Blog Tour Stop: Shadow Slayer by Laura A.H. Elliot- Review & Giveaway

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Shadow Slayer

Author: Laura A H Elliot

Release Date: September 18, 2012

Summary (Goodreads): 

Shadows will do anything to become human. You see their influence everyday. You say things you don’t mean or do things that aren’t like you. You look, different. Friends you’ve known forever suddenly never call.

As a freshman, Roxie just wants to fit in which is impossible because she barely runs into her friends at her huge high school. Adrianne’s disappearance and Hayden’s attention rock Roxie’s world. But nothing rocks it like the most gorgeous guy at school, Drew. And nothing is more important to Roxie than astral projecting back to Planet Popular to solve the mystery of the map. But that changes when Drew invites Roxie to Homecoming. Hayden warns her that something’s wrong. Why would a guy like Drew like Roxie anyway? Drew must want something. Hayden’s right. Drew is...different. Planet Popular was just the beginning. Part of a bigger world, the Shadow World. There’s a war brewing between the world of humans and the world of shadows. When the shadow invasion begins at Roxie’s high school, she’ll not only fight for her life but the lives of her family and friends, when she discovers she’s the Shadow Slayer, the one human who can save Earth from the shadow onslaught. But, Roxie can’t even kill a spider. Oh yeah, there’s an evil English teacher, an enchanted play, a sword of Sandonian steel, a homecoming of horrors, and seven magic words too.

About the Author:

I love writing about enchanted road trips, shadow worlds, and alien romance while eating lots of popcorn. I live with my hubby and Oso, our aussie shepherd, in our tree house on the central California coast. After twenty-plus years as a freelance graphic designer/animator with clients including E! Entertainment Television and The Los Angeles Times, I crossed over into the world of publishing non-fiction and followed my heart to the world of fiction.

 Contact Links:
Twitter: @Laurawriting


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My Thoughts:

 At the beginning of this book, Roxie is just starting her Freshman year at Oakdale High School. She is worried about it (like I guarantee most of us were). But, she wants to have it worry-free and to not have to worry about popularity and all of that nice stuff. While there, she feels like everyone (including her friends) are turning their backs on her, and she has no clue why.

Later on, she is trying out for the school play, and she meets Drew, who is also trying out. She is immediately attracted to him by his looks (somewhat shallow, but we all feel this way once in a while), not to mention the fact that he is older and seems more sophisticated. They end up together, and Roxie is at once happy. BUT she is somewhat of a pessimist, and you all know where that leads...

Eventually, Drew tells her what she is (a Shadow Slayer). She also finds out that she is special kind of shadow slayer that can kill off the shadows (which is extremely rare, seeing as she is the only one).

Meanwhile, Hayden tells Roxie a big secret about Drew that may knock her and Drew's relationship straight from the palms of her hands.

So, Roxie has both her relationship with Drew and her job as a Shadow Slayer to worry about throughout this book.

Eh. Well, I did like this book, but not all that much. It may have to do with the fact that I felt a little of the shallowness of Roxie's attraction to Drew was unnecessary and a bit of a cliche. I just felt that someone who was that age [13] wouldn't act/react that way. Then again, this is me, and I'm more brains-over-brawn. But, back to the subject at hand...

Also, I felt that her wanting a boring year was... not a characteristic of a teen. Seriously, what teen do you know that wants a boring freshman year of high school? Not me or any other teen I know.

This was an interesting change of scene for a paranormal book, though. I mean, how many paranormal/supernatural books are about shadow slayers? I like my vampire/werewolf/ghosty books, but this felt like a good change.

As you can tell from my (somewhat) short review (it's located RIGHT under the long my-version summary) that I thought this book was lukewarm (okay in my-speak). I guess what I was trying to say is that I just couldn't connect to this book all that well. I mean, it may have to do with all of my undue stress at this point in time (took the ACT on Saturday, and just applied to my first college), so if it was later on in the year, or earlier, I'd probably be giving this book a five heart review. But, as of now, I have to give it three.

3 hearts


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30 October, 2012 delete

Book sounds great!! Thanks for the giveaway!!


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