At work last night I was bored so decided to read this book again. It recently came out and I had it on preorder so it arrived on my Nook almost like a gift from the book fairies. Goodreads description is:
Once every century, the barrier between the human world and the demon realm begins to break down. Creatures gather, anxiously waiting to cross the divide, to bring death and destruction from their world to ours. This time is called The Shadowing.Callum Scott has always known that there is a supernatural world out there—he’s seen ghosts for as long as he can remember. Lately, he’s had visions of children being brutally murdered by a terrifying creature. Then the visions start coming true, and Callum realizes that he’s being hunted, too. Driven by a dark destiny, he must stand against the demons that threaten our world.
And The Shadowing is almost here
Even after reading it a second time, I find little bad to say about this book other then maybe it was too short. It is a young adult book so written in that style which I don’t mind at all. In fact, let me say something about YA books – the writers write for the young person’s imaginative & impressive mind which can be more entertaining than the adult fiction where relationships and innate attention to details weave more into the story than the actual story itself. There is no need, in YA fiction, to spend hundreds of words on a character that is going to get killed off at the end of the chapter anyway – we meet the person, find out quickly what makes them tick and then they die in YA fiction. Who cares if the victim was one of seven children, grew up poor, was out walking in the night because she was being defiant or whatever? YA fiction doesn’t care and doesn’t waste the time on it which makes a 146 page story seem 240 pages with all that they cram into it. There aren’t pages wasted on endless details of the landscape, time period, etc. I like that in many ways.
Granted I wouldn’t want every book I read to be that way but it is refreshing too.
Callum is a great character – a teenager who finds he is the last defense against the Netherworld breaking through the barriers to our realm. He has a ghost boy, a Churchyard Grim, a staunch grandmother and a funny though clumsy girlfriend to help him along his way. It is entertaining, the gross factor is low but the intensity factor is high and I had a few laughs along the way. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can’t wait until the second one comes out. There was a teaser for it attached and it made me wish the book was available immediately. How am I going to wait till next year to read what happens next?
I give this book an A+