Saturday, April 20, 2013

Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman: Review

Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman
YA to Adult Paranormal Romance
Published December 14, 2012.

Book Description via Amazon: All Hannah needs is a nice and quiet vacation after her first year of teaching French at a high school. She joins her brother Ben for the summer in their mom’s log cabin in Arizona. There, she meets Josh again, Ben’s childhood friend from the Navajo reservation. The little boy from the rez has grown up fast, and Hannah can’t help but feeling more for him than just friendship.
But fate apparently has something else in store for her. And it’s not peace and quiet. Night after night, Hannah is plagued by strange nightmares about the past of Navajo Nation and terrifying shadows chasing her. They seem to come closer – and why is Josh always present in her dreams?

Sometimes, the past has a way of catching up with you.

Hi, guys! I am so happy to bring this review to you! By my past reviews, you know I haven't really read many paranormal themes, and I've been on the hunt for a good one.

Well this is a good one.

Lets start with the theme. There is a constant Native American background throughout the book, and I absolutely loved that. I'm not a history junkie, but it is one of my best subjects. It was fascinating to read about the culture and different rituals that exist inside the culture. Ever since I was young, I remember reading about the Long Walk the Native Americans had to go through...and it was great to have that intertwined in a story that was not at all boring.

I also loved the romance inside the story. If you ever checked this book out on Amazon, you know it is sort of a lengthy read. The first hundred pages have such a rich romance, that even though the characters are new adults, it is such a cute elementary first love. It had me wringing my hands and smiling like "AH, that's so cute."

Finally, the paranormal elements. It was so great, I barely know how to explain it. There were many elements to the story; the afterlife, re-carnation, paranormal characters. Besides that, there are a lot of works incorporated inside the story itself that are great. Overall, I chose to keep the book on by shelves, giving it an eight out of ten. I'm very happy I used this book to introduce me to this genre...and there will definitely be more review of paranormal stories in the future. 

How many books have you killed today?

About the Author

Jen Minkman (1978) was born in Holland, in the town of Alphen aan den Rijn. When she was 19, she moved between The Hague, Salzburg (Austria), Brussels (Belgium) and Cambridge (UK) to complete her studies in intercultural communication. She is currently a teacher of English, career counsellor and teenage coach at a secondary school in Voorburg, Holland. She tries to read at least 100 books a year (and write a few, too!). She is a published author in her own country, and translates her own books from Dutch into English for self-publication.
In her spare time, she plays the piano, the guitar and the violin. For every novel she writes, she creates a soundtrack.

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