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 ...more
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 ...more
Emmeline was born and grew up with Dar who is always beside her; she treats it like as her only friend because her parent ...more
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.
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, wi ...more
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.
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Read on to see! I really enjoyed ...more
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 ...more
Emmeline is a really nice character and her voice, like the other ...more
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Emmeline lives in a castle that is ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 m ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I've always enjoyed middle grade novels because the reader can fully throw themselves into a fantastical world without adult problems getting in the way of the magic of the story. It really enjoyed how Emmeline was not afraid of the shadows. This would really be a great book for kids who are afraid of the dark in my opinion.
I also lived how the author used light and dark m ...more
Emmeline was born with the gift of shadow weaving in her blood - she can exert her power of shadows, going so far as to even turn them into tangible things. To top it off, her own shadow, nicknamed Dar, speaks to her and happens to be her best friend. Emmeline loves Dar, but no one else even believes she exists. It's unheard of for a shadow weaver to be able to talk to shadows as if they are living things, and this supposed power of her is seen as impossible by many and insane by most ...more
(photo credit: Cheryl Colombo © 2012)