Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Within the Shadows by J.A. Lynch

Title:  Within the Shadows
Author:  J.A. Lynch
Series: A Shadows World #1
Published:  July 18th 2012 by Vamptasy Publishing
 (first published March 16th 2011)
Page Count:  205
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Shelf:  Review Copy
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Living on the razors edge, Giselle Burgman's life is torn apart by her cheating boyfriend. Little does she realise that he is the least of her worries when her long term friend Alex introduces her to his family and a new, darker world. A world of lies, deceit and corruption. Thrown from one problem straight into another, the razors edge gets thinner and sharper, testing Giselle's sanity and vitality. Not even she can hide when living within the shadows.

My Review:

What an interesting introduction to the series. Lynch did an amazing job of setting up all of the background elements, including the theological and supernatural aspects, which will carry her series forward. She does so while creating a very compelling and captivating story for her audiences.

All of the descriptions in this novel give it a dark overtone. It suits the storyline perfectly. The descriptions are also very clear and memorable. I appreciate the fact that the author stays true to herself and her storyline throughout the novel. The consistency throughout adds greatly to the smooth flow of the action. Not only were the descriptions and story well developed, but they combined to produce a very interesting and intriguingly complex whole.

The characters in this novel are quite unique. Each and every one offers something different to the storyline, without taking away from who they are as a person. I enjoyed how Lynch began to develop her characters in this novel while leaving us a great deal to discover in future novels. Even with this, you get to know all of the main characters very well and don’t have to guess or imagine what they would do in a certain situation. My sole issue with the characters was the fact that every once in a while their dialogue became a little stilted. They’d stop talking like real people, then all of a sudden would speak normally again.

As a whole, this story was quite well written and very well thought out. It follows a logical progression from point A to point C (cliff-hanger) via point B, leaving you perfectly set up for the sequel.

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