Monday, 29 July 2019

The Shadow Keepers blog tour – review

Sixteen-year-old Georgia Boone has seen the shadow creatures in mirrors and other reflective surfaces since she was six-years-old. But no one--not even her brother, the person she’s closest to in the entire world--believes her. She is all alone in the hellish world where crow-like creatures hunt her everywhere she goes.

When an afternoon of shopping ends in violence and blood, Georgia is sent to one of the UK’s most prestigious mental health hospitals: Brookwood Hospital. There, she’s forced to face her fears and answer the question:

Are the shadows real, or is this all in her head?

At Brookwood, the shadow creatures are more present than ever and are getting stronger every day. Only with the help of a mysterious boy who lives inside the mirror world might she be able to prove that she’s not hallucinating and stop the shadows from destroying the human world.

Content warnings: self harm, mental health treatment, alcoholism and suicide

The Shadow Keepers is a creepy YA horror with a unique premise.

It's rare to see an exploration of mental health in genre fiction, particularly when it's own voices. The book explores day-to-day experiences with mental health amongst the life or death scenarios of the shadow world.

There's an interesting cast of characters and all felt like heroes of their own story. I enjoyed trying to figure out which characters could be trusted and which might be part of the mystery.

The worlds in this book, both real and fantastical, feel well-developed and thought out. I also really liked the horror elements and there were certain moments that really got under my skin!

This was an enjoyable read and I'm looking forward to reading Marisa's next book.

I received this book from the publisher and author in exchange for an open and honest review. Marisa was my mentor during Write Mentor.

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