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Summer's Shadow

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  24 reviews
When Summer's mom died, her life is turned upside down

Summer's mother's will states that Summer's legal guardian is her uncle Tristan: a man Summer has never even heard of before. Forced to leave her life in London, Summer moves to Tristan's creepy, ancient house in Cornwall. There she is met with indifference from him, open hostility from her cousin, and an aunt who has c
Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2014 by Pan Macmillan (first published July 3rd 2014)
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Sarah Elizabeth
2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Pan Macmillan and NetGalley.)
Summer’s mother has just died, and now Summer must travel to live with an Uncle that she has never even met before.
Can Summer fit in with her new family? And are spooky things really happening in the large old house?

This story was just a bit too young for me I think, and I didn’t really enjoy it.

Summer was an okay character, although I expected her to be more upset
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
(I received a copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

Unfortunately, i didn't like this one.

I felt sorry for Summer... Having to go live with family you've never met would be awful.
I can't say i liked her though.

The other characters weren't that great either. I either didn't like them, or just found them to be alright.

The pacing was too slow for me, so i got bored really quickly.
It was also too young for me. I'd say it was aimed more at 10-12 year olds.

Overall, too slow and too y
Vee_Bookish // YA Book Blogger
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
A super quick read, I finished this in a morning. Summer's Shadow is the story of Summer, who moves down to Penzance to live with her distant uncle after her mother's death. Trying to fit in with her new family would be hard enough, but only her Uncle seems to want her around, his wife is never there and Kenan, her cousin, is constantly threatening her. Meanwhile, she thinks she's going crazy, seeing her mother's ghost everywhere and hearing creepy noises in the walls.

This was a fun read but def
Tracy Hager
May 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an advance copy from the publisher. It's been a while since I read a younger teen book and I wondered if I would find the content a bit light since I've been immersing myself in older-edgy books, but I was not disappointed. In the beginning of the book, Summer has just lost her mother and been made an orphan. With very little explanation, she has to move to Cornwall with people she's never met or even heard of. She arrives in an atmospheric stately home...

I liked Anna Wilson's writin
Rosanne Hawke
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cornish, ya
As a YA title Summer's Shadow by Anna Wilson is three and a half stars for me, but I realise it is probably teen fiction or written for the younger end of YA. We need titles for that cross over area between children's and YA. It's always exciting to find another book set in Cornwall, the land of my ancestors, and this one evokes the setting and atmosphere well. There is everything Cornish here: sea, coves, a creaky Cornish house, mystery, ghosts and beauty. Not to mention a few quirky characters ...more
Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
1. Why I decided to read this book.
When I first looked at this book, I loved the serene and pure feeling of the cover. The title 'summer's shadow' made me think about the weather 'summer' and that it would no longer exist since the word, 'shadow. Thus I chose it imagining how the story will be like but it was a totally different story with a interesting main character who is named summer.

2. An interesting character/setting in this book.
Summer, a main character, was sent to her relative's house a
Kerry Bridges
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Summer's mum has been killed in an accident and Summer has been sent to Cornwall to stay with her uncle Tristan, whom she has never met. Summer doesn't really feel welcomed by Uncle Tristan's son and she's never seen his wife, so who are these people and why does she get the feeling that there are strange goings on in the house?

I am an adult reader with young children, so I often read YA fiction in order to see if it is suitable for them to read. I must say I frequently approach these novels wit
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Lovely idea for a novel with some potentially great twists, but they’re just too easy to predict.

I guessed the entire plot of Summer’s Shadow within the first few chapters, so I didn’t particularly enjoy this novel, unfortunately. I love the idea behind it, I adore the Cornwall mansion setting and the characters had the potential to be really interesting, but when you are 99% sure that you know what the secret that the entire story revolves around is, it’s simply frustrating to read.

That’s not h
Shalini Tana Sakaran
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm giving it a 4.7/5 stars because all of those twists and turns didn't catch me off guard. Meaning it was kind of predictable, for me at least. But that doesn't mean the book was bad. I really liked it, a perfect summer read I would say. I must say I really couldn't put it down, I was forced because I had to go somewhere lol. Definitely recommend it if you're looking for a light reading, a book that would just take your mind off things. I would definitely want to read more of Anna Wilson's boo ...more
Pamela Todd
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014, ya-mg
When Summer’s mother dies, her will states that Summer would live with family she has never met before in Cornwall. Her Uncle Tristan seems anxious and doesn’t know how to deal with Summer. Her cousin Kenan goes out of his way to be mean and her aunt has moved out of the house.

As if losing her mother wasn’t bad enough, now Summer has to leave behind her home, friends and normal life. Nothing is the same in Cornwall. Her family behave so strangely and she can’t even get a signal on her mobile ph
Jul 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014-books
A simple read, rather enjoyable and definitely connected to the setting, as I have visited Cornwall before. I felt the book mainly lagged (there was plenty of potential that I feel it did not reach, in terms of the plot, as the setting was beautifully laid out), and it did take a while to get into the book. Considering that Zach is highly mentioned in the blurb, it was surprising how little we got to know him. I found the character of Kenan intriguing, and even though the ending explained his ac ...more
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ukya
This one was hard to rate - reading it now, it probably rates a 3 stars, but I reckon if I'd read it when I was 14 it would have got a solid 5 stars, so I've averaged it out. Wilson weaves a curious and intriguing tale full of suspense and beauty. Her Cornwall is a magical place, and she brings it alive with writing that seizes hold of your imagination and directs it with consumate skill. Everything is gloriously real, yet filled with magic and whimsy. Dark and brooding in places, shining bright ...more
Rose A
Jan 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
I read this because I am very familiar with the house where it's set. Certainly that place was brought to light and I smiled at the familiarity. The writing is very evocative. I wasn't expecting to be so moved by the story but I really was - it made me cry. A really good novel for younger teenagers.
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I do read a lot of YA fiction however, found this one to be a very slow moving story, probably best suited for the early teens market rather than YA. The characters weren't that interesting and I really wasn't too interested in the outcome. On the whole a pleasant story for younger readers.
Thanks to Netgalley for the advance copy.
Marion Hale
More of a 3.5 stars. I had trouble getting into the book initially but it is worth persevering with. There is a bit of romance, a bit of intrigue and lots of secrets, long-lost relatives, and an orphan and it all ends up with an old mansion near the beach. Very modern Gothic.
Margaret Pemberton
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
A lovely book for teens and one which deals with major tensions within one family. It is set in Cornwall and the author's love of the county really shines through in her descriptions. Many thanks to the publisher for sending a copy to me.
May 27, 2016 rated it liked it
I pre-read this in anticipation of reading it with one of the reading kids, and decided not to read it with her. Too... Old. My big question is: Is this magical realism? Having cats appear and 'tell' people what to do / be careful of? Magic I get. I'm not sure about this realism thing....
May 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Ok read

Guessed the twist very early and felt it wrapped up all a bit too neatly. Wanted the uncle to have more of a backbone
SJH (A Dream of Books)
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Apr 30, 2014 marked it as dnf
I thought this book would be a good read, but after a few chapters I found myself getting bored. The character had no appeal to me.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
i love this book its so touching
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Anna Wilson lives in Bradford on Avon with her husband, two children, two cats, some chickens, some ducks, a tortoise and a dog. She is the author of The Puppy Plan, Pup Idol, Puppy Power, Puppy Party, The Kitten Hunt, Kitten Wars,Kitten Catastrophe, Monkey Business, Monkey Madness, I'm a Chicken, Get Me Out of Here!, the Pooch Parlour series, The Great Kitten Cake Off and The Mortifying Life of S ...more

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