Book Review: Shadow of Time

Posted November 26, 2013 by Kathy in 4 stars, Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review: Shadow of TimeShadow of Time by Jen Minkman
Published by CreateSpace on January 1, 2013
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Pages: 400
Format: Ebook
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four-stars

Synopsis from Goodreads

All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.

But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

My Review

I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Shadow of Time was a nice surprise!  I was told this was a paranormal romance (which I am a huge fan of), but with the books synopsis I wasn’t sure what to expect from this.  I’m used to paranormal romances with vampires and werewolves, but Shadow of Time is about reincarnation which turned out to be a really nice change for me.

But the first half of the book was slow for me.  This had to do with the conversations between the characters, which served as a way to get to know them.  But I felt it wasn’t exciting and had too much detail (getting food from fridge, opening a soda can, etc) that I felt wasn’t necessary and it made the story drag by.  But once we learn about Josh’s secret the story picks up and had me glued to the book.  From here on the author does a great job combining her story with the history of the Navajo people.  I haven’t read a story that centered around the Native American history so I found it really interesting!

I enjoyed the plot of this book and I would have given it a higher rating if the story had grabbed me from the start.  But since it took half way into the book to do this I only give it 4 stars.  This author has a great imagination and I look forward to reading more from her.

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