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review 2017-01-05 00:00
Shades of Treason
Shades of Treason - Sandy Williams Lots of action, very little romance, fade to black ending that's basically a cliffhanger.

I liked Ash's attitude, but it's hard to determine if her affections for Rykus are enhanced by the loyalty training. It makes things a little weird when I can't tell if she really loves him or if she's been brainwashed a bit too much. But I like the way these two characters play off each other and I'm very much interested in how things proceed between them while they try to save the universe.

I've got the sequel on my TBR list, but I'm so aggravated with the ending that I'm gonna put it off for a little bit and read something else first.
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review 2015-03-07 23:26
DNF
The Shadow Reader - Sandy Williams

I couldn't finish this. I've moved it around and looked at it from time to time and I have no interest in trying to finish it. There's nothing to lift it out of the horde of books that have the same basic plot.

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review 2015-02-27 16:21
The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams
The Shadow Reader - Sandy Williams

The Shadow Reader begins with McKenzie being told to leave class by a Fae she knows very very well. He says she's in danger. And well, he would be right. When she thinks she's going to get away from the people who wish to take her, she ends up getting kidnapped. The rebels, the Fae who are rebelling against the Court, are the ones who need McKenzie. They do everything they can to show her a different side to the Fae she thought she knew. Now, she's all twisted up inside, and confused. McKenzie must try to figure out whose side she's on before it is all too late.

 

This book was okay. It had an interesting story. But I just couldn't get into very much. At first it was really good, but then it just got slightly boring. And I grew frustrated with the kind of love triangle kind of not. It was a little annoying. Other then that the plot line was pretty interesting, though I realized that I won't continue with this story it didn't hold my interest for very long.

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review 2014-09-08 18:03
Mixed Bag
The Shadow Reader - Sandy Williams

I liked it as a whole. The idea was fun and original. I didn't like the repetitiveness of the heroine throughout the story tho. She harped on the same thing over and over again. I also felt like certain details were unnecessary, and other parts had conversations that just didn't make sense. It felt like she just popped them in because they were important but it didn't flow right. However, I thought the MC was genuine and extremely caring. I also liked the side characters, they added depth. It was a pretty good first novel, hopefully the second will be better, and the heroine will grow up

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review 2014-03-11 15:11
The Shadow Reader - Sandy Williams

In her debut novel Sandy Williams take the readers to the world of the Fae where only certain humans are able to see the Fae and even fewer are able to read the shadows:

 

McKenzie is a College student who is desperately trying to finish her final exam and receive her degree, but as she is writing the questions her Fae partner Kyol appears with a danger warning. Not wanting to be seen talking to herself (again), McKenzie has to leave her exam behind (again) and flee as the rebels. McKenzie is the court's most talented shadow reader and can pin point where a Fae fissure out which has help with the chasing the rebels throughout the realm. Kyol tries to protect McKenzie but the rebels are able to capture her. McKenzie thinks that she is going to have a quick death, she is mistaken the rebels want to use McKenzie as the court did, but she refuses. Her loyalty is to the court and more importantly to Kyol. But the more the rebels pressure her and show her what life is like outside of the court, the more she beings to questions everything that has been told to her and that within the rebel force she might find everything she has ever wanted.

 

First off I would like to say that the cover of this book is misleading. I do not think that there is any point within this book where McKenzie wields a sword. I am actually pretty sure that she does not have any sort of fighting skills in her. Yes her and Kyol work as a fighting team but she is more of a spotter and he is the actual fighter. So if you are going into this thinking that McKenzie is going to be a kickass fighter and battle leader stop right now and put the book back on the shelf as that is not what you are going to get in this book. The only thing I can think of is that it is actually Lena on the cover, as she has the ability to fight, defend and lead the rebels.

 

What this book essentially boils down to is a love triangle and each Man trying to get McKenzie to see their way of things. It is an Old love versus a New love and I actually became tired of the fact that they both kept pushing her in passive aggressive ways to make her decision on who she should side with and really which side of the war she should work for.

 

I truly think that Williams could have had something here, she does a great job world building by having the Fae world and our world interconnected. I liked the idea of the different gates that are between the two worlds and the Fae's ability to fissure in and out. It was also interesting that there are only a few humans who can see the Fae and even fewer still that can read the shadows of the fissure and how McKenzie draws the information like a map and it can be in our world or theirs very interesting concept. The rebellion idea works and the possibility of it spilling over into the human world is a great threat as it could mean exposing the Fae to the world. Nevertheless, everything gets over shadowed by the Love Triangle and I mean everything that is all the story boils down to, who will McKenzie choose. If you want a urban fantasy romance, then you will probably like this book and enjoy this read, but if you are looking for more than that, I would look some where else.

 

Enjoy!!!

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