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Shadow Play

(The Fae Games #1)

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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  84 reviews
They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger—if that's the case, I better be badass by the time this is over.

After two years at a dead-end job, Rebecca Peterson finally walks away from everything she knows to follow her dreams in Ireland. Instead of dreams, the dreary streets of Belfast rekindle her terrifying nightmares, and this time they aren't confined to her imag
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Kindle Edition, 361 pages
Published June 23rd 2018 by Jill Ramsower, LLC
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Hannah
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: stand-outs
I really liked this book. I think it's a good urban fae fantasy. And, I really enjoyed reading this. Also, the Arthurian characters/aspects were an amazing addition to this book. The biggest issue I had was with the necklace. So, in this book the Main character Becca has a necklace and the necklace gives her powers and the sight to see the fae. But without the necklace she's just a normal unseeing unpowerful human. I wanted the main character to have powers and the sight in her own right, not by ...more
Mellie Antoinette
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
***Received an #earc thanks to #netgalley & @jillramsower for a fair review***

First Impressions: Wow, this is super cheesy!

But that’s not unexpected! The urban fae fantasy genre has been done so well that I find myself super judgy of new entries to the cast. Boy, does Jill Ramsower deliver! Shadow Play had some unexpected twists that left me quite impressed!

Second Thoughts: It’s like Mackayla Lane, Meredith Gentry and Rebecca
Peterson just became the new Sanderson sisters of Fairy.

Rebecc
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Anja
Oct 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
*3 FAE STARS*

This book was actually a pretty nice surprise, but mainly because my expectations were not that high to begin with.
It was interesting from the very start though! The writing was great, the pacing as well, I loved the Irish setting and the Arthurean characters. Sadly, it was the ending I struggled with the most.

You know how most books end with this huge event happening or maybe even a cliffhanger? Well, nothing of the sort happens here. It just continues on as usual and suddenly it's
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Anastasia シ
Full Review on my blog!
"Don't be afraid of the unknown merely because it's unknown. I have no doubt your strengths will see you through this."


Oh my god. This was perfect. The perfect faerie book, I've never really liked faerie books/never really gotten into them but this series has blown my mind! Such a unique series, I recommend reading it.

Rebecca, or Becca has been a waitress for two years, and after an exhausting night slugging away table after table, so she decides that she can do better,
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Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Overall, a very quick and entertaining read! I blasted through it, and now that the stage is set, I’m really looking forward to book #2. There’s the world of fae that I’ve grown to love, with a few changes to the formula. They’re able to lie. There seem to be more rules and a greater division when it comes to their interactions with humanity. And there are links between fae characters and ones we’ve heard about through history and literature. I really enjoyed that last bit. There’s a wee bit of ...more
Rylee (Hermit Odysseus)
Overall, a very quick and entertaining read! I blasted through it, and now that the stage is set, I’m really looking forward to book #2. There’s the world of fae that I’ve grown to love, with a few changes to the formula. They’re able to lie. There seem to be more rules and a greater division when it comes to their interactions with humanity. And there are links between fae characters and ones we’ve heard about through history and literature. I really enjoyed that last bit. There’s a wee bit of ...more
♥ Kayleigh Kehoe ⚜ (Awkword Reviews)✍
"'Don't be afraid of the unknown merely because it's unknown. I have no doubt your strengths will see you through this.'"

Rebecca Peterson has been a waitress for two years, and after a gruelling night slogging away table after table, she receives a job offer for the job of her dreams. After moving from New York City to Ireland, Rebecca steps off the plane, and comes face to face with her living nightmares rather than her dreams. Equipped with her strange necklace that seems to hold magical pro
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Anna
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review

I tried really hard to like this book. There are a lot of good elements that I really, really liked but I think that they were executed poorly. The concept of the story is great, reading the synopsis I couldn’t wait to jump into this world with Fae entering the human world and Rebecca caught getting caught in the middle. Then throw in the mystery surrounding why she is the only one who can see the Fae and the promise
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Diane Lynch
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
review to come
Energy
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I used the "Look Inside" feature and read: "I flashed my teeth in a look that was probably more creepy carnie than patient waitress" I knew I had to read this. I read a lot of books from self-published authors and rarely are they this well-written or this well-edited. I'm very impressed with both aspects.

The storyline is a lot of fun. We meet Becca who is an adventurist at heart, and she's headed off to Ireland to pursue her dream of working in a museum. But once she gets there, things sta
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Katrin Schäfer
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shadow Play
A Dark Fantasy Novel
von Jill Ramsower
Jill Ramsower
Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
Cover:
A wonderful cover for a book of this genre.
Review:
"They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger—if that's the case, I better be badass by the time this is over."
Shadow Play: A Dark Fantasy Novel is the first book in The Fae Games by Jill Ramsower, a book that drew me in right away with its beautiful prose and storytelling craft. The plot is well done and the cha
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Rebecca Delgrosso Kennedy
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was such a fun read! I absolutely love stories about the Fae, and books set in Ireland and this one had both. The author did a really good job of using Ireland as the backdrop to the story. I loved her detailed descriptions of the different kinds of Fae. The main character, Rebecca was a very believable character and I felt she was very well developed. I loved her relationships with her girlfriends and her developing relationship with Lochlan. Speaking of...let's t ...more
Stevie McCoy
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The blurb is already intriguing, and the book doesn't disappoint. Not many people can say they don't connect with Becca about being stuck in a dead-end job. Then having the chance to actually pursue your dream job, not one person I know wouldn't drop everything and go... Plus IRELAND? Duh! Of course we are jumping on a plane and meeting some hot guys with accents... but no one anticipated that they would be dangerous... and there was a whole world of supernatural creepers that were starting a WA ...more
Bobbie Kirkland
I received a free copy of Shadow Play (Book 1 of the Fae Games) by Jill Ramsower in exchange for an honest review. Insofar as the book is marketed as fantasy, the main character is Rebecca Peterson. When she moves to Ireland for work, she becomes entangled with the Wild Hunt. Most of the book is spent trying to figure out what’s going on. Insofar as the book was marketed as a romance, there was no romance, just sex. Rebecca has two “suitors.” One man treats her incredibly badly/roughly/abusively ...more
Pam
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
I always enjoy when the main character of a book moves out of her comfort zone, or moves somewhere new. I thought it was a nice touch that Becca’s best friend went with her to help her settle in. And I really did enjoy this story. But I did have a real problem connecting to the characters unfortunately. I just didn’t feel anything for them, and that’s something that can make or break a book for me. However, I did start to feel more connected to them towards the end.

All in all, it was a good stor
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Coco.V
Dec 26, 2018 marked it as maybe
Shelves: freebies
💝 FREE on Amazon today (12/26/2018)! 💝

Blurb:
They say what doesn't kill you makes you stronger—if that's the case, I better be badass by the time this is over.

After two years at a dead-end job, Rebecca Peterson finally walks away from everything she knows to follow her dreams in Ireland. Instead of dreams, the dreary streets of Belfast rekindle her terrifying nightmares, and this time they aren't confined to her imagination. Twisted and vicious, Faeries are being unleashed on Earth to prey upon h
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Gillian
Sep 02, 2018 rated it liked it
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Emily
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca is living in New York when she starts thinking seriously about a career change. When her application is accepted at a museum in Belfast, Ireland, she and her best friend and roommate, Ashley, hop on a plane. Immediately, Rebecca starts encountering strange men and even more surprisingly, strange creatures . She is soon thrown into the world of Fae, meeting people who tell her strange, wonderous, and sometimes conflicting things. Where does she fit into all of this? Can she survive among ...more
Ruffina Os
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shadow Play: A Dark Fantasy Novel is the first book in The Fae Games by Jill Ramsower, a book that drew me in right away with its beautiful prose and storytelling craft. Rebecca Peterson moves to Belfast, Ireland in pursuit of a better life, leaving behind a dreary job, but moving away doesn’t stop her from having the nightmares that have terrified her for so long now. Nefarious faeries are unleashed on earth to target humans that have no idea of what danger they are in. But only Becca can see t ...more
Abbey
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
When Rebecca decides she has finally had enough of her dead-end waitressing job in New York, she follows her dreams and finds a job opening at a museum in Ireland. However, her arrival in Belfast triggers a series of events she never could have predicted.

Overall I enjoyed this new take on urban fantasy, especially the allusions to classical mythology and Arthurian legend. Full of faeries, mythological creatures, partying, intrigue, and romance, this book fits well under the title of modern YA f
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Misty
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

Shadow Play: A Dark Fantasy Novel (The Fae Games) (Volume 1) by Jill Ramsower falls into the dual genres of fantasy and urban fiction. This book would appeal most to a diverse audience of mature young adults and adults who enjoy reading about mystical creatures and who do not mind explicit language and a love scene. Rebecca Peterson’s life is forever changed by her decision to leave her job and travel to Ireland. In Ireland, Rebecca learns that human
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Julie
Reading the characters point of view isn’t always my favourite way to read.
So after reading the back cover I went in .......
And was pleasantly surprised. The scenes were very well written, and flowed nicely. The characters were very three dimensional, and believable.

So ...... Rebecca is just a “normal” human, she has recurring nightmares, and now they seem to be coming true. She “sees” things other people don’t. And that includes the fae (not at all like tinker belle) 🧚♀ and they want to take
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Megan Hamm
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Oh Lochlan, how I love the bad boy! I really enjoyed this book. I love a light cliff-hanger that leaves you wanting for more, and I like that this book will be a duet and not a 27 book series. Sometimes you need short and sweet. On the same note, I probably would continue this series even if I had to wait a year between books, and it was going to be a 27 book series.

I was a little worried at first, because I thought
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Kelly-Jo Sweeney
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
It took me a little while to get into this one. I'm not sure if that was down to the beginning of the book or just my frame of mind. Having said that, once I was into it, I couldn't put it down and have polished it off and started the second straight away.

This book is both part of a series and a duet. Which means, that this one ends on a bit of a cliffhanger (hence my starting book two immediately). As a rule, I'm not a fan of books that leave you gasping for the next instalment, or rather, I e
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Andrea Stewart
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review is done in conjunction with NerdGirl.

To start off, I am a sucker for anything Fae related, so this one had me from the title, and it did not disappoint!

I love the main character, Becca, she is strong, intuitive, and sassy! She knows what she wants to do and when the opportunity of a lifetime comes knocking at her door, she takes it and runs! I love that it takes place in Ireland and that there is a bit of mystery surrounding Becca and her origins. She has some run ins with some guys
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Natassia Sequeira
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Bianca ღ
Oct 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, arc
Full Review on my blog!

*a copy of Fae Games Duet was provided by the author*

I'm currently on a hiatus, but omg I needed to read and review this!

I was instantly drawn in, and couldnt put it down! Rebecca Peterson moves to Belfast, Ireland in pursuit of a better life, leaving behind her job as a waitress, but moving away doesn’t stop her from having the nightmares that have terrified her for so long now.

I love Becca, she is strong, intuitive, and sassy! She knows what she wants to do and when the
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Kaitlyn
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This was by far one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I love books where supernatural meets the human world, but this one blew me away and makes all other Fae books look like child's play. With a perfect blend of suspense, romance, and supernatural, this is perfect for all types of (adult) readers. The way Jill Ramsower writes kept me interested and wondering what was going to happen next, especially with all the details she includes. I love the description of West Texas since I'm ...more
Destiny Bridwell
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
 I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I want to thank the author for actually sending me a physical copy of this book. I love Becca she is just bold and out there. I would have to say my favorite character in the book is Ronan. There is just something about him that just speaks to me. After reading this I will never look at the fae the same way. There were times this book just gave me that chills. I do love how Ronan and Becca meet. It kind of made me laugh. She seemed a ...more
Sydnie Sandlin
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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“I crossed the distance between us and I reared back and slapped him as hard as I could. Hands trembling with rage, I stood my ground and said what would hurt him the most.

“Lochlan was right about you, piece of shit,” I said on a shaky voice and his eyes flashed with fury.

He grabbed my arm painfully, whipping me around to face him as if he was going to spew more ugly words at me, but nothing came out. Instead, his brows creased as if in confusion and his eyes danced from my chest to my face and back. I yanked the lapel of my coat over my chest, which had been exposed from the low neckline of my blouse, and wrestled myself from his grip. Taking a step back, our eyes met and my skin crawled at the devious intent written in his glare. His chin lifted and a shit-eating grin spread across his face, eyes gleaming with an unspoken threat.”
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