The Shadow Thieves (Cronus Chronicles #1)
Oh, it's not the very cute kitten that appears out of nowhere and demands to go home with her. It's not the sudden arrival of her cousin Zee, who believes he's the cause of a mysterious sickness...more
The kids in my life have read it and enjoyed it a...more
I was gripped from the time I read The Shadow Thieves till.... well, now. Eeriness lingers in the air around you while reading the book. Or, is that just me?
Anyways, when my brother first suggested the book to me, I was like, “Ehh. It doesn’t seem like my style of book.” Not s...more
The Shadow Thieves Atheneum Books, 2007, 424 pp, $7.99
Anne Ursu ISBN＃: 978-1-4169-0588-2
You've probably read tons of books where the lives of humankind depend on the heroes. The hero has to go up against the villain, blah, blah, blah, ends up defeating them, and saves everyone's lives. Whoop-de-doo. But not this one. In this one, The Shadow Thieves, it's their afterlives that lay in the hands of Charlotte and Zee, two innocent teenagers,...more
The villain was also a bit cliche, and I would've liked more motive on his part. And charac...more
The humor and wit is soft and subtle, peeking and poking at the characters and their lives. I grew to love Charlotte - she's withdrawn, knows a good lie can go a long way...more
The cover is a bit simple and when I saw it I said to me "This is not a typical YA cover, this does not show nothing about the book and it is so simple, I do not like it but the sypnosis is good enough to give it a chance".
The writing style is ideal for a young adult novel and the book is written in third person with some paragraphs t...more
Enter Charlotte Mielswetzski, unwitting accompli...more
When Zee meets the new English teacher, Mr. Metos, t...more
I recently read Anne Ursu's The Shadow Thieves. This book is about a fourteen year old girl named Charlotte. When Charlotte's cousin, Zee, comes over from England to stay with her because Zee's dad and mom are busy, so they made arrangements for Zee to live there. When Zee arrives in New York to live with his cousin, a mysterious illness occurs in the middle school right when Zee got there. When I read that part of the book I was thinking that it was weird that a mysterious illness su...more
The characters are believable and sympathetic, though I actually foun...more
Generally, this book is not for young adults- it's really innoce...more
Plot-wise, it was tolerable. Not as vibrant, intricate, or detailed as the Percy Jackson series. The characters suffered significantly from the drawn-out pacing, such that neither one of them seemed to have much personality despite actually doing some kinda cool stuff.
The tone irritated me, but it may also be the book's best feature; it reminded me forcibl...more
Pay attention. Watch carefully, now. Look at the sidewalk, there. See that girl - the one with the bright red hair, overstuffed backpack, and aura of grumpiness? That's Charlotte Mielswetski. (Say it with me: Meals-wet-ski. Got it? If not, say it again: Meals. Wet. Sk...more
Anne is also the author of the Cronus Chronicles (Atheneum), a...more