Monday, April 15, 2013

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The Shadow Girl by Jennifer Archer

Release Date: April 9, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 240
Genre: YA Paranormal/Sci-Fi
Source: ARC
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Sometimes I forget for an hour or two that she's with me. Sometimes I convince myself that she was only a dream. Or that I'm crazy. For as long as Lily Winston can remember, she has never been alone. Iris, a shadowy figure who mimics Lily's movements and whispers in her ear, is with her always—but invisible to the rest of the world. Iris is Lily's secret. But when Lily's father is killed in a tragic accident, his cryptic final words suggest that he and Lily's mother have been keeping secrets of their own. Suddenly, Iris begins pushing Lily more than ever, possessing her thoughts and urging her to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle her father left behind. As she searches for answers, Lily finds herself drawn to Ty Collier, a mysterious new boy in town. Together, Lily and Ty must untangle a web of deception to discover the truth about her family, Iris . . . and Lily's own identity.

Since Lily was little she remembers Iris. Another girl in her head that speaks to her and has become an important part of her. The night before her birthday, she hears her parents talking about a secret that they will finally reveal to Lily. Her dad dies in a tragic accident the next day and her mom closes herself and refuses to answer any of Lily's questions about what they were going to tell her. Iris is slowly remember things about what might be her former life and pushes Lily to investigate her dad's shed. Lily begins questioning how Iris came to be. Is she a ghost haunting her or is Lily just crazy? The new guy in town, Ty, came searching for help for his brother. He knows more about Lily's dad's past than he is letting on.

Although I had a good guess as to what was going on with Lily and Iris I really enjoyed Lily uncovering each clue. I was really annoyed and angry with her mom for not just telling Lily the truth. For making her go behind her back and search through her father's things. I didn't understand why she wouldn't just be honest. When it was all revealed I sort of understood but a secret like that could have never stayed hidden forever. I enjoyed the relationship between Lily and Iris. I would think having another person inside your head would drive someone crazy, but like in other books such as The Host and What's Left of Me, Lily and Iris have a special friendship. Lily often depends on Iris.

My favorite character was Lily's best friend Wyatt. Lily lives in a secluded area and is home schooled but Wyatt is a nearby neighbor and life long friend. He was very sweet and loyal. I was disappointed and most annoyed that Lily begins to have feelings for Ty while developing more than friendship feelings for Wyatt. I felt like she lead Wyatt on and hurt him. It became a love triangle with jumping back and forth between the boys. The ending was open so I still don't even know for sure where her heart truly laid but I preferred Wyatt. Ty's secrets didn't seem the best way to build a relationship. The ending was left a bit more open that I would have liked. The lead up to the big reveal fell a little short for me. There were some scary characters mentioned that I thought maybe would have showed up or had a bigger impact but they didn't. Lily handles everything really remarkably and it does end with all major questions answered.

Wyatt slides his hand to the back of my head and brings our faces so close that our noses touch. "I'd never lie to you. I'd never try to hurt or confuse you."
But he is confusing me. As our mouths meet, and I taste his lips and our breaths mingle, I can't understand what's happening to me. How can this be Wyatt who is turning my body to liquid heat? How can I be kissing him back as if I'm starving for him?

Rating: 3/5 

At the age of ten, Jennifer Archer made up her mind to become a writer. Then she grew up, became “sensible,” and earned a business degree with a minor in accounting instead. After years of trying to find her way through a confusing maze of debits and credits she realized that, for her, accounting was no more sensible than becoming a World Federation wrestler. So in 1993, she enrolled in a creative writing class, and five years later, sold her first novel. Since then, Jennifer has published several novels for adults, as well as numerous non-fiction works.



  1. Wyatt sounds great to read about. I have been curious about this one, and glad it has something to offer even with the problems.
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. I have been really looking forward to this one so I am a little sad to see you didn't love it more. I still plan on reading it though!
    Great honest review!

  3. Thanks for the great review! This sounds very interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I want to know what secret Lily's father left for her to unravel with the help of Ty and see what secrets are hiding and why someone seems to be with Lily all the time, What is the Hidden Secret? I would need to read to even come close to understanding and discovering the answer.

    Thank you for this review...

  5. I think this story sounds amazing. I love the idea of a shadow self so to speak.

  6. Christina K. in the rafflecopter

    This is such an awesome concept! LOVE these kinds of plots:))

    Thank you:)

  7. Oooo this sounds interesting and maybe a little creepy. I haven't even heard of this. At least not that I remember.

  8. It sounds very eerie and intriguing! It kinda reminds me of What's Left of Me by Kat Zhang with the premise of the two souls? That's really cool!

  9. I want to see what the secret that her father left behind is plus this sounds like a wonderful story! Thank you for the review and for the amazing giveaway!

  10. Great review. I really want to know the reasoning her Mother has for not telling her the truth. Can't wait to read this one

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  11. Well I think it's obvious--who, or what, is Iris? Thanks for sharing your review!

  12. I'm about to read this book next, it looks interesting and I'm looking forward to finding out who or what Iris is and what secrets Lily's mom is keeping from her. Thanks for the review :)


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