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Tanvi isn’t the girl of Misha’s dreams; she’s the girl from his nightmares. She has appeared in his chilling dreams before he even meets her; when he DOES meet her, he falls for her.

Their relationship turns stormy, bordering on abusive, and takes a dramatic turn when they are held captive by a group hoping to extract money from Tanvi’s wealthy family.

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Leelynn (Sometimes Leelynn Reads) ❤
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Cara Martin, Cormorant Books and Xpresso Book Tours for this free copy.



Kidnapping, Supernatural Elements,
Toxic Relationship, Strong Language,
Sex (off-screen)



POC, Trans

You know that saying “never judge a book by its cover”? Well… I guess I shouldn’t have done that here. Part of me was right though, this book got creepy as heck and I was a little scared to keep going, but t
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Toya
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
With the upcoming spooky season upon us, after reading the premise for Shantallow, I knew that I definitely needed to read this book. While I don’t typically read horror (I’m a huge chicken), I’m such a sucker for supernatural horror (apparently my brain thinks that they are different).

When I first started reading this one, I was incredibly confused because I wasn’t sure what was a nightmare and what was reality. The story opens with Misha having recurring supernatural nightmares that involve th
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CC
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"There are so many ways to hurt someone. You're practically spoiled for choice."

So this is horror, which I normally don't read. But leave it to Martin to do a YA character-based horror that somehow leaves me feeling all kinds of hope at the end. WTF? How is that even possible? Hahaha. I felt more hope at the end of this than I do reading a light fluffy book. It had that specific sort of nostalgic, truth-filled Stand By Me vibe at the end, and I really appreciated that.

Moving at a fast pace, t
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Heather
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(This review will be on my blog All the Ups and Downs soon.)
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Supernatural horror is one of my favorite genres. Through the blogging universe, I came across Shantallow by Cara Martin. After reading the synopsis, I was hooked. When the opportunity arose to review Shantallow, I couldn't turn it down. Luckily, I enjoyed it!

I felt like the plot of Shantallow was a little confused to begin with. It started out as a teen love story between to high school kids gone wrong thanks to jealousy. However, af
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Jessica (Read book. Repeat)
You can find this review and all of my others over at www.readbookrepeat.com this review will be posted on my blog on the 24th of September as a part of the Blog Tour along with a giveaway!! So be sure to head on over and check it out

I received a copy of this book from Xpresso Tours as a part of a blog tour promotion and giveaway and in exchange for an honest review, this has not impacted my opinions of the story itself.

Misha has been having nightmares. In fact, recurring nightmares. It's al
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Movies, Shows,
Sep 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual star rating: 3 1/2 stars

Note: This review contains NO spoilers

Let's see... How do I begin. Shantallow is broken up in to three parts. All of which is told in Misha's point of view. I would say that part one and three are set in the present. Then there's part two which goes into Misha and Tanvi's past and relationship... all before what took place in part one and what is taking place in part three. In the beginning, in part one, I guess it sets up the suspense of what is to come and what h
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Jasmine
Sep 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shantallow is billed as a young adult horror novel. After reading the synopsis, I was sold. YA and horror are two of my favorite genres. I was really looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, I struggled with it a bit, and I didn't like it as much as I had hoped I would.
This book takes a while to really get going. The first 40% or so is more like a teenage drama playing out, rather than the straight-up horror I expected. Once it did get going, though, it was intriguing enough, and I did like
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Jessica Belmont
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s that time of year when I crave horror novels like chocolate! Shantallow was a book I didn’t think twice about saying yes to, because it is right up my alley! I’m glad I had the opportunity to read it because it gave me the scares I hoped for!

My only irk about this novel was too much time spent on a romance I’m not sure the book needed. Once we were through that though, Shantallow took off and had me gripping my Kindle for dear life. Cara Martin knows how to write the creepy factor and I lov
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Catriona
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Young Love and Bad Dreams

What a painful, hopeless, terrible, horrifying, beautiful book. The prose is magical. The characters are vivid and appealing, their broken parts heartbreaking. From the first sentence, feelings of dread grew from every word, masterfully woven into a multidimensional story that dug its way under my skin like a tick. 

Building layer upon layer, the fear and despair of the characters wrapped around me, pulling me into their nightmare turned into impossible reality. The autho
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 Reading Reindeer
Canadian Challenge


A multicultural coming-of-age story in which magical realism, fantasy, otherworldly dimensions, the nature of family and the nature of family dysfunctions all combine in significance (as do classism, crime, and ethnicism).
Jenny Bromback
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Dark and twisty. Had a hard time getting into this one, but about halfway through, i was hooked. 1st chapter is simile after metaphor after simile. It gets a bit old after the 1st paragraph. Somber mood of this book is perfect for a rainy weekend read.
Kaili (Entertainingly Nerdy)
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, young-adult
I hate to say it but I almost put this book down. I'm glad I didn't. The first half of this book is what I didn't like. Don't get me wrong it's not bad but I've never really liked books that seem to almost consistently skips months a time throughout the book to progress it. To me it makes it hard to really get to know the characters and decide whether or not if I like them. However, the second half of the book I really did end up liking. I love scary books that have a supernatural element. I rea ...more
Charlotte
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The short blurb bit: Shantallow is a novel about a young man named, Misha. He lives under the weight of repetitive nightmares and a father who wasn’t good for him. But in his dreams there is a beautiful girl.. and then, he meets her in real life. Tanvi, cocky and beautiful and all the things that Misha wants in a girl – says she will go out with him and very quickly they become a couple.

Things become unmanageable when Misha can’t control his temper… or his feelings … and he definitely can’t cont
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C.K. Martin
Jan 01, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I have trouble giving books ratings even when I'm not their author, but of course I liked it alot!
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