August 5, 2013

Shadowlands by Kate Brian: Book Review

Shadowlands (Shadowlands, #1)
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Suspense
Release Date: January 8th 2013
Source: Library
Rating: 2/5 stars
Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection program. Entering the program alongside her, is her father and sister Darcy. The trio starts a new life and a new beginning leaving their friends and family behind without a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. Just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again? (via goodreads)
Review: I went into this book thinking it would be an amazing and successful suspense story. You can image how disappointed I was just by looking at my rating. A lot of blogger really enjoyed this book and since this is not one of my favourite genres, I figured that I should give this one a try. Oh, how I was wrong! This book has a pretty good premise. A girl runs away from a serial killer,pretty interesting, right? Yes, I agree with that. The elements of her escape were pretty interesting and readers get a glimpse inside the killers mind (not a very pretty sight). The thing that really bothered me were the characters.Rory is a pretty average girl, she's nerdy and a little sporty but other than that, she has no real spark. Her sister ,however, is very selfish and popular (wow, so not predictable!) Basically, the whole book, Rory and her sister fight. I seriously hated the character building. To me, the characters seemed too unrealistic and fake. I understand it's a book but the characters should still be a little realistic. Let me give you 2 examples:

1. When Rory gets angry at her dad and sister for not being more supportive after she barely escaped a serial killer, her sister gets upset and complains that she has to give up sooo much and that it's unfair and that Rory is just jealous that she hasn't had a boyfriend yet. Girl, please. Your sister ALMOST DIED and you complain that she's jealous of you! It's not her fault that a serial killer is after her.

2. Darcy (the sister) wants to attend a party but Rory says no. Darcy then complains that she gave up so much to move to Juniper Landing and that the least her sister can do is attend a party with her. Rory agrees.
I'm sorry but seriously??? Even if you don't get along, that's no excuse for Darcy to complain. Once again, IT WAS NOT RORY'S FAULT OR CHOICE. Furthermore, if your family member almost got murdered, wouldn't you do want to do anything to keep him/her safe, even if you didn't get along. The character building of this book is completely unrealistic.

The only upside to this book is the suspense. Yes, it was suspenseful but I find it hard to look past the character awfulness. The language in this book was well-written but very cheesy. The ending of this book was such a big and horrible cliffhanger. I have to read the sequel just to see what kind of awfulness is in store for Rory. I hope the author will make the characters more realistic in the sequel.

Overall
- Unrealistic characters
- Had high hopes, was sorely disappointed
- OK writing
- Creepy and suspenseful
- I will be reading the sequel to see what is in store for Rory in the sequel

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