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Review: Shadowlands by Kate Brian

Sunday, January 6, 2013
Shadowlands by Kate Brian
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Hyperion, 336 pages
Series: Shadowlands #1
Release Date: January 8, 2013
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley
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 with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as 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. But 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?

For some strange reason I thought it would be the most incredible idea to pick up Shadowlands at 11pm at night. And this was before I realized that this was about a SERIAL KILLER. The story begins with Rory Miller being attacked and then escaping the serial killer. There was no way I could go to sleep after that, so I stayed up the entire night/morning and finished this mind blowing book. The one fact that was quickly learned about this serial killer was that he never lets a job go unfinished. NEVER.

The story was told in alternating point of views between Rory and the serial killer. I absolutely loved reading about Rory because of how realistic she was portrayed. Her character had the most natural development  This is going to sound kind of sick, but I wished there were more POVs from the serial killer. He was a fleshed out character that I wanted to dig deeper into.

Shadowlands really messed with me. I felt as if I couldn't grasp at anything solid. There's a supernatural element in the story that wasn't talked about in depth. I only got a taste of it and I'm extremely eager for an explanation. This was such a fantastic read that was absolutely not appropriate to finish in the middle of the night. The story kept me guessing and looking out of my window the entire time.

Overall: 5 out of 5
This is highly recommended to fans of The Body Finders series by Kimberly Derting and the Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin, or just fans of thrillers and mysteries!


  1. AHHH VY. I'm so jealous that you got your hands on this book early-- it sounds RIGHT UP MY ALLEY. You're very smart to be starting a book at 11pm. GIRL YOU CRAY. But seriously, this sounds like a really mind-blowing thriller that I'll love. I kind of love reading about serial killers (I HUNT KILLERS, anyone?). I think it's so cool that Brian allowed the readers to read from the killer's POV too, that has got to be intense. Brilliant review, Vy! :)

  2. Ok, so it must be some sort of teen book blogger thing or SOMETHING but I ALWAYS pick up the scariest books at like one in the morning. I don't know why, but that's how it ends up happening! =P I mean, books like I Hunt Killers and Ten were all started sometime during the night. Again, not my brightest ideas. =P

    ANYWAYS, I'm glad you loved this one so much! I love a good, relatable, and realistic main character, and Rory definitely sounds like all three of those! And don't worry, I understand what you're saying about the serial killer. It's neat that the killer is actually developed, and I want to get into the mind of a serial killer, strange as that might sound. :D Also, I love books that mess with me, so this is totally the book for me!

    Awesome sauce review Vy! <3 I can't wait to pick this one up. =)

  3. OOH, I'm going to have to hit a bookstore today to see if they maybe have this one out a few days early--I am dying to get my hands on it! It sounds completely twisted!

  4. I need to read this one soon, Vy! It sounds amazing. Love that we get a bit of the serial killers point of view. It's always fascinating to dive into the more twisted characters minds. Rory must be an awesome main character, too! I love Katie Brian!

  5. I am SO excited to read this book! I said this on goodreads, but I'm glad there's a supernatural aspect as I have been very interested in paranormal lately. It's intriguing that the killer's POV is shown, and I wouldn't say it's sick to want more if it-seeing into the villain's mind sounds fascinating.

    So, basically this review pretty much told me two things that made me anticipate Shadowlands ten times more (although I may or may not stay up all night to read it).

  6. Jelly! haha Hyperion never approves me on netgalley hah. But YAY It sounds so great! Loved Mara Dyer so that was a big clue that I should be interested lol And.. I kinda love to get creeped out.. so yupp... must read!

  7. I'm a fan of this author, so I'm very glad to see such a positive review for SHADOWLANDS! Very fascinating that it's told by both Rory and the killer (that was one of my favorite aspects of THE BODY FINDER).

    Fabulous review!

  8. Ooh, this book is definitely going on my TBR!

  9. THE COVER OMG THE COVER. I need this now. NOW. Rory sounds amazing and I love that we
    get to read from the killer's POV. Awesome review :)


  10. Great review! I was already really looking forward to this but now I need to make sure I read it as soon as possible!

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