• The Book Huntress

Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw

Death, life, and the veil that separates the two worlds.

Rating: 3 out of 5



Albion is at war and the high council is hunting down a special set of people known as seekers that might just tip the war in their favor. The problem is Kate Winters has just stumbled upon a power that has been passed down by generation and has been lying dormant for her short fifteen years of life that has landed her at the top of the high council's target list. Kate must now use her gift that allows her to pass between the veil of the living and dead to save herself, her family, and her friends from impending death after being kidnapped and taken to the sacred city, but will she be able to do it while keeping everyone alive?


Original story? Yes.

I personally thought this book had an incredibly compelling story that offered a fresh take to the young adult readers. I was initially intrigued by the gift that the main character possessed and the summary led me to believe she would face great difficulties by having to master her powers in the short amount of time the book allotted to complete her 'task'. This was a positive when rating this book.


Emotional Investment? No.

While plots typically catch my attention it's the emotional investment and attachment that I feel for the character that keeps me reading. This plot started strong and while the story and setting was captivating the character development was lacking. As a reader I like to feel like I now the main character and Kate lacked depth which ultimately hurt the overall ranking of this book.


The Down & Dirty Details...


  1. Compelling and original plot

  2. Strong female character that must figure out how to use her own powers to save herself and others


  1. No connection between reader and main character to push the reader to want to quickly turn the pages

  2. Lacking the forbidden love factor that has me personally obsessed with young adult novels (could potentially be a pro for some readers)


Would I recommend it? ehhh

I think it just depends on the reader. I personally don't think I would read this book again. The lack of character development made the book challenging to read at times when there was a lull in the action and while I do like the concept of the plot it was not enough to have me raving about this book.

Tell me your thoughts!

Have you read this book? Do you agree or disagree? What would you like to see next?

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