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Shadows by Amy Meredith
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Jun 18, 2011

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bookshelves: sunshy-read, random-house
Read from June 22 to 24, 2011 — I own a copy

Best friends Eve Evergold and Jess Meredith live in the ever-so-exclusive Hamptons. To me, an English girl who grew up in a tiny seaside town, their teen experience of designer clothes, shoes, and gadgets seems as extraordinary to read about as it is to see on television shows like Gossip Girl (of which I've seen about two episodes overall, but I very much got the impression of shiny fabulousness in teenage packages).

Shadows, then, is something akin to Gossip Girl meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We have shallow-on-the-surface-but-actually-reasonably-normal teen friends, Eve and Jess, and two new cutely-mysterious-and-swoonable guys, Mal and Luke, moving to town. Oh yeah, and two of those people, a girl and a guy, turn out to have more going on - supernaturally speaking - than it at first seems.

Slightly confused? Feeling the whispering and giggling of your high school years niggling in the back of your mind? Living these years yourself? Well, that goes a long way to explain Shadows. Thanks to the television shows of the rich and beautiful, I could push the huge amounts of cash everyone had aside and see these well-observed teens for what they are: witty, teen-tastic, and believable.

Did I mention there's a portal to hell in their ever-so-exclusive town? Yeah. So let's not forget to throw some demons into the mix with the designer labels and Biology homework!

Recommendation: A light read and a good series opener that made me care about the characters and their development, Shadows does its job well. I am really looking forward to reading about the further adventures of these teens (and find out what other demonic nasties will visit Deepdene!).

Rating: 3.5/5

Review copy received from publisher. Shadows by Amy Meredith (A Dark Touch, #1), published by Red Fox (an imprint of Random House) in 2010.

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Beth It's like Buffy and Gossip Girl's lovechild!

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