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When I Cast Your Shadow

3.11  ·  Rating details ·  253 ratings  ·  98 reviews
Dashiell Bohnacker was hell on his family while he was alive. But it’s even worse now that he’s dead…

Ruby. Haunted by her dead brother, unable to let him go, Ruby must figure out whether his nightly appearances in her dreams are the answer to her prayers—or a nightmare come true…

Everett. He’s always been jealous of his dashing older brother. Now Everett must do everything
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Tor Teen
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
2.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

When I Cast Your Shadow is a very different kind of story about a haunting. In it, we follow teenagers Ruby and Everett Bohnacker, twins who are still grieving for their older brother Dashiell following his tragic drug overdose. In life, Dash had been a popular, handsome, and charming young man, but underneath that perfection was also a cruel and manipulative side. Now not even death can stop him, as his devious spirit r
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Just getting started with this one and not sure how long I'll be able to stick with it.

Ruby's parents' firstborn is a drug addict (who eventually dies of an overdose), but he's "so beautiful and enchanting" that Ruby believes she and her equally "podgey, unattractive, and socially helpless" twin brother are disappointments, despite Parents having been so desperate for more children that they invested in IVF. Ruby even blames their divorce on said disappointment.

Not her addict brother. Not even
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
I want to thank NetGalley and Tor Teen for providing me with this copy in exchange for an honest review

This is the kind of book you love or hate, and although I really wanted to like it, it wasn't like that. I ended up struggling to finish it, and although it has moments in which I thought it would improve, I really think it was bored and problematic


1/5 Stars

You can find this one and more of my review on my blog A Book. A Thought.

The story follows the Bohnacker family after the death of t
This review and more can be found on Living for the Books

This was nothing like what I was expecting. At all. I can't emphasize that enough. I thought this would be an interesting story about ghosts and new take on what happens when someone dies. At the very least, I thought there would be a kind of family theme going on since the blurb leads me to believe it's going to be all about family. If I could sum up this book, I would have to just say that it's weird. I don't know what else I could possi
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
Apr 03, 2018 marked it as abandoned
Shelves: yabc
DNF at page 176.

See, Dashiell, while possessing his brother Everett's body, rapes his ex-girlfriend Paige. It's rape because she thinks she's fucking Everett and if you have sex with someone while they are under the impression you are a different person, THAT IS RAPE.

Dash is an established Terrible Human Being, so that wasn't the breaking point. My breaking point was Everett being okay with it.

Ever's thoughts on the matter, from page 155:

Then I'm finally free to move, and I'm waking past that pi
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Aug 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, arcs
DNF @ 14%

"People almost never believe things because they're objectively true. They just believe in whatever made-up reality hurts them the least."

I wanted to like this, I really did. I was excited for the gritty mystery and dark paranormal elements to the story, but I did not like the characters or the writing - specifically the dialogue. I found the dialogue to be very juvenile. For me, it didn't fit with the tone of the story and the harsh threats that were present. I also didn't
Stephanie Ward
When I Cast Your Shadow is by far one of the most unique and imaginative books I've ever read. Even now, trying to write this review, my mind continues to reel. This is going to be one of the types of reviews where I don't make much sense and I ramble if I'm not careful. I don't want to do that, so I'll just break down the major points that I loved.

Plot: Completely original and nothing short of awesome. Unlike anything I've ever come across. It's a really complex blend of contemporary and para
Nia •ShadesOfPaper•
You can find this review and others on my blog

“I’ve been waking up every morning gasping and sobbing, my hands thrashing at the air as I try to grab him, stop him, before it’s too late. That nightmare is bad enough, but this was so much worse.”

Well… take a seat and grab a snack because I feel this is going to be a pretty long review (we’ll see about that). I was really anticipating this book because it seems like a pretty creepy read now that fall is a
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, paranormal, ya, arcs
Rating: 3.5 Stars

I was a fan of Porter's debut, Vassa in the Night, and immediately knew I wanted to read this book. I found her writing to be quite captivating, and although her style leaned darker than my norm, I found that I enjoyed her storytelling and wanted more. When I Cast Your Shadow is a ghost story that involves possession, but it is also a story about a family that is grieving, about family dynamics, about trust, about penance.
"it's up to me to remember him the way he really was. To
Heather A
I received a copy from Netgalley.

If I could give this book 0 or minus starts I would, it was really that bad.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book I have actively hated so much. I’m all for diving into dark fiction every now and then but this book was one of the worst, most absurd things I have ever read. It made no sense whatsoever.

Normally I would just say to hell with it if I don’t like it and DNF, which made it all the more irritating because even though I hated the story and loathe
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
I couldn’t wait to start When I Cast Your Shadow after reading Vassa in the Night, and it didn’t disappoint. There were many intriguing aspects to this read, including the supernatural realm that filled many of its pages. I couldn’t help but keep reading on to find out what it all meant and where the main characters would stand at the end. How couldn’t I be taken it by it so quickly with such an intense dream written into the first chapter.

“And then I’m jolted out of myself, and I watch while Da
May 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: disappointing
No, no, no.

I do not need to read about sisters infatuated with brothers in ways that are entirely not ok and yet weirdly dwelled upon and definitely not questioned enough. I do not need to read scenes where consent is blurry at absolute best and this is commented upon but not condemned.

I can barely even say I finished this, it was so skimmed through. I can't believe this is by the writer of Vassa in the NIght, which I loved for all its eerie darkness. This was just a big N.O.
Leontiy Cristea
Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Actual rating: 5 (like, one tiny sliver under, if we're being entirely honest! Like, that teeny, tiny sliver of a number between 4.XXXX and 5). Full review available at: Jet Black Ink

✎ I adored most things about this book, but the way it’s written is just so wonderful and so very lyrical and magical in places, whilst being utterly raw and hard in others, and both these styles really shouldn’t go together so well – and yet they do. Part of that makes this book so very, very delightful is the stra
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, horror
Huge thank you to the lovely people at Tor for allowing me the opportunity to read this on NetGalley!

I absolutely LOVED Vassa in the Night so of course I was super excited about this new Sarah Porter book! I was not disappointed one bit! Sarah Porter still remains, in my mind, probably the most original and inventive YA author writing at the moment. Her work is definitely not for everyone since it is soooo dark and creepy, but if you can handle that kind of thing, I highly highly recommend her
Anna Schumacher
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is a surreal, beautiful fever dream. The prose was so gorgeous it made me ache—every sentence as lovingly handcrafted as a wrought iron bed frame. I loved the imaginative descriptions of the "borderlands," the shadowy world between life and death, and the thought and world-building that went into explaining how someone from the borderlands can come to possess a living person, and what they can and cannot do with them when this happens.

The action kept me up too late reading for several
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Thanks to TorTeen for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

Paranormal stories are something I've always loved. Give me the creepiest horror stories you've got! So when I read the premise for WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW by Sarah Porter, I was excited to get it started. However, this definitely wasn't the creepy paranormal story I was anticipating. It was a much lighter version.

We follow a family that is dealing with grief. There were three siblings - one deceased and the twins (with only one mou
Aug 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, arc
*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher (Macmillan-Tor/Forge) for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.

I really wanted to love this book, but try as I might I didn’t. In the beginning, I even forced myself to laugh and tear up where I knew I should be laughing and tearing up. In the end, too many things went wrong for me to enjoy it.

Firstly, the characters are written very young. If Ruby and Everett’s age hadn’t been explicitly stated, I would have pegge
That was so much creepier than I expected...

I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. It was so dark and twisted and, in my opinion, the perfect autumn-y, Halloween read. I'm not sure why I didn't anticipate all the creepiness from the title/cover/description, but anyway I think it's good to go into a mysterious, twisty book like this without knowing too much about it.

I had some trouble connecting with the characters and understanding their motives. I really liked Everett, so I felt personally o
Anna K.
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmmm where to start with this book... Not my favourite read, took me over a year to finish it. I put it down about halfway through because the characters really just didn't connect with me. Slightly stereotyped and overused character types/personalities so nothing too unique in that category which made for an uninteresting read in that sense. I guess it's hard to relate to characters when you haven't been through similar experiences but even the emotions weren't relatable, if that makes sense. I ...more
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You don't want to miss this unique and twisted paranormal/supernatural read!
>>Full review in my book blog.<<

By the way, I already have a fan-cast for Dashiell!!!

**Also, HUGE thanks to the publisher for giving me a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book just gets creepier and creepier! I LOVE IT!! Definitely a page turner! I love and admire her writing style!

This has been my favorite read for 2017. I felt things for the siblings that I've never really felt before for characters in a book. Very artistic world building ~ I was right there experiencing things with them. I think the writer did a fantastic job making this book a real treat for the senses. I've never read a ghost story like this and I doubt I will ever read anything like it
Oct 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having just suffered a loss of my own (my fiance), it was perfect timing for this book to come into my life. It dealt with love and loss in a way that I was able to keep separate enough from my own experience that it didn't hurt to read it. To quote Dashiell: keep what you need, and forget the rest. And that's what I plan to do.
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written story about siblings, life and death. Really enjoyed this one. Darkly seductive nightmarish type of book. 5 stars.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars.

This book review is going to be one of the most difficult ones for me to write, and that is because I am not too sure what to make of this book! Fellow bloggers who I’ve mentioned this to, have reassured me that this is a normal feeling to have toward a Sarah Porter book, so I’m not too worried…but that will not make this any easier to write. The rating itself was also something that I had difficulty with; constantly weighing my pros and cons regarding this book. Always adjusting, lean
Joana Bookneeders
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*

I was hoping  I would love this book, but it was nothing like what I was expecting. I really didn't like it...

I really enjoy paranormal stories, especially ones that make me believe it could actually be real. And although this one felt scary, it mainly felt messed up and it didn't grip me at all. I was
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
When I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter

Title: When I Cast Your Shadow
Author: Sarah Porter
First Published: Oct 17
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 384
Price on Amazon: Hardback £13.91 Kindle: £11.45
ISBN: 0765380560

Even in death, she can't let him go.

Ruby's brother died and Ruby is haunted by him in her dreams what she doesn't know is if it is a dream come true or a nightmare she'll never be able to escape.

Everett is Ruby's twin brother and he's always been jealous of his older brother, but can Everett
DNF at 50%

Conceptually - this had the potential to be a really fantastic book. That said, the actual execution left little to be desired. I completely understand what the author was trying to do here and to some extent she was successful. I mean Ruby and Everett truly encapsulate the idea of how far one will go for the people they love. And an examination of sibling relationships/rivalries? Count me in! I think where the author starting losing me was with the slow-moving and almost wayward plot
Mrs. Davi
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not one of my favorites. There were some weirdly developed characters and themes I wouldn't necessarily find to be appropriate for middle schoolers. I'd say if this is on your reading list, you find some others. 😮
Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
Sep 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
This review was originally published on Spinatale Reviews.

I really struggled to get through this book. I put it down at least five times, only to give it another chance after a few days. The summary sounded so intriguing, I kept thinking that it would get better if I stuck it out just a bit longer. Unfortunately, it wasn't well-executed and never got better, which made for a tedious and problematic read.

After Dashiell "Dash" Bohnacker's untimely demise due to an overdose, his family is strugglin
Jul 17, 2018 rated it did not like it
I enjoyed Vassa in the Night which was compelling weird so I was excited to read this one. But unfortunately, this book was disturbingly weird, in the worst way. I had some major problems with this one, and it should be read with caution as it may be very triggering for anyone who went through sexual abuse (see spoiler for more info).

Ruby and Everett are the IVF twins of a rich New York neurosurgeon absentee father. Their charismatic older brother, Dashiell, recently committed suicide by overdos
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I write stories that seem to me to be quite true enough for all practical purposes. Among them are VASSA IN THE NIGHT, THE LOST VOICES TRILOGY, and the forthcoming WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW and TENTACLE AND WING. Realism makes little sense to me and I experience more truth in the

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