Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Book Review of Shadowed Summer, By: Saundra Mitchell

Title: Shadowed Summer
Author: Saundra Mitchell
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Released: 2009
Summary: Iris and Collette live in Ondine, Louisiana, a small town that is dull in the winter, fall, spring, and summer. The summer of their fourteenth year, Iris and Collette spend their time playing at spells and magic. One day, while in a graveyard casting a spell to speak to the dead, the magic becomes real for Iris. She awakens the spirit of Elijah, a boy who disappeared from Ondine two deacades ago. Suddenly, Iris's summer becomes one she will never forget, the summer she is haunted by Elijah and taxed with solving the mystery of his disappearance. With the help of her best friend Collette and Ben, they uncover the haunting secrets of Elijah and the town they call home.
My Thoughts: This book was seriously spooky. Upon first glance, the book looked like a sort of fun ghost story, which it was, but it was also a lot scarier and more serious than the cover portrayed. I liked the characters in the book and how they handled themselves. These were young teenagers who had been dealt tough blows early in life. Iris was much braver than I would ever be in that kind of situation. I liked the best friend aspect Iris and Collette shared. Everybody wants a friend that sticks with you through thick and thin. The character of Ben was also nice because it illustrated the aspects of a first crush nicely. The haunting scenes were very scary in this novel and helped it stand out as a good, classic ghost story. I also liked the feel of Louisiana that the book captured, it gave a real sense of place and people through the writing. I also really enjoyed the mystery surrounding Elijah. Finding out what happened to him and where he went was one of the reasons I couldn't put this book down. The book was also a short, fast read, clocking in at under 200 pages. I would recommend this novel to anyone who loves a good, scary ghost story!

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