This is a review on the first three books in the Shadow Falls series by C.C. Hunter. I dived into this series without so much of an expectation and was pleasantly surprised by it.
Kylie Galen is 16 years old and got many issues to face in her daily life. It all starts off with her parents getting a divorce, her having a stalker whom nobody else seem to realize is there, her grandmother’s death and a party where Kylie was and the police found drugs at. Because of her cold mother who never listens Kylie gets sent off to a summer camp for troubled teens called The Shadow Falls Camp. On the bus that would take Kylie and some other teens to the camp she realizes that the teens are somewhat weird. There is a girl dressed all in black, another girl with hair in three different colors and carries a toad with her. Soon Kylie will get to see all her childhood fairytale and goodnight story creatures come to life right in front of her own pair of eyes.
This series feels like a mixture of every fantasy book I have read. There are angels, ghosts, heaven, hell, vampires, weres, witches, faes and many more. Seeing all these mythological, supernatural beings meet and collide in our world as teenagers was an experience worth my time. The excitement does not stop there, there is some triangular love involved too. I will continue on with this series as soon as possible, as always too many books and so little time.
I recommend this book to you if you enjoy some fantasy in your life!!
This book has a really beautiful cover, don’t you think?
I was genuinly thrilled by Blythewood. To be honest I have this fancy for all books that involve boarding schools and magic (dedicated Harry Potter fan here). This story was overwhelming but at the same time not too much, according to me. Something thrilling and exciting was always going on which made sure that you as a reader never managed to put the book down. I had many “oh fudge berries i have to sleep… just one more chapter” moments. There was always some kind of secret about to be relieved and I must say it was very stimulating. I hate reading books where half of it is just rubbish that bore you to death, while you are waiting for the action to start.
Blythewood had me from the first page since it was a very different setting. Through most of the book I never certainly knew in which century the story played until much later. The first time Carol Goodman actually gives you an exact date in the book is *Spoiler alert* where she involves the titanic that sinks on the same day.
Personally I have this eternal grudge against the fact that all Young Adult books must involve some kinda love story, but I was positively surprised by Blythewood. The love story was not intense nor dramatic and didn’t steal the focus. It was a more subtle sweet kinda thing that played at the side of the main story.
Now some may say that Carol Goodman overdid her descriptions alot and made the whole book a bit overdramatical. To be honest, yes, at some parts the descriptions get weird, but she still managed to create this beautiful fantasy world that I found myself lost in for a while.
If you are a big fan of Harry Potter (or books in involvning boarding schools in general), and love fantasy, alternate worlds/dimensions, fairies, MAGIC, shadows and birds then you should read Blythewood 😉