I Become Shadow - YA Review by Perrin S

Reader: Perrin S.
Age: 15
Title: I Become Shadow
Author: Joe Shine
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pub Date: 06/10/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: Yes
Convince us to read the book: This book has an amazing voice,the character talks to her readers in a way that most books don't. It was very engaging. The writing at times was very intense and hard to put down and even at less action packed moments, the book is still interesting.
Memorable or Forgettable: This plot is not very new, the whole "government trained killer" has been done before, a lot. That was a little disappointing.  However, the author redeemed himself by making the story interesting in aspects outside of the plot, such as the distinct character voice. This book was also able to pull out a few interesting twists. Though at times it seems that the author had trouble completely understanding his characters and wasn't able to represent them in a realistic way.
Cover: The cover of this book is super bad ass. It is the reason I decided to read the book. It gives an exciting feel while at the same time echos the aura of the calmness of a highly trained killer.
Age Range: 12 through 17
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
Annotation: Ren is trained to be basically a spy. Then is assigned to protect some nerd, which is fairly boring until he almost gets kidnapped. Then they run away for a while.

tags:  thriller / action / coming of age / government trained assassins / ya lit

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