Wednesday, December 12, 2012

WALKING IN THE SHADOWS by Cassandra Giovanni_Review

Review of Walking in the Shadows by Cassandra Giovanni
5 stars
Reviewed via Young Adult Reads Goodreads Group

I reviewed an e-book copy provided by the author, Cassandra Giovanni, via Goodreads Group Young Adult Reads.

“Walking in the Shadows” is a multilayered and intriguing YA-oriented novel which copes with some very serious issues. Death, love, social moral code, are just examples. Vera formerly was Abigail Martin, raised in a loving home—until her parents are simultaneously brutally murdered, in an event that is blamed on the novel series and movies, “The Crimson Reign,” concerning two covens of vampires in conflict. Sent into Witness Protection, Vera is legally emancipated as an adult, and lives in an apartment alone, employed by her godmother Kiera, in Amherst (after moving from Western Massachusetts). Still a senior in high school, Vera has met and fallen in love with a University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduate, Tad Knightley. She doesn’t tell him her age, and allows him to conclude she is a university student. That goes up in flames when she discovers he is her new high school British Lit teacher! A new murder in Amherst escalates the already tautly-wound tension, and Tad and Vera find it more difficult every day to keep the secret of their emotional relationship in order to maintain his job status.

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