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You cannot wake the Shadowless when she sleeps within my bed. Kiss the lips of the Shadowless and the morning finds you dead.

When a bolt of lightning causes a Boston-wide blackout on her sixteenth birthday, Willow Jane doesn’t think anything of it—until she begins stopping time, until she comes face-to-face with her menacing familiar, until her sister disappears. But these
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Hardcover, 544 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Greenwillow Books (first published September 2017)
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Yara
Contains spoilers.

So bummed this book was such a letdown. As a Boston native, I was intrigued at the premise, but all the author did was throw a few landmarks and "wicked" (as in "she's 'wicked smaht'") to try to make it a Bostonian locale. The writing was choppy, the characters were two dimensional, and the main character Willow Jane acted like a small child instead of a sixteen year old. The hinted at romantic suspense between Willow Jane and the gorgeous familiar was flat, and even the antago
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Adrienne
From the title, I was expecting this book to be a lot more... uncanny.

I read it in the perfect setting - at 3 AM, alone, with the lights partially dimmed. It has been a while since I've read anything from the horror genre, so I was excited to be MAJORLY spooked by this book. There was nothing scary about it, however. The antagonist - called the Shadowless - was laughable in her character, and the protagonist was just... ugh. She was a six-year-old living in the body of a teenager.

To cite evidenc
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Emanuel
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
Uncanny. This book. I don't really have a lot to say about it. It wasn't good or bad, probably the most meh book I've ever read, having the makings of a great story, and wasting them. With all the elements of fantasy and the definitely very creative world of the norns with the gossamer threads, the Uncannys, familiars, etc., I expected this book to be better, but all those elements were not really well used/explained and there were a lot, really, A LOT, of spelling/grammar mistakes, even basic c ...more
BookLoversLife
Willow Janes life changes irrevocably on her 16th birthday. Strange things are happening to her and she has no idea why. Stopping, slowing down and even reversing time, becomes the norm for her and she needs to figure out why. It's not till a mysterious stranger arrives to give her some answers, that she finds out who she is.

"You cannot wake the Shadowless when she sleeps within my bed. Kiss the lips of the Shadowless and the morning finds you dead."

There is one word that came to mind when read
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Claire Dierolf
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Uncanny by David Macinnis Gill is about a girl whose life has made a turn for the worse since the night of her 16th birthday. Willow Jane went from a girl who did normal things like picking up her little sister from school and playing hockey with her friends to the Uncanny who would frequently hear warnings of an evil spirit that nobody else could hear. Little did she know that all of these new occurrences were happening to her simply because her family had an ancient heirloom that belonged to t ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I never read horror, so I didn't expect to like this as much as I did. Willow Jane experiences unexpected changes on her 16th birthday. An ancient evil witch awakens and is out to get her, and bloody gory mayhem erupts in her life. Set in Boston with lots of local flavor, the reader is taken on a wild and unpredictable trip as Willie navigates the horror and her own new supernatural abilities, continues to grieve her father's recent death, and finds unexpected tenderness from another undead char ...more
Lynndell
Uncanny by David Macinnis Gill opens with Willow as she's turning sixteen and her friends and family are throwing her a “surprise” party when a blackout occurs. A spirit takes over a recently deceased corpse and vows to keep the worst creature ever in prison. Willow and this spirit become entwined in
evil that threatens to kill everything they hold dear. Creepy and full of action, Uncanny is a twisted, supernatural read with wonderfully descriptive writing that brings the story to life and ente
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Hillary Wheeler
Apr 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Be ready for a journey when reading Uncanny. David McGinnis Gill leads you on an adventure when Willow Jane turns sixteen and her power awakens; however, her power is not the only thing that awakens. While I was able to put this book down last night and get some sleep, Uncanny keeps the pages turning as Willow Jane's day continues to unravel. If you want all the answers laid out for you before the adventure begins, this is not the book for you as patience is a virtue while the author explains Un ...more
Brittany
Nov 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Good concept...really good concept. Gill really focused on the intense parts but I feel there was a struggle in bridging things. I'm just not really sure. And the proofreaders...fire them. Many grammar mistakes and incorrect word usage that I tried to overlook but just could not. I really wanted to take my red pen to it so that just really turned me off. It's definitely a good story but it needs a bit more polish and shine on it in my opinion. The good thing is though, it definitely has its mome ...more
Beth
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an e-copy of this book.

I really wanted to like this book. The cover is awesome, and the first line was great, but I just could not finish this book. I found it confusing and hard to keep track of everything going on in it. I read about 25% of the book, and then I ended up skimming to the end. I am hoping some of the teens in my library will have a different opinion than me. It's also pretty high school in it's maturity level. Maybe I will try again la
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Andrea Labonte
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: youth-fiction
I finally finished this book. When I first started reading this, it was really good and I didn’t want to put it down. As I got further into the book, it was like one of those books you had to find out what happened next. I really enjoyed this book. A mixture of mystery and drama all into one. Devon a seven year old girl goes missing and it’s up to her oldest sister to find out where she is and save her. If you want an on the edge of your seat kind of book pick this one up. You won’t regret it!
Renee
Ugh... I put this down, forgot I was reading it, lost it and the found it and went "I am not wasting anymore time on this."

It's a great idea (kind of... what I could make out of the plot)

Written not bad, (Just not for me, I guess)

And I wish I had been able to enjoy it.

I didn't care about anyone but the best friend. It was overly weird (not in a good way), complicated, a little boring and just made me feel meh. I got half way through.
Abby Pechin
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked this book was it was clearly geared towards Young Adults. Had I known that before my purchase, I was not have bought the book. The book is simple and easy to read rather quickly. I was also a bit unhappy with character development, seeming the extra characters only needing to be there as a matter of convenience.
Diane
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction, fantasy
If you like your creepy, bloody horror with a side of saucy, biting banter, you should enjoy this tale of a girl destined to fight against an ancient evil. Makes good use of the Boston setting—and attitude.
Abbie
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I picked this up because of its gothic-horror vibes. The first few chapters were good; I loved the creepy/gory death scenes but then the pacing started to slow and I got bored. Halfway through I just wanted the book to end.
Creatyvebooks
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Heh it started off good but quickly lost its way. Damnit I was really excited for this book. Still a decent Halloween read if you're interested.

P.S. I might not be a native to Boston but I can that the author isn't even. Very stereotypical of the Boston accent and mannerisms
Pequenina
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
eh. it was good.
Louisa
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was dark and creepy and weird and I really enjoyed reading it! It was a bit confusing, but yeah, it was a really great read!
Sophia
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book was REALLY good but it was confusing in the beginning.
Lexi Archuleta
May 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Easily one of the worst books I’ve ever read
If I could give it zero stars I totally would
Jen Westpfahl
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I liked the concept, but the story was very confusing at times and the characters weren’t engaging. I didn’t really even care how it ended.
Casee Maxfield
Jun 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book jumped the shark early on. I just couldn't suspend my belief as much as the book asked for. Huge disappointment.
Amy Mowry
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
was an easy read but could have used more details in the storyline and definitely a better ending.
Christy Tate
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
like a cross between a Stephen King novel and the movie good Wiil hunting. liked the main characters, and it got scarier as it went which was really cool.One of the best young adult horror novels i've read.
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David Macinnis Gill is the author of the award-winning novels Black Hole Sun and Soul Enchilada, both from Greenwillow/Harper Collins. His short stories have appeared in several magazines, including The Crescent Review and Writer’s Forum. His critical biography of young adult author Graham Salisbury, Graham Salisbury: Island Boy, was published by Scarecrow Press. He holds a bachelor’s degree in En ...more

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