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 “No importa” 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. -Goodreads.com
Diverse: Puerto Rican main character!!!
What really drew me in to Shadowshapers was the beautiful cover and the colors on it. I didn’t really know anything else about it but when I sat down and read the summary it sounded like an awesome idea. And it was! the Shadowshaper world was super cool and definitely unique. Why didn’t I read this sooner?
And…dare I say it?
I’m saying it! Basically Shadowshaper is like Shadowhunters (the TV show since I haven’t read the books) but so much better. It has better characters, a better story so Shadowshapers is all one big plus sign!
In the beginning of Shadowshaper is was just a lot of back and forth talking without a lot of action. The chapters were short, which was nice because I LOVE short chapters. Because of all of the talking in the beginning it was really hard for me to focus on and stay focused on. I think it’s because when you notice something like there’s a lot of talking, you begin to notice every single time someone else talks which takes you away from the story.
But after a while I got used to how it was and halfway through the book the pace began to pick up and we were finally introduced to more of the Shadowshaper world. The last few chapters really pick up in action and is worth the read.
Overall I do recommend reading Shadowshaper. It’s like Shadowhunters but has a better story to it and better characters. What are you waiting for?