Author: Melyssa Williams
File Size: 366 KB
Print Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Melyssa Williams; 1 edition (March 21, 2012)
Buying Link: Shadows Gray
Sonnet Gray has problems, and not just those of a typical 18 year old. Her family is one of the Lost; time travelers who have no power over their journeys. Hopelessly old fashioned and yet more modern than most girls, Sonnet speaks several languages and takes care of her motley crue back home by working in a coffee shop and playing guitar. Over time, the Lost leave behind those they love and pick up new characters along the way. In twenty-first century America, Sonnet meets Emme, a Lost young woman with a questionable line of work, Luke, a mysterious photographer, and Israel, a young doctor . But no one can take the place of Sonnet's sister, Rose, who was left behind as a baby in the fifteenth century. The ghost of her beckons from each time and place; but what's real and what isn't? Is Rose Gray trying to contact her before it's too late?
A ghost story with a sci-fi, Gothic romance twist, Shadow's Gray will keep you up at night, wondering: is the redemptive power of love enough to change history?
Shadows Gray is the first book I've ever read from Ms. Melyssa Williams and I can say that I'm pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of the whole book and I'm definitely hoping to read more from this author.
I decided to make bulleted list of what I liked and what I didn't for this review.
What I Liked:
- What attracted me first from this book is the book cover. It's very intriguing and very classy. It practically screams "Read Me" which is very important. Book covers are the first ones that a reader would see in a book. It's the first deciding factor if a reader would pick up the book or not.
- The plot of this book is very unique. I don't usually go for "Time Travel" themed book but this one is very much intriguing that I couldn't help myself but read this. I liked how Ms. Melyssa Williams created a whole new world for her readers. Her definition of time travel is very different from others.
- The characters are very much real. Sonnet is a nice heroine to read. Her sadness and loneliness calls to me. The other character are also nice to read. You could distinguish the difference of the personalities of these characters which is fun.
- The family dynamics of the characters of the book is the strongest point of this book. They are not all blood related but they are bonded by their loneliness. Their situation is really hard. The author made sure that as a reader you could feel their sadness and the love they all shared for each other. You could feel their need to be with other Lost people like them, those who would understand their frustration in their way of life.
What I Didn't Liked:
- I was very much disappointed in the way it ended. It was like I was left hanging when the story was on its climax. I think there should have been more to it because there are so many unanswered questions. I was feeling like it shouldn't have ended at that point of the story. The ending of this book was very frustrating.
Overall, I still enjoyed reading this book despite the very abrupt ending. It was still a well written book in my opinion. Ms. Melyssa Williams wrote a very unique YA book that is full of mystery and suspense with a little bit of romance perfectly. I recommend this book to those readers who loves to be spooked by the mystery and suspense of a book without sacrificing the sentimental feel of it.
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About the Author:
My name's Melyssa. I go by Lyssa. I have three kids. They're pretty great. I like them quite a bit. I have one husband. Also, a nifty dude. I read books. I write books. I drink coffee and red wine, depending on whether it's a.m. or p.m. I have a dog and three chickens. I prefer country over city and I'd rather hang out at a library than hang out at a club. I homeschool. I was homeschooled. I write for Home Educating Family magazine and for MaryJane's Farm magazine. I don't like being photographed, spiders, sweet pickles, staying up past 11, snow in April. Or October. I used to dance back when I was flexible and looked good in tights (those days are gone). Now I teach ballet. It's a lot like herding cats, except they wear tutus and need frequent potty breaks. I wrote a book. Did I already say that?