Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw

56%

19 Critic Reviews

The main character, Kate, was such a dumb bunny most of the time and while I'm sure she's supposed to be this strong female lead she was just so passive and accepting.
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Synopsis

The Night of Souls—when the veil between the living and the dead is thinnest—is only days away.

Albion is at war . . . and losing.

The wardens have descended, kidnapping innocent citizens for their army, but looking for one in particular.

And fifteen-year-old Kate Winters has just raised a blackbird from the dead.

As her home is torn apart by the wardens, Kate's discovery that she is one of the Skilled—the rare people who can cross the veil between life and death—makes her the most hunted person in all of Albion. Only she can unlock the secrets of Wintercraft, the ancient book of dangerous knowledge. Captured and taken to the graveyard city of Fume—with its secret tunnels and underground villages, and where her own parents met their deaths ten years ago—Kate must harness her extraordinary powers to save herself, her country, and the two men she cares for most. And she'll make a pact with a murderer to do it.

Those who wish to see the dark, be ready to pay your price.

 

About Jenna Burtenshaw

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Jenna Burtenshaw is the author of Shadowcry. She lives in England with her three dogs. You can visit her online at www.jennaburtenshaw.blogspot.com.
 
Published June 21, 2011 by Greenwillow Books. 325 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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All: 19 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 8

Children's Literature Network

Excellent
Reviewed by Jane Bedell on Jan 14 2012

It is filled with interesting twists and turns, but also, murder and intrigue.

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Ticket to Anywhere

Below average
Reviewed by Irish on Nov 05 2012

The main character, Kate, was such a dumb bunny most of the time and while I'm sure she's supposed to be this strong female lead she was just so passive and accepting.

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Kiss the Book

Good
Reviewed by Kira M on Apr 27 2012

All characters, good and evil, are mysterious, likable, and well-developed. 

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Book Yurt

Below average
Reviewed by Byrt on Jun 25 2011

Burtenshaw has created a brilliant world, but that’s about it. The characters are hollow, the plot contrived.

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Katie's Book Blog

Below average
Reviewed by Katie on Aug 09 2012

Shadowcry could have been a lot better, that’s for sure.

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Book Loving Mommy

Good
Reviewed by Jessica Manning on May 02 2011

The descriptions of the Night Train, the Station and the city under attack by blackbirds was so detailed and alive!

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Working for the Mandroid

Below average
Reviewed by Leslie on Jun 25 2012

The story is one that has been told before in different guises. 

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Reading with ABC

Good
Reviewed by Liza on Aug 11 2011

An interesting read with an original story line.  I am looking forward to the sequel.

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Nori's Closet

Below average
Reviewed by Nori on Feb 02 2012

I just don’t know if I can take more of boring Kate.

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Books Besides My Bed

Below average
Reviewed by Karen on Jan 12 2012

She [Kate] just kinda went from place to place without much action.

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Dreaming in Books

Good
Reviewed by John on Nov 01 2011

Burtenshaw's writing is really quite spectacular for a debut novel.  

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Dazzling Reads

Good
Reviewed by Natalia Belikov on Aug 18 2011

I highly recommend it and I know that you'll be dying for its sequel as much as me!

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Hope, Love, and Happy Endings

Good
Reviewed by Ephrielle on Feb 09 2012

Please, let me take this train ride all over again.  

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Beneath Shining Stars Blog

Good
Reviewed by Kristin on Jun 25 2011

Would I recommend Shadowcry to you? Yes! Maybe it's not as fast paced as it could be, but personally I really enjoyed the plot and admittedly it's not the largest book so I got through it with relative speed. Maybe it won't appeal to everyone, but personally I really enjoyed it.

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Cover 2 Cover

Good
Reviewed by Stephanie on Jul 27 2012

Burtenshaw writes in an epic fashion, drawing in all things you need in a great adventure and battle.

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The Attic

Below average
Reviewed by Caroline Foxwell on Jul 09 2012

If it had been longer, had more depth and backstory it could've been something fabulous.

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Cookie's Reading Corner

Good
Reviewed by Cookie on Feb 26 2012

In this novel you see Kate's amazing potential to change the course of her world and Jenna Burtenshaw's potential to be an amazing author.

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Mrs. Readerpants

Below average
Reviewed by Mrs. Readerpants on Oct 29 2011

In an effort to just finish already, I ended up skimming the last quarter of the story. 

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Epic Book Reviewers

Good
Reviewed by dylan on Oct 11 2011

If you love a fast-paced, action-filled fantasy with necromancer magic and downright evil villains then Shadowcry should definitely be on your list of to-read books. 

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