight into Navajo beliefs. The Navajo people revere elements of the earth and spend their life amidst divinity and gratitude. It almost made me want to live that way, far away from the stresses of the corporate life. Jen has a very easy way of writing and yet the impact she creates with those words is tremendous. I believe her novel would make a fine film if someone wishes to someday!! The book doesn’t fail to keep you entertained and I couldn’t put it down for even a moment. I really marvel at the research Jen has done to supplement her book because every time I looked up some term she used, I found something for it on the Internet. A commendable job. All in All, The Shadow of Time is an irresistible book! You just can’t put it down
TurningThePagesBlog More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved Shadow of Time. It was one of those rare books that leaves you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what else the author can throw at you and loving every minute of it. I was immediately sucked into the story that Jen took such great care to create. Hannah has got to be another one of my favourite bookish heroines. She's just so likable and I love the inner strength that she radiates even though she's actually really shy and awkward. But the best part about her was that she was really, really funny! I love coming across a character who makes me laugh because so many authors seem to focus on making their heroines smart and strong that they forget that there characters should have a sense of humour. So I'm really glad that Jen wrote Hannah the way she did. The other good character was Josh, who appears as Hannah's love interest in the story. He was smart, funny and loyal to Hannah but he was also the typical teen boy in that he is completely oblivious to what Hannah is feeling which made him even more authentic and it was wonderful to seem him along with Hannah grow individually and together as the book went on. The story though completely blew me away. I loved the paranormal aspect of it just as much as I loved the romance of the book. I loved learning all about the Dinès whom you'll get very well acquainted with if you choose to read the book. So in an effort not to ruin the book for any perspective readers I won't really mention them other than to say that they were really interesting and played a big part in the novel. I loved how the story was paced. There was always a sense of knowing that something major was going to happen through the book and when something major did happen I would be left reeling and having no idea what would happen next. Overall, I loved the sense of adventure that I felt while I was reading Shadow of Time and I loved feeling so connected to the characters as well as the story. It was wonderful to see a book that deals with Navajo people and their traditions. I would recommend this to everyone who has a love for young adult paranormal reads. This is an utterly unique tale written by a fantastic new voice in the young adult genre and offers an engaging story in Shadow of Time. This is a book that I'll be recommending for a long time to come and I can't wait to see more written by Jen Minkman. *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my free and honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LibraryThing Book Review Hannah Darson comes her mother's cabin at St. Mary's Point for summer vacation to get away from it all. Hannah's brother Ben is also there. Hannah hopes to reconnect with her best friend Emily Benally and her brother Josh. Upon meeting Josh again Hannah feels an undeniable attraction to him that she can't quite seem to explain to herself or anyone else. Hannah is attacked by three strange men which leads to her having haunting nightmares about a Navajo village and Josh. Josh is also attracted to Hannah but he's also keeping a secret from everyone. He remembers all of his past lives so he can help his people. Will Josh tell his secret? Who are these strange men? Will Hannah or Josh admit their attraction? Your answers await you in Shadow of Time. This unique version of time travel isn't like other time travel books. The Navajo customs and traditions were what made this book special in my opinion. The characters were honest, real, down to earth, compelling, heart warming, and heart breaking too. The story was bold, rich, compelling, and haunting. I will definitely read more of this author's work in the future.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
With a strong voice, Jen Minkman brings the magic of love, loyalty and friendships together in her YA series opener, Shadow of Time. Blending the spiritual, mystical and supernatural beliefs of a Native American tribe in Arizona with the bonds of friendship between a brother, sister and his best friend, the reader is taken on a journey of doubt, faith and trust. Hannah cannot reconcile the handsome Native American in front of her as being her younger brother’s childhood friend. Josh has grown and her attraction to him, considering their 6 year age difference seems wrong, but there is a maturity and a calmness about him that makes him seem much, much older, more aware and worldly. When horrible nightmares about Josh and his Navajo brethren torment Hannah, her fears for him raise, and the wrongness of her feelings cloud her heart. Is this a warning to leave him alone or is it a test from the ancient spirits of her worthiness? As the traditions of his people unfold, and what Josh’s position in his tribe is made known, Hannah may be swept away with love for this younger man if her dreams don’t scare her away, first. Jen Minkman hasn’t just written another YA Paranormal tale, she has added the mystery and legends from an ancient people that live on today. With each page, as this world comes to life, the feeling of being among them throughout is strong, thanks to Ms. Minkman’s gift for storytelling. A well told story causes the world to fade away and I found myself lost in the ebb and flow of her words. Ms Minkman’s characters are a delight, from goofy, lighthearted Ben to the confused, love-struck Hannah and finally to the mysterious, and sometimes brooding Josh. This heartwarming tale follows the growth of the characters as they become comfortable with each other, the past and their connection to the world around them. Beautifully done, another stellar read from Jen Minkman.
Snoopyvet More than 1 year ago
Wow I really enjoyed this book. I love how the author used parts of actual history in this book. I would recommend this book to anyone who like to read YA. I actually read it the first time on audio but like it so much I'm gonna to have to get it in print  The story was just so different from any I have read that I was drawn in from the start and never lost interest 
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite For years Ben and Hannah have summered in their mom's cabin in St. Mary's Port. They grew up there and formed great friendships with Josh and Emily from the nearby reservation. Hannah hasn't been back in four years, but after her first year of teaching she needs the summer break. What she finds is not what she expected. Josh, her brother Ben's best friend, has grown up and, even though he is younger than her, he seems so much older and so good looking. She is not sure what to think or what to do and he seems just as confused. After being stranded and having to wait for the guys to pick her up, Hannah is threatened by three drunks, which starts a series of weird and scary dreams. As she tries to understand them, she only gets more confused until finally Josh is forced to break down and explain himself to her. Shadow of Time is a wonderful mix of romance, history, legend and modern novel. Jen Minkman does a superb job of mixing so many concepts into one book without it seeming overwhelming. Shadow in Time is set near an Indian reservation, so we learn some true Indian history and some Indian legends in this story, but never once is any of that boring or stuffy! It is told in dreams, remembrances and scenes that make perfect sense so that it fits perfectly into the story. Not only that, but there is romance, past lives, curses and coming of age all wrapped into this tale. Three people - Ben, Hannah, and Josh -are at the center of this story, but you don't realize it until closer to the end. It can almost be said this book is a walking advertisement for the idea that people come into your life for a reason because in this story, there are reasons that each person is where they are. Even the grad student, Nick, who seems out of place has a purpose; he gets them all talking about the history of the Navajo and is able to put some perspective on certain things that Hannah and Josh are too close to see at first. That message in the book is classic. This is a great book for young adults and teens, but I can easily say that adults will be able to find the beauty in the story just as well.
sportzmomof5 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I was immersed into the story from first page to the last. The author had an extensive knowledge of the Navajos, using terms and customs from them. The characters were well developed and story flowed perfectly. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Tiff2ful More than 1 year ago
Hannah just wants to relax with her brother Ben after teaching French for a year. When she gets to her brother's place, she catches up with her old friends, Emily and Josh. Josh isn’t the little boy that she remembers and he’s been acting strange around her. While she tries to figure out her feeling for Josh, she is being plagued with nightmares and being followed. She thinks she’s going crazy, but she knows that Josh has something to do with it. Josh has secrets that he wishes Hannah wouldn’t find out about, but he knows it’s impossible to keep things from her. Is Hannah ready to find out the truth? Well she going to find out whether she wants to or not. Sometimes the past won’t stay buried. There were only two things that really bothered me about this book. So the first thing that bothered me was Hannah was a little obsessed with Josh for the first 50 pages. After that she calmed down. Another thing is that it felt kinda like an insta- romance. Josh and Hannah really didn't do anything to get to know each other. Well there was one time, but that didn’t end so great. Other than that.. I loved the book. I loved all the mystery surrounding the book and the dreams. What do they mean? Is she really crazy?? I kind of had a clue about what was gong on, and then I didn't.(does that make sense?) Also it was fascinating reading about the Navajo, their traditions, and how they live. It was pretty exciting stuff. I can’t really say much without giving anything away, but I just want you to know that you need to read this book. It’s like those movies that you watch and at the end it shows you what you missed and you realize that everything made sense all along, although it was a bit confusing at first. It was pretty cool. Overall: A very enjoyable book that has a little bit of the past, present and future. Hannah: She was so awkward, it was funny especially the first time she meets Josh again. I came to care for her, and there was one part of the book where I was sobbing for her. Other than that, she keeps a level head about everything. I mean, even though she thinks she is going crazy and after everything that she learns. She not your typical butt kicking heroine, but she is tough in her own way. Josh: During the whole book his feelings were so all over the place, he gave me whiplash. He is a 17 year old guy that is wise beyond his years. He is pretty well admired for a 17 year old and a lot of people look up to him. He is trying to make a difference at the Rez, like building a school and keeping the kids off drugs. It’s a lot for a 17 yr old, but he handles the weight pretty well. 3.5 Stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Originally posted on my blog Musings on Literature This was a fun, fast read. I had trouble putting it down! I quite enjoyed the unpredictability of the plot. There were several story elements that I haven't seen done, or at least done well, that I really enjoyed. I think that Ms. Minkman did an excellent job of unfolding the intricacies of the story at a good pace. There were a few lulls, where I really wished the characters would simply TALK to each other about what was going on, but in the end their reticence was justified. I am a fan of paranormal themes, and found that while different, I could accept without prejudice the reasoning behind what happened. This was my first encounter with Ms. Minkman's work, but it will not be my last.
Dawson59 More than 1 year ago
Great historical YA read What an unusual work. Why? The author is from the Netherlands. She has never stepped foot on US soil. She has no relatives who are Native Americans, yet she has described the “ways of old” with meticulous detail. This a thrilling story of Hannah, Josh and Ben. Hannah is visiting her brother for the summer and is re-introduced to Josh, her brother’s best friend.  Instead of enjoying a relaxing vacation full of “fun and sun,” she’s thrust into the past lives of Josh and Ben. What she learns could threaten their very existence. She and Josh must put aside their new-found romance in order to unlock the culprits infecting her with terrifying nightmares.  If they fail, all will be lost.   Pros:  1) One of the greatest attributes for the work is how well the story is crafted. I could put it down for say a week, pick it up, and never lost a step. I can’t ever remember saying this about a book unless it was a work of non-fiction. 2) All of the characters are well fleshed out and developed. No problem identifying with any of them 3) Excellent mix of paranormal 4) History. If you’ve never read anything about the Navajo or Dine tribes, this is a real treat. I thoroughly enjoyed how native words were mixed in with the dialog. Very nice.  Cons: 1) A few adverbs used a little too much. Ex: suddenly. Is this a YA Novel? Yes. Is that a reason for us older and more seasoned readers to give it a pass? No. Why? Because, if you have a thirst for history with an engaging story, I assure you, you won’t  be disappointed.  A solid 4.5 stars!
LivresetBiscuits More than 1 year ago
Shadow of Time is a great read. The journey of Hannah's search to find out about her hunting past was captivating. The book kept me interested as Hannah put the pieces of the puzzle together, piece by piece, to understand what was hunting her and it connection to Josh, who is more than just her childhood friend. All the characters in the book were lovable, but Josh's personality is what caught my attention. I actually fell in love with his character. He is honest with his emotions most of the time (except when it comes to Hannah).  He is also depicted as the good guy, the righteous, without being one dimensional which is a trap all good character's fall into. The love story between Hannah and Josh is sweet and some scene actually made me smile happily. The gradual development of their love reflected its depth and its maturity in a fresh fashion. The sister/brother relationship between Hannah and Ben is equality great. Ben is depicted as the solid rock on which Hannah can stand and fight for her sanity and find her past. Another aspect that caught my attention and impressed me tremendously is the setting of the novel. The story happens in the US near a Navajo reserve. The author, Jen Minkman, indicates at the end of the book that she never set foot in North America  Her being able to include many details about the Navajo people and their life and legends without ever visiting is amazing. I am no expert on native Americans  but based on my general culture, I was not able to tell that all these information about the natives came from extensive research if the author have not indicated it herself. Over all, the journey into the legends of the Navajo people and Hannah's adventure was a pleasing read. Recommended if you want a relaxed and easy read.
BittenByBooksRS More than 1 year ago
Hannah Darson was looking forward to spending a relaxing summer with her brother on Lake Powell in Arizona. Their mother’s log cabin had always been a welcome retreat, and Hannah was happy to reconnect with old friends and work on her tan, nothing more strenuous than that. At dinner with her brother, Ben, Hannah was embarrassed to see the young man from the gas station earlier that day—the one that had heard her singing, had spoken directly to her, and had completely addled her—was Ben’s best friend, Josh. Josh Benally carried the weight of many worlds upon his shoulders. He had heavy responsibilities, both in this time and past lives, and he took them very seriously. Seeing Hannah again brought back memories of past times, and he was not sure he was willing to subject himself to heartbreak and loss yet another time. Don’t let the length of the book scare you away. This is a beautiful story, finely crafted, that clearly describes what Hannah and Josh are going through in their journey through this life. Hannah is easy to love; she’s a likeable character that, although she doesn’t understand all that is happening to her, is willing to keep an open mind and trust those around her. Josh is less open—after all, he’s hiding years of secrets and solitude, with no one to confide in but the tribe’s medicine man. I absolutely loved this book; in fact, I couldn’t put it down. Jen Minkman has written a captivating story that will grab your attention and touch your heart. Reviewed at Bitten by Books Paranormal Fiction Review Site by Mary
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many reviewers on here have already said it, but the attention to detail in this story about the Navajo is impressive. Plus the romance really works for me, it was a gradual build-up and I appreciated the slow pace at which the relationship between Hannah and Josh grew, the insecurities she felt because she wants to move out of the friend-zone with Josh (and of course, there's the age difference!) and the way it all worked out in the end. Great book to snuggle up with and lose yourself in.