Snapshot Reviews: She Walks in Darkness, Resist & Shift

October 12, 2013 Book Review 14

She Walks in Darkness

A gorgeous Tuscan villa harboring a terrible secret houses this original harrowing adventure of ancient mystery and modern intrigue.

Archaeologist Richard Keyes and his resourceful young bride, Barbara, are expecting a blissful honeymoon in a welcoming new country. But from the moment they arrive in their secluded new home, circumstances conspire against them. A car crash leaves Richard lying unconscious in a bed surrounded by frescoes of a benevolent goddess, while a far more sinister deity in the courtyard seems to gain power in the night.

Meanwhile, in Barbara’s hour of need, a beautiful, young Tuscan appears, and she is drawn to his seductive charms. A conflict has been reawakened after generations of sacrifice, betrayal, and madness, and the key to the mystery lies in the catacombs under the villa.

This first publication of newly-discovered novel from classic fantasist Evangeline Walton (The Mabinogoion series) is sure to please fans of all genres.

SHE WALKS IN DARKNESS by Evangeline Walton
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My Thoughts:
Lovers of mysteries as well as haunting settings will definitely enjoy this novella. It has an old world feel and its creepy atmosphere is setup immediately with the opening. It left me with the feeling that I should have been sitting wrapped up next to a fire while reading it.  The slight inclusion of occassional Italian words didn’t work for me, it left me wanting to look up translations, even if usually they seemed to be terms of endearment. She Walks in Darkness has some very unusual twists and turns and this kept me interested but ultimately, I don’t think I was the best target audience because I couldn’t attach to Barbara and I simply wasn’t enthralled with the story.  The ending was surprising and beautiful for the choices the characters made and I think tries to leave an impression with the reader.

Cover – 3 stars – It isn’t something I would probably pick up just based on seeing the cover!
Story – 3.5 stars – Lots of atmosphere.

Resist

The sequel—and conclusion—to Sarah Crossan’s Breathe. Three teen outlaws must survive on their own in a world without air, exiled outside the glass dome that protects what’s left of human civilization. Gripping action, provocative ideas, and shocking revelations in a dystopian novel that fans of Patrick Ness and Veronica Roth will devour.

Bea, Alina, and Quinn are on the run. They started a rebellion and were thrown out of the pod, the only place where there’s enough oxygen to breathe. Bea has lost her family. Alina has lost her home. And Quinn has lost his privileged life. Can they survive in the perilous Outlands? Can they finish the revolution they began? Especially when a young operative from the pod’s Special Forces is sent after them. Their only chance is to stand together, even when terrible circumstances force them apart. When the future of human society is in danger, these four teens must decide where their allegiances lie. Sarah Crossan has created a dangerous, and shattered society in this wrenching, thought-provoking, and unforgettable post-apocalyptic novel.

RESIST by Sarah Crossan
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My Thoughts:
A good sequel but not as engaging for me as the first book which I seriously enjoyed. Normally, story and character rehash annoy me in books because I’m like “oh just get on with it already” because everything is still so fresh in my mind. Not so much here, because of the fact that there were 3 perspectives in the first book, and now 4 perspectives in this one – plus all of the ancillary characters I needed the refresher that was just not given here at all. I had a hard time getting back into it because quite frankly I didn’t remember which was Bea and which Alina until several chapters in.  Just when I was getting on a role with one, cut scene and go to the next. I think I would have been fine with the changing perspectives more so later on if earlier on we spent a bit more time with each of them for awhile. Also, I didn’t like the ploy used where right off certain characters get separated again that had just gotten back together. Necessary for tension maybe but really..really was that necessary? So there is way more turmoil and hardship in Resist than there was in Breathe. I thought things came to a head before but things get twisted this way and that which was great in a ‘dang bring on the hurt’ kind of way. If you like a wee bit of sad with your fiction…and who doesn’t if you’re a dystopian fan then you’ll be happy with this duology. I enjoyed the way things were wrapped up and by golly I still love the premise of air being in short supply.

Cover – 4 stars
Story– I’m waffling between a 3.5 and 4 stars

Shift

Olive Corbett is not crazy. Not anymore.

She obediently takes her meds and stays under the radar at school. After “the incident,” Olive just wants to avoid any more trouble, so she knows the smartest thing is to stay clear of the new girl who is rumored to have quite the creepy past.

But there’s no avoiding Miranda Vaile. As mousy Miranda edges her way into the popular group, right up to the side of queen bee Katie – and pushes the others right out – only Olive seems to notice that something strange is going on. Something almost . . . parasitic. Either Olive is losing her grip on reality, or Miranda Vaile is stealing Katie’s life.

But who would ever believe crazy Olive, the girl who has a habit of letting her imagination run away with her? And what if Olive is the next target?

A chilling psychological thriller that tears through themes of identity, loss, and toxic friendship, Shift will leave readers guessing until the final pages.

SHIFT by Em Bailey
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My Thoughts:
So the title Shift can give you a clue here as to what paranormal element this creepy YA thriller is going to have going for it.  But you will be surprised by how that is used. I haven’t seen it done like this before, so kudos for that. While I was impressed with the ideas behind it the overall message of Shift didn’t click with me probably because of what they were. I really didn’t even get a clue about these things from the description. Coupled with was some of Olive’s behavior that just did not jive with me at all, I was left with an overall “meh” feeling by the end. Shift is a book I think my newly adult younger sister would enjoy but I don’t know if I’d recommend it to adult readers who like young adult fiction.

Cover – 4 stars
Story – 3 stars – on the fence

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14 Responses to “Snapshot Reviews: She Walks in Darkness, Resist & Shift”

  1. Karen

    I didn’t realize that Breathe/Resist is a duology. I have the first book but haven’t read it yet. I’m much more inclined to now knowing I don’t have to wait another year for the conclusion.
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    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Yes! Isn’t it nice when you are unexpectedly surprised with a duology instead of a trilogy! I really wish there were more duologies out there. I tend to think most authors could totally do away with one book entirely in their trilogies.

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      While I only gave it 3 stars I think April would have probably 5 starred it. I think gothic mystery lovers would enjoy it and if you like your reading to have an old world sort of feeling. I believe this was an older piece of fiction from an author that passed away some time ago and it was found in her unpublished works.

      • Pamela D

        I got super interested in this book until I got your sentence that it was unpublished and later finished by someone else. I don’t know why, but I have a hard time jumping into books when there are multiple authors and it was not planned in advance (like with the The Wheel of Time series). Oh well. It isn’t like I don’t have enough to read already!
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  2. Jaime Lester

    Great reviews as usual. Comment 1 for Review 1- Eh. I don’t think that this is the story for me. Plus, it is a novella and I don’t really read those. I don’t know why. It is a quirk. One of many. Comment 2 for Review 2- I haven’t read Breathe yet. It has been on the TBR for a while, though. And it seems to me that you rather enjoyed it, as well as Resist, so maybe I should give ’em a go. Whatdaya say? Comment 3 for Review 3- It has been a long time since I read this one. I think I enjoyed it alright, overall. It was definitely creepy to think about something like that happening in a real life, real world scenario. As far as characters, and the meat of the story, I honestly don’t recall much. Was there a swimming pool? Anyway, another meh, I would say.
    Gracias for your reviews and be back tomorrow for another!

    • Tabitha the Pabkins

      Haha – yeah Breathe & Resist for you might be a good matchup! I know you tend to lean mostly towards YA books right?

      Tomorrow’s review is going to be awesome! I did TWO youtube video readings of excerpts from the anthology! I know you don’t do short stories but perty please watch the youtube videos I worked so hard on them…recorded those bitches like 3 times each *cackles madely* #hugtackleslam

      • Jaime Lester

        I will watch your videos. Cross my heart, stick a needle in my eye and all that.