A Light Amongst Shadows
The rumours about William’s sexuality a ...more
Kale Williams was a new to me narrator, but he really did a fantastic job with this book!
Forget about the whole ‘ghosts can’t hurt you’ theory! These ghosts are angry, and they can kill…
James Spencer is 17 and has been sent to an all-boys school by his parents to finish school. This school is mostly for troubled or unwanted teenage boys, so everyone has a back story that’s awfully sad.
From the moment James has arrived, he ...more
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ARC provided by the author.
There are three main points one has to make about A Light Amongst Shadows, when describing it: 1) it's historical fiction, 2) it's a ghost story & 3) it's gay. Now, for me personally, that was already enough to make me wanna read the book. So I'm easy to entertain, so what.
The whole things takes place at a boarding school for boys and it's a very creepy one right from the start. Which is great because this i ...more
I really enjoy a good boarding school mystery and the romance was the SO SWEET and fun.
I'm not a big fan of the resolution, though, and the ending wasn't really satisfying to me (too many open questions), so that's why I took off that 1.25 stars. ...more
The audiobook was fantastic. I would give the narrator 5 stars. This was my first time listening to an audio narrated by Kale Williams and he really did a great job.
James and William were lovely characters, but for some reason the story didn't grab me as much as I thought it would.
James has been exiled to a remote residential boys' school, where a variety of teen boys with difficult histories are brought together for supervision, rehabilitation, and education. The reason for James's banishment from his family is gradually revealed, but he has a naturally resilient spirit and is determined to make the best of the situation. The schoo ...more
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This is a pretty dark and scary book, and the narrator, Kale Williams does a nice job with it. There are a wide variety of characters here, and I don't think I've ever heard Kale Williams do so many different British accents before. ...more
The characters and scenery are very real and I feel I’m in the room with them. And I love them!
Kelley and Rowan weave a marvelous gothic tale with fully developed characters and scenery. I will definitely read the rest of their books.
The school bells chime as they have every day before, but the sun seems a little brighter when I wake to it shining upon William’s face.
ARC kindly provided by Kelley York
Rep: gay mc, bi li with depression
Content Warnings: discussion of past CSA, drug abuse, torture, murder
I know it's only April and this is likely going to be a bold statement, but I'm going to open up this review by declaring that this is probably one of the best books I'll read all year, if not the best book. That being said ...more
These are NTM authors—I’m so glad I took a chance on them! I’m a huge fan of YA books. I know many others are not, but I like the fact that they truly focus on character, relationships, and plot. They don’t have sex scene after sex scene to make up word count.
Well, this was a winner with me! 👏👏❤️❤️!! It had all the makings of a gre ...more
special thanks to britt for recommending this book to me!
let me start this off by saying that i would die for james and william, okay? okay.
i really enjoyed this story! i especially loved the writing style, it’s very easy to get into and so much fun to devour. this was a spooky mystery with gays and it’s just brilliant. it’s also heartbreaking at times which just mad ...more
You know how some people reread Harry Potter over and over again? Well, I could read this series a million times and never tire of it. I love these boys so much. ❤️
My second read of this book involved my reading the physical copy rather than the ebook and it is GORGEOUS
I recently interviewed Kelley York, 1/2 of the authors who wrote A Light Amongst Shadows, a YA historical LGBT romance w/ supernatur ...more
Overall 5 out of 5 stars
Performance 5 out of 5 stars
Story 5 out of 5 stars
So much love!
I loved this book sooo much, so imagine my complete and utter delight when Kelley York announced it, and the follow-up, A Hymn in the Silence, were going to be made into audiobooks! I could hardly stand the wait. But oh my word, was it worth it!
Man, it was hard though, listening to this and knowing what was to come, especially with a certain character. But I just loved revisiting everyone and "s ...more
To put it simple i was blown away. One of the best books of 2018. Reminded me a bit of Harry Potter with a touch of Carry on and a dash of Stalking Prince Dracula. I cant tell you how much i loved this. I recommend this to everyone. Please read it =) ...more
Like I'm not a big fan of YA, but honestly I barely even registered that the main characters were young adults here. I am so amazed that I don't know what else to say. ...more
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars
"Love is enough: though the World be a-waning."
Phew. I finally finished A Light Amongst Shadows by Kelley York and Rowan Altwood. How long did it take me to finish, you ask? Two months. Two months... However, it has nothing to do with the book itself. Personal matters tend to get in the way of reading, I've found.Short review just because I don't have too much to say, but A Light Amongst Shadows was pretty decent read for me. Nothing astonishing about it, ...more
I was easily distracted when I started it and just kept putting it down and to be honest I didn't find James to be all that likable!
I picked it up again this week and ended up enjoying it very much though. It starts very slow and is probably a bit too long but the end was exciting and the epilogue sets it up for potentially being a really interesting series.
I think I would like to read A Hymn in the Silence as I feel I'd prefer William to James! *this i ...more
A true delight and a surprise.
Perfect ghost story for this time of year, although I'd add read this whenever cause it was truly lovely.
I will not go into the story not even a bit for fear of spoilers. What I would say is the author managed to convey a gothic atmosphere and contain her world into the confines of the boys school. The story took the characteristics of a dreamlike experience and it explores dark themes indeed.
There were some inconsistencies ...more
Creepy, atmospheric, and I absolutely loved it. This is a YA book, so it’s steam level is zero, but if you wrote it off just because it’s YA I think you’d miss out on a lot. There’s a sense of suspense throughout the entire novel, and an intriguing mystery about half the way through. It’s romantic, and spooky, and I will definitely continue with the series. If you like audiobooks, you MUST hear the story as performed by Kale Williams, as he does an absolutely phenomenal job.
I’m thoroughly disappointed. I honestly wanted to like this book more than I did. I even made lame excuses for all the faults I found, all the way up to the last page, telling myself again and again: Don’t worry, Kyle. I’m sure it’ll get better. There has to be a reason everything feels so uncharacteristically predictable. Just wait for the end; you’ll see how wrong you were to doubt— You’ll be surprised!
Right from the get-go, though, the story threw me of ...more
It’s creepy and scary, but hopeful and sweetly romantic. I was so hooked on this story I didn’t want to put it down- I needed to find out the secrets and what was coming next. But then I’d find myself setting it aside, because as much as I wanted to know what was coming, I didn’t want it to end. James and William, and the mystery that was Whisperwood, had me under their spell.
The world building and the character development ...more
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