Reader: Sophie D.
Age: 16
Title: Shadow's Edge
Author: Maureen Lipinski
Publisher: Flux
Pub Date: 1/8/2012
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This book was a classic fantasy tale of a girl who can converse with fairies and other such spirits who live in a world parallel to ours. However, this book incorporated many fresh and new elements into an older storyline. Leah's whole family is gifted like her, so she has to put up with keeping magical sisters quiet when her friends come over to visit. It also took place within a high school setting, which could have gone cheesey but managed to stay classy. It also did a nice job of tackling stereotypes of football players and the like. Leah's boyfriend, one of the most popular kids in school, was actually the nicest character in the whole book, which rarely happens. The fact that she dumps him for a Cullen-esque recluse who has absolutely no character was the most disappointing aspect of the book.
Memorable or Forgettable: The magic and the spirits were done in a very interesting way, as well as Leah's conflict about choosing between her predestined role in the world or trying to lead a normal life. The plot had just enough touches of mystery, ancient mythology, and otherworldliness to keep it interesting and compelling.
Cover: The cover is drab. The celtic symbol that is an important part of the book is a nice touch, but it could have been bigger, and the face wasn't necessary.
Age Range: 12-17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

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