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ShadowShifter by Melissa D. Ellis

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Unpredictable, sexy, intense, and terrifying! With symbolic parallels to the classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood, "SHADOWSHIFTER" gives us a whole new, modern-day Little Red to embrace... And her story is more complicated and horrifying than what the Brothers Grimm could have ever imagined! With an uncontrollable temper and a flair for the dramatics, sixteen-year-old, Julie Taylor, has landed herself in summer school after a very public and humiliating outburst. In class, she meets her striking but mysterious next door neighbor, Broderick Cooper and despite her determination to distance herself from him, she can't deny the tenacious draw she feels toward him. More and more, their paths continue to cross until they become completely entwined with one another. But as Julie swiftly becomes consumed with Broderick's love and supernatural gift, an unprecedented evil punches its way into their quiet little town bringing Hell on Earth. One close brush with danger and a terrifying chain of events begin to unfold that will forever change Julie's life as it opens her eyes to a sinister world that walks within her own... evil incarnate and legendary as fairy tales.

Goodreads Summary

Julie isn't the easiest character to get along with, she's a fighter.  She can be stubborn to a fault, funny, sarcastic, pushy, and cunning.  She has flaws, but those just make her a better character and add to the novel.  Brody, her next door neighbor, is handsome, charismatic, interesting, and a bit of an enigma.  They meet quite by accident, only due to Julie's inability to stay out of trouble.

There is an instant connection between the two, though they don't really act on it until later in the novel.  The reader can believe that they actually do really like each other.  They develop little, noticeable habits to each other that the reader can smile at.  However, not all love is untainted.  Brody has a secret, one he would rather Julie never found out.  The reader will enjoy following the ups and downs of their relationship and the events surrounding it.

The characters were nice to read about, interesting.  The reader will also like getting to know the secondary characters and developing his/her own opinion about them.  The plot was fairly fast-paced, some of the events were exciting to read about.  The book is roughly 560 pages, but the reader will not take that long to finish it.  This book would be enjoyed by young adults/teen readers.

4 Stars