REVIEW: Of Dreams & Shadows – D. S. McKnight

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D. S McKnight
Chick Lit Mystery

We live. We die. Is there anything more? Jenna Barton is about to find out. After moving to the coastal North Carolina town of Parson’s Cove, Jenna has unwittingly stepped into the middle of a mystery involving a missing child. Unfortunately, the predator is still on the loose and Jenna has become his new obsession. With a little luck and a bit of paranormal help, Jenna might survive.

I received a copy of this e-book in exchange for a review and my honest opinion. 

Even though this book probably aimed more at a teen audience, I really liked it! The characters and most of the plot were fairly typical of teenage chick lit, but the characters were very likeable, especially the main character, Jenna. She was authentic, recognisable, and not at all annoying. The supporting cast of characters were equally quirky and fun. Throw in some romance and high-school drama, and you’ve already got the basis of a good read.

Where Of Dreams and Shadows differed was in the paranormal element. Before you turn away in disgust, expecting another vampire or werewolf forbidden love, STOP! There is none of that here. In this story, the paranormal storyline is completely unique, rather than a rewrite of the same old story that so many books are relying on these days. McKnight instead weaves a tale of shadows and history seamlessly into the otherwise unremarkable high-school plot, taking the book from average to compelling.

The darkness is intriguing from the very first page, and the reader is hooked, waiting to find out what really lies in the shadows of the backyard, and how Jenna will overcome it.

If you like a little paranormal mystery in your teen fiction, but you’re sick of vampires and werewolves, this book could be for you. Compelling and unusual, I’m intrigued by the ‘Book 1’ label on the cover – perhaps Jenna and co. will be back, entangled with some other paranormal force in their sleepy little town? If you’re interested in delving into it, you can find a copy on Amazon here

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  • Deborah McKnight

    Annabel – Thanks so much for hosting me and my book! I’m so glad you enjoyed the story and that you connected with the characters. After spending so much time with them, I’ve become quite fond of them – and I’m always thrilled when someone else finds them interesting!

    • Annabel Krantz

      You’re welcome! Thanks so much for sharing your story with me 🙂