Shadows by Amy Meredith

Welcome to another book club! 'Shadows' is a really easy and pleasant book to read, and after finishing the book I realised it was aimed at readers twelves years and older, so it is little wonder it only took me an afternoon to complete.

The story is based on a friendship, where one of the girls develops a supernatural instinct, it is fascinating watching the progression of the friendship and it was a great reminder of how close teenage girls can be! At some points I did find myself confusing Eve and Jess as the girls are so very similar!

The story is essentially a mystery, and due to the simplicity of the writing you could see early on in the book who the 'demon' was going to be, which made it a little bit frustrating watching the girls chasing down the wrong culprit.

The character of Luke seemed like the typical mis-understood boyfriend figure and I'd anticipate that future novels would develop this story line a lot more.

The book sort of felt like 'The O.C' (teenage girls with unlimited Amex cards and little parental supervision) meets 'The Blair Witch Project'.

One aspect of the book that did frustrate the bejesus out of me was a 'Twilight' reference in the first couple of paragraphs... I don't know what Amy Meredith was thinking putting that in there!!

An okay book to read on an afternoon where it is too hot to venture too far from the aircon.

So what do we have installed for next months book club?? Something slightly more challenging to read...

The Vampyre
Tom Holland

"If I could explain at length the real causes which have contributed to increase this perhaps natural temperament of mine -this melancholy which made me a bye-word - nobody would wonder - but this is impossible without doing much mischief -  I do not know what other men's lives have been - but I cannot conceive anything more strange than some of the earlier parts of mine - I have written my memoirs - but omitted all the really consequential and important parts - from deference to the dead - to the living - and to those who must be both."

Lord Byron, 'Detached Thoughts'

Lord Byron's personal physician, Dr John Polidori, is generally credited with authorship of the first modern vampire story. Its hero was titled, fascinating and deadly dangerous to know: in fact, a thinly veiled portrayal of the great poet himself. But Polidori's story only hinted at the truth. It did not tell it all. And was it not Byron himself who declared that truth is stranger than fiction?

A brilliantly crafted blend of fact and fiction, The Vampyre puts a dazzling new spin on the vampire myth. Intensely atmospheric, it presents a fascinating piece of alternative literary history and a modern gothic novel that is as thought-provoking as it is gripping. (Source)

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