Here’s a paranormal YA novel for you!
Thanks to Tor Teen for the copy in exchange for my honest review.
WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW by Sarah Porter (already out!)
My Thoughts: 3/5 stars!
Paranormal stories are something I’ve always loved. Give me the creepiest horror stories you’ve got! So when I read the premise for WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW by Sarah Porter, I was excited to get it started. However, this definitely wasn’t the creepy paranormal story I was anticipating. It was a much lighter version.
We follow a family that is dealing with grief. There were three siblings – one deceased and the twins (with only one mourning the loss of their older brother). Ruby is mourning the loss of Dashiell and has been having nightly visits from him in her dreams. Everett never liked his older brother, and now he must do all that he can to save his twin sister from Dashiell’s grasp.
I won’t deny that the writing in this book is fantastic. I love Porter’s writing style – it was witty and intense. The dark history of the Bohnacker family was interesting to read and the concept of the spirit of the horrible brother trying to take Ruby was great. She weaved a gripping story, but what lost me were the characters.
I understand having flawed characters – makes them more human – but having such horrible characters was crazy. Horrible as in morally and every other sense of the word. Dashiell was an awful human being and definitely deserved to die, like some other readers have said, he was basically the devil incarnate for how he treated his siblings. Ruby was a lost little girl and Dashiell easily got his hold on her after he died. What lengths will he get her to go to be with him again? Everett wasn’t awful, he was just trying to save his twin sister from his evil older brother.
Overall, I really liked the writing. I’ll definitely be picking up more of Sarah Porter’s books after this. However, where I was lost on this story were the characters. It was definitely a lighter paranormal story, but if that’s what you’re after, and you don’t mind hating the characters, then you should pick up WHEN I CAST YOUR SHADOW.
What did you think of this one?