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The attacker was a real Creep and made me shudder with revulsion. So, the story was really good and I was hooked! Can't wait for book 2! I normally don't write reviews actually this is my first!

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I really enjoyed this book! Honestly, I started this book a little skeptical because she is a new author and pulling off PNR and YA can be tough, but she did really well! Shadowed Strength caught and held my interest! I'll begin with the worst, some things I didn't like.. The book is in 3rd person 3 stars First, a big thank you to Wendi Wilson for a free copy! The book is in 3rd person -- nothing wrong with that, I just prefer 1st.. Although there were plenty of swoon worthy moments between Jeremy and Mel, I feel like I missed their romance. They knew each other before and then all of a sudden it was all love..

I get it, I just missed the romantic angst! It was really predictable. From the beginning, I knew who everyone mostly was going to turn out to be, even the cliff hanger at the end So, those are really the only complaints I have about it. The story was cute and intriguing. There was good character growth. I wasn't rolling my eyes at anyone, which is a rarity these days! I definitely recommend picking this book up, Wendi Wilson is one to watch! Anwyays, here are my version of Jeremy and Melanie Jeremy J was totally swoon-worthy!

He is so sweet and totally adores Mel. He's protective and reassuring when her self-doubts take over. I mean, how can you not sway after reading these: I was smiling because, well, nothing could make me happier right now than finding out that I'm your first real kiss. Just knowing how special this is to you, how special it is for both of us, makes this moment, right now, the best moment of my life.

I'll worship them, and you'll believe me when I tell you that you're beautiful" -J Mel Melanie really struggles with loving herself and her body in this book. I definitely connected with this 16 year old, high school is tough and there is always some skinny bitch making fun of the heavier girls. Mel embodied the awkwardness and struggles of a teen and growing into being and respecting your own person.

I did enjoy this read and I am looking forward to the next one!! Pick it up and give this new author a try! View all 5 comments. I just devoured this book, finishing it in a single day. Add the super powers, nefarious villain, and first love…how could I not be hooked? I love that she has to wo Wow.

I also loved that I was able to connect so easily with the characters, and in particular the main protagonist. The way she wrote it felt more like first person than third person, which is a rare experience for me. The only thing that I found a little annoying was the solid chapter of everyone apologizing.

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Granted, it was a natural reaction to follow the traumatic experience Mel had, it just got old after awhile. To say I recommend it would be an understatement. This book is a fun, fun, fun read. Jan 11, Angelique Anderson rated it really liked it. I am a huge fan of shifter tales, and I love having a bit of an underdog to root for. That being said, Melanie is a realistic character who is easily relatable and I felt that the author portrayed her very well. There are some strong scenes in here I wouldn't let my teenager read, but I know that every parent is different and I do not deduct a star for that at all because the author did give fair warning.

Which I appreciate There is so much I enjoyed about this tale that I need to know what ha I am a huge fan of shifter tales, and I love having a bit of an underdog to root for. Which I appreciate There is so much I enjoyed about this tale that I need to know what happens next and I'm purchasing the second one as well. Very well told, and I felt the world-building was well-done as well. I can see this book going very far! Mar 10, Beth rated it did not like it. I found this young adult paranormal book to be disappointing.

First, there was so much focus on the heroine being sensitive about being overweight. Finally, the story indicates that the hero does not care about the heroine's weight. B I found this young adult paranormal book to be disappointing. But then, the heroine loses weight or shapes up, so is her weight an issue or not? The writing was very simplistic and the characters too cookie cutter. I'm not interested in reading on. Feb 11, Dan Gillis rated it really liked it.

I have got into the habit of skipping back cover blurbs in order to have a surprise waiting. Shadowed Strength did not disappoint and kept me entertained through the whole read. I admit I was curious when the fantasy elements would reveal themselves amongst the world that swirled around the protagonist. Very interesting take on the genre and I have to wonder how far Wilson will delve into strange world of the shifters.

There is a lot of room for some additional lore and backstory. I have to say, I have got into the habit of skipping back cover blurbs in order to have a surprise waiting. The author dropped some clues as to the true nature of her character and I was happy to snatch up those little literary breadcrumbs.

I grew very anxious for the protagonist, a sign of well written narration and dialogue. Even though the modern high school setting and relationship drama is not my favorite genre, kudos to Wilson in getting me to care about Mel so much. I was genuinely happy for her and Jeremy. There were other locations, however I never gained a larger perspective of things. All of this served to maintain tension, but sacrificed some diversity of setting. The next book seems to hint at expanding out into other locations. Her interpersonal dialogue was snappy and witty. The supporting narration was effective in completing the picture without overwhelming or unnecessary details.

In all, I highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys the modern fantasy or supernatural genre. You won't be disappointed. Jun 05, Ellie Midwood rated it it was amazing. I really enjoyed this story, which was both compelling from the plotline point of view, and from messages it delivered to the reader. Her school crush Jeremy swears to protect Melanie, and soon their friendship develops into something more.

However, Jeremy has a secret that has to do with I really enjoyed this story, which was both compelling from the plotline point of view, and from messages it delivered to the reader. The paranormal line with shapeshifters was also a brilliant and very refreshing addition to this already great story, which will certainly resonate with many young adult readers. Couldn't put this book down!!! There is always something to be said about a wonderfully written tale about romance, especially a new blossoming love that you're cheering on to succeed.

This book in a nutshell! I just loved Jeremy. He's sweet, charming, loyal, and never once let Mel down. Even when her insecurities presented themselves he was the utmost gentlemen. How can you not a love a guy like that? Simple, you just do. One of my favorite things he said to her, "I can actually see you Couldn't put this book down!!! One of my favorite things he said to her, "I can actually see your strength coming out of the shadows.

Wendi Wilson delivers a great story that keeps you turning the page and guessing what's going to happen next. The only thing that had me dropping my jaw was the ending. It just abruptly ends, sort of on a cliffhanger, and if I'm one thing, it's not patient: I need the next book now because I'm dying to see what happens next. If you're looking for a good paranormal romance to be keep you turning the pages, this is your book.

May 07, Erin McGowan rated it really liked it. A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. This book took me back to when I was a 14 year old and first getting into romance as a genre. A little predictable, but oh gosh, it's everything I remember falling in love with back then over 10 years ago, wow!

I have no doubts whatsoever that this book will do extremely well in the young teen age group, and I even found myself getting really into the storyline even though I guessed about the happenings pre Note: I have no doubts whatsoever that this book will do extremely well in the young teen age group, and I even found myself getting really into the storyline even though I guessed about the happenings pretty early on. That said, I definitely didn't expect the bad guy to be who it was. Loved the nostalgia that this story forced forward, and if you're looking for that, or if you have kids around the 14 year mark, I really recommend this one.

Aug 29, Olivia Wildenstein rated it it was amazing.

When I started reading Wilson's book, I was worried that it wouldn't be for me. It started out with too many cliches: They're all real teenage issues, and not trivial ones at that, but I've seen them in so many books that i wasn't wowed. What did wow me, was Melanie's character arc, Jeremy's genuine sweetness, and the unexpected twist at the end. That made me want to read the next book in the When I started reading Wilson's book, I was worried that it wouldn't be for me.

That made me want to read the next book in the series! Fun story with a unique twist at the end. Melanie is every girl struggling with insecurities and trying to fit into the cruel world of high school. I genuinely felt her pain. Jeremy is the perfect boyfriend - well, except for that one minor problem! No spoilers, you'll have to read it! I'm looking forward to seeing what happens now that Melanie has discovered her truth self-worth and a few other interests facts about herself! Good Read I enjoyed this book.


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I especially liked how the main character started out shy, chubby, and not perfect. I completely related to her because that's exactly how I was right down to playing the flute lol. I liked the tension between her and Jeremy and the insight in to Mr.

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Apr 07, Juliana Botha rated it it was amazing. It had all the lovely makings of a good YA story. It's been nearly seventeen years since Melanie was born, her mom Elaine took Melanie away to race her on her own since Melanie's father Darren was not your average dad as most would tought him to be. Trying to give Darren the chance to be what he meant to be she had to leave him even if it shattered her heart to pieces. Well here is where the story gets interesting.

Melanie has wondered for so many years why she never met her father, and she can't ask her mother about him, because she refuse to talk about him and ask Melanie to let it be. Melanie is a wonderful young lady, going to school, have plenty of great and supporting friends, but she feels to self conscious, thinking she's fat like most girls her age do, she makes jokes and act goofy to get the attention away from her so called fat rolls, wide hips and meager looks, and to get constantly bullied by Sissy Woods, it doesn't help her self esteem at all, but unbeknown to Mel she's been watched No that's not true, she's being stalked by a 'Creeper', and he has plans for her.

A few of them was invited to Tara her bestfriends boyfriend Chris's party on a friday evening and she secretly hopes to see Jeremy there to, but when he came in the door with Sissy, of all the girls he could have chosen that was a bit too much to bear, and since Sissy has this wonderful gift of bullying others, she takes it upon herself to make it known to Mel that Jeremy is her's and she Mel is too fat and ugly to ever have him so she should stay away, and this is where the story really starts to unfold. A must reads book, that will keep you turning pages, be warned in advance buy all the books in this series, you don't want to miss anything.

This book amazing great to read a book that touches on normal teenage emotion wow this book hits nerves with the inner insecure me in a good way trust me. Enough about me back to the review: This book is refreshing and This book amazing great to read a book that touches on normal teenage emotion wow this book hits nerves with the inner insecure me in a good way trust me.

This book is refreshing and not your normal shifter book Not typical This is not your typical teen romance, or shifter type book. The author truly captures the angst of being a teenager, especially a slightly overweight teenage girl. When said girl becomes friend with a gorgeous, yet sweet guy she is crushing on, her friend insists she has a chance. A sweet story with laughs and a little terror thrown in for good measure. Looking forward to the Not typical This is not your typical teen romance, or shifter type book.

Looking forward to the next book. Jan 01, Clare rated it really liked it. Quite enjoyed this book. Thought it was good: Jan 30, Eating Between rated it really liked it. If you like high school drama, suspense and a touch of paranormal teenage angst this is the book for you. Though a bit repetitive, I enjoyed reading this paranormal YA.

The author has you seconding guessing everything.

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One moment you know exactly what is going to happen or who the stalker is and the author throws a plot twist or clue your way to make you change your mind constantly. Once the stalker is finally If you like high school drama, suspense and a touch of paranormal teenage angst this is the book for you. Once the stalker is finally revealed you tel yourself you knew the whole time because that is exactly how I felt.

The author is able to create a world and atmosphere that is very believable and made me think of my own High school years from hell. This had me hooked!! Read the whole thing in 24 hours. I have three kids but it was hard to put down for too long!!! Mar 08, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: YA, especially YA Paranormal, is one of the genres that tends to be either very good or very bad.

I found the teenage characters believable, the relationship and dialogue between Melanie and her best friend Tara in particular seemed especially strong. The main characters felt like real people and I found Melanie's journey from self-loathing to strength, with the support of her mother, best friend and handsome YA, especially YA Paranormal, is one of the genres that tends to be either very good or very bad. The main characters felt like real people and I found Melanie's journey from self-loathing to strength, with the support of her mother, best friend and handsome new boyfriend, quite delightful.

The plot is somewhat predictable but the story is well written, and because of the strength of the characters, the predictability doesn't detract from an entertaining read. The pace varies enormously, it's mostly just right for the story but it does feel a little sluggish in parts, Melanie's insistence on doubting herself and in particular doubting Jeremy's feelings for her do become the tiniest bit repetitive. I've become accustomed to YA books in the first person, this is written in the third person, but with a strong narrative voice.

The character of Melanie is detailed quite quickly and held consistently to the end of the story. The ending is great — it's a bit of a cliffhanger and I'm sure it leads nicely into the next book — but Melanie's biggest problem is neatly resolved. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone who enjoys YA paranormal reads. Dec 17, Susi Wright rated it really liked it. This was an easy read, with teenage angst, romance, mystery and shapeshifters. The MC teenage Melanie is an everyday girl to whom most teenagers will relate. She suffers huge insecurities, about her weight, her lovelife and her parent's relationship-she doesn't know her father, and her mother won't talk about him.

The events in the story bring about her coming of age and with it great changes to her outlook. A little more action could have lifted the pace but generally a good young adult story w This was an easy read, with teenage angst, romance, mystery and shapeshifters. A little more action could have lifted the pace but generally a good young adult story with a surprising ending.

I recommend to YA supernatural romance fans If you are in the mood for a paranormal romance Melanie Johnson is a pear shaped, "pudgy" high school student in Georgia. She has confidence and self-esteem issues because of her weight. Melanie still saw herself the same way everyone else saw her: When the bully in the school goes after Melanie, Jeremy decides to stand up to the bully, while Melanie walks home from If you are in the mood for a paranormal romance When the bully in the school goes after Melanie, Jeremy decides to stand up to the bully, while Melanie walks home from the party.

Unbeknownst to Melanie, there is someone lurking in the shadows waiting for her. She is attacked but saved by a big, dark dog. There is a rape scene in this book. It is not exactly graphic but if you are sensitive to this subject, this may bother you. I think the author did a good job in setting up the stalker and his motivations.

He was convincingly creepy and I liked how the book switches to his point of view because I was able to see how gross he was. The author makes it a point to add in comments about Melanie's weight. That morning he takes the book home and reads it, completely engrossed. Daniel then attempts to look for other books by this unknown author but can find none. The novel is actually a story within a story. His friend Fermin Romero de Torres, who was imprisoned and tortured in Montjuic Castle for having been involved in an espionage against the Anarchists during the war—himself being a government intelligence agent—helps Daniel in a number of ways, but their probing into the murky past of a number of people who have been either long dead or long forgotten unleashes the dark forces of the murderous Inspector Fumero.


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