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The Shadow Society (The Shadow Society #1)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,692 ratings  ·  473 reviews
Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy ar
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Steph Sinclair

These days every time I go to pick up another Paranormal Romance I know I'll end up with some form of vampire, werewolf, zombie or ghost. And while there is nothing wrong any of those types of characters, it tends to get a little "tell me something I don't know, would ya?" I wanted something different, creative and imaginative. So when I first discovered The Shadow Society, I was really excited to read a novel that featured an entirely new Paranormal creature: Shades, children of the shadows (ba
The Shadow Society begins on a very clichéd note: hot new guy who our protagonist is immediately attracted to, who invades all her thoughts, and seems to be enchanted by her--the plain Jane. Let's just say I did not have high hopes after this. But fortunately, and as a big relief, things turn around quite drastically once we get over this beginning slump. This is when we find ourselves into a very intriguing and unique premise involving alternate dimensions.

Alternate dimensions are not something
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Actual Rating: 3.5 stars

You know those books that you like, sometimes even really like, though you have no clue why? Those books that, for some reason, you can come up with quite a lot of reasons why you shouldn't like it, but when you are to come up with reasons why you do like it, you're pretty much at a loss for words? The Shadow Society is, for me, one of those books. I don't know why I like it. I sure cou
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Actual rating 3.75
Three words sum up my overall experience with The Shadow Society: I don't know. I didn't know what I was reading and I still am not quite sure. I do know that I didn't like it very much. The plot was uninteresting, the world building was lacking, and the characters were mediocre.

It's about Darcy, a foster child of many, always being returned to the system, always needing a place to belong. Finally she's found a place where she has a home, a school, and friends. The mystery to her is her past --
I began the Shadow Society with some hesitation having seen bloggers, whose opinions I've really grown to appreciate, hadn't been very happy with it. I was aware of the cliched "new guy at school that girl can't stop obsessing over", but I felt that was something that wouldn't bother me, I'd be fine with that. Maybe low expectations paid off again, but this book was really for me. I was completely engrossed in it.

Darcy was abandoned outside a fire station when she was just five years old and ha
Savannah (Books With Bite)
can't begin to tell you how much I love this book. I wish more books like this were published more often, Finally a new idea, something that is not overdone and not copied!!! THANK GOD!

What I loved most about this book, if you have not guessed it by now, is the plot. This is a plot that is well done and beautifully written. It's heart-pounding, exciting, and just pure fun all together. In the story, Darcy is not who she thinks she is. She is something more and once that secret is out, Darcy is

this book started out as a 2 and then worked its way up to a 3.5.
at first, i was unbelievably disappointed by how much i wasn't feeling this book because it's MARIE RUTKOSKI and she's a WRITING QUEEN (see: the winner's curse).
but the book definitely gets better as you go along.
loved the chemistry between darcy and conn (not at first, but as everything else in this book, it improved as time passed).
the writing is sadly a huge step down from the writing in the winner's curse. i suppose marie
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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So many good ideas and golden opportunities were wasted or ignored over the course this supernatural story set in Chicago. I had high hopes for this - I own the first two books in the author's Kronos Chronicles series and have been meaning to get to them for months - but The Shadow Society never lived up to its blurb and my expectations. Promising originality, suspense and intrigue, the book I read delivered nothing of the sort. Instead I got the sa
The romance in this book got me. Maybe I was feeling extra sensitive and emotional whilst reading it, but I just found it plain adorable and actual tears did fall from my eyes at the cuteness. How embarrassing.

I loved Darcy and Conn, the two main characters. They had individual personalities, which were distinct and interesting. Darcy is genuinely funny and endearing, references Sherlock Holmes, loves T.S Eliot and is not constantly swooning and lusting. Seriously, all the YA I have been readin
Let's see. Unsettling love interest - someone who treats you with violence even once is not someone who should be a potential love interest. Unnecessary love triangle. There was no point to it at all. Cardboard characterization. I liked the friends, I did. Oh and three boys in love with one girl? Right. Okay. Review later.
Let me first say that Marie Rutkoski, author of The Shadow Society, sure knows how to set the stage of her novel by starting off with a mother of all hooks. Holy fire hose was that intense!! She really had me from the opening scene, and continued to draw me into her novel with her constant twists and turns. This book had enough fuel to keep me turning the pages at a rapid pace until the final outcome. Very entertaining!

In The Shadow Society, we meet Darcy Jones who is a foster kid that’s jumped
The first book I read from Marie Rutkoski was The Cabinet of Wonders and I instantly loved it. After reading that series I thought I would give another book from this author and I found The Shadow Society and again I liked it. In this story you will meet Darcy Jones who doesn’t remember anything before the day she was found outside a Chicago firehouse, she never felt like she belonged but never imagined she was from an alternate world. This story starts of as a normal day in school but a boy see ...more
Crystal Craig
I finished this book a few days ago but I'm just now getting to write my review. I don't read a lot of Young Adult books, however, this one was a Buddy Read in my book club, Sweeter Reads, and I thought the plot sounded fantastic. I'm so glad I read it. I loved every minute of it. And, now I'm going to recommend it to all of you.
The Shadow Society... I don't know where to start with this book. It's completely different than anything I've ever read. I've never had the pleasure of reading anything with dimensions and Shades. I won't tell you what Shades are because it would ruin all the mystery. I could not wrap my head around what was going on with Darcy and why Conn was interested and yet angry that she was walking around with her friends one day at school.

"Silly. I made myself drop the stylus to the table. You're acti
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My rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes
Shadow Society started off really well, with her saying a knife’s been thrown at her, with her describing this hot mysterious boy… and with her regretting meeting him all the same. Then it was less and less interesting mainly because (a) I’ve read a version of parts of this already, and (b) portions went unexplained.

To my first issue I begin with the buddies. I mean sure they’re an odd ball group of people. While not popular, it’s is in fact their oddness that keeps them from becoming the ones
Petra (Safari Poet)
Such a unique world—I've never read anything like it. I couldn't turn the pages fast enough and at the same time tried not to, so I could prolong the story.

I love that this is a standalone since so many books seems to be part of a series lately (nothing against series, i love them—just an observation), but this is a case where I wished it was the beginning of a series, so I could continue to explore the world Rutkoski created. Then again, the fact that it isn't could be why I enjoyed it even mor

3.5 stars

The Shadow Society actually starts of with a bunch ofclichéd and overused events and ideas. We have this new (hot) guy who's immediately interested in the odd girl. Then they become partners in some sort of project and spend a lot of time together...

But then the guy betrays the girl! And all hell breaks loose.
“How can you interpret the behavior of others when you're a mystery to yourself?”

Like I said, the novel was initially kind of common and boring. What I didn't mention was how the
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I loved this book! I found the plot extremely interesting, and I wanted to learn more and more bout the world Marie Rutkoski created. The paranormal aspect of this book was nothing like I have ever read before, and I enjoyed every moment of it! My only complaint was that some of the scenes were a little slow, and some of the things that happened in the book were predictable. Other than those little things, I really enjoyed this book!

I loved the romance in
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
A signed copy of this novel was won from the publisher. My opinions are my own.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

After reading The Winner's Curseat the first of the year and falling head-over-heels for Marie Rutkoski's beautiful writing style and the beginning of what is sure to be a truly stunning trilogy, I knew I had to make time in my reading schedule for The Shadow Society. I have a signed copy after all. And then I saw that Kristen from My Friends Are Fiction was just
*4.5 stars*
Who am I? And do I dare disturb the universe?
These are the questions that all people - especially young adults, finding their place in a confusing world, ask themselves. But Darcy Jones has more reason to ask them than most. Growing up moving from foster home to foster home, unable to remember the first five years of her life, she's nevertheless fairly happy - she has friends, likes school (especially art class), and her current foster mother, Marsha, has just renewed her stay for a s
Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
The Shadow Society was awesome! Marie Rutkoski took something so simple as the shadow of a person, and created a story that is unlike anything I’ve read. I was taken by surprise by so many parts of the book and found myself so fascinated by it all I just couldn’t stop reading.

At first, I was a little worried when I started reading it because it had an opening that was very similar to many Young Adult titles out today. Girl meets boy, boy shows interest in girl, boy is mysterious, and girl gets c
Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before she was five, when she was abandoned outside a firehouse in Chicago. She’s never really belonged anywhere, but for now, she’s at least content to start the school year with friends. But then Conn shows up, and there’s something about him that makes her feel and want things she never allowed herself to feel and want before—until she finds out that Conn isn’t who she thinks he is. He’s not even from this world—and it turns out that neither is she. As Da ...more
As I have always been fascinated by the possible existence of other dimensions and dimensional splits, The Shadow Society both stimulated and entertained me. When Darcy Jones catches Conn McCrea staring at her on the first day of school, it gives her an ominous feeling. Little does she know that Conn's presence will mean adventure, fear, betrayal and even, love.

Utterly different from anything I've read before, this paranormal romance completely captivated me. The parallel dimension in which most
4 1\2 stars...This book was awesome! I recently read and loved The Winner's Curse, so I immediately looked up more books by Marie Rutkoski to see what else she had. I found The Shadow Society and was hooked from the synopsis.

First, I have to wonder why so many people talk about this book having insta-love. How many times have you ever seen a hot guy and couldn't stop thinking about him? Especially when you were a teenager? I think that is normal. It's not like they both saw each other and fell i
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
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The Shadow Society is 416 pages of pure fun. If you're looking for a unique paranormal fantasy/adventure/romance to read on a rainy day, this is it!

Our protagonist Darcy is a normal girl living an average life until Conn walks into her high school and gives her "the stare". Cue insta-romance. Cliche, I know, but it works. She discovers that she's actually a Shade, a child of the shadows, and was born in an alternate world where Conn has come from to arrest her. Cue awesome adventure. Shades are
Tina (yAdultReview)
Originally posted at yAdult Review.

Darcy Jones is different. An orphan, her countenance and behavior freak out adults and children alike, and Darcy is bounced from foster home to foster home until finally landing with a decent human. She has friends at her suburban high school, and they protect her from the stares of others. Except for Conn McCrea, who shows up one day in Darcy’s English class, glaring like Edward Cullen. He and Darcy are soon set up as partners on a project, and they get close.
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Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society and the children's fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of Wonders, The Celestial Globe and The Jewel of the Kalderash. Her next project is a YA trilogy that begins with The Winner's Curse, which is scheduled to be published in March 2014.

Marie grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the olde
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The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1) The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy, #2) The Cabinet of Wonders (The Kronos Chronicles, #1) Bridge of Snow (Winner's Trilogy, #0.5) The Celestial Globe (The Kronos Chronicles, #2)

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