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Shadow Eyes (Shadow Eyes, #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  90 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Iris thought she could ignore the shadows…until they came after everyone she loved.

Seventeen-year-old Iris Kohl has been able to see both dark and light figures ever since a tragic incident three years ago. The problem is, no one else seems to see them, and even worse…the dark figures terrorize humans, but Iris is powerless to stop them.

Although she’s learned to deal with
Paperback, Second Edition, 328 pages
Published September 2nd 2016 (first published February 2nd 2012)
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Feb 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadow Eyes by Dusty Crabtree

Dusty Crabtree is a new and upcoming author, I was thrilled to read and review her novel Shadow Eyes. The cover, concept and the book description pulled me in and I knew I had to read this. Dusty’s writing is easy to read and her words flowed seamlessly, I truly enjoyed this novel and Dusty’s writing technique. I actually had a few books to read ahead of this book but my mistake was picking it up and taking a look through it, which then caused me not to put it down.
17 year old Iris Kohl could see light beings and shadows since her 14th birthday. Enter a teacher Mr Delaney and a classmate Kyra and the shadows seemed to disappear. My first book by Dusty Crabtree saw me extremely excited with the blurb. I loved the fact that the synopsis promised me that Iris would learn to be a hero.

The book started slow with Iris traversing the landmines of school with studies, shadows and dating. She saw dark beings everywhere, and I understood her feelings of fear and avo
Jennifer Moody
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shadow Eyes by Dusty Crabtree
Publication Date: February 2, 2012

Book Description (taken from

Iris Kohl lives in a world populated by murky shadows that surround, harass, and entice unsuspecting individuals toward evil. But she is the only one who can see them. She’s had this ability to see the shadows, as well as brilliantly glowing light figures, ever since an obscure, tragic incident on her fourteenth birthday three years earlier.

Although she’s learned to cope, the view of her wo
Wendy Hines
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Crabtree's debut will keep you up late immersed in a world of secrets, shadows and mystery. Not only are the characters modern and realistic, but they are bright, unique and palpable. What drove me to keep turning the pages beyond the great writing and characters, though, is the purpose of discovering what happened to Iris in her past to give her this rare affinity to see the shadows.

How Iris adjusts her life with the shadows, the glowing light figures and the addition of peer pressure is a test
Nov 05, 2012 added it
First off I am going to refer to Iris as Doe-Eyes, Josh as Jerk-Face, and Patrick as Stupid in this review. Secondly I'm going to be doing ALOT of screaming. And thirdly? Well I'm not bothering with a summery since I feel the author did a brilliant job with that.

Iris aka Doe-Eyes made for an interesting and funny protagonist. While sometimes I wanted to slap her (as I'll mention over and over again in my review) she was real and she had emotion. I really liked that about her.

So lets start at th
Katrina Hucks
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though Dusty is a new author, she understands how to capture and captivate her audience until the end. She digs deep into the personal life of Iris, a not-so-average high schooler who can see shadows. She watches other students spiral into bad decision after bad decision and knows the shadows are to blame. In order to ensure that they don't come after everyone she loves, she has to revisit the traumatic experience that changed her life forever.

It really hit home for me, because I have been throu
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, if you saw my Sunday Salon guest post from Dusty Crabtree, at the very end you will have noted that I stayed up until after 2:00 am last night to finish Shadow Eyes. I simply could not put this debut book down, even though I will admit I was tired and so ready to go to sleep. I just had to find out what was going to happen to Iris and her family, not to mention everyone else who was constantly affected by these spooky, evil shadows that Iris was seeing. Of course, we don't actually have al ...more
Alex (Briennai)
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book had some of the most realistic YA fantasy characters that I have ever read. I am used to YA characters either acting a lot younger or a lot older than their age because of adult authors writing them. Crabtree gets the seventeen-year-old lifestyle just right! Once I started relating to the characters on a deeper level, I knew I would love this book. And love it I did.

Iris had been seeing shadows for years, but she wasn't some sort of instant hero. She wasn't trying to take on the shadow
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
2.5 stars in rating

This review will be kind of hard for me to do because I am a bit conflicted as to what to say. This book was not bad but it was very slow in its pace. When I had read about 80 % of the book it was like I was still in the beginning. No questions were answered and nothing had really happened in the story.
Right from the start of the book we get to know Iris has been through some big trauma and because of it she sees shadows and light figures. When 80 % of the book is read I still
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Review posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Is it me or paranormal is back on track these days. Recently I've received few request for reading paranormal stories and it's nice to see these around. But let me present you this one.

Shadow Eyes is a story about a girl - Iris. I guess you already assume that her name has something to do with her eyes and it does. She has a beautiful violet eyes. It's not only that they're unusual, which they are, it's also that it brings something into her life. The story has i
My rating 3.5 Stars

This book kept me awake, reading way past my normal bedtime. The protagonist is clever, funny, and speaks with a compelling voice that drew me in to her story. Three years earlier, on Iris’s 14th birthday, there was a devastating event. When she awoke in the hospital, her life changed as suddenly she could see the evil at work in the world, represented by shadowy forms that clung to the living. Bright light forms also became visible only to her. Fewer in number, the light form
Liz DeJesus
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book. Engaging and very imaginative. I had a hard time putting it down once the story began to get interesting. I kept wondering what was going to happen to poor Iris and her family. Can't wait for the sequel!!
Brooke Banks
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Jan 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Both this review and a giveaway can be found here.

Iris Kohl has the ability to see shadows. They lurk around unsuspecting people, encouraging them to break the rules, pushing some of them to the point where they do things truly evil. Iris struggles with it, but she does her best to be normal. And it's kind of going OK until shadows start hanging around her crush and he becomes less like the sweet boy he was. And that's just the beginning. There's the new teacher who somehow brings light and scar
Jul 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received Shadow Eyes in return for an honest review from the author. Iris’s life changed three years early when she developed the ability to see shadows and light. The shadows are these black creatures that attack themselves to people causing them to do bad things. She’s learned to deal with the shadows over the last three years avoiding places where they are stronger feeling safe at home. Iris has dreams that feel real, telling her things about the future. However this year is planning to cha ...more
Marilyn Phillips
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from Musa Publishing in exchange for an honest review. To start, I would like to say that Dusty has a nice writing style. Her description of the characters, places and events makes it easy for the reader to picture what is going on in the story and become captivated by the mystery.

So, to the tale… When Iris Kohl was fourteen, something tragic occurred in her life which allows her to see shadows - dark forms which cling to the living and inspire evil thoughts and be
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Jul 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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So this book is a pretty good read, mostly because the author did a really good job with build up. They author did a good job from very early on in the book to make sure the reader was emotionally involved in the book, as well as keeping the suspense pretty high. It's one of those books where you really want to keep reading so you can find out what is going to happen to next, while the whole time trying to piece everyt
Jill Swanson-Diaz
What a fabulous debut novel for Dusty! She is a promising up and coming author and her writing flows wonderfully. Shadow Eyes is a captivating and exciting story fit for any reader.
This book kept me up! The plot and characters were so compelling, I just had to find out what was going to happen. You know a book is well written and all around great if you can't stop reading until you reach the end.
Shadow Eyes is full of mystery and constant guessing. I had a million and one questions buzzing throu
Aug 03, 2012 rated it liked it
This book really caught me off guard a number of times. Just when I thought I had gotten a handle on what was going to happen or what was going on I was thrown a curve ball. Once I started reading this one I couldn't put it down because I just had to find out what the deal was and how everything was going to turn out.

I think the summary is pretty detailed and accurate, so I am going to jump right into my thoughts on this one. I really like every single on of the characters (good and bad). The bo
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I was asked by the author to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Shadow Eyes by Dusty Crabtree introduces an interesting premise: Iris Kohl, a teenager, has a creepy secret-- she can see shadows around people, particularly when they are tempted to do something evil. She has not told anyone this secret because people would think she was crazy, right? The rest of the book is about figuring out what all of this means.

What I liked: the premise is good and the protagonist is overall engag
Kaitlin Bevis
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shadow Eyes reminded me of books like this present darkness and piercing the darkness. There's angels and demons and they are intimately involved in the day to day struggles of human morals. Everyone struggles with right and wrong, but Iris Kohl understands that struggle more than most. When characters in her world consider making unwise decisions she sees shadows appear around them. Sometimes she sees light figures giving guidance and driving the shadows away. When a new teacher and two mysteri ...more
Edith Brown
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written, thought provoking and inspirational. I thought it was an excellent read for a brand new author! Although, it is written for teens it is a book most anyone would enjoy.
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
sounds awesome and i love the cover...
Leigh Holland
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shadow Eyes (Shadow Eyes Series 1) by Dusty Crabtree, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2nd Edition, 328 pages, June 27th, 2016, Genre: Paranormal and Urban, Young Adult. Warning: May Contain Spoilers.
Review by Leigh Holland.
“Shadow Eyes” is a story about good versus evil. It’s also a story about feeling imprisoned by false feelings of helplessness and inadequacy, feelings each of us has had at some point in our lives, particularly during our teenage years. It has been said, “The on
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
For 3 years, Iris has been able to see shadows, lurking around the school, around her family, they cause mayhem to people she cares about and she's too scared to say anything. She's seen them in action when she hears of an accident, but her fear doesn't know what to do about them. She's met a great guy in Patrick, if he's a little odd at times, it doesn't beat out how amazing a person he is. She's also made a great friend in Kyra, she's a caring friend who only wants the best for Iris. It seems ...more
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Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
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First of all look at that cover, compelling right? I was really intrigued by the cover it was part of saying yes, shows you how important the graphics are on a book. It plays a big role first impressions and all. So the book is about a girl can see black and white shadows. The black shadows are like negative feelings and bad things happen when they are around. And the white shadows is this positivity that shows the "light" in the situation. Iris( the main girl) she is afraid of them but learned ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was ok
The overall word I’d choose for this book: flat.

The concept is intriguing and the ideas seem to be interesting. However, reading this book was a bit like watching a five hour documentary on what lead to the civil war; boring, uneventful, and you know all the real action is at the end with a very decisive outcome.

The writing is very flat. The main character is whiny, spineless, and annoying. Not to mention the very real lack of chemistry between the main character and literally anyone else. The
Dax Munro
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Iris has seen shadows for the past three years of her life and since then, her life has been one dramatic train-wreck after another. The story starts off in a mysterious way, having the reader question why Iris hates her own birthday. What could possibly be that bad?

The presence of light figures as well as shadows gives the reader a sense of good vs evil. While it made for an intriguing concept, I have read several books very similar to this one.
What was refreshing about Iris' character was her
Sarah Greenwood
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book about angels. You, along with Iris, might not know they are there to begin with as dark shadows are what she sees first but there has to be balance to everything so light is on its way.

Iris has struggled with a gift that was awoken within her at a dark time in her past. From the moment she opened her eyes the first time to see shadows lurking around those she loved she was scared. She has been afraid of them ever since and has no
Salla (Books Told Me So)
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This book is something that will definitely spark a lot of conversation if it would be picked up by a book club. I had many issues with the characters, their views and values, and the way they bring them up. But still, for some reason, I cannot say that I disliked the book at all.
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Dusty Crabtree loves a good story, but she also loves young people. These two loves are evident in all parts of her life. She has been a high school English teacher since 2006 and a creative writing teacher since 2014. She's also been a youth sponsor at her local church for as long as she's been teaching. She feels very blessed with the amazing opportunities she has to develop meaningful relations ...more