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Shadow Weaver

(Shadow Weaver #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,353 ratings  ·  308 reviews
For the hardback, see ISBN13: 9781492649953.

The shadows that surround us aren’t always as they seem…

Emmeline has grown up with a gift. Since the time she was a baby she has been able to control shadows. And her only friend and companion is her own shadow, Dar.

Disaster strikes when a noble family visits their home and offers to take Emmeline away and cure her of magic. Desp
ebook, 308 pages
Published January 2nd 2018 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
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MarcyKate The sequel is currently slated for January 2019. I don't have a title to share yet, but hopefully very soon! :)…moreThe sequel is currently slated for January 2019. I don't have a title to share yet, but hopefully very soon! :)(less)
MarcyKate Thanks so much! This is a new series set in an entirely separate world from Monstrous and Ravenous, so there will not be any crossover whatsoever. How…moreThanks so much! This is a new series set in an entirely separate world from Monstrous and Ravenous, so there will not be any crossover whatsoever. However, it is a creepy fantasy that feels like a classic fairytale in a way similar to Monstrous, so if you enjoyed that book, you will (hopefully) like Shadow Weaver and its sequel too!(less)

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Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Shadow Weaver is a middle-grade fantasy with a gripping plot that reads like a fairy tale. The main character in the book is Emmeline, a 12-year-old girl who has a magical ability to mold shadows into different forms and manipulate them. She uses these shadows in different ways, but the most important shadow is her best friend Dar.

Emmeline is hidden away from the outside world for multiple events that have occured in the past
Montzalee Wittmann
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shadow Weaver by MarcyKate Connolly is a fantasy kids book that is absolutely thrilling. Emmeline can control her shadows and she has a companion, her own shadow, Dar. She talks to Dar and Dar talks to her. Dar plays tricks on people which gets Emmeline in trouble and shunned. People are afraid of Emmeline. Then some people want to take Emmeline away, she and Dar run away...I can't spoil it but there is more to her life then she knew, and she just made it worst for everyone on her trip. Very ex ...more
[Shai] Bibliophage
This book of MarcyKate Connolly is a fantasy fiction novel that tells about the story of Emmeline, one of the lucky people who was bestowed by the Cerelia Comet to possessed a magical power within them. She can mold shadows around her into anything she would like it to appear, thus she's called a shadow weaver; a certain shadow also always accompanies her and its name is Dar.

Emmeline was born and grew up with Dar who is always beside her; she treats it like as her only friend because her parent
Fafa's Book Corner
Mini review:


I received this E-ARC via the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I saw this book on Netgalley one day and decided to request it. I enjoy Middle Grade and thought it would be right up my alley. Unfortunately it wasn't for me.

Something about this read very shallow. The writing style wasn't any good. And the main character was really annoying me.

As this was a personal thing I still recommend. Others might enjoy this.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
06-07-17: Pre-Read. More thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! The existing reviews have already gotten me super excited for this!
First impression: Only a few chapters in, and I'm already enraptured by the authors lyrical prose quality, as well as being invested in both Emmeline & Dar already!
06-08-17: Full disclosure first… Thanks to Netgalley, as always, for the ARC, it’s most appreciated, but this in no way impacted my review in anyway.

As with most bibliophiles, I read A LOT of books, with m
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Enchanting. A play of shadow and light.

Children have always been fascinated by their own shadows. When I was young I made shadow puppets on the walls of my bedroom. My teenage friend, Paulette, invited me to spend the night at her house once, and the full moon came streaming into her bedroom window, lighting the wall opposite it. Paulette positioned herself in front of the window and began to mimic Peter Pam’s climbing into a bedroom through the window. Like Peter Pam her body cast a shadow on
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
I received this as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

All I have to say is that this was an awesome fantasy book! Also it's a pretty light read so I'm sure everyone would enjoy this even if you don't read any fantasy.
Sci-Fi & Scary
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of creepy kids books.

Shadow Weaver is an atmospheric, haunting story that immediately ensnares the reader. This may be written for a middle grade audience, but it begs for adult readership as well. MarcyKate Connolly weaves a tale that keeps you trapped in her world until the very end.

Emmeline is a child that's easy to like and want to protect. Also, like most children she's also easy to manipulate and scare. Throughout the story I continually wanted to step into the pages and mother her. To whisper in her ear the t

Melanie (TBR and Beyond)
Loved this cool, dark little adventure. I'm excited to read the sequel next year.

When I first saw this book cover on NetGalley several months ago, I knew I simply had to get it. Much like the cover, Shadow Weaver is creepy, and eerie, and dark. Sadly, it was not enough to keep me hooked or make me love it.

While the story itself is interesting, I the writing style didn't fully do it for me. It seemed too simplistic at times, even for a middle-grade novel. There was something about it that never fully got me fall into the world of the story. It's a tale of magic and shadows an
Alexis (The Book Democracy)
Jun 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
* I received this as an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

I have to say I was really surprised with this book. I though it was going to be an okay read, but I loved it. The last half of the book is amazing! Plus a plot twist I didn't even see coming. We have the main character Emmeline who has special powers to manipulate the shadows. Her parents are afraid of her and want her "cured", from there everything spirals out. I really enjoyed this book and I'm excited for the next o
debbicat *made of stardust*
4 Stars! Emmeline's best friend is her shadow, Dar, and, actually, her only friend. In the book, a handful of children are blessed with magic talents every 25 years when a comet passes over. Those that can do magic are often viewed with fear. Emmeline's parents want to send her away to "cure" her of magic. Her gift is controlling shadows. To prevent her parents from sending her away, Emmeline strikes a deal with Dar, which will make her human again. Will it work??

Read on to see! I really enjoyed
Carina Olsen
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book for the second time made me like it better. And I am so very happy about that. I adore MarcyKate. She is amazing. And I have enjoyed all her books so far. Simply can't wait to read more by her. When I first read this book a year and a half ago, it was a three star for me. This time, it is a four star.

I'm so thrilled that I decided to re-read Shadow Weaver before reading the second book. As there were things I had forgotten. And I'm so happy that I ended up liking the book even
I just finished Shadow Weaver by Marcykate Connolly and it was such a quick, cute book. The twists and turns in this book have me wanting more. I can(and will) easily recommend it to anyone of any age looking for a short yet wonderful read. MarcyKate weaves a wonderful tale in just 163 pages, her writing strong and characters realistic, The book leaves on a cliffhanger and I hope the publisher picks up the next book.

The characters
Emmeline is a really nice character and her voice, like the other
Sadly, Shadow Weaver didn’t live up to my expectations. I was bored to the point where it took me nearly a week to read this 300-page Middle Grade novel. Half the time I just didn’t care to pick up the book. While the world and magical abilities were intriguing, the characters weren’t all that memorable and I don’t feel invested enough to check out the sequel.

For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shadow Weaver, by MarcyKate Connolly, a fantasy for middle-grade readers that reads like a deliciously dark fairytale. Spinning a web around her readers just as protagonist Emmeline crafts her shadows, Connolly has created a world where darkness shines and light is hidden, along with secrets that make the truth hard to distinguish from lies. At the heart of this tale is Emmeline's ever-evolving sense of self and her connections, both good and bad, with others.

Emmeline lives in a castle that is
NaTaya Hastings
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I quite enjoyed this book. It was a little juvenile at times, and some of the main plot points are quite obvious, and when the big "turnaround" comes about at the end, it is no shock because it was quite predictable.

However, despite those flaws, the book was a lot of fun to read. The basic premise is that there are people in the world who have been blessed with special powers by a magical comet that only flies by once every generation. One of these people is a young girl who was blessed with th
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I started this book about year ago now, read half of it then stopped.
In an effort to work through some of the books that I have half finished, I picked this one up again and finished it in just a few hours.

I have to say, I really enjoyed this one. Seeing the pain that little Emmaline held in, watching her shadow tear her apart little by little, it truly made my heart happy to see her friendship with Lucas grow. I am glad that in the end, she went back for him and together they had the strength t
Em Jay
Nov 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: twitter-wins
Middle grade is a genre I've found myself drifting away from. But some of my all-time favorites fall in this category, and since I was lucky enough to receive an ARC from MarcyKate Connolly, I decided to revisit.
First of all, I've got to say, SHADOW WEAVER has one of the most stunning covers I've seen in a while. The plot sounded fantastically creepy, and the first paragraph gave me shivers. I mean...

I did not reach for my mother like instinct should have instructed me. Instead, I held out
I took one look at this book and instantly wanted to grab it. Whoever worked on the cover art did a marvelous job!

Shadow Weaver made me curious from start to finish. Emmeline’s life and her story had me hooked and invested. I'm glad that this is a series because I really do want to know what is going to happen next. This book would be very suitable for a book club. It's interesting and filled with elements that speak to its target audience. I know for a fact, that if I were to read this at a you
Ragan Dendy
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received a free copy from NetGalley*

Every 25 years a comet passes over and grants select unborn children incredible powers. Emmeline is one such child, able to weave shadows into any shape possible. Emmeline's shadow, Dar, is also alive, an Dar is Emmeline's best friend. Em's powers cause fear and distrust to bloom in all of her friends and family, and her parents eventually seek a cure. Emmeline and Dar run away from home, but Dar begins to grow secretive and Emmeline must wonder if she can
Alyson Kent
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you, Netgalley, for an eARC in exchange for my honest review.

This is a good read overall, and I know several of the kids that frequent my library that will enjoy the spooky edge this story has. But I also had some small issues with it, too, hence the three star rating. I don't want to go into details because I don't want to give away spoilers, but I just have issues with most of the adults in this story. But I also understand some of why they do what they do/come across the way that they d
Brent Gilson
Oct 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received and ARC of this story and loved it from start to finish. Connolly has done it again with this story. Emmeline is a great character that really demonstrates what it is like for kids that grow up different and struggle to make friends. While set in a world of fantasy and Magic like Connolly's past books (which I highly recommend, and my students love) Shadow Weaver establishes new lore and and world with infinite potential for more stories. I would highly recommend this book to any clas ...more
Alyx Campbell
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I cannot wait to share this one with the 4th and 5th graders at various elementary schools we visit each month. They are absolutely going to go wild for this one! I thought the plot was well thought out. I had wished there had been some more world-building, since the characters seem to live in a totally different time. I also loved how spooky and creepy Emmaline's voice was at the beginning of the story, but that ghoulishness seemed to diminish throughout. Overall, I was very captivated and thou ...more
Wendy Elizabeth
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our group read for BurrowAThon (Feb '21)!

I went into this having no semblance of the plot and I was stunned at the twists!! Not what I was expecting at all!
I think it's a wonderful concept, though I don't feel it was executed very well- I feel like the talents ought to have some kinds rules to it, or some kind of structure? I definitely feel like something was missing there.
Additionally, you could buy your lunch off earning a penny each time the words "estate" "cloak" and "incident" were said, w
Jun 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-but-read
A good mg read, had scary elements of "kid horror books" involved and the plot that could have been darker but good overall. Read this book in one single go.
Reminded me of Neil's Coroline a bit and did like the world. There was several things in here I didn't really expect happened. I hope I can get my hands on it's continuation
A comet giving magical powers also appears in the amazing novelette "The unlicensed magican" who I really can recommend.
Rachel (Book Boop)
3.5 stars
Natalya Kahmann
This was fun and the ending makes me interested in reading the sequel.
Christina Reid
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first time my shadow spoke to me I was a mere infant in the cradle. They say on the night I was born that even the stars fled the sky and the moon hid under a dark cloak. That I was a quiet thing, with a shock of black hair and eyes like glittering onyx. I did not scream like other newborn children. And I did not reach for my mother like instinct should have instructed me.

Instead, I held out my tiny arms and smiled at the shadow in the corner of the room.

And it smiled back.

Didn't know what
~Cyanide Latte~
Let me begin by saying that while I gave this book a lower rating, this was engrossing and a really fast read overall when I had time to devote to it. Shadow Weaver is a middle grade novel that can be read in a matter of a few hours, and I think it's a fairly decent read for October if you're looking for a book just on the gentler side of scary.

I will say that one thing I wasn't expecting this book to be was a fantasy novel. I had expected this story to be set in our modern world with more eleme
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