Entranced (The Donovan Legacy, eAmy Kyol and the Court She firmly believes they arevil and remains loyal to the Court But she never xpects to fall for her captor and grow sympathetic to the Rebels cause When she finally does return to her sword master she finds that her loyalties no longer lie with the Court The CharactersLe Hottie Aren McKenzie and Le Steamy Kyol were smart sassy and classy respectively I usually don t like love triangles but this is one of those rare occasions where an author tells me to Shut it Stephanie and read the damned book You will like it And lil old skeptical me goes HmmWe ll see about that Ms WilliamsWell here I am ating my words because I loved this love triangle If I were McKenzie who would I chose Le Hottie or Le Steamy Jeez I don t know They were both awesome guys Aren s the cocky son of a biscuit ater that has you wanting to smack that ridiculous grin off his face and kiss him at the same time While on the other hand Kyol is the mysterious silent type that will keep you up all night trying to puzzle out the secrets hidden in his yes AHHHH Hot Fae guys ICAN TEVEN Of course we have our heroine McKenzie I won t deny that there were times when she really irritated me because I thought she just couldn t see the bigger picture of the war and how the Court treated her all those years The Court specifically didn t want her learning the language of the Fae and she not once thought that was strange And one of the first things Aren does once she is kidnapped is have her taught the language This should have been a gigantic red flag to McKenzie but she remains loyal to the Court until it nearly very dearly costs her But she s supposed to be a stubborn heroine I get that I just wish she was a little observant However she is a strong willed heroine because she never does give up trying to scape her captives I have to give her props for that Even when she knows her attempts are in vain she continues again and again I have to admit though I did wish she didn t need uite so many rescuing from our hot Fae guys In fact why does she ven have a sword on the cover I kept waiting for her to kick someone s ass in the book but it never happened view spoilerOkay so maybe she did kill someone but that was an accident on her part hide spoiler Even than YA my relationship with Urban Fantasy has been a love hate one In fact I ven made a table about it and it holds true So when I DO find an urban fantasy book I like I can t help but talk about it nonstop not to mention recommending it to veryone I know The Shadow Reader was one of those books I went into with a great deal of trepidation only to nd up gasping for breath about 20 pages in Excellent worldbuilding fast paced breath stealing action and brilliant characterization all combine to make this book one hell of a ride McKenzie is a shadow reader She can mark the portals to and from Faerie into our world and point out with a fair degree of acc 15 starsI didn t like this very much and I m pissed that I bought the second book before finishing this one I have mulled over my review for a few days now and I m still trying to figure out why most people loved this and I didn t I think my main issue with this book is that the world building and plot felt like a distant second in priority to the love triangleWhat I liked when I started with this book was the world I love the idea of the fissures that bring the fae in and out of our realm and the concept of a shadow reader a person who can see the shadow through the fissure that indicates the fae s location I was nad with the world and thought this book was a sure thing for me HoweverAs the book progressed I started having some real issues First of all I though that McKenzie was unforgivably wishy washy about who she was interested in The back and forth went on for the ntirety of the book and honestly bored me to tears
I was also mystified as to why literally out of freaking nowhere Aren starts loving her McKenzie is was also mystified as to why literally out of freaking nowhere Aren starts loving her McKenzie is rude and mistrusting of Aren and it didn t seem like they were ven building up to like so I was completely taken aback by his interest in her I thought the whole court vs rebels thing wasn t very well xplained and I felt like the seriousness of the issue got pushed aside so McKenzie could debate about who she wanted to kiss It #irked me to no nd As the book progressed I realized that I # me to no nd As the book progressed I realized that I never going to get the plot that I was hoping for and this wasn t going to be to my taste If I compare this book to the amazing and unforgettable Fever series Darkfever is the first which also is about the fae this book is like the gum stuck to the shoe of Jericho Barrons Just different leagues 45 stars The Shadow Reader is Sandy Williams debut novel and the first in the new MCKENZIE LEWIS series If this book is any indication I anticipate great things from Williams and this series in the future I "Enjoyed The Shadow Reader ImmenselyMcKenzie "The Shadow Reader immenselyMcKenzie a human woman with a talent that makes her invaluable to the fae She is a shadow reader which means that when a fae teleports she can map where that fae has traveled to There are other shadow readers but McKenzie is an unusually good one As a teenager she was recruited to help King Atroth s Court win a war Now ten years later the Court still calls upon her services and it s taken a toll on McKenzie s life Her family has written her off as crazy Her college degree is taking far longer than it was supposed to And her forbidden flirtation with Kyol Taltrayn the King s sword master keeps McKenzie s love life on hold She s ready to retire as a shadow reader finish her ducation and live a normal human life Then she s kidnapped by rebel leader Aren Jorreb who also needs a shadow reader and verything changes McKenzie is attracted to Aren but at first figures it s Stockholm syndrome May I just mention how refreshing it is that McKenzie ven considered the possibility of Stockholm syndrome I ve read way too many books where the whole romance seemed to be rooted in it yet it was never really xamined But Aren has some unsettling information for her information that leads her to wonder whether she s been on the wrong side of the war all alongThis is a love triangle for readers who are sick of love triangles Why Because this is a good one The uestion is not just who s handsome or makes McKenzie s heart beat faster McKenzie is not just deciding between two men but two worldviews and two versions of the truth If one man is telling the truth the other is guilty of horrible things and vice versa and really no one s hands are clean in this war McKenzie is a fierce heroine not necessarily in the combat sense but in her determination to seek the truth stick to her own sense of thics and maintain her self respect She s strong in the face of psychological pressures that would break a lot of people and it s great watching her forge her own path that isn t uite what ither of her suitors has in mind for herMcKenzie s struggles play out both in her own psyche and in Williams well realized setting It can take a little while to get one s bearings in the fae world Williams has created but she does a terrific job of making that world feel fleshed out and lived in One gets the sense of a rich history and geography in the background ven if McKenzie only sees a small sampling of it in this first book I was reminded both of Karen Marie Moning s FEVER universe and CL Wilson s TAIREN SOUL in terms of the settingThe Shadow Reader kept me turning pages frantically and when I wasn t reading it I was thinking about how much I wanted to be reading it and finding out what happened next or what new truth would be revealed I had a lot of fun with The Shadow Reader and can t wait to read about McKenzi. N the fierce rebel leader she learns that not verything is as she thought And McKenzie must decide who to trust and where she stands in the face of a cataclysmic civil wa. Searching for another kick ass urban fantasy heroine Look no further because McKenzie Lewis has arrived Caught in a fascinating war between the fae king and the rebel faction she is kidnapped by the rebellion who wants to use her special cartography skills for their own means McKenzie fights to scape in some seriously great action scenes but gradually she starts to wonder whether the truth behind the war is A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, even complex than shever imaginedWhat s intriguing about McKenzie is that unlike most other urban fantasy heroines she s not a warrior She has no magic sword she doesn t have mad martial arts skills and hell she can t The Shadow Reader even fire a gun But she is anxceptionally gifted shadow reader a person who can see the trace imprints left behind when one of the fae has teleported to another location The author does an amazing job of showing us how special McKenzie is particularly in scenes involving a tracking test that s set up for her by the rebels This girl is fierce and determined and fearless and funny and I liked how she actually thinks and reasons You know how sometimes you want to yell at the page because something should be occurring to the heroine but it doesn t because the author wants to let the story drag on It s like McKenzie hears you yelling loud and clear and answers you immediately in her actions But I also like that she s so very human in the middle of all the powerful magic and power plays Cinderella Unmasked (Fairytale Fantasies exhibited around her She miscalculates she doesn t know whom to trust and she actually bleeds and feels pain in a jarring wince inducing way And I like that in the middle of a blistering attack when her own life is in danger she stops to rescue a little suirmy kimki animalAnd yeahthere are a couple of really sexy guys in this book McKenzie s been waiting 10 years for something to happen in her forbidden relationship with the strong and principled Kyol the king s swordsman but her rebel captor Aren is also strangely compelling with awesome healing powers and a pesky habit of making her feel things for him that she shouldn t be feeling Oh and he has disheveled sexy hair too D Love triangles are usuallyual parts agonizing and annoying but the romantic ntanglements are handled incredibly well here It s like the Dorian Kiyo thing view spoilerwithout the murderous deceptive part hide spoiler Story Did you ver wish there would be books like the a court of thorns and roses series Filled with fae and magic badass female characters and a funny handsome bad boy There s a war going on in the fae world between the king his followers and the rebels In the middle of it is McKenzie a shadow reader one of the strongest weapons agains the rebellion One day McKenzie gets captured by the rebellion and soon her world is shook Who can she trust Who is lying And who should sit on the throne That was a book I couldn t lay down First of all the main character is so funny and so freakin stubborn She was constantly trying to run away and in the The Power Of A Choice end I always smiled reading the dialogues between Aren and McKenzie This is definitely a book that has a nice pacing is filled with action and a little bit of love and heartbreak Definitely worth reading Characters Oh McKenzie our wonderful main character you go girl You are so stubborn so creative in getting away from the rebellion that you don tven mind getting hurt And you re so intelligent I was in love with you from page one McKenzie was definitely my favorite character in this one I wouldn t say she had a character development in the nd but did she find her kind brave heart But one thing was a little bit sad to see McKenzie was nearly always saved by someone She wasn t a girl who could save herself but at least she tried to she didn t want to rely on someone That was a nice start maybe it gets better with the next books Aren was the Rebell who captured McKenzie and tried to get her to work for the rebellion He was a funny handsome and kind guy who could be sassy sometimes I loved him He was never brutal or mean to McKenzie He always treated her good I liked that about him Kyol was her partner and guard send by the king of the fae She worked with him for over ten years for the king Kyols biggest character treat was his loyalty to the king This man was so loyal I never doubted it Never ver He wouldn t betray the kingdom for McKenzie ven though if he would have they could ve been together But he didn t The best thing about the book was that I liked all the side characters I was interested about what happened to them and if they survived and when they died I was actually pretty sad I specially loved the female badass characters in this one
Lena and Keira if you want someone who is loyal brave and and Keira if you want someone who is loyal brave and to fight you should definitely choose these two ladies World This is probably the hardest thing to describe but so so important The world building was great in this one not perfect but still really njoyable We have a great magic in here we have the fae who are invisible to humans if they don t want to be seen and who
Produce Little Lightings When little lightings when by a human The fae move from world to world by portals and through the worlds through little rips they create in the world They step through them and step right into another place Also they re bonds between two fae when they re bonded their power is put together and they can feel ach other through rooms and places They feel where the other is Next to the awesome jumping through places talent they can also use heat and fire to burn people or heal them with their power There are other special talents but I don t want to spoiler so just know that there is Next to the
fae we have human shadow readers who can locate the fae by reading the shadows after disappeared into a rip through the world They also can see through illusions All in all there is an awesome magic system in there and so many places to discoverAlso we jump between the human world and the fae realm which makes Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling everything so much interesting Theyven went to Germany how cool is that My favorite thing about the whole world was when humans and fae touched their touch is addictive And as long as they touch litt Before I picked this book up I had so many great feelings about it Partly because of all the dazzling reviews it has received from my most trusted GR friends and partly just because it is sold as Monsieur Pain exactly the kind of urban fantasy I love strong heroine hot supernatural men cataclysmic civil war between the fae I admit that I wasxcited nough to buy this book before reading the 45 star reviewsOkay so what xactly was my problem I xhale a great big shuddering sigh as I say for the umpteenth time this was just never anything special to me This genre the urban fantasy genre is asily one of my favourites when I find a bookseries that really appeals to me they have a way of dragging you into their world and making you care about the characters and lust after the hunky men But countless times I come across the same old pattern The Shadow Reader will undoubtedly be loved by hardcore UF fans who actually read these books for that same old pattern that I mentioned Some people love this format and I m sure that s why books continue to be written in a very same y wayFor me I made the inevitable comparisons to the Fever series and this novel just couldn t compete at all I m still waiting for a fae novel that can and I ve been starting to believe I won t ver find one Mckenzie is definitely a strong heroine but at the nd of this book she doesn t feel as well developed to me as Mac did halfway through Darkfever The thing I loved most about Mac is that she was a normal young woman in fact she first appears far ditzy than most She doesn t stroll in A Houston college student McKenzie Lewis can track fae by reading the shadows they leave behind For years she has been working for the fae King tracking rebels who would .
awesome fae we have human shadow readers who can locate the fae by reading the shadows after
Word swinging and she hasn t been trained for the situation she finds herself in And yet she shows that Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. even the ditziest blondest young women can turn kick ass if the moment calls for it This is one thing I love about that series which is very difficult to find in others PNR heroines are often sappy and pathetic UF heroines tend to be factory manufactured warriors I want to see regular girls and women like myself showing that they don t need super powers to be awesomeI didn tven bother comparing ither Kyol or Aren with Barrons because they are a million miles apart in very way But looking at them on their own they still seem to be rather boring Kyol s the nice guy and Aren s the bad one Mckenzie has known and secretly wanted Kyol for years she has known and secretly wanted Aren for a couple of weeks Guess who she chooses here Yet another Twilight style love triangle it would seem ZZZzzzzYes so sorry to the people who loved this I m not sure why I feel guilty for not loving it too but I do The only thing I will say in its favour is that this book reminded me how much I need to re read the Fever books so I thank Sandy Williams for that When a person writes a review the first thing they have to do is think about what they want to say about the book and what is worth mentioning After reading a few reviews on this book I m thinking that my idea of prioritizing must be completely different from veryone lse s Somewhat frustrating love triangleblah blah blahA few similarities to Dark Swanblah blah blahHeroine who really should have known better about a few thingsblah blah blahGreat action for a first bookblah blah blahNo cliffhanger Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, endingblah blah blahMischievous hitchhiking pet which is a mix of a cat and a ferretblah blahWHATWhy did no one tell me about the kimki Where are your priorities peopleedit to add that Wendy Darling did in fact mention the Kimki but I missed itOkay so maybe this was important to me than it was to all the other people who actually cared about the story Silly people Did no onelse have a love for the cheesy 80 s movie Beastmaster You know the one where the little ferrets would follow their master around I can not tell you how much I wanted creatures to come to me whenever I called after watching this movieIf ferrets aren t your thing then how about a falconEither way creatures at your beck and call game winnerAlthough I m pretty sure that I pictured Aren from the book to be much attractive than the beastmaster guy And since I ve already mentioned one of the men in Shadow Reader I will now go back up to the top of my original listSomewhat frustrating love triangle It was Up until the Il morto di Maigret end of the book I was not a fan I don t like how we were made to believe that the love McKenzie had for Kyol was super strong yet she immediately started having feelings for another man played off as chaos lusters and Stockholm Syndrome The point could be made that maybe the original love was based on familiarity and dependency so there was a reason she might gravitate toward another person but I still felt like the love triangle could have built slower Howeverthe way thending of the first book was handled without a cliffhanger made me pleased with the way things turned out For those who are not fans of love triangles and don t mind a small spoiler click this because it might make you feel better about trying the book view spoilerShe chooses one man by the nd of the book and her decision is solid The love triangle has been officially deactivated from what we can see hide spoiler FAVORITE UFPNR OF 2011 This is ridiculous Aren I m not Cinderella at a ball And thisthis isn t going to win my support not ven my sympathy I won t He places a finger over my lips I forget my responsibilities when I m with you It s nice Peaceful His hand slides behind my neck beneath my hair He plays with the clasp of my necklace I wish you d let yourself forget things when you re with me You d be happier Rating Explanation1 star for McKenzie She s verything an xcellent UF heroine should be but still has her own spark that s unparalleled She s human strong sensitive sharp and witty I adore her Especially how she stood up to Kyol and Aren She doesn t let anyone no matter how sexy push her around and I seriously respect her for it1 star for Aren Again he s the typical male lead but still uniue Globalization: A Multi-Dimensional System, Third Edition enough that he doesn t blend into thendless list of hot heroes And am I the only one surprised that the bad guy actually
view spoilerwon the girl hide spoiler Oooooh The Shadow Reader Oooooh average ratingspoilerwon the girl hide spoiler Oooooh The Shadow Reader Oooooh average rating Happy dayMy first thought My second thought My third thought My other thoughts are verging between ugh idiot duh gah and pass the jelly Imagine you have a cold But not a normal cold It s one of those bad ones where you have to drown in antibiotics and syrup You know the feeling you get when you are Billionaires Contract Engagement (Kings of the Boardroom eating something and you can t feel its taste You look at the people you re sharing the meal with The Shadow Reader hadverything I love in a fae book Seriously I have a special place in my heart for fae characters Ahem Ash and Puck Wink wink It had action hot Fae guys adventure romance hot Fae guys court intrigue witty dialogue and Sexual Secrets epically cool fight scenes Oh and did I mention the HOT FAE GUYS Excuse me while I fangirlMcKenzie Lewis is a special human She can see the Fae and read their shadows This ability makes her a very important ally in the war raging between the Court and Rebels because she can tell where the Fae are teleporting to Just think of her as one hell of a blood hound and you get the picture For years she has helped the Court track down and kill Rebels until one day she is kidnapped by a rebel leader named Aren who henceforth in this review shall be known as Le Hottie While in captivity she discovers the war she once considered black and white just gained a whole lot colors in between As a result she starts second guessing her alliance with the Court and her awkward relationship with the King s sword master Kyol Le Steamy First off this is a really awesome debut novel for Sandy Williams The Shadow Reader grabbed me from page one and held me in a choke hold that would make Stone Cold Steve Austin proud And considering the last two books I ve read had me in a two star reviewing slump I wasxtremely grateful for a fun read That s not to say this book is without its flaws Oh no Lol But there is just something about it that makes me a lot forgiving The Shadow Reader is like a toddler just finishing up a cherry Popsicle on a hot summer day She s a little messy with sticky fingers but she s just so darn cute you want to hug her anyway And
*that s xactly *s xactly I felt about this book Even though McKenzie did irritate me at times and the romance was toeing the insta love line I couldn t help but really njoy reading this bookThe PlotTwo words Action packed I don t ven think this book had down time It was just back to back revelations fight scenes sexual tension You know all those things to keep you on the dge of your seat This was a solid plot with pretty good world building I asily got a feel for the Fae s world but the only thing I would have liked to see was a freakin map McKenzie s ability to track the Fae s shadows is reliant upon her knowing where the locations actually are I would have liked to have been able to see where these places were myself on a map There is a lot of traveling done in the book between fissuring think teleporting in and out of the human world or between the providences of the Fae world So yeah it would have been nice to be able to flip to the map and see Purely Sexual exactly where they were McKenzie s goal in the first half is toscape Le Hottie Aren and his Rebels and return to Le Ste. Laim the Realm Her job isn't her only secret She's in love with Kyol the King's sword master but human and fae relationships are forbidden When McKenzie is captured by Are.