Tuesday, July 13, 2021

SHADOW by Kara Swanson, Reviewed by Kim Ann #ReleaseDay

First, let me just say I really enjoyed Dust, the first book in this series, and I was really looking forward to Shadow to see how things wrapped up for Peter and Claire and the rest of the Neverland characters. Second, I have really struggled writing this review because I know how hard and how much work an author puts into writing a story, so I hate writing a negative review, but this story just didn’t work for me.

I’m going to keep this simple and short. This story was way too dark and way too depressing. For the majority of this book, bad won and when good did prevail, it was a small short victory where bad came right back and ruined anything positive that happened. The violence in some parts was over the top. I’m particularly thinking about something that happens to one of the main characters. It was way too detailed and gruesome. While the ending was happy, it was too little too late and a little too convenient.

Another big issue I had is that there was virtually no justice for a couple of main characters who did some seriously horrible things.

I really wanted to like this book, but there were just too many things that I could not get past.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light. 

BackCover Blurb:
Peter Pan has crash-landed back on Neverland. But this is not the island he remembers.

Desperate to rescue Claire and the fractured Lost Boys, Peter must unravel what truly tore his dreamland apart. But with each step, he is haunted by more of his own broken memories. Not even Pan himself is what he seems.

Claire Kenton is chained to a pirate ship, watching the wreckage of Neverland rocked by tempests. When she finally finds her brother, Connor is every bit as shattered as the island. Claire may have pixie dust flowing in her veins—but the light of Neverland is flickering dangerously close to going out forever.

Enclave Publishing, July 2021
Available in digital ebook and hardcover


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