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Out of the Shadows (1) Paperback – 5 June 2017
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- Publisher : Ashlee Nicole bYe (5 June 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 418 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0648107809
- ISBN-13 : 978-0648107804
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 2.36 x 21.59 cm
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I loved Out of the Shadows. Sashi's world is amazingly complex, full of supernatural creatures, competing factions and a complicated process for managing what happens to souls when they die. It's mostly set in Melbourne, and I loved the Aussie touch (although the reapers, the main supernatural faction to which we're exposed, can teleport, so there are scenes in New York, London and elsewhere -- it's a bit like Paula Weston's Rephaim series in that regard).
Sashi, the main character, is Australian-born but with Japanese ancestry. She is tiny and fiery and quick with a joke. Her voice was one of my favourite things about this story -- she had me giggling more than once at one observation or another. For example, it's a bit of an urban fantasy trope that supernatural leading men are all ripped hotties. At one point, Sashi actually calls some of the lads out on it, asking if there's a pill or something, subtly undercutting the trope while leaving the eye candy safely intact for our reading pleasure.
My other favourite character is the reaper Moss, again just because he is hilarious. He and Sashi quite often have movie quote exchanges, and every T-shirt he owns has a funny line on the front. Given my own T-shirt collection, I approved. (Oh, and Beelzebub, Prince of Hell, is hysterical too, in a "I suspect he's unstable and might start killing folks at any moment" kind of way.)
I know I've talked a lot about the humour, because it was one of my favourite things about the book, but I should also mention that Out of the Shadows has its darker moments. There's a supernatural conspiracy going on, one with a body count and a reach that I can only guess at from the first book. There are plot twists I didn't see coming, and one exceptionally sad and shocking moment that was a dagger to the old feels.
I received a copy of this book from Booksprout and I voluntarily leave my review.
Set in Melbourne, Australia, where a string of vicious murders are being investigated by the Shadowlanders, paranormals hidden from human society, who suspect that the crimes are not being committed by humans.
The further that I read into the book, the more intrigued I became and the more I fell for the characters, the LOL humour and the incredible Shadowland world. By the 30% mark, I was totally hooked and ignoring my family and other responsibilities altogether.
I found it to be a rewarding read, well written, and entertaining. It is a delicious blend of mystery, romance and action, and I laughed out loud at some of the clever moments and one-liners.
I’ve fallen for these characters and their paranormal world, and I cannot wait to continue on with this series.
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The setting takes place in Melbourne and as someone who used to live in Australia, I think the author does the place justice with her descriptive details. This book is eloquently written which helps me a lot in imagining the characters and The Shadowlands itself.
The main idea of this book is complex and unique, the plot is wonderful and the pace is consistent. The author clearly builds up the tension since from the beginning as a lot of mystery is being unveiled without any possible answer. I like that the author writes about the backstory of the characters; how Sachi lost her best friend, Gabe in front of her own eyes. It just makes the characters development is more prominent. I like how the author interlaces romance elements between Sachi, Julian, and Moss but in the same time, it didnt take away from the focus of the story.
The only thing that Im not really a big fan of is that this story has a lot point of views; I was confused at the beginning of the story. Its hard for me to differentiate which character is involved with The Order and who isnt.
I honestly couldnt wait for the sequel and I hope that the second book will be as good or even better than this one. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who reads The Mortal Instruments series; you would be amazed by how creative the author gets with this book.
I really enjoyed the concept of the book it being where reapers have a secret society among the humans and there are different jobs for each of them. Some are trackers who keeps the order than there are those who actually plan out when someone will die. Which has became a problem since there are people who where supposed to accidents turn into murdered. So its up to the trackers to find out who is messing up the order of things.
Beside that mystery we have Sachi who is trying to still get her life together after her best friend was murder a couple years ago. She currently live with her brother and feels safe in her little bubble that she's made for herself. But of course that doesn't last when she unknown can see through the veil which start drama.
This book has a slow burn type of feel and it jumps around a lot to different characters. Which sometimes confused me because I either forgot who some are or get introduced to new ones and get there backstory. The characters themselves where nothing special to me. I didn't attach to any of them, which isn't something that usually happens with me.
I dont think am in the right mind set for this book because its very detailed based and am currently not it the head space for it. I want to revisit this book again later to see if my opinions has changed. However I do recommend to those who enjoy Shadowhunter but with this one it has reapers.
I could tell right away that this book was written by someone Australian. Besides the story taking place in Melbourne, there are a lot of Australian references that are very obvious (vegemite) and others that are a bit subtler (take away instead of take out.) Still, though, those differences won't leave readers confused on the important details of the story. It just keeps the story very real.
Speaking of being real, the dialogue was very natural, very real. You definitely feel like you're a voyeur in the background, watching these characters interact. It's extremely modern. There are a hundred current pop culture references and even some from the '90s. I recognized where they all came from. I felt like one of my friends had written this book which was so awesome. I think I'm exactly the target audience for this book. I love the genre. I love and so am familiar with so many of the entertainment references (LOTR, Supernatural, Harry Potter, Run DMC, Deadliest Catch) that it felt like the book was written for me. That's exactly what will create a loyal reader. I kept thinking that I wanted this to be a movie so badly because there's a whole generation of '90s kids out there who will get all these references and who love this sort of story.
The book was exactly what I wanted it to be without knowing any more about what it was beyond the description of it on its Amazon page to start with. I was intrigued by the genre and the description, and then, as I got into it, I was immediately drawn in by how relatable the characters were. I found it incredibly humorous. Moss is super entertaining. Sachi has spunk and sass. Julien is the straight-laced product of the 19th century England he grew up in who's uncharacteristically fumbling along the way with the girl. The story is all so well-constructed and the characters are so well-developed, it's easy to fall in love with the story. Honestly, I read more than half the book in one sitting because I loved delving deeper and deeper into the background of the Shadowlands. And, I even found myself floored at the revelation of who Mira had fallen in love with. Mind blown. Awesome! I love when a story can surprise me and keep me on my toes and make me feel really invested. And, damn, I need there to be more to Julien and Sachi's relationship. I am "shipping them hard" as Moss would likely say. I am so seriously impressed with this book! For the first outing for this author, it's an amazingly creative, complex, and exceedingly compelling world she's made. So fun! So inventive! I cannot wait to read more of the series!
Sachi was special from the beginning, and Mira was determined to protect her. But by protecting her she may have started the event she was trying to prevent. Sachi never knew she had died along with her friend, Gabe. His soul was taken and she was resurrected. Now Gabe is the tool the enemy intends to use against her, but Julian will destroy him before he would let him hurt her. Unscheduled souls continue to die and both sides are scrambling to figure out who is responsible.
The tension between Julian and Sachi will continue to work in their favor as we wait to see where their relationship ends, but they make a good team as the more they push each other the stronger they get. I could have used a reference sheet to remember which creature was on which side.
The best part of the story is that it manages to attract and hold the attention of the reader right from the beginning and the curiosity factor is maintained. The style is easy to read and connection with characters are instant. However, this being the first book in the series, I as a reader would have to wait for some time to know more about the progress.