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Eliza's Shadow

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Eliza Gowan's past has come back to hunt her. Since her mother's mysterious disappearance, Eliza has enjoyed a quiet life under the care of her aunt in the sleepy town of Port Rune. But the moment magnetic Ren Alden appears in her high school classroom, Eliza is thrust into the exciting world of magic and the path of danger. Menaced by an otherworldly enemy, Eliza embarks ...more
Paperback, 332 pages
Published May 26th 2012 (first published March 26th 2012)
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Alisa
Mar 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was kind of the typical YA supernatural romance. Eliza is just enjoying another typical day at school when the new boy, Ren, at school affects her in a way that no boy has ever done before. See what I mean- very typical. Thank heavens this is where the typical YA theme ends!
Right after Ren appears Eliza starts to experience weird dreams and begins remembering things about her childhood that she never remembered before. In her dre
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Lanelle
Jun 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: loanable
I give this book a solid 4 stars. It had an engaging beginning with just enough information to capture my attention, but not too much that everything was immediately explained.

I really liked that the main two characters were not perfect as some teenage books tend to be (especially the guys). They each had their strengths and weaknesses.

The plot moved along at a nice pace. I don't remember it dragging at any points; neither did it rush through certain scenes.

And I really liked the ending. It wa
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Melanie
Aug 08, 2012 marked it as to-read
Can't wait to read it and I'm happy to say that I used to work with Catherine!
Gaele
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
In an instant I was drawn into the story without knowing what to expect, and despite some pacing issues and character incongruities, this book did not disappoint. Eliza is a cleverly drawn, quiet, rather somber 16 year old girl, living with her aunt after her mother’s disappearance with no trace some six years earlier. Rather used to being on her own, or quietly passing time with her two friends, she is intelligent and rather sharp witted despite the great loss.

A new boy arrives in school, and
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Sienna Logan (Lost to Books)
I'm am finding it very difficult to form an opinion on what I thought of this book. On one hand there were aspects I enjoyed but on the other hand there were things I didn't and for once I am confused as to what to think.

When reading the description I wasn't sure what to expect, it sounded like a book that would be full of twists, turns and action that involved some kind of paranormal things. In some cases this turned out to be true. The idea and plot that surrounded the story was intriguing and
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Len
Jan 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eliza’s Shadow by Catherine Wittmack is an excellent book with paranormal events. As soon as I read the blurb, I knew right away that I am going to enjoy reading this book. It is a very interesting read from the beginning all the way to the end. This is a book that makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next.

Eliza Gowan is a sixteen year old girl living in Port Rune, Massachusetts with her aunt Jane. When she was ten years old her mother mysteriously disappears one October even
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Jonel Boyko
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
5 big honkin stars. That’s what I’ve got to give this book. 5 big stars. Bolded, underlined, italicized, 72pt font stars.

This is a mellow story. It is the captivating, well written storytelling that keeps you coming back, rather than action sequences stacked end on end. This story is very skillfully told with an amazing cast to round it out. It is an enchanting tale of self discovery and growing up with an enticing supernatural twist.

It is also extremely well written, flowing seamlessly from on
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Linda
Jan 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-magic
I would rate this 3.5 if able. It is very well written, but similar to other readers, felt that at times it was slow or just a little boring. I tried to relate to Eliza and struggled a bit. For someone who is 16 and finds out she is a witch, you would have thought she would be more excited at what she could do. She was very cautious instead. Her childhood could explain that....losing her mom during a hurricane, moving in with an aunt she barely knew, no father, new town, school, life in general. ...more
Austine (NovelKnight)
I love a good YA paranormal romance, which is the first thing I thought of after reading the synopsis for Eliza's Shadow. This book had its ups and downs. The storyline itself was different than what I expected; original enough to keep my interest until the very end. I liked the magic aspect as I'm a sucker for a good witch story. Wittmack also utilizes strong descriptions and her character interactions do well to portray both the characters and the situations they find themselves in. I had no p ...more
Diana Williams
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Eliza's Shadow is a top-notch young-adult story by a talented new writer. The book drew me in immediately by its soulful, loving descriptions of life as experienced through the eyes of young Eliza. By the time the first chapter is finished the reader, along with Eliza, is swept away abruptly from her comfortable nursery-like worldview into a far different and (figuratively and literally) colder place. As the story skillfully weaves together the pieces, melancholy over Eliza's lost past gives way ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
The following review is my opinion and not a paid review. I received a copy of Eliza's Shadow from the author for review.

When Eliza was a girl her mother disappeared under suspicious circumstances. A "neighbor" is called in to take care of Eliza until her mother is found. Eliza always liked and loved the "neighbor" very much. But after Eliza starts having bad dreams the "neighbor" sends her to live with her Aunt. The "neighbor" believes that sending her away is the best thing for Eliza. She has
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Eliza's Shadow is one of those books that takes you by storm. The cover is simple so it leaves it up to the imagination as to what the book is about. The blurb is simple so you think okay this is going to be a cute YA book but let me tell you what you get is so much more! I just could not put the book down because I wanted no I needed to know what was going to happen to the main character Eliza. Lord what happened totally took me by surprise. I mean I knew it was something but what it ended up b ...more
Tiana Lemons
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
When I first saw this book, I fell in love with the front cover. Even the title drew me in. I rad the synopsis and really did fall in love. I started reading and thought "Okay, kinda slow but, I gotta give it time!". When I got to the middle of the book, I only thought of one word that fit it. Pointless. I could not see the point in this story, AT ALL. I would always have to stop reading it to read another one because it just bored the crap out of me. When the cool fighting part came, it only la ...more
Maghon Thomas
What a fun little twist to the witching hour get it?! LOL anyways, this story is a fun read and fast paced, which of course makes me love it! There’s plenty to go around in the genre department. It’s a YA so anyone can grab it, it’s got suspense, it’s got romance, though it’s more like “I want but can’t break the rules” lol, it’s of course got some paranormal, and to top it off, it’s just good!

I love that Eliza is determined and even when she has melt downs and struggles, she keeps on going! She
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Justine
Dec 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
If you have read any of my other reviews, you will know that I love when the cover art ties in nicely with the book like this cover did. I liked the subtle way that it was done. I enjoyed the story- line, I found it to have that hint of mystery all the way up until the end when you find out what has been going on. I found that the middle of the book slowed down, but the ending picked right back up. I liked the p
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Jo-Anna Walker
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Catherine that I've read and I enjoyed it. I agreed to read this book because I love YA novels and anything magical.



Eliza is the main heroine of this story and I like her a lot. She has a good head on her shoulders and is a smart girl. She is also very protective of her aunt and for that, I like her more.



Ren is a very interesting and mysterious person and without giving any spoilers, I'd like to see what's next in store for these two.



The story is equipped with action, ma
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Samantha
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
This book is about a girl named Eliza who discovers she is a witch when a new boy, Ren, comes to her school. You follow her on her journey of learning her powers and dealing with normal life.
I enjoyed this book. The beginning was very good and really drew me in. I like Eliza's character a lot, and she has decent development throughout the story. Her romance with Ren is cute, if a bit confusing at times.
The plot was okay. It seemed a little jumbled in parts with transitions, and the pacing wasn't
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Septima Snape
Jan 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
So I won the ebook version of this book at a giveaway and I'm really happy i did.

But first let's start with things I didn't like:
- insta love: that just never feels real to me ...
- main protagonist sometimes reacted a tiny bit unlogical
- time line was at some points unclear to me, meaning that I grasped the "months later" or "years later" jump very late

That being said:

I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved that book Eliza is meant to learn from. I loved the set-up. I even liked the love s
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Leigh
Feb 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
After her mother's unexplained disappearance, Eliza Gowan went to live with her aunt Jane in Port Rune. Eliza has tried to put the past behind her, but when she meets Ren Alden the nightmares and questions come flooding back. Ren will help her unlock mysteries from the past, and the magic abilities she didn't know she possessed. A dangerous journey awaits them but are they up for the task.

The author did a great job capturing my attention through her vivid details and characters. I enjoyed watchi
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Marsha
Apr 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Wow! Eliza's Shadow by Catherine Wittmack is a really great read. Yes, there were slow spots, as mentioned in some of the earlier reviews, but I found them to be full of details, and I do love the details. I cannot imagine that it would be easy to discover that you are a witch as a teenager when all other witches have been aware since birth. I loved that aspect, and the necessary training that went along with this scenario. I also loved how the characters had to work together to achieve a positi ...more
Susan
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
Catherine pens "Eliza's Shadow" with well written, strong, intriguing story line filled with magickal adventures and strong characters. A nice easy read that you will find hard to put down. Highly recommended for all YA and not so YA readers.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
Erin
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It reminded me of the first time I read Harry Potter. I just walked around the house reading it, not able to put it down. Perfectly descriptive! Awesome magical characters! Really hope there's another one coming. Best book I've read this summer for sure!
Tracey
Nov 21, 2012 rated it liked it
For the genre, it was just okay. The beginning was extremely disjointed - so much so, I felt as though my electronic version was missing some files. It picked up over a few pages, but didn't create a "need to read" desire in me.
Eryn
Nov 25, 2012 rated it liked it
An interesting story, likeable characters, original and engaging. I read all of this book in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed it.
It could have used more depth and detail, and a few times the story was a bit disjointed but still a nice read.
Jill Doran
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Well-written.. I couldn't stop reading.
Marie
Nov 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, review-book
3.5 stars - review to come
Kelly
Decided to DNF at 8%.
Maybe I'm just not in the mood for paranormal, I don't know. I just couldn't get in to this one.
T.L. Zalecki
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I put down Fifty Shades of Grey for this one...which happens to be a much better written book with a more gripping plot! Love it!
Rebecca
Aug 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Such a fun young adult novel, I can't wait to read more about Eliza and Ren.
Megan
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is such a fun read and beautifully written. I am very hopefully there will be more to come from Catherine Wittmack!!
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Catherine Wittmack was raised in Charlotte, NC. She holds a B.A. in English from Villanova University and a M.A. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Northern Iowa. Her debut novel, Eliza's Shadow, was published on Amazon in May 2012. She lives in Charlotte with her husband, Charlie, and two sons, James and Jack.
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