Title: Shades of
Author: Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon
Publisher: Blink / Zonderkidz
Genre: YA fantasy romance /Christian
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Rating: 5 stars
Synopsis: After cheating death, Veronica Welling is determined to savor every moment in her idyllic kingdom with both her true love and best friend by her side at last. At the same time, Mackenna Reid is enthusiastically building her new life and a theater with her prince. But just as their dreams of happiness are within reach, the world Vee and Kenna have chosen is ripped away, leaving them to face their most horrific challenge yet—their old lives.
Thrust out of
Doon, the best friends are
confronted with tormentors from their past and no way to return to their
adopted land. When the MacCrae brothers rush to their rescue, the girls’
situation turns from nightmare to modern-day fairy tale. But their happiness
could be short lived: unbeknownst to them, someone in their closest circle is
aiding the witch of Doon in her bid to destroy the kingdom once and
My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
As soon as I saw the third book was offered through BookLook blogger program, I squealed. It’s out, it’s out!!!! This has become one of my favorite series, but of course, I couldn’t wait for it. This has become the hardest book for me to get apparently. I went to NetGalley and requested it. And was denied. WHAT?! Okay, Kristin, take a deep breath, its not the end of the world. I have the other two in hardback, so I figured, I will just request it through BookLook Bloggers and get it in hardback, along with the others I have. I did that, and three weeks later…I ended up with the wrong book. They shipped the wrong book! I called them and emailed them, they said, okay, we will ship you out the real one. Over a week later and I still haven’t gotten the book. I couldn’t wait anymore. I requested the ebook from BookLook Bloggers, and immediately downloaded it and started reading it Friday night at 7PM. By on Saturday, and a full day of work Saturday, it was finished.
Wow, and it was so worth it! Absolutely amazing book! This book, while dealing with the overarching storyline of the Witch of Doon coming back and destroying
Doon, also dealt nicely with
Mackenna’s sense of belonging, either in Doon or in the
modern world. While that is wrapped up nicely, Veronica is also learning her
own lessons about independence versus the need for others’ support versus
co-dependence. As a very small, side story, we also see Veronica’s dad finally
and the storyline with him. It seems like a very busy book, but the authors do
such an incredible job of keeping all the different threads separate, and yet
intermingling them in such a way that it weaves into a beautiful, amazing
tapestry of fantasy, young adult, and yes, even Christianity. With the
Christianity, it could probably relate to any religion, as the Christian God is
not named, just a benevolent Being or God.
I really enjoyed how Veronica was able to grow in this book, and not to remain as the stagnant girl-Queen we have seen, she is forced into looking at some very hard lessons, and evolves into a beautiful young, compassionate ruler. At the same time, Mackenna has some hard decisions in front of her….modern day Broadway, which has been her life since she was little, or
Doon, where the love of her life and best friend are.
Suspense, magic, heartbreak, action…they are all in this book, and it drives the plot along at almost superhuman speed. And the end….cliffhanger….OMG…..I need the next book. Like need it with my next breath.