The Empire of Shadows - YA Review by Claire W

Reader: Claire W.
Age: 13
Title: The Empire of Shadows
Author: Miriam Forster
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub Date: 11/04/14
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: The description throughout the entire book was great and really made you feel like you were in the story. However, the plot was a bit confusing. This is a prequel novel so maybe it would have been less confusing if you had read City of a Thousand Dolls first(the sequel). Now for character development it was pretty bad. You can see exactly what is going to happen to the main character Mara. It is very obvious that there is another book afterward that was written before. Also as soon as you meet the first prominent male character you just know that he and Mara are going to get together and have a child that is a huge part in the next book. The dialogue was very lacking and didn't fit with the setting and suggested time period.
Memorable or Forgettable: The only "original" thing about this book is that it has people who can turn into animals. This is a topic that has been done but the author didn't have a twist on it so it was also just a bit dull.
Cover: The cover was actually the only reason I picked up the book in the first place. It was pretty and mysterious looking.
Age Range: 12 through 15
Quality: 2Q Needs more work
Popularity: 3P Some teen appeal

tags:  fantasy / dystopian / ya lit

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