on September 19th 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult, Social Themes, Dating & Relationships, General
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"Gritty and intense, the tension sizzles off the pages!" -Kimberly Derting, author of The Taking
Use cash and keep moving.
After I ran away from home, these were the two rules that dictated my life. Scoring a job as a roadie fit perfectly for what I needed. Traveling, cash, and life out of the spotlight. But when my path collides with West, the lead singer of Bus Stop, I can’t seem to stay out of his spotlight—especially since we’ll be touring together for an entire year.
West is determined to break down my walls. He won’t give up. And little by little they come crumbling. But if he knew what lurked behind them, he wouldn’t be so eager to get rid of them.
The more time we spend together, the more the lines of our friendship become blurred. He makes me dream of things I never thought possible. But while our friendship has been evolving into a romance, my secrets have been closing in. And just when I’ve decided to reveal my past to West, I’m confronted by it. The cost of my freedom could ruin the life of the guy I love...
It’s been a while that a book has kept me up until past 11pm (yes, I am very rock n roll, I will have you know) but Shadow of a Girl is one of those books that you just have to keep reading, no matter what. It just grips you completely, and while saying I enjoyed the book sounds incredibly wrong, I did enjoy it, because once Eve gets away, runs away, and meets West it’s lovely to see her breaking down her walls, letting people in, proving that there can be happiness and light, even when it seems like it’ll never happen.
There’s a very nervy core running through the book, though. You’re nervous for Eve, every time she leaves a building, wary that Gideon could be watching, waiting, ready to pounce and send her back to her very own personal living hell. That’s so, so scary. And I don’t know how Eve managed to ever go out, because if that was me? I would not leave any buildings. I would be too nervous, too frightened, but Eve is so brave. So, so brave. To even leave in the first place, to try and get away, to even let herself be normal in front of Anne, in front of West, to get the roadie job. You need nerves of steel to be able to do that! But she does, and I loved her for it. I loved her voice, how strong she was, without knowing it, how West told her that, how West did everything in his power to make Eve comfortable, never rushing, going at her own pace and that was just so achingly sweet.
Shadow of a Girl was such an amazing book. The romance was so, so sweet; and there was always that underlying edge of tension, that had you on the edge of your seat, wondering if it was all going to fall apart, and that’s what made this book so hard to put down. Not only were you never sure what would happen next, but Eve and West were so cute together, so right for each other, you just had to keep reading to see if they could make it work. This was such an incredible read, worth going to bed just a little bit late!
Shannon Greenland is the award winning author of the teen spy series, The Specialists, and the YA romance, The Summer My Life Began. She also writers thrillers under S. E. Green. Shannon grew up in Tennessee where she dreaded all things reading and writing. She didn’t even read her first book for enjoyment until she was twenty-five. After that she was hooked! When she’s not writing, she works as an adjunct math professor and lives on the coast in Florida with her very grouchy dog. Find her online everywhere @segreenauthor.