Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Review: Shadow of Time

Shadow of Time
Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This book was a really interesting and deep look into skinwalkers and Native American history. While I’m not the biggest history fan, this book really sold me on it. There was enough of a paranormal element to the book (via the skinwalkers and some folky magic) that I didn’t feel like I was reading something out of my comfort zone.

The story follows Hannah and her brother Ben on their summer vacation near a reservation. Their childhood friends are no longer kids, and Hannah instantly develops a crush on a much younger friend. I admit I had some real big issues getting into this relationship at first because of the age difference. Maybe if they were both in their twenties it wouldn’t have bothered me much, but 17 is really young. Of course, I gave the book the benefit of the doubt. There were already ideas floating around about possible reincarnation storylines, etc. (I mean, c’mon, the title is “Shadow of Time”, so it has to be somehow related, right?). The book didn’t let me down. Everything is explained and at the end I was sighing right along with Hannah over Josh. The love story was really beautiful.

It’s not often that I can say that I learned some history after reading what I refer to as my “brain candy” books – but this book was so rich and full of history that I think I snuck some learning into my brain. The character interaction and the story really lent itself to some sneaky history lessons. This was also the type of book that ended with me smiling big. Nothing but rainbows and sunshine! It was a welcome change of pace for me, and I think this book would really appeal to a large audience out there. You don’t have to be a paranormal fanatic like I am to enjoy this story.

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