Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on June 30th 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
Cassandra Clare meets Caribbean legend in SHADOWSHAPER, an action-packed urban fantasy from a bold new talent.
Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "Lo siento" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.
Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future.
Shadowshaper was the book that had the most votes this month and I was actually pretty excited to dive in. I’ve seen nothing but good things about this book on Twitter so I really hoped I would enjoy it. (Spoiler alert: I DID).
I decided to listen to the audiobook for Shadowshaper because I’ve realized that I tend to like any type of fantasy on audiobook vs. reading. And I honestly loved the audiobook. The narrator Anika Noni Rose was absolutely amazing. I felt like she brought the story to life and I couldn’t stop listening. In fact, I listened to the entire audiobook in a day and now I’m really sad that the second book isn’t available on audiobook at my library.
Shadowshaper is fast paced and I feel like you need to have zero distractions so that you don’t miss a thing. (I listened to this while at work so I sometimes I had to go back to listen to a part because I felt like I missed something). I also loved the inclusion of folklore and the Spanish that was mixed into the story. It is something I hadn’t seen before and I really enjoyed the story.
I also enjoyed the characters. Sierra was pretty badass and I loved her attitude. I felt like there was too many side characters and I couldn’t remember who was who so I think actually reading this might have helped me keep better track of the characters.
Overall, this was a pretty solid start to a series that I plan to continue! You should definitely pick this up.