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.