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The Shadow Keepers

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  27 reviews
Sixteen-year-old Georgia Boone has seen the shadow creatures in mirrors and other reflective surfaces since she was six-years-old. But no one--not even her brother, the person she’s closest to in the entire world--believes her. She is all alone in the hellish world where crow-like creatures hunting her everywhere she goes.

When an afternoon of shopping ends in violence and
Paperback, 332 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Magnolia Press
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Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well.... that was a wild ride. This book is a faced-paced thriller with a supernatural twist, and what a twist!! I devoured the second half of the book in a day, reading a page here and then and hoping to finish the book before going to sleep (because I wouldn't have been able to sleep otherwise, there was too much going on at the same time!). I have to admit that I suspected all the wrong persons, and was pleasantly surprised by the ending, even if it seemed a bit unbelievable. I like my happy ...more
Apr 25, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
I don’t think I read the same book as everyone else. I had to force myself to finish this. The amount of typos were ridiculous. This book didn’t do anything for me. I was hoping for so much more! Very sad about this.
Heather James
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was gifted an ARC of The Shadow Keepers by Marisa Noelle and Magnolia Press earlier this month and I raced through it in a few days! The Shadow Keepers was so hard to put down, and the creepy premise ensured that I was always thinking about it, even when I couldn't read on. Tensions and stakes run high as Georgia races to uncover the truth about the terrifying shadow creatures who have haunted her for most of her life.

I don't think I've read many non-contemporary YA novels which features ment
Mandy McHugh
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow Keepers was a fun, quick read for this lover of all things scary.

Exploring the topics of mental health, identity, and shifting paradigms of good vs. evil, Noelle's narrator Georgia--a young woman struggling with a paranormal entity as well as her own issues--is a breath of fresh air in an all-too-often crowded territory of stereotypes. Asylum literature frequently uses supporting characters in order to reinforce the "crazy" narrative, but Noelle's characters find support, companionsh
Noelle Kelly
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best Read
When you want to enter a world of Girl Interrupted meets Darkness Falls.

My Thoughts on the Book
Teenager Georgia has problems, as does brother Bart, self-medicating to deal with their issues. But an incident in a shopping centre winds up in Georgia being shipped off to Brookwood hospital.

But her problems are not solved by being at Brookwood and the crow-like vile monsters she sees are more prevalent than ever. Things worsen when other girls begin to disappear. Georgia doesn’t know who to
Karen Hugg
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow Keepers is a wonderfully crafted novel, rich with psychological intrigue and a plot that keeps raising questions. It's like a One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest for teens. Georgia, the main character, is committed to a mental hospital for seeing dangerous shadows in mirrors and only has her brother on the outside for support. During the course of her stay, we meet her roommates, the staff, and her doctor, all richly drawn and all playing an integral part in the story. As she waits for he ...more
Alese Maree
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Shadow Keepers is a creepy (in the best of ways) YA novel that kept me on my toes throughout! (Not going to pretend that I didn’t steer clear of my mirrors while reading this book.)

Georgia is a sixteen-year-old, a mixture of misunderstood and brave, dealing with shadows no one else in her life seems to be able to see. This novel touches on mental health, the things that scare us yet manifest from us, and how to fight those battles others can’t see behind closed doors. The twists in this stor
Nicole Rubino
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A spine-chilling tale of my worst nightmare, Marisa Noelle's The Shadow Keepers will keep you up at night for two reasons: the book is a fast-paced thriller, forcing you to turn the page and pray Georgia and her friends aren't next; and, well, if you have any sort of reflective surfaces in your room, you may want to get rid of them before attempting to sleep.

Aside from the perfectly creepy atmosphere, the novel highlights mental health issues, and how these issues are perceived from a social con
Kassandra Flamouri
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A fast paced, harrowing read perfect for upper YA and adult audiences alike. The hospital setting is inherently creepy and keeps the tension from ever going slack. Throw in supernatural monsters and a bit of mystery, and you've got a recipe for a sleepless night. However, there are moments of compassion and tenderness that keep the horror from taking over completely. Altogether fun and satisfying!
Toya (the reading chemist)
Jul 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whew boy! Do you remember as a kid when you used to sit around with your friends and tell each other urban myths and try to scare the living hell out of each other? Well the one that always got me as a kid was Bloody Mary. To this day, mirrors give the creeps when I look at them in the middle of the night when I’m home alone. Marisa was able to take all of those fears of mirrors to the next level with the monsters that she created.

Following an accident that left a girl permanently scarred, Georg
Chelsea Ballard
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marisa Noelle’s THE SHADOW KEEPERS was my first dive into horror fiction. Something I learned from this dive? Do NOT read before bed, not unless you want to be running from past semi-dark mirrors screaming your head off.

THE SHADOW KEEPERS follows Georgia, a headstrong young woman who is haunted by creepy crow-like shadows, as she gets dropped off at a renovated insane asylum after having an unfortunate accident involving mirrors in a dressing room. In true Girl, Interrupted fashion, she finds h
Dave Wickenden
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A War of Shadows

We meet Georgia as her family drops her off at a Mental Hospital. Everyone thinks she’s crazy because she says she sees menacing shadows in any reflected surface. Inside she meets an array of disturbed girls, all with their own issues. But for the first time, she meets a boy who is trapped in the mirror and maybe her only chance to defeat the shadows who feed off the girls within the hospital.

The tension starts slowly like a pot of oil on the stove but builds up to a boil and the
Karen Barber
Sep 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Ever since she can remember, Georgia can see shadows in the mirror. After years of varying treatments, she is sent to Blackwood in an attempt to treat her. What she faces there is worse than anything she could imagine.
An age-old story of good fighting evil, and one girl strong enough to break the pattern.
The descriptions of the shadows was suitably creepy. I think I went into this expecting one thing, so the link between the shadows and mental health issues felt a little forced to me. I thought
Anna Orridge
Aug 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a super YA Horror, with terrific pace and subtle characterization.

Georgia is a 16-year-old girl with OCD and PTSD who is sent to a mental hospital after experiencing years of terrible visions of crow-like shadow monsters in every mirror and reflective surface she comes across. Her parents are quite convinced this is the result of mental illness, but her brother is more ambivalent. As she gets to know some of the other young women at the asylum, she realises she is not the only one who h
Sarah Dresser
Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book stole my heart. It is a combination of spine chilling, look over your shoulder suspense but at the same time it delves into the heartache and fears of teenagers suffering from mental health issues in such a real and insightful way. The main character is inspiring, getting up each day and continuing to fight despite the harshest odds. It is also a story about friendship, love and hope. Like Marisa Noelle’s other book, The Unadjusteds, I highly recommend this story for people of all ages ...more
Lydia Massiah
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A wonderfully creepy story that builds to a super tense finale. The characters of the girls in the hospital were carefully depicted, with great sympathy and understanding for their conditions. As readers we totally feel their suffering, shut away from society, with no one prepared to listen to them or believe them. The supernatural elements developed excellently, and then with the added mystery about who was behind it all, and other secrets to be discovered, the story became a real page-turner.

Kitiera Morey
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
This is a review of the ARC I received from the publisher.

This book took me three hours to read. I’m normally a pretty fast reader, but I flew through this more quickly than I anticipated. This is a smooth, easy read, and I love books that suck me right in and move at a fast clip.

The atmosphere is perfect. The main setting is creepy, not because of the mental patients, but the building itself. I have so much respect for Ms. Noelle because she didn’t make the patients the source of the mounting
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting... I liked this story. So many questions about mental health and what people see and don't see. Is it mass hysteria or does everyone see the shadows. The book starts out a little slow, but slowly picks up and then bam the next thing I know it was over. I love the way the author took you into another way of thinking about mental health and what the girls dealt with everyday. June was one of my favorite characters, so strong on the outside, but weak and frightened on the inside. Georgi ...more
H. Kates
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fast-paced and uncanny, this book weaves the gaslighting insidiousness of THE BABADOOK seamlessly with the timeless young adult themes of romance, self-identity, and resistence. With a riveting cast of characters, elegant prose, and gripping twists, this is the teenage horror to shelve next to CARRIE.
Emma Read
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I could barely put down this fast-paced gripping horror, with its shades of Dean R Koontz. The author does a brilliant job of trapping the reader in the same claustrophobic, frustrating setting as the characters, heightening the need to keep reading. The mental health aspects of the book are well handled, presenting the patient’s illnesses from their POV, empowering and informing their actions rather than being used to hold them back. Overall- Creepy and exciting.
Brenda Smith
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Marisa Noelle’s THE SHADOW KEEPERS is a treat of a good book, a real page-turner, dark and twisty with plenty of love and sweetness in the mix. It reminds me a good deal of GIRL, INTERRUPTED, but with the addition of a solid horror story that’s set as if inside a haunted house with captive characters. There’s a lovely romance, deep and intriguing friendships, strong love between the main character, Georgia, and her flawed brother and mother. The events that take place are so worrying, and they e ...more
Autumn Lindsey
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: writer-moms
From the beautifully spooky setting, to characters you can't help but feel deeply for, The Shadow Keepers was a thrilling read that kept me turning page after page! The author kept me guessing until the end what was real and what wasn't and I truly loved that. While I don't recommend staring too long into a mirror after reading this, in fact you may feel the urge to cover the ones you have, I DO recommend picking up a copy of The Shadow Keepers for yourself. But remember, whatever you do, don't ...more
Amy McCaw
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

The Shadow Keepers is a creepy YA horror with a unique premise.

It's rare to see an exploration of mental health in genre fiction, particularly when it's own voices. The book explores day-to-day experiences with mental health amongst the life or death scenarios of the shadow world.

There's an interesting cast of characters and all felt like heroes of their own story. I enjoyed trying to figure out which characters could be trusted and which might be part of the mystery.

The worlds in this
Julie Rein
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story that weaves monsters human and supernatural into a page turner!

Loved this one! Saw it on my Facebook feed thought the cover was interesting and the rest as they say is history. Strong characters with a great storyline about shadows in the mirror that are horrible monsters. One is already in our world and wants to bring the rest here. A boy trapped in their world and a girl with enough courage to fight her mental health issues and bring him home!
Elizabeth Rekab
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
A spooky, teen version of Girl, Interrupted with haunted hallways and shadowy mirror creatures? Exactly my brand of creepy. This was a pretty quick read that started off as a "haunted asylum" story and turned into much more. This novel examines mental health and overcoming self-doubt and trauma while also maintaining a spooky, foreboding atmosphere throughout. Loved the characters too. I knew there was a twist coming, but it was very well executed. Overall, money well spent!
Abigail Swanson
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
I had the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was intrigued by a lot of elements in the story, and if you like an easy, quick read with horror and supernatural elements, it isn't a bad debut novel.

Full review here:
Marisa Blagden
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A real Girl Interrupted meets Poltergeist. Couldn't put it down. Mental health issues were treated with accuracy and sensitivity. A very pacy, spooky read!
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Marisa Noelle is the writer of MG & YA SFF & mental health novels. The Shadow Keepers is due out July 2019, The Unadjusteds in November 2019 & The Mermaid Chronicles – Secrets of the Deep at the end of 2019. When she’s not writing or reading or watching movies, she enjoys swimming. In the pool she likes to imagine she could be a mermaid and become part of some of her make-believe words. In the wat ...more

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