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Shadow Days (Nightshade 0.5)

3.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,355 Ratings  ·  161 Reviews
Shadow Days, told from Shay's perspective, chronicles the days before the start of the New York Times bestselling Nightshade, when Shay is taken away from the friends he loves and forced to live in his uncle Bosqu Mar's mansion, where the gargoyles seem to move, magic seems real, and nothing is as it should be.
ebook, 79 pages
Published October 19th 2010 by Philomel Books
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Jessica Olson
Apr 29, 2016 Jessica Olson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This short story was so good. Shay is my favorite book character, and it was amazing to read a story from his point of view.
Jillian -always aspiring-
Aug 08, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Shay fans (though I doubt many of you exist)
Shelves: novellas, 2011-reads
(Actual Rating: 2.5 stars)

Well, one thing's for certain: even from his own POV, I can't stand Shay. That pretty much sums up my feelings about this novella. If it had been any other character in the Rowan Estate, I would have likely given this story four stars; as it is, with Shay as protagonist, I could not nestle my way into the tale as I would have liked. My opinion about this just goes to show that reader reaction to characters has a lot to do with individual reading experiences.
Laura's Book Addiction
Oct 21, 2010 Laura's Book Addiction rated it it was amazing
Awesome add to the nightshade story still team ren sorry shay
Annie Brewer
Jan 14, 2012 Annie Brewer rated it it was ok
So excuse me while I throw up!!! But this was whore shit!! Okay, first off....I should have read this before Nightshade maybe I would feel differently.....yea I don't think so. But still, I tried to swallow my hatred long enough to stomache this, this ridiculousness!

Secondly, in some instances I felt the slightest sympathy for Shay *puke*....see I can't even type his name without this reaction. I felt sorry for him then hatred is back and I wished he'd died then! Now I know this is h
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
Shadow Days is a short story on Shay’s point of view. This novella was about what happened to Shay before he met Calla. There wasn’t really anything much into it that you won’t know if or when you read Nightshade, well specifically on the idea of the creepiness of Bosque’s house anyway. So I don’t really have anything else to say about it.

I’ve read both Nightshade and Wolfsbane, and now that I’ve read this I’m still on neutral territory over the whole Shay-Calla-Ren relationship.

Shadow Days real
Jul 08, 2011 Lisa rated it liked it
This novella was a quick and easy read. Personally, I wasn't the biggest Shay fan so when I heard this novella was about him I put off reading it. The other day I stumbled across it again and decided to pick it up. While I still prefer Ren to Shay, I was able to learn a little bit more about Shay and he's staring to grow on me.

While I'm sure if I had a Uncle like Bosque I would rebel like crazy, I still felt bad for Shay being under complete control of his uncle. Leaving all his friends behind t
Katieb (MundieMoms)
Nov 07, 2010 Katieb (MundieMoms) rated it really liked it
Shadow Days is a great prequel to Nightshade. Andrea does a brilliant job at introducing us to Shay. Shadow Days starts when Shay receives a phone call from his Uncle, informing him he will be leaving Portland in a few days to move to the Rowan Estate in Vail, CO.

Not too happy about moving his senior year of high school, Shay moves into the Rowan Estate. His only tie to his friends he just left behind is the blog and facebook page they started for him. Andrea did a great job at creeping out, as
Nov 30, 2010 Amber rated it it was amazing
Have you read Nightshade? Well, now it is time to read Shadow Days! It is a novella that is the prequel to Nightshade.

The really cool and special thing about Shadow Days is that it was interactive. In the novella, Shay reaches out to the friends he has made in all of the places he has lived through Facebook and his new blog to help him figure out some of the mysteries of Rowan Estate, especially those that exist in the library. He notices that many of the books he finds in the library have stran
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Shadow Days is a great prequel to Nightshade. Andrea does a brilliant job at introducing us to Shay. Shadow Days starts when Shay receives a phone call from his Uncle, informing him he will be leaving Portland in a few days to move to the Rowan Estate in Vail, CO.

Not too happy about moving his senior year of high school, Shay moves into the Rowan Estate. His only tie to his friends he just left behind is the blog and facebook page they started for him. Andrea did a great job at creeping out, as
Dec 30, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shadow Days is a free prequel novella set the weeks leading up to the beginning of Nightshade. This is Shay's story and I enjoyed reading from his perspective. Shay has just turned 18 when he receives a call from his uncle telling him he has to move from Portland to live in the family estate in Vail, Colorado. Not at all happy about having to leave his friends Shay is dreading making yet another move and having to fit in at a new school for his senior year.

When he arrives at the family estate Sh
Oct 02, 2011 Jenna rated it it was ok
I can’t believe I was able to read this. IT was full of SHAY! SHAY! SHAY! THE title even shouts SHAY! (SHdow+dAYs= SHAY)..because it was SHAY narrating! wow. Anyway, I tried to read without biases and read as a “professional reader” (there’s no other term for it,haha..). I admit that I pitied Shay because he was so alone in that giant freaky mansion, but my pity doesn’t change the fact that I still hate him (note, i pitied him pre-Calla days, when he didn’t yet disrupt the ORIGINAL Ren-Calla lov ...more
May 23, 2012 Navdha rated it really liked it
Shelves: fun-little-read
So I totally enjoy it when there is something from the male protagonist's POV since these YA's have almost everything from the female's POV. It was really good to read how Shay was totally freaked out about moving and his Uncle and the mansion before the whole deal started. I am in the minority for liking Shay and how his character grew in the series. Most people love Ren, it was Ren, right?
So yeah, Shay was brave from the start. You would expect any other person to move or totally freak out bu
Feb 25, 2011 Maja rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
Pointless! That's the only word that can fully describe this book. Completely and utterly POINTLESS!! I did not understand why this book was written at all. It had no connection to the first Nightshade novel. Except for the characters, that is, but that isn't really enought to make the two books seem related. Not one of the things happening in this novella are mention in the first novel, so what's the point really? Besides making me angrier than angry! Argh! I'm frustrated to no end and mad at m ...more
Mairéad (is exploring a floating city)
Thanks GR, for making me delete this review by accident (yet again).

ANYWAYS, retry two.

1.5 Stars at best. [sighs]

Welp, this hasn't really made me want to read the actual series any bit. First I started off liking Shay considerably, despite complaints in other reviews about how such a "d*ck" he is. At first I couldn't see it. Probably because he was first. Eventually it just spiralled downwards to the point I was like NOPE. This is mainly caused by his unhealthy obsession with his un
Michelle Randall
Shadow Days goes back to the beginning of the Nightshade Series and gives us more information on Shay.

It starts with Shay being awoken by a call saying he is moving again, and end at the precise moment of the first book of Nightshade beginning.

He moves into Rowan Estate, hates it, has trouble sleeping, starts a blog, breaks into the library, starts snooping, and all this before school ever starts. It mostly gives you more to fill in on what Shay is really like and he seems much more approachable
Oct 22, 2013 MischaS_ rated it did not like it
Tak aby bylo jasno. Nikdy jsem ho neměla ráda a ani mít ráda nebudu. Díky téhle knize? se mi totátlně znechutil. Přiznávám, že jsem ten konec skoro nečetla, přeskakovala jsem. A ten kluk je ták otravný, jak si kontroluje blogísek, jestli mu nenapsal někdo nějaký komentík... GRRRRRRRR
Carrie Kaut
Nov 11, 2011 Carrie Kaut rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2011
GOD i thought shay was annoying in the book! jesus hes even worse when the book or even a short freakin story takes place from his point of view...GOD i hope Calla chooses Ren cuz if she goes for shay i might just freakin lose it!
Aug 17, 2015 Sana rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
A quirky, fast read, Shadow Days is interesting if one wants to know the roots of Shay's fascination with the library and the urge to rebel. The witty, sarcastic dialog and the overall outlook of him was very welcome.
Feb 08, 2011 Michaela rated it really liked it
I really liked this story. It helped me understand Shay a bit more, though I still like Ren better, I really liked reading from Shay's PoV. This was a great story.:)
May 27, 2011 TheLoupGaroux rated it it was ok
No Ren. No Calla. However, Logan makes an appearance. The rest was Dull. Shay annoys me more now, than he ever did in the first place. uuuggghhh shudder sigh.
May 30, 2011 Michaela rated it really liked it
To be honest it freaked the hell out of me... Not such a good idea to read it in the middle of the night but still I have to say: good job :)
Jan 12, 2013 Melanie rated it it was ok
Not really so enthusiastic to read Nightshade but really put me into the world the Cremer is trying to create. Proper review to come
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
This is a great prequel that I'm sure any Nightshade fan will enjoy. :)
Sep 05, 2015 Claire rated it really liked it
this is a good novella to start the series and I'm glad I read this first.

this gives us a bit of background as to who Shay is. Where he's come from, why he's been moved to the Vail area and just fills in some small questions that arise in the first book.

lots of hints as to what some of the things Shay sees, hears and reads that make sense when reading book one.

not too heavy, well written, and I think makes you look at the character of Shay differently than had you read Nightshade first without
Denis S.N.
Dec 06, 2010 Denis S.N. rated it liked it
Not bad but boring at times.
Mar 14, 2014 Anita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ez egy új késztetés nálam – nem szokásom se előzmény novellákat, se kiegészítő könyvecskéket olvasgatni. Arra van a könyv (vagy a könyvsorozat), hogy kerek legyen. Inkább lustaság, mint az érdeklődés hiánya ez nálam. Mindenesetre úgy alakult, hogy egyre több „fél-könyv” jut el hozzám, így (lassacskán) rájuk szánom magam – mint most. Tulajdonképpen útba esett a trilógia elolvasása előtt.

Érzések, benyomások röviden:

- Sajnálom, hogy ott kellett hagynia a kis családját.
- Szeretném a hatalmas házat.
It was okay, I think I liked this book even more when I finished then when I started because I started to play the Wicked soundtrack in the background. (I read to music) Some of the songs that played to curtain parts of the book actually fit. But what I didn't like of this book was all the random name dropping. Really? Who are these people and why does it matter that I know one of his friends online is named Melissa or Kelly? (view spoiler) ...more
Apr 10, 2011 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shadow Days is the prequel to Nightshade, a book which was released last October. Leading up to the release of Nightshade there was an online promotion centering around Shay’s Facebook page and a series of webisodes chronicling some puzzling events happening at Rowen Estate. I think its so cool that Andrea Cremer wrote a novella based on the events that happened online. It was fun for me to read because I watched all the webisodes and followed what was happening on the Facebook page so now I get ...more
Carmel (Rabid Reads)
May 26, 2011 Carmel (Rabid Reads) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: werewolves
Original Review posted at Rabid Reads:

This novella occurs before Nightshade so if you haven't gotten around to reading the first installment or if you just want a sneak peek into this series, Shadow Days is a great way to go. It's written a little differently though because it's from Shay's perspective instead of Calla's. I enjoyed his POV slightly more than Miss Tor's but not by much. In this novella we get to experience Shay's first impressions of Rowan Estate, his f
Yianna Yiannacou
Dec 30, 2011 Yianna Yiannacou rated it really liked it
The first Novella from Andrea Cremer. It is pretty much a short prequel to Nightshade. It is in the perspective of Shay. His uncle Bosque decided that he will move and live in Rowan Estate. Shay has no choice but to comply. When he says goodbye to his friends, his one friend decides to make him a Facebook page to keep in touch. Shay wasn't one for Social Media, but went along with it anyway. After living in the empty estate was bigger than any building he had ever seen, he started waking up at n ...more
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Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin.

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at
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