Book Review: The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

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Today you’re in for an extra treat as not only do I have a book review, but I’m part of a fantastic blog tour to support this wonderful writer. To top it off, Misty Mount is also today’s featured Author Alert! To see the companion post to this one, check out her Author Alert or continue below to learn more about the various stops on the blog tour and read my 5-star review of The Shadow Girl.

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Why This Book

The concept of a shadow has always been a fascinating subject, and when I saw it in the title of a book, I wanted to learn more. I chatted with the author on Goodreads a few times about her life as a writer, quickly finding myself even more intrigued. I got a copy of the book and then saw she was having a blog tour – by the virtue of luck, I got myself included as part of the team (which I’m incredibly grateful for) and dove head first into reading the book. And I’m so glad I did… what a strong and solid young adult, mystery, and coming-of-age novel to spend a few days with!

Approach & Style

I read this ~300-page novel in early January via Kindle Reader on my iPad. It contains twenty-eight chapters and took about six hours to read over three days. The story is told with a first-person point-of-view and a perspective focusing on the main character, Zylia, a 13-year-old girl who feels like no one can see her. There’s a fine line in the story that will make you wonder if there are any magical elements going on in the background, but it truly makes for a breathtaking transformation as you live through everything Zylia experiences.

Key Thoughts

The story is simple, but it is captivating. It’s a psychological character study, and Mount has done a tremendously wonderful job to keep us interested with only small, simple, and ordinary events happening to her family. Kudos for making something truly introspective feel so warm and other worldly as the same time.

Mount completely captured the life of a 13-year-old girl (not that I would truly know what that is, but that it’s definitely what I imagined it to be). Readers see everything from her point of view in a way that makes you feel like part of the action. Whenever I wanted to be angry with Zylia’s siblings or parents, they do something to re-balance the equation, so I adore them again. The family dynamics in this book are extraordinary.

The tone is perfectly set. It is somewhat ominous, but not in a dark way. It’s written with a light touch that makes you keep thinking… what’s gonna happen here? I need to know, and I hope she’s gonna be okay. Don’t hurt my Zylia! Since this is spoiler-free, I will not tell you what happens… you have to go read it for yourself. Just trust me!

One of the strongest areas is Mount’s use of language, narrative, and dialogue to tell the story. The words she’s chosen make you think deeply. The book gives you an understanding of the questions we all ask ourselves at different ages, and what we choose to see or not see when we interpret other people’s actions.

I definitely see Zylia as becoming a beloved character by readers: 95% adored and maybe 5% frustrated when she slinks too far into the “no one sees me” depths which is completely the way a young teenager would feel — it’s absolutely necessary to draw the emotions out us, so it belonged. Zylia reminds me a lot of Leisl from The Book Thief! All the different things she encounters really show a day in the life of a young girl learning how to find her voice, which will absolutely pull readers in, and allow them to compare situations to their own lives or worry whether they’ve done the same things to others… exactly what a great book is supposed to do!

Summary

This is a book you want to take a chance on, especially if you’re a young adult reader or love when books take you on a psychological journey.

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SG Digital CoverGenre: YA/ Fantasy/ Coming of Age

Publication Date: December 28, 2017

Synopsis:

Blackness. Nothingness. It was in the shape of a giant, hazy shadow, enveloping me, swallowing me, and digesting me into the unknown. It was my biggest fear and my ultimate fate.

Shy, thirteen-year-old Zylia has always known she was different. Most teenagers feel unnoticed and unseen, but for Zylia, it’s something much worse. She’s disappearing from this world and doesn’t know how to stop it. At times, she’s not sure she wants to. Until she stumbles across a family mystery surrounding the disappearance of her great-aunt Angelica years earlier. During her quest to unravel the mystery, Zylia discovers she’s able to cross the boundary and enter the “in between” world. Now, it’s up to Zylia to save herself before she’s trapped “in between” forever.

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I did my best to fight and claw my way back to the life I once knew, but panic had taken over and colors were swirling and fading all around me. It was all turning into a great cloud of blackness, just like the one I had seen in my dream. The looming cloud of nothingness I had feared for so long was finally grabbing me, wiping my world dark and blank.

The darkness was thick and intense, an inky void that stretched to eternity in every direction. Eventually my panic burnt itself out and I simply stayed there in the dark, feeling as if someone had drained my adrenal glands. I was no longer responding to the dark with fear, but acceptance. In fact, curiosity was beginning to take over.

The longer I let myself stare into it, the less dark it appeared. After some time, I realized that it was all different shades of murky black and foggy gray overlapping and undulating, just out of focus. I blinked mentally and suddenly she was there, standing above me with concern etched in sooty-colored lines on her monochromatic face.”

About the Author

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Misty Mount has written since age five and was first published at fourteen. By day she’s a caregiver, wife, and mother to a young son but during the quiet hours of night she becomes a novelist. She resides in Wichita, Kansas.

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*Print copy is available to North American residents only.

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About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll find the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge – words and humor. You can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.
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32 thoughts on “Book Review: The Shadow Girl by Misty Mount

    J-Cabochons (@Jcabochons) said:
    February 16, 2018 at 2:22 AM

    It’s a beautiful story. I love this story so much.

    Thanks
    http://j-cabochons.com

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 16, 2018 at 7:35 AM

      It is wonderful. Do you have a review or site to look at too? I am checking the blog tour today to read everyone’s posts.

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    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    February 16, 2018 at 2:31 AM

    Loved the review! Top-notch

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      February 16, 2018 at 7:37 AM

      Thx. Did you read it yet? I saw your post to promote, but hadn’t finished reading if you had done a review.

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    […] If you are new to the ThisIsMyTruthNow blog, the 365 Daily Challenge, or the Author Alert segment, check out the About Site section from the main menu. Below are some key things to know about this author, but at the end of this post, you’ll see the permanent page I’ve added to my blog. You can return to check out more on who she is, what she’s writing and how to buy her future work. I am pleased to present the very talented Misty Mount. You’ll find out more if you read one of her published books, which I just completed last week. You can check out my review here.  […]

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    Reads & Reels said:
    February 16, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    Absolutely wonderful review Jay! I’m so pleased you could participate in this tour and I’m happy that you loved it as much as I do!

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    thebookwormdrinketh said:
    February 16, 2018 at 9:46 AM

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this book and it’s really interesting to get different peoples views and opinions on it! I’m definitely going to have to check it out!

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    BookDragonGirl said:
    February 16, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Wow! Amazing review, James! So worthy of this book! I am having so much fun reading everyone’s reviews on this book and how well Misty Mount portrays a 13 year old, socially awkward, shy girl, who wants to disappear in the shadows. It’s so interesting to hear everybody’s take on it. But it seems the running theme is that Misty Mount did an incredible job with this book!! You did a wonderful job of pointing that out!!

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    leighannschneider said:
    February 16, 2018 at 1:30 PM

    I absolutely love the cover!

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    By Hook Or By Book ~ Book Reviews, News, & Other Stuff said:
    February 16, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Fab review Jay! I already had this on my tbr but I think I’m going to have to splurge and buy it.😊

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    Dani☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆ said:
    February 16, 2018 at 10:01 PM

    Great Review, Jay!😍📚💙 I’m so glad to be on tour with you! Just love you and Mistys work!!!😄💙📚💯

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    Kotiom Jewelry (@kotiomjewelry) said:
    February 17, 2018 at 2:34 AM

    It’s really lovely and outstanding post. Love this post.

    http://kotiom.com

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