Review: The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer

Posted April 16, 2013 by Katrina @ Bookish Things in Book Review / 0 Comments

The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer
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The Shadow Girl

Series: Stand Alone
Author: Jennifer Archer
Publish Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of pages: 336
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Source: Won from publisher in a giveaway hosted by goodreads
Book Description:
Sometimes I forget for an hour or two that she’s with me. Sometimes I convince myself that she was only a dream. Or that I’m crazy.

For as long as Lily Winston can remember, she has never been alone. Iris, a shadowy figure who mimics Lily’s movements and whispers in her ear, is with her always—but invisible to the rest of the world. Iris is Lily’s secret.

But when Lily’s father is killed in a tragic accident, his cryptic final words suggest that he and Lily’s mother have been keeping secrets of their own. Suddenly, Iris begins pushing Lily more than ever, possessing her thoughts and urging her to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle her father left behind. As she searches for answers, Lily finds herself drawn to Ty Collier, a mysterious new boy in town. Together, Lily and Ty must untangle a web of deception to discover the truth about her family, Iris . . . and Lily’s own identity

I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed the story line, but I felt like the pacing was a bit off. 

Lily is an ok character.  She’s strong when she needs to be after dealing with her dad’s death.  Her mom seems to have completely gone off the deep end, and Lily has to be the grown up sometimes.  I didn’t like that she automatically trusted Ty. She didn’t know him at all, and was constantly defending him.  She’s also getting mixed up feelings for her BFF Wyatt.  All of this is right after her dad dies.  I mean come on, you don’t start wigging out over who you like days after your father’s funeral.  I did however love Wyatt and his grandma.  They are incredibly sweet and are always there for Lily and her family.  Wyatt is also incredibly loyal to Lily.  Even though she does some crappy things, he sticks by her.  He may have more than friend feelings for her, but he’ll always be there as her best friend.  Now on to Iris, the shadow girl.  I like how passionate she is, but I don’t care for the fact that she’s pushy when she doesn’t need to be.  She’s so focused on her needs, that she completely ignores the needs of everyone else, including Lily.

In some places the pacing was great.  The story flowed easily, but I felt like the last 1/4 of the book was rushed.  It just felt like everything built up for this big thing to happen.  I just didn’t like how it went from slow-going to fast paced events.  I also didn’t care for the some-what love triangle.  The story would have gone along more smoothly without it. 

Even with the things that bothered me, I was engaged with the book.  I think if we would have had a few more glimpses from Iris, and maybe made it a little longer, I would have liked it a lot more.  It would be great if we could see Iris’s childhood in a novella or short story though.
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Katrina @ Bookish Things

About Katrina @ Bookish Things

I'm a mom of two and love to read, listen to music, and rock out at concerts. Sometimes you can find me reading, or writing, in between sets at concerts. I read many genres, and have a TBR mountain.

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