Guest Review: Shade by Marilyn Peake

Posted May 20, 2014 by Bee in Guest Review / 2 Comments

This review was contributed by Lucinda. You can find her on Goodreads! Thank you for sending in this review Lucinda!

Guest Review: Shade by Marilyn Peake


by Marilyn Peake
Published on April 4th 2014
by CreateSpace
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
Amazon | Goodreads

Thanks to her offbeat mother, Shade’s full name is Galactic Shade Griffin. Having a name like that while being the new girl in school is pretty much catnip for bullies. The summer before Shade’s junior year of high school, her mother breaks up with yet another boyfriend and moves them once again to a new town.

This time, they move into a dilapidated old house where Shade has an entire attic bedroom to herself—at least until she discovers it’s haunted by the ghost of a teenaged boy named Brandon Yates. When Shade’s best friend goes missing, her life becomes even more complicated. With the help of Brandon who’s struggling with his own issues in the world beyond, Shade faces the question of whether or not she has what it takes to become a true hero.

SHADE is a Young Adult novel: Mystery with Paranormal elements.

5 Stars
Lucinda’s Review

Hauntingly mesmeric and mystifying. This exquisite, phenomenal paranormal tale is truly breathtaking!

Spellbindingly sinister supernatural themes are interlaced within a contemporary YA story of self-discovery. With the main protagonist’s journey of growth & development full of heartfelt sincerity and profundity, I was able to connect and relate to Shade and her story. The deftly interwoven storyline is full of nail-biting tension, suspense and twists that keep you in constant wonderment as to what may happen next. Shade (aka. Galactic Shade Griffin) is an intriguing character, whose magnetic likability and warmth instantly captured my heart and made me care about her character. Well-crafted characters pulled me into a deliciously addictive, compelling saga that was full of inspired ideas and interesting concepts. The author cleverly fuses together a diverse mix of paranormal mystery with high school/ teen drama and family drama that’s refreshing.

Unlike typical YA Fantasy novels this supremely singular story is not only set within a realistic, modern backdrop (so no other worlds or signs of Wizards and Dragons) but it also addresses many issues that teenagers can relate to. Such as for instance bullying, family, friendships, romance and most notably finding a sense of self at such a testing age/ time in life. Nostalgic thoughts were brought to the fore, as I was able to empathize with Shade and the trials that she encounters, which ultimately make her a stronger person. Marilyn Peake is an author who reaches out to her target readership and ‘gets under the skin’ of her characters, so as to leave you emotionally moved and inwardly touched by this tale.

Truth-drawing and containing thought-provoking, meaningful connotation this sensational debut novel is an impressive work of fiction. I was literally left feeling a sense of fulfillment, satisfaction and despondency as the book came to an end…with thoughts lingering on in my mind. As beautiful as the eye-catching cover Shade is a sensational, awesome story of unforgettable premise and remarkable depth of mind-blowing epicness! Fans of YA fiction will be dazzled by this debut.

*I would like to thank the author for providing me with a copy of her book to read & write a non-biased, honest review on. *



Thank you again, Lucinda! That cover is beautiful, isn’t it?

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