Sunday, October 7, 2012

Review & Giveaway: The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski


The Shadow Society by Marie Rutkoski
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Purchase: Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

Darcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.
Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.
As if she were his enemy.
When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .
In this smart, compulsively readable novel, master storyteller Marie Rutkoski has crafted an utterly original world, characters you won’t soon forget, and a tale full of intrigue and suspense.

My Thoughts: 
Let me first say that Marie Rutkoski, author of The Shadow Society, sure knows how to set the stage of her novel by starting off with a mother of all hooks. Holy fire hose was that intense!! She really had me from the opening scene, and continued to draw me into her novel with her constant twists and turns. This book had enough fuel to keep me turning the pages at a rapid pace until the final outcome. Very entertaining!

In The Shadow Society, we meet Darcy Jones who is a foster kid that’s jumped from home to home since the age of 5. She can’t remember anything from her past, but one thing is for certain… her future is about to take an explosive turn. When Darcy comes across Conn, the new guy in school, she begins to develop feelings for him. However when her abilities as a Shade suddenly start to manifest for the first time, that marks the beginning of her battle to stay alive even from the one person she’s come to feel closest to.

There are so many layers to this story to evaluate. My mind was truly going at 100 mph as I turned the pages of this paranormal thriller. I was definitely intrigued with the setting this author chose, which revolved around the Great Chicago Fires. This was probably the largest disaster recorded in US history for the 19th century, where hundreds of people were killed and miles of land was destroyed. Rutkoski uses this time in history to set her stage and creatively implements the concept of an Interdimentional Bureau of Investigation that patrols the borders between worlds to protect human society. Their main targets are the Shades that ghost in and out of existence and according to the IBI, they are a terrorist group that prey on humans and caused the Great Fire of 1871.

 I applaud Rutkoski’s creative spin where she clearly parallels the Shades with the concept of terrorism. It’s hard not to contemplate how we consider terrorists synonymous with people of a certain place and faction. This book clearly employs the concept that simple association with a faction does not make someone a danger to society and terror on people can come from both sides of the fence… or portal in this instance.

Lastly, I really enjoyed Rutkoski’s ability to build a strong secondary cast. Darcy’s friends were definitely the highlight in this novel and my only regret is that they played rather minimal roles. Conn best described them in the novel as Raphael fighting with his fists, Jims using psychological warfare, and Lily being the mastermind and leader of this small army that protects Darcy. I enjoy reading about friendship and loyalty and The Shadow Society carried it in spades.

Well done novel that is perfectly positioned as a stand-alone. It has an explosive beginning and a conclusive ending. I couldn’t ask for anything more and definitely enjoyed it much!
4 Snowflakes


WinterHaven Books is giving away an ARC of this paranormal thriller. The book we are giving away does not have the final art cover. Please see the picture below and fill out the rafflecopter for a chance to win this ARC. Thank you!
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30 comments:

  1. I'm so happy you liked this! I've recently just gotten into the paranormal thriller genre, but I haven't liked them all. However, the fact that your mind was going 100mph to evaluate all the layers in this book really excites me! I like books like that, so you made me want to read this even more!

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    1. Thank you so much Lili! Yes, this paranormal thriller sure kept me at the edge of my seat. I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it. :)

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  2. I'm so glad you loved this one Arlene, the reviews have been a mixed bunch so I was quite unsure about picking it up. But your praising review has given me the encouragement to give this a try! Brilliant review! :)

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    1. Thank you so much Jasprit. I really did enjoy this one. :)

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  3. I've also been reading mixed reviews for this. But the premise sounds so fascinating that I still want to read it!

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    1. I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to read it Vivien. XD

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  4. I'm really excited to read this, though many of my friends have said it wasn't worth the hype. I just can't help but fall for it because of its gorgeous cover!

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    1. I really enjoyed Ira, I hope you do too. :)

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  5. This book seems really awesome and I really want to read it.:) Nice review and thanks for the giveaway! <3

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    1. Thanks Sabryy! Good luck with the giveaway. :)

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  6. This book sounds so interesting! It's been on my wishlist forever. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

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    1. Good luck with the giveaway! :)

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    2. This is one of those books that I keep seeing the cover for and I really, really want to read. I keep reading the description and I'm so intrigued. Hope I win!

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  7. I saw this book a few weeks ago. It looks really good. Right up my ally! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. It's really good Brooke. I hope you enjoy it. Good luck with the giveaway. :)

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  8. Well firstly, the cover is awesome! If I saw in in Waterstones I'd pick it up.

    Secondly, the description is an interesting one. I love it when writers incorporate real events into their novels; especially when they add a paranormal/supernatural twist.

    Thirdly, the review was really good. Clearly, this book is worth the read. From what I can tell it is well written as well as a great story.

    Thanks for this giveaway! I love the reviews/giveaways that you do on here ^_^

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    1. Thank you so much for posting Zoe! You're welcome and good luck. :)

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  9. I like reading books that have mixed reviews. It makes me curious to find out for myself. The description and your wonderful review convinced to give this a go. Hope I win:)
    It sounds like a fun book to review.

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    1. What a great perspective to take on mixed reviews! Good luck with the giveaway Laura! :)

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  10. I think this sounds really good and I'm intrigued. Adding it to my wishlist :)

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    1. I hope you like it Jolene! Good luck .:)

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  11. It sounds really interesting and I really love the cover! Adding it to my TBR list!

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  12. The cover looks great and it definitely sounds like my kind of book! I know I will enjoy it.

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  13. As much as I enjoy a good series, sometimes a good standalone is a real treat. This is another new title for me and I am excited to learn more. Thank you for sharing with us.

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    1. I totally agree. I love a good standalone. You are very welcome! Good luck!

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  14. I love the description and I really want to read this book. Seriously, it really caught my attention<3 Thanks for the giveaway.

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