Shadowed Summer

Posted 18 January 2011 by Kim in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

Shadowed SummerShadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell
Published by Delacorte Press on 2009-06-08
Genres: fantasy, gothic, horror, thrillers
Pages: 192
Source: bought
Format: eBook
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Rating: four-stars


Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells. Except this summer, Iris doesn’t have to make up a story. This summer, one falls right in her lap.

Years ago, before Iris was born, a local boy named Elijah Landry disappeared. All that remained of him were whispers and hushed gossip in the church pews. Until this summer. A ghost begins to haunt Iris, and she’s certain it’s the ghost of Elijah. What really happened to him? And why, of all people, has he chosen Iris to come back to?

My Review

Shadowed Summer takes place in the perfect southern, gothic setting of Louisiana in the summer, in a small town where nothing ever happens.  Iris and Collette are best friends, caught in the awkward stage between growing up and playing childhood games.  Their relationship, especially with the addition of a boy to the mix, is completely realistic.  The author did an exceptional job of developing all of the characters in the story, making them all entirely believable.  The descriptions were vivid, without being overdone, and completely pulled me into the story.  The plot was perfectly paced and kept me guessing until the end, never guessing the true conclusion.

My Recommendation

While geared toward the younger side of “young adult” readers, I think fans of the genre of any age would enjoy the story.

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2 responses to “Shadowed Summer

  1. Amy

    Whoa, I never thought of Southern Gothic. Which is weird, because that’s a lot of weird stuff that goes on in the bayous and small towns below the Mason-Dixon Line. I’ll definitely have to check this one out. Thanks for the review, and good luck on the Gothic Reading Challenge!

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