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Fortune's Shadow (Nexus Chronicles, #1)

4.90  ·  Rating details ·  10 ratings  ·  9 reviews
“You thought you could live without me…”

Jocelyn “Jinxy” Lancaster is having a horrible week. Her dream of becoming a famous indie musician is going nowhere, her day job in her tourist-friendly hometown of Bridgepoint is in danger of disappearing, and to top it all off, it’s almost the ten-year anniversary of her Mom’s death.

When her best friend Grace gives her a wish keepe
ebook, 221 pages
Published April 26th 2020 by Doorway Between Worlds
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Jul 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Take a little young adult angst with depth, throw in some paranormal happenings, and top it off with great characters, and you have a winning read in Archer's paranormal fantasy. Its smooth prose and well-executed plot make for a page-turning read! ...more
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I was a beta reader for this book, and I love how the final version turned out. Quick, compelling read, lovable characters. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. ...more
Davy Kent
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
Fortune's Shadow is the debut novel of Sue Archer. This is her first, but hopefully not her last. :) I received an ARC of this book a couple weeks ago, hence the super quick review.

Let's jump right into the cons, first off. Please note here that many of these cons are things specific to me or simply the reality of this being book numero uno in a series.


* The book is rather heavy on describing visuals. This actually isn't a bad thing by itself! But I have a wee bit of aphantasia and
Lori L MacLaughlin
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Everyone’s heard the phrase — “Be careful what you wish for.” This story gives new meaning to those sage words.

Joss Lancaster’s life seems to be stuck in neutral. Her singing career is going nowhere, her job and only source of income may be headed south, and it’s nearly the tenth anniversary of the worst time of her life, the night her mother died. Her best friend, Grace, tries to help Joss out of her funk by giving her a mystical wish keeper she created herself. What they don’t realize is that
Feb 17, 2021 added it
I enjoyed this debut novel. The characters, especially Jocelyn and the Yu family, felt true to life and were fun to spend time with. The story was, overall, well-paced, if a tiny bit slow to start. Additionally, the writing was vivid, making it easy to visualise the story as it played out. Finally, the themes the author explores are intriguing and well-handled. These include: loss, female friendship, family, thwarted ambition and desire and, of course, the underlying current of real magic runnin ...more
Emily Buehler
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a charming book. The paranormal element builds slowly through the first half, so it almost feels like you're reading a contemporary YA, with just hints that something is not right. It feels like you're on the incline of a roller coaster, click-click-clicking to the top, and then at the midpoint you reach the top and the rest is a wild ride. The "magical" element (I don't want to spoil it) is fresh and unique. I also really appreciated that the protagonist has a team, with friends wh ...more
Aug 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An intriguing & engaging plot. Strong, complete character sketches. The writing style is smooth & conversational, making this a page-turner. Looking forward to the sequel cause I'm sure there's more to be revealed here. ...more
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommended read. So engrossed with the story and so impressed at the author's imagination and how it was expressed in writing. Would be a good idea for a movie. Can't wait for the next book Sue! ...more
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fortune's Shadow is a paranormal novel about a young woman who makes a wish and sets off a series of paranormal events in her town. Though Jocelyn wishes that people would listen to her, the mystery unfolds as you learn about what is being left unsaid between characters, especially between parents and children. The story begins by focusing on Jocelyn, but as the paranormal events unfold, Jocelyn is surrounded by an ensemble of interesting characters who must all work together to contain what has ...more
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Sue Archer has been writing stories ever since she purchased a typewriter at age eight. She is on a lifelong quest to read all the things and has been spotted haunting the stacks in several towns throughout Ontario, Canada. While waiting for her chance to open a doorway to another world, she is writing about Bridgepoint, a town where magic and mayhem are always just around the corner.

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