Tuesday, July 6, 2010

YA review: Shadowed Summer

Nothing ever happened in Ondine, Louisiana, not even the summer Elijah Landry disappeared.

His mother knew he ascended to heaven, the police believed he ran away, and his girlfriend thought he was murdered.

Decades later, certain she saw his ghost in the town cemetery, fourteen-year-old Iris Rhame is determined to find out the truth behind "The Incident With the Landry Boy."

Enlisting the help of her best friend Collette, and forced to endure the company of Collette's latest crush, Ben, Iris spends a summer digging into the past and stirring old ghosts, in search of a boy she never knew.

What she doesn't realize is that in a town as small as Ondine, every secret is a family secret. (summary from Shadowed Summer website)

Follow this link to read an excerpt.

My thoughts...While Shadowed Summer is geared toward younger readers, I think paranormal fans of any age would enjoy this tale.  Iris and her best friend Collette live in a very small southern town.  Their entertainment consists of calling up spirits and writing spells in their secret notebooks.  During one of their rituals, Iris calls up a real ghost by the name of Elijah who is very persistent with his demands for help.  The story is about the mystery of Elijah's death.  Shadowed Summer will put you on the edge of your seat. 

The writing in this story is exemplary.  Mitchell does a great job of writing the voice of 14 year old Iris.  The characters feel genuine.  They experience a wide array of emotions including jealousy, betrayal, and love-each one of them believable.  The character of Elijah is unpredictable.  One moment you feel bad for him, the next you are afraid of him. 

The plot of Shadowed Summer moves at a rapid pace.  I can honestly say that the book made me want to keep the light on.  It has that "what's lurking under my bed" creepy quality to it.  The mystery element will appeal to both genders.  It is a good mystery: tons of suspects and tons of clues.  There is a bit of a love story woven into the action, just enough to satisfy.  This is a great one for the summer reading list.

Shadowed Summer was released in paperback in June, 2010.  Follow this link to order your copy from Amazon.  For more information about Saundra Mitchell and her books, visit her website

If you liked Shadowed Summer, you may also enjoy...
1. Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
2. Ruined by Paula Morris
3. Once A Witch by Carolyn MacCullough



Book Monster said...

I've seen this quite a lot but never really gave it a second look. I might have to try this one out, i did enjoy once a witch and any book like it would be awesome. Great review XD

Enbrethiliel said...


So they don't mean to call up a real ghost, but then they do??? Interesting premise!

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