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Monday, November 5, 2012

Review: Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw

Posted by Irish in Review4 Comments

Title: Shadowcry (GoodReads)

Publisher: Greenwillow

Source: Purchased
Publication Date: 21 January 2011
Series or Standalone: Series
ISBN: 0062026429
Format: ebook
Pages: 320

The Author on the Web:
Jenna Burtenshaw – Official Site

Place(s) Traveled to: Albion – Movane // Fume

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

First Line(s): At the southern edge of a moonlit city, a woman stood over an open grave.

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Wintercraft Series Order
Book 1: Shadowcry (aka Wintercraft)
Book 2: Blackwatch
Book 3: Legacy

There are certain books on my read list that I am amazed that I finished, Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw is one of them. I had been drawn to Shadowcry since before its release because of its pretty cover but I was prompted to pick it up when I received the second book in the mail for review. For me, Shadowcry was such a strange and slightly disjointed book. When I had reached the half way point of the book I’m found it hard to get into. So many events in this story seemed to happen so randomly and for convenience. I often found myself rolling my eyes as turned the pages in this story.

I never got why I was supposed to care about the characters or what the point of this story was. There was also those random out of nowhere POV switches that only lasted a paragraph or two and only served to annoy me. Which if you are familiar with my reviews at all then you know how much I typically multiple POV stories. For when its done right it can be fabulous and add layers and detail to a story. But the POV switches in Shadowcry were  so unstructured and was just a cheap and easy way of telling part of the story. 

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. She only showed shock and confusion most of the time as events unfolded. The shock was always funny since most of the things she got all shocked over had happened before, like Silas the Assassin killing people, so I don’t get why she was always so surprised by it. Overall this one was a disappointment,  I am still amazed that I finished it and I’m not sure that I’ll be picking up book two.

4 Responses to “Review: Shadowcry by Jenna Burtenshaw”

  1. Vivien

    I’ve wanted to read this book for a while now. Something about it just caught my eye. It’s disappointing to hear you didn’t enjoy it more. Maybe the series gets better.

  2. Ash @ Paranormal Indulgence

    Oh, no really!? I could’ve sworn that this book was going to be amazing, especially since it made a US debut. I’m going to try it and hope disjointed is my thing else I’m going to be SO DISAPPOINTED man.

  3. Becca Lostinbooks

    If there is one thing that annoys me, it is a passive female lead character. I cannot stand it. That plus the disjointed POV switches and I think I will pass. It is a beautiful cover, though! lol