Mini Book Reviews

Shadows: The Books of Elsewhere (MG)

by Jacqueline West

When her family moves into the big stone house, Olive can tell it’s creepy. But she doesn’t expect to meet three talking cats or find a pair of spectacles that allow her to climb into and out of the paintings. The truth of the previous owners is even stranger—and more awful—than she guesses.

I LOVED this book. I don’t usually go for dark and creepy (think Coraline), but I’d heard good things, and I’m so glad I gave it a shot. The writing was wonderful (descriptions and metaphors that were unexpected but spot on), the characters were real and relatable, and the action kept me turning the pages. Maybe don’t read it in a dark house alone, but definitely read it.

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