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He tilts his head as he sketches. “Sorry you think I’m messing with you. I was just trying to be nice.”
My chin jerks toward him. “Nice? How is telling me I don’t belong at a party nice?”
His pencil continues to move. “Violet.”
The way he says my name melts my insides a little. “Yeah?” My voice is barely a whisper.
“I’m sorry I offended you.”
“Why don’t you think I belong at Chuckanut House?”
The Good Shadows
His pencil pauses, and his emerald gaze lifts.
My heart skips a beat. “You can tell me.”
He leans closer. The incredible forest-like smell must be coming from him because it gets stronger.
I breathe in through my nose and hold my breath.
“Violet, I promise you, that’s something you don’t want to know.”
Here's what readers are saying about
The Good Shadows...
“The Good Shadows takes teen drama to a new level. Alwood’s unique take on a topic typically avoided by authors of faith is compelling. Lovers of speculative fiction and contemporary YA will find this book hard to put down.”
-- Alyssa Roat, literary agent at C.Y.L.E.
“The Good Shadows by Carol Alwood is the kind of story that will keep a reader up at night ingesting ‘just one more chapter.’ This page-turner is grounded in the characters who seem no different from teens in real life… Above all, this entertaining story provides an example and a warning regarding any involvement in the occult. This powerful theme is much needed in today’s culture. I highly recommend this novel to Christian young adults, in particular.”
-- Rebecca LuElla Miller, author, freelance editor, blogger at A Christian Worldview of Fiction
“This action-filled book shows how easy it is for teens to be drawn into the ‘dark side.’ Alwood creates a believable world in which readers experience the consequences of the small ‘steps’ that lead to Violet's ultimate deception and near ruin of her soul.”
-- Nancy Brashear is the author of a psychological thriller, Gunnysack Hell, short stories including "Uncaged" and "Ready or Not!", and most recently, the poems "Cliffhanger" and "Lonely Dead."
Sixteen-year-old Owen Parker may be a mortician's son, but that doesn't mean he's seen a ghost.
Until one night...
This novelette is the first book in The Good Shadows Series. If you adore falling in love, this series is for you.
The characters are described and developed with great skill. It was a gentle and sensitive story and one that held my interest to the end. I am sure most 'young adults' would enjoy reading this and perhaps also learn some life lessons along the way, without ever feeling they were being preached at.
Suspenseful and Entertaining
There is a lot of intrigue and mystery in this story and it's very well written. I enjoyed it immensely. It is geared to a YA audience but I am not YA and I think it has broader appeal.
Intriguing Intro Into a new Series
I really liked the setup for this novelette and think the author did a great job of teasing the potential of her new series set in the same world.