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Concealed in the Shadows

(Concealed in the Shadows #1)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  439 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Sydney Harter has long awaited September 12th, 2033—her eighteenth birthday. She can finally apply for guardianship of her sister, who is her only family and entire world. She hopes they will be lawfully reunited, but is prepared to defy authority and risk everything to escape the captivity of Miles County so that they can be together.

Escaping will be difficult and dangero
Paperback, Second Edition, 346 pages
Published May 17th 2013 by Clean Teen Publishing (first published May 17th 2012)
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Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
THIS BOOK WAS AWESOME! It had that dystopian feel to it and it had action and adventure. It was filled with mystery and secrets, HUGE secrets. There was a minuscule amount of romance which I hope blosoms in the next book. The emotions were very powerful, I was tearing up a few times. Concealed in the Shadows is right up there with The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Uglies by Scott Westerfeld.
The characters were amaz
Just finished this book and my heart is racing! I thought this was a stand alone book but it is definitely left hanging for a second book-- but don't let that deter you- read it!

Sydney is fighting to gain guardianship of her little sister in a new government controlled world. In the name of saving the environment the government has divided the United States into different zones or areas where everyone is forced to live. They have also set restrictions on the number of child-raising years someone
Rebecca Gober
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this YA Dystopian!
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given an Advance Release Copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I was never a huge fan of Dystopian style novels until about a year ago. Two amazing authors had me review their third novel which happened to be the first in a Dystopian YA series. After that I decided to branch out a little bit and try out some other novels of the same genre and read The Hunger Games. What I now love about these types of books are all of the many places the genre allows an auth
B at Spare Time Book Blog
I am so glad that I was able to be part of this blog tour. I was introduced to a great book. Concealed in the Shadows is a dystopian based book with some futuristic tendencies. Sydney has been part of a "country" her whole life. The remaining parts of the country have been sectioned off into these countries. Wherever you were at the time the countries were created is where you had to stay. Families were split up. Sydney has put up with the way things are for a long time. Her childhood was not th ...more
Ginny  Gallagher
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Original review posted on Gin's Book Notes (

Concealed in the Shadows is a young adult dystopian story that begins in the year, 2033; the year that our main character, Sydney Harter, turns 18 and is legally able to petition the court for custody of her 14 year old sister, Evvie.

The future world that the author creates is controlled by technology and was established by a 2015 population bill that disunited the United States and split it into counties and sectors. The propo
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Concealed In The Shadows is a book that will leave you breathless! Man this Dystopian genre is really starting to kick up because I never read that genre until my best reading buddy Kayleigh told me about it and now I am just simply hooked. I can't get enough of this genre and it feels like every new book I read it takes me on another journey. CITS had so much action and suspense and strong characters I could not put this book down.

Sydney has been patiently waiting on her eighteenth birthday whi
Brittany | BookRamblings
*I was given a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review*

A new dystopian book that leaves you on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book. Fast paced, the characters develop so well and I took a liking to all of them. I felt so emotionally involved with all of them and that is hard to come by with me. Some unexpected twists that really surprise you, a bitter sweet end that leaves you hanging and wanting a sequel!! (fingers crossed). I did feel the author tried to use a lot of b
Claire Taylor
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gabrielle Arrowsmith
Concealed in the Shadows

If you love dystopian then this book is for you (and if you don't I still highly recommend it). Without a doubt, you will fall in love with the story line, the characters and the emotion portrayed is so intense at times. From start to finish I was completely transfixed and just didn't want to stop reading. The book is so well written, with great character development that it drew me and wouldn't let go. Sydney and Evvie's relationship and upbringing wi
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Usually when I finish a book I am ready to jump right on and give my opinion about it ... but not this time. This book made me stop and think because how do I say what I think needs to be said without giving away vital spoilers.

The answer turned out to be that the very thing I was moaning about in a friend's review is going to happen here. All I can say is there is a cliffhanger and that there are events that you won't see coming. Anything else would ruin what I feel are events that need to be e
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So fast-paced I could not put it down; read this until 3 a.m. to finish it. There's a second volume...
Ted Tayler
Aug 22, 2017 rated it liked it
"The shadows are growing longer"

Another new genre for me to explore. The dystopian elements aside, this is a rambling tale, that doesn't become exciting, and suspenseful early enough. I battled through the myriad pages, but two more books in the series to plough through to get a firm conclusion, proved too much for me.
Laura Greenwood
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review forthcoming on http://a-reader-lives-a-thousand-live...

I received a copy of Concealed in the Shadows in exchange for my review.

Sydney's 18th birthday only means one thing for her, that she can take custody of her 14 year old sister, even if it means losing some of her parenting years to do so. Having been orphaned at 12, but looking after her family for much longer, Sydney is young, independent and focused, and the one thing she wants almost as much as getting her sister back, is getting
Jul 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by Clean Teen Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Gabrielle Arrowsmith's "Concealed in the Shadows" was amazing! My first thought, "The Hunger Games" with a science twist brought into the mix.

Sydney has waited years in order to gain custody of her sister. But a strange twist of events introduces her to a whole different world.

The first thought I had when I read this was here goes another Hunger Games. Don't get me wrong I love dystopian end of the world books, but
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Concealed in the Shadows is the first book in a new series and takes place in the not too distant future. It is a wonderfully crafted novel with superb world building and characters that are relatable, as well as likable. I found myself sucked in from the very beginning and I could hardly stand it when I had to put it down; time not allowing to sit and just read it all the way through to the end. The United States has broken and is now divided into about thirteen separate counties. Lives have be ...more
Kristin Scearce
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Sydney's been waiting for her 18th birthday for a long time. It's a special day for her, as it's the day she can apply for guardianship of her sister. The world's different from how we know it after Congress separated the nation and laid down the law on population growth, and all Sydney wants is to reunite with her sister and hopefully escape from Miles County. However, as always happens, there's a kink in the plan, a
Apr 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Dystopian themed novels are very popular in the YA market right now. Some are good and some are not so good. So, when I read the summary for " Concealed in the Shadows" I approached it cautiously. However, since the book is currently being offered for free on, I decided I had nothing to lose.

I am happy to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This book is very good. Sydney Harter turns eighteen today and finally she can apply for guardianship of her fourteen year old sister, Evvie. Debbie
Amanda Shelley-Masters
Concealed in Shadows is a amazing story one I couldn't put down for a second! I loved every heartstopping second of Sydney and Evelette Harter's life. Gabrielle Arrowsmith is a superb writer who takes you on a wild ride of intrigue and adventure.

Sydney Harter has lived a crappy life full of foster care, abuse and a mental unstable mother who was full of Conspiracy theories and left raising Evvie up to Sydney. These things are nothing new in Miles county where chips in the wrist and electric fenc
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This story travels along at breakneck speed, pausing just often enough for the reader to catch a breath before the next dramatic twist. Set in the near future, this is a dystopian tale with style. The main character, Sydney, although only just eighteen, has had a lot to deal with in her short life. The loss of her father, presumed dead and then her mother’s insanity left her taking responsibility for her younger sister, until the authorities found out. When, on her 18th birthday, she can finally ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the better written dystopian stories out there, in my opinion. It had sort of a Legend feel with some other things mixed in. The main character, Sydney, is sometimes too smart for her own good and she tends to act before thinking, but she's an eighteen year old girl. We've all been there.

The storyline is set in 2033 when the United States has been replaced by an unpleasant government that seeks to control human population and has different sections caged in so that outsiders cann
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book purely by accident and decided to look into it. I am so glad I did as I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Sydney lives in a dystopian world where every move you make is monitored by a chip implant. A world where the government has put laws in place to control population growth, with disastrous results. A world where the government decides that at the age of 60, your life ends.

Sydney’s main aim in life was to apply for legal guardianship of her sister Evvie who was in foster care. The
Karl Green
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have always LOVED every dystopian novel, from Fahrenheit 451 to the futuristic book Ender's Game, and it doesn't stop with the new inclusions of The Hunger Games series and now Concealed in the Shadows! When I first heard about this book I knew I was going to like it.

Concealed in the Shadows tells a story of an older sister, Sydney, who lives in a future society of the former United States of America that is overly controlled by the new high-tech government. She was born at the start of the pu
Radeyah H.  Ali
May 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arrowsmith takes the reader on a tumultuous emotional journey as she vividly describes the protagonist, Sydney's emotional attachment to her only living and real loved one. Little does she know, when she thought her greatest hurdle of regaining custody over her little sister was overcome, that it would only be the beginning of her perils.

This novel highlights the effortless love of two brave sisters. In their quest to find out the truth about their mother, they become encapsulated in a whole ne
Lekeisha The Booknerd
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good, dystopian book. It’s hard for me to come across a dystopian that I really like these days. It does not matter if it’s YA or Adult, there is something about a good dystopian. You can’t just throw in a few characters and add in a bunch of rules, places, and actions. Gabrielle Arrowsmith gives you all of that, but with a great world to place it in. I love it! 2033 is near, so she did not go very far into the future in this world of hers.

It started off with me already wanting to know
Mary Quire
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Concealed in the Shadows is an awesome ride in a dystopian society where the population of the United States has been divided into county communities. It doesn't sound like a big deal until you find out that all rural communities have been disbanded and the residents forced to move to the county community where they are assigned. If you are unfortunate enough to be separated from family at the time of assignment, it is just your loss as you are permitted to move. The citizens are microchipped an ...more
Victoria Rapaglia
I was given this book for a honest review. I was drawn in Sydney's world as she fights for her sister and soon finds out that things are not as she seems. At every crossroad,twist,turn, this book kept me glued to my couch as Sydney finds out things the government doesn't want her to find out. As Sydney and her sister try and escape will they find what they are looking for? Will things from the past come forth and hamper Sydney's life even more? Will Sydney make the ultimate sacrifice that will s ...more
I tried to like it. Okay, not really. The writing was horrible for a first person perspective. It seems the author was trying too hard to make the writing sound poetic, or perhaps was trying to write in prose, but when writing from a first person perspective it really doesn't work. At best, the main character seems out of touch with reality, at worst... Like a frickin' psycho. The writing also completely distracts from the story, making you focus on the actual words instead of putting the story ...more
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free advance review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It took me a wee while to get into this book (hence the 4 star not five star rating), I was about a third of the way through before it hooked me & wouldn't let go! I love end of the world-type books & this one is totally original. Sydney Harter is a strong lead character & is awe inspiring. The David brothers are totally cool & Cy is just the nicest guy, Crewe is a little darker & stronger. This book will put you
Irayda Moran (Quezada)
Sidney lives in a world where everything, and I do mean everything, is being monitored.. From what you should think, how many kids you have, to when you die.
Living like this will only be worth it if she gets guardianship of her sister Evvie when Sydney turns 18.
This is a great read. I was pleasantly surprised since I am always skeptical when I pick up a dystopian novel. This novel delivers many twist and turns that I did not expect. I loved Sydney. She was strong and determined from the beginni
Sarah Brillinger
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
It's one of these genres similar to the Divergent series and the Hunger Games series where you need to have the next one lined up and ready to go. I need to hear what happens next! So thanks Gabrielle Arrowsmith, I now need to urgently read the next part!

It's a quick and addictive read - you really don't want to put it down when you start. I love these types of books where the world is so different from our world now, but seemingly so plausible. I would think this is specifically aimed at teens
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Gabrielle Arrowsmith grew up in the small town of Ham Lake, MN enjoying school, soccer, reading, playing piano, and endless adventures with her brother and cousins. As a young child, Gabrielle’s desire to write led her to fill many diaries and notebooks with her thoughts, poems, stories, and scripts.

Gabrielle recalls first believing in the worth of her writing in high school, where her advanced la

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