All right. The moment we've all been waiting for...
My ARC review of Marisa Noelle's The Shadow Keepers (coming July 30th, 2019).
This book took me three hours to read. I’m normally a pretty fast reader, but I flew through this more quickly than I anticipated. This is a smooth, easy read, and I love books that suck me right in and move at a fast clip.
The atmosphere is perfect. The main setting is creepy, not because of the mental patients, but the building itself. I have so much respect for Ms. Noelle because she didn’t make the patients the source of the mounting fear. Yes, some of the girls can be unsettling, but that’s the truth of places like that. No where are the girls depicted as evil or wrong, and that was nice to read.
Clearly Ms. Noelle has done her research on the afflictions that Georgia has. I have minor obsessive compulsions (nothing terrible) like what’s in the book, and what Georgia does is very realistic to real life, though what she experiences is a million times worse than what I deal with. Also, the descriptions of Georgia’s panic attacks were so well described I was in the moment and could feel it even though I’ve never had one.
The overall concept isn’t brand new, but it’s done in a creative way that I was eager to discover. I wish there was a little bit more to the shadows (and I’m not exactly sure what I’m looking for. Maybe more...meat in some way?), but they held my interest. They were a different foe, one that didn’t actually do much until the end, yet they were still terrifying and a constant threat. It takes a lot of skill to keep a non-physical (or at least non-physical in our world) entity a danger for almost the entirety of the book.
Now, I guessed the answers to the book’s mysteries early on in the novel. One in particular was super easy to figure out, but that in no way ruined the enjoyment of the reveal. Just because I’m sure of the ending doesn’t mean the ride to get there can’t be fun, and this one was.
The characters are very fleshed out. I like that Georgia wasn’t totally apathetic or whiny or obnoxiously bold. She was consistent in acting appropriately for her in certain situations. She is a well-crafted heroine. Her roommates are great, too, though I wish there was a little more time with Liz, but that’s just me. Even Elijah was awesome despite him not being in the book a lot.
Hands down, this is a great book, and I’m so glad that I read it. It’s a spooky, thrilling time and totally deserves a solid 4.5 out of 5. Don’t miss your chance to experience this tale, and I can’t wait for Ms. Noelle to publish more books.
This was such a fun experience, and I'm so glad to be apart of Marisa Noelle's blog tour. Thank you all for coming along on this adventure, and please give The Shadow Keepers a chance. I know you won't be disappointed.
Pre-order The Shadow Keepers: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Shadow-Keepers-Marisa-Noelle-ebook/dp/B07SFD1SQS
Contact Marisa Noelle:
Website: www.marisanoelle.com & www.TheUnadjusteds.com
Twitter & Instagram: @MarisaNoelle77