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The Shadow Girl

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  1,857 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia has always known she was different. Most teenagers feel unnoticed and unseen, but for Zylia, it's something much worse. She's disappearing from this world and doesn't know how to stop it. At times, she's not sure she wants to. Until she stumbles across a family mystery surrounding the disappearance of her great-aunt Angelica years earlier. Duri ...more
Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published December 28th 2017 by Between the Lines Publishing
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Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing

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“The Shadow Girl” is a young adult novel that will definitely appeal to many young people. However, I think anyone, of any age, who has ever felt unnoticed or ignored, would also enjoy this novel.

Thirteen year old, Zylia Moss is a very introverted young girl who feels like she’s living in the shadows, invisible to almost everyone. She’s very shy and avoids social situations as she worries that she’ll do or say something to e
Larry H
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Have you ever felt invisible? Even though you may be speaking or doing something to get attention, have you ever felt like people just aren't hearing or noticing you?

Thirteen-year-old Zylia feels that way constantly. But it's more than being one of six kids, competing for the attention of her parents, and it's more than just adolescent insecurity or impatience. There have been times where her mother literally doesn't see her, doesn't serve her breakfast alongside her siblings. There even was a t
Why This Book
The concept of a shadow has always been a fascinating subject, and when I saw it in the title of a book, I wanted to learn more. I chatted with the author on Goodreads a few times about her life as a writer, quickly finding myself even more intrigued. I got a copy of the book and then saw she was having a blog tour – by the virtue of luck, I got myself included as part of the team (which I’m incredibly grateful for) and dove head first into reading the book. And I’m so glad I did… w
Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
4.5 stars!

Spellbinding. Haunting. Eye-opening. Unforgettable. Brilliant.

This novel follows thirteen-year-old Zylia, a shy and lonely girl who is searching for her purpose in life. Zylia has a large family with loving parents, yet often feels alone and ignored amidst the chaos of life at home with her five siblings. At school she feels as if she is constantly in the way and often invisible.

There were times I questioned if the plot was real or fantasy which is usually a turn-off for me. However,
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nook-books
I'm certain this book would be classified as a young adult novel, but I believe it would appeal to people of all ages.

The narrator is shy, insecure, 13-year old Zylia Moss who struggles with being noticed at school and at home and fears she is literally disappearing. She describes each member of her family and their three-story house, which is home to her parents, six siblings, and her grandmother who had recently been diagnosed with dementia. By the second chapter, she had transported me back a
☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
Just WOW! This was such an amazing story that was filled with intensity and really touched on important issues that many of us face like low self-esteem, anxiety, loneliness and just feeling completely invisible. I could relate to Zylia in so many ways and my heart was doing flip flops because the author was able to describe her emotions so well. I was stunned at the descriptions in this book and found myself totally captivated by the storyline.

I rooted for Zylia and I turned pages as fast as po
Noah Nichols
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last time I checked (which was earlier today), I'm more of the male variety, but The Shadow Girl has made me feel like a weepy lady. Zylia Moss is a resoundingly relatable, super sturdy character to carry any story, really. She isn't overbearing or long-winded—much like I am at times! But enough about me. Let's type about this fic!

I adored the respectful pacing and writing of this novel. All throughout, it is well-written, and author Misty Mount's obvious knowledge of obscure words was a highli
Apr 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is essentially a teen or young adult read but the beauty and complexity of the writing makes it accessible for an older audience too. Written in first person, Zylia is a 13-year-old struggling to be seen and heard in both her home and school environments. She feels like she’s disappearing and often finds her reflection is losing substance. She’s the third child of six living in a household of nine people when you include her aging grandmother who is showing the signs of dementia. Zylia is s ...more
Tamara Beach
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Shadow Girl as I edited it—the story was riveting, well-written, and perfectly paced. I think readers of all ages can relate to Zylia, especially those of us who were thirteen years old at one time and those who will be thirteen at some point in the future. (I mean, what thirteen-year-old hasn't had at least some awkward moments?) But for some of us, our shy and quiet personalities make us feel a special bond with Zylia, who gets virtually ignored and trampled on ...more
Carol Jensen
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
OMG! I really enjoyed this book. Zylia, a young teenage girl easily blended in and felt like she was slipping away... disappearing.

The author throws some real life issues into this story and makes it delightfully eerie. The thing that clinched it for me was when Zylia was talking with her Grandmother, in the home and that connection came up with the dementia and the dark places. I have never read about anything like that. THEY say everything has been done. Hardly anything original comes out any
✨Sumi's Books✨
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A riveting coming-of-age fantasy.
Zylia is a teenager unseen. And for most teenagers that is their world. But Zylia finds herself passing into shadow... into the In-Between World. However when she happens upon discovering the mystery of her long disappeared great-aunt she finds herself unable to continue her journey into the In-Between World. She must stay and discover what happened to her aunt. But can she unravel the mystery before she is trapped forever?
Great book Misty! Very well written and
Didi Oviatt
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think what I loved most about this book is the balance. There is a little mystery tied in, making you think and wonder. But, more importantly it brings about awareness on a couple different subjects that are rarely touched on. They're real and necessary subjects that actual people and families face oh so often, making the entire story relate-able. From cover to cover this book brings about certain emotions that really tug on the heart strings! Tying it all together is the pace and character de ...more
Anna Lane
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was quite a surprise to find myself enjoying the book -an urban fantasy. It's my first book from the author who is obviously talented. The prose flows smoothly -almost invites you in Zylia's head. Every chapter gets you hooked.

Shadow Girl follows Zylia, an introverted girl who lives with her big family of three brothers and one sister. A girl who feels overwhelmed, shadowed, and ignored. Her elder sister gets a lot of attention. Zylia also has a crush, but, shy as ever, she can only watch th
K.T. Munson
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Zylia Moss is so vividly painted, it is as though the author conjured her from a real person and not imagination. Very rarely do I read first person and think 'this was done right!' This painfully shy girl is in many ways a reluctant heroine but for sure the heroine of her own story. The subtle interactions and internal thoughts built Zylia into a very real character. Supporting characters like her family and Terra. Everything was painted from Zylia's point of view and it was expertly
Robert Hunt
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Shadow Girl" was very well written. I could sure relate to the main character in the book. Zylia is a very quiet teenage girl who doesn't feel she fits in with everyone else. She felt invisible, like no one noticed her. She is part of a large family. It was interesting getting to know the family and seeing their day to day struggles and seeing how different their personalities were. It has an interesting twist in the story, that if Zylia doesn't do something soon, she really will be invisib ...more
Jillian DeVoe
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't say how much I loved this book! I related to the main character in so many ways it's like the author had a connection to my mind. This mystery kept me on my toes from beginning to end. And had just the right amount of comedic relief! This author can describe things unlike any other author I've read. I was able to have that moment where you don't realize you're reading anymore but more an ongoing movie played out perfectly in my mind. I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone! Wa ...more
Danielle N
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy, ya
The Shadow Girl was a welcomed new addition to my shelves that boasted an unexpectedly powerful protagonist and story-line. Almost instantly my experience with the book was rewarding. However, I was not prepared for how personal it was going to become. I am favoring brevity for this review, as I believe that exploring Zylia’s evolution as a young woman is best left for the reader.

At the age of 13, Zylia Moss is socially withdrawn, reserved and lives an introverted life among the shadows of her f
Porsche Mbezi
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Story

Absolutely loved this book! This author has an amazing ability to tell a story. Not just any story... a story that grabs your attention and holds on to the very end. I was pulled in by the story-line as well as the excellent character development. My favorite is the end you'll fall in love with her. I'm really looking forward to reading more from this author. A hidden gem!!
Mark Elvy
Dec 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having had the pleasure of reading ‘The Shadow Girl,’ I can honestly say that Misty is a very talented writer. The story had me hooked from the opening page, is well crafted, and flows easily throughout the book.
The characters are believable and you can’t help but love each and every one of them. I enjoyed following Zylia’s journey and watch her blossom as the story unfolded, with moments of humour which made me smile out loud to parts tinged with sadness as Zylia’s loneliness and anxiety take c
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Shadow Girl is a young adult novel but it's written from a grown up point in the main character's life so both young and old can enjoy it. If you've never struggled with anxiety you will definitely understand it better after reading this book. The whole novel has a creepy, mysterious vibe that even gave me goosebumps at some places. The main character, Zylia was so easy for me to love. She has a funny, awkward and downright endearing personality. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves d ...more
Darque  Dreamer
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow Girl brought on a whirlwind of emotions. I was taken back to those awkward teenage years where I knew I didn’t quite fit in. It was a literal, and metaphorical, expression of loneliness and depression. It was beautiful, sad, and hope inspiring all at once.

I loved how I was able to see through the eyes of a 13-year-old girl without feeling like I was reading something meant for a 13-year-old girl. Not to say that this wasn’t suited for that age range, but that the writing was well deve
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever felt invisible like you didn't belong? You watch life unfold on the sidelines never really feeling you are a part of it.

This is how Zylia Moss feels. She is only 13 years old and for most of her life she feels as if she is living in the shadows watching her family from afar. Zylia does not feel like she belongs anywhere. Even in school, Zylia feels alone. She does not have any friends and no one ever seems to see her. Zylia's only solace is her younger sister Ivy. Ivy is the only o
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
What an extraordinary page-turner!

This unique coming-of-age story is about a young teen named Zylia. Zylia is a very special person. She’s talented, empathetic, sweet and possesses a unique insight into the human condition. The problem is, she doesn’t know this about herself. In fact, if you asked her she would probably come up with a huge list if things she is NOT. As a result, she is fading away more and more every day. The only things keeping her ‘visible’ is her new and only friend, and a my
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
What an extraordinary page-turner!

This unique coming-of-age story is about a young teen named Zylia. Zylia is a very special person. She’s talented, empathetic, sweet and possesses a unique insight into the human condition. The problem is, she doesn’t know this about herself. In fact, if you asked her she would probably come up with a huge list if things she is NOT. As a result, she is fading away more and more every day. The only things keeping her ‘visible’ is her new and only friend, and a my
Stacy Rucker
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, probably because the 13 year old I was myself totally identified with Shy Zylia Moss. There were a lot of characters in this book, but none so complex as Zylia. The author brought each and every one of them to life through Zylia and their connection to her. I wondered how the bold concept of a girl beginning to disappear would be resolved. Would it be figurative or imagined or something more real? I won't give that part away, but I do love how Mount handled it, and I have to a ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"I have always known that I am invisible—I had no idea that eventually I would fade away completely."

THIS BOOK!!!! It deserves so many shiny stars, and hearts and a nice big trophy! Misty Mount is such an enormously talented writer! The way she was able to develop Zylia Moss’ world and the characters in it, all through just Zylia's eyes was AMAZING!!! The characters were very well developed. I felt I knew each character well, and the ones that Zylia was closest her sister, Ivy, and h
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow Girl is a Young Adult novel with Zylia as the main character. She is a lovely girl, thoughtful, compassionate and kindhearted. She struggles with being noticed, or for that matter being seen at all. With the exception of very few people, she feels invisible. 

The surprise of the story is they actually do not see her. She gets passed over at meals when she's home and quizzes when she's at school. She gets bumped into and trampled on. To make matters worse, the only time she does get not
J Aislynn d'Merricksson
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 📚📚📚📚

Zylia Moss is an aloof young girl, who spends much time alone. She stumbles upon a mystery, and gets drawn in to learning about the disappearance of her great-aunt. Solving this mystery may just be the key to keeping Zylia herself from fading away into obscurity.

This was a lovely read! I really appreciated Zylia. Being an extreme introvert myself, I grok the feeling of being near invisible, of having low self-esteem, and if the panic that can ensure when such an introvert is not give
J.K. Battaglia
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
An Extremely Shy Girl Who Needs To Discover Herself

Misty Mount has created a pleasant read about a young girl Zylia who drifts between reality and an alternate world and she doesn’t quite know exactly why. It’s a coming of age story, of sorts, where Zylia is extremely shy, unsure of herself, and feels less loved by everyone around her. And she must discover herself, her self worth, and her value to others. Misty has managed to masterfully describe a young girl’s despondency at every waking momen
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book left me flipping through the pages to see what would happen next. The story follows Zylia, and her adventure in finding herself and finding friends. I felt very close to the main character, because I too am shy and have anxiety and depression. I relate to the mom and how she escapes through books as well. The story has wonderful twists and turns that will have you excited to read on! Loved it!!!
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“Blackness. Nothingness. It was in the shape of a giant, hazy shadow, enveloping me, swallowing me, and digesting me into the unknown. It was my biggest fear and my ultimate fate.” 0 likes
“I did my best to fight and claw my way back to the life I once knew, but panic had taken over and colors were swirling and fading all around me. It was all turning into a great cloud of blackness, just like the one I had seen in my dream. The looming cloud of nothingness I had feared for so long was finally grabbing me, wiping my world dark and blank. The darkness was thick and intense, an inky void that stretched to eternity in every direction. Eventually my panic burnt itself out and I simply stayed there in the dark, feeling as if someone had drained my adrenal glands. I was no longer responding to the dark with fear, but acceptance. In fact, curiosity was beginning to take over.
The longer I let myself stare into it, the less dark it appeared. After some time, I realized that it was all different shades of murky black and foggy gray overlapping and undulating, just out of focus. I blinked mentally and suddenly she was there, standing above me with concern etched in sooty-colored lines on her monochromatic face.”
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