September 18, 2017 by TinyNavajo
Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older
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This was…okay. Not my favorite book to read, but I love the concept for it. I think that’s what kind of disappoints me about it.
Shadowshapers has the concept that there are a certain group of people who have access to the spirit world in such a way as to infuse their artwork, music, and stories with “shadows,” the spirits that hang around in a kind of limbo around them. And that concept of a magic is amazing, especially for those who love to work with art in any way, shape, and form. It’s just the way the story was written, it felt rushed, it didn’t fully pull me in, and the writing for the main character was just…weird. I don’t know, it just felt like it was kind of unfinished.
You have Sierra, a person of color teenager who is just looking forward to just enjoying her summer and painting her dragon on the eyesore in her community. She has her family, her friends, and all else that teenagers need. But once a zombie creature crashes the first party of the summer season, and her grandfather starts saying that he’s sorry, Sierra learns of a community that she never knew of but that her family has always been a part of. But there is a malevolent force that seeks to not only destroy the shadowshapers, but her family along with it. As Sierra comes into her powers, she not only learns who she is, but who her family is, and what her heritage is.
I do know that it’s just the first book in a series, and I also know that’s part of the reason why it feels unfinished, but it’s more than that. The story, the concept had such great potential, that this book has been on my TBR list for over a year! And now that I’ve read it, I feel kind of let down. The execution of the story let it down.