Walking in the Shadows

Walking in the Shadows

by Cassandra Giovanni, E.S. Tom

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Seconds seem like a lifetime when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.

This is Abigail Martin's nightmare. After her parents become the first victims of a serial killer obsessed with the vampire saga, "Crimson Reign," Abigail does the only thing that she thinks will save her from her parent's fate–she becomes some one else. As Vera MacIntrye, she falls in love with the very handsome Tad Knightley, and then walks into her first day at her new school to see him standing at the front of the classroom. He's every teenage girls fantasy, but as he writes "Mr. Knightley: AP British Literature" across the white board Vera realizes the one person who filled the gaping hole in her heart will soon rip it wide open again.

Vera struggles to adjust to being a 'normal' teenager with very adult responsibilities like paying the rent, buying groceries and making sure that lights stay on, while being drawn time and time again back to her off-limits teacher. What's worse is he is drawn to her too, and their worlds refuse to stay apart when Tad finds Vera screaming in terror in the parking lot after the winter formal. The murderer has struck again and is getting closer to the next target–Vera. Tad will do whatever he can to save her, even if it means losing his dream job, but will it be enough when the murderer is closer than anyone ever thought?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015893274
Publisher: Show n'ot Tell Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 108,319
File size: 308 KB

About the Author

Cassandra Giovanni is an avid writer of young adult novels and can't wait to share her work with you. The genres of her novels include dystopian, paranormal, mystery and romance all aimed at appealing to adults and young adults alike. Her personal goal with her writing is to show the reader the character's stories through their dialogue and actions instead of just telling the reader what is happening. She began writing at a very young age, in fact from the moment she could draw she was telling stories that way. At age seven she won a contest in American Girl Doll to have a chapter she had written published. She stopped writing in high school and started writing again after seeing the movie creation of a book. It inspired her to start writing again and since then it has been something she just can't let go.

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Walking in the Shadows 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
rainsir6 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. Wow! Talk about a crazy and amazing book. It definitely kept me guessing and the ending was truly not what I expected. Abigail is only a senior in high school but has found herself running from a nightmare. Her parents were murdered by a serial killer that is obsessed with a series of vampire books called Crimson Reign. Her parents were murdered when the Crimson Reign movie was released and in order to protect herself she changes her name to Vera and moves to a new town. While she is there she meets a wonderful man named Tad Knightley, a student from the local college, and they fall in love. The only problem is that she doesn't tell him that she is still in high school. All is fine until he graduates and gets a job as a teacher at her school. As if that wasn't enough to deal with it is also time for a new Crimson Reign movie to be released and Vera fears the killer will strike again. Vera also feel that the killer may be getting closer to finding her. This book is full of twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat. I am not a huge fan of horror or thrillers that are too intense so it was great that this book had the romance between Vera and Tad as well as a lot of humorous parts to keep it from being too much. I loved the romance between Vera and Tad. Vera is such a sweet girl and you can't help feel for her and her situation. Tad is exactly what she needs. While I in no way condone any personal relationship between a teacher and a student I was able to overlook their relationship because when they met he was not her teacher and she is already an adult and a senior in high school. I also loved that Tad's last name is Knightley so he is referred to as Mr. Knightley; as in the character from Pride and Prejudice. That made him all the more endearing to me. I hate when I know who the 'bad guy' is from the beginning of the book! In this story the author did a great job of not letting too much slip as far as who the killer was. Because of this I was constantly waiting for the killer to jump from the shadows and shatter Vera's world again. I did not even begin to suspect who the killer might be until the end of the book and even then the motive was a complete surprise. If you want to read a great suspenseful book that isn't too gory or intense this is definitely the book for you. It contains no gore or over the top violence but just enough intensity to get your heart pumping.
M_McRoberts More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book had an interesting premise that really intrigued me. I was interested by the concept of a young teacher who falls for a girl he later finds out is enrolled in the high school at which he was just hired to teach. It was easy for Tad to fall for Vera; she lives alone and supports herself, so he thinks she is in college. Her reality is more complicated and painful than that, though. Her parents were killed by a serial killer fascinated by the hot vampire saga, Crimson Reign, and she is mature beyond her years, due to all she has had to handle over the last two years. I like Miss Giovanni's characterization in this story. Vera is realistic. Her pain and anger and reluctance to trust people make her a complicated character, although I did get a little bit fed up with her pessimism at times. The mystery and suspense was well-developed, and I found myself genuinely interested in the action of the story. An editor did need to take one more trip through this story, though, as there were some fairly minor editting issues, but all editting errors aggravate me. While I could have enjoyed a novel length version of this with more development in places, this novella-sized story was a quick and easy read that I really enjoyed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a cute and quick read. My favorite part was the chemistry between the two main characters, Vera and Tad. There was some back and forth/ on again off again stuff going on between them, which I'm not a fan of, but under the circumstances it was understandable. But, when they were on they were so very cute together. I would've like to have seen more of that, and really more of everything in general. The dialogue between Vera and Tad was great and I really felt their connection but when it came down to the drama I was a little lost. I thought the drama in the book was a little down played. I just didn't feel it when Vera was supposed to be frightened or stressed. Vera was being potentially stalked by a serial killer and I knew she was scared but I just couldn't feel it through the writing. Maybe if there would have been more inner dialogue then I could've started to feel what she was feeling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author of this book gave me a copy to review which i am very thankfull for because i loveing the romance and drama with vera•
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What I think I like best about Giovanni's books, is that she gets the reader right into the story. From page one, you are immersed into the problem and the character's emotions as if you had been along for the ride the entire time. The song "Don't Stand so Close to Me" echoed throughout my mind as I read this book; this forbidden but believable love story. The plot moves the reader from feeling emotionally invloved in the book, to intense curiosity as to what exactly has happened between Vera, her parents, and a murderer on the loose. There are many different tangents the author takes you on, but the most important, is the journey of Vera, her relationship with Tad, and her acceptance to be loved and to love. This story gives hints of romance, but nothing overly inappropriate or offensive to young readers. The scene at the end is for a more mature audience, but I felt the author carried her theme of vampires and the crazy desire to be like them through until the end. Overall, I enjoyed the book. It is not a typical choice for me, as I prefer dystopian and historical fiction, which is why I enjoyed Giovanni's "In Between Seasons" slightly more, but I believe this to be a fun read for young adults and very current topic for teens to relate to. Great job, Giovanni!
Krystalw07 More than 1 year ago
I honestly want to kick myself for waiting so long to read this book because it was so good. I literally starting reading and did not put it down until I was finished, it really was that good. I have to first start off by saying this book reminded me of first a television show, Pretty Little Liars, and then parts of a movie, Scream. At first I was iffy on the whole thing because I didn't know what I had gotten myself into. Was this a sort of fan fiction type thing or, to my happy relief, something completely different? The reason I say it reminded me of Pretty Little Liars is because in the show one of the girls has a relationship with her teacher, just like Vera in the book. The reason it has Scream movie moments was that in the book the murders take place because of a book that was made into a movie, where as in Scream a series of murders were made into a movie, which sparked even more murders. Anyway, despite the book sounding very familiar, it has elements which mixed nicely together and Cassandra really knows how to tell a good story. I love her writing style as it isn't filled with all this none sense that a teenager, even one that acts as grown up as Vera does, wouldn't actually say. It is also great that Vera seemed like a real person instead of this person that you knew could have never existed. For me, the characters felt real and that was just one thing that made this book much better for me. I do have to say though, that there were some moments where I had to put the book down and do a silent scream because honestly it was frustrating, to say the least. I mean, I was never expecting anything to happen between Vera and Tad because let’s face it, even though the age difference is only a few years between them. It is still teacher and student and we all know how that works out in the media. Anyway, there were some steamy moments that I couldn't help but want to go a little further than they did. Call me crazy or whatever but you just can't help it sometimes. lol Seriously, I could tell that Tad didn't want Vera to answer the door any more than I wanted her too. LOL I became so emotional invested in these characters and this book it was unreal. I swear when I finished the book I felt so empty because it was over and I didn't want it to be. All in all, this book was pretty darn awesome. The writing was consistent and the story, for the most part, was original and very entertaining. You fell in love with the characters and went through the emotional rollercoaster along with them. That for me is what makes the books a hit or miss and this one was a definite hit for me. This book also had its moment where you saw a side of someone who has gone through something so horrific and how each of us deals with grief and loss in our own different ways. Where one person cries for days and then is able to get up and move on another person could have a harder time dealing with the loss and end up locking it away inside him or her. For Vera this is what she did and it wasn't until she was able to put to rest what happened to her parents was she able to really begin to open up to people. It really is a heartbreaking but amazing story. I am looking forward to reading Cassandra's other book because I know it will be just as amazing *Disclosure Notice* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my personal and honest review. I was not compensated in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.
ELSACARRION More than 1 year ago
Loved the Beggining, middle and the ending! Title: Walking In The Shadows Author: Cassandra Giovanni Format: 490 epages Genre: YA Contemporary Suspense Romance Cover: Don’t judge the book by the cover Series: No, Stand alone Novel Main Characters: Vera & Tad Losing your parents and having to grow up fast is exactly what happened to Vera. Emancipated to be an adult at 16 with the help of her god parents, Vera starts her new life on her own one step at a time. At 17, she meets and falls in love with Tad or Mr. Knightley at her favorite book store. Vera is not your typical teen; her looks and adult decision making makes her look older than she really is. She forgoes telling people her true age, which brings her more problems than what she already has in her troubled life. Tad Knightley has just graduated college and is ready for his first teaching job. When he arrives to his new high school job, he gets a surprise he didn’t expect. Upset and confused, he confronts Vera and the truth comes out. Tad, a few years older than Vera, is an adult where Vera is still considered underage. Their past will need to stay hidden if they expect Tad to stay out of jail. Vera is torn because she can’t be with him the way she wants and Tad feels the same. Theirs a crazy person killing people based on a movie that involves Vera’s past. Tad, friends, parents, teachers and students are all affected some more than others. At first, when I looked at the cover I was confused about what the link was between the title and the book cover image but after reading the story I got it. On that note, as a reader I hate to say that I judge a book by its cover. I sometimes do and a lot of my purchasing decision making are based on pretty looking book covers. I believe that the cover can be changed to something better, but that’s not here nor there. Great plot enjoyed the story tremendously. Who can truly believe that their relationship was wrong? Love the ending, loved the beginning; loved the middle, and loved all the crazy twist and turns. I loved the entire story!!! I wholeheartedly recommend this to all young and old. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion and review.
sandyemerson More than 1 year ago
This book played with my mind and gave me new meaning to the word 'vampire'. Vera is a girl with a past.  A haunting past that she thought she had left behind her.  She's an independent girl who falls in love with a boy, well, man really, only to discover later that he is her English Teacher.  Unable to resist, even knowing that they could be caught, they continue to date.  You'd think that would be the worst.  But, no.  Vera's past comes back to haunt her in a way she can't imagine when a girl from her school is killed in a 'vampire' style killing. There was something about this book that I really enjoyed - well, several things actually.  I'm a sucker for a good romance and one that seemed star-crossed is my favorite.  Add a psychological thriller type plot to the book and you have me hooked.  Walking in the Shadows had both.  Even though I usually prefer characters to have a loving family, Walking in the Shadows had me appreciating that a character was strong on their own and that the bonds of a family can be developed in different ways.  Vera is close to her boss, who also happens to be her Godmother.  Vera goes to school, has a job (even though I don't think she has to work) and has an apartment of her own.  You'd think that would be unrealistic, but when you read about the reasons why its that way, you'll understand. I really liked the relationship between Vera and Tad.  They were so perfect for each other.  Haha, but I would say that being the hopeless romantic I am.  Tad was someone who wouldn't give up on the girl he had fallen in love with, even if it meant his career.  That's what was so cute about it, while he was not caring, she was.  But the thing that interested me most about Walking in the Shadows was the mysterious, psychological thriller side of it.  It reminded me of a CSI episode.  Who killed the Vera's parents?  Who killed the girl at school and later her boyfriend?  And would Tad arrive to save the day when the killer had Vera in their sights?   The fact that Cassandra had chosen to use a vampire-type killing style in her book was quite inspired.  And the way she tied it in with a vampire movie series know as Crimson Tide even better.  It showed the dark side of fanaticism.  Now, I must admit that I felt that the writing itself wasn't up to the same standard as some of my favorite authors, but I still enjoyed it and judged Walking in the Shadows on its other merits. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a cute romance with the cutting edge of a thriller.
funsiized08 More than 1 year ago
Don't let the cemetery angel freak you out of reading this great book as it almost did to me. Let me tell you how FANTASTIC this book was! I am beyond glad it won in my Goodreads Group of the Month poll. There is suspense, there is mystery and most of all there is romance. The kind of romance that makes you sigh with a little of envy that it's not happening to you and a little bit of awe because you can't believe how strong their love is and a little bit of sadness because you keep thinking that if they don't make it than no one can. You will feel a wide variety of emotions as you read this because it feels like someone just bared their whole soul out to you and your seeing everything that made them happy, sad, angry, everything. I felt like this was Vera. The Vera whose parents were victim to a vicious attack. Vera who had to get up and assume a different identity because the murderer is still at large. Vera the teenager who has almost no one in her life. You want to say "Aww Poor Vera", but she's so strong. She is able to keep a job, able to keep herself clothed, fed, and everything else a parent is supposed to do for a child. She isn't fighting some monster with her super powers but she's getting through one day at a time when most of would have crumbled under the grief of losing both parents at the same time. Of course, she also has Tad to help her through all this. Oh and as you come across Jaz, give her a chance. She's not as bad as you think. :D Cassandra built up such a great mystery in Walking in the Shadows! I had so many suspects as to who it could be that it was driving me a little crazy trying to figure out who the murderer was. I had to suspect the obvious suspects but after some hints and clues I wold have to change my mind and start all over with intent and reason. Sort of felt like I was a detective in a murder case. I'm not going to lie, at some point I suspected everyone. I mean it could be anyone! Even now as I think about it I still chuckle remembering what was going through my head as I tried in vain to narrow it down to one suspect but couldn't. Me complain about how this book was written or the plot or the way it flowed? NO! Cassandra obviously knows how to write one heck of a book and I would not in my sane mind would advise her to change a thing. Not one thing! READ IT! NOW! Such a great book you just have no idea!
Mallory_SupernaturalFan More than 1 year ago
Review of Walking in the Shadows by Cassandra Giovanni 5 stars Reviewed via Young Adult Reads Goodreads Group I reviewed an e-book copy provided by the author, Cassandra Giovanni, via Goodreads Group Young Adult Reads. “Walking in the Shadows” is a multilayered and intriguing YA-oriented novel which copes with some very serious issues. Death, love, social moral code, are just examples. Vera formerly was Abigail Martin, raised in a loving home—until her parents are simultaneously brutally murdered, in an event that is blamed on the novel series and movies, “The Crimson Reign,” concerning two covens of vampires in conflict. Sent into Witness Protection, Vera is legally emancipated as an adult, and lives in an apartment alone, employed by her godmother Kiera, in Amherst (after moving from Western Massachusetts). Still a senior in high school, Vera has met and fallen in love with a University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduate, Tad Knightley. She doesn’t tell him her age, and allows him to conclude she is a university student. That goes up in flames when she discovers he is her new high school British Lit teacher! A new murder in Amherst escalates the already tautly-wound tension, and Tad and Vera find it more difficult every day to keep the secret of their emotional relationship in order to maintain his job status.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago