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Walking in the Shadows

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  115 Ratings  ·  65 Reviews
Seconds seem like a lifetime when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.

This is Abigail Martin’s nightmare. After her parents become the first vic
Mass Market Paperback, 358 pages
Published October 31st 2012 by Show n'ot Tell Publishing (first published October 27th 2012)
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Cassandra Giovanni
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: i-wrote-this
I am currently editing this book for print. The release date is in October, specific date to be determined.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Having read In Between Seasons by Cassandra Giovanni a while back, I was eager to see what more she had in store with Walking in the Shadows. Let me tell you, this was not as good as IBS. It was better. Giovanni has emerged again, this time with a (dare I say it) more compelling romance, an intriguing plotline, and a story that is overall much more well—rounded.

Abigail Martin is a girl who now spends her life as Vera MacIntyre under the witness protection programme. With her parents murdered by
Krystal Willingham
Aug 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I honestly want to kick myself for waiting so long to read this book because it was so good. I literally starting reading and did not put it down until I was finished, it really was that good.

I have to first start off by saying this book reminded me of first a television show, Pretty Little Liars, and then parts of a movie, Scream. At first I was iffy on the whole thing because I didn't know what I had gotten myself into. Was this a sort of fan fiction type thing or, to my happy relief, somethin
Candace Knoebel
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Walking in the Shadows was a very good story! I highly recommend this to anyone who loves a timeless tale of love and loss. The book is full of words of wisdom. From the beginning you are thrust into a passionate relationship between Tad and Vera (Abigail). But there is one major problem that threatens to keep them apart. Tad is Vera's English teacher.

Throughout the story, you watch them both struggle to keep their feelings locked up and secret. It's not easy for them to do because the love the
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This review can also be found on Living for the Books

Actual rating: 3.5

I don't think I've ever read about book about a student teacher relationship so as far as that goes I don't have much experience reading about them. I actually really enjoyed reading about Vera and Tad's relationship even though I thought it was a little too much for me at times. I guess that was because you didn't get to see them fall in love, you just saw them already in love.

So going into this book I had expected more myst
Dec 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
I had prepared myself for a paranormal book since the summary mentioned “vampire” but what I read was so much more.

Vera is a senior and has moved to a new town after the murder of her parents. From the jump I noticed Vera is not your “damsel in distress” type; this girl is strong, independent and intelligent. Her love interest, Mr. Knightley (Tad) is her English Lit. teacher, yes sounds a little creepy, right? Wasn’t at all since Vera is 18 a senior and Tad is just a couple years older. I appre
Dec 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Ok, I was a bit apprehensive on whether I was going to like this book or not. During the first pages, I thought it was going SO well. I enjoyed how Vera and Tad was presented to us. How it started with this problematic relationship between them and we had no idea of why. Then, the story was explained, in a very good way in my opinion. Tad is a British Lit Teacher at the school Vera goes to. We find out he did not know she went there and she was a bit scared of having to see him as a teacher.

Dec 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book!

This was a book about a girl living in fear and trying to overcome the murder of her parents. She meets a guy and falls in love, but the relationship gets a little doomed when she finds out he is her new teacher. Nothing can stop the feelings they have for one another so while they are struggling to hide their relationship, the killer is right under their noses causing all sorts of ruckous again.

This story had a little of every type of emotion in it. You could feel everyt
Jessica Tornese
Feb 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
What I think I like best about Giovanni's books, is that she gets the reader right into the story. From page one, you are immersed into the problem and the character's emotions as if you had been along for the ride the entire time. The song "Don't Stand so Close to Me" echoed throughout my mind as I read this book; this forbidden but believable love story.
The plot moves the reader from feeling emotionally invloved in the book, to intense curiosity as to what exactly has happened between Vera, he
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I have so many good things to say about this book!

1. You like young adult romance
2. You aren't in high school anymore (continue reading for my explanation of this one)
3. You love a good mystery (honestly, it's more mystery than romance, but still a love story nonetheless)

This book starts out a little differently than most - rather than telling you how two people meet and fall in love (and having the story be about their new romance), this book throws you in. Literally dump
Bonny Bon Bon
May 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, good, r2r
Firstly I'd like to thank Cassandra Giovanni for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed reading this book however i would have like the epilogue to have shown a little more into the future and let me know a few unanswered questions (view spoiler) but this book is by far one of the better ones thatblet us know most of the end r
Mar 06, 2013 rated it liked it
First and foremost, the summary for this story rocks. It completely captured me and lured me in, like a siren ensnaring her prey… Just listen:

Seconds seem like a lifetime when the life you lived is slowly drained out of you by those who care not what you felt, hoped, or dreamed. When the darkness comes it is all-consuming; there is no light and there is no pain. It is the never-ending loss of hope that now consumes me as I die in his arms.

This is Abigail Martin’s nightmare. After her parents bec
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Having read Cassandra's debut novel In Between Seasons I must point out I feel like this book showed a different style of writing and she can definitely pull of both! In her debut novel she told the story of Kate and Hunter through dialogue. In Walking she tells the story in a completely different way and after reading her first novel I had felt she could only get better as an author and I was completely right! I absolutely loved Walking! Thi
L.j. Duett
Aug 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
A few months back, Ms. Giovanni kindly allowed me to interview her with ten questions. Why do I mention this? Because during that interview I learned quite a few interesting facts about this particular author. One of those facts is that Ms. Giovanni likes to dabble in photography. Why mention this? Because you get three guesses as to where this lovely book cover came from. Let me warn you that the first two guesses don't count.

As for the book itself. I'm not normally one that likes books that f
Elsa Carrion
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: Walking In The Shadows
Author: Cassandra Giovanni
Format: 490 epages
Genre: YA Contemporary Suspense Romance
Cover: Don’t judge the book by the cover
Series: No, Stand alone Novel
Main Characters: Vera & Tad

Losing your parents and having to grow up fast is exactly what happened to Vera. Emancipated to be an adult at 16 with the help of her god parents, Vera starts her new life on her own one step at a time. At 17, she meets and falls in love with Tad or Mr. Knightley at her favorite book s
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wow! Talk about a crazy and amazing book. It definitely kept me guessing and the ending was truly not what I expected.
Abigail is only a senior in high school but has found herself running from a nightmare. Her parents were murdered by a serial killer that is obsessed with a series of vampire books called Crimson Reign. Her parents were murdered when the Crimson Reign movie was released and in order to protect herself she changes her name
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
I was half way through with this book in the morning, then I ate lunch, finished the book, went shopping for some school supplies, and now I’m here writing this review. Honestly I was not expecting to like this book, but it was amazing, and the characters almost felt real at times.


Vera- also known as Abigail Martin- parents have died, with evidence it may have been vampires. But vampires aren’t real, so this could be a cult..? She’s nervous that the killer is coming for her next, and she
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I couldn't help it, I am posting my review on GR earlier than on my blog.

Don't let the cemetery angel freak you out of reading this great book as it almost did to me.
Let me tell you how FANTASTIC this book was!

I am beyond glad it won in my Goodreads Group of the Month poll. There is suspense, there is mystery and most of all there is romance. The kind of romance that makes you sigh with a little of envy that it's not happening to you and a little bit of awe because you can't believe how strong t
Tracey (Life and Literature)
Following the horrific murder of both of her parents by a serial killer who has become obsessed with the vampire saga "Crimson Reign" Abigail Martin is placed in the witness protection program under the assumed name and identity Vera MacIntrye. Bearing the burden of not only the grief of her parents death but also the now very real adult responsibilities of holding down a job and supporting herself. It's then that she meets gorgeous Tad Knightly, who manages to fill the void in her heart. But Ve ...more
Zakirrah BookBlogger
*I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I didn't know what i would make of this book but wanted to give it a shot and I'm glad I did!

3.5 stars!!



The book gets straight to it and we find out about Vera and Mr Knightley's relationship! Vera meets Tad when she moves to a new place trying to get away from her past.Little do they know that he will be her new English teacher and she will be his student!

“They didn't understand, for we were Shakes
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Vera, previously known as Abbi leaves her home after her parents are murdered by a serial killer obsessed with a vampire saga. During the summer before her senior year of High school, Abbi meets Tad. Mr. Perfect for her ,and they fall in love. Tad is a college student who assumes she is also in college. Something she never clarifies. Since their relationship is rated pg, things seems acceptable until Abbies first day of school, at her new school under witness protection. English class becomes so ...more
Francesca Dell
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2r, stand-alones
Walking in the Shadows is a powerful book about a girl who has had her whole life turned upside down by the death or her parents. Unfortunately, her parents were murdered and now the murderer wants her.

Abigail Martin has to move across the country and change her name to Vera MacIntyre. She then meets Tad Knightley and they fall in love, unfortunately for them it is revealed that Tad is Vera's teacher at her new school.

This story opens in an interesting way showing Tad being very mad at Vera bu
Nagwa Kureshi
Dec 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
First of all I'd like to commend the author on such a fresh take on the whole Vampire YA genre! I received the book from the author for an honest review. Here goes!

Very very unique writing style. It's almost as if I was witnessing the conversations and understanding all that was going on!! This is only the second book where I found myself anticipating the conversations with the curiosity of a two year old. :)
As the story unfolds at its constant, comfortable pace (Read: What's-gonna-happen-next?!
Nov 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Walking in the Shadows is a powerful book. It is about many different things. At first you could think of it primarily as a type of forbidden love story. But on the other hand you can think of it primarily as an epic and unique murder mystery thriller. And finally you can think of it as a very moving and sad yet beautiful coming of age story. I enjoyed Walking in the Shadows a lot.

Vera is such a lovely girl. I felt such pain for what she had to go through. Because of events in her past, she has
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Walking in Shadows:
I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review:

Walking in Shadows is the story of a high school senior, Vera Macintyre who is hiding from a killer that took both of her parents due to the vampire novels “Crimson Reign” two years ago. Hiding on the other side of the state living in fear her past will come and find her. Vera is not a typical teenager; she has responsibilities like paying rent since she decided to have herself emancipated and her name changed
Kirsty Vizard
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
'Walking in the Shadows' is ultimately a beautiful but difficult love story, which Cassandra Giovanni handles with sensitivity and tact. Underlying the love story is the fact that that Vera's parents have been killed under suspicious circumstances, with apparent 'bite' marks to the neck, and drained of blood.
Cassandra Giovanni makes an interesting statement upon social media throughout her novel through the suggestion that the vampire murders are connected to the book series and film release of
Brenda Roberson
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
WALKING IN THE SHADOWS is about many different things. It could be thought of as a forbidden love story or as an epic and unique murder mystery thriller. But yet you can also think of it as a very moving, sad and beautiful coming of age story. I thought of it as all of these venues.

Vera MacIntyre, whose real name is Abigail Martin, is a lovely girl even though she went through some very painful things. The events in her past kept her walled off from everyone. But yet Vera is very stubborn. She r
March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to March Shoggoth Madness by: Making Connections
Review of Walking in the Shadows by Cassandra Giovanni
5 stars
Reviewed via Young Adult Reads Goodreads Group

I reviewed an e-book copy provided by the author, Cassandra Giovanni, via Goodreads Group Young Adult Reads.

“Walking in the Shadows” is a multilayered and intriguing YA-oriented novel which copes with some very serious issues. Death, love, social moral code, are just examples. Vera formerly was Abigail Martin, raised in a loving home—until her parents are simultaneously brutally murdered, i
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
Note: I received this book directly from the author for an honest review.

I found this book amazing. I started it fairly late at night just to get a feel for, planning to finish it the following day. I ended up staying up until two am. I only went to bed because I happened to have a final the next day.

The characters were great. I was easily able to relate to Vera/Abbi. I found the teacher/student relationship kinda "Pretty Little Liars," but Giovannni did better with that scenario than Shephard--
Selina Liaw
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Its another great book from Cassandra.
Definitely a page turner.
The fictional Crimson Reign in Cassandra's world is like the Twilight Series in out world.
Its funny to see the majority of the female species in "Walking In The Shadows" are crazy for Crimson Reign, just like our crazy die-hard Twilight fans!
The way she describes Tad Knightley makes me soft, as in *long sigh*
I admire the way Vera/ Abigail carry on with her life even though it sucks like hell cause her parents were murdered by sick ps
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“I am threatened by the resolve that you are my soul. You are my being, you are every breath I take, you are my home, you are my sweet sin.” 9 likes
“All that guides me is fear,
And all that finds me is loss
Death defines which paths I cross
It is within the shadows that I stumble
And I am desperate without a voice
Here I am threatened by the resolve that you are
my soul
But if my lies are the path that I have to wander
because there is no choice
Will you love me still?
In the darkness of the night when I wish to do
nothing more than take flight?
Will you hold me to this plane and ease the
suffering and pain?
When all you know is the truth
And all they see is the lies
Will I be the one you find, or the one you leave
Alone may be the only home I shall find”
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