The Shadow Girl

The Shadow Girl

by Misty Mount


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Painfully shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia has a problem. Like most teenagers, Zylia feels invisible to the world. She moves through her large family, school, and the world unseen and unnoticed, but unlike other teenagers, it isn't a feeling. Zylia is slowly disappearing from this world. She has no idea how to stop it, and at times, isn't sure she wants to. She stumbles across a family mystery about the disappearance of her great-aunt Angelica and discovers clues to her own situation. Zylia searches for answers about Angelica's disappearance while discovering truths about herself. This coming of age story finds a young girl looking for answers and discovering an unrealized internal strength and her place in this world.

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ISBN-13: 9780997939569
Publisher: Between the Lines Publishing
Publication date: 12/29/2017
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

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The Shadow Girl 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Shadow Girl is about Zylia, a shy, introverted young girl who always seems to be overlooked and ignored by almost everyone in her life, but especially her fellow students. Often she feels the same way around her family as well - it’s almost as if she is not even there. Anyone who has ever been ignored or overlooked can relate to the sense and feeling of being invisible which is expressed well in this book as the author seems to speak from experience. Probably many of us have had this happen at least once in our lives, but Zylia’s experiences are extreme and happen all the time. Zylia is a middle child growing up in a large family. After an introduction to her at age 6, the story shifts to her teenage years. Fortunately, around this time, her life begins to change for the better due to several circumstances - such as changes to her relationship with their live-in grandmother, and the addition of a new friend, Terra. She finally gets an explanation about the visions she has had many times in her life. And, her new friend helps her overcome some of her shyness, which contributes to improvements in her romantic life. The book is well written, with the first part developing Zylia’s character and interactions with her peers and family members. The second half takes a dramatic shift into the telling of how she learns the answers about the visions. Some of these were gained by difficult and sometimes scary trials that she went through. Terra helps her expand her ability to interact with her fellow students, giving her suggestions and encouragement along the way. She proves to be a constant and good friend – something Zylia has never had before. This book will appeal to readers who are interested in human nature, and therefore can enjoy reading about characters dealing with their own personal issues. I heartily recommend this engaging book!
Grymm 4 months ago
This story follows Zylia, a socially awkward girl with a kind heart but terrible anxiety. This is a great story about feeling invisible and unnoticed. Zylia struggles with her place in the world, both physically and literally, and throughout the story we see her work to find her footing. The book literally describes the awkward, socially invisible teenager perfectly; it’s the book for you if you felt you never belonged and looking for a literary connection. I was upset the book had to end. Mount does a wonderful job with her writing, it is well written and you can tell there was care given to the editing. The story flows quite well, and there is a huge amount of intrigue weaved into the writing. Mount’s style is amazing, and this is definitely an author worth your time. She’s created an amazing universe, and I’d love to see what else she has for this world (though she does have another book I haven’t read).
Joc 5 months ago
This is essentially a teen or young adult read but the beauty and complexity of the writing makes it accessible for an older audience too. Written in first person, Zylia is a 13-year-old struggling to be seen and heard in both her home and school environments. She feels like she’s disappearing and often finds her reflection is losing substance. She’s the third child of six living in a household of nine people when you include her aging grandmother who is showing the signs of dementia. Zylia is shy, quiet and compliant. She does her chores before she’s asked, her voice is rarely heard over her more boisterous siblings’ and most of the time it seems as if her youngest sibling, Ivy, is the only one who notices her. School is not much better. She feels like such a non-entity that she’s not even bullied. She’s constantly covered in bruises because of how often she’s knocked out of the way by people who haven’t even seen her. There is a slight paranormal aspect to the novel that is written so cleverly that it could be taken as paranormal or not. The story is beautiful and sad. My heart broke for this young girl and her feelings of being so insubstantial. The pace is consistent for the most part and only just after halfway did I feel that it lagged a bit but fortunately not for long. Zylia’s unfolding courage and her finding her voice with the help of her neighbour in all the chaos of her own family life was an emotional and powerful journey. So many teens could benefit from the realisation that often others feel the way they do and this is a well-written example of that without being didactic or patronising. The paranormal aspect goes a long way to giving the story an engaging plot. Great read. Book received in exchange for an honest review.
Jessica LeVault 5 months ago
Misty Mount took the feeling that most teenage girls have, of being invisible, and turned it into an enrapturing story and was able to play on this common ground to show them how to use it to make the world a better place. She writes with such beauty and great illusionment that you can practically see the life going on in the book and come to understand what true depression and invisibility feels like. With so many climaxes and surprising turns in this emotionally capturing book, it just is not meant to be put down as we travel with Zylia through the whirlwind of anxiety and depression she experiences.
Steve_Wilson 5 months ago
This book is written for a young adult audience and will appeal to most young people as the plot revolves around a thirteen-year-old with an ability to enter the in-between world. The book is quite unique, as well as thought-provoking as Mount designs the characters of Zylia as a lovable teen. You will be drawn to this kind-hearted but lonely girl, as she struggles to unravel the mystery surrounding her gift, which poses the danger of making her disappear forever into the shadows just like her aunt Angelica. It is an easy-read as Mount uses simple language, and the plot flows nicely, so many young adults can relate to the character of Zylia. I liked the way the author dealt with important issues such as self-esteem, loneliness, and bravery in a sensitive way that is easy to comprehend.
EmersonRoseCraig 8 months ago
Zylia is not an ordinary girl. She has always felt herself to be invisible, ignored by those around her, but when she starts disappearing from the world, she realizes just how much danger she is in. To save herself she must unravel an old family mystery and time is running out! I was quickly enraptured by this book. Author Misty Mount does an incredible job of pulling the reader into the world of her characters. I really enjoyed following Zylia on her adventure and felt close with her. The In Between world was mystifying and fascinating. I thought that the plot moved forward nicely keeping me pulled into the story. The cast of characters were all interesting and had a life of their own, and the danger and mystery of the story felt intense and exciting. I greatly enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it!
rokinrev 8 months ago
“As the freezing rain hit me, I could feel the stares of my mother and the mysterious neighbor smoldering on my skin. I longed for invisibility. At times like this, the very curse that plagued me was also my protection.” Zylia, the middle child of a large family is not only dealing with teen angst, she’s disappearing. Her family is also wrapped up in the growing dementia of her grandmother. Her father is slightly disconnected. Her mother escapes into novels, her twin brothers spend their whole lives pushing boundaries. Her oldest sister is into her shallow friends, and her older brother is headed down a path that could lead to self destruction. Her youngest sister seems to be the most grounded one, and she’s just 8! Runa, Zylia’s grandmother, lost a sister when she was young. As she told her, she simply disappeared. However, Zylia seems to trigger Grandmother around her memories of her sister, who looks surprisingly like Zylia. Grandmother can’t really articulate how she feels and becomes so frustrated she ends up hospitalized. Zylia begins a quest to find information about her Great Aunt after feeling as if she is disappearing. Is she going crazy? Is she out to harm herself as some fear? Can she learn enough about everything to help another? Can she make the mark to stay? This was a very hard book for me. I had false starts, but I wouldn’t give up on it. I felt like I was Zylia. I grappled with depression as a kid (and still do as an elder) and watching this book unfold was very uncomfortable for me. In the end, I’m glad to have been asked to read and review this. It has triggers of many types. It may not be a “happily ever after” book, but it is a very hope-filled mystery that will challenge you, no matter where you are in life. Highly Recommended 5/5 [disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed it]
LibrarianJunkie 9 months ago
Creepy and Psychological, The Shadow Girl Is One Interesting Read Not to Be Ignored! Zylia Moss is a lonely pre-teen girl who everyone just brushes aside because she does not have any interesting traits about her to be of note. Everyone that is, except her manic grandmother, who seems to look at her but sees her long-lost sister Angelica who disappeared while Grandmother and her were young girls. Grandmother then goes into a frenzied rage and almost attacks Zylia with a pair of sharp scissors making the Moss family afraid for her and for Zylia and her siblings. Soon, Grandmother is hospitalized and that leaves Zylia feeling guilty as ever. For the remainder of the book, Zylia makes a new friend and notices a strange but distinct girl her age from time to time at school, seeming to mirror her own obscured self. Zylia then discovers that she has a lot in common with her mysterious grand-aunt Angelica in that they both are known to be unnoticeable to those around them and that they are known to be shadows, those who appear and disappear from sight without anyone noticing or caring about at all. I found myself drawn to this creepy, psychological story’s Zylia because I too seem to be like her and Angelica. I think those who always stay in the shadows, away from recognition from their families and contemporaries will find this book to be significance. I also come from a family of many members so Zylia’s family mirrored mine. Their dinners, their affairs, their friends, their doings, all seemed to be in comparison to mine and I was hooked on this book because of that. I liked how Zylia managed to get herself noticed by her family and how she made a friend who was so understanding of her and her dilemmas. I liked her friend Terra because she was not devious and conniving at all. She did not try and keep Zylia from what she wanted and that is a true friend in my book. I hope you get to read this remarkable book at some point in your life. I felt connected to this book because of so many relatable elements in it. I sighed and felt sorry for Zylia in a lot of times throughout the book and I nodded to myself when I came to the parts where she shared her bedroom with her sibling, Ivy, and how her eldest sister was so outgoing and into the usual teenage stuff like boys and makeup and stuff. I also could relate to her older brother when she caught his forbidden act of smoking in his room. That all happens in a huge family and growing up in a huge family myself, I know how it feels like to witness such things among siblings or older adults like your parents or your grandparents and such. As a final thought, the ending is mixed so I’ll leave that up to you to find out for yourself when you decide (you’ll be making a great decision) to buy this book. That is, if you are like me and Zylia, and all those who are shadowed and in the background a lot. Peace and goodwill!
Pegboard 10 months ago
The Shadow Girl, by Misty Mount, focuses on young Zylia as she is first hidden among her siblings. Coming from a large family she feels insignificant and desires to stay unnoticed. She slowly inverts into a girl who is hidden from those around her. When she finds out about the mystery that surrounds her great-aunt Angelina she realizes she is on the same path to disappearing into the shadows too, permanently. An accident gives her the wake up call that shows her the path of her ancestor.   I found The Shadow Girl, by Misty Mount, interesting as this awkward young girl discovers herself. This coming of age novel is painful when the reader remembers their own insecurities of junior high. The story unfolds with hints of clues Zylia needs later on in her quest. There are multiple activities going on in this active family which many readers can relate to. I think those who enjoy a fantasy read will adore this book as much as I have.
Anjesen 10 months ago
The Shadow Girl, by Misty Mount (300 pages, published by Between the Lines Publishing, 2007), is a novel that mixes genre fiction with fantasy and growth. Zyllia is a 13-year-old intelligent, educated, sensitive and very valuable teenager, whose life is moving from virtual invisibility - to feel absolutely ignored by everyone, including most of her siblings, her parents and her schoolmates - to a real immateriality that at the same time endangers its very existence in this world and links its history with that of an enigmatic great-aunt who never knew, and for whose absence the grandmother seems to be going mad. Zylia's language, sometimes plain and direct and sometimes deep and almost poetic, feels very real and close. The pain and loneliness that express his voice and his actions are heartbreaking, without ever becoming pathetic. The story is excellently developed and the author has managed to dose in a very effective and convincing way all the drama, humor and fantasy that shape the path that Zylia must walk through to release her soul, save her life and rediscover herself as part of a family. It seems to me that Misty Mount has perfectly captured the essence of loneliness, and the feelings and thoughts of an introverted and timid teenager, who also happens to be deeply concerned about her family, her friends and those with whom she shares her pain and anguish. I highly recommend this book to parents, siblings and friends of any child, adolescent or young adult who seems to have been removed from the world, or who is going through moments of incomprehension and loneliness. Although I'm almost 40 years old, I could see many faces of my own past self reflected in the character of Zylia.
Anonymous 10 months ago
'The Shadow Girl' by Misty Mount is one of those great Young Adult/Teen novels that transcends age range and could be enjoyed by youngsters and adults alike. This is mainly thanks to a wonderful writing style and an extremely likeable protagonist in 13-year-old Zylia. She is shy, feels awkward in her own skin, struggles to speak up for herself or speak at all for that matter. Zylia feels invisible, but when she actually starts fading, she faces a real struggle to make herself heard and seen, both figuratively and literally. If she doesn't find a way shel may just find herself in the limbo-like 'In-between' world forever. We see the world through Zylia's eyes and she is so endearing and empathetic as a character, I fell in love with her. Many young girls will relate to her struggle finding her place in the world, making this coming of age novel, something really special indeed.
ValeryElias16 11 months ago
As most teenagers experience some level of discontent and angst, so does Zylia in The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount. Except Zylia does it to the extreme, leaving this world for another one, seemingly disappearing at times. The story opens with a young Zylia, just 6 years old, going to the park with her Grandmother, and her two a little bit older siblings. The kids play "house", and when the playtime is over, they leave the park. But Zylia seems to have been left behind, or that is what she thinks. This scene opens up the book nicely, and sets the tone for the rest of the book, as Zylia, now 13, must come to terms with the fact that she is indeed a little different. The author does a great job of setting scenes, you feel you are there experiencing them with the characters, and the characters themselves are well drawn and highly relatable. There is an intriguing mystery contained within these pages as well that moves along the plot, as the other world that Zylia is part of is slowly revealed. The author has created a believable fantasy world, one that serves as a potent reminder that many of us need to escape the real world from time to time. Highly recommend read from this excellent writer.
Grady1GH 11 months ago
‘I know we’re only going on fourteen here, but I have our entire future planned?’ Kansas author Misty Mount published THE SHADOW GIRL in 2017 and has since published at least one other novel. Reading her initial book suggests she will be a continuing presence on the literary front. Approaching the paranormal/science fiction fantasy world can be daunting to many authors, but begin reading Misty’s book and it becomes evident that she is quite at home in this genre. ‘I have always known that I am invisible—even way back then, when it first started to happen. In fact, it goes back even further; in my earliest of memories and for as long as I can remember, the sense of being unnoticed was there. I think it started on a muggy day when I was six years old. I can still feel the excitement as my grandmother poked her nose through the living room drapes and announced that it was dry enough to make a trip to the neighborhood park. It had been raining for nearly a week straight, and I was glad to be free of the stuffy, dim rooms in our old home. It had become my prison that summer, a place where my older siblings would unleash their rainy-day boredom in the form of self-esteem-crushing torment. We had watched as Grandmother pulled out the wagon from the shed and loaded it to the brim with goodies for a picnic lunch. It seemed like an eternity before we were finally following her down the cracked and uneven sidewalk. I was last in line behind my two older siblings as we passed by the familiar row of tall, skinny houses. Each home was built on a thin strip of a lot and looked identical to ours in structure and design. Grandmother had taught me that ours was the one with the black iron letters that read 3386. But I recognized it by the faded blue-gray paint and gaudy wrought iron shutters that overpowered the face of our family home. Blossom Park was four blocks up the street, and—much to my disappointment—had never lived up to its name. There was not a bud, bloom, or flowering shrubbery anywhere to be seen. Instead, the postage-stamp-shaped piece of land was fitted between two brick buildings and flanked by a parking lot on one end and a tall chain-link fence that overlooked an alley on the other. I was happy to be in the sun, nonetheless, even if it did happen to shine down in patchy pools of light over paint-chipped play equipment and a weed-encroached sand pit.’ Misty provides a brief synopsis as a path to where we are entering her world – ‘Shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia has always known she was different. Most teenagers feel unnoticed and unseen, but for Zylia, it's something much worse. She's disappearing from this world and doesn't know how to stop it. At times, she's not sure she wants to. Until she stumbles across a family mystery surrounding the disappearance of her great-aunt Angelica years earlier. During her quest to unravel the mystery, Zylia discovers she's able to cross the boundary and enter the "in between" world. Now, it's up to Zylia to save herself before she's trapped "in between" forever.’ Beautifully written with a style that matches the bizarre (but seemingly credible!) world, THE SHADOW GIRL enters our psyche as we follow her journey.
Virgil Debique More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but right from the start you are drawn in to the life of a young girl. Zylia feels invisible. No one seems to notice her when she's around and you start feel like there is possibly something supernatural going on. The book ended great and it even answered questions that I didn't know I had asked. Everything is tied up nicely and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Excellent read and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys young adult with a hint of mystery and a supernatural feel to it.
AmberK1120 More than 1 year ago
Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. When I started reading this book, I had kind of forgotten what it was about. Has that ever happened to anyone else? You read the synopsis, you’re really excited about it, but by the time you start reading it you seem to have blocked everything out? I’m going to be honest: I love when that happens because I love having minimal knowledge about a book before I start reading it. I enjoy the surprise of discovering everything about the characters and setting without any prior knowledge. Because it was so exciting (and a bit emotional) to experience Zylia’s story as it unfolded on the pages, I want the same for you. I want my review to be vague and I want you to dive into it with only a tiny inkling of what you’re going to get. So these are the things I’ll tell you: Zylia is a really unique character. She finds herself in a very interesting situation that forces her to face a reality she was unprepared for. And you get to watch her transformation throughout the book. As for the plot and setting, you’ve got some typical teen “stuff” mixed with some pretty exciting fantasy elements that keep you guessing. I think it’ll appeal to readers of all ages, and I’d recommend it for fans of young adult/teen reads and fantasy, and books that keep you turning the pages well past your bedtime.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
Zylia Moss is thirteen years old and feels like she is invisible. She is very introverted and tends to avoid situations that would embarrass herself. But people are starting to be surprised that she is around, even if she has been in the area for some time. This is happening with her family too, her mother has been known to not serve her dinner along with the rest of her siblings. The only one that really notices her is her grandmother, the only problem is she has dementia and keeps saying that Zylia resembles her great Aunt Angelica. It seems Angelica disappeared when she was the same age as Zylia but anytime Zylia is around her grandmother, she get upset and accuses Zylia of know where Angelica went. Zylia just thinks that she is disappearing but she learns that she is actually in the process of traveling to an in-between realm. Zylia is going to have to step out of her introverted shell to keep from disappearing like Angelica but maybe she can find some closure for her grandmother at the same time. I loved this story. Zylia is such a wonderful girl yet is so quiet and hesitant that you can hope that she finds her place. I loved following her on this adventure. The story is well written and I felt like I was right next to Zylia in her dynamic family and on her journey. Although this book is about a thirteen year old I think anyone will understand, relate, and cheer Zylia on. I can’t wait to read more from Misty Mount. I received The Shadow Girl from Reads & Reels for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
The Shadow Girl brought on a whirlwind of emotions. I was taken back to those awkward teenage years where I knew I didn’t quite fit in. It was a literal, and metaphorical, expression of loneliness and depression. It was beautiful, sad, and hope inspiring all at once. I loved how I was able to see through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl without feeling like I was reading something meant for a 13-year-old girl. Not to say that this wasn’t suited for that age range, but that the writing was well developed and accurately portrayed the age group without the feeling of immaturity. I was able to relate to this lonely, socially awkward teenaged girl who sometimes felt like she was invisible. I became quite attached to our girl Zylia. She was highly intelligent, and wise beyond her years, and had a kind soul that shined throughout the story! She had a busy home life, a mother desperately trying to care for her grandmother with dementia, and she was one of six children. It’s no wonder she sometimes felt overlooked at home. But, she was also an outcast at school, and often felt like no one noticed her. The story was profoundly deep and emotional. Though Zylia was literally disappearing from the world, it also felt like a metaphorical representation of how one tends to lose themselves to loneliness and depression. The story touched on sadness, bullying, and even the struggles of having a loved one with dementia. I loved how elegantly the writing portrayed these feelings and turned them in to something symbolic with a paranormal mystery. And, even better, the author did an exceptional job with writing Zylia’s deep-seated, abstract dreams, that reflected her thoughts and emotions. This story was powerful and moving. It was written in a way that readers of all ages, middle grade and up, would be able to understand it, appreciate it, and take something beautiful away from it. I was impressed at how much I was affected by such a quick read! I’d definitely recommend it if you are looking for something deep and thought provoking!
Pmbezi More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book!!! Wow. It's an amazing story of a shy girl who tries to battle her way out of the shadows and into the light where she can be noticed by those around her, including her own family. During the process she uncovers a family mystery that threatens her with the same fate. The way the story unfolded was nothing short of genius. It got the detective juices flowing and was a page-turner for sure. The only disappointment was that the story unfortunately had to come to an end. I'm looking forward to reading more from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Shadow Girl as I edited it—the story was riveting, well-written, and perfectly paced. I think readers of all ages can relate to Zylia, especially those of us who were thirteen years old at one time and those who will be thirteen at some point in the future. (I mean, what thirteen-year-old hasn't had at least some awkward moments?) But for some of us, our shy and quiet personalities make us feel a special bond with Zylia, who gets virtually ignored and trampled on almost daily—except for those rare moments when suddenly everyone is looking at the perfectly wrong moment. Yikes. Zylia's invisibility is both a blessing and a curse—if only she could use it to her advantage! And at times she does, but the best part happens when it leads her to solve an old family mystery that's left plaguing her grandmother. Not only does Zylia uncover the answers and make some friends along the way, she searches for and finds herself in the most unexpected of ways. Zylia's story will draw you in and not let go—until the final satisfying words. You may even find yourself checking your reflection in the mirror a few times to make sure you're not disappearing as well!