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A gothic YA fantasy debut about a young woman striving to break her sister’s curse and stop the killing in her small French town

Seventeen-year-old Marie mixes perfumes to sell on market day in her small eighteenth-century French town. She wants to make enough to save a dowry for her sister, Ama, in hopes of Ama marrying well and Marie living in the level of freedom afforde
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Expected publication: September 14th 2021 by Amulet Books
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Cyla Panin
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Hi Everyone,

I'm going to be stepping away from Goodreads now that STALKING SHADOWS arcs are available, but I wanted to thank all my readers for going on this journey with Marie. As most authors say, this book is close to my heart. Being a published author has been my dream for a long time, but this book also means so much to me because I got to incorporate some elements of myself I don't often share with people. I hope the mental health rep rings true for some, and I hope those who have experien
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Lyndall Clipstone
Aug 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
STALKING SHADOWS has everything I love in a story: a fierce heroine, a gorgeously spooky atmosphere, and a perfectly Gothic aesthetic. With perfume magic, snowy forests, a brooding lord, and a girl who becomes a beast, this is a retelling the way retellings should be done - fresh and vivid, comparable to Angela Carter's work.
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ʙᴇʟᴀ.: ☾**:.☆*.:。.
I'm loving the 2021 trend of YA gothic fantasy! FINALLY! ...more
Katie
From Publishers Weekly

Emily Daluga at Amulet has acquired Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin in her YA debut. The first novel is a gothic, feminist fantasy retelling of "Beauty and the Beast." To protect her sister, Marie laces perfumes with honeysuckle to mark victims for Ama to hunt when she transforms into a beast at night. But when a child in their town is killed, Marie is forced to acknowledge that she might be losing control of Ama—and must instead find a cure for this curse. Publication is pl
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Alex
Mar 31, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 10-and-11
Thanks to the publisher for providing an eARC of Stalking Shadows in exchange for an honest review.

I love the premise here. I'm all for beauty and the beast retellings, but so many "girl kidnapped and falls for magical creature" ones have come out recently that it was really refreshing to read one that reallocates the beast character to a sibling. The narration was also fairly good and I think Marie and the characters around her were well developed and easy to root for.

I do think this tries to
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Jania Johnson
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read an early version of this and it was SO GOOD. Very visceral!! Can’t wait to read the final version.
Mary
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was unlike anything I've read yet - haunting, atmospheric, and compelling from the very first page. ...more
Kathryn
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, fantasy, young-adult
This gothic beauty was such an absolute pleasure to read and there was so much to love. The setting was lush and gorgeous and when the main character Marie ran through the frozen woods, I swear I was right there with her. The themes of mother and child relationships, balking stereotypes, and the weight of responsibility and societal roles sewn throughout this tale were so well done. And despite the main character having questionable morals, with her motivation oftentimes so selfish as we see jus ...more
Rachel
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down!! Cyla has crafted such a compelling story, infused with the gothic. Her style of writing is beautifully lyrical, with such a haunting quality. It reads like a thriller, with Marie searching desperately for a cure for her beloved sister, the clock ticking down and the real killer on the loose. There are twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages, desperate to reach the end and discover all the book's hidden secrets.

To call it a retelling of Beauty and t
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Candice
The premise. Those first lines. WOW.

I am such a big fan of books with a strong sister bond and this story goes further and into the realm of who really is the monster as the sisters protect each other at all costs. At one point, Marie does something unforgivable but the plot is so twisty-turny that I could not put this book down. I absolutely adored the gothic, atmospheric setting of both the manor and the woods. And I REALLY hope Amulet decides on a companion novel because I have SO MANY QUESTI
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Katie
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The atmosphere and world building in Stalking Shadows is so vivid and immersive, I felt like I was right there with the characters. I loved the bond between the sisters, the mystery, and the retelling aspects. I was sure of one of the reveals early on, but unsure of the rest, and the intrigue kept me turning pages to find answers. I wish we had more page time with Aurelie because I still have questions for her haha.

This gothic tale has sisterly love, a race to cure her sister of the beast within
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Anna Black
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. This was a good book, but not a great book. The characters where well written, but the plot was very predictable for me while I don't normally consider that to be a bad thing, in this book it was just a little too obvious. There were also a few scenes that felt like they should have been expanded on because they told important information but ended very quickly. I did like the ending quite a bi ...more
Sarah Goethem
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a gloriously gothic fairy tale, teeming with herbal magic, secrets, and monsters. From the first line, SOMETIMES SHE SMELLED LIKE BLOOD, I knew I was in for a wild ride. About halfway through, the pace picks up so much you can't stop turning the page for the rest of the book.
Morals are questionable at times, often leaving the main character, Maire, slightly unlikeable, but strangely that is what also makes her appealing--how far she'll go to protect her sister. The same can be said for
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Lisa
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Aaaah! I absolutely devoured this book in one sitting. Cyla’s writing was lush and beautifully atmospheric.
A gorgeously gothic fantasy that had me hooked from that first wicked opening line.
Faye Rix
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book has me all kinds of worked up. If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to hardy@novelstar.top or joye@novelstar.top
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Cyla Panin is an MG and YA writer who prefers to look at the world through a dusting of magic. After spending most of her childhood wanting to escape into the wonderful worlds her favourite authors created, she’s now using her own words to craft magical places. When not writing, Cyla can be found playing dinosaurs with her two young boys, watching swashbuckling and/or period TV shows with her husb ...more

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